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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laNeva AOB board 2

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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[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 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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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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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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Choose Our Limited Edition Colors!

We need your help to vote for our new, Limited Edition “IT” Colors for 2011!

Out of 5 options, please select 3 that will accent our existing solid color glazes for one calendar year. Voting will be open for one week and you’ll be able to vote just once. We’ll release the winners at 5 PM CST on Monday, April 18th and the winning colors will be officially added to our 2011 color offering on May 2nd, 2011.

All winning colors will be available as solid or Rift tiles and can be used by themselves or as a part of our Lineal or Slice Collection mesh-mounted borders or SPAN field tile patterns.

What are you waiting for? Vote for 3!

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