clé introduces the 17th Century tile collection, designed by Deborah Osburn for Tilevera. The collection of 12″ x 12″ limestone tile was inspired by 17th century delftware that had its origins in China and made its way across Europe. Tilevera honors the classic combinations of blue and white, yellow and magenta while bringing delft into the 21st century.
quatrefoil in magenta
Osburn has expanded the original delftware colors to a modern palette of pink, grey, green, teal and persimmon. Each 12″ x 12″ limestone tile is either hand painted or hand lithographed in one of 6 patterns – acanthus, holly, tulip / carnation, diamond / circle, fleur de lys and quatrefoil. In the 17th century method of creating patterns, four tiles meet in the center to comprise a singular design. The tiles can be installed indoors or out, on walls and floors.
diamond / circle in delft blue
Osburn says about her collection, I’ve always loved the historic floral patterns found in European tile, the lyricism is captivating. With this collection I wanted to punch up elegant four hundred year old designs with the pop of contemporary colors and an amplified 12″ x 12″ size. The tile can still be hand painted just like it was centuries ago or we can use a lithography process, adding a little technology to the mix. With the resurgence of delft in fashion and design, I’ve recently been asking myself, is delft the new black?
fleur de lys in yellow
Osburn, who has her BFA in sculpture, has been designing and manufacturing tile for the past twenty-five years for her company Tilevera. In 2012 she started clé, the international artisan tile e-boutique. The tiles on clé are as distinct as the artists who create them. It is Osburn goal to provide a forum for discovery and conversation about what she loves most, tiles created by impassioned artists creating remarkable surfaces. The 17th Century collection is available exclusively from clé.
holly in grey
acanthus in teal
tulip/carnation in turquoise