October, 2020

ASCER Announces Highly Distinguished Jury for the 19th Annual Tile of Spain Awards

Tile of Spain USA

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association (ASCER) has announced the six highly distinguished architects and interior designers who will serve on the jury for the 19 th annual Tile of Spain Awards.

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Week of October 19th, 2020 – Art & Innovation

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. October 25 th marks National Art Day, an occasion to share some appreciation for the unsung heroes of design inspiration. Artistic expression can be traced back to caveman drawings and hieroglyphics and has come a long way since then.

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Kintsugi Art: Inspiring Tile Design

Decorative Materials

Many of today’s loveliest ceramic tile designs draw on ancient concepts and artforms to deliver classic aesthetics. These styles can often be traced back to Japan, where design takes on a spiritual element while also highlighting the value of imperfection. Tile Trends

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New Natural Tile Collections from Indonesia Feature Trending Shapes

Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile is thrilled to introduce our newest vendor, Zen Paradise. They are passionate about ensuring their products are natural, high quality, and ethically sourced from Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

Radio Stone Update -- October 14, 2020

Stone Update

KBIS Goes Online Only for 2021; Hard-Surface Imports Up Again. Featured Episodes Radio Stone Update

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Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations Coquitlam

Kitchen and Residential Design

via Do you sometimes feel that your bathroom has lost the stylish touch and appeal that it used to have? Or that your kitchen lacks enough space for you to move around freely? The solution lies in a renovation. Things change over time hence the need to remodel according to your new needs.

Tile of Spain Manufacturers Release Top Trends of Fall 2020 and Preview 2021 Novelties

Tile of Spain USA

Earlier this year, Spanish manufacturers vowed to continue to meet the needs of architects and interior designers by keeping production going in the ceramic tile sector.

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Rêve D’Orient: The Spirit of Wabi Sabi

Decorative Materials

Mosaïque Surface never disappoints with its mixed-material mosaics. The high-end manufacturer has taken another step up with its latest offering: Rêve D’Orient. This remarkable collection demonstrates why Mosaïque Surface remains a leader in the mosaic world. Tile Trends

Thought Leader Conversation: Rancho La Puerta President On Bringing Spa Life Home

JG Kitchens

So when I read that world-renowned destination spa Rancho La Puerta -- just over the border from San Diego and Chez J in Baja -- was building a wellness design community of spa-inspired homes next to their facilities, I had to check it out!

Brazil: Coming Together in Crisis

Stone Update

Natural-stone industry blends transparency and cooperation between competitors to combat economic effects of pandemic. Featured Latest News

7 Tips on How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Kitchen and Residential Design

As the world is evolving with its latest inventions, the use of appliances and substances harmful to the Earth is also increasing. People should be advised to use eco-friendly items to reduce the Earth’s resources exploitation as much as possible.

Join Tile of Spain for a Live Virtual CEU Webinar

Tile of Spain USA

Events Ryan Fasan Spanish Tile Tile of Spain Tile Trends webinar

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Week of October 5th, 2020 – School Building Design and Architecture

Architectural Ceramics

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week. While heading back-to-school this year might look a bit different that previous years, some things will always remain the same.

Invested in Improving Our Communities

Decorative Materials

It’s no secret that we’re passionate about tile and design at Decorative Materials, but these are just two of the many things that drive us. We’re also committed to giving back to the communities that have proven such a wonderful source of support and inspiration over the years.

Is the Dreaded ‘Covid 19’ Pound Weight Gain Real? (And How to Win the Pandemic Battle of the Bulge)

JG Kitchens

These tips in my latest Forbes.com piece from a weight loss specialist, chef and fitness trainer can help you win the battle of the bulge. The post Is the Dreaded ‘Covid 19’ Pound Weight Gain Real?

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Halloween front porch décor that will make your neighbors jealous

Trendir Magazine

2020 has been a rocky, new experimental year for all of us. Though the world seems to always be changing the holidays are always a top priority no matter what year it is. Halloween is right around the corner and we are extremely excited!

Surprise! I’m Starting a Residential Studio

Life of an Architect

I really enjoyed the 20+ years I spent working with people (who typically became my friends) to design their dream houses. Of all the things that changed when I left my last firm and slid on over to BOKA Powell, the only thing I’ve really missed was working on residential projects.

The 5G Future Has Arrived: Construction Company Successfully Trials 5G for High-Tech Applications

The A to Z of Building

The future of 5G for business has officially landed. While there have been many hypothetical use cases for 5G, and predictions about the business applications it will enable, Australian-based Taylor

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Playlist of the Week – Cooking with Fire

Architectural Ceramics

Week of October 12th, 2020. As Friday the 16 th officially brings us World Food Day, what better time to step in the kitchen and what better way to celebrate than by preparing a meal of your choosing while you sing and dance to some ultimate jams. Featuring some truly “hot” songs among some classics as well, we bring you our playlist perfect for creating masterpieces in the kitchen.

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Joy is a Way of Living

Margaret Almon Mosaics

This month, Remember that joy is more. than just “staying positive.” ” Joy is a way of living. A way of looking for Light in the midst of it all. Joy is transformational and contagious. Joy can be shared through action. Morgan Harper Nichols ).

Latest Survey Shows Covid-19 Impacting Home Design Trends

JG Kitchens

Every three months, the American Institute of Architects publishes a trend survey based on client requests its members are hearing. The most recent one shows that Covid-19 is clearly having an impact on how people want to improve their homes.

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Marmomac Renews Pinnacle Award Support

Stone Update

Sponsorship of Grand Pinnacle extended through 2024. Featured Association Beat News

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Architectural Graphics 101 – Title Blocks

Life of an Architect

Architectural Graphics are a topic that it seems everybody has an interest in discussing - or at the very least, looking at for comparison purposes. After a very long hiatus, Architectural Graphics 101 is rising from the ashes like the proverbial Phoenix.

New Radiative Cooling Technology for Commercial Paints to Keep Surfaces Cooler

The A to Z of Building

A white paint capable of cooling below the temperature of its ambient settings even under direct sunlight has been developed by a team of researchers. This photo shows Professor Xiulin Ruan (left

Playlist of the Week – School House Rock

Architectural Ceramics

Week of October 5th, 2020. Music does so much – it moves us, speaks to us, motivates us. But it’s also a great tool for learning! In honor of this week’s World Teachers Day, we’ve hand-picked some tunes the not only rock, but might just teach you something! Listen on Spotify. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design. Visit one of our DC, MD, or VA tile showrooms for a free tile design consultation. AC Stock Playlist of the Week

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ASCOT Everytile : new look for Ascot Ceramiche

Ceramics of Italy

In its stylistic features, the new Ascot logo distils some of the most important values representing the change that the brand has implemented, a path that has just begun and that marks a new phase for confronting new challenges and new markets.

Anxiety Over Home Improvement Projects? Take Control and Start by Making a Plan

Kitchen and Residential Design

Home improvements are exciting, but they also come with a certain level of nerves and anxiety. You're anticipating great changes for your home, but these usually come at a heavy financial burden and/or worries about the way they'll turn out.

Coverings Announces 2021 Awards Programs

Stone Update

CID, Rock Stars honors will spotlight projects and industry’s up-and-coming talents. Featured Shows, Seminars, Workshops Events

060: The Perfect Portfolio

Life of an Architect

At one point or another, every architecture student or graduate has a portfolio of their work that they have agonized over creating.

Safety of European Buildings and Infrastructure at Risk due to Climate Change

The A to Z of Building

Buildings and infrastructure also need to cope with climate change. It is vital to update structural design regulations to optimize European climate resilience and guaranteeing the safety of

Playlist of the Week – Coffee Shop Vibes

Architectural Ceramics

Week of September 28th, 2020. National and International Coffee Days both happen this week! Whether you’re a fan of the pumpkin spice latte or you’re more of a chai tea fan – these relaxing songs from our Playlist of the Week are the perfect mix to sip to. Listen on Spotify. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design. Visit one of our DC, MD, or VA tile showrooms for a free tile design consultation.

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Design Lab : a innovative concept and a new mission for Dom

Ceramics of Italy

DOM Design Lab is the new DOM Ceramiche logo and summarizes in its stylistic characteristics the values of the Brand and its mission after the acquisition by the Victoria PLC industrial group.

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What to Know About Water Conditioner Systems

Kitchen and Residential Design

Photo by mrjn Photography on Unsplash Countless households use water softening systems to prevent hard water from damaging their plumbing, scaling dishware, and causing dry skin and hair. For the most part, water softeners are effective and popular.

Caesarstone Completes Lioli Deal

Stone Update

Quartz-surfaces maker gets majority stake in porcelain-slab company. Featured Company Insider News

Top Instagram Accounts for Architectural Visualization

Life of an Architect

So as a follow-up to the recent podcast this week, I wanted to delve into the world of visualization and find some of the best Instagram accounts to follow for this industry.

Improved Communication with New Handheld Device

The A to Z of Building

SITECH UK & Ireland, a leading distributor of Trimble® machine control technology for the civil and heavy construction industry, now offers the TDC600, an easy-to use handheld controller that

Playlist of the Week – The Art of Music

Architectural Ceramics

Week of October 19th, 2020. Jumping off from our Top 5 Design blog , we bring you perhaps our most tasteful and charming playlist of the entire year as we dive into some truly artistically gifted music. If you’re looking for the hottest rap trends, we have to apologize, as we’ve donned our opera outfits and classical music best to take you around the globe on a tour of the greats.