Kitesgrove X Bert & May @ Casa La Siesta
By Victoria Smith
Sep 16, 2022
As you may have already seen, we recently joined forces with London-based interior design practice Kitesgrove to create Irregular, a capsule collection of contemporary tiles featuring abstract designs in our soft signature colourways.
While working on the collection, it became clear that our brands were a great fit, and we were inspired to take our collaboration further, this time teaming up to curate and redesign a room at Casa La Siesta, the boutique hotel in southern Spain where the Bert & May story began.
Taking our newest design to the place where Bert & May was started almost ten years ago was a special process, and the resulting space is one that doesn’t just look beautiful but is also full of meaning.
Key changes included the addition of a garnet accent colour – picked out from the original reclaimed tile floor, which has remained – both on woodwork and as a linear contrast wall line, as well as the addition of Kitesgrove X Bert & May Quad tiles in the bathroom, and updated lighting and furniture throughout.
“Overall, we wanted to retain the calm, inviting and characterful feel that Casa La Siesta has whilst layering and introducing more contemporary and sculptural pieces to successfully sit alongside the more rustic features of the room,” says Katie Lion, Senior Interior Designer at Kitesgrove. “The hotel is set in the beautiful Spanish countryside in thoughtfully maintained grounds, so we wanted to echo natural materials, form and colours within the room”.
Ruth Webber, Bert & May’s Creative Director, comments, “Whilst the room was given an update, the fabrication and look and feel remain the same. The Kitesgrove tiles feature in the bathroom and give an understated modern twist, paired with original raw terracotta zellige tiles and Samuel Heath brassware, and the reclaimed wooden plinths and plastered walls give it that relaxed Casa feel we all love”.
Katie from Kitesgrove explains what they used - and why...
As well Kitesgrove X Bert & May Quad tiles on the walls in both the bathroom and shower space, key changes here included:
- Oban wall lights, Fosbery Studio. Chosen for their classic contemporary aesthetic to introduce some warmth from the brass finish.
- Flora wall mirror, Balineum. Chosen for its playful and organic form.
- Nagoya basins, Fired Earth. Chosen for their organic form. We like to use countertop basins to provide a more elevated and spa-like look and feel.
The bedroom’s original reclaimed floor remained, complemented by new additions including a wonderfully tactile crochet pendant which hangs from the striking vaulted ceiling. New key furniture pieces bring everything together in perfect harmony…
- Traditional Single Seater Armchair in Natural, Hadeda. Chosen to introduce a natural material, tone, and texture. The shape also adds an organic form and cocoons you when sitting in it, making a nice occasional chair for reading, writing at the desk etc.
- Pujo Wall Tables (used as bedside tables), Ferm Living. Chosen for their simplistic design in black to contrast against the wall colour and complement the dark electrical hardware.
- Rounded Headboard in Linen, Zara Home. Chosen for its simplistic design with soft curves. The linen in a warm neutral has a subtle texture which really complements the grain of the chunky wood bed base.
- Round Jute Rug, Zara Home. Chosen to introduce a natural material, tone, and texture. The circular design breaks up the linear features of the room and creates a subtle connection between the bed and seating area.
- Vista Blanket in Off White (used as wall hanging), Ferm Living. Chosen for its muted tonal pinks, red and black in a fluid design. This creates lovely movement in the space with a focal point to the bedroom which successfully reflects in the ensuite bathroom opposite.
- Raffia Wall Lights, Le Fabrique a Abat-Jour. Chosen to introduce a natural material, tone, and texture.
- Large Crochet Pendant Lamp in Blush, Rue Vintage 47. Chosen for its form and texture, the woven yarn brings a softness to the space in a rich tone that adds depth as an elegant distinctive silhouette overhead.
Shop the Irregular collection here.