CHOCOLAT & OCTAGRAMS

I finally found the tile I've been looking for.

Thirteen years ago, I saw a movie called Chocolat with Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, Carrie Anne Moss and many other amazing actors in smaller roles (Leslie Carron!).

It's a lovely, moody film, gorgeously set and beautifully shot, with wonderful music by Rachel Porter. Juliette Binoche and her daughter blow into town and set up a chocolate shop, right before Lent.  I love stories about shaking things up a bit!  This film remains one of my very favorites of all time.


And that shop!  Judi Dench walks in the first time and calls the decor "early Mexican brothel."  And that floor!  It reminds me of what I like about old buildings: handmade, durable, and never without craftsmanship.



an approximation of the
tile from the movie set
















I've been looking on and off over the years, and I think I finally found something close in an 8"x8"!
It's at Grenada Tile, out of Miami & L.A.  They're still hand-making their tiles, and their online tool allows you to customize your choice to an impressive degree.

I'm quite pleased with how close it is.  I'm not terribly thrilled about the cost, though.  It came out to just under $20/sf including shipping to Salt Lake City, with a 100sf minimum.  That's certainly more than I planned on spending on a new kitchen floor... but what a floor!

I'm sorely tempted: and with an inspiration like Chocolat, I shouldn't be surprised.

-ally

P.S.  Did you know that this shape is called an "octagram?"  Who knew?

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