A decade ago, before founding Clé Tile in Marin County, California, designer Deborah Osburn started a blog, called Tile Envy. There, she chronicled her thoughts on tile and shared her favorite designers and inspirations, chief among them the modern Belgian masters Dries Van Noten, Axel Vervoordt, and Vincent Van Duysen.
Clé was born out of interest from the blog, and Deborah recently launched a new version of the blog (see the new Tile Envy here). We especially like Clé’s new Belgian Reproduction line—an ode to the Belgian stylings that “remain a touchstone for me in nearly every part of my artistic explorations,” Osburn says.
The line comes in seven shapes of blackened terracotta (with an earthy red available soon). It’s suitable for use both indoors and out, and has highly varied color and texture that reflects the “burnished finishes that form the foundations of Belgian interiors.” Let’s take a closer look.
Like all Clé Tile, the Belgian Reproduction line is made by hand and is fired in a wood-burning kiln.
Clé recommends one of two grouts with the Belgian Reproduction line: either dark charcoal grout or natural, sanded grout. The dark charcoal grout used here “penetrates the black terracotta so it takes on the darker tones of the grout, creating a deeper, more uniform color.”
The light, sanded grout used here maintains the natural color and variation inherent in the Flemish black color.
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