[laNeva NEWS] Announcing The Cast Bronze Collection

Announcing laNeva Cast Bronze Tile!

laNeva Cast Bronze Collection

Available in 2 patterns, in 3 glaze options, these substantial, high-relief tiles are designed by Lisa La Nasa at laNeva Tile and exclusively handmade and finished by artists at Hixwerx in St. Paul, MN.

Creating cast bronze is a very time-consuming and labor intensive process.

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A clay sculpture needs to be made of the desired design (pictured above), then using this sculpture, a closed sand mold is created and the clay sculpture removed (below).

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Molten bronze is poured into the sand mold, filling all the space left by the clay. After the mold is cooled, it can be opened and the excess bronze material such as the pour spout and overfill cut off (tiles just out of the mold pictured below).

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Then the tiles are chiseled, sanded and filed to create a uniform look. The patina is applied by hand and finally a wax coating is added to protect the applied patina and prevent oxidation.

laNeva Cast Bronze Tile Specifications:

6″x 6″ square

High-relief thickness ranges from 1/4″-1/2″ thick

Glaze options: Burnished Black, Citrine (Golden Green) and Oxide (Reddish Brown)

4 lbs each

For indoor or outdoor installations

Made and finished by hand in St. Paul, MN

Care:

Dust with soft cloth and/or soft brush. Re-wax to protect tile from oxidation and natural green patina when needed/desired. Can be stripped and re-waxed if buildup occurs. Follow maintenance directions for any fine bronze sculpture, such as this: http://www.mcbridegallery.com/careofbronze.html

laNeva Tile Collections:

We are proud to include these magnificent bronze tiles in the exclusive family of laNeva designs, joining the collections of our original Handmade Ceramic, RIFT SeriesModico Ceramic, Beetlekill Pine and GLASS tile .

Please contact laNeva Tile for a custom quote for your next project!

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laNeva’s Exclusive Tile Collections

Over the last two years, we’ve added several complimentary tile products to our original laNeva handmade ceramic tile. With 4 new materials and numerous customizations with each, here is an overview of the new collections. All made in the USA by skilled artisans:

laNeva Glass Tile 6 of 8 colorways

GLASS.

Iridescence and depth that just begs for a bright light. Layers of color, subtle gradation and detail that is mesmerizing. laNeva’s artisan-made GLASS tile is luxury tile like no other. Big, bold and a complete show-stopper. Made by hand in Minneapolis.

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Skateboard.

Think you can’t mix materials in an installation? Think again. SK8 tile with laNeva’s own handmade L-shaped tile (or our handmade squares/rectangles) create dynamic, textural tile patterns that are as bold as you want them to be. Available in several standard mesh-mounted patterns or we can design one for you. Cut from reclaimed skateboard decks in Pennsylvania.

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laNeva Diagonal Rift on Modico Tile

Modico.

Our moderately priced, molded tile body that can be custom glazed in all the solids and Rift combinations of our original handmade tile. Modico is contemporary, uniform and a perfect option for commercial applications and those projects where shipping costs can add up. Thinner is lighter. Bonus! Shown is diagonal Rift with no grout spacing. Custom glazed in Colorado.

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laNeva 1x2 Beetlekill Pine Tile

Beetlekill Pine.

Reclaimed waste-wood that is killed naturally and available in abundance. Expertly laminated, cut, and finished to highlight the intrinsic beauty that can only come from nature. This is incredible tile. Colorado trees, produced into tile just for laNeva in Colorado.

And the really incredible thing is that these can all be customized. Most can be combined and we can create the perfect tile design for you. Contact us with your project details or call 612-217-1748 for more information.

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Treetop Oasis in Minneapolis

Older homes are the best, arent’t they?

Maybe we should clarify: in terms of unique details and amazing woodwork, they can’t be rivaled. In terms of pre-existing conditions, surprises and cost to remodel…. well, unfortunately they can’t be rivaled there either.

Lisa La Nasa, laNeva Tile’s fearless leader had the opportunity to work on a beauty of a 1907 4-Square home in Minneapolis’ Kenwood neighborhood not once but twice. In 2006-07 she designed the remodel for the lower level laundry room and 3/4 bath. In 2011 she was called back to design a master suite in the semi-finished-then-gutted attic space. The owners wanted spa-like spaces tucked under the eaves while keeping the original windows and adding a rooftop deck to gaze among the treetops. Oh, wouldn’t those leafy treetops be grand this time of year!

The bedroom and closet are incredible, the refurbished windows are enchanting but the bathroom is divine. laNeva’s 4″x8″ Modico Tile in a straight stack was used for the majority of the shower and the bathroom baseboard. The sink splash is Modico 2″x8′ straight stack. The crisp white glaze of laNeva’s ceramic pops against natural gray grout and an array of turquoise-gray mesh-mounted pebbles, which were inexpensively sourced from a local big-box store.

The contractors, Metamorphosis Design-Build, did an excellent job with the preexisting conditions- a mess of hand-built trusses, major electrical challenges and a previously installed geo-thermal system to name a few- and also designed and constructed the exterior deck.  You can see more of the ‘after’ pics when you visit the Metamorphosis site. Scroll down on their site to see all of the photos.

Our resources included an array of Minnesota-based small businesses. Here are a few:

  • Wood From The Hood provided Minneapolis Elm for the hardwood floors and bathroom countertop.
  • Andy’s Woodworking custom built the bathroom and bedroom cabinetry.
  • Storganize designed and built the closet storage, including their attic hanging systems which are suspended from the sloped ceilings.
  • MN Window Restoration removed and repaired/rebuilt 7 original windows.
Of course, any remodel is a team effort. We are thankful for the fabulous homeowners, dedicated Design-Build team at Metamorphosis and all the hard working subcontractors and suppliers. We are proud to not only be a part, but to have had the opportunity to see our second project for this family from the very beginning to the end result – and for laNeva’s Modico 4″x8″ field tile to find a beautiful ‘new’ home.

 

 

 

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[laNeva News] Announcing Beetlekill Pine Tile

In our quest to provide the coolest, most unique artisan-made tile in the USA, we approached Ryan Schlaefer of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture in Loveland, Colorado to partner with laNeva to produce tile using an uncommon material: waste wood killed by the Northern Pine Beetle.

Before we get into the details of the wood, we have to tell you about Ryan: A graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado, Ryan’s contemporary furniture pieces have a sense of scale and artful mix of materials that can only come from an artist’s eye. Not just a furniture maker, Ryan uses the beauty of form to create one-of-a-kind (as well as ready-to-ship) pieces using beetlekill pine and an array of other woods.

Now back to the tile.

Beetlekill 1"x 2"

 

Wood tile? Wood killed by beetles? Yes and Yes.

Beetlekill wood is a waste product in many western states in the USA. Instead of letting the wood go to the chipper or providing unwanted fuel to forest fires, it is gaining a unique following and being cut and milled for everything from furniture to building materials.  Artists like Ryan Schalefer have developed a love for the look and story behind this unusual wood and incorporated this waste-wood into gorgeous contemporary furniture and fixtures- and now decorative wall tile.

The extraordinary detail about beetlekill pine is the streaking left by the beetles. The beetles leave an enzyme in the wood that turns the graining blue, gray, purple, or even rust colored. Each piece is an incredible act of nature, completely unique and available only through laNeva Artisan Tile.

For accent walls (non-wet locations), our Beetlekill pine tile can be applied with an epoxy straight to the substrate with butt-joints. No need for grout. Our pine tile is composed of 1/4″ beetle-kill pine with a backer of 1/4″ plywood, attached using a high-pressure lamination process. Before leaving the artists hands, the pine is sanded and edges smoothed, then a clear polyurethane is applied. We are currently offering 1″ x 2″ , 1″x 4″, 2″x 2″ and 2″x 4″ sizes. Additional sizes and finished edging pieces can be produced by request.

Our beetlekill tile has a very low expansion and contraction rate due to the plywood backer and as a result, it can be used in conjunction with our ceramic or SK8 tile and either butt-jointed without grout or grouted (using a flexible grout) to create a dynamic multi-media tile installation. If using in a damp location such as a backsplash, we recommend using a grouted installation with a sealer applied after install to both the grout and wood tile.

laNeva’s BEETLEKILL PINE TILE IS made from reclaimed waste wood in Colorado. This is beautiful, unique, functional tile with quite a story!

 

For more info about this or our other tile collections such as GLASS, SK8, Modico or our original Handmade Solid and Rift Glaze ceramics, contact us! [email protected]

To learn about the wood artisan, Ryan Schlaefer, please visit the Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture website, like their page on Facebook or read about his work in the Vail Business Journal.

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laNeva’s Newest: Modico Molded Tile

Announcing laNeva’s newest tile collection: Modico Molded Tile!

You can now select between Modico molded tile bodies or our original handmade tile bodies. Then choose our gorgeous glaze colors (or two glazes for a Rift Series Blend) to be applied per order, to the tile you choose.

Why choose a molded tile? Molded tile allows for larger sizes, more shape options, a thinner tile and quicker ship time. All of this with a sleek, uniform look that can be installed with narrower grout lines.

You want 400 sf of hex tile, plus cove base, bullnose and inside/outside corners? We can do that!

Modico Collection Sizes available: 2×2, 2×4, 2×8, 3×3, 3×6 4×6, 4×8, 6×8, 8×8, 12×12, 2” hex and 4-3/8” hex. Additional sizes and trim pieces are available such as bullnose, sanitary cove, liners, chair rail, v-cap, inside and outside corners, etc. Contact us for all options and to discuss your needs.

Of course laNeva handmade tile bodies will always be available, offering the richness, warmth and character that only handmade can offer. With Modico, we now have a choice for those interested in a sleek, contemporary look.

 

 

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laNeva Receives Houzz’s 2012 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award

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First-Ever Survey & Analysis of More than 1.2 Million Members Reveals Top-Rated Professionals and Current Design Trends from Across the Country

[MINNEAPOLIS, MN]  –  May 2, 2012 – laNeva Artisan Tile of Minneapolis, MN has been awarded  “Best Of Remodeling” 2012 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The custom tile studio, specializing in ceramic and mixed media tile designs was chosen by the more than 1.2 million registered members of the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Remodeling” award for 2012 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the 1.2 million members, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 16.5 million professional images to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site and iPad/iPhone app.

We’re excited to receive the Houzz Best of Remodeling Award for 2012.  Houzz has been a great resource for our work and for the field of Interior Design in general.  We’re thrilled to be listed among such great companies!  ~Lisa La Nasa, founder of laNeva Artisan Tile

“With 3.5 million monthly unique users and 80 million monthly page views, Houzz has rapidly become the largest community of active remodelers, providing homeowners and design enthusiasts with first-hand advice from Houzzers who have been through the renovating and decorating process,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of marketing for Houzz. “This is a real stamp of approval for laNeva Tile from the Houzz community and we’re thrilled to welcome them to this elite group of ‘Best Of’ winners.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like laNeva Tile, but also those whose work visually aligns with their own design goals. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

 laNeva Artisan Tile, established in January 2008 by Interior Designer Lisa La Nasa, has developed an aesthetic and product line like no other. Specializing in the design and creation of handcrafted ceramic wall tile, laNeva Tile has expanded to offer artisan-made glass tile in bold sizes and shapes, along with 100% recycled materials such as skateboard tile and reclaimed wood.  Custom designs are the specialty in this boutique tile studio and can incorporate one or many materials into mixed-media tile installations.

About Houzz

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is the leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.2 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

 

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Thanks for everyone’s support!  We love what we do and couldn’t do it without you!!!

 

 

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[laNeva News] Product Launch: laNeva SK8 Patterns

In our last post, we detailed how laNeva Tile is partnering with like-minded companies and artisans to create tile designs and patterns that are greater than the sum of their parts. Dynamic, interesting, never seen before combinations that we think are pretty spectacular (can you tell?!?!)

This collaboration concept was born this past summer and was first evident with the laNeva GLASS tile launch in October. After working to refine and precisely plan our multi-media tile collaboration, we are launching today:

 laNeva Tile & SK8 Tile by Art of Board

Art of Board is an incredible company that not only uses recycled skateboard decks to create graphic, functional wall tile, they also coordinate nationwide collection of used skateboard decks through their organization I Ride I Recycle and support several local and national charities.

SK8 tiles are hand cut from 100% recycled skate decks. Every scratch, scrape and gouge is kept intact – making them truly original. Each tile has its own story. They’re alive with texture, shape and color. Together, they bring that story to life in every space they inhabit – creating a vibrant visual experience in the home, retail or commercial environment.

Without further delay, here are just the starting two of our SK8 designs, featuring laNeva’s new L-shaped handmade ceramic tile and Art of Board recycled skateboard tiles:

 

 To learn more about the beauty and brilliance of Art of Board, check out this dynamic video by Converse, featuring the AOB story:

For more information including specs, pricing or custom patterns using laNeva & SK8 tile, please contact us!  We can be reached by phone at 612-217-1748, email [email protected] or fill out the form on our Contact Us page.

If you like this launch, please join us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about laNeva’s latest news and designs!

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Tile, from an Interior Designer’s Perspective

laNeva AOB board 1As an Interior Designer, I look at tile and designing with tile a little differently than a tilemaker might.

I see that one tile collection is usually is not vast enough to meet varying client needs.

I am used to searching through my design studio’s samples, online and through numerous local showrooms, only to find out that the components I want to use together for a project are not available in coordinating sizes. Alternatively, if you choose tile from the same manufacturer, the look can be stale, expected.

Not anymore.

We are taking our original, the laNeva 3/8″ thick handmade tile body, and building a series of coordinating collections, with materials and sizes that can be used together or individually to create some pretty wild (or reserved) combinations.

Ceramic. Glass. Wood (yea, we said wood). All made in the USA by independent artisans.

A big laNeva product launch is coming later this month, with another in each of the first 3 months of 2012. We can’t wait to share this new direction with you. This is just the start…..

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End Of 2011- Recap & A Plan

The standard “What A Year It Has Been!” that we’ll all see on the coming holiday letters really is true this year for us. It’s been wild!

laNeva Tile has expanded production dramatically from 2010 and we have so many more options for patterns, customization and alternative materials. We’ve partnered with Zelle Glass to create a completely dramatic, luxury glass tile collection (laNeva GLASS which launched this past October). We are working with so many incredible designers and showrooms  that astound us with their talent and creativity.

laNeva has also moved to dealer sales only, which helps to streamline our production and customer service as well as dramatically increases our dealer network. Yippee!

And, it’s not like we’re just going to coast into 2012. We’re not done yet!

The GLASS launch this past October was the start of 3 new product launches. The second and third of which are in production now and will be rolled out in early 2012.  These are collaborative products as well as a whole new direction for the future of laNeva tile. We’re so excited, but really can’t say any more.

What we CAN show you now is a component of one of these new products. A peek. A tease. Just one part of the puzzle that we will be revealing soon:

laNeva 'L' in color: Laguna (a fresh, wattery, semi-transparent glaze with large crackle texture)

laNeva 'L' in color: Steel (a dark, moody, mottled semi-metallic glaze. This one is a drama queen.)

There will be some other changes and additions coming about: More colors in GLASS and ceramic for 2012, including 3 new ‘IT’ glaze colors to be chosen by YOU (and lets do that a little earlier in 2012, shall we? )

Along with the color additions, others are getting the ax and there will be a few deletions from our lines. We will never be one of those companies with 100 or even 50 colors per product line.

Streamlined. Refined. Yes.

But hey, I’m jumping ahead a month. There’s a lot of celebrating to be done before the end of the year, and celebrating we shall do. We’re just excited to keep moving forward!

 

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LEED Certification?

In a recent conversation  with a laNeva Dealer, we discussed all different aspects of our production, environmental practices, future designs and how we might fit for a future project they were presenting. ‘

In the middle of that call, I was also asked if the tile that laNeva produces is LEED certified.

After the discussion, I got off the phone and did some research. I hadn’t thought  that LEED certifies products, but couldn’t be sure. Manufacturers can have all sorts of ‘environmental’ certifications from various organizations, many of which cost buco-bucks and are akin to Organic Certification for a local CSA. The CSA might follow all the same organic practices, but it doesn’t make economical sense for a small operation to pay for such an expensive certification…. but I digress.

As stated direct from the USGBC.org website:

Q: Can I get my product or service LEED certified?

A: USGBC does not certify, endorse or promote products, services or companies, nor do we track, list or report data related to products and their environmental qualities.

LEED is a certification system that deals with the environmental performance of buildings based on overall characteristics of the project. We do not award credits based on the use of particular products but rather upon meeting the performance standards set forth in our rating systems. It is up to project teams to determine which products are most appropriate for credit achievement and program requirements.

So, in an itty-bitty nutshell, that answer is no. laNeva Tile is not a LEED Certified product, nor is any other tile or any other building product.  It is the entire construction project that could qualify for LEED Certification, to which the materials are only a small component.

To learn the basics of LEED, particularly LEED For Homes, watch this great overview video:

LEED for Homes: Certification Process from U.S. Green Building Council on Vimeo.

If you’re interested in learning more about laNeva’s environmental practices, see the Environmental Statement on our site, email or just call us.

While not all of our products are high on the recycled-content spectrum, we have others that are 100% recycled content.  Plus, we’re adding new products and refining our techniques all the time.

Your home/office/restaurant might just be nearby a production site for a specific laNeva Tile collection! And,  a huge advantage to using tile is the long-term durability, simple maintenance and overall low life-cycle cost.

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