There are coatings that never go out of fashion but that, throughout its history, evolve and live times of more and less prominence in interior decoration. That is, for example, the case of hydraulic tiles, of which I spoke a few days ago in another article, but also of the tiles or white subway tile kitchen. Maybe you did not know them by this name. But when you see them, I am sure that you will not only recognize them immediately, but also that you have seen them in a multitude of modern houses and shops.
And at this point you may be wondering: why are they called white subway tile kitchen? Although his name already gives us a very clear clue, it is not superfluous to put us in antecedents. This tile was conceived in 1904, when the New York subway needed to find a durable material that looked beautiful and easy to clean to line the walls of the city’s subway stations.
This rectangular, white and enameled tile was chosen for its durability and resistance to stains. The white enameled was, in addition, the best option to give luminosity to the tunnels and underground stations of the white subway tile kitchen. Its use expanded throughout the New York subway network and from there it was exported to Paris and London.