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August 27th, 2014

Years back, we highlighted an Italian factory, brix, for their innovative product and inspiring design.  Once again, we’ve found a company who has given us something to write about…and this time, it’s much closer to home.

ModCraft is a small, husband-and-wife run outfit in New York, which had its start in their Brooklyn apartment.  The simple, clean-lined designs lend themselves to timeless installations, and the fact that they make everything by hand (stateside!) makes us love them even more.

Not only are their designs inspirational, their practices are just as inspiring:

ModCraft strives to operate as environmentally friendly as possible. We recycle all our packing materials and only pack our tile in recycled corrugated cardboard or cornstarch peanut material. We reuse clay and glaze to reduce waste and we sell or donate leftover material to local mosaic artists and children’s projects. Likewise, our operation is within the 500 mile LEED radius of many East Coast construction projects.

Ceramic tile is a low impact product due to its inert state once fired. All our materials are made of non-toxic components and are lead free.

davidandmary

Mary St.John + David Clark : owners, designers + makers of ModCraft.

How beautiful is that?

View the collection here.

 

*Images, video + quote via ModCraft.

 

 

Pattern Play

March 25th, 2014

It’s been done for ages in other countries, and now we’re seeing it make an

appearance all over:  mix + match tile patterns.

We thought for sure it would be too busy for our taste, but then we saw it done

so well…

inalco.bar copy

in a restaurant…

tilevera.kookrestaurant.rome copy

in a kitchen…

tilevera.mechantdesign copy

in a hallway…

tilevera.paolanavone.dwell copy

in a bathroom…and…

mixed pattern cement bath copy

we changed our minds.

And we went out and sourced it all in one:

inalco handcraft porcelain copy

Now in stock:  Inalco Handcraft porcelain tile.  Come and see for yourself.

 

*images via tile envy/tilevera (kook restaurant, rome), tile envy/tilevera (mechant design), tile envy/tilevera (paola navone via dwell), remodelista.

get this.

March 5th, 2014

Handmade beauty.

tabarka.workstead

Simple.  Elegant.  Timeless.

Achieve a similar look with our hand molded, hand painted terra cotta line,

Tabarka.

opera.sultana

[tabarka opera sultana in charcoal on off white.]

Or, dare to be different and switch it up a bit…

opera.sultana.outline3

[tabarka opera sultana charcoal on off white outline.]

Got it.

Explore the possibilities.  Come visit us here.

 

*image via the ever – talented workstead.

 

 

happy holidays

December 18th, 2013

holiday 2013 copy

 

*images via la buena vida (via bleubird vintage), ditte isager, highlighted life.

Dry Treat

December 10th, 2013

Stone.

So beautiful, yet so many choose not to use it in certain applications (typically

exterior or wet), due to their fear of maintenance issues.

Well, fear no more!

Introducing our new product line of Dry Treat sealers.

Stain Proof by Dry Treat is an impregnating, invisible sealer that protects natural stone, pavers, concrete, brick and grout from damage caused by water, salts and oil-based stains.

For both interior and exterior use, Stain Proof makes specifying stone a worry-free experience.

See the proof here and here.

 

*image from wettling architecture via houzz.

mixed + matched

November 12th, 2013

 

grout.  

We’ve had a love-hate relationship with it for some time now.

But, to be fair, we’ve also often overlooked how truly influential it is in the realm of tile + stone design.

One can completely transform an installation simply by selecting a shade to complement-or contrast-the tile they’ve chosen.

herring.bs.houzz copy

architectonic copy

beveled.remodelista copy

decorpad.blackonblack copy

grove.white copy

jhid.alhambra copy

rh.mixed copy

remodelista.skonahem copy2

jhid.loft copy2

remodelista.jennifer weiss.heath copy

mixedsubway.remodelista copy

jhid.modern copy

white + gold II copy

akdo.calacatta copy

And then there’s always the unexpected…that bold color choice that surprises us all…

colvm.kids2 copy

Visit us to recreate these looks and more…and experience our new array of grout options from Mapei.

 

images via: houzz, waterworks, remodelista, decorpad, waterworks, jhid, rh designs, remodelista, jhid, remodelista, remodelista, jhid, white+gold design, akdo, colvm architectural design.

Contemporary and Classic

September 10th, 2013

Pattern [we love].

July 3rd, 2013

The Hexagon.  Another classic, another pattern we can’t get enough of.

And it can be found in so many different, desirable forms…

traditional white + black in a contrasting pattern…

in marble.

an update to the classic, in a larger scale.

playing with pattern.

with just enough detail…

and in the most simple of states.

in pattern + color.

with subtle detail in limestone.

a more modern take:  elongated.

and even in textiles.

So much to love.

 

 Visit our showroom to view the possibilities in tile + stone.

*images via erin martin (via pinterest), traditional home (via coco kelley), via pinterest (via homebunchblog), reynards nyc, tabarka studios, via unknown (new orleans), paola massardi + andrea secci (via elle decor), tabarka studios, quarry collection, mirage (nolita), vogue living (via coco kelley).

 

ASID Industry Partner Trade Fair

May 7th, 2013

[Re]connect + view new product…

Join us this week for the ASID Industry Partner Trade Fair.

All In Good Taste

April 30th, 2013

We must say, the designers over at h2k Design in Stanwood have excellent taste!

[And we’re only slightly biased.]

This beautiful installation showcases our W AGE porcelain in Cortex [floor], and our

Murano Vena Glass in Tortoise [backsplash].

A perfect background for such a gorgeous setting!

 

*thank youh2k design, Designs NW Architects, and J.P. Land Builder