Tiles by clé tile
clé tile

clé tile

Sausalito, CA

clé is a modern online tile boutique where we offer a myriad of tiles ranging from wood-fired glazed surfaces, artists' collaborations to everyday basics. We have a profound love for tile and our aim is to broaden everyone's appreciation of this material so that they see beyond the backsplash and recognize tile as an artful, provocative and interactive facet of our everyday surroundings. If it's well-crafted and artfully designed, it will stand the test of time.
Q&A

What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"Creating an emotional connection with the materials is really important as each line has a story that often draws on a long history of experience and tradition. Tile has been used for centuries around the world but here in the U.S. it has been used sparingly and confined mostly to the bathroom and kitchen. Helping people expand their horizons and think of tile in a new way is always one of our goals at clé."
-- clé tile
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What’s unique about your work?

"We create tiles in collaboration with individual artists and with artisans from around the world. We are perpetually on the lookout for new finishes and it often takes at least a good year (or more) to bring a line to market . We were the first to really promote the Moroccan tile, zellige in the US. It took a while for people to embrace the imperfections but now it is one of the hottest items we sell."
-- clé tile
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"We are particularly fond of our Eastern Earthenware line that is made by a sixth generation tile maker in Vietnam - a country that has a long legacy of tile making. The tiles are wood fired which means that there is a lot of variation in the color and texture for each batch. No one tile is identical to another but rather a medley of hues. Getting people to understand how special these differences are has not only been an education but when clients finally get it, they are also completely enamored and willing to think of tile not just as a uniform, monochrome surface but to consider it more as a piece of art."
-- clé tile
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