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2013 Young Guns - Amy & Luke Denny

Author: Shawndrea Corbin
Issue: September, 2013, Page 78
Photo by Chris Loomis



TILE ARTISANS

Company: Alpentile, Phoenix

Education: Amy—Bachelor’s of fine arts, fiber arts/textile design at the University of Washington

How did you get into this line of work?
It all began with a glass mosaic kitchen backsplash in 2001. At the time, I (Amy) was the product designer for Oceanside Glasstile in Carlsbad, California. Together, we were remodeling our southern California home, using many of the current glass tile innovations. We knew we were creating something great after seeing the results of our first installation. There were few installers who had the patience to work with the luxurious, translucent tile products I was creating. And after eight years as a dental technician, Luke wanted to shift into something creative that would still allow him to work with his hands.

What inspires you?
We surround ourselves with other designers, artisans and craftspeople who are passionate about their work, product and/or art form.

What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?
Finding balance between being married and being business partners. Work can consume the relationship, so we have to make time to learn how to communicate effectively and consider each other’s opinions.

Have you received any awards?
This April we received the Grand Prize in Residential Tile Design/Installation at the 2013 Coverings Installation and Design Awards in Atlanta. This international competition recognizes excellence in tile installation and design. 

What’s on the horizon?
We are really excited about a new collaboration between Alpentile and Greg Andrews Tile. Luke and Greg are kindred spirits, equally passionate about custom details and technical skill. By teaming up, our goal is to create the world’s top glass mosaic pools, starting right here in Arizona.

The tiled walls of this bathroom in Phoenix hide plumbing components and deep-set medicine cabinets. The original remodel plans called for a small tiled backsplash until the Dennys suggested doing more. The result is a Contemporary architectural detail and subsequent focal point for the entire space.

Part of a bathroom remodel in a historic adobe home in Tucson, this wall is clad in vibrant green tiles, chosen to marry a more Modern aesthetic with historic character. The wall features hand-cut mosaic work set in a traditional wedding ring quilt pattern.
The tile work present in this Scottsdale spa is what Amy and Luke Denny consider their specialty. Careful planning allows for the fully tiled space to be fitted with perfect geometry.


A custom gradient-blend of iridescent tiles was created for this Scottsdale pool renovation. The Dennys enlarged the spa’s former spillway from 12 inches long to 8 feet long to mimic an infinity edge.

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