Business & Entrepreneurs

Meet the couple behind a new interiors store and co-working studio that’s opening in Altrincham next month

By David Prior at

An Altrincham couple is turning an old town centre dairy into a three-storey tile shop and design and architectural co-working studio.

Basil and Dasha McFarland are opening Tile by Tile next month, in the former 50cycles premises on Church Street.

The 3,200 square foot building will be used to display and sell ceramic and porcelain tiles and wall coverings from world-leading manufacturers and will include some UK-exclusive premium ranges as well as extra large format tiles not widely available on the high street.

Tile by Tile will be opening in the former Advanced Electric Bikes premises on Church Street

The open-plan top floor of the building will offer a top spec co-working, research and presentation space for architects and designers, providing presentation and meeting tables, high speed internet and access to innovative design materials, so that they can hire the light-flooded space for their own private or co-working use on long or short-term arrangements.

Dasha said: “There are a lot of quite repetitive designs on the UK market and as we have been working in the industry for several years, we know the demand for unique products – from both professionals and end users. Altrincham is the perfect place to launch: we live here and will be located alongside other high end interior retailers and design and architecture businesses.”

It’s all the brainchild of Altrincham couple Dasha and Basil McFarland

Basil added: “We are not just offering tiles – for example, we will also be offering waterproof customisable Italian wallpaper, resins, decorative concrete coverings and supporting products such as adhesives, grouts and sealers.

“We are looking to tap into the growing demand for uniquely personal home and commercial spaces, while also offering a great working space for the vast number of independent designers and architects in the area.”

The couple has spent six months personally refurbishing the early Victorian building, which they will officially open and start running in August.