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Tesselle introduces a cement tile inspired by The Blue Grotto on the Island of Capri

Karin Jeske

"I've created hundreds of water-themed tile designs that have never seen the light of day, and finally found the right inspiration in The Blue Grotto, a naturally underlit cave on the Italian island of Capri, where I witnessed the brightest, deepest shades of blue I've ever seen in nature. I'm excited to finally introduce Grotta Azzurra 8" Cement Tiles by Tesselle," says Karin Jeske. Scroll down to see an additional colorway and to learn more about The Blue Grotto (La Grotta Azzurra in Italian). Above:  Grotta Nebbia Cement Tiles in a random layout. Above:  photo of The Blue Grotto, taken by...

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What is a Breeze Block?

Karin Jeske

Breeze Blocks are decorative concrete masonry units (CMUs) that are used outdoors and indoors around the world to divide spaces, provide privacy and add sun protection, while maintaining airflow.  Sometimes called Screen Blocks, they have been produced in hundreds of designs. Architect Edward Durell Stone pioneered the technique of manufacturing and installing these blocks in the 1950s, and introduced them to the world with the unveiling of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India in 1959.  Unlike most concrete blocks, Breeze Blocks are non-structural, and must be externally reinforced.  More information: Concrete Screen Block by Ron and Barbara Marshall Tesselle's current Breeze Block assortment...

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Got extra Breeze Blocks? 4 Ways to Help them Find a Happy Home!

Karin Jeske

We require that our customers order 15% more units than are needed to complete their installation (or one extra bundle, whichever is greater) when placing a Tesselle Breeze Block order.  This is to ensure that the installation can be completed even if there are a few pieces broken in shipping or on the jobsite. The first bit of good news is that most of our deliveries are flawless... but that means that there will be some blocks leftover at the end of the project. We do suggest is that you set a few blocks aside in your garage, shed or basement.  We frequently receive calls asking for replacements for installations...

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Porta Via Restaurant: Brake for the Breeze Blocks then Break for a Bite

Karin Jeske Breeze Blocks

Porta Via Bistro and Bar, a newly opened restaurant, presents the perfect portal in Palm Desert, plus a marvelous menu and an alluring ambiance for their guests. Scroll down to learn more. Spot Tesselle Rotary Breeze Blocks by the entrance and as accents inside, but please don't miss the a 20' high wall behind the restaurant that encloses a staircase. These decorative masonry structures are sure to be the most sizzling selfie stations in the desert!  Scroll down to see some construction photos also. A 6' deep trench which was filled with steel and concrete was required to support the wall. Rebar, which was attached to the steel frame, was...

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Tesselle to supply Cement Block and Tile to The Shag House

Karin Jeske

We're excited to announce that Tesselle will be supplying our exclusive Cement Block and Tile to The Shag House, which will debut as a featured home in February 2023 during Modernism Week.

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