laNeva News: December 2010

December already. Wow. So much has been going on behind the scenes recently at laNeva Artisan Tile. We have some exciting changes to announce for the end of 2010 and the start of 2011!

  • PARTNERS: laNeva is thrilled to announce our newest partners in the tile biz: Spacial Adaptation, who will be representing our tile nationally, along with a host of other amazing earth-friendly products.
  • BOLD BORDERS: We’ve been hard at work on our LINEAL Border Collection of 6 large, pre-designed tile borders, along with our delicate SLICE Accessories Collection based off of our Rift Series tiles. Please stay tuned, our next post will be to announce the launch of these fabulous customize-or-not designs! You can choose one of our suggested color palettes or customize to your liking using our any of our standard glazes.
  • THE CART IS DEAD: As you may have noticed, we are no longer offering our online shopping cart. While it was a flashy sales avenue, it became evident that with so many custom designs, an online order venue was just not relevant.  It is kind of nice to know that humans are still needed, in both the production and order placement!
  • SAMPLES,  ANYONE? We are working to implement online sample orders, without all the cumbersome cart features that we experienced with our online shopping.
  • PRIVACY, PLEASE! Another feature on to be implemented in early 2011 is a password-protected section of the site for our dealers and members of the trade.

As we continue to explore new and exciting ways to use our Rift and solid color tiles, we look forward to being a part of your lives in 2011.  Thanks for all your love and support in 2010. Happy Holidays!

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Top 6 Reasons laNeva Tile is NOT For You

Although we’d love for everyone to have laNeva Artisan Tile gracing their bathroom, kitchen backsplash or reception  area, we know that our tile is not for everyone. How do you know if laNeva tile is not for you? We have a few pointers:

1.) You want tile that is uniform in color, texture and size. You need a machine-made tile rather than the inherent variation that comes with a handmade product like ours.

2.) You need tile yesterday, or today and can’t wait for it. laNeva Tile is made by hand for every order and is not pre-made or stocked. It takes time to produce and while many times it can be shipped earlier, our standard lead time is 4-6 weeks.

3.) You would like to color-match existing tile or design elements. laNeva has a solid color palette of 12 glazes.  It is possible that one of our colors may be a close match to what you need but we cannot create specialty glazes.  Please order a sample pack of 4 tiles (or our full-line sample pack of 16 tiles) to see examples in person before ordering.

4.) You are looking for a raised-pattern tile or an historic reproduction piece. While laNeva Tile fits into many different architectural styles, we do not produce molded or carved tile. There are many other handmade tile makers who do so beautifully.

5.) You need a floor tile. laNeva tile is approved for all interior wall uses and can be used as an accent on a low-traffic floor such as a residential bathroom or powder room.  Please note that our many high-gloss glaze colors can possibly scratch if used on any floor or if improperly cleaned.

6.) You need to meet a $5/SF (or less) budget. While we work with many different budgets, there are times when not even a decorative border or dot accent of handmade tile can fit the bill. We understand that our tiles are not for everyone at every time, so we hope you come back to us next time you need tile or  refer a friend who may be interested in a unique look. (Really though, our 2×2 “dots” are under $5 each.  Anyone can afford a smattering of gorgeous handmade tile!)

Please contact us with any questions or to see if laNeva Artisan Tile is the right fit for your project.

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Contemporary Concept Boards

laNeva Tile has been busy, busy, busy this summer. We’ve been shipping out loads of samples and our favorite project right now is a series of 8 concept boards for our new dealer, Christopher’s Baths and Kitchens in Englewood, Colorado. We’ve been so busy in fact, we have no idea where the time has gone. Blog posts? What blog posts?

Well, the concept boards for Christopher’s are nearly done and we can’t wait to reveal all the lovely modern details and bold colors of these 9 boards, but for now we will leave you with a few snapshots… including the Christopher’s EXCLUSIVE Rift Series color combo of #71 Dune/ #24 Steel. We love the play of matte metallic Steel and the glossy, subtle crackle of Dune.

You may be surprised with this board set. They are bold, fun and an introduction to our standard pattern project to be announced later this year. Enjoy!

See a few other laNeva Design Ideas on our site.

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Announcing Café/Curry Rift Series

We’ve hinted, we’ve teased and it is high time to release a glimpse of our newest Rift Series jewel: #77 Café/#75 Curry. It is a stunning, coppery tone-on-tone tile that until now has only been seen in our sample packs. This beautiful color combo is perfect for those who want an understated look while still creating the color drama that only our Rift Series Tiles can offer.

Curry glaze provides the smooth, uniform butterscotch color and Café glaze offers more visual and tactile texture.  They combine to create a rich chocolate colored Rift Series tile with moderate modeling and a darker brown stripe at the center.

Want to see these beauties up close and personal? Email us at [email protected] to request your sample pack today, available with 2″x2″ tiles in either 4 or 16 tile sets) and you’ll have your pretty little tile gift box in hand within 3-5 business days.

Are you an Interior Designer, Architect or other member of the trade? Email us for information on our trade program [email protected]

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The Rift

#92-Mist/#61-Sky Rift, #84 Siren Solid, #95-Lichen/#68-Twilight Rift

What is the Rift Series and how did it get its name?

The Rift series is laNeva’s signature design that brings two colors of glaze onto one tile for a contemporary-bold or tone-on-tone look. Why is “Rift”, which has usually means “division”, used when we are instead bringing two glazes together rather than pulling them apart?

Our response? There is more than one definition of the word, and we are using it as “A space, an interval”.

The Rift Series Tiles are greater than the sum of its parts. Sure each tile has two glazes, but the magic happens in the center- where the two colors overlap. That is the point of the chemical reaction between the glazes. With some color combinations, this line of delineation becomes a series of beautiful bubbles, in others, it is a third color entirely, in even other color combinations, it is a subtle overlay of one color with a shadow line below. Each combination is completely unique and each tile within that combo has a character all its own.

On a micro scale, our Rift tiles are the grand canyon, with the drama being at the center, with the mountain ranges on each side playing a slightly less dramatic, yet integral role. As such, we are focusing on the drama in center, knowing that it cannot be achieved without the colors on the sides. Thus, the Rift.

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laNeva’s Slick New Numbers

Always growing and evolving, the decision was made to re-number the laNeva tile colors. We’ve had problems with transposing numbers (I’ve even done it) and while the old numbers made sense to us, it was more than a little confusing to others. Really, why do you need, 2, 3 and 4 digit item numbers in a line that contains only 12 colors? So, with that, we introduce a 2-digit system whose numbers are easier to remember and cannot be transposed to create another tile’s number. Please, hold the applause-

#92 Mist

#95 Lichen

#90 Oregano

#24 Steel

#61 Sky

#68 Twilight

#31 Snow

#84 Siren

#73 Butter

#75 Curry

#77 Café

#71 Dune

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Why Only 12 Colors??

laNeva Tile offers a limited color line by design.      

We have chosen the best 12 lead-free glazes available for our 2010 color line and we have no immediate plans to add to those colors (well, possibly a few new things for 2011!)

Why only 12, you ask? Well, the answers are quite simple, but I shall give you the long(er) version:

  1. We want to keep it easy. It is easy for us to provide samples, easier for designers or homeowners to store samples, easier to order and ship our samples, and just plain easier all around to have a small color line.  Everybody likes “easy”, don’t you?
  2. We can’t be everything to everyone, but we do what we do well.
  3. Even with 12 colors, we have a possible 132 different Rift Series color combinations (using those 12 solid colors) and an unlimited range of size, solid color and Rift Series combinations.  Don’t you think “unlimited” is enough??
  4. Sometimes as a designer it is exhausting to sort through the ordinary, crap products to find the gems.  Look at it this way:  We’ve done the sorting for you.

Order a laNeva Tile full-line sample pack for yourself, or watch for our upcoming giveaways on Facebook and Twitter to win one (containing 2″x 2″ samples of laNeva’s 12 solid colors and 4 Rift Series teasers).  Then you, too will be a part of the coolest new thing in handmade tile!

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So Simple, So Mondrian

What is not to love? Piet Mondrian: A Dutch painter, part of the DeStijl movement who worked in rectilinear color blocks… and whose work is so beautifully translated into tile. Take the following Piet Mondrian painting for example:

Using laNeva tile, we could create something like this conceptual tile design:

We used Siren #84, Twilight #68, Butter#73, Steel #24 and Snow #31, all in our standard sizes of 4×4, 2×2, 1×2 and 1×6. A decent interpretation, huh?

If you want to read more about Piet Mondrian and the De Stijl movement in the Netherlands, or related artists, please see today’s amusing article in the UK Telegraph or the exhibition information for Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde at the Tate Modern in London running now through May 16, 2010.

January 2011 update: We are happy to announce that laNeva’s interpretation of Mondrian’s painting is now available using our handmade tile. Please take a look at our Lineal Collection Border  ”Composition Six”, available as a border pattern or a mesh mounted panel suitable for tiling or grouting/framing. Shown here with dark gray grout. Please contact us for pricing & purchasing  information.

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Lisa La Nasa in ‘Kitchen and Bath Ideas’ Mag

So you now know about laNeva Tile. So, what’s with this designer behind laNeva?

Well, here is a little more, including the cover story from the September/October 2009 issue of Kitchen and Bath Ideas Magazine, featuring interior designer Lisa La Nasa.  A fun project, a beautiful result and a very happy homeowner. Click on the images for a closer look:

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New 2010 Color Palette

We’ve tweaked our colors slightly for 2010 and man, are we excited!

New textures and colors bring an array of new design possibilities for your space.  New Rift Series Blends give our signature line even more spice!!

Need additional personalization or design advice?? Contact us for a custom design or a quote.

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