Amore is the Italian word for “love” and we certainly love what the owners of a new Italian restaurant have done with some of the rustic and retro wall and floor tiles supplied by Cosmo Tiles.
The first Amore opened its doors in September 2008 in the heart of the Merchant City, Glasgow and has built an enviable reputation and bustling trade ever since. The Italian owners – the Perella family, originally from the village of Picinisco in Southern Italy, recently expanded their business to offer the same quality and service in the east end of the city on Alexandra parade.
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Having used Cosmo Tiles as a trusted tile supplier in the past and being delighted with the service, Euphemio Perella, had no hesitation in coming back to Cosmo Tiles to supply the wall and floor tiles for his new restaurant and takeaway offer. The project involved the conversion of old chip shop and vacant unit to create new Italian restaurant with a mezzanine floor dining area and new takeaway chip shop / pizzeria.
How can Rustic and Retro tiles combine to good effect?
The designer for the project was Paul McLaughlin of Burns Design whose challenge was to make sure that everything included in the brief fitted into the space available, functioned well together and created the look that the client was after. To achieve this in the restaurant a mezzanine level was created whilst a lot of the original character of the building was retained using the existing brick. Paul complemented this with rough Cisa Xilema Castagno 13x80cm & 20x80cm floor tiles for the main restaurant. The tiles in bathroom areas were specified to have a retro 70s feel where Mainzu Petra Crema 15x30cm were used for the walls and Casalgrande Padana Meteor Beige 30x60cm were used for the floor.
When it came to the chip shop area, the design featured a trademark dado and freize level and incorporated white, red and green square tiles repeating to reflect colours of Italian flag with stone effect tiles in between. A border tile on floor and marble-look floor tile completed the Florentine café/takeaway look that the client and designer were striving for.
Paul found Cosmo Tiles to be the perfect tile supplier: “We gave the team at Cosmo the brief and met with them for a couple of hours in the private room they have available for design consultation at the Glasgow showroom. This was ideal as it allowed us to look at the wide range of options that met our budget and specification. For a commercial tiling project we need have very specific durability ratings and colour fastness requirements.”
He adds: “The showroom was well laid out so it was easy to see types and variety of tiles of wall and floor tiles on offer. There is a huge selection at different cost points and we found the staff to be genuine tile specialists offering us some really good tiling advice.”
Overall the aim was to create mix of old and new and the new Amore does that perfectly.
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