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In the fascinating universe of commercial interior design, the incorporation of hydraulic tiles is a trend that is gaining impactful growth. Originating in the Mediterranean, these handcrafted tiles are re-emerging as a preferred choice for designers and business owners alike, as their vintage charm and ability to add sophistication and authenticity have made this product an increasingly popular choice in commercial interior design.

Lav Coffee Bar – Restrooms

What are hydraulic tiles?

Hydraulic tiles, also known as tiles, mosaics and/or azulejos, date back to the 19th century and have their roots in the Mediterranean region. Their elaboration involves a meticulous artisanal process that produces mosaics with unique and highly decorative designs. Originally, they were used in high-end spaces and bourgeois homes in Europe, but their use has revived strongly in recent decades. Today, these tiles are emerging as a trend in interior design for both residential and commercial spaces, thanks to their distinctive aesthetic that brings a touch of history and culture to any space.

Designers and interior designers are increasingly turning to tiles because of their aesthetic and functional flexibility and high durability. These tiles can complement a wide range of styles, from vintage to modern, industrial to minimalist. Through diverse patterns and colors, mosaics allow for the creation of personalized spaces full of character.

Moreover, beyond their visual appeal, their robustness and durability ensure that they will remain in good condition for many years, reducing the need for frequent replacements and the cost of long-term maintenance. Manufactured from a blend of cement, sand and natural pigments, these tiles can withstand the wear and tear of high traffic areas, making them perfect for commercial spaces; they also feature an ease of maintenance and cleaning that allows them to be kept clean and spotless with minimal effort.

Application of mosaics in a commercial project: Lav Coffee Bar

The Lav Coffee Bar, located in Houston, USA, is a brilliant case study of how this trend has been masterfully employed. The design of the Lav Coffee Bar is not limited to just hydraulic tiles, but embraces a wide variety of techniques to achieve perfection in every detail.

Lav Coffee Bar – Aerial View

In this project, hydraulic tiles are strategically used to highlight main areas such as the coffee bar and waiting areas, creating a unique and eye-catching ambiance. Their handcrafted design and exclusive patterns, give an authentic elegance to every corner.

Beyond the tiles, we pay special attention to key interior design elements such as wall coverings, interior partitions and furniture. Each element is meticulously selected and designed to generate a warm and elegant atmosphere, reflecting Lav Coffee Bar’s identity and providing an exceptional customer experience.

Nature is masterfully incorporated with minimalist design, resulting in a relaxing and harmonious ambiance. The integration of organic elements and greenery brings freshness and vitality, creating a cozy environment perfect for enjoying a coffee.

The Fusion of Industrial Design in the Lav Coffee Bar

Industrial design is another relevant technique in commercial projects. In the case of Lav Coffee Bar, the decorative style was characterized by the bareness of its structure and the honesty of its materials; elemental factors in industrial design. Elements such as concrete effect walls, metal, steel, and wood in dark tones were used to bring texture and strength to the design, resulting in a sophisticated and contemporary aesthetic.

Lighting, a crucial element of industrial design, is strategically managed to highlight key points of the store, such as the coffee bar and lounge areas. Warm, directed light enhances the industrial ambiance, creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere.


Lav Coffee Bar – Overview

On the other hand, the tiles in this commercial project offer not only aesthetic benefits, but also practical ones. They are known for their durability and resistance, which makes them ideal for commercial areas with a high flow of people. In addition, their maintenance and cleaning are simple, allowing them to maintain a flawless appearance consistently.

The Lav Coffee Bar project in Houston, USA, is an amazing demonstration of how hydraulic tiles, along with a comprehensive interior design approach, can transform commercial spaces. The mix of tile elegance with modern elements and a minimalist/industrial feel creates an inviting experience for visitors.

If you are looking to create sophisticated and captivating environments in your project, consider the meticulous approach to every detail of interior design that we use at Lav Coffee Bar. The harmonious and successful fusion of these trends resulted in a space that seduces your customers and invites them to enjoy unforgettable moments.

Do you want to implement these trends in your commercial project?

Do not hesitate to contact us for personalized advice on the implementation of these trends in your commercial project, at Design Group Latinoamerica we are here to help you transform your space!





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