ruan hoffmann

ruan hoffmann | much love me | weeping plant | delft blue

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maison clé are our exclusive tile offerings featuring collaborations with artists from across the globe and we very much consider these pieces works of art. much like art they require skillful installation.

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modern graffiti meets traditional architecture

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south african artist ruan hoffmann’s hand-drawn patterns, irregular forms and whimsical designs are featured in delft blue in this collection of 12x12 honed limestone tiles, allowing every installation of 'much love me' to have the breadth and depth of an art installation. ideal as a visual backdrop for bathrooms, fireplaces or kitchens, it also makes an arresting feature wall. the collection 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.

why we love ruan hoffmann

ruan hoffmann was clé's first ever artist collaboration. founder deborah osburn was drawn to hoffmann's work, particularly his poetic distortions of classical forms, such as plates and vessels, layered with imagery and commentary that ranges from the personal to the pithy. his work is primitive yet skilled, historic yet modern, and simple yet complex; all attributes that could be applied to clé. ruan's vision is a primordial, yet extremely current, representation of the moment we are in.

clé artist collaborations

featuring artists and designers has long been a foundation of our tile journey at clé. while we consider all of our tile collections to be works of art, it is clé's artist design collaborations take the craft of tile-making to an entirely new level, juxtaposing age-old traditions and crafts with modern art and design. we have cultivated partnerships with impassioned, like-minded artists with the singular vision of creating and sharing remarkable, accessible art for your living spaces.

product specifications

technical specifications

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non freeze thaw resistant

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stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower wall

* see material guidelines guide for specific requirements

description
rating
surface type
unglazed

finish type
printed

level 2: slight

level 1: smooth

level 1: slight

dimensions
" x  " x  "
water absorption
avg. 4.78%; semi-vitreous

dcof
dcof testing is not performed as this is strictly a wall tile

Pieces per sqft
1 pcs/sqft

Weight per sqft
5.0 lbs

Pieces per box
10 pcs/box

read before you buy this tile

what do i need to know about these tiles when installing? 

do not use blue tape or other construction tape during product installation. we cannot guarantee that the tape will not erode or damage our products.

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 clé lithography material guidelines.

what type of sealant should i use with my lithography tiles?

clé only recommends the use of the clé top coat kit for sealing lithography tiles. please note that the use of any other sealant may damage the decoration.

 for more information about sealing please see our clé lithography material guidelines.

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.

for more detailed recommendations about trim, please see our trim guide.

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, for maintenance cleaning or during the installation process. 

cleaning lithography only requires the use of mild soap, water and soft cloths in most cases. 

lithography tiles are chemically sensitive. do not use any cleaners that are not pH neutral and avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products.

 see our clé lithography material guidelines 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.

what types and levels of variation and imperfections 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. 

variation and imperfection ratings: 

patterned lithography tiles are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, 'level 1 smooth' for texture variation, and 'level 1 slight' for size variation. 

see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation and imperfections guide.

how do i sample ruan hoffmann 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 shipping 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.

grout

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.

do not apply a grout release or sealant prior to grouting as it may damage the decoration.

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 material guidelines.

collection dimensions

square - 12"x12"x3/8"

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/8 inch.

material guidelines