Shoemaker Residence

Manhattan Beach, CA

The Shoemakers were building their home from the ground up. Inspired by their visits to the Historic Adamson House and their love of Southern California architectural history, the Shoemakers wanted to create their own version of a home in the California Mediterranean style.

They knew decorative tile would have to take a prominent place throughout the home. The tile needed to fit comfortably with their eclectic mix of furniture, art and whimsical objects that they’d been collecting over the years. We settled on a style we developed that emulated the historic D&M Tile Company using a variation on the cuerda seca technique but made in a way that gives the pattern a more painterly look. We selected a palette of colors, patterns and glazing styles that together created a unique and appropriate statement for this client’s dream home.

All Photos by Jack Coble