Sustainable design

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

something lovely…spotted at modcraft

I have a soft spot for dimen­sional tile. It offers the chance to add tex­ture in places usu­ally rel­e­gated to flat-plane sta­tus like show­ers and back-splashes. This won­der­ful pat­tern is named Hud­son, refer­ring to the Hud­son River's undu­la­tions. Some might con­sider it mod­ern, but it works in a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent styles. Can you pic­ture it ver­ti­cally in a shower? (FAB!) Made nearby in Bea­con NY, Mod­Craft uses stoneware clay because of its strength and durablility.

modcraft ceramic tile hudson in white

mod­craft Hud­son tile in white

closeup of modcraft tile hudson in lobster glaze

closeup of mod­craft tile hud­son in lob­ster glaze

Look­ing for beau­ti­ful tile, I also found a sus­tain­abil­ity story. Mod­Craft strives to oper­ate in an envi­ron­men­tally friendly way. They recy­cle all pack­ing mate­ri­als and only use recy­cled cor­ru­gated card­board or corn­starch peanut mate­r­ial.  They also reuse clay and glaze to reduce waste and sell or donate sec­onds to local mosaic artists and chil­drens' projects. All their mate­ri­als are made of non-toxic com­po­nents and are lead free. Sus­tain­able design can be beautiful!

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