2022

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A Season of Change, Fall Ceramic Trends

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As the days become shorter and the cool nights trickle in, Mother Nature makes her chilly presence known with a change in season. And just as the outside world begins its cozy transition, we see a similar shift in the colors, textures and details used to decorate interior spaces. Millstone, PLATERA. If you’re considering a seasonal update to your home, or a major change in the materials that define your space, read on as we outline this season’s top ceramic trends that are sure to establish an i

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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. We know we’re not alone in this sentiment, so we’re sharing vintage bathroom tile ideas to stoke your creativity — plus some new retro… The post Vintage Tile Bathroom Ideas appeared first on Why Tile.

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21st Tile of Spain Award Winners

Diary of a Tile Addict

Spreading awareness and upping the creative uses of Spanish ceramics each year, the Tile of Spain Awards offer up prizes in architecture and interior design to ensure tiles continue to thrive at the forefront of the design industry. Photo credit: José Hevia. This year Ripoll- Tizón Estudio de Arquitectura were the winners of the Architecture category with their Ibiza social housing project that featured a fabulous array of traditional-style glazed stoneware.

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Must-have 2022 introductions

Floor Covering News

With supply chain disruptions finally easing, flooring retailers were suddenly awash in new 2022 introductions from their supplier partners this year. This embarrassment of riches produced its fair share of “must-have” offerings spanning all flooring types. Following are some notable 2022 introductions, along with their key selling points. . Blue1, part of Benchwick’s 2022 introductions.

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Zellige Tile for Commercial Spaces

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A Brief History of Zellige Tiles Zellige (also spelled zellij or zillij and pronounced “zee-LEEJE “) tile is a glossy striking Moroccan tile that has become very trendy in recent years. There are few tiles with as much history and influence as the Moroccan zellige tiles. These shimmery hand-made tiles have been around for thousands of years.

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Applying Machine Learning to Eliminate Potholes

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Researchers have created an “intelligent compaction” technology that can evaluate the quality of road base compaction in real time and is integrated into a road roller. Roads can become.

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EP 95: Schematic Design

Life of an Architect

Whenever an architect sits down with a client on a new residential project, the first phase that happens is “Schematic Design”, the initial part of the process where everyone tries to figure out what exactly the project is supposed to accomplish. The post EP 95: Schematic Design first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading EP 95: Schematic Design at Life of an Architect.

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Ceramic Tiles: A Naturally Sustainable Material

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Ceramic tiles stand out for their limitless visual potential, their versatile applications and properties such as their durability and resistance. But what contributions does this material make to the environment and to the current economy? CEVICA, Moxy Hotel – Miami, FL. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) conducted an environmental and circular analysis of Spanish ceramic tiles in conjunction with specialist consulting agency, Eco Intelligence Growth , with the support

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ADVENTURE AWAITS, JOIN TILE OF SPAIN USA ON THE “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 now accepting entries for the 2023 edition of the “Passport to Creativity” tour. Now in its eleventh year, “Passport to Creativity” celebrates the profound history of Spanish ceramics by inviting a select group of architects and interior designers on a journey through Spain to explore the world of Spanish ceramics.

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ASCER Announces the Five Jury Members Presiding the 2022 Tile of Spain Awards

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The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association (ASCER) has announced the five acclaimed architects and designers who will serve on the jury for the 2022 edition of the Tile of Spain Awards. This year’s panel is led by Eric Parry , founder and director of Eric Parry Architects. Judging alongside Parry is Luis Rojo , co-founder of Rojo/Fernández-Shaw Arquitectos , José Juan Barba Editor-in-Chief of Metalocus , Agnès Blanch co-founder of estudi Vilablanch , and Ángel Pitarch President of the C

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Tile of Spain Mourns Passing of Pedro Riaz, Former General Secretary of ASCER

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It is with great sadness that Tile of Spain announces the death of Pedro Riaza, who was general secretary of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) for a quarter of a century. A well-respected industry leader, Riaza retired in 2019 after a long professional career in the ceramic tile sector. Pedro Riaza joined the general secretariat of ASCER in the 1990s, and advised a half a dozen presidents of the association during his 25 year career.

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Spanish Manufacturers Set to Return to Italy for the 2022 Edition of Cersaie

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Spanish tile manufactures are preparing to travel to Bologna, Italy next week to attend CERSAIE , the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. Now in its 39 th year, the annual exhibition celebrates standout furnishings, surfaces, advancements and trends in the bathroom sector. This year, 69 companies belonging to The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) will showcase their latest range of ceramics during the weeklong show that takes place from Septem

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Ceramic Wallpaper: Your Walls’ New Best Friend

Why Tile

Thinking of adding some pizzazz to your lackluster walls? If so, you may be considering wallpaper. That’s right — a century after the 1920s wallpaper obsession, wallpaper is coming back into style, with options ranging from the traditional to the ultra modern. But before you roll out paper wallpaper, let us introduce you to the… The post Ceramic Wallpaper: Your Walls’ New Best Friend appeared first on Why Tile.

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Cyberspace Curiosities VIII

Diary of a Tile Addict

After a little break from curiosities, we’re back with another fabulous five. 1. Canine Collection from Lili Cement Tile. Six dogs, each named and artistically rendered make up this adorable collection from Lili Cement Tile. Benji the Shiba Inu, Winston the French Bulldog, Rocky the Great Dane, Max the Bernese Mountain Dog, Charlie the Border Collie, and Duke the Saint Bernard all decorate soft cement tiles in gentle shades that can be mixed and matched. 2.

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Tile Trends from Coverings ’22 Showcase Ceramic Tile at Its Best

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? For this year’s Coverings exhibition, which took place in Las Vegas, the tile trends seen on the showfloor reflect trends we are seeing reverberate across the country and internationally: organic textures, plaster looks, warm stone looks, earthy jewel tones, floor-to-ceiling marble looks, and shapes scaled.

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Ceramic Wallpaper

Diary of a Tile Addict

All the impact, pattern, and drama of pasted strips of paper without any of the peeling, warping, or fading – ceramic wallpaper is a magical thing. Huge slabs of fabulous decors offer an easy fix for statement showers, age-defying splashbacks, and wild features. From Marazzi a series of ultra-thin wall coverings embrace the power of ceramic wallpaper, offering White Deco (7mm) and Momenti (6mm) for versatile design.

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It’s like déjà vu

Diary of a Tile Addict

Sticking to their roots – both social and geographical – the artisans at Le Nid handcraft stunning ceramics at the base of Mount Etna, highlighting the magic of being Made in Sicily. Studio Le Nid – then Il Nido – was founded in 1966 by Barbaro Messina, a creative inspired by the ancients and on the hunt for innovative techniques.

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The Heart of Heath Ceramics

Diary of a Tile Addict

Since 1948 Heath Ceramics have been serving up American made glazed goodies in California. Originally a small-scale pottery ran by Edith & Brian Heath, Heath Ceramics opened its first factory in Sausalito in 1959 and welcomed tile production eight years later. Photo credit: Bruce Damonte. In 2003 the company was relaunched by Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey, a couple who have continued to maintain the soul of small-scale production, perfectly blending machine work and craftsmanship, and

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Coverings 2022: Health and Beauty on Display

Why Tile

We are excited to announce that Coverings, the most important event of the year for the tile and stone industry, is taking place this week. Manufacturers, distributors, architects, and other industry professionals will all convene in Las Vegas to learn from live presentations and — our favorite part — admire exhibits and new products on… The post Coverings 2022: Health and Beauty on Display appeared first on Why Tile.

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Tiles for an Icon

Diary of a Tile Addict

Inspired by fashion icon Iris Apfel , the aptly named collection Icon from Target Ceramics is a joyful buzz of colour. Informed by Apfel’s love of wild patterns and vibrant combinations, Icon playfully mixes together a patchwork of motifs. Nine designs create the range blending geometrics, curves, animal print, flowers, and leaves, each of which have been carefully selected to reflect textiles and jewellery.

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2022 Tile Trends: Plaster Looks

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Happy National Tile Day! Each National Tile Day, Why Tile celebrates by starting a countdown. Every week leading up to Coverings, the preeminent event of the North American tile and stone industry, we share one of the tile trends we expect to see this year. These up-and-coming tile trends will be on show at Coverings… The post 2022 Tile Trends: Plaster Looks appeared first on Why Tile.

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Maria Starling Designs

Diary of a Tile Addict

Norfolk-based mosaic artist Maria Starling turned her attention to Moroccan cement tile some years ago, and has been designing delightful patterns ever since. Collaborating with skilled artisans, Starling brings her visions to life with a range of beautiful, handmade cement, porcelain, and ceramic tiles. Each piece and pattern is specifically designed in-house, making them unique to Maria Starling Designs.

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2022 Tile Trends: Warm Stones

Why Tile

It’s the last week of our National Tile Day celebration. That means we have just one week until Coverings 2022! Have we saved the best for last? Last, but not least, we’re highlighting warm stone looks. Stone looks are a great way to add natural allure and texture to a space. And with the general… The post 2022 Tile Trends: Warm Stones appeared first on Why Tile.

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Cyberspace Curiosities III

Diary of a Tile Addict

A couple more curiosities from cyberspace for ceramic-loving civilians. 1) Triennale. This iconic ‘four curve’ puzzle piece style tile was designed by Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli in the 60s. We’ve seen quite a bit of it amongst Marazzi ‘s designs, especially it’s colour-blocked varieties, but marble effects, patchworks patterns, terrazzo style, and more make it worth a mention in our curiosities. 2) Ogi Matcha Gloss Fan Mosaic.

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Five Incredible Alternative Glazes

Diary of a Tile Addict

Enjoy ceramics with a huge range of curious features and finishes with this selection of five unique, alternative glazes from around the world. 1) Metal waste. The brainchild of designer Agne Kucerenkaite , the project Ignorance is Bliss only uses pigment from waste metals to colour their ceramic tiles. Due to the composition of each metal sludge mixture, every tile is unique with delightfully decorative specks and imperfects coating the surface.

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Rare Mosaic Floor Discovered in London

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Archaeologists excavating a construction site in London have uncovered a rare mosaic floor dating to ancient Rome. It’s not uncommon to uncover Roman ruins and artifacts in South London, where the Roman city of Londinium was located. (The Romans ruled Britain from the first to the fifth century and founded the capital of Roman Britannia… The post Rare Mosaic Floor Discovered in London appeared first on Why Tile.

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Stanton removes hard surface freight surcharges

Floor Covering News

Stanton freight surcharges have been removed for several of its product, effective today. Woodbury, N.Y— Stanton has removed hard surface freight surcharges for DWF and Vanguard Flex beginning with shipped orders Monday, Dec. 5. “We hope this will make it easier to stimulate new hard surface business together,” the company said in a letter to its customers. “Our Decorative Waterproof Flooring (DWF) offering continues to grow with the launch of Natural Beauty Stone, 12 large-for

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Waterproof flooring: Retailers share winning brands

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T he tremendous excitement surrounding the waterproof flooring category has spurred an array of both natural and synthetic products—and even some innovative, water-resistant hybrid materials. From wood-look SPC, WPC and LVT floors to rigid core brands that feature a real wood veneer, retailers and distributors have a wealth of brands, formats and styles to offer their customers.

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NSI to host 2023 Stone Summits

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Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) has released the schedule for the 2023 Stone Industry Education Series. According to the organization, the Stone Summits will be led by industry leaders and cover a wide range of topics relevant to fabricators, including stone shop management, business diversification and ways to increase efficiency. During the Stone Summits, attendees will have the opportunity to source products from event sponsors and hosts and will benefit from dedicated network

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Sika hosts installation training event

Floor Covering News

Davenport, Fla.—Sika, a global supplier of specialty industrial chemicals, welcomed 23 installers from all over the state to its facility here for a two-day event focused on training and testing, held November 16 and 17. Sika partnered with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) to host evaluations for its Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program.

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It’s time to get back to regional markets

Floor Covering News

Zoom presentations and rep visits with limited samples were great when in-person events stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some buyers have chosen to continue buying their inventory that way. Fortunately, as we’ve seen with our continually growing Flooring Markets, located in Dallas , Atlanta and Biloxi, retailers are ready to see new products in person and fully displayed.

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Hardwood: Innovations enhance water-resistant properties

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I n recent years, the hardwood flooring category has ceded market share to the likes of competing hard surface segments such as resilient (namely LVT/SPC/WPC) as well as laminate and ceramic—all of which have made strides in mimicking the wood-look visuals. At the same time, many of these alternative product segments have also excelled in the performance department, thanks to ongoing innovations in waterproof/water-resistant technologies.

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Daltile launches Cohesion collection

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—Daltile launched its newest porcelain tile collection: Cohesion—an assortment of concrete-look ColorBody porcelain tile. Featuring a range of pleasing neutrals, these large format tiles are ideal for commercial spaces, according to the company. “If a space requires peak performance and outstanding durability as well as the chic aesthetic of a concrete visual, Daltile’s new Cohesion is the perfect flooring choice,” said Laura Grilli, director of product design for Dal-Tile.

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Daltile launches Synchronic collection

Floor Covering News

Dallas—Daltile launched its new Synchronic porcelain tile collection that delivers a stylish, minimalist concrete visual and embodies the popular interior design trend Noble Simplicity—where purity, minimalism and simplicity are at the forefront, according to the company. “As a component of the overarching pursuit of well-being through design, Noble Simplicity creates spaces that are uncluttered, calm, quiet and soothing—where life feels in order,” said Laura Grill, director of product design fo

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Waterproof flooring makes a splash in 2022

Floor Covering News

It seems like every supplier of flooring has jumped on the waterproof bandwagon to reap the benefits of the industry’s fastest growing category—and for good reason. Dealers across the country report that “waterproof flooring,” when positioned correctly , draws in more consumers than any other tagline in today’s market. From luxury vinyl to laminate and even hardwood—virtually every hard surface flooring category is capitalizing on craze surrounding waterproof.

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Crossville launches Stones at Large collection

Floor Covering News

Crossville, Tenn. —Crossville has taken the wraps off its Stones at Large porcelain stone collection, an innovative porcelain series inspired by some of the world’s most sought-after earthen materials. The collection is suited for commercial or residential projects with options recommended for both interior walls and floors. Featuring warm and cool colors from marble, onyx, and quartzite, Stones at Large creatively reproduces the elegance of natural stone in sizes up to 48 x 48 with unpolished a

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Daltile launches Ravel porcelain collection

Floor Covering News

Dallas—Daltile’s new Ravel glazed porcelain collection of marble and stone looks brings contemporary luxury to a space, creating intimate and comforting elegance, according to the company. “It is interesting how the concept of beauty and luxury is changing,” said Laura Grilli, director of product design for Dal-Tile LLC. “Beauty and luxury do not mean opulence and redundant luxe in 2022, but rather creating harmony and an aesthetic that feels lovely, not showy.