July, 2022

Ceramic Summer Oasis

Tile of Spain USA

Swimming pools have become true summer oases where we relax with friends and families, host parties, and most importantly escape the heat.

Vintage Tile Bathroom Ideas

Why Tile

There’s something about bathroom décor inspired by vintage tile designs that speaks to an appreciation of the classic beauty and functionality of ceramic tile, as well as tile’s versatility in modern designs.


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Inspiration from New York City: ICFF and Beyond

Decorative Materials

Every trade show represents an exciting chance to observe innovative ideas from up-and-coming stars in the tile industry. From CERSAIE to Coverings, opportunities abound – and our team at Decorative Materials is determined to take full advantage of these exhibitions.

Bringing the Indoors Out


We’ve been ”bringing the outdoors in” for a while now, and outdoor living isn’t something new. Still, the pandemic experience has dramatically shifted our perceptions regarding the importance of outdoor space, compelling us to “bring the indoors out” in any way we can.

Ceramiche Ragno’s first flagship showroom opened in Milan

Ceramics of Italy

Designed by Benedetta Tagliabue – EMBT, Ceramiche Ragno’s new flagship showroom in Milan looks out through large arched windows onto Via Marco Polo in the iconic Porta Nuova district.

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What Type of Flooring is Best for Your Home?

Kitchen and Residential Design

Photo by Mike K on Unsplash Many homeowners are looking into purchasing new flooring for their home. But, which type of flooring is right for you? You may be surprised to learn how many types of flooring are available in today’s market.

Opening the House to Summer

Tile of Spain USA

Summer is here and with it comes warm weather, sunny days, and optimism. We can transmit that positivity to our interior design projects in a season synonymous with color, vitality, and renewal to our homes. Thus, summer is the ideal season to encourage us to give our house a breath of fresh air.

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European, Concrete-Look Tiles with an Industrial Worn Aesthetic In-Stock in the US

Rubble Tile

When selecting tile for your project, you want something that goes beyond sheer durability. You want something that will age like a fine wine, and get better over time. And you want something that’s in-stock in the US. Not every tile option can provide you.

New! Natural Stone Panels and Corners


The post New! Natural Stone Panels and Corners appeared first on Realstone Systems. New Products

Italcer produces its first Sustainability Report

Ceramics of Italy

Five years since it was founded, in 2021 Gruppo Italcer presented its first Sustainability Report, a transparent and detailed overview of the main initiatives carried out during the year and the formal obligations undertaken by the company as it looks to the future.

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Dominating Pinterest Predicts with Our Cement Tiles Vol. 1

The Cement Tile

We enjoy seeing stylish and trendy designs, especially ones that involve artisan hand-poured cement tiles. Which is why we love seeing cement tiles blow away the Pinterest Predicts. From #CurveAppeal to #EmotionalEscapesRooms, Granada Tiles are seen across the board.

Discovering Trends at the Source: The 2022 Passport to Creativity Tour

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain USA traveled to Spain earlier this month with a gifted group of architects, interior designers and journalists for an educational and inspirational tour of Valencia and Castellón as part of its’ annual Passport to Creativity Tour.

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Experts Weigh In On Voice Control Technology

JG Kitchens

I've been fascinated with voice control technology since I first heard about it I forget how many years ago. It has huge potential to help millions of Americans – especially those with vision or mobility challenges – but it's not without its downsides.

Why You Should Not Cover Up Concrete Basement Floors

Onfloor Technology

Concrete has become an emergent flooring trend and for a good reason. Concrete is so much more than the gray, dull, industrial floors that it used to be considered. It’s transitioned from warehouse environments to residential, business, and commercial settings as well.

Ep 105: Interior Architecture

Life of an Architect

Architecture is a field with a wide variety of possible pathways and careers. Today we will focus our attention on the closely related field of Interior Architecture. We have a conversation with award-winning architect Joey Shimoda to discuss all things interior architecture.

Florim publishes the fourteenth edition of its sustainability report

Ceramics of Italy

Florim has published the fourteenth edition of its “Sustainability Report”, the document that provides a transparent, concise description of the company’s 2021 results in economic, social and environmental terms and also sets out the goals planned for the near future.

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Vinci Building Appointed on 400 Million GBP Project

The A to Z of Building

VINCI Building has been appointed on an early works contract and pre-construction services agreement at Sheffield Forgemasters, worth more than £70 million. Left/Right) Chris Winspear


Case Study: From Old to New—The Scaffold House Project

Tile of Spain USA

Located in the unrivaled Sa Riera cove in Gerona, Spain, the Scaffold House project, by architects Ramon Bosch and Elisabet Capdeferro, is the rehabilitation of a stunning 1950s single-family seaside home.

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Golden Girls Revisited: The Wellness Benefits of Co-Living and Cohousing

JG Kitchens

If you're a single person in your 50s or older, this is a must-read for you. If you're a Millennial or Zoomer looking for a way to save on housing and even start building equity, this piece will be helpful to you too!

Refinishing Vs. Resurfacing Hardwood Floors: Everything You Need To Know

Onfloor Technology

Construction Tips hardwood Floor Resurfacing

Ep 104: Conventions – The Best and Worst of Times

Life of an Architect

Depending on your age, sooner or later you will end up at one convention or another. For some people, this is a yearly migration full of can’t-miss opportunities. For others, it’s three days of questionable decisions and most likely, a lot of fun.

Gruppo Romani invests in energy efficiency

Ceramics of Italy

Gruppo Romani is responding to the unstable international situation by making an approximately €8 million investment to reduce the energy requirements of its Rubiera, Roteglia and Casalgrande plants.

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Bilfinger UK Partners with Layher UK to Deliver Flagship ‘FlexBeam’ Underdeck System

The A to Z of Building

Engineering and maintenance contractor Bilfinger UK, in collaboration with Layher UK, designed the world’s first underdeck scaffolding system using FlexBeam to provide safe access to the

Kitchen Renovation: 8 Questions To Ask Your Contractor

Kitchen and Residential Design

Your kitchen will always be the heart of your home, as this is the place where everything starts. You cook meals inside the kitchen, share conversations with family and friends, and create a special bond with food that you’ve always enjoyed.

Residential Architecture Trends Show Continuing Pandemic Influences

JG Kitchens

People are still building, still remodeling, still adding onto their homes. Architects across the country share what's trending in their projects. How does this connect with your goals and area?

Ceramiche Piemme reports turnover growth and makes new hi-tech investments

Ceramics of Italy

Ceramiche Piemme reported 12% year-on-year revenue growth in 2021 to reach €80 million and an EBITDA of 12.76%, equivalent to €10.3 million. Exports accounted for 87% of total revenue, principally to France and the USA followed by Germany. Net profit exceeded €1.5

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Laminam teams up with Enel to launch the electrification process

Ceramics of Italy

Last May, Laminam signed a memorandum of understanding with Enel to electrify the production process at its new facility.

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Mapei tops the green chemical company rankings

Ceramics of Italy

In the study entitled “Green Star – Le aziende sostenibili 2022” (“Green Star – Sustainable Companies 2022”), the largest ever survey of green corporate policies in Italy conducted by the German institute ITQF and La Repubblica Affari&Finanza, Mapei took first place in the “Chemicals” section out of 300 selected companies.

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Stay Safe And Cool In Summer Heat With Smart New Home Improvements

JG Kitchens

I’m extremely lucky to be living in San Diego. Our weather is nearly perfect year-round and I rarely have to run my air conditioner. Sleeping with the windows open is one of life’s great pleasures.) Many of you reading this post aren’t so fortunate. (On