Found: Tiles with a Twist in Lisbon

Former editor Caitlin Walsh Miller shares her souvenirs from the Portuguese capital.

Collectively, the Air Canada enRoute team has amassed a trove of treasures from our travels – some iconic (these tiles from Lisbon), others delicious (dulce de leche from Buenos Aires) and all reflective of the places we’ve been. We’re sharing them here – please share yours, too!

“It all started with a post on Apartment Therapy – something about jazzing up your rental with tiles glued on plywood. So once I knew I’d be in Lisbon, I thought: Yes, I will acquire tiles and I will craft. I came across Surrealejos, Luca Colapietro’s workshop on the cusp of the hilly, historic Alfama neighbourhood. After moving to the city three years ago, the Italian art director became obsessed – ‘kidnapped,’ to use his word – by the azulejos, or tiles; some of his surreal designs even came to him in a dream. Traditional graphic elements are swapped out for living ones like eggplants, anatomical hearts, saintly foxes and pandas, and, of course, sardines – my choice, as these tiles will (eventually) live in my kitchen. It’s a real ceramic menagerie.”

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April 17, 2020