Posts filed under ‘Mid Century Modern’

New Vetrazzo Recycled Glass Subway Tile at Modwalls

Modwalls has joined LEED certified Vetrazzo to offer exclusive subway tile in 3 sizes made of  Vetrazzo’s American made  recycled glass surfaces.



Vetrazzo, the famed American made recycled glass composite surfacing, is making subway tile designed and sold exclusively by Modwalls Tile.

Now you can cover your interior walls and floors, including wet areas, with any of 4 colors and 3 sizes of modern and earthy subway tile designs. We are offering Martini Flint, Floating Blue, Titanium and Chivalry Blue Vetrazzo colors in 3×6, 4×8 and 4×12 subway tile sizes.






Order Samples to see the true beauty of these recycled glass tiles that is difficult to capture in photos.


More About Vetrazzo:

Back when “green” was just a color and not a sustainable development term, Vetrazzo was already using glass refuse to create stunning surfaces. A slab can be made of 100% recycled glass. Vetrazzo is the logical choice for consumers and professionals who care about the ecological impact of their projects, especially for LEED buildings: Vetrazzo is committed to highest sustainability standards Using pre- and post-consumer recycled glass from local curbside recycling programs to reduce carbon footprint. Over the years, glass from sources as surprising and varied as old traffic lights from a city in California, all kinds of jars, windshields from cars or architectural glass from skyscrapers has gone into Vetrazzo mixes.

Modwalls Tile company has been Designed to Deligh since 2005. Modwalls offers  their own colorful modern tile designs, along with a curated collection of unique tile, for both commercial and residential spaces. Sold online at Retail and Trade clients welcomed.


October 20, 2016 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

BASIS. Design From The Ground Up.

Meet BASIS by Modwalls Tile.


Modwalls’ founder Rebecca Lonergan designed our new  American made ceramic tile collection to meet our clients’ need for cool floor and wall tile that works in residential and commercial environments, both indoor and out.


Hefty 10mm thick handmade ceramic tiles are available in 32 gorgeous glaze colors with both matte and glossy finishes.


Unique 6×12 large hexagons and 8″ triangles have a modern Modwalls twist with slightly rounded points.



Says  Rebecca: “I’m currently designing my own master bathroom remodel and BASIS is just what I want for the floor.  It’s tough for me to choose just one color, so I’m not going to! I’m thinking of a random mix of these 7 matte shades using our large-and-in-charge elongated hexagons.

Perhaps I’ll narrow it down to 3.  I always like to use odd numbers when blending colors. An odd number of colors is more visually appealing than even. When it is even- your eye tends to want to see a pattern. Odd numbers shake things up a bit, in a good way!

Now to choose the right shower tile, knowing that the floor will be the star of the show.  Perhaps our Lush 3×6 glass subway tile in a complimentary color? This could take a while…”


2×2 color chip samples are in stock and  available free to the trade and at a nominal cost to retail customers. Once tile is ordered it is made in the USA and shipped in just 2-3 weeks.


6×6 Plus design is equal parts classic and modern.


Rounded edged 6×12 subway tile are another innovate modern shape.


Strike tiles are fun and mod!

m2-3-inch-fiddlehead-hex-floor-tilesOur BASIS collection also offers a full line of field tile shapes and sizes like these 3″ hexagons.


Don’t see what you want? Ask us! BASIS can be customized in color and shape/size. Minimum order size required for customization. Extra set up manufacturing fees may apply.




There’s Nothing Basic about Basis! Only at Modwalls Tile Company.

Shop Online at Or call us at +1-877-439-9734 /+1-831-689-9734  to speak with one of our tile design experts.


Modwalls Tile Company was founded in 2005 by Rebecca Lonergan & David Bousfield. We offer Rebecca’s original tile designs along with a curated collection of colorful modern tile for indoor and outdoor, commercial and residential spaces. Modwalls sells to trade and retail clients. Our tile and service are “Designed to Delight”.



October 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

The New Shape of Tile

Introducing  Minnow– the latest edition to Modwalls’ American made Kiln ceramic tile collection.


Minnow blend 4

This wavy shape is a classic ogee shape that is stretched to make it oh so modern.

We offer these little fishies in 75 glossy and matte colors. Choose from a single color to highlight the flowing shape of the tile, or mix it up to create your own colorful art piece.

Minnow Teal Agate

As with all of our Kiln ceramic tiles, these are perfect for indoor wall applications in both wet and dry applications. Imagine a school of Modwalls’ Minnows in your master bath in our cool aqua blue Splash color.

Minnow Splash

Or create the perfect blend of colors for your hotel lobby or your modern kitchen backsplash.


Minnow and other tiles in the Kiln Ceramics Collection are made to order in 4-6 weeks. Tile color samples are available to trade and retail clients.

Click on any product on our site to order the related samples.

In the architecture/design/build trade but not yet a Modwalls client?

Apply for a Modwalls trade account.


Modwalls tile company has been designing colorful modern tile since 2005. We are real people answering the phones and emails to help our clients get the best tile for their hard earned dollar. Modwalls.  Designed to Delight.


August 26, 2016 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Tile Warehouse Sale in Santa Cruz, CA Saturday March 5th

Modwalls Tile Warehouse Sale in Aptos, CA
Saturday, March 5th, 2016

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Glass Mosaic Tile Design You Can Create Online

Modwalls’ Online Tile blender lets you design your own colored mosaic tile blend.

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Putting the LUSH in Luscious Glass Tile

Are you in the process of selecting the perfect Lush® glass subway tile color for your project?

Selecting the right  tile color can be difficult  – especially from a computer screen!  We find ourselves regularly attempting to describe the nuances of similar Lush® colors over the phone, and trust me, it’s not easy!

In an effort to help make this process a little easier, we’ve taken these pictures to compare the subtle variations of our most popular Lush® colors.


Modwalls_Cameo Almond Driftwood Dune Reef Taupe

  • Cameo is our latest neutral addition.  We would describe this as a rich, creamy color.  It evokes a real warmth – like coffee with lots of creamer in it.  Yummmmmy!
  • Almond is slightly more golden-beige than Cameo.  Goes well with lots of earth-tone granites.
  • Driftwood is a gray-ish beige color with a faint hint of green.  It’s definitely the chameleon of our neutral colors and tends to go with all sorts of materials and design aesthetics.
  • Dune is the most golden of our neutral colors. We often say it’s more peachy/beige/buttercream-y.
  • Reef is a rich brown color…like a freshly roasted coffee bean.  In some lighting conditions, it appears to have a hint of green.
  • Taupe is a gorgeous warm gray color.  (One of my personal favorites actually :)).

Cloud thru Bluebell

  • Cloud is our white-est white possible in our Lush® line.  Made of clear glass, this is truly a white glass subway tile (which we know is hard to find!)
  • Breaker is a beautiful light and bright medium aqua blue color.
  • Vapor is our most pale, watery blue color.
  • Sky is a true sky-blue color.  Think of how the sky looks on a clear and bright Spring day.  A very cheerful shade of blue…
  • Rain  is tranquil blue gray.  It reminds me of a lighter shade of denim as well…or indigo.
  • Bluebell is a super fun and vivid periwinkle-blue color.

Cloud thru Peacock

  • Pool is a nice balance of aqua + blue together.  It’s more saturated than the previous blue colors above.  Pool Frosted has a softer and somewhat lighter appearance because of the frosted surface finish.
  • Surf has more green than aqua coloring and it’s one of our most popular Lush® colors.  Goes beautifully with a variety of design aesthetics.
  • Seagrass is a more saturated version of Surf.
  • Peacock is a lovely jewel toned turquoise/ blue/ green color.

Cloud thru Inkwell

  • Rain is tranquil blue gray.  It reminds me of a lighter shade of denim as well…or indigo.  
  • Fog Bank is one of our most popular gray colors.  It has a cooler base tone to it so the tile can sometime appear more blue. It’s a very calming color.
  • Storm is a darker gray color.  This also has a cooler base tone to it like our Fog Bank.
  • Taupe is a gray beige color. Warmer by comparison than Fog Bank.
  • Inkwell is a beautiful saturated inky-blue color.

Cloud thru Moss

  • Wasabi is a very wasabi colored green🙂.  Still bright and vivid, it’s one of our softer looking greens by comparison.
  • Surf has more green than aqua coloring and it’s one of our most popular Lush® colors.  Goes beautifully with a variety of design aesthetics.
  • Bamboo is a fresh medium spring green color.  When comparing to Lemongrass, we say it has less yellow to it.
  • Seagrass is a more saturated version of Surf.  When comparing Seagrass to our other greens, it appears to have more blue in it.  I’d also describe it as a celedon green color.
  • Lemongrass is our most bright and vivid lime-y green color.
  • Peacock is a lovely turquoise/ blue/ green color.
  • Moss is an earthy olive green color.

One last look at all these beautiful colors….

Modwalls_Cameo Almond Driftwood Dune Reef TaupeCloud thru BluebellCloud thru PeacockCloud thru InkwellCloud thru Moss

Of course we also offer brights like Poppy Orange, Butter Yellow and Tomato Red.

And sizes from 1×2 to 6×12 now made in North America.

Check out our entire Lush subway tile collection and order samples.

We want you to Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile.

Creating colorful modern tile since 2005.

January 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Janet Bennett: A Life in Design

Janet Bennett“Are you the artist Janet Bennett?” Bennett is a striking and elegant woman who looks quite at home in the colorful surroundings of Robert, the restaurant housed within the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan. But perhaps the question should have been, “are you the artist who designed the iconic tile murals in the Los Angeles Airport?”

The murals have been widely attributed to Charles Kratka who was Bennett’s immediate supervisor. “When I found out about the obituary for him in the L.A. Times which said that Charles Kratka was the designer of the LAX murals, I freaked out.” By her own admission, she’d never claimed credit for the murals which were installed in 1961, when she was working for the architectural firm of Pereira & Luckman.

Mad Men Mural

LAX MURALS” Mad Men Promo Image. Photo: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Her assignment, given to her by Kratka, was to design a mural that would distract people from how long the tunnels were. The 2007 L.A. Times obituary mentions that Kratka told his children that the changing colors of the mural were to reflect the changing seasons, but Bennett said that actually her concept was to express the changing terrain as seen from a transcontinental flight, “from ocean to ocean.”

“I started with blue on one side, then green, then into earth colors, then,

Janet in Blue

Janet Bennett

in the middle, I had one red element; then the colors reverse. My idea was that you’d see the same colors going from the ocean to the middle of the country, over the prairie, then back to the ocean.” The mural has been featured in both film and TV, from The Graduate to Mad Men. “It’s been used as a vehicle to show people coming in and out of Los Angles; it’s an ideal background because of the procession of colors.” Overall, Bennett created mosaic designs for five terminal buildings found in the airport.

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A Janet Bennett Painting

Bennett grew up in Detroit; her father was a painter. He discouraged her from becoming an artist due to concerns about making a living. “He had been successful as a painter, but there came a time when he had to think about money, so he went into automobile design. For him, (designing for automobiles) was like interior design for me. He was okay at it, but he didn’t have a passion for it because he was a painter, as I was a sculptor, and am now a painter.”

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Janet Bennett

Bennett studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art which is known as one of America’s leading architecture and design schools, with its graduates and faculty being described by the New York Times as having a “profound effect on the physical environment of this country.” Bennett majored in sculpting and upon graduating, came to New York City to work on commissions, one of which was a bronze sculpture for the department store B. Altman & Co. Once completed, she was called to Madrid for further study before finding herself back in the states, working in architecture.

“It was an ideal job for someone like me.” Her work took her to Los Angeles, San Salvador, “I love anything Spanish,” San Francisco, Honolulu, and back to New York. “My sculpture commissions were always in different mediums, using different materials – whether it was steel, or

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Janet Bennett

plastic, or wood – I really had to learn as I was doing. I’ve gone to a couple shows at this museum (The Museum of Art and Design) and I’ve thought, ‘I’ve done that once, but this artist has made a whole career out of it.’ If I had stayed with one thing, people could look at it and say, ‘that’s a Janet Bennett.’”

In addition to the LAX murals, Bennett was one of the contributors to San

Brio Blends

Modwalls Brio Blend Glass Tiles

Francisco’s BART stations in the late 60’s and early 70’s when a panel of art professionals commissioned murals and other art for nearly all of the then newly designed stations.“The tiles for the San Francisco murals were ceramic, as opposed to the Italian glass used at the airport.” When she wasn’t doing mural work or designing decorative art, she worked in interior design. “That’s where I ran into some restrictions. When I was doing the commissioned artwork, I pretty much had full reign. With the murals, there were no influences other than driven by theme.”

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Janet Bennett

At 83, Bennett is now working in acrylics. “I like things that are malleable. That’s what I like about oils. Mixing them; they’re nice and squishy.” She works both in New York City and “on the Island” (Long Island) and finds inspiration everywhere.

“Artists are much more observant. I walk my dog in the park and things are happening. A big crane is taking something down, a people thing is happening, and no one is looking. I’m always looking. If you have an artistic temperament, you’re sort of a voyeur.”

I ask her if she’s tried to contact the airport about receiving credit for the LAX murals. ”Anytime I try to follow up, they say, ‘can you document it?’ It was so many years ago; I’ve lived in so many places, thrown out files, or books, or photographs. Everyone I worked with was older than I, and they’re not around anymore.”

Mosaic Tunnel

Bennett is quick to point out that she wouldn’t have minded if the architecture firm had been credited. “Working for an architectural firm is like working for a fashion house – you can design it, but it goes out under the name of the firm.” The discomfort that Bennett feels is in having another person receive credit for a design she conceived. She sighs, “I never thought about publicity. I remember a magazine contacting me (after creating the mural) but I was busy with something else.”

Janet Bennett with daughter

Janet Bennett with her daughter

Bennett has been creating art for over sixty years and is still evolving, still exploring design, color and texture. Perhaps, if you find yourself passing through the midcentury mosaic tunnels in LAX, you’ll find yourself thinking, “I know what that is. That’s a Bennett.”

Micheline Auger is a playwright and freelance writer living in New York who loves art, color, and all things Modwalls.

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