January, 2024

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“House in Puntiró”: A Harmony of Form, Material and Typography

Tile of Spain USA

Perched atop a steep property that rises above the Bay of Palma in Puntiró, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, is a striking residence that redefines the relationship between architecture and local typography. Effortlessly enmeshed with the surrounding landscape, “House in Puntiró” by Ripoll-Tizon establishes deep roots with nature and offers its residents a pure and organic living experience.

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The Power of Contrast: Achieving Elegance with Black + White Tile

As The Tile Turns

Drawn to neutral colors but still want to make a bold statement? Black and white tile is the perfect choice for your project. The powerful contrast of this coupling creates an air of elegance that elevates any space. While there are many ways to play with color, the timeless combination of black and white always stands out. This is one of few styles to seamlessly span the divide between minimalism and maximalism.

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Shaw Floors announces 2024 Phase I intros

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Shaw Floors, flagship residential brand of Shaw Industries , has announced its new 2024 Phase I soft surface and hard surface introductions. Soft surface The carpet introductions feature innovative and budget-friendly twists on classic styles. New offerings can be found in the Simply the Best Values collection, the new Classics collection, the performance-driven Pet Perfect and Pet Perfect+ collections and the colorful Anso Colorwall collection.

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Make a Smart Splash: Complete Guide to Pool Tile

Why Tile

Whether you’re installing a new pool in your backyard or renovating an existing pool, ceramic and porcelain tile are a reliable, long-lasting, and beautiful choice. Learn everything you need to know about using ceramic and porcelain tile in and around your pool. Benefits of Ceramic and Porcelain Tile for Pools Waterproof Installation System Water resistance… The post Make a Smart Splash: Complete Guide to Pool Tile appeared first on Why Tile.

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Joaquin Piquet: ceramic visionary

Diary of a Tile Addict

Occasionally at Tile Addict we like to shine a spotlight on individuals who have had a profound effect on our sector, yet remain largely unknown and unacknowledged. Today it is the turn of Spanish entrepreneur Joaquin Piquet. He has recently written a very insightful article for Vigilancer (reprinted in full below) that provides a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the instigators of the aesthetic and technical innovations that have revolutionised the ceramic sector over the past few de

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Colorful Kitchen Backsplashes – Transform Your Cooking Space!

Realstone

Gone are the days of the monotonous white kitchen backsplash. Colorful kitchen backsplashes infuse color, personality, and style into the heart of your home – the kitchen. This article dives into how you can transform your cooking space with a colorful backsplash, ensuring it stands out while reflecting your unique taste and style. Key Takeaways Embrace Color Diversity : Explore vibrant colors for a lively kitchen atmosphere.

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The Versatility of Ceramics

Tile of Spain USA

Ceramic tiles offer a realm of design possibilities, thanks to their physical and visual benefits. Ceramics are comprised of completely natural ingredients, ecologically-friendly and recyclable, fire resistant, absent of toxic emissions, offer easy installation and remarkable durability. Beyond the technical and sustainable aspects, ceramic tiles also demonstrate exceptional aesthetic versatility.

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AHF to unveil new brand-inclusive booth at TISE 2024

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—AHF Products has a newly imagined exhibit space (booth #2447) for the International Surfaces Event, being held here January 24-26, 2024, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The new custom-designed booth will highlight the company’s 15 leading flooring brands, spanning all hard surface categories, including hardwood, resilient, TimberTru (laminate) as well as porcelain and ceramic tile and accessories.

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Peach Fuzz Perfection: 15 Rooms That Embrace Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year

Why Tile

Peach-colored tiles are about to have a moment thanks to Pantone’s Color of the Year (COTY) pick for 2024. Pantone’s annual proclamation sets the tone (pun intended) for influencing color trends ranging from fashion to interiors. What Is Pantone? Pantone LLC is historically well-known for the Pantone Matching System (PMS), a standardized color matching system… The post Peach Fuzz Perfection: 15 Rooms That Embrace Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year appeared first on Why Tile.

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A “Good Housekeeping” Seal for Your Home

JG Kitchens

Some symbols evoke assurances of quality. The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval is one of them. A UL approval is another. LEED certification says your home supports sustainability. Now there's a new WELL for residential certification that says your home is healthy, safe, quiet and resilient. The post A “Good Housekeeping” Seal for Your Home comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Simple Guide to Creating a Stone Kitchen Backsplash

Realstone

Transforming your kitchen with a stone backsplash is a stylish and practical choice that adds character and value to your home. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about selecting, installing, and maintaining a stone backsplash. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or planning to hire professionals, our tips and insights will help you navigate the process with ease.

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New Perspectives on Emission-Free Concrete

The A to Z of Building

The construction industry as a sink for carbon dioxide? This is being worked on by researchers at Empa’s Concrete & Asphalt lab.

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Textiles-Inspired Porcelain Collection at Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile

As winter embraces us with this year’s not-so-chilly charm, it’s the perfect time to explore interior designs that not only elevate the aesthetics of our spaces but also bring in an element of warmth and comfort. One such captivating solution comes from the innovative minds. The post Textiles-Inspired Porcelain Collection at Rubble Tile first appeared on Rubble Tile.

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Dealers descend on Surfaces with a purpose

Floor Covering News

Penny Carnino, director of operations for Grigsby’s Carpet, Tile & Hardwood in Tulsa, Okla., doesn’t need to compete in a marathon to get her 26.2 miles in. She can attend Surfaces instead. Last year, Carnino walked nearly 27 miles over the course of four days, meeting with customers and prospecting for products for her showroom. Her journey through Mandalay Bay Convention Center is a familiar one, as hundreds of flooring professionals make the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to be where the

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EP 143: Architectural Drawings: Excessive or Essential

Life of an Architect

The episode "Architectural Drawings: Excessive or Essential" will focus on drawings and the question that first comes to mind is to talk about what we draw, why we draw it, and who we draw it for and why that impacts all other considerations The post EP 143: Architectural Drawings: Excessive or Essential first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading EP 143: Architectural Drawings: Excessive or Essential at Life of an Architect.

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Older Adults Embracing Technology

JG Kitchens

Some of my last memories of my dad, who passed away about a month before his 89th birthday, were watching him enjoy music on his Amazon smart speaker and surfing the web on his iPad. The post Older Adults Embracing Technology comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Simple Guide to Creating a Stone Kitchen Backsplash

Realstone

Transforming your kitchen with a stone backsplash is a stylish and practical choice that adds character and value to your home. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about selecting, installing, and maintaining a stone backsplash. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or planning to hire professionals, our tips and insights will help you navigate the process with ease.

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A Game-Changer in the Quest to Replace Sand in Concrete

The A to Z of Building

With sand mining rates exceeding natural replenishment, the world’s reliance on concrete the second most consumed material after water is causing an environmental and resource crisis.

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How to Choose the Best Epoxy Floor Coating for Onfloor

Onfloor Technology

In recent years, epoxy floor coatings have gained immense popularity due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. From commercial spaces to residential homes, epoxy floor coatings have become the go-to choice for creating a seamless and high-performance flooring solution.

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Take it to the Capitol: Issues retailers want tackled now

Floor Covering News

The stakes will be sky high come November when the United States votes for its next president as well as the representatives and Senators who make up the legislative branch of government ( Congress ). Substantive issues will be on the table; these range from economic concerns such as inflation, affordability of health care and the budget deficit, to drug addiction, gun violence and immigration.

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Ep 142: When I Grow Up

Life of an Architect

In Episode 142: When I Grow Up, Andrew and I discuss how things take place that divert you from your expected path as you move through your career. It's a natural evolution to move into new roles and responsibilities that break the idea you have for yourself when you decided to chart your future. The post Ep 142: When I Grow Up first appeared on Life of an Architect.

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Six 2024 Design Association Trend Predictions That Enhance Wellness

JG Kitchens

The prestigious American Society of Interior Designers just released a top trends list for the new year. Six of the 11 can enhance wellness potential. I share these in my latest article, with insights from designers around the country about how they’re already implementing these trends in their projects. Check it out here. Rooms with […] The post Six 2024 Design Association Trend Predictions That Enhance Wellness comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design

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Colorful Kitchen Backsplashes – Transform Your Cooking Space!

Realstone

Gone are the days of the monotonous white kitchen backsplash. Colorful kitchen backsplashes infuse color, personality, and style into the heart of your home – the kitchen. This article dives into how you can transform your cooking space with a colorful backsplash, ensuring it stands out while reflecting your unique taste and style. Key Takeaways Embrace Color Diversity : Explore vibrant colors for a lively kitchen atmosphere.

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Calculating the Deterioration of Concrete in Buildings and Other Structures

The A to Z of Building

In the construction industry, concrete is a necessary material for many infrastructure projects, including highways, bridges, dams, and office buildings, as well as the foundations and superstructure of these buildings.

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The Ultimate Guide to Concrete Repair

Onfloor Technology

Concrete is the most widely used building material in the world and for good reason. It's strong, durable, and cost-effective. However, even the toughest concrete can suffer from wear and tear over time. Cracks, chips, and other forms of damage are common problems that can occur in both old and new concrete surfaces.

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What keeps retailers up at night 2024

Floor Covering News

Flooring retailers have a lot on their minds these days—from running a business profitably to improving customer service to wondering whether their installation crew can handle the volume/schedule. Add in the uncertainty of a presidential election and it’s enough to keep any retailer awake at night. To that end, Floor Covering News polled a group of retailers to find out what they believe will be their biggest challenges of 2024.

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California carpet recycling hike takes effect

Floor Covering News

In a move that was panned by some flooring retailers, California consumers began paying as much as 36% more for carpet on Jan. 1, 2024, as part of a California recycling statute. The Golden State requires CARE, the carpet stewardship organization, to implement a so-called “differential assessment” on each square yard of carpet sold that reflects its cost burden to recycle.

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Full speed ahead for Johnson following distribution shuffle

Floor Covering News

The new year marks a new beginning for Johnson Hardwood Floors. With the recent completion of the realignment of its distribution network, the company can focus more fully on its go-to-market strategy with a more robust distribution network. “The new alignment will allow us to better service our existing customers,” Billy Ko, Johnson CEO, told Floor Covering News.

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Lunada Bay Tile names Chris Moderwell regional sales manager

Floor Covering News

Chris Moderwell Harbor City, Calif.—Lunada Bay Corporation has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Chris Moderwell as the Southeast and Texas regional sales manager. Moderwell will work closely with distribution and retail clients to provide product knowledge, marketing solutions, customer service and growth opportunities in support of the sales and promotion of Lunada Bay Corporation products.

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What’s happening at Surfaces ’24

Floor Covering News

The International Surfaces Event (TISE) —Surfaces ’24—taking place this week at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, is shaping up to be its largest show in eight years, according to Informa Exhibitions, which manages the show. Based on current registration numbers, attendance is trending 20% higher than last year. More importantly, show organizers are expecting the strongest international participation since 2019.

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Karndean Designflooring unveils new Art Select designs

Floor Covering News

Export, Penn.—With new wood- and stone-inspired looks for its high-end Art Select collection, Karndean Designflooring aims to set the standard for premium luxury vinyl flooring. The collection combines cutting-edge technology and hands-on craftsmanship to replicate hardwood and stone in exacting detail. With the launch of the new designs in May 2024, Art Select will feature more than 45 wood and stone looks in a broad spectrum of tones.

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SikaTile, Merkrete to present at TISE 2024

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—Sika and Merkrete will showcase their products at TISE 2024 in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center here next week. Visitors to Booth #5659 will be able to see firsthand how the SikaTile solutions are designed to eliminate unwanted jobsite callbacks. SikaTile-815 Secure Grout is a high-performance, fast-setting, dustless grout that delivers hard, durable joints and is formulated for strength and simplicity.

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Natural stone 101: Understanding the basics

Floor Covering News

Natural stone can be a hard product category for some retailers to get into. Not only does it require more knowledge on the part of the retail sales associate, but it also means successfully sharing that information with the consumer in a way that doesn’t turn them away from the category. The product is high-end in nature, due to several factors. One, for example, is its truly unique look, and that’s not just from stone type to stone type but from installation to installation, derived from the

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ASID Inside SURFACES Tour announces 13 brands as featured stops

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— ASID Inside SURFACES Tours is announcing the 13 brands selected for its inaugural series of tours taking place during The International Surface Event (TISE), on January 24-26, 2024 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. A joint venture between The International Surface Event (TISE) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the ASID Inside SURFACES Tour includes free tours pairing insightful educational segments with exciting brand discoveries, over a two

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Multifamily market poised for a turnaround

Floor Covering News

In a promising turn for the rental market, multifamily housing is on the rebound , fueled by a trifecta of favorable factors. Lower lending rates and improving economic conditions are injecting a renewed vigor into property investments while bolstering confidence among builders and developers. “Overall, last year was a challenging year with higher interest rates while people not moving hurt the multifamily and builder business,” said Tracy Wyrick, vice president of sales, builder and multifami

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CTEF to promote certification, training at TISE 2024

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) will promote the value of certification and training for tile installers during TISE—the International Surface Event—2024 taking place here January 24-26, 2024. CTEF can be found in two locations during TISE 2024 (see here ). In the Tile Letter Pavilion, booth #5373 In the CTI Certification area adjacent to the Tile Letter Pavilion, and between the Natural Stone Theatre and the TileExpo Theatre “TISE is such a great opportunity to speak to a

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NTCA names Five-Star accredited companies

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—The NTCA Five-Star Contractor Program has, in recent years, advanced to include accreditation, emphasizing members’ dedication to industry professionalism through third-party validation. In response to industry changes, all companies, including existing NTCA Five-Star Members, must reapply and undergo accreditation. This transformation marks a shift from “company recognition” to an official “accreditation” program with a thorough third-party review pr