May, 2020

Enhance Your Home with Spanish Tile

Tile of Spain USA

As we continue to spend more time in our homes, many of us are taking the opportunity to work on home improvement projects that have been left undone. Whether you are undertaking a major remodel, or updating old floors, or simply changing the backsplash in your kitchen, every detail matters. From the finishes you select to the color scheme of the room, each design element should enhance the functionality, wellness and look of your space.

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10-Point Pandemic Kitchen Rating Guide

JG Kitchens

How are you holding up? It’s been a couple of months since so many aspects of our lives changed so suddenly and dramatically. Millions of Americans are working from home now, exercising at home, homeschooling their kids, and doing much more cooking and cleaning than they have in years.

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Playlist of the Week – Summer Concerts

Architectural Ceramics

Week of May 25, 2020. As many artists and musicians have had to cancel their live shows for the foreseeable future, the summer concert scene will look a bit different this year. That’s no reason not to rock out on your own from the comfort of your own backyard.

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Top Home Bathroom Flooring Options

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Choosing the most suitable bathroom flooring can be daunting. You want your bathroom flooring to complement the rest of the home yet still withstand high moisture levels, humidity and heavy foot traffic.

Tile Inspiration from Around The World

Garden State Tile Blog

Ceramic tile encompasses thousands of years of history and extends to nearly every culture in the world. Its beauty and durability can be seen in our greatest historical buildings and most treasured cities, with some of the civilization’s earliest tile constructions still standing today.

Beauty In Terracotta ? The Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Center

Trendir Magazine

China’s massive Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Center is one of the most stunning modern examples of the beauty and practical applications of architectural terracotta. Designed by PES-Architects and completed in 2018, the sparkling white center was inspired by something as simple as a jasmine flower. LopoChina The center is located on the Minjiang River, and it overlooks the Mahangzhou island nature reserve.

Tile of Spain Announces the Launch of New Website for the U.S.

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain, the International ceramic tile brand representing over 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website, www.TileofSpainUSA.com.

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Week of May 11, 2020 – Graduation

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. With the stresses of academic work, the excitement of school sports, and the even the pressure to get involved, there are few occasions that invoke celebratory sentiments stronger than graduations. As we celebrate the Class of 2020’s special day, we must remember the highs and the lows from this scholastic journey, and utilize the valuable lessons we’ve learned along the way as this new chapter in the Book of Life begins.

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Radio Stone Update -- May 27, 2020

Stone Update

Online Xiamen show, new CEO for Pearlman, pro-active Covid-19 industry response. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

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The Beauty of Brazilian Slate Meets The Durability of Porcelain

Garden State Tile Blog

New to Garden State Tile, the Ardosia Porcelain Collection features stunning graphics that are reminiscent of the elegance and simplicity of Brazilian slate, met with the durability of porcelain.

New Ways to Improve Ceramic Materials' 'Mortar'

The A to Z of Building

When most people think of ceramics, they might envision their favorite mug or a flowerpot. But modern technology is full of advanced ceramics, from silicon solar panels to ceramic superconductors and

Case Study: One House, Four Ways of Living – An Analysis of the 4-in-1 House

Tile of Spain USA

Sitting above a quiet residential neighborhood, at the top of a leafy hill on in Guadalupe, Spain is a remarkably designed home built by Architect, Manuel Clavel. The stunning “4-in-1 House” offers its homeowners with a one-of-a-kind perspective from an architectural standpoint. With a thoughtfully designed interior considering every detail, Clavel awakens the senses in every corner of the home, inside and out.

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Sound of Marbles

Diary of a Tile Addict

Ceramica Fioranese ‘s Sound of Marbles rethinks this classic material to celebrate nature and combine it with tradition and craftsmanship. Five distinctive marble-effect porcelain stoneware surfaces make up the collection – Beige Antico, Rosa Cipria, Nero Fondo, Verde Intenso, and Screziato Vivace. Sound of Marbles Rosa Cipria (300x300mm and 150x150mm) and Mosaico Weave Nero Fondo (300x300mm). Sound of Marbles Beige Antico Mosaico Eva (300x300mm).

Playlist of the Week – Gardens & Patios

Architectural Ceramics

Week of May 18, 2020. With the unprecedented times it seems as if many homeowners are experiencing a renewed interest in DIY and home projects. Many of these are focused on the interior as we are “sheltering in place”, however; the advent of warmer weather and extended sunlight hours have many people looking outward and tending to their gardens. Check out this week’s Playlist of the week for some tunes that’ll get you moving in the garden.

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Radio Stone Update -- May 20, 2020 Vol 1 No 1

Stone Update

A review of the proposed tariffs on quartz slabs from India and Turkey, plus news on U.S.-made made porcelain slab and an online Coverings trade event. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

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The Beauty of Brazilian Slate Meets The Durability of Porcelain

Garden State Tile Blog

New to Garden State Tile, the Ardosia Porcelain Collection features stunning graphics that are reminiscent of the elegance and simplicity of Brazilian slate, met with the durability of porcelain. This collection is perfect for covering floors and walls with surfaces inspired by the monochrome colors of Lavagna stone. The clouding, light effects and slight imperfections of the line lend a contemporary look to interior designs. BROWSE ARDOSIA.

A Look at GIO?s Latest and Greatest!

Giotile

In normal times, spring is the season for major trade shows that introduce to the design world the latest and greatest in flooring and surfacing solutions. These are certainly not normal times, but that hasn’t prevented us from finding new and exciting tile collections for your commercial designs. Trade shows have gone virtual, digital presentations … The post A Look at GIO’s Latest and Greatest! appeared first on Gio Tile.

Asbestos testing kits --Do I need one?

Kitchen and Residential Design

Photo by Tneil Abt on Unsplash It is no secret about the potential danger that could be lurking in your home. Asbestos is, luckily, no longer used in construction. However, many people wrongly assume that when those regulations changed, they no longer had to worry about asbestos. Unfortunately, there are many homes that still have asbestos. Knowing the dangers of asbestos, often leads to the question - do I need an asbestos testing kit ? It might seem like an unnecessary item.

Vintage Vibes from Flaviker

Diary of a Tile Addict

Over the next two months we will be continuing with our covering of Coverings due to its cancellation, maintaining the flow of tile information going world-wide. Flaviker is the latest to join us, sharing their RE-TOUR collection that was set to be showcased at the New Orleans show. RE-TOUR Fog. As the name implies, RE-TOUR marks the return of the aesthetic of French rustic stones.

Week of May 25, 2020 – Concert Series

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. As we approach June, its hard not to reflect on the artistic excitement that usually follows suit. It’s a time that is typically marked by our favorite musicians touring, the beginning of outdoor concert season, and annual Jazz festivals that occupy many of the world’s most popular cities. Though we will miss out on the musical fun this year, it’s a great opportunity to pick up an instrument and start honing your own skills.

Coverings Connected Reaches Out Online

Stone Update

Nearly 4,000 industry professionals tune in online for virtual tile and stone event. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

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Stand Out Stone Looks – Made In The USA

Garden State Tile Blog

Garden State Tile has introduced two new stand out stone look collections into our robust line of porcelain offerings made and stocked in the USA. Tivoli , offering a vein-cut travertine look with realistic HD graphics, captures the beauty and distinctive nuances of the natural stone in 4 colors, 2 size options and a brick mosaic. The second collection, Basalt , creates clean, modern designs with the look of Basaltine tile.

The Return to Rustic

Decorative Materials

There's a lot to love about contemporary design. For years, people have gravitated towards the modern look of clean lines, neutral colors, and open space. The appeal of this aesthetic is understandable, but it can feel a bit sterile if done to excess. Hence, the recent return of rustic, which can instantly infuse any space with a sense of character. Tile Trends

CEDIT Policroma won the Red Dot Award

Ceramics of Italy

CEDIT – Ceramiche d’Italia collection, “ Policroma ” , won the Red Dot Award 2020 , a prestigious international prize awarded once every year to the most interesting and original design products. A jury of internationally renowned experts selected the collection among over 6,500 products from 60 different countries.

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Iberian Inspired Limestone

Diary of a Tile Addict

Ceramiche Refin ‘s strong response during these times of uncertainty, with attempts at being “virtually nearer” to their customers, means they have been on the ball when it comes to digitally presenting what would otherwise have been their stand at this year’s Coverings. Thankfully Diary of a Tile Addict can also do a little to help, and we have opened up our site to known and trusted tile brands, providing one FREE post over April, May, and June. Pedra Azul Natural.

Playlist of the Week – Graduation

Architectural Ceramics

Week of May 11, 2020. As summer draws closer, many of students are submitting their final assignments, saying goodbye to friends, and preparing for the summer holiday that awaits. Even with the challenges of 2020, it is an exciting time to reflect on all the hard work that has been accomplished over the school year, and an opportunity to plan for the future. Congratulations to the Class of 2020, we wish you much success in your future endeavors.

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Coverings Connected Reaches Out Online

Stone Update

Nearly 4,000 industry professionals tune in online for virtual tile and stone event. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

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Stand Out Stone Looks – Made In The USA

Garden State Tile Blog

Garden State Tile has introduced two new stand out stone look collections into our robust line of porcelain offerings made and stocked in the USA. Tivoli , offering a vein-cut travertine look with realistic HD graphics, captures the beauty and distinctive nuances of the natural stone in 4 colors, 2 size options and a brick mosaic. The second collection, Basalt , creates clean, modern designs with the look of Basaltine tile.

A Look at GIO?s Latest and Greatest!

Giotile

In normal times, spring is the season for major trade shows that introduce to the design world the latest and greatest in flooring and surfacing solutions. These are certainly not normal times, but that hasn’t prevented us from finding new and exciting tile collections for your commercial designs. Trade shows have gone virtual, digital presentations … The post A Look at GIO’s Latest and Greatest! appeared first on Gio Tile.

Your New-and-Improved Home Essentials Checklist

Kitchen and Residential Design

Now that most people have been spending a lot more time at home due to COVID-19 , there are probably a few things you’ve noticed in your house that you’d love to improve. Life is usually such a whirlwind, so it’s easy to let inconveniences go unnoticed—especially if it’s how you’ve done it for years and years.

Constructing Compositions with Regalo

Diary of a Tile Addict

Regalo is a collection with a concentration on composition. Designed by Lombardini 22 brand FUD for Appiani , these skinny format tiles take on texture and desaturated tones to create an enormously versatile ceramic collection. The Regolo range is comprised of nine master shades (Panno, Lunaria, Ardesia, Ossido, Ceruleo, Cipria, Mattone, Tanè, and Tobacco) which mix neutrals with warm and cool toned colours.

Week of May 18, 2020 – Gardens & Patios

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. Though the nationwide shelter in place mandates haven’t been easy on anyone, one major highlight has been seeing more people getting outside and exercising in safe ways. Some of the more common activities include seeing families on extended walks or runs, while other methods consist of garden workouts and DIY landscaping projects. All in all, these activities may be small in everyday life, but they certainly have allowed many of us to feel a sense of community.

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Braxton-Bragg Continues Expansion in CNC Market

Stone Update

Adds associates with deep stone-industry roots, plus free shop-analysis program. Featured Company Insider News

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Tile Inspiration from Around The World

Garden State Tile Blog

Ceramic tile encompasses thousands of years of history and extends to nearly every culture in the world. Its beauty and durability can be seen in our greatest historical buildings and most treasured cities, with some of the civilization’s earliest tile constructions still standing today. But you don’t need to travel overseas to bring the worldly charm of tile into your home or business.

Feng Shui’s Potential Health Benefits

JG Kitchens

Feng shui has been around for thousands of years. It originated in China, but has enthusiasts throughout the world to this present day — including in the U.S. I’ve long been curious as to whether it can help with human health, so I did what I usually do when I’m curious about a design topic: I reached out to experts for an article. Here’s what I learned , which might surprise you. It surprised me, and I can definitely see some wellness design potential here.

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Asbestos testing kits-Do I need one?

Kitchen and Residential Design

Photo by Tneil Abt on Unsplash It is no secret about the potential danger that could be lurking in your home. Asbestos is, luckily, no longer used in construction. However, many people wrongly assume that when those regulations changed, they no longer had to worry about asbestos. Unfortunately, there are many homes that still have asbestos. Knowing the dangers of asbestos, often leads to the question - do I need an asbestos testing kit ? It might seem like an unnecessary item.

Bardelli’s Groovy Grouting

Diary of a Tile Addict

In a curious twist of asymmetry comes Zip, the result of a collaboration between Ceramica Bardelli and Meneghello Paolelli Associati. Playing with grout lines, Zip offers unique decorative effects with shaped edges alongside its standard 600 by 600mm and 600 by 1,200mm pieces. Zip Ivory White. Zip Ivory White. The three colours – Anthracite Black, Ivory White, and Antique Terracotta – work to enable striking contrast between a variety of grout shades.

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