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capriccio. a new modern classic.

  What’s in the making of a modern classic?  At clé, we have some strong ideas about this. It needs to be grounded in history. It needs freshness and modernity. And it needs to be rooted in craftsmanship. And it will gently—but insistently—define its environment. That’s what makes it a classic.  ...

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Cristina Celestino: Avant Garde Traditionalist

(above) Celestino at Fornace Brioni headquarters in Italy Bold, geometric pattern play. Strong but muted colors in unexpected combinations. Veneration of materiality, texture, and craftsmanship. Classic and futuristic. References to culture and history. A gentle, wry humor. And utterly, quintessentially Italian.  These are the playful yet refined hallmarks of the work of...

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earthy. refined. introducing listellos from fornace brioni+cristina celestino

Listellos are as raw as fired clay gets, yet their elongated form elevates this prima materia into a sophisticated plank. They strike that difficult-to-get-quite-right chord of ancient and modern, making these tiles ideal for adding character to a rustic environment or texture to a modern setting.  The tiles are formed from authentic...

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cotto: history made modern

Guilio Romano, a modern terracotta wallcovering inspired by Renaissance architecture. As purveyors of tile, we are–unsurprisingly–obsessed with clay. We’re experts on where it comes from, what’s in it, how it’s formed, how it performs, and how it’s used. We’re also extremely selective in what we choose to sell: some clays (and the...

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decisions, decisions: how to choose among our favorite white tile

  Within our whiteworks collection of 60-plus white tiles, there are several that share a distinctive hand-hewn feel. These include eastern elements mochi, casale rustico, eastern earthenware’s rice paper, and our beloved zellige in weathered white.  The question often arises: how do you choose among them?  Like being asked to choose among...

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Whiteworks: What's Your White Tile Profile?

  We've spent the last few posts looking at the surprisingly diverse world of white tile at clé – a wide-ranging collection we've dubbed whiteworks—and talking about how different types of tile express different aspects of this perennially popular hue. Now it's time to get down to brass tacks and determine the...

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