[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 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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[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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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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