[laNeva News] Announcing our GLASS Tile Collection!

We are ecstatic to announce a fresh new collection of tile added to the laNeva product line:

laNeva GLASS Tile!

laNeva has paired with prominent MN glass studio, Zelle glass to offer a collection of large-scale glass tiles designed to pair with laNeva solid color ceramic glazes and sizes. Click to learn more of Peter Zelle’s incredible glass tile production process and see our 8 GLASS colorways on the laNeva Site.

And just check out the incredible beauty we’ve created:

laNeva glass is a breathtaking accent to your residential, hospitality or commercial space. Seriously, we can’t stop looking at these tiles…

Available in 5 large-scale sizes of 4″x4″, 4″x8″, 4″x12″,  8″x8″ and 12″x12″ ( all approx. 1/2″ thick), each GLASS tile contains 2 colors in an organic mix that only handmade can produce.   Check out the GLASS page on our site to see all 8 colorways and  the complete material specs.

Our exclusive GLASS tiles are available only through laNeva Tile distributors!

Contact us for our distributor list and we’ll let you know how you can get your hands on these incredible art-glass tiles.

We’re giddy.  Are you giddy? Good.

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Zelle Glass Studio for laNeva Artisan Tile

Zelle Glass has an incredible history creating commissioned glass sculpture, countertops and gallery pieces.

Peter Zelle is a master of the glassmaking process and the head of a studio with whom we are very proud to partner. We’ve attempted to illustrate the laborious process of making the laNeva GLASS Collection here.  While intriguing, it does not truly convey the time and attention that goes into making every tile.

Read on to learn how each laNeva GLASS tile is produced:

  • The first step is to create a silicon mold in the size of the desired tile.  A mixture of plaster and silica powder is mixed with water until it is a slurry, like pancake mix, and then poured into the silicon mold.
  • When the plaster/silica hardens, the mold is pulled off. Now there is a 4”x4” space where the glass tile forms.
  • Colored glass frit, like coarse sugar, are sprinkled into the plaster/silica mold. This 1/8” layer of color is then covered with chunks of clear glass. These chunks are irregular shapes which create beautiful shadowy lines in the tiles where the chunk edges melt together.
  • Once all the glass is put into molds, they are loaded into the kiln.
  • The tiles are heated slowly over 12 hours to 1250° F and held there for 3 more hours. This allows all the bubbles to reach the surface. Next the kiln is raised to 1550° F and the glass pools and flows like honey.
  • Glass needs to be annealed, or cooled slowly. This relieves any stress in the glass so no cracking will occur. This process takes 12 more hours.
  • Once the tiles are cooled they are removed from the plaster/silica mold. The plaster/silica just breaks apart and is discarded.
  • The second half of the glass tile making process involves grinding the edges of the tiles and then fire polishing them in the kiln.
  • The grinding is done on a water fed flattening wheel with a 200 grit diamond pad. This is a semi coarse grit which will smooth out any imperfections from the mold. Then the tiles are placed back in the kiln at room temperature and heated over 1 hour to 1000° F.
  • Now the fire polishing takes place. The kiln temp is then raised to 1450° F. At that point the edges of the tiles start to round just a bit and the coarse ground areas gloss over and become smooth and shiny.
  • The kiln is then quickly cooled by opening the door a bit until it is back down to 1000° F. The pieces are annealed again over 12 hours.
  • Finally they are removed from the kiln and the back sides are hand painted white to give the brilliant colors a background to glow against.

To learn more about laNeva GLASS options, colors and specs, see the collection on our website and blog launch post.

 

 

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laNeva Exclusively Through Dealers

As our business and dealer networks expand, we are revising our sales and distribution policies to sell our tile exclusively through tile dealers.

This helps to support our fabulous network of people who work so hard to display and sell our products.

Please contact us to see if there is currently a laNeva dealer in your area.  If there is not, please tell your local tile showroom that you would like to purchase from us. We’ll process their new dealer account quickly and you can place your order through your local resource, with whom you have a relationship.

We’re happy to send you tile samples and specifier chip boxes (available for online order shortly) and will then refer you to your local tile dealer for orders.

Thank you for all your support in making laNeva Artisan Tile a growing, thriving tile boutique!

All my best,



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ZigZag Buzz & laNeva Diagonals

Independent of all this Missoni for Target insanity, we’ve been working on something. Something that planted roots in our mind over 3 years ago. Something we tested but never pursued.  We are here to show you what we got!

The laNeva Diagonal Rift:

 

This is our Rift Series Tile design reinterpreted on a rectangular tile body.  Available in 2″x4″ and 3″x6″. Sold by the piece or mesh mounted in any design you dream up.

What knocks our socks off are the stunning zig zag, diamond and chevron patterns you can make with these little bad boys:

Zig-zags and chevron patterns have never been so hot (and we all know who to thank for that.  Missoni, of course!) Want to check out more of ours? Take a look at our Herringbone ZigZag, the decidedly more relaxed Herringbone Classico or oh-so chic, Herringbone Retro.

Of course, any laNeva pattern can be made with any laNeva Color. That’s the beauty when tile is handmade, just for you.

Oh, and thanks to our hometown brand of Target (and Missoni) for this crazy zig-zag buzz…

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Gorgeous New Rift Combinations

Our Rift Tiles are an exciting way to add texture and dimension to your tile design.

We layer and layer and layer two colors of glaze, side-by-side, on one tile.  Sometimes this creates a chemical reaction between the two glazes during firing, resulting in dynamic bubbles. Other times, the result is more subtle and appears like an ocean wave,  a semi-transparent  color overlay, or even created a third color entirely.

We love every one of our Rift combinations and find great fun in exploring these glaze combinations to create some really unique tiles.

laNeva Rift Tiles #90 Oregano (matte)/ #24 Steel (semi-matte) in 2"x 2"

 

While assembling our latest designer sample boxes of 2″x 2″ tile , we’ve decided to add a few of these surprise Rift tiles to each one.  You never know what you’ll get and you may just be the first to see a brand new laNeva colorway!

laNeva Rift Tile #71 Dune (gloss)/#24 Steel (semi-matte) in 2"x 2"

 

Please email samples@laNevaTile.com if you’re interested in a sample box of our 2″ x 2″ tile.  These include all of our solid colors and a sampling of Rift color combinations.  If you are interested in a specific colorway, please contact us for more information and availability.

We want your input. Love these? Hate these? Have ideas for a Rift colorways that we haven’t shown yet?

Leave a comment here or on the laNeva Facebook page with your input or suggestions!

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The Future of laNeva Tile

You will see a shift in laNeva Artisan Tile

In the coming weeks, we’re rolling out some changes ’round here. Starting with an updated logo and website, we are working on a cleaner  look with added site functionality and an indepth behind-the-curtain view of laNeva Tile.  We’ll talk about (and show you) our process, how we make & design our gorgeous handmade tile and you’ll also see the launch of our online shop.

Secondly, we’re so completely excited, we’re nearly jumping from our seats! There are two fresh, new product lines we’re pairing with laNeva ceramics, with the official launch dates over the next two months.  These tile materials have been meticulously designed by us and are available only through laNeva, our reps and showrooms.

laNeva GLASS Tile Launch

Mid September will be the debut of our new laNeva GLASS tile, designed by laNeva to coordinate with our ceramics and made by the incredible glass artist Peter Zelle in Minneapolis.  Ours is a very textural, layered and fused glass tile, available in 8 color combinations and made to order.  These tiles have a dynamic juxtaposition of color and incredible depth that cannot be matched by anything else we’ve seen. These are not mosaics, we are going BOLD.  Our sizes for laNeva GLASS are 4″x4″, 4″x 8″, 4″x 12″ and 8″x8″ (with a possible 12″x 12″ as well).

Mid October Will Launch Another Product Pairing

While the details are still being finalized, we’re working with another great company to create laNeva fusion tile patterns. These are funky, unexpected material groupings,  textures and a playful approach to traditional mesh-mounted borders and field tile layouts.

A New laNeva Ceramic SHAPE

We also have a new laNeva ceramic tile shape to release in October, perfectly engineered to work with these new materials and patterns. Is anyone else doing this? We certainly don’t think so.

Our goal is to provide a completely unique offering of tile products handmade in the USA. We’re pairing ceramic, glass and other materials in fresh, funky, exciting ways, all made for and designed by laNeva Tile. We’re luxury, but not elitist tile! As a professional interior designer, I know that the most dynamic tile designs are often a mix from several sources. We’re bringing those sources and options here, to laNeva Artisan Tile!

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Budget Border Install


It’s always fun to see laNeva Tile living in its new home, with its new family. We recently worked with a homeowner to design a small, rectalinear border (mesh-mounted and interlocking, with a random pattern layout) for a budget bathroom remodel. Measuring a mere 5″ high, this border contains 1×1′s in Lichen, 1×2 in Dune and 1/2 x 6 liners in Café.

 

Don’t let the small size fool you, this border really stands out. Paired with inexpensive white 3×6 subway tile, the border is all the accent needed to create interest and texture in an otherwise neutral bathroom.

Like this project, handmade tile can fit into nearly any budget. The homeowners kept the existing cabinetry and plumbing layout but replaced much of the sheetrock, insulation, tile throughout, countertop (with integral sink) faucets, mirror lighting and paint.

 

Studio Snapshot of Mesh Mounting & Overglazed Edge

And the budget breakdown, you ask? Lets take a look:

(All figures are approximate)

1. Countertop w/ integral sink       $500.00
2.  Subway  tile                                      $ 350.00
3.  laNeva Tile Border                         $800.00
3.  Plumbing fixtures                          $550.00
(toilet, sink faucet, shower faucets)
4.  Floor tile                                            $100.00
5.  Sheet rock/cement board/joint   $400.00
compound/paint/ tape/sealer
6.  Plumbing supplies                          $200.00
7.  Rugs,towels,pictures, etc            $150.00
8.  Miscellaneous                                   $100.00
9.  Labor                                             $ 500.00

The homeowners did much of the labor themselves, but called in the pros for a few technical items. What a great job, and with spending only $4000 total.

laNeva Artisan Tile is a fabulous pairing with natural stone and machine made tile.  We’ll even help you with the design layout, and provide installation drawings. What’s not to love? We make it easy to add some color to your life!

*Install Photography by Reed Osell

 

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[Houzz Ideabook] Accent Tile Design Ideas

Contemporary bathroom

Handmade Tile:

It can be expensive – that’s the bad news. Good news is that there are so many ways to use handmade tile as an accent alongside less expensive, machine-made field tile or stone. This is a great way for handmade tile to fit into nearly every budget.

For example, take a look at this gorgeous tile combo pictured to the right by San Francisco interior designerNiche Interiors.  The red handmade ceramic border, installed low on the wall and paired with natural stone & brass details is warm, fun and completely unexpected!

Below is a Houzz Ideabook showing even more examples how  to add color & interest with accent tile.

What do you think of the following design ideas?  Leave a comment with your favorite!


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“Hue & Improved” from California Home+Design

Look at this stunning 3-color palette featured in the July/Aug 2011 issue of California Home+Design!  Remind you of anything??

As it turns out, those of you who voted for our “IT” color options were right on with your selection of the newest laNeva colors: Smoke, Laguna and Tangerine! Thank you, Thank you!!


By the way, we are absolutely in love with the IKAT design by New Ravena Mosaics, shown towards the bottom right of the magazine page. Here’s the link to a luscious full photo of Ikat on the New Ravenna website.

Can you imagine this gorgeous mosaic with a border of our ceramic in #11 Laguna glaze? So hot!

 

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BlogOff: My Favorite Colors

If you’re not familiar with a BlogOff… I’m going to offer a quote describing it from one of my favorite bloggers and one that I follow regularly, Mr. Paul Anater at kitchenandresidentialdesign.com :

“Every two weeks, the blogosphere comes alive with something called a Blog Off. A Blog Off is an event where bloggers of every stripe weigh in on the same topic on the same day. The topic for this round of the Blog Off is “What’s your favorite color?”

Thanks Paul.  Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Reading several of this week’s Blog Off entries, I got thinkin’. What IS my favorite color? For years, it was obviously and beyond a doubt, green. Any shade, any hue, anything in the green category. Green surrounded me in my house, my clothing and nearly every facet of my life FOR YEARS.  Green is enveloping, cozy, comfortable. Especially the muted brown-greens that I gravitate towards remind me of my favorite time in Minnesota: early Autumn when the grass is drying out, the air is getting crisp and the leaves are just starting to change colors. That’s probably why you will find so many of these greens in the laNeva color line (Lichen, Mist Crackle and Oregano).

#92 Mist Crackle

#90 Oregano

#71 Lichen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I’ve felt a shift. Slowly and subtly, I am moving towards yellow. I even spent this past weekend painting my daughter’s bedroom a beautiful shade of lemony yellow that is sunny and happy and perfect.  Not that green is forgotten, not at all. Green will surely have a stronghold on my wardrobe for a long time. The grass and  leaves and moss that inhabit in my happy place are now complimented with early evening sunshine,  the last warmth of summer and the leaves turning golden before they are caught up in a warm autumn breeze.

(color palettes via http://design-seeds.com)

So that is my first, intended-to-be-unofficial-but-now-made-official Blog Off entry. Paul, don’t worry, I’ll work on my own version of your perfectly succinct BlogOff description for next time. I’d better get started now :)

If you want to see more color posts or follow future topics, check out these Blog Off stars:

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