In continuation of our announcement of La Maison Bahya’s entrance into the UK market, we can now share an exclusive Q&A to answer all the questions about how its products will fare in this overseas adventure.
Q: Which of your patterns/colours/styles do you expect to be most popular in the UK?
A: We hope the UK will be seduced by our unique patterns, using contemporary colours to express their own individual style. The classic patterns in black and white always prove popular, but we are also seeing greens and powdery pinks coming back into vogue for home decoration.
The collection has been created in collaboration with the French design studio Mini Labo, who also design in Japan. The Mini Labo X Bahya collection comes in three exclusive designs of cement tiles, each worked in a soft version in grey blue or chic version in black carbon.
CAMELIA – Emblematic of the style of the MiniLabo studio, the poetic charm of the Camelia pattern is unique in the world of cement tiles, usually more graphical.
BOSSA – Both graphic and generous, the Bossa model offers a sweet and refined interpretation of sixties influences.
EVENTAIL – Diffusing its pointillist and aerial waves, the Eventail model is transformed according to the different possibilities of poses.
Q: Do you have any general predictions about surface trends for this year?
A: Colour alone is not enough to give true soul to interiors! Individuals are looking for effective materials that play on contrasting reliefs. Glossy and matte materials coexist and create surprising effects, for example. Noble and natural materials, like wood of course, but also marble, granite, cement tiles, terracotta, terrazzo and zelliges, that are as beautiful to look at as they are pleasant to touch, lend themselves to be used on floors and walls in kitchens and bathrooms,
Q: Do you offer tiles suitable for bathrooms and kitchens, e.g. with water-resistant coatings, or stain resistance?
A: All our cement tiles must be suitably treated to fit in into everyday life within a home! The water and oil repellent treatment is very easy to apply, making tiles resistant to stains and water in bathrooms and kitchens. However, we do not recommend their use in a shower if the water is very calcareous: anti limestone products could indeed damage the structure of cement tiles.
Q: Which designers are you working with, or will you be working with?
A: We are currently looking for the next designer to collaborate with. We would of course love to work with an English designer. Who knows who we will collaborate with, all we can say is ‘watch this space’.