Bostik Video Chronicles 2017 Design ‘N Gather Mosaic Mural Campaign

Grand Prize Winning Mosaic “Champagne Wishes”

“Design ‘N Gather 2017” (DNG), the international mosaic design competition co-sponsored by Bostik ( and Artaic Innovative Mosaic (, has been beautifully showcased via a state-of-the-art video just released. Click on this link to see it:

Mosaic enthusiasts worldwide submitted spectacular mosaic mural design concepts for the world’s “most highly photographed and wildly publicized Selfie Studio.” The grand prize winner ultimately was Lisa Darroh-Pouls of Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Pouls Hospitality Design. Her masterpiece, “Champaign Wishes” was unveiled in front of 600+ hospitality architects & designers as a backlit, mosaic mural permanently installed at Hyde Bellagio, overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas.

According to Chris Eichman, Bostik’s Marketing Communications Manager, “The submissions this year nearly doubled from our premiere campaign in 2016. The judges had to narrow down to the top ten finalists(which were prominently displayed during HDExpo), and finally selected the top design, which, truly captured the essence of Las Vegas. Our latest video captures the excitement of this one-of-a kind marketing program, which was another integral part of our global thrust to build Bostik brand recognition.”

“Together with Artaic, we want to give back to the design community,” stated Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Everyone loves mosaic design, but its popularity has decreased over the years due to cost of labor and long turnaround time, forcing Americans to go offshore to procure these designs. To remedy this, Artaic invented a computerized process where mosaic designs are assembled by robots. This regimen is hundreds of times faster than the archaic, time-consuming process of putting little mosaic squares into place by hand.”

Inventor and scientist, Artaic’s Dr. Ted Acworth added, “Our relationship with Bostik began when we started using Dimension® RapidCure™ Grout, their unique formulation which contains 60% recycled glass content. The product is easy to apply, highly durable and most of all, actually adds more luminosity to mosaic productions. For example, if a project contains glass mosaics, imagine another light source being incorporated: that’s what Dimension® RapidCure™ offers.”

All of the above and more can be visualized/experienced by seeing the new high-quality video production.

TECH TIP TUESDAY: Natural Stone on Shower Floors May Experience Discoloration

One of the new documents the NTCA Technical Committee is including in the 2017 Reference Manual (to be released August/September) addresses potential concerns when natural stone is installed in wet areas, especially on shower floors.  Recently, with many new stones entering the market, it seems that some of these materials at times experience discoloration, and the cause, cure and prevention or correction of this discoloration is unknown or may be difficult to correct.  The NTCA felt the issue is significant enough to draft a document and disclaimer that highlights the concern and alerts the tile contractor to request in writing from the supplier or homeowner/builder that the material is suitable for wet areas. It goes on to also request installation recommendations so that the proper materials are used for the natural stone.  In many instances, ceramic or porcelain tile substitutes, especially for the shower floor area, where the most discoloration seems to be taking place, could also be considered.

Forensic investigations by recognized consultants in the industry have determined that there is reasonable concern that some of these stones are being discolored, and that the tile installation was done according to industry standards.  This determination led the Technical Committee to develop the disclaimer that alerts the project owner that the tile contractor is not responsible for the stone’s performance or inherent characteristics.  For more information on this document and others in the Reference Manual, order your copy at and visit the NTCA Store.

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Included in the line is the new and improved NXT Skim premium quality, fast-drying, cement-based underlayment designed for skim-coating, smoothing and leveling prior to floor covering applications. The improved formula holds more water, resulting in a creamier consistency for a smoother application and sleeker finish, as well as an extended pot life and easier troweling.

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Ege Seramik has developed another state-of-the-art porcelain tile collection offering opportunities to give ordinary tile installations… customized “looks”.

The PICCOLO Collection is a pressed, glazed porcelain tile is comprised of an 8”x8” white field tile with two whimsical decorative tile motifs available (mixed palette or black and white).

Its industrious qualities as a durable, hard-wearing tile… plus the ease of maintenance make PICCOLO ideal for both residential and commercial applications; indoors and out.  By interspersing both field and decorative tiles, PICCOLO can transform any floor or wall into a work of art. Each tile is meticulously created via Ege Seramik’s cutting-edge ink jet technology.

The entire collection of Piccolo can be found here

World’s Largest Tile Show (CERSAIE) Returns to Bologna, Italy

The 35th edition of Cersaie—the most important international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings—will take place at the Bologna Exhibition Center in Bologna, Italy from September 25-29, 2017. The show is attracts over 800 exhibitors from around the world including architects, interior designers, tile installers, distributors, and media. Cersaie is organized by Edi.Cer SpA and promoted by Confindustria Ceramica in collaboration with Bologna Fiere.

With over 800 companies unveiling their latest products to the world (from porcelain tiles ranging from 3-30mm thick to solar roof tiles and antibacterial ceramics) as well as inspiring vignettes, and a robust conference program featuring Pritzker Prize winning architects, Cersaie is a must-attend event for tile professionals and design trade.


Cersaie’s annual conference and seminar series Building, Dwelling, Thinking will include notable figures from the international architecture and design community. Award-winning Chilean architect Sebastián Irarrázaval will be a guest speaker, alongside the talented Elisa Valero Ramos from Spain. Most recognizable today for his Caterpillar House, Irarrázaval has represented Chile three times at the Venice Biennale and is a winner of numerous awards including aoa (asociación de oficinas de arquitectura de chile) award in 1999 as best young architect. Ramos specializes in bio-climatic and energy saving design, as well as educational architecture.

The winners of the Ceramics of Italy Journalism Award and next year’s Beautiful Ideas contest winner will be announced during the International Press Conference, which will take place on Monday, September 25 at the beautiful Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo.

Cer-Sail – Italian Style Concept—a 1,500 sq meter collective exhibition curated by Angelo Dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli—will explore the vision of an ideal port inspired by classic Greek and Latin examples, as places of trade and cultural exchange.

Inspired by the popular 70s Italian show from which it gets its name, Milleluci, will be an exhibition and event space for the public to engage in a multisensory journey of different theatrical atmospheres.

The 6th edition of Cersaie designs your home will be held on Thursday & Friday, September 28-29, where leading Italian interior design magazine professionals offer a consulting service to consumers on their personal design projects.

For more information visit

SOLID Care announces strategic alignment with FILA USA

SOLID Care has formed a best practice partnership with FILA, to provide combined world-class application and chemistry expertise for natural surface maintenance and restoration programs.  Working in tandem, SOLID Care’s team of skilled craftsman will utilize FILA’s award-winning range of surface care solutions, for projects spanning from post-installation cleans to restoration programs.   The service will be available for commercial clients throughout the US.

Both SOLID Care and FILA share a commitment to sustainable, environmentally responsible practices and are pioneers in green care solutions for tile and stone surfaces, including marble, limestone, porcelain, ceramic, concrete and wood. Key drivers of the partnership will include on-going innovation in sustainable treatments, practices and methods; use of the lowest VOC products; extension of product life; reduced resource consumption and landfill impact; and product and package recycling.

“We are extremely excited to announce our alignment with FILA. The partnership of these two best in class brands fills a void in the industry for proactive maintenance and protection of stone and tile products, and will drive customer delight through enhanced product performance and appearance retention. Only through the combination of world-class chemistries and application methods, delivered with a client-centric management approach, can long-term client satisfaction be assured. Our partnership closes the loop in the product lifecycle,” comment SOLID Care President, Mike Crippen.

Jeff Moen, Sales & Marketing Director at FILA USA added, “FILA is pleased to finally “close the circle” of problem solving, from chemical recommendation to professional application of the solution.  We’re also excited to offer ongoing maintenance to keep surfaces performing as specified, using FILA chemicals and SOLID Care applicators.  The manufacturer, distributor and end user all benefit from this turnkey solution.”

To find out more, please contact:

FILA’s toll-free technical line on 844-FILA123, call FILA USA at 305-513-0708 or visit

Remembering Dave Yarborough: 11/27/30 – 6/30/17

David Yarborough and his company D&B Tile are long time members of NTCA. His family was honored by the association several years ago with our Joe A. Tarver Service to the Industry Award.

The construction industry lost a giant June 30 with the passing of Dave Yarborough. He was co-founder of D&B Tile Distributors, one of the largest and most respected companies in South Florida and is known worldwide in the tile industry for his humble presence and leadership. Married at 16 to Betty Marley, he was a child of the Great Depression. He saw, at an early age, the bright future for quality porcelain and ceramic tile, stone and marble for businesses, condominiums and individual homes in South Florida.

He was a leader in the industry and was In addition, he was active in a number of construction-related trade associations including the Associated Builders & Contractors and the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA). This is an international association of distributors, manufacturers and allied professionals of ceramic tile and related products. He was installed in this organization’s Hall of Fame, an extremely notable recognition. It was with these organizations and in his own business that he stressed the need for continuing education for all in the industry and particularly for those who worked with and for him. He could see the virtually unlimited demand for these products at an early age and developed a chain of nine locations throughout South Florida.

His business practices led his company through difficult times and placed D&B Tile Distributors at the top of a very competitive industry. His commitment to community service was legendary as he quietly donated tile, stone and marble to various charities, including churches, Boys and Girls’ Clubs and Habitat for Humanity. He was truly a man of the people and knew most of his employees by their first name and found time to know them on an individual basis. His first wife Betty, the “B” in D&B Tile, passed away in 2006. He is survived by his present wife, Annette and his children David William (Bill), Cindy Marie Helen (Bell), Harold George and Betty Ann Yarborough in addition to nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.  Step Children Michele Penrod, Tracie Higney and Michelle Penrod.

Dave was a 32nd degree Mason, a measure of how he lived his life. Architects, engineers, designers, contractors, business owners and homeowners in South Florida have been impacted by Dave Yarborough in more ways than they know. He will be missed and remembered.
His memorial will be held July 21st at 4:00 p.m.
Charity donation in lieu of Flowers – In Memory of David Arthur Yarborough to The Humane Society of Broward County 2070 Griffin Road, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33312












Wholesale, Inc., the family-owned, third generation wholesale supplier of ceramic, porcelain, stone, glass mosaic tiles and sundry materials, provided three focused days of business, fun and major league networking… all within a totally professional atmosphere. The firm hosted its 15th Annual Arley Wholesale Tile & Stone Exposition on Tuesday, June 13th at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, Pennsylvania, concluding a three-day non-stop celebration that included the always-popular Arley Golf Classic on Monday.

For over a decade, Steve Fisher, owner of Floors To Go by High Tide, a Hilton Head Island, SC-based full-line flooring dealer, has worked directly with Arley. He stated, “They’re always good, but this may have been the best Arley event, ever! We came this year to see all the new product lines. There is always something new and exciting. Then we go and play golf with a number of like-minded people. We carry a number of very good product lines, but Arley is by far our favorite supplier. Why? Because they work with us. They care about us. They protect us. Arley is an awesome partner!”

Over 30 major Arley suppliers showcased their most recent products at their individual exhibits in the Radisson Lackawanna Station’s Grand Ballroom. One Arley exhibitor actually awarded an Arley dealer with a flat screen smart TV on Tuesday. “Matteo Family Kitchens & Floor Coverings of Woodstown, NJ has been buying a lot of Bostik’s Vivid Grout, one of our latest and best selling products,” stated Jonathan Conley, Bostik Regional Manager. “It’s all win-win. We provide Arley with great installation materials. They have a loyal customer base of regional dealers who buy their latest and greatest products. It’s all fun, everyone benefits.”

Greg Gelston of Profilitec, a newer supplier to Arley, commented, “One of the most important reasons we’ve partnered with Arley, is based upon the firm’s stellar reputation. I’ve met manufacturer-exhibitors here… they all seem to say the same thing: ‘Arley is ethical, fair… and, treats customers, employees and suppliers all as family.’ We like that!”

Arley’s President, Scott Levy, had a few parting words as employees, suppliers and customers began to leave on Tuesday. “Every year we have the same problem. Our three-day extravaganza each year is better than the previous one. So we leave, worrying about how next year can possibly be any better? Actually,” Levy beamed, “we’re really not that worried at all!”

Taking a look at the testing behind the tech: TCNA Lab active in new gauged porcelain tile standard

Traditionally, Tech Talk is a place to bring information of specific, practical tips for day-to-day tile installation. But this installment will focus on the technical work that goes on behind the scenes in the TCNA labs, which impacts testing, standards and other aspects of tile and associated products that contractors work with every day. This information was made public at Coverings in April.

TCNA Lab active in new gauged porcelain tile standard

When ANSI A137.3-2017 and A-108.19-2017 were approved recently, their 32 cumulative pages represented many hours of work on behalf of “thin tile” advocates across the globe. The science behind the standards, meanwhile, was provided by a tightly knit group based out of Anderson, S.C., who logged approximately 4,000 hours over six months to make the standard a reality.

“While a number of folks in the industry were absolutely critical in spearheading the thin tile project, and in keeping it moving forward at an incredibly rapid pace, there’s no question our lab played a decisive role in its eventual composition,” said Eric Astrachan, executive director, Tile Council of North America (TCNA). “In fact, our lab plays an integral role in the development of many of this industry’s standards – thin tile is just the latest example. We couldn’t develop consensus as we do today without the lab leading the way through their R&D efforts. We’re very proud of the work they do.”

TCNA Lab Technician Scott Davis (l.) reviews results with Claudio Bizzaglia. Testing and research conducted at the TCNA Lab contributes to the development of many tile (and related products) indus- try standards – the ANSI A137.3-2017 and A108.19-2017 gauged porcelain standards being the latest examples.

“Standards development is a challenging and interesting cross-disciplinary project for our staff,” said director of Laboratory Services Claudio Bizzaglia. “We have a standards team that attacks each particular standards project we work on, and then, depending on the nature of the project, we pull in specific additional staff members, depending on their specialties. The standards we’ve worked on recently or we’re working on now include a new surface abrasion method for ceramic tiles, multiple water absorption methods, various aspects of the glass tile standard, ongoing coefficient of friction studies, and the Robinson floor test method.”

“Having a diverse talent base to pull from here at TCNA is a tremendous asset in standards development and other industry-facing projects, just as it is for customer assignments,” Astrachan said. “With standards, the team has the additional benefit of knowing that they’re contributing something to an industry that we care very much about – and then, of course, it’s nice to have that expertise when it comes to helping our customers should a standard be ratified.”


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