Collection by Seth Biderman

lamesadevenn: Part Seven


In this series, trace the story of lamesadevenn, a green live/work space in Santa Fe, New Mexico, created for two community groups, La Mesita and La Resolana. Rather than simply becoming a building that addresses the structural needs of the groups, lamesadevenn seeks to embody their values of sustainability, experiential education, and community involvement. Part 7: Maya Tile.

It’s been a bumpy ride, to say the least: lamesadevenn’s quixotic quest to create the Rancho, a building that generates...
The idea behind Maya Tile was hatched over a decade ago, when Antolewicz was working with glass artistry in the...
Joined by soon-to-be-hubby Ryan Helean, Antolewicz stepped away from Tesuque and embarked on a journey many dream of,...
Today, Maya Tile’s a full-fledged business just outside Santa Fe, but it’s lost nothing of its originality.
The tile is then framed and flooded with liquid rubber, which sets into solid rubber to create a master mold.
A second mold is then created, this time by setting the wax clone in a wooden frame, and filling it with a plaster mix...
The emptied plaster mold is then loaded with exact measurements of crushed glass and slid into a kiln, roaring at 1,500...
As a founding member of lamesadevenn, Alba was intrigued by the unique history and process of Maya Tile.
Alba knew immediately that he wanted to tiles to be placed in a spot that couldn’t be missed: the front door.
And so was christened the entrance of Santa Fe’s most elusive architectural endeavor.