Collection by Michael Storc

Filmore Clark: American Tile


In the October 2011 issue we're spotlighting all of our favorite American-made design. To lend a hand, we've asked Michael and Ruth Storc of the great site Design Patriot to share their top Made in the USA finds with us. Keep an eye out for a series of four posts from the duo.

In the heart of design-centric West Hollywood, there's an extraordinary tile showroom just off Melrose. Filmore Clark, owned and operated by Lee Nicholson, carries only domestically produced American artisan tile. A North Carolina native with years of tile experience under her belt, Lee knows a thing or two about the business. After noticing a disturbing trend valuing quantity over quality, she began to worry about the future of American artisans. This was the impetus for the beautiful little gem of a showroom that now carries and champions over 20 lines of US made tile. We visited Lee recently and got a tour of the store and the wide range of American tiles available. Here is a small sampling of what they carry.

This subtle, geometric brand new line of tile called Instinct out of Chicago.
Blue Slide Art Tile has been making tile for 23 years.
Modern-yet-retro and fabulously chic, Portland Cement Co. truly adds a third dimension to the world of tile.
Founded in 1880, Rookwood Pottery was the first female-owned manufacturing company in the U.S. Rookwood, of Cincinnati,...
Started by industrial designer David Clark in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment, ModCraft now operates out of a...
Lee Nicholson raved about GRID's abilities with large format glass tile, and a little hunting around on their website...
Founded in 1990, Native Tile in Southern California is known primarily for its Spanish, Craftsman, and California...
Second generation ceramicists Jason Coleman and wife Megan Coleman, joined forces (he on the creative side, she the...
Lots of companies do mosaics, but few have the options, the designs, the sheer volume of variety as New Ravenna Mosaics.
Lee Nicholson in her element, the entry of Filmore Clark.