Marc Sadler signs Fabrique, the new Natural Genius collection by Listone Giordano

Marc Sadler signs Fabrique, the new Natural Genius collection by Listone Giordano whose innovative surface treatments give the material a brand new personality, both in terms of colour and cross brushing technique.

Fabrique Natural Genius is a dynamic collection, born from deep research of the material, itself an inspiration for a new interpretation of wooden surfaces. 

The collection is also a tribute to Listone Giordano’s technological heart: Listone Giordano® multilayer technology, patented in 1983.

With Fabrique Natural Genius, the high-end multilayer wood in precious birch fibre takes on a new connotation and becomes a visible layer, transforming panelling into actual wooden fabric. The soul and essence of the material thus emerge on the surface, giving it a completely new and surprising personality, providing dynamism, character and uniqueness to any space. Just like all the Listone Giordano Natural Genius collections, Fabrique redefines the classic aesthetic canons of parquet, consecrating it once again to the world of contemporary design.

Fabrique Natural Genius is available in six colours: Fumée Noir, Graphite, Ciment, Argile, Tabac and Corde, with Oleonature finish and Crystalcare antibacterial technology. Oleonature is a finish based on natural air-dried oils that provides a high level of protection and ease of maintenance thanks to a special protection treatment applied in the final processing step. Crystalcare is a broad spectrum antibacterial protection that automatically defends the surface from microbes and pathogens, thus protecting everyone’s health.

Technical specifications
Width: 90 mm
Length: 1200 mm
Total thickness: 12,5 mm
Thickness of exposed layer: 3,5 mm
Birch Multilayer Support: 9 mm

Silver City Arts & Cultural District

Entrepreneurship for Creatives Workshops – FREE

Join us for CLAY’s first-ever workshop series designed to help artists from all disciplines make money from doing what they love. Workshops start Monday, July 16, and run throughout the week.
Presenters include Dr. Miguel Vicéns of the Western New Mexico School of Business; Jane Janson of the Small Business Development Center; Minneapolis potter Robert Briscoe, who founded the St. Croix Valley Pottery Trail; last year’s CLAY juried exhibition winner Marko Fields; and Carly Quinn, owner of Tucson’s Carly Quinn Designs.
Local artists and youth mentors Romaine Begay and Diana Ingalls Leyba will be conducting a special workshop targeting teens that includes a copy of the book “Show Your Work.”
As part of the series, Jamie Rushad Gros, co-founder of Albuquerque marketing and e-commerce firm Calindo Creative, will present a two-day boot-camp style workshop “​Paths to Marketing and Selling your Artwork in a Digital World” on July 18-19 from 10 a.m.-noon both days. On day one registrants will gain a digital marketing overview, learning about branding and e-commerce. On the second day participants will learn social media strategies, search-engine marketing, digital advertising and data analytics.
Workshops are free, but pre-registration is required. For class descriptions and to register, click here.

Register for Hands-On Workshops Today!

Hands-on workshops begin Monday, July 16. Make a rattle or two with Silver City artist Zoe Wolfe, learn how to make clay tell your story with Silver City artist Romaine Begay, become part of the Silver City community with San Antonio artist Patricia Castillo Jolet, learn the basics of building a mud structure with Silver City resident Herbie Marsden, or paint a tile with Tuscon artist Carly Quinn. Register here before spots run out.

WNMU Offers Limited Preview of Museum

In joint celebration of the CLAY Festival and Fleming Hall’s in-progress transformation, the public is invited to a special “sneak peek.” Explore the newly renovated two-story Grand Exhibit Hall and Main Floor filled with selected pieces from the WNMU collections. The museum will then shut its doors until the transformation is complete. Located on the Western New Mexico University campus. Note: College Avenue is closed due to construction; use 12th Street as an alternate route.

New Laying Patterns Book from Landmark Ceramics

A Selection of Installation & Solutions for all Landmark Collections

Landmark “Laying Patterns Book” is a collection of installation solutions, from the most original and refined to the most classic, designed to help you choose thelayout patterns for your spaces whether they use a single format or a combination of different sizes. The patterns are proposed both for tiles of traditional thickness and for the 3/4” – 20 mm slabs of the Frontier20 range, meeting all your needs for indoor and outdoor applications.

(Please note: the laying patterns book is only available in PDF format)

Tailoring apprenticeship programs to suit your company

Becky Serbin,
Training and Education Coordinator

If you attended Coverings this year, you may have noticed a common theme was the desire/need for education. So it should come as no surprise that I get a chance to talk with a lot of new members about education and training opportunities available through NTCA.

Obviously, my first discussion item is NTCA University. The follow up question I often get is: “How can I use it in my company?” So, I wanted to take some time to review what other members are already doing so that you can use this information to help develop a program that is best for your company.

DOL-approved programs

The first thing that most contractors need to decide is if they want a Department of Labor (DOL) approved apprenticeship program. Even though NTCA University can be used as related content for an apprenticeship program, currently, the NTCA is not an actual DOL program provider. This means that if your company benefits from an approved apprenticeship program such as prevailing-wage projects, utilizing your state’s workforce commission to assist in finding workers or potentially utilizing a pre-apprenticeship program, or applying for and utilizing grant money to offset training costs, then you will need to work with your state DOL to apply for and register your training program.

Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs

Currently, we have members who are utilizing pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. Members who have a pre-apprenticeship program work with local technical schools or workforce commissions to educate potential new hires. At the end of the program, contractor members offer apprenticeship programs within their companies to students they want to hire. Other members hire new employees directly into their apprenticeship program. We even have members in one region coming together to build a regional apprenticeship program and sharing the cost and training of the apprentices (See this month’s Training & Education story for details).

If you don’t think your company would benefit from a DOL-approved program, then you can always use NTCA University to supplement on-the-job learning. Let’s face it, once you are on the job for awhile, it’s easy to develop bad habits that shouldn’t be passed on to a new hire. These courses were developed referencing industry standards and best practices and may be taken by individual employees during or outside of the work day. This means that you can view courses in a group setting and discuss what was learned, or you can allow the individual to take courses and then follow up later to discuss what was learned.

Remember there isn’t just one way to train your staff or one program to employ. NTCA University was designed so that you can create a program that best fits your company’s needs.

Do you already have a training program in place? Please email me at [email protected] or call me at 770-366-2566 and let me know what you are doing. Members are always looking for new and/or different ideas they may be able to incorporate into their company. Remember this is an association for the contractor, and developing the next generation of tile setters is important to all of us.

Remembering Warren David Nichols

October 9, 1931 – May 20, 2018

Warren David Nichols, age 86, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018. He was the beloved grandfather of NTCA Five Star Contractor Bradford Denny, Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co, Inc., of Joelton, Tenn.

David served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received a Purple Heart due to being wounded in combat. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he began working for the Art Mosaic Tile Company and became a union member in 1955.

The demands of his job kept him away from home, which is why after he married Juanita Ann Crockett Nichols in 1961 and became a father to her son Billy Jr., he was driven to begin working toward starting his own business. In 1973, after many years of hard work and planning, he proudly opened Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co. Inc., and his company is currently in its 45th year of operation.

Some of David’s more prominent interests and hobbies included his membership in the Korean War Veterans Association, membership of Masonic Lodge #409, his involvement with the Al Menah Shrine, and his membership at First Baptist Church Joelton. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing go-carts, and playing music with friends. One group that he played with, The Cumberland River Band, played for over eight years at various retirement centers. His love for music went beyond playing and into becoming an amateur machinist so that he could build his own steel guitars.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Juanita Ann Crockett Nichols; parents, Lonnie Jackson Nichols, Sr. and Marjorie Parker Nichols; and brothers Jack Harding Nichols, Charles Edward Nichols, and Lonnie Jackson Nichols, Jr.

Survivors include; stepson Billy Collier (Janet) Denny, Jr.; grandson Brad (Nicole) Denny; granddaughter Amber (Noah) Hunter; great grandchildren McKenzie Hunter, Austin Hunter, Abigail Denny, Aiden Hunter, and Daniel Denny; sister-in-law Helen (James) Payne; nephews Nick, Mark, and Dennis Nichols; nieces Lori Davies, Dawn Wood, and Jennifer Hollandsworth; and cousins Robert “Stretch” Hester, Susanne McIntosh, Debbie Smith, Bobbye June Noland, and Donna Love; and many beloved nieces and nephews from his wife’s family.

A Masonic Service took place on Wednesday, May 23rd, followed by a Memorial Service with Bro. David Royalty officiating. Interment followed at Joelton Hills Memory Gardens.

Active Pallbearers were Brad Denny, Noah Hunter, Austin Hunter, Dennis Bobel, Malcolm Arrington, Nick Nichols, and Dennis Nichols. Honorary Pallbearers were the employees of Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc., Paul Arrington, Robert “Stretch” Hester, Thomas Cobble, Glen Perry, Jim Milliken, and the members of the Senior Adult Mens Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church Joelton.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to First Baptist Church Joelton Children’s Playground Renovations. Visit

Enter.Net Web Services

Want to have a web presence but not sure where to start? A new NTCA member benefit, family-owned Enter.Net, based in Allentown, Pa., specializes in state-of-the-art web design, SEO (search engine optimization) and social media. Enter.Net was voted “Best Web Design Company” for 13 years in a row by McCall’s Reader’s Choice. They design and host over 1,000 websites and are currently running a 40% discount off all business web services for NTCA members.

Choose from these services

Web Design – Enter.Net ensures that your web presence looks amazing and is responsive on ANY platform – computer, tablet, and phone and merges platforms to bring the work you do on social media to a company-specific and branded “home” on the web.

Search Engine Optimization – Be found easily by prospective customers, stay ahead of your competition, and get top rankings on Google, Yahoo and Bing with monthly ranking reports – all at an affordable price.

Social Media Marketing Strategies – Use social media efficiently and effectively with Enter.Net’s expert marketing strategies and tools that allow you to reach all your audiences with one click.

Custom Marketing Media Packages –Integrate your presence and your message starting with your logo, moving to print pieces, email blasts, custom video products and billboard and ad design. Everything you need to keep your company in front of potential customers.

Find out more at Not yet a NTCA member? Contact Jim Olson at
[email protected] for information about membership.


Empowerment, education and enjoyment mark all-industry conference

By Lesley Goddin

The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center provides the industry hub for Total Solutions Plus (TSP) October 27-30 in Grapevine, Texas. The NTCA, TCNA, CTDA and TCAA have conceived of this annual conference as a way to bring the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other. Among the program features are a live Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) demo planned and presented by NTCA and TCAA, top-notch speakers, networking opportunities, three-hour tabletop event and awards dinner.

All of this takes place in a setting that looks out on beautiful Lake Grapevine, and 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens and riverwalk. Meet new acquaintances and old friends at one of the hotel’s 10 restaurants, bars and cafes, serving everything from succulent steaks and seafood to traditional Mexican and Italian or hop on over to Glass Cactus Nightclub for live entertainment. Follow the link for venue information:


Roger Staubach

After the opening reception Sunday night from 6-8 pm, the conference kicks off Monday morning with an opening keynote from none other than Heisman trophy winner Roger Staubach, who led the Dallas Cowboys to four Super Bowl victories and earned himself a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also excelled in commercial real estate, forming The Staubach Company in 1977, expanding over the years to 1,600 employees and more than 3,000 clients and merging his company with Jones Lang LaSalle in 2008. Read more about him here:

The closing keynote on Tuesday morning is J.P. Pawliw-Fry, who addresses

J.P. Pawliw-Fry

emotional intelligence and performing under pressure with a combination of research and storytelling. One of the highest-rated lecturers at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Education Program, J.P. now acts as an advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies, including long-term relationships with Johnson and Johnson, PWC, GoldmanSachs, HSBC as well as Olympic medal winning athletes. J.P.’s training includes Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Medical Institute. Every year, J.P. speaks with individuals and leaders on over five continents, helping them to improve their overall performance. He is an expert in performing wonderfully under pressure and is one of the world’s most highly sought-after keynote speakers on the topic. Read more about him and his keynote talk here:

Sandy Smith

Breakout opportunities
Tabletops and networking

A collection of stellar speakers and industry experts will lead the breakouts Monday and Tuesday, including Jim Pincer, Sandy Smith, Martin Brookes, Jim Whitfield, Irene Williams and Jack Shaw. Visit for speaker bios and details.

Contractor breakouts over the two days include ACT and You, Exterior Challenges and Growth Opportunities, Anatomy of a Project – Parts 1 & 2; The Real World Impact of the OSHA Silica Rule, Tools of the Trade for Complying with the OSHA Silica Rule, and Best Practices in Workforce Development.

Irene Williams

Distributor breakouts over the two days include Winning in Today’s Disruptive Sales Reality, Recruiting and Retaining Peak Performers, Distributor Forum, Practical, Tactical Tips to Grow your Biz Through Social Media, How to Survive in an Internet World and Small Business Management. At end of day Tuesday, there is a Joint Panel: The State of the Industry: Industry Discussion and Strategic Planning for the future.

Monday night there’s ample time to visit suppliers and network with other attendees at the Tabletop Exhibits and Reception from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. And Tuesday night wraps up with a Closing Reception and Industry Awards Gala Dinner and Dance.

For a complete schedule with dates and times, visit

Meetings, yoga, off-site activities

The two-day program is peppered with networking breaks to facilitate making new connections and renewing old ones. There are also some alternative activities like yoga, a session on aromatherapy, Dallas art tour and George W. Bush Museum tour.

Saturday and Sunday are reserved for Board, Business, and Committee meetings as well as CTDA CCTS Testing, with TCNA Handbook and ANSI ASC A108 Committee Meetings set for Saturday. Sunday afternoon is the traditional golf tournament and Sixth Floor Museum and Visit to JFK Memorial Tour, Elm Fork Skeet Shooting, Fort Worth Stockyards Tour and Grapevine Winery Tour. For details and prices on activities, visit

Make plans to attend this educational, empowering all-industry event! Register here:

Large-Format Tile – July 2018

University of Missouri student dining facility uses tile to define unique dining venues

More than 42,000 sq. ft. of tile – including large-format – were used at The Restaurants at Southwest

The Restaurants at Southwest, University of Missouri’s (Mizzou or MU) newest dining facility, features a collection of distinct dining venues, each with its own character, arranged to create a variety of dining experiences. From the soaring, two-story space of the Legacy Grille to the old-world charm of the pasta venue Olive & Oil, the new 600-seat dining center serves as the social hub of the Southwest Neighborhood and can accommodate 2,500-3,000 students living in the nearby residence halls and fraternity and sorority houses.

The finish materials selected by the designers on the project – KWK Architects and associate architect Lawrence Group – reinforce the concept menu and character for each venue, and tile was the first choice for the flooring and walls surfaces. 

“Tile provided a wide range of design possibilities, durability and ease of maintenance unmatched by other materials. Tile also contributed to the sustainable goals of the project, which is anticipated to achieve a LEED Silver certification,” said Sara Koester, AIA, Principal at KWK Architects. 

More than 42,000 sq. ft. of tile costing an estimated $200,000 were installed at The Restaurants at Southwest, said Project Manager Derek Kutz of tile contractor Richardet Floor Covering, Perryville, Mo. A team of up to 12 installers had just 10 weeks to complete the intricate tile project, which included 20,000 sq. ft. of floor tile; 22,000 sq. ft. of wall tile; 20 different styles of Schluter metal edging; 48 different tile styles; 620 50-lb. bags of mortar; 268 units of epoxy grout and 100 units of grout. The main tile manufacturers used on the project included: Crossville, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Daltile. Floor tile formats included 6” x 6”, 12” x 12”, 12” x 24”, 6” x 24”, 24” x 24” and 6” x 36”.

“This was by far one of the most tedious tile jobs, with the most tile patterns and selections, that we have ever worked on,” said Kutz. “We were able to stay on top of the tile design details by having one worker behind the blueprint and one on the wall at all times.”

Legacy Grille

The main venue of the dining facility is the Legacy Grille, which is designed to celebrate the rich heritage of MU sports and is filled with historic photographs in large wall murals, accented with the patterns and colors of the school’s mascot, the tiger. Unglazed ceramic mosaic tile in a multicolored, custom tiger-striped pattern is used on the venue fronts and soffit. 

Small-size tile (1” x 1”) worked well for creating the curved shapes of the tiger stripes, one of the more challenging tile jobs on the project. Tile installers spent 10-12 hours cutting the 1’ x 2’ tile sheets into the desired pattern. The complex pattern was laid out on the floor and approved by the architect prior to being pieced together on the wall during installation. 


Tiger Avenue Deli

The Tiger Avenue Deli has an urban feel and features hot deli sandwiches fresh off the grill. Bright orange tiles pop across the back wall to animate the venue and add to the “sizzle” feel. 


The soup-and-salad venue, 1+5+3, features dark brown subway tile on the back wall as a contrast to the bamboo wood venue front, and a shocking lime green glass tile accent band across the front signals that this is the “fresh and healthy venue.”

1839 Kitchen

The home-cooking station, 1839 Kitchen, has a traditional look with raised wood cabinets, copper accents and “marble” counters. A two-colored, two-sized tile pattern was used to animate the back wall and add to the residential character. 


Olive & Oil

Olive & Oil, a Mediterranean and pasta concept, features hand-painted, decorative tiles and painted plaster walls for an “old-world” feel. 


The dessert venue, Truffles, has a rich palette of glass tiles in golds and purples and chocolate- and caramel-colored walls and ceilings. 

Tile was used for the flooring
material throughout the dining areas in multi-colored, multi-sized patterns, with each seating area having its own, well-defined pattern and circulation area. Tile offered the durability needed for this type of facility, as well as the ease of maintenance. 

Porcelain tile with the appeal of concrete and cut stone was used in all seating areas except Olive & Oil, where wood-look tile was used to add warmth to the space. Quarry tile was used for the rest of the venues’ flooring and food production kitchens.

Tile contributed to several of the sustainability goals on the project as well, as many of the tiles were made from recycled materials and green-squared certified.

Kutz said one of the greatest challenges on the project was meeting the tight deadline and coordinating the tile installation around the subcontractors working in the same spaces. Open communications and scheduling among all subcontractors were the key to keeping the project on track, said Kutz. The tile installers worked a minimum of 12 hours a day, and a couple of Saturdays, to complete the project on schedule. 

Quick Ship Collection Expands for the 2018 Year to Include 61 Spanish Tile Companies

Miami, FL – July 2018 – Tile of Spain, the international brand representing over 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), announces new additions to the Tile of Spain Quick Ship Collection. The updated catalog of Spanish tile now includes 61 ceramic tile companies and over 230 products that are available in the U.S.
The Quick Ship Collection reference guide includes a select group of tile products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S. and available for delivery within 4-8 weeks. Established in 2013, the collection is updated annually to ensure the most up to date information is available to purchasers.
“Tile of Spain USA is excited to expand the Quick Ship Collection offerings for the sixth year in a row,” states Rocamador Rubio, Director for Tile of Spain. “The last few years have been an integral turning point in ceramic tile technology, and we are overjoyed to be able to bring the latest Spanish tile innovations to the U.S. market.”
New Tile of Spain companies added to the Quick Ship Collection for 2018 include Bellavista, Cevica, Dualgres, and Harmony. These new collections, along with updates from 57 additional ceramic tile companies, are available online at The Quick Ship Collection’s interactive catalog makes it easy to search the Spanish Tile. Users can search by product category or by company name. Each entry includes the series name, color image, a detailed description of each design, available in sizes and U.S. contact information for purchasing.

Tile of Spain companies in the Quick Ship Collection include: 

Adex Elias Onice Ceramics
Alcalagres El Molino Onix
Alea Emac Oset
Alttoglass Emotion Ceramics Pamesa
Aparici Equipe Peronda
Apavisa Estilker Porcelanicos HDC
Argenta Gayafores Porcelanite Dos
Azulejos Mijares Gres de Aragón Porcelanosa
Azulev Grespania Realonda
Azuliber Halcon Roca Tile
Bellavista Harmony Rosa Gres
Casainfinita Ibero Saloni
Cas Ceramica Inalco Sanchis by Azulev
Ceracasa Keraben STN Ceramica
Ceramica Mayor Keros Ceramica Tau
Cevica Land Todagres
Cicogres La Platera Undefasa
Colorker Levantina Vives
Dualgres Metropol Zirconio
Dune Natucer
El Barco Neolith
To view the Quick Ship Collection, visit

Lunada Bay Tile Introduces Contourz Concrete Tiles

A contemporary concrete tile collection that combines breakthrough engineering and art

(Coverings‘18, Atlanta, GA, May 8-11, 2018) You’ve seen concrete tiles on the floor, used as exterior cladding, and on the occasional feature wall. Now, Lunada Bay Tile is breaking design boundaries with Contourz, a tactile collection of concrete tiles that elevates the beauty of vertical and horizontal planes.

Modern shapes and colors, together with unparalleled artistry and engineering, construct dynamic surfaces for a variety of spaces. Contourz three-dimensional tiles transform walls into sculpture, while flat field tiles create an atmosphere that ranges from quiet elegance to industrial.

“Concrete is a beautiful, sustainable medium,” says Feras Irikat, Director of Design and Marketing at Lunada Bay Tile. “The Contourz collection’s architectural nature, soft color palette and satin matte tactile surface allows it to play well with many other materials.”

Irikat worked on the collection’s design in collaboration with Lunada Bay Tile President and CEO Carl Steadly and Mike Taylor, an engineer with 11 years of experience in the concrete tile industry. Together, they designed and engineered the collection to the highest specifications for residential and commercial installations. The tiles measure just 8 millimeters thick—a similar thickness to standard ceramic and glass tiles—extending design opportunities with the ability to combine easily with other tile collections within the Lunada Bay Tile portfolio.

“Imagine that you can now use concrete on a kitchen backsplash or a shower wall without taking up any more thickness or design real estate than standard tile choices,” Irikat proposes. “It makes it easy to incorporate these tiles into residential or commercial applications, indoors or outdoors, and blend them with other elements to create the look you desire. The collection creates the ultimate toolbox of creativity for designers and architects.”

Designed and manufactured in Lunada Bay Tile’s new facility in Southern California, the collection consists of nine shapes:

  • 3 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
  • 6 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
  • 4-inch Hex — hexagonal flat field tile
  • Fanfare Hex — three-dimensional 4-inch hexagonal tile with raised linear peaks
  • Trifecta — three-dimensional triangular tile with intertwining patterns of slopes and curved lines
  • Zen Break A and Zen Break B — three-dimensional 3 x 9-inch rectangular tiles with angled inclines that can be coordinated to create striped, diamond and chevron patterns
  • Retro Curve — liner featuring soft bullnose edges
  • In & Out — liner featuring a bullnose edge on one side and a cove edge on the other

Contourz is available in 18 modern hues, including warm and cool grays and shades of taupe and brown. The collection can be specified for interior and exterior walls, including wet/dry walls, light traffic floors, and has similar characteristics and care requirements as natural stone..

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