Herringbone Classico Goes Retro

Since we’ve been on the subject of herringbone patterns lately with our release of Herringbone Classico and a week later, our inspired Herringbone Zig Zag, we have just one more for you:

Herringbone Classico goes retro with a 3-color random mix of #77 Café, #73 Butter and #92 Mist Crackle. The herringbone layout is paired here with a 1/2″ x 6″ border of #75 Curry and a 3″x3″ field tile in #73 Butter, placed in a vertical running bond pattern.

We were inspired to show this fun interpretation of Herringbone Classico today thanks to Spacial Adaptation posting a wonderfully kitchy retro photo from Grassrootsmodern.com:

If you want to kick up the contrast of this pattern a little, consider replacing the subtle Mist Crackle with the darker (and matte) #95 Lichen.

See this pattern and several other of our conceptual layouts on our Design Ideas page, all featuring our spectacular handmade, made to order ceramic wall tile.

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Lineal Border Launch: Day 5

For Day 5 and 6 of our Lineal Collection border launch, we are switching gears and focusing on Lineal designs that use our Rift Series (2-color) tiles.

laNeva offers six standard Rift Series color combinations and we are proud to showcase these fun, unexpected tiles. Each Rift tile is completely unique, with a natural chemical reaction occurring at the overlap line of the two glazes.  The glaze combinations may create bubbles, a muted color blending or a third color entirely.  To learn more about our Rift tiles and the name, check out our blog post on the Rift.

So without further ado, we present our next Lineal Collection border pattern, Woven Rift.

(If you want an up close and personal view, click on any image)

Another big border, this one is stunning in its character and simplicity. Reminiscent of a herringbone, the pattern takes laNeva’s 2-color Rift tiles and randomly alternates them to create a woven-look.

Woven Rift is shown here using the following laNeva Solid Colors:

  • 1″x 6″ liner bars at top and bottom: #71 Dune
  • 2″x 2″ Rift Tiles: #61 Sky/#90 Oregano

Finished with a sand colored grout.

This border measures approximately 10-1/2″ tall, 3/8″ thick and is sold mesh mounted in 12″ lengths.  The Rift tiles alternate, but there is no true repeat.

One method to create a completely different look with Woven Rift is to insert a random accent Rift tile.  Christopher’s Baths & Kitchens in Englewood, Colorado displays a laNeva Woven Rift board where we have inserted a few #71 Dune/#84 Scarlet Rift tiles into an overall pattern of Christopher’s exclusive Rift colorway #71 Dune/#24 Steel.  The design is capped with a #31 Snow liner bar and completed with 3×6 tile in #71 Dune.  (Please note that the Christopher’s border is a half-tile-height shorter than the Lineal Collection design shown above).

If you prefer more sophisticated, reserved tile borders, check out day 1 and 2 releases Bamboo Forest and Herringbone Classico. Are you modern and like bold colors with lots of contrast? Then Marching Orders and Composition Six are for you.

And finally, if you want the lowdown on our Lineal Collection, here’s how it works:

laNeva Tile’s “Lineal” border collection is a series of 6 pre-designed, mesh-mounted borders of our most popular patterns. Since you choose the colors and combinations, your border can be as contemporary or traditional as you’d like.

We provide the detailed drawings and the color examples and you personalize the design with our choice of any of our solid color glazes. It’s still a custom design made just for you, but with no pricing surprises and a faster lead time.

Tomorrow is our finale – one final, beautiful Lineal Collection border that ties into another Rift Series product announcement. The suspense is too much!! See you tomorrow!

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Lineal Border Launch: Day 4

Are we having fun yet or what?

After two days of transitional patterns with subtle color, yesterday we introduced you to the super-bold design of Marching Orders.  Keeping with the theme of modern, bold designs, we have one more.  This pattern has been a huge success already with our Mondrian blog post and rendering from  last February.  Introducing laNeva’s  next Lineal Collection border, which we shall simply call Composition Six.

(If you want an up close and personal view, click on any image)

This is another bold and graphic pattern for laNeva Tile, utilizing the primary colors so common in DeStijl artwork.  DeStijl in Dutch means “The Style” and is the name of the artistic movement that was headed by the famous Piet Mondrian in the early 20th century. This design is as much about the blocks of color as it is about the patterns that are created by the grout lines.

Composition Six is shown here using the following laNeva Solid Colors:

  • 1″x 6″ liner bars and 1″x 2″ Background Color: #31 Snow
  • 1″x 2″ & 2″x 2″ Accent Colors: #68 Twilight, #84 Siren, #73 Butter, #24 Steel
  • 4″x 4″ Accent Colors: #84 Siren, #73 Butter

Finished with a dark gray colored grout.

This border measures approximately 10-1/2″ tall, 3/8″ thick and is sold mesh mounted in 12″ lengths or in a 12″W x 10-1/2″H panel with overglazed (finished) edges.  There is a semi-random repeat using the DeStijl layout concept and these size components shown.

One method to create a completely different look with Composition Six is to use lighter grout for the installation. Alternately, the pattern could be constructed in a more subdued color scheme using  #95 Lichen, #68 Twilight and#92 Mist Crackle, or you can choose any of laNeva’s Solid Color tiles for a personalized creation.

Want to see the first 3 designs in the Lineal Series? Mondays post featured the release of Bamboo Forest. Tuesday we launched Herringbone Classico and Wednesday was the uber-bold, Marching Orders.

And finally, if you want the general skinny on our Lineal Collection, here’s how it works:

laNeva Tile’s “Lineal” border collection is a series of 6 pre-designed, mesh-mounted borders of our most popular patterns. Since you choose the colors and combinations, your border can be as contemporary or traditional as you’d like.

We provide the detailed drawings and the color examples and you personalize the design with our choice of any of our solid color glazes. It’s still a custom design made just for you, but with no pricing surprises and a faster lead time. What’s not to like with that?

Our final two Lineal Collection borders will be featured Friday and Saturday, using our luscious Rift Series tiles.  These will tie into a special product announcement on Monday. Oh, we can’t wait!

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Retro Finds at Spinario Design

One of my favorite places to browse for interesting furniture and accessories is long-time love, Spinario Design in Minneapolis.  I wrote about Spinario back in 2007 on the LLD Latest and Greatest blog.

Well, Spinario is better than ever with their unbelievable selection of midcentury modern and eclectic retro decor, including furniture, lighting, artwork and accessories. Their store is a place to dream and be inspired. I still am in love with the Lane desk that I wrote about previously, shown here, and long since sold. Sigh. Never to fear, though. Spinario always has a great selection in the store and warehouse, with treasures just waiting to be discovered.

My newest loves from Spinario, wouldn’t you like to know!? Okay… here are just a few of them:

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Check out Spinario’s website or connect with them on Facebook for some amazing one-of-a-kind treasures.

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The Dirt – Clay

Everything you ever wanted to know about laNeva Tile’s clay body is here. Fun stuff, huh?

laNeva Tile uses a smooth white 3/8″ thick clay body for all of our tiles, which is rolled to thickness with a slab roller and cut onsite per order. We do not purchase pre-made bisque “blanks” on which to apply our glaze.  Since our tiles are cut by hand instead of molded, there is variation on each edge which creates a truly handmade look.

Because of laNeva’s contemporary image, we chose our white clay body to give a consistent texture and a more uniform finish than many handmade tiles.  It also helps us avoid tile warping, the bane of many a handmade tile maker.

laNeva uses clay from local Minnesota clay fabricators who get their materials from all over the upper midwest. We always use local material when possible and 100% non-toxic and lead free glazes are our standard.

3/8″ thick tile is consistent with many other handmade tiles but thicker than many of the mass-produced tiles available out there. We make no apologies for that. 1/4″ handmade tile, while convenient, isn’t a great cost savings to produce or ship and just doesn’t exude quality nor feel substantial enough for us.

We’ve designed laNeva to give a slightly contemporary yet warm feel in a world where there is mostly rustic handmade tile. Perfect for your modern green home, midcentury abode, or any other style inbetween, laNeva Tile is a timeless classic.

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A Midcentury Vacation Rental -The Kugel Gips House

We wrote a few months ago about the Mod on Cape Cod: Midcentury Modernist Homes on Cape Cod that were being saved and renovated thanks to the Cape Cod Modern House Trust.

Today we were thrilled to see in our email inbox information from a favorite design resource, Remodelista, regarding STAYING at the newly beautified Kugel Gips House in Wellfleet- the very house we featured. It is absolutely stunning, both the building and surroundings, and has made us quite green with envy for such a gorgeous week’s stay.

“The house, which overlooks Northeast Pond on Cape Cod, is available for rent during the summer months (a portion is tax-deductible); in the autumn and spring, artists and scholars can apply for a residency program.” via Remodelista.

There are actually three homes available for rent on the CCMHT site. They are auctioned in week-long blocks via email. Please contact The Cape Cod Modern Home Trust for more information. Please send us pics after your stay there, but we ask that you not rub it in too much!

The Cape Cod Modern Home Trust also accepts donations of furniture and art associated with the Midcentury Modern style, as well as monetary donations and volunteers for research, fundraising, construction, event planning, publicity, graphic design or technical support.

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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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The Dirt – Glazes

#84 Siren showing brush strokes on 2x2 tile

Many of the glazes in the laNeva tile line create a fabulous watercolor-like finish on the tiles. This is in part due to our use of 100% lead free glaze and is even more apparent on the larger size tiles. Lead-free glaze does not move or melt as much in the firing process as leaded glazes do, and since we brush all of our glazes on by hand instead of spraying them on, the character of the brush strokes is apparent in some of our final tiles. Colors that have more obvious brush strokes are Oregano, Siren, Dune, Curry and Café.

The nature of the brush strokes all depends on the thickness of glaze application. Thinner coats of glaze show brush strokes more than thickly applied coats. Since laNeva tiles are all handmade, there will always be variation from tile to tile and order to order.

Contemporary Ceramic Tile, color green sage oregano

laNeva's #90 Oregano with Overglazed edge

**laNeva Tile also offers overglazed edges when you need a tile with a finished edge. This overglazed edge is our version of the bullnose tile. We add an overglazed edge to create a finished edge at the side of a backsplash, shower wall or top of wainscoting, just to name a few applications. The tile edge remains square and the glaze color wraps all the way around the side thickness of the tile to create a uniform, finished side.

See more examples of our Solid Color glazes and our Exclusive Rift Series tiles where we combine two colors on one tile for a unique, contemporary appearance.

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Is it Modern or Contemporary?

What really is the difference between “Modern” and “Contemporary”? Even within the design community these words are often used interchangeably. The truth is the two are inherently different.

A trade resource (ie not available to the general public) from Moen discusses the fundamental differences between the terms “Modern” and “Contemporary” and how knowing the difference/clarifying their clients wants can help a designer’s success:

“Modern isn’t a style. It’s a way of thinking,” says architect Bryan Russell, a partner in the Atlanta-based Dencity Design. He says that modernist designers seek creative solutions for design problems. By contrast, contemporary is just a style and differs from traditional only in looks, he says. A good illustration of this is the traditional Cape Cod house: a simple box with symmetrical windows topped by a gable roof. A contemporary house might replace the gable with a shed roof, or with a flat roof surrounded by a parapet, and lose some of the detailing. But, because it’s basically a distilled version of the traditional home, major elements and proportions remain. Inside, the design will call for the same materials as a traditional, but with less trim and molding.

The modern home might be radically different: a box cantilevered over the top of another box with large corner windows, for example. That’s because the designer is more concerned with views to the outside than with composition. “Modern thinking is based on asking questions about how to solve problems and not necessarily following the tried and true,” says Russell.

Are you modern or contemporary or somewhere on the spectrum in between? To read the Moen article in it’s entirety, click here.

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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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