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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Zelle Glass Studio for laNeva Artisan Tile

Zelle Glass has an incredible history creating commissioned glass sculpture, countertops and gallery pieces.

Peter Zelle is a master of the glassmaking process and the head of a studio with whom we are very proud to partner. We’ve attempted to illustrate the laborious process of making the laNeva GLASS Collection here.  While intriguing, it does not truly convey the time and attention that goes into making every tile.

Read on to learn how each laNeva GLASS tile is produced:

  • The first step is to create a silicon mold in the size of the desired tile.  A mixture of plaster and silica powder is mixed with water until it is a slurry, like pancake mix, and then poured into the silicon mold.
  • When the plaster/silica hardens, the mold is pulled off. Now there is a 4”x4” space where the glass tile forms.
  • Colored glass frit, like coarse sugar, are sprinkled into the plaster/silica mold. This 1/8” layer of color is then covered with chunks of clear glass. These chunks are irregular shapes which create beautiful shadowy lines in the tiles where the chunk edges melt together.
  • Once all the glass is put into molds, they are loaded into the kiln.
  • The tiles are heated slowly over 12 hours to 1250° F and held there for 3 more hours. This allows all the bubbles to reach the surface. Next the kiln is raised to 1550° F and the glass pools and flows like honey.
  • Glass needs to be annealed, or cooled slowly. This relieves any stress in the glass so no cracking will occur. This process takes 12 more hours.
  • Once the tiles are cooled they are removed from the plaster/silica mold. The plaster/silica just breaks apart and is discarded.
  • The second half of the glass tile making process involves grinding the edges of the tiles and then fire polishing them in the kiln.
  • The grinding is done on a water fed flattening wheel with a 200 grit diamond pad. This is a semi coarse grit which will smooth out any imperfections from the mold. Then the tiles are placed back in the kiln at room temperature and heated over 1 hour to 1000° F.
  • Now the fire polishing takes place. The kiln temp is then raised to 1450° F. At that point the edges of the tiles start to round just a bit and the coarse ground areas gloss over and become smooth and shiny.
  • The kiln is then quickly cooled by opening the door a bit until it is back down to 1000° F. The pieces are annealed again over 12 hours.
  • Finally they are removed from the kiln and the back sides are hand painted white to give the brilliant colors a background to glow against.

To learn more about laNeva GLASS options, colors and specs, see the collection on our website and blog launch post.

 

 

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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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Gorgeous New Rift Combinations

Our Rift Tiles are an exciting way to add texture and dimension to your tile design.

We layer and layer and layer two colors of glaze, side-by-side, on one tile.  Sometimes this creates a chemical reaction between the two glazes during firing, resulting in dynamic bubbles. Other times, the result is more subtle and appears like an ocean wave,  a semi-transparent  color overlay, or even created a third color entirely.

We love every one of our Rift combinations and find great fun in exploring these glaze combinations to create some really unique tiles.

laNeva Rift Tiles #90 Oregano (matte)/ #24 Steel (semi-matte) in 2"x 2"

 

While assembling our latest designer sample boxes of 2″x 2″ tile , we’ve decided to add a few of these surprise Rift tiles to each one.  You never know what you’ll get and you may just be the first to see a brand new laNeva colorway!

laNeva Rift Tile #71 Dune (gloss)/#24 Steel (semi-matte) in 2"x 2"

 

Please email [email protected] if you’re interested in a sample box of our 2″ x 2″ tile.  These include all of our solid colors and a sampling of Rift color combinations.  If you are interested in a specific colorway, please contact us for more information and availability.

We want your input. Love these? Hate these? Have ideas for a Rift colorways that we haven’t shown yet?

Leave a comment here or on the laNeva Facebook page with your input or suggestions!

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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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[Houzz Ideabook] Accent Tile Design Ideas

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Handmade Tile:

It can be expensive – that’s the bad news. Good news is that there are so many ways to use handmade tile as an accent alongside less expensive, machine-made field tile or stone. This is a great way for handmade tile to fit into nearly every budget.

For example, take a look at this gorgeous tile combo pictured to the right by San Francisco interior designerNiche Interiors.  The red handmade ceramic border, installed low on the wall and paired with natural stone & brass details is warm, fun and completely unexpected!

Below is a Houzz Ideabook showing even more examples how  to add color & interest with accent tile.

What do you think of the following design ideas?  Leave a comment with your favorite!


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9 Ways Grout Can Enhance Your Tile Design

If you don’t know Houzz, you should. Check out this Houzz Ideabook where one of our favorite Kitchen & Bath Designers, Paul Anater, has led us on a visual journey of how grout can create unifying effect within a tile design.


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The Dirt – Installation

Want to learn more about the specifics of laNeva tile? You can be-in-the-know about all the dirt (because that is all that clay really is) and behind the scenes stuff.

More about glazes, grout and our clay body later, today is all about installation.

Installation of laNeva Tiles:

We’ve created the perfect system to make install a cinch.

laNeva Artisan Tile offers any of our solid colors, Rift Series and sizes mesh mounted. In fact our tiles can be mesh mounted in sections up to 12″x 12″, numbered and shipped with an installation map of your personalized tile design. This ensures that mesh sections fit together as planned and you get the final design that you desire.

Mesh mounted tiles make installation a snap for your professional tile installer. While we always recommend hiring a professional tile installer to get the most uniform installation and best possible look- our mesh mounting can greatly ease the stress for a do-it-yourselfer as well.

If you really want to install yourselves, it can be done with amazing results. Check out this fantastic owner-installed fireplace of laNeva’s LOOSE #90 Oregano tiles in 2×4, 1×2 and 1×1 sizes. Great job Mr. S!

* We also offer overglazed edges for any outside edge/corner. These were used on the fireplace where the tile overlaps the fire box insert. More info on these specialty pieces to in our post about Glaze and overglazed edges.

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