around here, december begins with the usual
chaotic preparation for the holidays ahead,
but then things quiet down and it feels a
bit more like this…
may peace abound this holiday season.
Inspiration in tile and stone
December 16th, 2014
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.
Mary St.John + David Clark : owners, designers + makers of ModCraft.
How beautiful is that?
View the collection here.
*Images, video + quote via ModCraft.
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
in a restaurant…
in a kitchen…
in a hallway…
in a bathroom…and…
we changed our minds.
And we went out and sourced it all in one:
Now in stock: Inalco Handcraft porcelain tile. Come and see for yourself.
March 5th, 2014
Simple. Elegant. Timeless.
Achieve a similar look with our hand molded, hand painted terra cotta line,
[tabarka opera sultana in charcoal on off white.]
Or, dare to be different and switch it up a bit…
[tabarka opera sultana charcoal on off white outline.]
Explore the possibilities. Come visit us here.
*image via the ever – talented workstead.
December 18th, 2013
December 10th, 2013
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.
*image from wettling architecture via houzz.
November 12th, 2013
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.
And then there’s always the unexpected…that bold color choice that surprises us all…
September 10th, 2013
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…
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).
May 7th, 2013