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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“Hue & Improved” from California Home+Design

Look at this stunning 3-color palette featured in the July/Aug 2011 issue of California Home+Design!  Remind you of anything??

As it turns out, those of you who voted for our “IT” color options were right on with your selection of the newest laNeva colors: Smoke, Laguna and Tangerine! Thank you, Thank you!!


By the way, we are absolutely in love with the IKAT design by New Ravena Mosaics, shown towards the bottom right of the magazine page. Here’s the link to a luscious full photo of Ikat on the New Ravenna website.

Can you imagine this gorgeous mosaic with a border of our ceramic in #11 Laguna glaze? So hot!

 

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BlogOff: My Favorite Colors

If you’re not familiar with a BlogOff… I’m going to offer a quote describing it from one of my favorite bloggers and one that I follow regularly, Mr. Paul Anater at kitchenandresidentialdesign.com :

“Every two weeks, the blogosphere comes alive with something called a Blog Off. A Blog Off is an event where bloggers of every stripe weigh in on the same topic on the same day. The topic for this round of the Blog Off is “What’s your favorite color?”

Thanks Paul.  Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Reading several of this week’s Blog Off entries, I got thinkin’. What IS my favorite color? For years, it was obviously and beyond a doubt, green. Any shade, any hue, anything in the green category. Green surrounded me in my house, my clothing and nearly every facet of my life FOR YEARS.  Green is enveloping, cozy, comfortable. Especially the muted brown-greens that I gravitate towards remind me of my favorite time in Minnesota: early Autumn when the grass is drying out, the air is getting crisp and the leaves are just starting to change colors. That’s probably why you will find so many of these greens in the laNeva color line (Lichen, Mist Crackle and Oregano).

#92 Mist Crackle

#90 Oregano

#71 Lichen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I’ve felt a shift. Slowly and subtly, I am moving towards yellow. I even spent this past weekend painting my daughter’s bedroom a beautiful shade of lemony yellow that is sunny and happy and perfect.  Not that green is forgotten, not at all. Green will surely have a stronghold on my wardrobe for a long time. The grass and  leaves and moss that inhabit in my happy place are now complimented with early evening sunshine,  the last warmth of summer and the leaves turning golden before they are caught up in a warm autumn breeze.

(color palettes via http://design-seeds.com)

So that is my first, intended-to-be-unofficial-but-now-made-official Blog Off entry. Paul, don’t worry, I’ll work on my own version of your perfectly succinct BlogOff description for next time. I’d better get started now :)

If you want to see more color posts or follow future topics, check out these Blog Off stars:

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Announcing the 2011 “IT” Colors!

Thanks to all of you who voted in the poll to choose our three limited edition glaze colors for 2011. We had a great response and after some changes in rank through the first day, the winners were soon evident and stayed on top through the remainder of the voting.

Announcing the winning colors (Drumroll is so passé. How about a rockin’ foot stomp?)….

#1: With 33% of the vote and already a pre-order: Laguna!

#2: Anything but boring, gray is hot, especially with these brights: Smoke!

#3: Rounding out the top three: “She uses Tangerine(s)!!”*

These colors will be available for samples and orders on Monday, May 2nd.  We’re also planning fabulous Rift Series color combos with these new glazes used in conjunction with our existing Solid Colors.  Thanks again everyone and we look forward to another exciting product launch coming in the very near future!

How will handmade tile accent your life?

 

* Pop culture reference from The Flaming Lips circa 1993. Does that make us old??? 

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The Non-Toxic Dilemma…

A choice we made upon starting laNeva Tile: All of our glazes must be lead-free and rated as AP-non-toxic. All of them. No exceptions.

Okay, here’s the dilemma: While the industry is reformulating many glazes to be lead-free, there are still a lot of glazes out there with lead and cadmium in them or they are still considered a “toxic” glaze (or rather, not “non-toxic) because they contain other elements with a known health risk.

There is yet another problem when the glazes meet the non-toxic requirements when used as a brushed-on glaze, but not when sprayed.  Inhalation risks are great with sprayed glazes and any dry glazes. Lead-free or not. (Spraying is not an issue for us because we brush all of our glazes. Glaze overspray isn’t good for people or the environment, period.)

An even further problem is that some of the coolest, richest, most dramatic glaze colors are made from heavy metals, including lead and cadmium, the exact elements that make these tiles not fit with our business model.

We have an awesome (and I don’t use that word lightly) launch coming up and we’re working on glaze formulations and selections like madwomen* here. The challenge is to find glaze formulas that create gorgeous laNeva-worthy colors that all fit in with our lead free and non-toxic glaze model. So, stick around for a truly fabulous, richest, bestest new glaze color launch you ever did see – all lead free and non-toxic – early next week.

*Yes, for those of you wondering, we are all women at laNeva Tile ;)

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[Color Feature] Tiger-Eye

laNeva #75 Curry

Amber, Tiger-eye, Butterscotch: whatever you call it, it’s a  popular, timeless color that conveys a sense of richness and exoticism. laNeva’s #75 Curry is a gorgeous example of this hue.

Our favorite inspiration site, Houzz has done it again with a collection of photos featuring this luscious, butterscotch palette. Follow the arrows on the bottom of the photos to scroll through the gorgeous photo ideabook.


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How Much Tile? Design Tips & Averages

You’re looking at tile and want a quick reference for how many square feet you might need.  What to do?

Consider these common measurements and tile design tips:

Kitchen Backsplash: Usually around 18″ high but lengths vary greatly. An average kitchen splash length is 10-20 lineal feet = 15-30 square feet of space to be tiled.

Tub Surround: For a standard tub, the wall lengths are usually 36″, 60″, 36″ = 11 lineal feet x 6′ or 7′ wall height (approx) = 66-77 square feet of tile needed.

Wainscot: Tile wainscoting is a great look, but what height should it be?  For the best possible result, never cut the wall in half.  This is one of the most important wainscot tips. If the wall is 8′ high, you want the total wainscot height below or above 48″. Consider 36″, 42″or 54″ from the floor to the top of the wainscoting.

Border: If you’re looking for a horizontal border or decorative stripe, take the lineal measurements given above. What about the height to place it at? That’s personal preference. At the top of wainscoting is good (not to exceed the total height listed above) or in a shower, 5′ is a great height. It doesn’t interfere with the plumbing locations yet is near eye level.  For a unique  and more contemporary look, place the border vertically and run the border from floor (or tub) to ceiling.

Fireplace: Designs vary, but you should consider whether you are tiling just the face of the fireplace, between a wood mantle and the firebox, or all the way around a fireplace, including the hearth and sides. Check out this fireplace for example: a total of 14 square feet (in 1×1, 1×2 and 2×4) of laNeva tile #90 Oregano.

Still can’t decide what would look best?  Call or email [email protected] and we’d be thrilled to provide a phone consultation and custom layout options for you, including lots of tips on how to make your tile project a complete showstopper! We’ve been designing dynamic tile environments for… well, forever! (Okay, it’s  been about 13 years.)

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Filmore Clark

laNeva is proud to announce our newest dealership in Southern California, Filmore Clark.

Located in West Hollywood, just off of Melrose Avenue and blocks away from the Pacific Design Center, Filmore Clark features only handmade tile made in the USA. We admire the work that Filmore Clark’s founder, Lee Nicholson is doing to promote the value of products that are made by hand in America.

You can see more of Filmore Clark’s selection of gorgeous handmade products on their site or if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. We are thrilled to be in such good company!

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SPAN Field Tile Patterns – Rectangles

While announcing our Lineal and Slice Collections last month, there was a request for a similar grouping of mesh mounted field tile layouts.  While there are a ton of different options, we have chosen some standard and not-so-standard layout patterns to feature.

Announcing laNeva Tile’s field tile pattern collection: SPAN

The SPAN pattern collection includes groupings of rectangular and square tiles.  Today’s release includes all of laNeva’s rectangular mesh mounted field tile layouts. You choose 1×2, 2×4,  3×6 tile and even our 1×6 liners!

SPAN patterns using our square tiles will be announced next week.

Each Span Collection layout is mesh mounted for ease of installation and sold per square foot. With the addition of SPAN  to the Lineal and Slice border collections, we offer a mix-and-match (or create your own, if you wish) system for complete material selections!

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Environmental Statement

Green?  Eco?  Environmentally Friendly?

There is much information in the news about “Green” products.  We hate the word “Green” (since there is no tangible way to measure a “green” product) and prefer not to define ourselves by that term.

What’s important  to us is the overall environmental impact of a product, evaluated by the life cycle costs involved in a products’ production, maintenance and ultimately, its disposal.

laNeva Artisan Tile was founded on the idea that tile glazes should NEVER contain lead. Since we’ve been manufacturing tile, we’ve developed other ways to minimize our environmental impact through creative reuse of waste and reduction of extraneous materials. Everyday we do what we can and continually evaluate and improve our processes. We care about the world and want to see it stick around for our children, grandchildren and beyond.

Read laNeva’s environmental statement here or click on the “Environment” tab above.

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