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OUTERclé: A Welcome New Source for Tile, Materials, and Sculpture for the Outdoors

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OUTERclé: A Welcome New Source for Tile, Materials, and Sculpture for the Outdoors

April 3, 2024

If you’re searching for tiles for an interior design project, the hard part is choosing from the gazillion options out there. Sourcing for tiles and materials for an outdoor space, though? Even if you’re working with a landscape architect, you may find yourself frustrated by the limited options.

That’s why Sausalito-based clé tile launched OUTERclé last month, a sister site for outdoor tile, materials, and sculpture. “We wanted to launch not just a collection of exterior forms and surfaces, but a destination that could inspire designers, architects, and their clients to consider that their outdoor spaces should be as compelling as, if not more than, their interior ones,” says Deborah Osborn, founder of the Sausalito-based brands.

“People have been asking our team at clé for outdoor tile for years now, but one of the biggest challenges is that selling tile and materials for the outdoors is far more technical,” she continues. “We wanted to be able to not only offer beautiful materials, but also to help address issues such as freeze thaw, UV, heat absorption, slippage/DCOF, submerged material issues (pools and fountains), and driveway usage etc.”

And lest you assume that clé has simply relocated some of its tiles over to OUTERclé, “95% of the products on OUTERclé are new (not the same as on clé),” says Osborn. “And for those surfaces that are similar to those found on clé, we have taken the opportunity to push these materials into a more exterior realm by either reconfiguring them through the use of color (either bolder or more in keeping with nature) and/or form (larger or thicker formats that better suit spaces without walls).”

Here’s a peek at a small sampling of the many (hallelujah!) outdoor materials offered on OUTERclé:

Photography courtesy of OUTERclé.

The site offers several ways to browse, including: by area (patio, pool, driveway, etc.); by material (e.g., ceramic, brick, terracotta); and by collection (the tiles above fall under the Belgian Reproduction: Privé collection).
Above: The site offers several ways to browse, including: by area (patio, pool, driveway, etc.); by material (e.g., ceramic, brick, terracotta); and by collection (the tiles above fall under the Belgian Reproduction: Privé collection).
Above: In addition to searching by area, material, and collection, you can also search by “Scapes.” OUTERcle created overarching themes like Manor, Loggia, Nordik, and Kenjo—categories of products inspired by different landscapes and styles around the world. Pictured are cement tiles from the Colore Frattura line, which can be found under the ’58 Scape (“the year America broke with the past”).

&#8\2\20;Clé has had to do a great deal in the U.S. to  people on recognizing the merits of distressed surfaces and their eventual patina,&#8\2\2\1; says Osborn. &#8\2\20;OUTERclé must now get people to understand beyond distressed materials and eventual patina—weather will change most materials the day after installation! And one size does not fit all: what is perfect in Joshua Tree is likely not applicable in Connecticut.&#8\2\2\1; Pictured are Fornace Brioni + Cristina Celestino: Corsini terra-cotta tiles, recommended for exterior walls, backsplashes, and fire pit and pizza oven surrounds.
Above: “Clé has had to do a great deal in the U.S. to [educate] people on recognizing the merits of distressed surfaces and their eventual patina,” says Osborn. “OUTERclé must now get people to understand beyond distressed materials and eventual patina—weather will change most materials the day after installation! And one size does not fit all: what is perfect in Joshua Tree is likely not applicable in Connecticut.” Pictured are Fornace Brioni + Cristina Celestino: Corsini terra-cotta tiles, recommended for exterior walls, backsplashes, and fire pit and pizza oven surrounds.

Above: OUTERclé carries 64 terrazzo looks. Pictured are Dolce Vita Terrazzo: Torrone I in Argilla (left) and Dolce Vita Terrazzo: Torrone II in Foglia.
  These baguette shaped terra-cotta tiles are from the Eastern Expression line in Fresh Yuzu.
Above:  These baguette shaped terra-cotta tiles are from the Eastern Expression line in Fresh Yuzu.

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Frequently asked questions

What is OUTERclé?

OUTERclé is a sister site launched by clé tile for outdoor tile, materials, and sculpture.

Why was OUTERclé launched?

The launch of OUTERclé was to offer a collection of exterior forms and surfaces that inspire designers, architects, and clients to consider outdoor spaces as compelling as interior spaces.

Are the products on OUTERclé the same as on clé tile?

95% of the products on OUTERclé are new and different from those on clé tile.

What are some technical challenges in selling outdoor tile and materials?

Some technical challenges include freeze thaw, UV exposure, heat absorption, slippage/DCOF, submerged material issues, and driveway usage.

How can products on OUTERclé fit various outdoor spaces?

Materials have been reconfigured through color and form to suit different outdoor spaces, keeping in mind factors like weather and location.

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