July, 2023

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Ceramics Inspirations: Mix and Match Tiles

Tile of Spain USA

Ceramics possess distinctive properties that allow it to become an enduring and versatile cladding material. Exceptional in both quality and design, Spanish manufacturers offer collections in a variety of finishes, colors, graphics and formats, enabling homeowners to flawlessly fuse tiles of different styles in the same space. There are numerous possible combinations of ceramic tile that can help you to discover the decorative style that best suits your home.

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Beautiful Backsplashes

As The Tile Turns

Functional and fashionable, a decorative tile backsplash serves many functions within the modern kitchen environment. Yes, it acts as a protective barrier, but it also reveals distinct styles and personalities. The right backsplash will elevate an entire kitchen. This is where the eye is immediately drawn when you step into the heart of the home. It can form the ultimate statement piece — or complement other dominant features, if desired.

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Tapping the high-end market with tile and stone

Floor Covering News

The high-end tile market carries much potential for savvy flooring dealers. T he high-end, luxury market has thrived over the last several years despite a general malaise around economic uncertainty. Industry experts agree that while economic conditions can tighten the purse strings of the average consumer, those shopping for opulence tend to continue spending even during these times.

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Porcelain Tile Inspired by the Rocky Veining and Shade Variation of Natural Slate

Rubble Tile

Tradition and modernity tell a timeless tale in the use of stone, with its natural relief texture, in design applications of all styles. Ragno USA’s stone-look porcelain collection, Absolute Slate, recreates some of nature’s most beautiful surface patterns using rocky veining and organic shade variation.

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Sol’Art

Diary of a Tile Addict

Brothers-in-law Giovanni and Fabio add a breath of fresh air to traditional Italian ceramics in their studio located in the idyllic Amalfi coast town of Vietri sul Mare. Beginning in 2000 with familiar local designs, their style morphed over time to create something new out of the materials and glazes they were familiar with. These new, decorative pieces, be they plates, coffee cups, vases or tiles have a magnetic appeal.

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There’s Nowhere to Go but Up With Vertical Tiles

Why Tile

Have vertical tiles caught your eye? Whether you’re wondering what this new trend is or looking for specific design ideas to install in your home, we have everything you need to know about vertical tiles right here. What Is Vertical Tile? Simply put, vertical tile is tile that’s laid vertically rather than horizontally. Vertical tile… The post There’s Nowhere to Go but Up With Vertical Tiles appeared first on Why Tile.

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Pabellón Agora Valencia, A CID Award Winning Project

Tile of Spain USA

Awarded “International Special Recognition” during this year’s Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards , Pabellón Agora Valencia by Arqueha + Miguel Arraiz is a striking architectural structure that pays homage to the past, present and future of Spanish design. Nestled in the heart of Spain’s vibrant city of Valencia, the pavilion was constructed as a symbolic gift, celebrating the city’s distinction as the 2022 World Design Capital.

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Latest wood floors run the wide/long gamut

Floor Covering News

Suppliers are investing in new technologies to make wood floors more durable and, yes, water resistant, to compete with the likes of SPC. Pictured is Dogwood from AHF Products. I n the battle to reclaim market share from look-alike categories, hardwood suppliers are rolling out an array of new wood floors designed to pique the interest of retailers as well as consumers.

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Florim’s Nature Mood receives Green Good Design Award 2023

Ceramics of Italy

The Collection Nature Mood has been honoured with the Green Good Design Award 2023 , the “green” version of the international Good Design Award that annually celebrates outstanding examples of sustainable design. Nature Mood was recognised for its ability to combine design and beauty with a focus on sustainability, environmental protection and energy saving, thus obtaining the prestigious seal certifying global excellence in sustainable design.

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Craggy Chamotte

Diary of a Tile Addict

Chamotte, otherwise known as grog or firesand, is the name given to crushed ceramics used to strengthen clay mixtures and create a rugged, gritty texture. And thats exactly what Chamotte gives us. Designed by tile visionary Patricia Urquiola for Mutina , Chamotte places hand-made rustica front and centre with pits and ripples texturing the surface and catching the glossy glaze in irregular patterns.

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Get the Skinny on Thin Tile

Why Tile

Have you heard the skinny? Thin tile is taking off as a popular new option for interior decor. If you’re not up to speed, don’t worry — we’re reviewing everything you need to know about thin tile here. First, What Is Thin Tile? The official term for thin tile is gauged porcelain tile (GPT). These… The post Get the Skinny on Thin Tile appeared first on Why Tile.

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Making Work Look And Feel Like Home

Giotile

The majority of the population is vaccinated, Covid restrictions are mostly lifted, and companies are having people come back to the office. Or they are trying to. Although many offices have reopened and are welcoming workers back, a large number of employees are pushing back strongly against the return-to-office. After so much time at home, … The post Making Work Look And Feel Like Home appeared first on Gio Tile.

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Discover the Best Cement Tile for Showers | Interior Design Guide

Realstone

What is the Best Cement Tile for Showers? Author: Lynda Wood Choosing the right tile for your shower can elevate your bathroom from ordinary to extraordinary. It is not just about aesthetics; it’s also about durability, safety, and maintenance. In recent years, cement tiles have become a popular choice for many homeowners and designers. But what is the best cement tile for showers?

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Stats 2023: Laminate resurgence drives sales higher

Floor Covering News

T he momentum that the U.S. laminate flooring category generated in late 2020 and throughout 2021 continued to positively impact segment sales in 2022. Floor Covering News research shows the U.S. laminate flooring market generated approximately $1.382 billion in sales last year at the first point of sale—an uptick of 6% over the year prior. In terms of volume, the category grew at a slightly slower rate (4.5%), reaching roughly 1.098 billion square feet.

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The Pinnacle of Perfection!

Garden State Tile Blog

Marble is a luxurious tiling material that never goes out of style and remains looking good in today’s modern interiors even after many years it’s been installed. However over the years, it will need maintenance to retain its radiant charm. The Paragon Collection from Garden State Tile is the pinnacle of marble perfection — seven elegant marble types are recreated in durable, easy-care porcelain.

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Check this out ? Handcrafted tile in a Checkerboard Pattern!

Cement Style

In the interior design world, tiling in a checkerboard pattern has been making a major comeback recently. This classic staple has been a mainstay in homes for centuries and has transitioned beautifully into modern design. Its popularity can be attributed to its timeless appeal, versatility, and ability to add a touch of sophistication to any room. Get inspired by this roundup of some of our favorite checkerboard spaces featuring our handcrafted cement tile and zellige!

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Beloved Dutch Porcelain Tile Collections In Stock in the U.S. & on Display at Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile

Dutch Tilemakers, Mosa, are known as innovators in the porcelain tile space. For many years they’ve created design-forward concepts that are highly sustainable and suitable for both residential and commercial spaces. The Core Collection underscores the timeless quality of Mosa products by bringing together three.

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Shocking New Tap Water Pollution Revelation And Experts’ Solutions

JG Kitchens

He was right, as the movie, based on a real story, shows in its dramatic retelling. And that water pollution source -- generally described as "forever chemicals" is causing humans harm too. A recent government study shows them to be in nearly half of our homes. My latest Forbes.com article talks about what you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy and safe.

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Ep 129: Built to Last

Life of an Architect

Historically, modern trends in the AEC industry do not provide for buildings with a longer life span. In 'Built to Last' we will discuss ways to improve the lifespan of buildings through mitigating various aspects of impact on the built environment. The post Ep 129: Built to Last first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 129: Built to Last at Life of an Architect.

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Ceramics of Italy kicks off 4th annual of Young Distributor Program

Floor Covering News

New York, N.Y.—Ceramics of Italy announced that the fourth annual Young Distributor Program is now open for entries. Organized by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency, the Italian ceramics industry created this initiative to strengthen its relationship with North American distributors and bring a new generation of importers to experience Cersaie—the world’s premier exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings—to see the newest tile prod

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5 Ways to Restore a Garage Floor

Onfloor Technology

You can restore your garage floors through grinding, polishing, sealing, epoxy coating, and painting. Your choice depends on the budget, durability, etc.

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Mapei recognised as a Sustainability Leader again in 2023

Ceramics of Italy

Mapei’s commitment to building a sustainable future has once again won it recognition as a Sustainability Leader 2023, the list of the 240 most sustainable Italian companies drawn up by Statista, a leading market research company specialising in rankings and company data analysis, in collaboration with Il Sole 24 Ore. The study analysed numerous Italian companies on the basis of their published sustainability reports and financial statements.

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Metso Strengthens Its Bulk Material Handling Service Capabilities by Acquiring Brouwer Engineering in Australia

The A to Z of Building

Metso has signed an agreement to acquire Brouwer Engineering, a privately owned Australian company specializing in automation, control systems, and electrical solutions for bulk material handling.

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Create a Musical Space in Your Home

JG Kitchens

I think the universe was saying, 'Do this!' So I did. And my house-hunting since then has had a music room preoccupation; where would I hang a cello hook? What kind of chair should I get? Right now, the borrowed instrument stands in a corner of my guest room, with my music stand and a folding chair in front of a full-length mirror. The post Create a Musical Space in Your Home comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Ep 130: Employee Evaluations

Life of an Architect

In this episode we discuss the role that structured and organized employee evaluations have a valuable role to play in the process of evaluating the role that employees fill in any office environment The post Ep 130: Employee Evaluations first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 130: Employee Evaluations at Life of an Architect.

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Emser Tile celebrates 55 years

Floor Covering News

Los Angeles—Emser Tile is celebrating 55 years in business. To commemorate the occasion the company has released a celebratory video titled “We Are Emser.” The video offers a glimpse into the company’s history, culture, capabilities and future. Founded in 1968, Emser Tile has grown to include 78 showrooms nationwide, four strategically placed distribution centers and a corporate office building that is considered a cultural icon and a historic landmark in West Hollywood.

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What Is A Concrete Stain And Which Are The Best?

Onfloor Technology

Find out what a concrete stain is, the types of stains available in the market, and which ones are best for creating a stunning floor finish. Discover all here with ONFLOOR!

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Wienerberger Italia presents its 2022 Annual Report: a year of progress towards sustainability

Ceramics of Italy

Wienerberger Italia , a leader in the field of sustainable building solutions, has unveiled its 2022 Annual Report , a document that reflects the considerable progress achieved by the company during the year as part of a long-term strategy focusing on the strategic pillars of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance). Decarbonisation, circular economy and biodiversity were the main drivers of Wienerberger Italia’s strategy in 2022.

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Mycocrete: A New Sustainable Building Material Made from Fungi

The A to Z of Building

Investigators have created mycocrete, a paste made with the root network of a fungus known as mycelium, as a building material. Injecting this into a knitted textile framework results in a composite.

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10 Healthy Home-Inspired Amazon Prime Day Deal Ideas

JG Kitchens

If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you're probably already aware of the Prime Days "holiday" that started yesterday. There are some savings available. I'm not recommending particular products so much as product ideas to enhance the wellness potential of your home. The post 10 Healthy Home-Inspired Amazon Prime Day Deal Ideas comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Exclusive: FloorCon ‘23 announces keynote speaker, Tim Tebow

Floor Covering News

Tim Tebow Amelia Island, Fla.—FloorCon, a premier event for independent flooring store owners and operators, will host its third annual event here at the Omni Resort, Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, 2023. The event promises an unparalleled experience, including a keynote address by the renowned Tim Tebow. Get tickets here. Tebow’s exceptional achievements in professional football, coupled with his inspirational journey, have made him a sought-after speaker and mentor.

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Mannington Commercial’s Calhoun operations achieve environmental recertification

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Mannington Commercial announced that its operations located here have achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 recertification. The recertification confirms the operations have met an internationally agreed upon standard to identify, monitor and control environmental performance through efficient resource consumption and waste minimization.

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UFLPA update: LVT shortages have lingering effects

Floor Covering News

I n February, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) gave notice that it had started detaining PVC (polyvinyl chloride) shipments under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), a law enacted in 2022 that bans the importation of goods made in whole, or in part, in China’s Xinjiang region under the presumption they were produced using forced labor.

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Mannington Commercial introduces Xpress Rubber

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga. — M annington Commercial introduced Xpress Rubber, a selection of products from the BurkeBase Wall Base, ColorScape StairTreads and ColorScape Tile collections that ship in 10 days or less. As is true with all products in the Mannington Xpress program, Xpress Rubber features a wide range of the company’s most popular styles and colors with clear pricing and quick shipping.

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Crossville launches new Access Point collection

Floor Covering News

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville continues to expand its porcelain portfolio with the launch of its Access Point porcelain tile collection. Featuring some of today’s most sought-after looks, Access Point is designed for price-conscious projects and those seeking made-in-the-USA products. Crossville developed the tile collection offering designers and installers on-trend products, including concrete, travertine and white marble visuals, that will be deeply inventoried and readily available fo

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2023 CTEF Auction kicks off in August

Floor Covering News

What’s the 2023 CTEF Online Auction? The 2023 CTEF Online Auction takes place from August 20 at noon until August 27 at noon ET. It’s a way to raise funds to support expanding the CTEF mission. That mission is to improve the tile industry through certification, education, training and participation in the development of nationally recognized standards and methods.

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Florida Tile introduces three new collections

Floor Covering News

Lexington, Ky.—Florida Tile has introduced three new tile collections: BlueRun, Canal Street and Storied. “Our team is very pleased to present three distinctive new collections,” said Micah Hand, director of marketing and product management. “They are inspired by a rich history of culture, heritage and artisanal design with a focus on warm and moody color tones that are relevant in current design trends.

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