November, 2023

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Embark on a Ceramic Adventure with Tile of Spain USA on the 2024 “Passport to Creativity” Tour

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing more than 100 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), is accepting entries, now through December 31 st , 2023 , for the 2024 edition of the “Passport to Creativity” tour. Now in its twelfth year, “Passport to Creativity” commemorates the rich history of Spanish ceramics by inviting an exclusive group of architects, interior designers and trade professionals, on a trip to Valencia, Spa

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The Maximalist Movement

As The Tile Turns

Minimalism had its moment and will always be a welcome option for fostering a calm and clean environment, but now, it’s time for maximalism to shine. From the runway to the showroom, maximalism reminds us that bold and bright styles can be fun and sophisticated. This is the perfect opportunity to shake things up and bring some new inspiration to the forefront.

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FCEF to offer 100% training scholarships for 100 days

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Through a new promotion named “100 in 100,” the Floor Covering Education Foundation ( FCEF) announced that it will offer scholarships to cover the full cost of tuition for installation training to 100 individuals in 100 days. The promotion kicks off Dec. 1 and runs through March 10, 2024. To be eligible for the scholarship, individuals must be new to the industry or have worked as an installation helper for less than a year.

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The Ceramic House

Diary of a Tile Addict

Somehow this unusual place has slipped by us, not featuring in a post or even given a passing mention. But that changes today. The Ceramic House will have its moment. Kay Aplin at her home – The Ceramic House Stanmer Villas Brighton Picture by Jim Holden Coated in unique tiled features, The Ceramic House serves as a permanent exhibition for the works of Brighton-based architectural ceramicist Kay Alpin.

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Revolutionizing Tile Installation: Discover the Game-Changing GoBoard

Rubble Tile

In the ever-evolving landscape of construction and remodeling, the materials we choose are pivotal in defining the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and quality of our projects. GoBoard by Johns Manville, a cutting-edge tile backer board, is quickly becoming the go-to choice for professionals.

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Revitalizing Urban Spaces: NYC Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Kitchen and Residential Design

via New York City is always at the cutting edge of design and lifestyle. Therefore, when it comes to NYC kitchen remodeling, keeping up with the trends is key. This guide explores ten current trends, offering some great ideas for kitchen renovations to help you transform it into a stylish, highly functional space. No. 1 Open Plan Living: Creating Spacious Kitchens Before you choose the best kitchen layout for your home, you should know that open-plan living is one of the top trends in NYC.

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CID Awards Celebrate Torres Blancas Unit 1040, a Stunning Urban Revival

Tile of Spain USA

Madrid, with its deep-rooted history, thriving art scene and rich culinary attractions, is one of Spain’s most sought-after travel destinations. It is also home to some of the country’s most iconic architectural landmarks, including one of this year’s Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards honorees: Torres Blancas Unit 1040. Receiving the ‘International Special Recognition’ CID honor, Unit 1040, designed by the local firm Studio.Noju , is a freshly renovated two-story resi

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Virginia Tile welcomes two industry veterans to commercial division

Floor Covering News

Livonia, Minn.—Virginia Tile has named two new members to its commercial team, Stu Kinney and Bradley Walworth. Both seasoned professionals in the industry, Kinney and Walworth bring a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to excellence that will propel Virginia Tile to new heights. Stu Kinney Kinney, an accomplished national account sales manager, offers experience in the flooring industry.

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Cersaie’s Textured Stone

Diary of a Tile Addict

Marked with natural imperfections, decorated with carvings, and shapes in formats both little and large, textured stone offers a deep seam to mine when it comes to tile design. These are the few I collected at Cersaie. Copenhagen from Bassanesi Heritage Ivory from Keope Alchemy and Deco Pierre Irregularly ridged with scored lines, Peronda ‘s Alchemy and Porcelanosa ‘s Deco Pierre take a similar approach to adding texture to stone.

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Beginning, Intermediate Training Classes Qualify for FCEF “100 in 100”

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

Do You Know About the '100 in 100'? It's a wonderful program that the Floor Covering Education Foundation recently announced. If you're new to tile installation, you can benefit from it. You'll find details below, including CTEF training programs that are eligible.

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New Cooling Ceramic can Enhance Energy Efficiency for the Construction Sector and Help Combat Global Warming—City University of Hong Kong Research

The A to Z of Building

A significant breakthrough in developing a passive radiative cooling (PRC) material has been announced by researchers at City University of Hong Kong (CityU). The findings have just been.

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Understanding Shade and Color Variation of Ceramic and Porcelain tile

Conestoga Tile Blog

The shade variation classification system for ceramic tile is a crucial tool in understanding and managing the inherent differences in color and texture that may exist within a product series. This system helps consumers and industry professionals navigate the natural variations in ceramic tile products, offering a standardized way to communicate the expected appearance of tiles.

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Big Trend: Big Tile

Giotile

The past three decades have seen new manufacturing techniques and cutting-edge printing pushing porcelain tile into the forefront of design and innovation. Porcelain tiles are also getting larger and larger. Tiles equal to or greater than one square meter (almost 11 square feet!) are designated “Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs” by ANSI A137. 3. Additionally, while standard-body … The post Big Trend: Big Tile appeared first on Gio Tile.

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Portobello America opens Tennessee facility

Floor Covering News

B axter , T enn.—Portobello America officially brought its nearly 1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility , located here, online this month. The years-in-the-making milestone was celebrated with a grand opening event held at the facility, which drew the company’s Brazilian and U.S. customers and partners. “It’s a dream for us to be here,” said Cesar Gomes, Portobello Group CEO.

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Primus Vitoria: production paradox

Diary of a Tile Addict

Apicer’s 2024 The Art of Possibility Tour of Portugal proved hugely inspirational. It offered Diary of a Tile Addict’s Joe Simpson a wonderful opportunity to visit some of the country’s leading manufacturers, see numerous examples of ceramic street art, experience tile’s massive contribution to contemporary Portuguese architecture, and – best of all – get fully immersed in the history, heritage, and passion that drives Portugal’s tile sector.

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Atlas Concorde Park Studio redefines the concept of visitor experience

Ceramics of Italy

Atlas Concorde Park Studio is the newly opened Atlas Concorde exhibition space designed to showcase the essence and core values of a company that for more than 50 years has been renowned within the industry for the outstanding performance, quality and beauty of its products. The new space is located at the company’s headquarters in Fiorano Modenese , a multifunctional site that also houses its production facilities and state-of-the-art automated warehouse inside a four-hectare centuries-old park

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White Stone Fireplace Ideas: Transform Your Space with Elegance

Realstone

Introduction Welcome to our exploration of white stone fireplace ideas, where we delve into the world of elegant , modern, and versatile fireplace designs. White stone fireplaces are not just about warmth; they are about style, sophistication, and creating a centerpiece in your living space that speaks of timeless beauty and contemporary design. In this article, we will guide you through various aspects of white stone fireplaces—from design diversity and material quality to DIY potential and i

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JG Kitchens - Untitled Article

JG Kitchens

There are so many ways that smart home features are enhancing these spaces — especially our primary bathrooms! So many of the wellness features trending in these high value spaces are powered by tech. The post comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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New UCF Tech Uses AI, VR to Monitor Safety of Bridges, Buildings

The A to Z of Building

Monitoring the structural health of the nation’s aging budlings and bridges is vital to keeping people safe and helping prevent tragedies such as the Surfside condominium collapse in 2021.

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Retailers of the Year 2023

Floor Covering News

The ideal supplier/retailer relationship is more like a partnership, in which the two sides truly care about “winning together.” The spirit of ‘we’re all in this together’ was reflected in this year’s Floor Covering News Retailers of the Year issue. Featured were some of the industry’s most accomplished dealers from both influential buying groups to no affiliation at all.

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Recer: sublime surface selection 

Diary of a Tile Addict

One of the most respected Portuguese tile brands, Recer was founded in 1977. Today it is a medium sized producer of porcelain tiles, and ceramic wall tiles, offering home owners and designers a wide range of contemporary solutions with its wide and diversified product portfolio. In 2022, Recer produced around 5 million sq. metres of tiles, achieving total sales of Euro 45.3 million.

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Italcer becomes a Benefit Company and reaffirms its commitment to ESG

Ceramics of Italy

Italcer , the Italian ceramic design hub led by Graziano Verdi and controlled by the Mindful Capital Partners Investment Fund, has become a Benefit Corporation. This marks the continuation of Italcer Group’s ongoing efforts to pursue goals for the common good alongside those of profitability. The company is committed to operating responsibly, sustainably and transparently towards people, communities, territories and the environment, with a particular focus on inclusivity and gender equality.

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stone fireplace ideas

Realstone

Welcome to our comprehensive guide for stone fireplace ideas. Whether you’re looking to enhance your home with a touch of elegance or seeking practical DIY solutions, this article is your one-stop destination. From modern designs to Rustic styles, we’ll explore a variety of stone fireplace concepts, providing you with inspiration and guidance to transform your living space.

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Six Wellness-Related Bathroom Design Trends For 2024

JG Kitchens

What are the hot trends for bathroom projects going into the new year? I shared six that are wellness related from the National Kitchen & Bath Association's authoritative new 2024 Bathroom Trends Research Report in my latest Forbes.com article. The post Six Wellness-Related Bathroom Design Trends For 2024 comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Ep 139: Holiday Gift Guide for Architects

Life of an Architect

It’s almost that gift-giving time of the year and if you have an architect in your life, you know that getting them a gift is potentially the most agonizing experience possible - but that’s why we’re here. Now in its 14th consecutive year, Welcome to Episode 139 Holiday Gift Guide for Architects 2023! The post Ep 139: Holiday Gift Guide for Architects first appeared on Life of an Architect.

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Ceramic: State of the industry 2023

Floor Covering News

Daltile’s new Outlander features the company’s StepWise technology that provides 2x more slip-resistance than regular tile, for a seamless indoor/outdoor space. S everal issues that shook out in 2023 have contributed to a less-than-stellar year for ceramic tile. The increase in interest/mortgage rates, an abrupt transition of spending among consumers—from goods to services—and price deflation have all caused a lack of growth for ceramic tile in 2023.

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Developing Efficient, Cost-Effective Heated Pavement System

The A to Z of Building

Researchers at Rowan University’s Center for Research & Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATES) are in the process of developing an electrically heated pavement.

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Ceramica Sant’Agostino presents its first Sustainability Report

Ceramics of Italy

Innovation, research, functionality and an increasingly concrete commitment to the environment are the directions that guide Ceramica Sant’Agostino in the creation, design and manufacture of its products. Behind each collection there is a process of technological and formal research that is based on the desire to guarantee beauty to the material, technical efficiency and durability of the surfaces, created to maintain their appearance intact and unchanged over time.

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stone fireplace ideas

Realstone

Welcome to our comprehensive guide for stone fireplace ideas. Whether you’re looking to enhance your home with a touch of elegance or seeking practical DIY solutions, this article is your one-stop destination. From modern designs to Rustic styles, we’ll explore a variety of stone fireplace concepts, providing you with inspiration and guidance to transform your living space.

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Hot 2024 Real Estate Trends Feature Wellness Benefits

JG Kitchens

Real estate platform Zillow has published its list of hot 2024 residential real estate trend predictions. Of the six listed, four are wellness-enhancing. The post Hot 2024 Real Estate Trends Feature Wellness Benefits comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Ep 138: Is Architecture School Broken pt. 2

Life of an Architect

Are students graduating from architecture school prepared for the profession? Is the educational system aligned with the workplace? What is the best software to teach students? Can we all just get along? We started this exploration of the idea that Architecture School may need some modifications in Episode 137. The system needs to change to provide the skills, knowledge, and pathways for the future of the profession, but what else may need to be addressed?

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CTEF training classes qualify for FCEF “100 in 100” scholarship

Floor Covering News

Dalton–The CTEF will offer beginning and intermediate training classes that qualify for the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) “100 in 100” scholarship program announced on November 13, 2023. “100 in 100” stands for 100 scholarships that FCEF will award to cover the full cost of tuition for installation training over 100 days. The promotion kicks off on December 1 and runs through March 10, 2024.

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New Method Confirms Direct Air Capture in Concrete

The A to Z of Building

Carbon capture is important to decrease the influence of human carbon dioxide emissions on the climate. Sacred Torii Gate in Wajima, Japan. Japan’s concrete production has remained about the.

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Surface Prep: How Industrial Concrete Grinders Enhance Coating Adhesion

Onfloor Technology

Due to its durability and ability to last for years with proper care, concrete is a popular choice for industrial flooring. However, concrete surfaces can become rough or uneven following age and wear.

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The Best of Carbon Slate Panels: A Comprehensive Insight 

Realstone

Key Takeaways: Carbon slate panels offer a harmonious blend of aesthetic appeal, durability, and eco-friendliness. They are a cost-effective choice for both residential and commercial applications due to their low maintenance and long-lasting nature. The installation of these panels contributes to energy efficiency , making them a smart choice for modern green homes.

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Simple Home Changes Can Offset Negative Time Change Effects

JG Kitchens

Did "falling back" last weekend kick your butt too? I've never felt its effects as strongly as I have this time. Yeesh! I reached out to an occupational therapist with expertise in sleep and home environments for her insights. The post Simple Home Changes Can Offset Negative Time Change Effects comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Mapei among the “World’s Best Employers”

Ceramics of Italy

Mapei is among the World’s Best Employers according to the rankings compiled by Forbes in cooperation with Statista that examines 700 companies assessed by 170,000 employees from over 50 countries to determine which businesses excel in terms of corporate impact and image, talent development, gender equality and social responsibility. Mapei, together with the other 13 Italian companies listed in the rankings, was prised by the people interviewed for showcasing the very best of Italian manuf

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