Modwalls® and Atomic Ranch Team Up to Create Mid-Century Inspired Modern Glass Mosaic Tile Blends

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Modwalls® and Atomic Ranch magazine enter design partnership to create Brio® Atomic Ranch Tile Blends. These original glass mosaic tile blends are in-stock and available for immediate purchase at modwalls online store.

When modwalls invited us to develop a custom Atomic Ranch blend for their Brio glass tile line, we jumped right in—who doesn’t want to play around with a tool like the Custom Tile Blender?

Modern tile manufacturer and retailer modwalls®, “Making Tile Modern,” and the American ranch home enthusiasts at Atomic Ranch magazine have teamed up to create a new collection of glass mosaics, Brio® Atomic Ranch Tile Blends. These tile blends were custom-created by the editors at Atomic Ranch magazine and are available now at

The collaborative effort was launched with two custom-created mosaic tile blends, "Brio Atomic Ranch Midcentury Palette," a warm blend of gray and white ¾” glass tiles with a pop of vibrant orange, and "Brio Atomic Ranch Blue Riff," a blend of cool-tone blue and gray vitreous glass tiles. Architectural quantities are in-stock and available now at

Northern California-based modwalls, known for their modern tiles and artistic collaborations, has had a long relationship with Atomic Ranch, which has featured several of modwalls’ tiles in their articles and editorials. Modwalls Founder and Creative Director, Rebecca Lonergan, described the relationship, “We love Atomic Ranch magazine and feel that its readers are ‘our people’. We advertise regularly in the publication and look forward to the arrival of each edition for the delightful photos and articles, and inspirational mid-century interior design ideas and stories.”

In early 2011 Rebecca suggested that Atomic Ranch create a new retro-inspired mosaic glass tile blend for modwalls. Modwalls gave the magazine’s editors full access to the tile site’s Brio Custom Tile Blending Tool and let the mid-century experts have full creative license.

“When modwalls invited us to develop a custom Atomic Ranch blend for their Brio glass tile line, we jumped right in—who doesn’t want to play around with a tool like the Custom Tile Blender,” said editor Michelle Gringeri-Brown. “We encourage our readers to think in terms of finishes that look like they could have been original to their ranch houses. The 3/4” glass mosaic is a good contemporary interpretation of the ceramic mosaic tile popular in the ‘60s.”

For ‘Midcentury Palette,’ Atomic Ranch considered the colors you see driving through an Eichler neighborhood—taupe, gray, white, and a blast of Eichler orange was added for fun. The ‘Blue Riff’ blend was modeled after a Scrabble board, and Michelle added that the blend “Would be a good cool-color choice for Roman tubs and shower stalls.”

Michelle continued, “We went through three rounds of design trials in our publishing office, with the staff voting on and tweaking their favorite mixes. When we sent the final grouted ‘hero’ tiles to Nancy Anderson, our L.A. art director who was laying out the featurette on modwalls, she wished she’d had them for her own kitchen makeover. ‘I thought the orange gave it punch without being overwhelming, and love the palette in general,’ she emailed us.”

Modwalls is thrilled by the resulting tile blends, as well as the relationship. Rebecca affirmed, “We love to promote good design through creative partnerships; this collaboration has been enjoyable and exciting and we plan to keep working with other designers and artists in the future so that we can always offer our customers the freshest tile products on the market.”

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About modwalls
Modwalls is “Making Tile Modern” with unique and colorful designs and a hassle free online buying experience. Founded in 2005 by husband and wife team David Bousfield and Rebecca Lonergan, the couple used their experience in the Silicon Valley high tech sector to develop an online method of selling a typically brick and mortar product. Now recognized as an industry leader, modwalls products are featured regularly in publications like Sunset Magazine, Luxe, Dwell, This Old House and Atomic Ranch. Modwalls fosters great design through creative partnerships such as the Henry Road for modwalls glass tile collection, the Rex Ray Studio for modwalls and Clayhaus for modwalls tile collections, and new Brio Atomic Ranch Tile Blends. Modwalls products are available 24/7 at

About Atomic Ranch
Atomic Ranch is a quarterly shelter magazine that celebrates midcentury houses in all their glory. From ubiquitous builders’ tracts for returning GIs to architect-designed ‘60s moderns, the publication showcases homeowner renovations, preservation stories and products that emphasize the easy living quality of America’s ranch houses. Get a taste at


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