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11 Sep 15 Cement tile in modern interpretation


clé introduces Cement tile, their modern interpretation of a century old tile legacy. Deborah Osburn, founder and creative director of clé has reimagined the hand crafted tile with an extensive collection of over 150 new patterns and shapes, created with 50 silky matte colors. Cement tile has been used throughout the world for over 100 years, recognized for its artistic heritage, durability, and natural materials.


Unlike glazed and fired ceramic, cement tile is is produced by layering concrete and cement into a steel frame. The pigmented cement is poured into brass molds, pressed and cured. Each tile is made individually, one at a time. Cement tiles at clé are available in squares, subway, hex, diamond, scallops and arabesques. There is a palette of 50 colors to choose from, producing endless options for customization. The clé Cement patterns range from Traditional and Classic to a bold Geo. New West patterns are influenced by traditional Native American designs. Shapes, colors and designs can be combined to create unlimited variegated and patchwork patterns.


Deborah Osburn feels that cement tile reflects our fascination with the beauty and resiliency of the hand crafted. Everything about cement is relevant to today’s design sensibilities. It’s rare to find a tile with this much versatility and with this degree of flexibility. But perhaps the single most significant item of interest to me about cement tiles is that even though they are growing in popularity at this moment in time, cement tiles have been a classic tile feature in other countries for over 100 years. That’s a long time to study the capabilities from both the design and the functional perspectives of a surface. If you’ve ever traveled abroad the chances are good that cement tiles have been a part of your favorite architectural setting.


Cement tiles from clé arrive hand polished and presealed. Osburn has recalibrated the thickness, offering a more slender 3/8″ thick tile, which enables a cleaner edge for wall installations, allows for greater alignment with adjacent flooring surfaces, and decreases the weight of the tile. The tiles can be installed indoors and out, on floors and walls.


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26 Mar 15 Tile Envy Edited by Deborah Osburn


Introduced and curated by tile maker and clé founder, Deborah Osburn, Tile Envy is an exploration of international hand crafted tile design. There are 48 contemporary designers and artisans profiled with detailed photography of tiles created in a multitude of materials including ceramic, cement, stone, glass, wood, and steel.


The first 3 chapters focus on Illustration, Texture, and Pattern. The final chapter, Art and Architecture, includes innovative ways tiles have been used to define spaces and create sculptural urban influenced art. The methods for producing tiles are as varied as the makers. Their creative process includes digital printing, cast, hand formed and slipcast painted ceramic, etching, silk screening, and photo synthesis. clé.



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23 Mar 15 Sea Glass mosaic tile


New Ravenna is proud to introduce Sea Glass designed by Sara Baldwin. The collection consists of 8 mosaic designs hand crafted with Sea Glass. The lyrical patterns are available in multiple colorways of tones inspired by nature.


The mosaics have been hand cut and assembled by artisans on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Inspired by her walks on the Eastern shore, Baldwin discovered a way to replicate the silky smooth glass she finds along the beach.


Every Sea Glass mosaic is a custom creation, sized to fit each installation. The designs can be created in any of New Ravenna over 70 colors of glass. The mosaics can be installed on vertical and horizontal surfaces, indoors and out.


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28 Oct 14 clé Rorschach Tile Collection by Timorous Beasties


clé introduces the Rorschach Tile Collection designed by Paul Simmons and Alistair McAuley of Glasgow based Timorous Beasties. The Rorschach Tile Collection is comprised of 5 designs and hand lithographed on 12″ x 12″ limestone or thassos marble tiles. Inspired by traditional damask motifs, which originated in the 9th century, Timorous Beasties have integrated the classic pattern with Rorschach conceptual imagery.


The combination of a familiar medieval motif and a modern blotch-pattern believed to unlock the subconscious has resulted in subversive floral abstractions. Simmons and McAuley use hand drawing, marbling and puddles of ink to achieve their new damask imagery.


According to Simmons, these tile patterns are a reversal of the expected. Blotches, splats and drips are normally regarded as disordered accidents. By re-contextualizing the damask and using it as a vehicle to carry Rorschachesque symmetrical imagery, we have created beauty out of something conventionally repellent. In fact, by interrogating assumptions about pattern this way, we discover a new aesthetic, a new beauty.


Deborah Osburn, founder and creative director of clé is delighted to welcome Timorous Beasties to the family of tile artisans. She says, I’m an anglophile at heart, enraptured with the culture, history, people, land, flora and fauna of the british isles. Hence, my discovery, several years ago, of the masterful works of Timorous Beasties left me captivated with their self-described urban, edgy, irreverently elegant revisions of the classic designs of Victorian England. I have longed to collaborate with these masters of decorative motif. It is with great pleasure and pride that clé introduces a new chapter in our gallery of artists collections. cle.



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22 Nov 13 clé 17th Century tile collection


clé introduces the 17th Century tile collection, designed by Deborah Osburn for Tilevera. The collection of 12″ x 12″ limestone tile was inspired by 17th century delftware that had its origins in China and made its way across Europe. Tilevera honors the classic combinations of blue and white, yellow and magenta while bringing delft into the 21st century.

quatrefoil in magenta

Osburn has expanded the original delftware colors to a modern palette of pink, grey, green, teal and persimmon. Each 12″ x 12″ limestone tile is either hand painted or hand lithographed in one of 6 patterns – acanthus, holly, tulip / carnation, diamond / circle, fleur de lys and quatrefoil. In the 17th century method of creating patterns, four tiles meet in the center to comprise a singular design. The tiles can be installed indoors or out, on walls and floors.

diamond / circle in delft blue

Osburn says about her collection, I’ve always loved the historic floral patterns found in European tile, the lyricism is captivating. With this collection I wanted to punch up elegant four hundred year old designs with the pop of contemporary colors and an amplified 12″ x 12″ size. The tile can still be hand painted just like it was centuries ago or we can use a lithography process, adding a little technology to the mix. With the resurgence of delft in fashion and design, I’ve recently been asking myself, is delft the new black?

fleur de lys in yellow

Osburn, who has her BFA in sculpture, has been designing and manufacturing tile for the past twenty-five years for her company Tilevera. In 2012 she started clé, the international artisan tile e-boutique. The tiles on clé are as distinct as the artists who create them. It is Osburn goal to provide a forum for discovery and conversation about what she loves most, tiles created by impassioned artists creating remarkable surfaces. The 17th Century collection is available exclusively from clé.

holly in grey

acanthus in teal

tulip/carnation in turquoise


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18 May 13 Malachite limestone tile by Tilevera


Likely is the oldest shades of green, Malachite is the mineral based pigment, found in Egyptian tomb paintings from the Fourth dynasty. The Malachite limestone tile from Tilevera for clé reproduces this aristocratic green favored by royalty. Either hand painted or lithographed, these unique limestone tiles give you amazing range of various shades of green. The Malachite limestone tiles are available in 12″x12″ squares and suitable for kitchen and bathroom walls and floors. clé tile. Tilevera.




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29 Dec 12 Contura Swedish tile stoves with modern technology


The Contura traditional Swedish stoves go back to the dawn of 18th century when shortage of wood suitable for burning triggered an energy crisis, forcing Swedes to come up with the imposing slow burning stoves, capable of heating large living spaces with high efficient wood burning and relatively low heat output. Today, Contura tiled stoves combine traditional design with modern technology, keeping warm living spaces up to 90m², while yielding no more than 4.0 kW at 87% efficiency.


Contura stoves come in many sizes and styles, and whether you choose a modern or classic style, the same time tested technology will deliver. The fan equipped Swedish stoves push the heat quickly from room to room, spreading it uniformly around the house. A heavy, heat retaining cast core and long multichannel flues allow these stoves to store heat and keep rooms warm up to one day after the fire is extinguished. Contura.



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16 Aug 12 Modern metallic tile by clé


clé introduces metallic tiles in porcelain, ceramic and limestone that have been painted, glazed, and printed with the glimmer of silver, gold, iron, platinum, and copper. Each artist has interpreted the glory of metal in their own way from the manipulation of intense heat to delicate brush strokes. In Italy, Adriano Ricchetti at Il Monile has devised a way to turn gold voluptuous, using his technical virtuosity to fuse ceramic with glaze until the two become one. Along with gold, the Byzantina rectangle series includes iron, platinum, and silver.


Brenda Bates creates her Welbeck tile in her potter’s studio in Cornwall, England. Fascinated by aquatic life in the Celtic Sea, Bates has created the Coast Collection, immortalizing sea stars in hand made tile, delicately painted in 24 karat gold and platinum. Her Platinum Collection is a study in abstraction, using metallics to define irregular shapes.The weight of the precious metals against the delicate translucent glaze causes the random crackled surface.

The clé Classic Tile Collection has taken the traditional material of porcelain and rendered it modern with faux metal finishes of oxidized steel, iron and copper. The Metallic Porcelain series allows for installation of a tile where weight or temperature would be problematic for metal. The tile slabs are 13″ x 40″ and can be installed on floors and walls, indoors and out.

The Dutch artist Hanneke Steenmetz silk screens her Shakespeare inspired graphics onto limestone tile for her Studio H. Although all of her images are available in gold, silver and copper, how is it that a crown could be anything but gold? clé founder and creative director Deborah Osburn searches the world for remarkable hand crafted tile. She says “Metallic functions as the perfect counter point to warm surfaces. It reflects light adding sparkle and allure. There are as many qualities to the shimmer of gold as there are artists producing the color, and we’re proud to offer the most tantalizing.” The tiles on clé are as distinct as the artists who create them. It is Osburn’s goal to provide a forum for discovery and conversation about what she loves most, tiles created by impassioned artists creating remarkable surfaces. clé.


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18 Nov 11 Phoenix Tile Removal Crew: Our Virtually DUST FREE Thinset Removal (Saves Your Home!) Are you a homeowner or contractor faced with a difficult or health sensitive tile removal project? Is one of your biggest concerns the massive amount of cancer causing concretes dust that will find its way into your cabinets, drawers, closets, air ducts, walls, ceiling, bookcase, hutches, appliances, etc.? You’ve probably heard it will be a very long and dusty process. Does it worry you to know your tile removal project will take many (4-8 days) to complete, and that cleaning up from the mess will take weeks if not months to complete. This type of thorough cleaning will require a huge expense of your time and money. We have solutions for all those concerns. Our videos prove it. We have developed a proprietary tile & thinset removal system so advanced that we guarantee 99.99% dust free tile and thinset removal, and about 5 times faster than any other method currently in existence. Our system is designed to protect your homes contents so the air quality during the removal process remains safe and clean. I’m also willing to teach anyone about this system, including the type of equipment necessary to duplicate the extraordinary results in this video. Watch the difference our ceramic tile removal and thinset removal equipment makes when it comes to keeping things really clean. We have a patent pending tool accessory called the DustRam™ for our Bosch electric chipping hammers, CDCLarue PB-1250 Industrial Vacuums, CDCLarue Dust Grabber Shrouds, Modified Edco
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20 Jul 11 Mosaic stone backsplash tile

Small tile mosaic stone backsplash from Mozaico

The art of the Mosaic goes way back, some 3,000 years BC and is considered one of the oldest art forms that is still here. Stone mosaics used to enhanced decors of the rich and powerful. From ancient palaces of Roman, Greek, and Mesopotamian cultures, the incredibly beautiful mosaic stone backsplash tile finds the way to the modern kitchens of today consumers. You can have stone backsplash done in polished, tumbled or antique tile. Mosaic can be made in shapes, colors and finishes that truly meet your taste and satisfy imagination – whether you draw ideas from the French and Italian Renaissance, want your stone backsplash to resemble mosaic walls from Roma villa, or want to enjoy your favorite modern art with every morning cup of coffee.

4″ hexagon red onyx mosaic stone backsplash from Maestro Mosaics

Stone mosaic backsplash in tiles of various shapes and sizes by Francois & Co

Rectangular tile stone mosaic backsplash by Ravenna Mosaics

Mosaic backsplash designs
Mosaic tile backsplash
Quartz splashbacks


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