In the early 1900s, ceramic tile became popular in interior spaces around the world after architects George Heins and Christopher Lafarge were commissioned to create the first subway line in New York City. The two architects envisioned the New York subway stations to be functional, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. To achieve this, they enlisted the use of elegant mosaic tile work and 3” x 6” ceramic tiles. Ceramic tile’s durability, stain resistance, and ease of maintenance were properties they sought for such highly trafficked areas. Additionally, the ceramic tile’s ability to be a great reflector proved to also be of great benefit to the subway’s aesthetics. Light could bounce off the tile’s glaze making a dark space, like the subway, much brighter and more welcoming. Chapter 2 Vintage Studio® embraces the nostalgia of the traditional 3” x 6” subway tile and expands upon that tradition, modernizing the classic look, to offer additional sizes and an array of colors that attract today’s customer. This collection features the classic ceramic field tiles and porcelain mosaics vital to developing everyday yet timeless installations, offering the go-to essentials to our customers.