laNeva Tile is Featured

This week, laNeva Artisan Tile has been featured on two fantastic blogs.

Today, laNeva Tile was the featured product on Twin Cities Design Collective blog, a new resource for Minneapolis/St. Paul arts, design and construction related news and features.

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This past Monday brought a post from PURE Inspired Design which featured laNeva Rift Tile in #68 Twilight /#95 Lichen as their muse for a gorgeous conceptual rug design.

PURE Inspired Design is a company run by an Interior Designer (like us) that found a need for better environmentally friendly materials in the marketplace.  They provide eco-conscious custom furniture, rugs, fabric and interior design services.

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Thanks to both Twin Cities Design Collective and PURE Inspired Design! laNeva Artisan Tile is proud to be a part of the MN design community!

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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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Zig Zag- A New Herringbone Pattern

You never know when inspiration will strike. Today, while checking our Twitter account, I saw an intriguing tweet from HAUS Interior:

http://twitter.com/#!/HausInterior

I clicked the link and found an extraordinary Zig Zag throw, in graphic Navy and White.

We loved it instantly- for its simple yet timeless pattern, its bold lines and striking contrast of color.

Just as instantly, my mind flashed to our Lineal Collection border pattern, Herringbone Classico.  Here we have a simple herringbone pattern, which is really just a zig zag layout… and our border could easily be specified as an alternating zig zag instead of how we’ve shown it previously, as two colors of tile randomly placed.

Since we produce each tile and assemble each order by hand, we can make it the way you like. If you prefer dynamic movement in your patterns, this is perfect in both classic colors or as a blast of brights for a mod interior. Any of our handmade Solid Colors can be combined to create a unique border design. Do you want delicate or wide stripes? Yes, you can choose that, too.

Here are four zig zag options that are available using our Herringbone Classico pattern.  Choose 2, 3 or 4 colors for this stunning new pattern option – Herringbone Zig Zag.

laNeva Herringbone Zig Zag

For a retro look,  we recommend solid colors #95 Lichen, #73 Butter and #24 Steel.

For a more classic zig zag, try #68 Twilight, #31 Snow and #71 Dune.

Check out our other newly released Lineal Collection patterns on our blog: Woven Rift, Rift Valley, Bamboo Forest, Composition Six and Marching Orders.  How will you customize the patterns to make your own unique design?

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Lineal Border Launch: Day 3

Monday we introduced you to the Lineal Collection of borders and our first design, Bamboo Forest.  Yesterday we featured another transitional design, Herringbone Classico.  Enough of the standards, we’re here today to wow you! Announcing our ultra-mod pattern, Marching Orders.

Graphic in nature, this pattern cries out for bold colors and lots of contrast. The block design, in its full repeat creates an undulating “wave” (1″x1″ tiles up to to 4″x4″ and then back down again) that is not evident at first glance and prevents this baby from getting too square.  Marching Orders is shown here using the following laNeva Solid Colors:

  • 1″ x 6″ horizontal liner bars used at the top & bottom: #31 Snow
  • 1/2″x 6″ horizontal liner bar at the bottom: #24 Steel
  • 1″ x 1″ body: #84 Siren
  • 1″x 1″, 2″x 2″, 3″x 3″ & 4″x 4″  Accent: #31 Snow

Finished with a sand colored grout.

This border measures approximately 9-1/2″ tall, 3/8″ thick and is sold mesh mounted in 12″ lengths.  There is a 24″ pattern repeat on the body of the design.

Unlike yesterday, where we suggested an alternate color scheme to add some pizzaz, today’s alternate should create an option to tone this wild child down a bit. For a more subdued but just as fabulous look, try a random combination of #71 Dune and #90 Oregano (shown below) in place of the red or choose any of laNeva’s Solid Color tiles.

If you didn’t catch yesterday’s release, check out the luxe beauty of Herringbone Classico. Want to see where it all began?  Here is Mondays post, with the release of Bamboo Forest. And finally, if you want the Cliff notes 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?

Another Lineal Collection border will be featured tomorrow, and each day this week. Stay tuned. We’re just getting started!

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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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The Effect of Wind & Waves

The look and feel of sea glass has always appealed to me. Its soft worn edges and muted, matte colors the result of long-term abrasion by sand and water. Sea glass feels so wonderful in your hands: cool and substantial, yet aged and rugged, like it has a story to tell of its adventures.

While out gathering sea glass for my small collection, I stumbled upon the extraordinary: Sea Tile. Yes, little broken shards of tumbled, worn tile that had been long ago discarded and washed up to shore. Where it is from and how it ended up in the ocean, I will not speculate, but the result is extraordinary.  It’s like typical mosaic pieces but after being thrown into a tumbler.  Sea tile has all the luscious, sensual appeal of sea glass, with the added benefit of being a medium that I work with every day.

For now, my sea tile shards reside in a little glass jar next to my larger jar of sea glass.  My favorite piece will someday have a new life as a pendant in a dramatic necklace and maybe the others will become adornments on a framed photo or a child’s art project. Who knows.

While my sea tile is not really vibrant or plentiful, if you need some additional eye candy, see the South of Rome blog for some spectacular sea tile from the Amalfi coast. Someday…

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Dreams of Decorative Tile

When I shut my eyes, I see color. Not like a lava lamp of flowing, moving organic blobs of color; My mind sees bouncing, colorful geometric shapes. It’s always been this way…and I know you think I’m a nut.

Last night when I was listening to music, on the cusp of sleep, I heard the rhythm of the song and my mind saw tile. The tile seemed to appear from nowhere and laid down like a train track in front of me. There were short tiles to match the faster beats, long tiles to follow the slower beats. It all seemed so natural and well, normal.

As inspiration can come from the strangest of places, I took this train track “dream” and ran with it, creating the first of a several contemporary border designs.

The design ended up being something like the tile layout shown here, with a wide “track”
border on each side using our bars in 1/2″ x6″ and 1″x6″ and a center with a random layout of 4″x4″, 2″x4″ and 1″x2″.

Like all borders, this can be used in a vertical or horizontal layout. Just blew your mind again?Vertical borders? Of course! Watch for a post coming shortly that shows some great ways to use vertical decorative borders in both kitchen and bath wall tile layouts.

We love decorative tile and are always striving to find inventive designs and installations!

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Glazed bricks and relief tile wall

Ishtar Gate at Babylon, circa 575 B.C. from DesignBoom.com

As a somewhat inquisitive person by nature, I happen to question a lot. I hate the word no, because there is always a solution.

Anyway, I love tile and I always want to learn more. Where did ceramic tile originate? Why? Where does the odd word ’tile’ come from? What are the earliest examples of historic tile and what did it look like?

For any of you who care about the nuts and bolts of tile and want to see some incredible historic tile designs, check out this amazing article A Condensed Ceramic Tile History from my new favorite site, DesignBoom.com

Oh DesignBoom, I can already anticipate the hours we will spend together. For good or for bad, I am intrigued (and a little smarter after my history of ceramic tile lesson. xoxo)

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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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Not Another Boring Subway Tile

Subway tile. The rectangular tiles that were common at the turn of the century only to go out of style through the 1950′s-90′s (replaced by squares) are back in a BIG way. You see them everywhere. Kitchens, Bathrooms, traditional and contemporary. Wha-what? Contemporary subway tile? Absolutely.

#1 Vertical Tile/Vertical Running Bond

You’re used to seeing subway tile in the traditional running bond pattern (sometimes called a brick pattern) shown in the photo to the left. One row is laid lengthwise and the next row is offset by a half tile length to create an offset pattern that resembles a brick pattern. Most often in white, it is a classic pattern.

If you’re sick of the standard layout, or just want to consider some fresh new subway tile ideas, consider the following:

#2 Horizontal Tile/Straight Stack


What if you turn traditional running bond pattern 90 degrees right or left? You have a vertical running bond as shown in drawing #1. Traditional, yes but a little edgier and unexpected than the standard horizontal layout. The focus is the strong vertical line that this pattern creates. It is perfect for those transitional spaces or more contemporary spaces in a dramatic color or unusual size tile.

We can go even further as in drawing #2 with a straight stack of subway tile, either vertical or horizontal. This pattern has been done frequently in more commercial setting such as…subway stations! In a restaurant or home, this is a simple way to bring a bit of funk into your space.

#3 Vertical Tile/Horizontal Running Bond

Even lesser known is drawing #3, a unique subway tile layout that is also a running bond pattern. Here the tiles are vertical, while the slightly different offset layout creates a line of strong horizontal banding. This is my favorite of the subway patterns and one that is completely underutilized.

Check our design boards under Design Ideas for more examples of how to use subway tiles in a pattern. laNeva offers two sizes of the traditional “subway” shape tile- in 2″ x 4″ and 3″ x 6″- with lots of different color combinations to fit your life.

laNeva Tile can also be mesh-mounted for your order in any of these stunning patterns. It makes your life (and your installers) simpler with fewer details left to interpretation!

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