A complete collection of prewar American heritage tilework.


Since 2006, Subway Ceramics has been the exclusive tile source for the distinctive “subway tile” aesthetic that defines American pre-war tilework.

Consider the distinguishing characteristics of a Subway Ceramics installation – perfectly flat field tile, pencil-thin grout joints, soft wrap-around corners, and integrated ceramic accessories.  These are just some of the exquisite details that developed over 100 years ago to become the world’s most advanced and sophisticated system of tilework.

Design professionals specify Subway Ceramics for its design authenticity, consistent quality, and design versatility.  Subway Ceramics is equally at home in a Brooklyn brownstone as a landmark NYC subway station; an atomic ranch in Palm Springs or a mid-century BART station in San Francisco; a Frank Lloyd Wright home renovation in Oak Park or the restoration of his historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City.

Whenever our clients choose our timeless aesthetics, sample our exceptional palette of glaze colors and finishes, and obsess over the sophisticated design details that define the Subway Ceramics collection, we know they care about the craft.  And so do we.

Timeless Design

Realize your design intent with a space that reflects your own personal style, a style that is both fresh and enduring. Avoid the perennial fashions that can impart a dated quality to your work.  Rediscover the creative freedom by imaging new renditions of these traditional tile forms.

Period Palettes

Select from a wide assortment of glaze colors and finish options to manifest the visual effect you are imagining.  Dial into an aesthetic movement, from the Victorian to the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Moderne or Atomic age to recreate a century of architectural period styles.

Authentic Details

Discover how to create an elegant, 3-dimensional space without the mitered, cut-to-fit look of conventional tile installations.  Restore the original character to your period home or devise a place and time for your next hospitality project.  Partner with us and we will help you make it happen.


Choose from a wide assortment of color palettes and finishes: classic white glazes, translucent crackle glazes, soft satin glazes, bright gloss glazes, or antiqued crackle glazes. 

Organized by architectural period palettes, Subway Ceramics offers just the right set of options for your subway tile project; from the classic Victorian to the homey bungalow, cozy cottage, bold atomic ranch, or streamline Moderne styles.  With over 60 different glazes, the Subway Ceramics collection offers exceptional design versatility to suit any subway tile project.


We offer many tools that help guide and complete your project. Our Design Guide highlights different eras and period trends, showing clients how their project might look in their own homes. The Installation Guide is a hands on approach that shows how to lay the tile using the Thinset Method, a professional procedure in the industry. Our diagrams help give a larger understanding of how to maneuver the tile around corners and edges of the room. Let’s get to work!.


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Aesthetic Curation: Bungalow Series

Bungalow tile is the light-hearted, fun-loving friend of Subway tile and it shows in design. Offering a creative feel to design is what Bungalow tile does best. Our Bungalow series is the epitome of soft coziness steeped in the authentic tradition of the Arts & Crafts...

Aesthetic Curation: Atomic Series

To add a youthful exuberance to any space, explore the Atomic Subway Tile Collection. This high energy relief tile and color palette transforms the original subway tile into a mid-century modern masterpiece.The Atomic Subway Tile Collection extends our timeline to the...

The Chelsea Market: A Look Into the Past

Restoring historic spaces to fit modern uses makes for both an exciting project and a great responsibility. When we took on the project of restoring and updating New York’s Chelsea Market, we made sure to use authentic materials and timeless designs. The Chelsea...

Aesthetic Curation: Subway Series

Subway tile is the classic older sibling to all of our other Subway Ceramics lines. The authentic subway tile is timeless, beautiful, and most importantly buildable. These old standards are the perfect authentic material to act as the base for a redesign of any...

The BMB: A Historic Gateway

Every once in a while, we get a rare glimpse into the past. Our most recent opportunity presented itself through the Battery Maritime Building in Brooklyn. This building stands at the foot of South Street on the East River and was originally designed as a ferry port...

Updating the Classic Aesthetic

It’s everywhere. From bathrooms to restaurants, bars to foyers, subway tile is a staple of design. The traditional three inch by six inch tiles lend a classic look to many spaces, but that’s not where the subway line ends. We've taken a long-standing classic for a...

Aesthetic Curation: Streamline Moderne Series

Streamline Moderne tile is characterized by pastel tile that feels quaint and comfortable in period homes. With light fields and darker horizontal trim, the Moderne collection is both striking and easy to work with in large spaces like bathrooms, kitchens, and common...

Aesthetic Curation: Cottage Tile Series

Charming and cozy, our Cottage tile series is one of our most friendly, comfortable tile looks and a personal favorite. These glazes and tile patterns add a warm feel to any space. The Cottage style was prominent in the 1920s to 1940s. It reflects a simpler time in...

Aesthetic Curation: Art Nouveau Series

The Art Nouveau series is not for the faint of heart. These bold tiles are created from the color palette and glossy finish historically used in the Paris Metro stations. This intense and exciting series is perfect for those looking for a daring and classic addition...

Gwyneth Paltrow Gives AD a First Look Inside Goop’s New Retail Space

It may come as a surprise to some that Goop—Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand which launched in 2008—has yet to open a permanent store. After all, the company, which started as a weekly email newsletter and later expanded into a full-blown website, has expanded to...

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