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“I have a passion for tiles,”

says Paul Greenslade, co-founder and sales director of La Fabrico. And when you step into their stunning boutique showroom, you begin to share his enthusiasm.

La Fabrico’s directors Paul Greenslade, Simon Pearce and Jon King have a total of 60 years’ experience in the tiling and stone industry, a flair for interior design and a shared vision. When they set up La Fabrico earlier this year, their aim was to offer an exclusive range of the world’s finest stone, ceramic and porcelain, and design their showroom as a showcase, demonstrating how beautiful the products could look in a customer’s own home. The result is a highly stylish and sophisticated outlet which many people might be pleasantly surprised to find in a small city like Exeter, rather than a large and prosperous metropolis. With its tiled floor, artistic product displays and Moorish-style archway linking the showroom areas, La Fabrico is both original and extremely upmarket, and has customers across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. “We source our products from all

over the world, particularly Italy for its marble and Spain for its porcelain,” explains Paul. “Our handmade ceramic tiles are designed in London and hand-poured in southern Spain by a family of fourth-generation artisan tilers. “We want to give customers a

completely different experience to any of our competitors. We offer a free bespoke design service with a relaxed, personalised approach. I love to create personal mood boards with all types of materials to help clients imagine their final overall look. “Over the last decade I’ve learned the industry inside and out with a great understanding of quality,

working alongside architects and designers, often going off plan to achieve the best possible finish for our customers.” The other two directors have

arrived at La Fabrico via different paths. Simon initially worked for a tile manufacturing company and has also wide-ranging experience of importing and exporting tiles and stone. For the last 20 years he has run his own business, SCP Tiling and Stone Ltd, installing tiles and stonework in bespoke properties across the South West. Jon is a local developer of high-quality properties with a genius for design and style. Their varied backgrounds now complement each other as perfectly as the décor and lighting in their showroom. Customers are invited to bring in

photos of their properties and show the team their Pinterest boards, as they browse the tile and stonework collections. “They can sit down with a coffee in our ‘design hub’ – something none of our competitors have – and we’ll show them various designs and

Directors Paul Greenslade and Simon Pearce

looks, interior and exterior, and discuss what they really want,” says Paul. “Then we can go a bit deeper, with videos explaining the installation process and the different techniques involved.” Appointments can be arranged

upon request, outside normal business hours if necessary. With their experience of working

with top designers and architects on highly upmarket properties, La Fabrico are looking forward to welcoming clients from the South Hams to their showroom and helping them develop the perfect look for their homes. “That scenery and coastline make the South Hams a unique part of Devon, and a setting for some absolutely stunning properties,” says Paul. Once again, you have to share his passion.

La Fabrico Tile Showroom, 1 Mitre Lane, Exeter, EX4 3BG. Email : Web: Phone: 01392 848487

The La Fabrico showroom

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