ruan hoffmann much love me charcoal 12"x12"x3/8"
product description + credits
* this product makes up 1 piece per square foot and comes 10 pieces per boxsouth african artist, ruan hoffmann’s hand-drawn patterns, irregular forms and whimsical designs are featured on a line of 12-inch X 12-inch honed limestone tiles. available in two colors: delft and charcoal, hoffmann’s drawings imbue the ubiquitous tile with a poignancy and fragility that elevate it to an artful form.
each design has been carefully printed by hand onto the limestone creating a wonderful visual backdrop. the collections is available with a field tile, if desired, and can be used in any combination with the ‘much love me’ tiles allowing for greater play of pattern and design.
how we sample: as part of your ruan hoffmann much love me sample order, you will receive one 12"x12"x3/8" charcoal patterned tile - patterns are preselected and can not be specified.
about this collection
much love me is a masterpiece collection created by renowned south african artist, ruan hoffmann. each and every tile is hand lithographed onto honed limestone. the tiles measure an impressive 12x12 size, allowing that every installation of much love me will have the breadth and depth of an art installation.
what grout joint size, type, and color do you recommend?
clé only recommends mapei flexcolor cq grout to reduce the risk of grout haze and staining for lithography tiles, and a tight grout joint of 1/16” to ensure that the artwork has a continuous design flow. we recommend carefully finger grouting to keep grout in the joints and off the surface of the decorative tiles.
grout color selection is always up to our client and/or their design professional. however, clé is often asked for our opinion on best grout selections for our tiles. and due to the large array of grout colors that are now available, clé would like to offer this general guideline on a foolproof grout color selection for any of your clé tiles.
- first, have your professional tile contractor complete your tile installation, except for the grout portion.
- next, when ready to grout, ask your contractor to bring ALL grout color charts from his preferred grout manufacturers, for your review.
- lastly, choose a time of day when you are most pleased with the lighting in your space (either natural lighting, installed lighting or a blend of both). during that lighting and time of day, select the grout color that best matches your tile selection.
note that the full mapei flexcolor cq color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. visit the mapei website to view. for more information about grouting please see our lithography installation & maintenance guide.
what do i need to know about these tiles when installing?
IMPORTANT: using tape of any kind, including blue tape, when installing or otherwise, will risk peeling off the surface and the print.
are lithography tiles suitable for floor usage?
lithography is suitable for wall installations only, except for the plain field tile that can be used for residential light foot traffic installations.
for more information, see our lithography installation and maintenance guide.
do you offer trim for your lithography tile?
at clé we follow the international model of no trim and highly recommend our clients to do the same. below are the trim alternatives we recommend for this collection.
- if your project needs to turn a corner either inwardly or outwardly, mitering the tiles to meet seamlessly in a corner gives it the cleanest, crafted finish.
- like with any of our tiles, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the tile.
how do i take care of my lithography tiles?
as with any finely decorated stone product, clé warns against the use of any surface cleansers or scrubbing pads, especially during the installation process. cleaning lithography only requires the use of mild soap, water and soft cloths in most cases.
lithography is chemically sensitive. do not use any cleaners that are not pH neutral. this includes vinegar, and simple green brand products. always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products.
IMPORTANT: using tape of any kind, including blue tape, when installing or otherwise, will risk peeling off the surface and the print. single coat reapplication of clé top coat kit is required once a year on grout lines and the tile surface in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.
see artist lithography installation & maintenance guide for more information.
what type of finish should i expect with this collection?
our limestone tiles have a smooth, honed stone surface which is then printed with our lithography designs. honing is a process in which the surface is ground down to the level that gives the tile a smooth matte finish.
how much variation should i expect?
due to the handmade craftsmanship of our tiles, including lithography, and the variety of materials used, there are degrees of variation in our tiles color, shade, texture and size. these differences are more pronounced in certain types of tiles than others, especially in tiles from separate production lots, or “batches”.
it is very important to blend the tiles from all boxes once they arrive and place them in their installation area to ensure you have the layout you want before installing. do not install without blending tiles from all boxes.
all patterned lithography tiles are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, whereas the plain field tile is rated 'level 1 low'. They are all rated 'level 1 smooth' for texture variation, and 'level 1 slight' for size variation, as outlined in our tile variation guide.
how do i sample ruan hoffmann much love me tiles?
we sample plain field tiles as well as patterned tiles in delft or charcoal. please note that patterns within your chosen color (delft or charcoal) are preselected and can not be specified.
how will my sample compare to my actual order?
color and size variation between batches of limestone tiles, in addition to variation from tile to tile, is to be expected given that limestone is a natural stone and production batches are pulled from a quarry, at different times and from different areas. this makes it unlikely that your sample will be a perfect match with your actual order.
why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?
industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.
for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.
square - 12"x12"x3/8"
disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/8 inch.
interior wall, exterior wall, shower wall, sink backsplash, stove backsplash, fireplace surround. limit all exterior usage to locations not affected by freeze/thaw.