Artfully Sustainable, Revived Tile Made New Again

Artfully Sustainable, Revived Tile Made New Again

We'd like to formally introduce our newest tile collection...but here's the catch: it's not new at all, it's revived. We're on a mission to make the old, new again with our revival tile initiative. We've been hard at work creating one-of-a-kind, artfully sustainable Wall Art and curating gorgeous batches of Overstock Tile ready to ship out the door. Plus, we're welcoming our neighbors into our studio space for monthly Warehouse Sales! Continue reading to get the scoop on our artfully sustainable collections.

Wall Art Collection

Our Tile Artisans are showing off their impeccable craftsman skills by turning tile into an art form with our new Wall Art Collection. We've been making the old new again by using remnant (handmade and totally gorgeous) tile turning them into new masterpieces that are ready to ship and easy to hang. These one-of-a-kind mosaic decor pieces are handcrafted and produced with sustainable, handmade materials including gorgeous framing from our friends at Manomin Resawn Timbers.

Our partners at Manomin travel to countless counties of the Midwest to salvage timbers in order to give them a new life. Their process de-nails, kiln dries, planes and preserves some of our nation’s richest building materials – adding character in ways you have to see in person. The magic of the frames we use for our mosaic art is taking remnants from their larger projects and upcycling those materials, since our frames are pretty petite relative to the massive construction projects they reclaim and supply most of their timbers for.

"As a fellow female founder, Sarah Londerville is just as passionate about her craft as I am about mine, so the marrying of the two crafts into one piece of art is the perfect unison."

- Mercedes Austin

Browse our collection of Wall Art and stay in the know for new pieces by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

Tile Wall Art
Assorted Wall Art pieces

Mercedes Austin Art Originals

We couldn't write this blog without sharing another artfully sustainable endeavor of our female founder, Mercedes. Mercedes Austin Art has been a long time coming and we couldn't be more happy for our tile queen and mosaic maven. In the midst of running a small business, opening a second location, and planning a new Design Studio, Mercedes reached her own epic milestone by launching Mercedes Austin Art.

"At this stage of my career, I’m really proud of the persistence, grit and dreams I fight for. I pride myself on being in the long game, of not taking short cuts and for caring just as much about my team and their well-being as I do for my dreams and goals. That’s why it’s an ultimate milestone for me to put a few stakes in the ground and continue to fuel the fire I have as a mosaic artist and to honor what fueled me to establish Mercury Mosaics in the first place
There was something magic about the mosaics I’d make using only handmade tile and I still feel that magic today. The fun part about Mercedes Austin Art is that all my mosaics are made purely of upcycled tile from Mercury Mosaics at present. Mercury has endless stashes of beautiful misfit tile from the world’s supply chain getting completely disrupted. Wildly, it has allowed me to have a lot of time to think about how we can intentionally use all of this waste (that really isn’t waste in my mind)."

- Mercedes Austin

Browse the beautifully curated collection of mosaics and see the behind-the-scenes on her Instagram!

Mercedes Austin Art
Assorted Mercedes Austin Art pieces

Overstock Tile

Another of our new sustainable series is our Overstock tile. These Overstock batches are exactly what they sound like. We've brushed the dust off beautiful batches of tile sitting on our factory shelves and are offering them at a discounted price. Either shop our overstock selections by the square foot or purchase our specialty small batches of tile that are sold as a single unit. These discounted batches are one-of-a-kind, totally unique and all yours. With new batches coming out every few weeks, don't miss the chance to find the one-of-a-kind tile of your dreams by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

"I’m fascinated at how easy it has become to be intentional about using our discards and scraps and how simple it has been to find new homes for it. Our future is brighter because we produce less waste because of the Revival Tile Series."

-Mercedes Austin

See what goodness people have created with our Overstock tile below or browse the full collection.

Overstock Tile Collage
Assorted Overstock tile
Bottom Right - Large Moroccan Fish Scales - 366 Satin Black
Photography and Design - Emily Pueringer Design

Warehouse Sales

Last but certainly not least of our revival tile endeavor is our Warehouse Sales. We've been opening up our production studio to the public to not only purchase discounted tile but also to see where the handmade magic happens. Located in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District in the historic Thorp Building, our gorgeous factory is airy, light-filled and inspiring. Come see it for yourself while sorting through hundreds of boxes of beautiful overstock and remnant tile for your next project no matter how big or small.

You're invited to the next one! Follow us on Instagram for more details or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Warehouse Tile Sale
Assorted Overstock and remnant tile

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