Quill is the newest addition to the Art Glass Mosaic Collection. Clean lines, delicate, lovely. Here is a peak at the tile in warm Delche – a great contrast with the dark wood cabinets. The homeowners even managed to find pendant lights in a similar art glass colour – How lucky is that?
And since it’s August 29th and the unofficial end of the summer (sigh), we wish everyone a wonderful weekend. Hope that you have plans to make the most of it.
Recognize this? I have always loved patterns that have a multi-dimensional effect. Pouring through design media over a mug of tea (Saturday morning ritual), I’ve found this 3-D cube pattern on vinyl floors in modern kitchens, in marquetry, and in textiles – the latter sometimes in understated tones, or in bright, bold and multi-coloured combinations (think fuschia and orange!)
Why the sudden interest in this geometrical pattern? Recently, a designer contacted us, inquiring as to whether we could create a tile for her of a pattern that she had seen in her travels, and “ta-da!”, our art glass Paragon pattern was born. I think I’m in love! The designer chose our crisp, solid “White” art glass for the kitchen she was working on, and hopefully we can see some install images when the project is completed. It makes a bold statement in solid “Black” art glass as well, and the light bouncing off the glass brings out a subtle depth even when using a single colour.
As we spring fully into summer, to those of you north of the 49th, Happy Canada Day, and to our southern neighbours, Happy 4th.
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It has been a busy few months. Here are a few projects that have been heading out the door, and there seems to be a trend happening. Not sure whether it’s the arrival of the warmer weather after a very cold and long winter endured by so many, or maybe it’s inspiration from the design media we all so enjoy, and the interest this year on shades of lilac (House and Home’s May edition) and touches of pink (Style at Home’s May issue). We are getting requests for vibrant greens, yellows, soft pinks and lilacs. Here are a few examples that have gone out the door in the past few weeks.
We start off with something a bit different, above: A custom designed, Chinoiserie-inspired art glass mural that will keep a bathroom in perpetual springtime.
The next two will be adorning the walls of powder rooms. Can’t wait to see the images of the final look.
A fresh twist on the Detailed Moroccan back painted glass.
Vintage in lively Safari art glass
Sand Dollar is available in large format stone for floors, and in smaller format in Art Glass for walls. A foyer in Calgary is getting this pretty stone combination of marble and onyx, framed in the Herringbone Border.
Art Glass Mosaic “Plume” in Black, White and Mirror art glass
If you have ever been to Calgary, you have no doubt walked past or gone into the historic Bank of Nova Scotia building on Stephen’s Ave. This magnificent piece of architectural history has recently re-opened as The Bank and Baron P.U.B., and we had the pleasure of working with Interior Designer Jacqueline Corea, her team at Corea Sotropa, and the installation team at KBM Commercial Floor Coverings, to create the tiled wall that, in our humble opinion, is pretty spectacular.
This article in Avenue Magazine captures the historic importance of the building, and the devotion of the pub owners to restoring the building to an awe-inspiring splendor.
Photo courtesy of Avenue Magazine
We hope that you will enjoy this little piece of history, and if you’re in Calgary, enjoy some of the pub’s 26 beers on tap!
Quite often we get clients calling the Studio wanting a pattern that will make an impact, yet will feel timeless for years to come. One style we recommend is any of our chevron patterns. This classic motif makes a perfect addition to any space, whether it’s traditional or modern, bold or serene. With these patterns, the devil really is in the details, and the combination of colours and materials will make these tiles as daring as you want them to be.
Kelly Deck and Lindsay Gunther of Kelly Deck Design, had some fun creating this custom art glass backsplash for a contemporary kitchen concept. Although the colours fall into the neutral category, the backsplash definitely demands attention.
The Caprio Art Glass Mosaic in Ivory and Veil is a perfect backdrop to this traditional (yet decorative!) vanity.
The version below of the Caprio, in Veil and White glass, is a quieter way to add some interest to a backsplash or bathroom, and because the two glass colours are whites, the combination will work with most colour palettes.
Debuting at the IDS show in Toronto this winter, the “Chevronelle” Glass Connectable is an edgy, modern version of a chevron, and was a favourite of Canadian designers who dropped by the booth. (Thanks for the tweet Sarah Richardson!) What makes this tile fun is the mixture of matte and glossy back-painted glass, with small touches of acid-etched mirror that add just the right amount of “zing”.
And of course, we have the Artistic Stone designs. The “Taj” pattern works well on its own for a complete floor, or as a rug, seen here partnered with the “Sienna” border.
And saving my favourite for last – this is the stone version of the Caprio, created for Beyond Beige Interior Design. They decided to alternate between honed and polished marble. Works beautifully, don’t you think?
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Here is the result of a homeowner’s decision to buck the classic Subway tile trend, and instead introduce a more custom, albeit timeless, tile design to her kitchen. Adds some “zing“, don’t you think?
Thanks, Miriam, for choosing our tile as part of your reno plan, and for forwarding the photos of your finished kitchen. It looks terrific.
Our home for the next few days.
The show is great, as always. And, as always, wish I had an unlimited bank account so that I could purchase the beautiful furniture, glass sculptures, mosaics, lighting fixtures and textiles that surround us in Studio North. The talent is remarkable.
Here are a few pics of our booth just before the opening night party (huge success and tons of fun), and some pics of our neighbours, with more to come!
Terrific display by a Quebec design collaborative
Frame from our neighbour, Karen, of Mosaicworks
Our bags are packed, and we’re ready to go…well, not quite, but we’re getting there.
We will be back in Studio North showing new designs, new colours and new materials. Here is a sneak peak at 4 new designs joining the ever-popular Art Glass Mosaic Collection. Along with new art glass colours, the possibilities for your made-to-order, one- of- a- kind tile creation just got better. Come by for a visit!
“Circulo” using Pewter and Pure art glass
“Seashells” in Veil art glass
“Arrondi” in Driftwood art glass
“Viento” using Seaport, Atlantic, Roan and Aqua art glass
Detailed Bathos Glass Connectable: Love the combo of Charcoal, Blue and White glass
I know what you’re thinking: “This can’t be a real photo”.
But it is!
This was just sent to us today from a client in Southern California. Isn’t it something? We’re thrilled, not only by the photo, but by these very kind words:
“It looks amazing, thank you all for your hard work on that order, you all are very talented craftsmen”
Thanks A.S. Nice way to start our weekend.
OK – so this was a bit more than a “facelift”. The Vancouver home was renovated from the top of its post-and-beam, vaulted ceiling, to the beautiful oak flooring.
The home now has a full open-concept kitchen, dining and living room – an absolute requirement for this family that LOVES to throw parties and entertain. Some key criteria in their tile decision was finding a neutral tile that was unique, yet had a design that would stand the test of time. After considering the ”Subway” Glass Connectable, the “Caprio” Art Glass Mosaic, and the “Laurel” from our new Ready-to-Ship Collection, our client decided to create their own tile that was a mix of their two favourites. We created a slightly larger version of “Caprio”, using the Pewter art glass of the “Laurel”.
Great job by the homeowners, and by Vince from Provetto Solutions who did a masterful installation!