July, 2024

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Outdoor Havens Perfect to Bask in the Summer Sun

Tile of Spain USA

With the summer heat blazing, outdoor oases are now in full effect! Backyard sanctuaries prove to be the ideal escape during these warmer, longer days. Utilizing ceramic floor and wall tiles in outdoor spaces elevates both style and ease of maintenance, allowing us to spend more time relaxing in the sun. Crafted from clay and subjected to firing, ceramics are a highly versatile material that effortlessly integrates into exterior environments, providing exceptional durability and resistance.

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Trends 2024: Resilient

Floor Covering News

The resilient category has grown by leaps and bounds in just a few years and that’s not just in sales alone. Manufacturers have created new innovations within each resilient product segment to keep consumers coming back for more. Today, resilient flooring embodies the latest trending designs as well as the performance features most in demand. Following are three trends topping the charts: SolidTech Premier with Signature HDX, a technology that aims to take design realism, texture and color deta

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Add Flavor with Breeze Blocks!

Cement Style

Molokai Breeze Blocks at The Hart, Nashville, TN, Designed by Powell Architects The beauty and function of breeze blocks is undeniable and although for some, they never went out of style, for many they are just waking up to the idea. Since our debut in 2019, Villa Lagoon Tile’s Breeze Blocks have helped to revive this mid-century modern staple, with a more refined version of the pattern blocks of the original era.

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Coverings Cares Awards CTEF $8910 in 2024

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

Are you familiar with the Coverings Cares program? If not, we'll explain in this article. CTEF is extremely grateful to Coverings, the global tile and stone experience and longtime supporter of CTEF, and its new initiative. As a result, I'm excited about telling you more. Here's the TL;DR on why we're grateful and excited.

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From Ancient Artistry to Modern Mastery: GIO Tile Looks at the Timeless Charm of Lecce Stone

Giotile

Lecce stone, a warm, malleable limestone, has been the cornerstone of architectural beauty in Italy’s southern region, especially in the Salento region and its capital, Lecc, often referred to as the “Florence of the South.” This unique limestone has played a central role in shaping the region’s buildings and sculptures, defining the aesthetic of what … The post From Ancient Artistry to Modern Mastery: GIO Tile Looks at the Timeless Charm of Lecce Stone appeared fir

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Bardelli and Colorobbia, important realization for the Venice Biennial

Ceramics of Italy

Until November 24th it will be possible to admire the Pabellon Criollo project by the Venezuelan artist Sol Calero at the Biennale, a project in which Italian ceramics meets art and architecture and color becomes the element of union between the artist and the two partners to evoke emotions and sensations and transform architectural spaces. The now historic collaboration between Gruppo Bardelli and Colorobbia becomes stronger in the project of the Pabellón Criollo by Sol Calero creating an impor

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Fragments Featured

Diary of a Tile Addict

Focusing on the fractured, fragmented, forgotten, and found, Yorkshire born Philip Jolley morphs meaning, memory, and multidimensional delights into his ceramic work. Designed to look distorted and created as relics, Jolley’s unconventional vases, bowls, and wall decors appear as though they were lifted from history. Deliberately rough edges, a patchwork appearance, and crafted signs of wear give each piece a unique character that draws you in and encourages you to investigate.

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Subway Tile Layout Patterns

Why Tile

The ever-popular subway tile design owes its stylish longevity to incredible versatility. Subway tiles were originally developed over 100 years ago for use in the New York subway system when designers were tasked with designing a surface that was both low-maintenance and bright. The Original Subway Tile Pattern The first subway tiles were glossy white… The post Subway Tile Layout Patterns appeared first on Why Tile.

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10 Wellness Inspired Prime Day Gifts For Your Home

JG Kitchens

This article about enhancing your home's wellness potential with Prime Day deals published yesterday on Forbes.com, but you still have one day left to enjoy some savings. If these particular items are sold out, you can likely find comparable products for your home there or elsewhere. The post 10 Wellness Inspired Prime Day Gifts For Your Home comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Eco-Friendly 3D-Printed Concrete Innovations

The A to Z of Building

Researchers have developed eco-friendly 3D-printed concrete (3DPC) using artificial aggregates from organic hemp shives, charcoal, and waste incinerator slag. These materials enhance the concrete's properties without compromising performance, supporting the sustainable building industry's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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NIDO by SIMAS receives an Honourable Mention at the 28th ADI Compasso d’Oro

Ceramics of Italy

NIDO by SIMAS is one of 39 products to have been granted an Honourable Mention by the international jury of the 28th ADI Compasso d’Oro Award. The Award Ceremony was held on 20 June at the ADI Design Museum in Milan, which is also hosting an exhibition of the selected products. One of these is the NIDO ceramic urinal with a beautiful glossy yellow Narcissus finish designed by Simone Anzellini of Simas Design Team.

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Maison Les Marquises

Diary of a Tile Addict

Granted an honourable mention in the very first APE Grupo Architecture Awards, “Maison Les Marquises” is seamless in its transitions from ceramic to wood, forming a harmony that reflects the building’s position within the surrounding landscape. The cabin, located in the mountainous Faucon-de-Barcelonnette region in the southern French Alps, is surrounded by pine.

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Flooring Sustainability Summit 2024 kicks off in Washington

Floor Covering News

Washington, D.C. —FCNews is on the scene here for the start of the inaugural Flooring Sustainability Summit 2024 , an event that brings together key decision makers representing the flooring supply chain. “Nearly half a decade ago we learned nothing like this existed; it’s long overdue,” Bill Griese, deputy executive director of the TCNA (Tile Council of North America) said in his opening remarks. “We have one simple goal at this summit: dialogue.” With that Griese

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Mastering the Grind: A Professional's Guide to Diamond Tools for Concrete

Onfloor Technology

The construction industry hinges on precision and durability. For professionals looking to fortify a concrete floor with the finest finishes, a diamond grinder for concrete floors stands as the exalted workhorse. The tactful application of these robust instruments is paramount, turning mundane tasks into feats of engineering and craftsmanship.

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What Explains The New Incredible Shrinking Hallway Space Trend?

JG Kitchens

Are new homes going to have less hallway space? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? The answers are many will and it can be both, depending on how well it's designed and built. The post What Explains The New Incredible Shrinking Hallway Space Trend? comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Bamboo Bio-Concrete: Eco-Friendly Innovations in Construction

The A to Z of Building

This study in Sustainability explored the impact of bamboo particles on bamboo bio-concrete (BBC) through experimental methods.

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Ep 155: Optimism

Life of an Architect

The vast majority of practicing architects view the time spent practicing their craft as a calling, but what happens when you don’t want to get out of bed? Today we discuss the role of "optimism" in architecture. The post Ep 155: Optimism first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 155: Optimism at Life of an Architect. The vast majority of practicing architects view the time spent practicing their craft as a calling, but what happens when you don’t want to get out of bed?

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Florim opens its new Flagship store in London

Ceramics of Italy

Florim’s new Flagship store in London has opened its doors: the company confirms its presence in the lively design district of Clerkenwell. Present in the city since 2020, the company has moved to 56-60 St John St, Grant House Ground floor , where it has created a monobrand space intended to be a meeting and dialogue place for project professionals , where to schedule appointments and educational meetings but , above all, a place to get to know and experience firsthand the “Made in F

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Ceramic: Indoor/outdoor trend picks up steam

Floor Covering News

Ceramic/porcelain tile has a unique attribute that few flooring materials can match: the ability to clad nearly any surface both indoor/outdoor the home. And that’s a trait that has allowed the category to retain its coveted market share, earning the third-highest dollar sales for years while other categories continue to face challenges. Not only has tile evolved in both size and format to cover surfaces such as countertops and walls, but tile suppliers have also invested heavily in finishing te

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Trends 2024: Ceramic

Floor Covering News

Ceramic/porcelain tile is perhaps the trendiest flooring product category available today. From its ability to showcase nearly any color, shape, size and texture, to its ability to clad almost any surface in the home, it’s not hard for consumers to use tile to shape their spaces around their own personal tastes. What’s more, tile can easily adjust to new home trends.

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Crossville unveils Trajectory collection

Floor Covering News

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has introduced Trajectory, a concrete-look porcelain tile that can be used for both indoor and outdoor design. Trajectory is intended to be a stylish upgrade in concrete-inspired flooring that not only elevates interior design but also blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces, creating a seamless connection with nature.

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STATS 2024: Slew of factors impact commercial market activity

Floor Covering News

Encouraging signs of economic recovery following the lingering challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic continued in 2023 for the commercial contract flooring market, although not to the extent of 2022’s 13.1% increase in dollars. FCNews research shows total commercial sales reached $7.227 billion in 2023—a 1.5% decrease from 2022. This compares favorably to overall industry sales, which were off 10.1% from the year prior.

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Coverings Cares awards CTEF nearly $9K

Floor Covering News

Pendleton, S.C.—Thanks to the 2024 Coverings Cares program, the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) has been awarded $8,910 in support of ceramic tile education programming. Coverings Cares is a new Coverings initiative to support the tile and stone industry, green initiatives and the local community that hosts the show each year with $50,000. For 2024, Coverings identified six non-profit charitable organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as being tax-exempt by virtue of th

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Louisville Tile, Broadlume partner

Floor Covering News

Louisville, Ky.—Louisville Tile, a nationwide distributor of ceramic tile , and Broadlume, a North American software and technology company , have formed a strategic partnership to bring the Wilcox Fifty Five private label tile collection to an even wider audience. “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Broadlume,” said Dub Newell, chief executive officer at Louisville Tile.

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Next Generation added to EF Contract’s carpet portfolio

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Inspired by the intersection of natural materiality and masonry, Next Generation is EF Contract’s latest modular carpet tile for specification in commercial interiors. Next Generation was designed to expand the pool of options for budget-friendly soft flooring, injecting warmth into contract spaces through fabricated stone visuals. “Next Generation represents our ongoing commitment to design and manufacturing of commercial carpet with engaging visuals for all projects and price points,” s

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Louisville Tile wins Best Place to Work in Kentucky award

Floor Covering News

Louisville, Ky.—Louisville Tile, a provider of high-quality tile and stone products, has received its ninth consecutive Best Places to Work in Kentucky award. This achievement showcases Louisville Tile’s commitment as a company to prioritize employee well-being and foster a thriving workplace culture. The Best Places to Work in Kentucky awards program, conducted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM), recognizes companies that de

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NTCA releases July workshop schedule

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has announced its July tour across 17 states, delivering an extensive lineup of standards-based educational workshops and regional trainings to industry professionals. With a total of 24 free workshops and six free regional trainings, this initiative is said to mark a significant expansion compared to the offerings provided in 2023.

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Industry opposes new California recycling bill

Floor Covering News

The Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), together with California flooring retailers, joined others in vehemently opposing California recycling bill AB 863, saying the proposed legislation could “threaten the entire flooring industry” if it becomes law. Initially intended to modify the state’s carpet recycling program, AB 863 was dramatically amended a few weeks ago to create an alternative program that would impact multiple flooring categories, including resilient flooring.

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Stonepeak announces distribution partnership with Louisville Tile

Floor Covering News

Cincinnati, Ohio—Stonepeak, a leading U.S. manufacturer of high-tech porcelain solutions , announced its new partnership with Louisville, awarding the company distribution rights here. This strategic alliance is said to mark a significant step in expanding Stonepeak’s market presence and enhancing service delivery to its commercial and residential customers in this region.

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Adhesives: Suppliers tout top-performing glues

Floor Covering News

Today’s flooring adhesives play a pivotal role in ensuring the stability and durability of floors across a multitude of spaces. These glues are adaptable as well, able to keep pace with the latest flooring trends thanks to sustainable formulations and cutting-edge technologies all designed to make the installation job more effective and efficient. Divergent Adhesives/U-2753 Divergent U-2753 is a single-component, hybrid urethane adhesive designed for interior and exterior use.

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Footprints Floors celebrates 15-year milestone

Floor Covering News

When Bryan Park started Footprint s Floors—a mobile operation that offers professional flooring installation services—he knew he was onto something. But even he couldn’t have foresee n that 15 years later the business would evolve into a fast-growing franchise o peration with a “footprint” in 41 territories across the U.S. “ I had no idea that we would grow like we have , ” Park , founder and CEO , told FCNews.

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Daltile highlights importance of ‘Made in the USA’

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—In the competitive landscape in which retailers do business today, the importance of quality products that are readily available is paramount. “Made in the USA” products are uniquely positioned to serve this industry need. The Daltile brand has continuously offered customers over 80 unique Made in the USA tile collections of high quality to help retailers find success in today’s market with its own customers.

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Philadelphia Commercial delivers as promised

Floor Covering News

Philadelphia Commercial’s portfolio spans commercial glue-down LVP to broadloom carpet. Shown is Novara LVT. Fast. Simple. Easy. Those three words encapsulate what customers consistently say about Philadelphia Commercial’s products and services. Backed by Shaw Industries , the Philadelphia Commercial brand benefits from vertical integration that ensures speed in delivery, exceptional service and comprehensive warranties.

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Milestone launches Imprint collection

Floor Covering News

Clarksville, Tenn.—MILEstone has launched its Imprint collection, the second chapter of the innovative stories concept , created to “give a voice to the American design community.” “The imprint collection is the perfect addition to our stories concept,” said Rodolfo Panisi, CEO and president of Florim USA. “It embodies our commitment to design excellence and innovation, while paying homage to the deep-rooted connection between humanity and nature.

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Happy Feet International named FEI Group preferred supplier

Floor Covering News

Chattanooga, Tenn.—Happy Feet International has announced its addition as a preferred supplier for the FEI Group. The FEI Group is the largest network of flooring contractors with 412 members, 1,189 locations, 200-plus supply partners and an estimated $14 billion in annual revenue. “We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Happy Feet International,” said Amie Foster, vice president of flooring at FEI Group.

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COREtec Tile adds new square tile designs

Floor Covering News

Dalton—COREtec has launched five new products within the popular COREtec Tile collection. The designs focus on setting a foundation of serenity in the home with natural, earthy floors that evoke feelings of comfort and embody modern design trends of restoration. The new LVT introductions feature an 18 x 18 square tile visual on an 18 x 36 SPC tile format.

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Tarkett Hospitality unveils Moth Effect carpet tile collection

Floor Covering News

Dalton—With the goal of reclaiming the beauty in abandoned spaces and uncovering the perfect imperfections of the creatures within them, Tarkett Hospitality has announced the Moth Effect collection of modular carpet tile , which is comprised of nine unique visuals inspired by the detailed patterns of various moth species. The intricacy of a moth’s wings emphasizes nature’s subtleties and informs this collection’s offerings, combined with a variety of tile sizes, backing options and colorways tha

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