Considering Custom

When the stars align and custom items seem to make the most sense we are giddy with excitement about the opportunity to create something for the first time. Of course, creating something for the first time comes with its challenges. When considering going with a custom piece or finish here are some things to know before you get started:

1. Know your budget

2. Get finish samples whenever possible

3. Receive shop drawings

4. Think through every detail

5. Never forget the space in which it is going to end up in!

We were tasked with the incredible job of designing a cuban fast casual restaurant and  we were lucky enough to create a custom tile for some of our favorite clients from, Media Noche. We saw an inspiration image we liked on Instagram and tracked the tile to Trinidad and Tobago, but unfortunately the tile was not available for us to order.  So we decided to work with Avente Tile to design our own tile. 

Cuban Tile inspiration image from Instagram

Cuban Tile inspiration image from Instagram

The first phase included working with a designer to create a mold (a metal frame to match the pattern), choosing colors, and creating digital mockups of the tile design.

Metal tile mold

Metal tile mold

Color swatches

Color swatches

First draft of design

First draft of design

Second draft of design

Second draft of design

About three weeks into the process we received a sample tile at our office. The colors were a bit off, so we chose some new ones and then decided to go for it. From there production and delivery of the tile took about 10 weeks. The tile was made and shipped from Mexico.

Final tile design

Final tile design

Tile installed at Media Noche

Tile installed at Media Noche

Going custom is an incredible way to get something specifically tailored to your design, as well as supporting artisans and craftsmen. The Avente Tilefactory worked incredibly hard to build a successful design for us!