Hand cut mosaics in a contemporary design

Alpentile_Creme Brulee

Photo Credit: Michael Woodall

It’s fun for us to get involved in the design process, and so when contractor Mark Zimmerman of Desert Metropolitan approached us for our glass tile design and installation expertise, we grabbed our swatch cards and got to work!

The Project:  A guest wing bathroom design, and the homeowner wanted a soothing spa feel that would integrate with her ultra-contemporary style.

This light mosaic blend along side large format porcelain and solid surface counters plays on the extremes of scale, hitting the contemporary aesthetic.   The color palette added warmth and shimmering handcrafted texture.

Alpentile_OGT Detail

Photo Credit: Michael Woodall

Tile:  “Creme Brulee”, by Oceanside Glasstile

1″ glass mosaics in White, Ice Blue, and Soft Yellows – a versatile color palette that can easily go warm or cool.


Luke Denny of Alpentile, and Mark Zimmerman, owner of Desert Metropolitan Construction navigated several design challenges unique to contemporary design.

1. Curbless showers with slot drains are the new standard in high-end shower design.   When planning your project budget, keep in mind that these drains are more costly than standard drains, and the labor required to install them and tile them in is also more intensive than a typical drain assembly.

Alpentile_OGT_Drain Detail

2. The floating bench detail is planned at the framing stage.  Luke installs his mortar bed and waterproofing around the stainless steel supports.  These penetrations require extra waterproofing.

Alpentile_Bench Support PrepAlpentile_Sealing Penetration

3.  A glass block window was specified do address utilitarian and safety concerns.

Zimmerman wanted a perfectly flat window wall, with no elevation change between glass tile and glass block.

Again, this detail was planned during the framing stage sot the block installer would leave the accurate allowance for our floated mortar bed and the thickness of tile. The result, this tiled feature wall is perfectly flat, full tile, and no need for trim.


These are the details that make contemporary design work

They require extra communication between each trade so all parties work towards a common end.

A visionary contractor like Desert Metropolitan has the experience to know how to navigate this process and deliver finished product like this bathroom.

Tile Installation: Luke Denny, Alpentile

Design + Build: Mark Zimmerman, Desert Metropolitan

Tile:  Oceanside Glasstile

Photography:  Michael Woodall


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