Celebrating its 20th anniversary The Retail Week Interiors Awards have continued to promote creativity and innovation the industry is renowned for. This year Retail Week added some exciting new categories into the mix to award shops offering the best customer experience. The Original Style tile showroom which opened in Bournemouth in late 2016 was entered in the Design Excellence category. This award looks at the physical evidence that is the outcome of a strong, original and commercial design.
The OS showroom is home to over 130 displays which showcase the breadth of ranges available. From traditional to contemporary tiles, many of these products are manufactured in the company’s Devon based factory. Products include large format porcelain and glass tiles, handmade ceramic wall tiles, authentic Victorian style floor tiles, mosaics, natural stone, wood effect tiles and much more. The displays are designed to showcase these tiles in gorgeous combinations of shapes, sizes and formats to inspire and show the versatility of the products. Alongside the main showroom area, a Marketplace has been created to uncover bargains and special offers; Original Style’s aim is to provide value and a quality product to suit all budgets, for trade customers and homeowners alike.
A 13-metre long colour wall installed in the showroom contains more than 1,000 samples from different ranges, allowing customers to browse and compare tiles by colour to find the perfect shade. A handy reference wall shows the difference in glazes and finishes from range to range, making the selection process even easier. In addition to this, an 8m2 hand cut glass mosaic of Durdle Door, the beautiful limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, is also displayed in the showroom.
Experienced and knowledgeable staff are on hand to provide comprehensive design, maintenance and installation advice as well as samples. Adhesive, grouts and tooling are also available at competitive prices.
The story behind the brand
Original Style is a Devon-based company – one of the UK’s largest tile manufacturers and distributors. It offers modern ranges alongside heritage collections, including Victorian Floor Tile designs and handmade British small-format tiles sold under The Winchester Tile Company brand.
The first Original Style Tile showroom was opened in Exeter in 1996 followed by the second showroom in Plympton in 2001. As well as a new showrooms in Cheltenham and now Bournemouth, Original Style tiles are also sold through a network of over 600 independent retailers in the UK alone, and 2000 worldwide.