New from Xenia Taler

by Grace Bonney

I’ve been following Chicago-based artist Xenia Taler since the early days of Design*Sponge. I first wrote about her back in 2005 and then at the 2006 Gift Fair and then again in 2007 when she launched her first website. It felt like a yearly traditional to celebrate her new work, so I’m excited that after a bit of a hiatus I’ve got a new post to celebrate her latest line of art tiles.

Xenia recently launched a huge new collection of decorative art tiles that are handmade and topped with a metallic copper overglaze. I love the combination of copper and black on white- it’s such a fun and modern spin on her more colorful early work. Mostly I love that all of these designs feel like tiny little badges of cuteness. From a safety pin tile and a crafty hardware badge (full of cute copper-colored nails) to a sweet copper pansy tile, there are dozens of new styles to choose from, ranging from about $20- $40 each. These new tiles are grooved in the back for hanging, but also have cork buttons on the bottom if you’d prefer to use these as a paperweight or coaster (please note: they’re not food safe). There are so many adorable designs but I’ve chosen my favorites above and below. You can check out the full line and shop online right here. Congrats to Xenia on the new collection! xo, grace

*You can check out Xenia’s 2009 Sneak Peek right here, too!

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