Cement tiles from Popham Design.

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I have a folder on my desktop called FUTURE BLOG. I endlessly drag URLs and photos into that folder, with the distant idea that someday I’ll get around to sharing this stuff on my blog. I think this is what people use Pinterest for, but that would make too much sense. Anyway, I looked through that folder today in an attempt to clean up my hard drive a bit (a.k.a. avoiding doing my taxes), and I came across a link to a cement tile company in Marrakech called Popham Design, distributed in the US by Ann Sacks. I found out about Popham a couple of years ago when I was visiting the Kohler factory in Wisconsin, and have had them in the back of my mind for a future project ever since. I got sucked into their gallery today and started saving images into the folder I’d just cleaned out—which got me thinking I should probably just put them in a blog post!

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Imagine how many different patterns you could create by changing the positions of these tiles! That’s my favorite shade of yellow, too.

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If I owned my house, I would want to put cement tiles on my enclosed front porch. Right now it’s just plain old concrete. It’s nice and smooth, so this would be a simple weekend project! Even though Popham‘s tiles aren’t what you usually see in this part of the country, I feel like they’re not totally incongruous with New Mexican architecture, nor are they from a different planet than the 1930s tile in my bathroom. They’d work.

The tiles in the first row of this group (appropriately called “Yes”) remind me so much of my all-time favorite tiles, the French Deco beauties in Earnest Hemingway’s Key West bathroom. (Whoa. I can’t believe that post is from almost a decade ago!)

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Sometimes I feel like people I’ve never met and who have never heard of me are accidentally designing things that are definitely FOR ME. And no one else. Give me these tiles. Because they are mine. No, I don’t have anyplace to put them, but I can use them as coasters.

I just love an oversized hexagon.

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Don’t these tiles remind you of Alexander Girard’s Checker Split pattern? And that door in SoHo I’m still crazy about (but which has since been painted over—*SOB*)? Plus, lemons.

I really need something to tile. That’s one of the bummers about renting. Even if you have a very cool landlord who would most likely be totally fine with you doing it, you kind of don’t want to make the financial investment. Maybe I need to tile a concrete patio table or something.

All photos via Popham Design. Follow them on Instagram!

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