Call for entries for the latest edition of ASCER’s Tile of Spain Awards

ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association) has announced the seventeenth edition of its Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project. The magnificent panel of judges is made up of internationally-acclaimed professionals working in the architecture and design sectors. The Tile of Spain Awards are intended to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture as well as interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad) and are sponsored by Weber-Saint Gobain, the Port Authority of Valencia, Bankinter and CESCE.

Architecture: First prize to “Bodega Mont-Ras” by Jorge Vidal Tomás and Víctor Rahola

Chairing the panel is the Argentinean architect Jorge Silvetti, founder of the prestigious “Machado and Silvetti Associates” studio based in Buenos Aires and Boston, and Dean of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) between 1995 and 2002. Worthy of mention is the fact that ASCER collaborates with the GSD through the Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments.

He is joined on the panel of judges by Elías Torres; Portuguese architect Ricardo Carvalho; Jordi Garcés, a partner at the Garcés-de Seta-Bonet studio, winner of the Interior Design category at the previous edition of the Tile of Spain Awards; and Ramón Monfort, from the Castellón College of Architects.

Interior design
Interior Design First prize: Three metro stations on Barcelona’s L9 line, by Garcés – de Seta – Bonet Arquitectes.

Entries for the 17th Edition of the Tile of Spain Awards may be submitted from now until 24th October 2018.

The Awards have a prize fund of 39,000 euruos ($45,766) distributed in three categories. The two main categories are Architecture and Interior Design, each with a cash prize of 17,000 euros ($19,949). The panel of judges are also entitled to give special mentions in either category. The third category is the Final Degree Project, targeting students of Architecture, and has a cash prize of 5,000 euros ($5,867). Entrants from both Spain and abroad are entitled to take part in all three categories. Full details of the 17th edition, the rules and candidate registration forms are available at www.tileofspainawards.com

Degree Project First prize: ‘A Landscape Garden: restoration of the area around the Zirí Wall in the El Albaicín district of Granada. A new Residents’ Centre and Tourist Information Office’ by Rafael López-Toribio Moreno, a student at the Granada School of Architecture.

Winner of the architecture prize at the latest edition of the Tile of Spain Awards was the project for a winery in Mont-Ras by Jorge Vidal and Víctor Rahola; first prize in the Interior Design category went to the project entitled “Three Metro Stations on Barcelona’s L9 line”, by the Garcés – de Seta- Bonet Studio. Images, blueprints and reports of last year’s winning projects can be downloaded from the Awards’ website.

About the panel of judges

Jorge Silvetti was born in Buenos Aires. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires before going on to undertake a period of postgraduate study at the University of California, Berkley, where he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Architecture. In 1985 he founded “Machado and Silvetti Associates” in partnership with Rodolfo Machado, carrying out a large number of award winning projects and works in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. The studio operates from its offices in Boston and Buenos Aires.
In addition to his professional practice, since Silvetti has been a faculty member at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He has also taught at the University of California (Berkeley), ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), the University of Palermo (Sicily) and at Nihon University (Tokyo). He is the author and editor of numerous books and journals on issues relating to the Theory, Critique and History of Architecture. In addition, he was a member of the panel of judges for the Pritzker Architecture Prize between 1996 and 2004, and also a judge for the Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin American Architecture in the year 2000.

Elías Torres studied architecture at the Barcelona School of Architecture, qualifying as an architect in 1968. In 1993 he was awarded a PhD. He is a founding partner of the “José Antonio Martínez Lapeña & Elías Torres Tur Architects” studio, which received Spain’s National Prize for Architecture in 2016.

José Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres Tur work from their Barcelona studio, where they have designed highly-acclaimed public and private projects, many of which have received FAD Architecture Awards. Examples include the Vil·la Cecília Gardens in Barcelona (1986); the Móra d’Ebre Regional Hospital in Tarragona (1988); and apartment buildings in Barcelona’s Olympic Village. Other major projects include the restoration of Park Gu¨ell in Barcelona; the escalators at La Granja in Toledo; the terrace and photovoltaic pergolas at the Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona; and the renovation of the Alameda de Hércules Walk in Seville.

Ricardo Carvalho, is a Portuguese architect and co-founder with Joana Vilhena of the “RCJV Architects” studio in Lisbon. They have designed public and private projects including hotels, schools, apartment blocks and museums. Their work has been featured in a range of international publications and presented at congresses in Europe, Canada, China, Japan, Israel and Latin America. Work carried out by the studio has been featured at international exhibitions such as “OVERLAPPPINGS. Six Portuguese Architecture Studios” held at the RIBA in London (2009); “Portugal Convida” at the FAD, Barcelona (2010); “Tradition is Innovation” at the Ozone Design Center in Tokyo (2011); and “Lisbon Ground” at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012). In 2015 they were nominated for the Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Prize.

Jordi Garcés, qualified as an architect in 1970 after completing his studies at the Barcelona School of Architecture. He received a PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1987 and since 1975 has been a Projects lecturer at the Barcelona School of Architecture and a guest lecturer since 1975 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. Highlights of his numerous works include the Picasso Museum in Barcelona; the Navarra Museum of Art in Pamplona; the Valle de Hebrón Olympic Pavilion in Barcelona; the Plaza Hotel in Barcelona; the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in Tenerife; and the headquarters of the Francisco Godia Foundation in Barcelona. The studio received first prize in the Interior Design category at the last edition of the Tile of Spain Awards for a project entitled “Three Metro Stations on Barcelona’s L9 line, which also earned its designers a FAD Award in 2016.
In 2011 he formed a partnership with Daria de Seta and Anna Bonet, marking the start of a new phase characterised by international commissions and tenders, providing a means of integration and continuity for Jordi Garcés’ already firmly consolidated trajectory. They have been awarded tenders for ambitious international projects such as the New Port Terminal in Syracuse, Sicily; the renovation and extension of the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg, the new annex building for the Picasso Museum in Barcelona; and the recently completed studio for artist Arranz-Bravo.

Belén Moneo is an architect and co-founder of Moneo Brock. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Visual Arts and obtained a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP. Belén Moneo and Jeff Brock formed Moneo Brock in 1993 in New York, the firm is now located in Madrid and it is an international architectural, planning and design firm of versatile professionals committed to the identification and implementation of sustainable solutions.

Mario Ruiz, graduated in Industrial Design from Barcelona’s prestigious Elisava Design School. He started his independent professional career in 1995 opening his own studio in Barcelona. Due to his skill and multidisciplinary experience in such diverse fields he has won the confidence of more than 120 leading companies in the world (Australia, the United States, Sweden, France, Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain). Mario Ruiz’s work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Europe and Japan and he has been acknowledged with more than 40 important awards. In 2016 he received the prestigious National Design Prize, given by the King of Spain, Felipe VI and the Ministry of Economy. He is also the recipient of Delta de Plata prizes, awarded by Barcelona’s ADI-FAD (Association for Industrial Design). In Europe and the US, meanwhile, he has received numerous plaudits from Red Dot, IF, Design Plus, and the Wallpaper Awards.
From 1992 until 2002, Mario Ruiz was Professor of Industrial Projects at the Eina and Elisava design schools in Barcelona. He has given numerous lectures in Tokyo, Singapore, New York, Dubai, London, and Chicago.

Ramón Monfort is a founding member of the Ceramic Design Centre, President of the Castellón Region College of Architects and Dean of the Comunidad Valenciana Official College of Architects. He boasts long-standing experience in the sector, and his trajectory has been marked by his commitment to social and sustainable values. He has received accolades for projects such as the Peñíscola Convention Centre or the Canem Gallery in Castellón.

At previous editions of the awards, the panels have been chaired by many other leading professionals including Iñaki Ábalos, Emilio Tuñón, Manuel Gallego, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Alberto Campo Baeza, Gonçalo Byrne, William J.R. Curtis, Terence Riley, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Luís Moreno Mansilla, Patxi Mangado, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, Mathías Klotz, Benedetta Tagliabue and Víctor López Cotelo.

Calendar and submission of entries
Closing date for entries: 24th October 2018.
Rules and candidate registration: https://www.tileofspainawards.com

AMERICAN OLEAN TEACHING DESIGNERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS HOW DIGITAL PRINTING IS ENHANCING TILE

DALLAS (July 16, 2018)American Olean (AO) recently partnered with its distributor Gulf Tile & Cabinetry to teach a group of Florida designers and photographers what ceramic tile can do from an artistic and design perspective and how digital printing is greatly enhancing the visuals possible in tile.  The presentation was held at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida and included a continuing education unit, further discussion about digital printing, and a social networking hour for photographers and design professionals.

“We want American Olean to be a major player in new designs, not just commodity products,” said Williams Pontel, commercial sales manager for American Olean.  “We are now including products in our line to really catch the attention of designers. Some of the new products that we are proudest of are achieved through our Reveal Imaging digital printing technology.  It was exciting today to educate these designers on what tile can mean to their designs and artistry.”

“New tiles such American Olean’s Union, Scene, and Theoretical feature graphic effects, texture, or interesting 3-D elements,” added Pontel.  “These products show the potential of what you can do with digital printing. They really catch people’s attention when they are walking through a space.”

To learn more about American Olean and its latest product launches, please visit www.americanolean.com.

 

About American Olean

Since 1923, American Olean has been offering an extensive array of quality tile products.  Through an appealing selection and a trusted network of industry professionals, American Olean empowers the creative visions of residential and commercial design and construction.  For more information, visit www.americanolean.com and follow American Olean on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest.

 

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Cersaie presents the 2018 edition of the show September 24-28 in renovated Bologna exhibition center

A presentation press conference for Cersaie 2018 organized during the spring in Milan focused on some of the key features of this 36th edition of the annual show, due to be held in Bologna from September 24-28. In particular, the floor space is almost fully booked, two brand new halls will be opened specially for the occasion, and a packed program of initiatives will be held both in the exhibition center and in the city. The fair will include the majority of Ceramics of Italy members, who will launch new products at the show

The meeting saw the participation of Emilio Mussini, Chairman of the Confindustria Ceramica Promotional Activities and Trade Fairs Commission, Gianni di Gregorio from the eponymous architecture practice, Giovanni Giuliani from BolognaFiere, Angelo dall’Aglio, curator of the exhibition, and Elena Vai from Bologna Design Week. The event was also attended by Aurelio Galfetti, one of the most respected figures in the world of contemporary architecture.

“With six months to go before the show opens, Cersaie 2018 is almost completely sold out,” said Emilio Mussini. “We are delighted with this result as it speaks volumes about the quality and value of the show. ”The Building Dwelling Thinking program, he continued, will feature a series of high-profile conferences, including the ninth keynote lecture given by a Pritzker Prize winning architect. Further highlights include the new location of the Press Cafés (the event where editors from interior design magazines discuss themes of topical interest with guests) in the Media Village (Services Centere) and the event entitled “Cersaie designs your home” which offers a free consulting service for home renovation.

Gianni di Gregorio is the lead architect of the team tasked with renovating the Bologna exhibition center. “In the 1960s, the Bologna exhibition center was transformed by architects Benevolo, Giura Longo and Melograni in keeping with the new international spirit of the times,” he said. “Our project aimed to use a repeatable modular system to connect the existing exhibition spaces and routes to the new halls, which stand out for their large translucent surfaces and soft, diffused daytime lighting. The itineraries themselves become urban spaces that perform all exhibition functions, while the single-span halls allow for the maximum flexibility in terms of set-up and use of multilevel stands.”

“Cersaie 2018 will be the very first show to be held in the two new Halls 29 and 30, which will be devoted specifically to bathroom furnishings,” said Giovanni Giuliani, operations director of BolognaFiere. “These exhibition areas mark the first step in a complex redevelopment program for the entire exhibition center.” According to the works schedule, the new Hall 37 will be built in 2020 and will be located on the site of the current external area 48 alongside a new logistics area. This will be followed 24 months later by renovation of the Piazza Costituzione and Nord entrances and opening of the new Hall 38 to the public, and finally renovation of current Hall 35 in 2024. “Smart technology will be one of the key features of the new Bologna Exhibition Center and will have a positive impact on both visitor experience and the day-to-day management of individual shows.”

For several years Cersaie has been organizing a thematic exhibition. After exploring themes of dock redevelopment, transport venues and light/cinema, this year’s initiative curated by architect Angelo dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli will discuss the theme of music. “The years from 1976 to 1983 were particularly fertile in terms of music and popular culture,” noted Angelo dall’Aglio. “The coexistence and proliferation of very different genres made those years an inexhaustible source of inspiration.” The exhibition will extend over a space of 700 square metres in the brand new hall 30 and will explore the concept of “music for spaces”, where iconic images from the period will be used in different residential and urban settings.

The conference program will also include a number of notable architects, highlighted by the award-winning British architect and designer Lord Richard Rogers, 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, who will present the Keynote Lecture on September 25.

For the fourth year running, Cersaie will be partnering with Bologna Design Week to organize the week-long events devoted to ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings in the Bologna city center. Elena Vai, creative director of BDW, commented, “This annual event promotes design culture and takes stock of the role of design as a tool for innovation in the ongoing process of sustainable and participatory cultural transformation, and brings together the worlds of creativity, education, hospitality, well-being and production for a week.” Five days of previews, exhibitions, workshops, competitions, screenings and guided tours will be held in historic buildings, art galleries, deconsecrated churches, showrooms and other venues, transforming the way participants perceive the city center. On Wednesday  September 26, it will be the turn of Design Night, which until midnight will engage with the public through a series of innovative itineraries and special openings.

For more information, visit www.cersaie.it.

 

Designers, contractors collaborate on Installation Design Showcase Tiny House projects

The reprise of the Tiny House Installation Design Showcase for Coverings 18 featured three tiny houses that paired top designers and NTCA Five Star Contractors to develop and design the look and concept and bring it to life on the show floor.

The three tiny houses included:

Smart Modern Living – designed by Jeffrey Baker of Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs and installed by D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting. Clean lines and and open layout characterized the space. Estima Ceramica provided the tile and LATICRETE donated the setting materials and backerboards.

 

Jeffrey Baker (L) with Woody Sanders and Alena Capra at the Smart Modern Living tiny home.

 

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Luxe Cottage – designed by Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installed by Visalia Ceramic Tile, the space is geared to the imagined needs of a young, retired couple seeking a luxurious mountainside getaway that features tile on walls, countertops, shelving and built furniture. Ceramics of Italy supplied tile, MAPEI donated setting materials and Schluter provided backerboards.

 

Visalia’s Sam Bruce with designer Brittney Ferren (C) and Alena Capra at the Luxe Cottage tiny home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CG Villa – is the signature contemporary tiny home designed by Rita Carson Guest, FASID, of Carson Guest. Installed by J&R Tile, the space features gauged porcelain tile panels to keep the weight — and the look of the space light and spacious. Crossville Inc., provided tile with installation materials from ARDEX and backer board from wedi.

Alena Capra with J&R Tile’s Erin Albrecht (C) and Rita Carson Guest at the CG Villa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For full details regarding the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, visit coverings.com/IDS.

 

NTCA Announces the Addition of ACT Language to AVITRU MasterSpec® for Tiling

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, announced exciting news regarding changes to the language used in AVITRU (formerly ARCOM) MasterSpec®.

MasterSpec® is a product of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is the ultimate resource for producing specifications. It is widely used throughout the building design professions. It provides generic specifications that can be customized for particular projects, along with additional guidance on each section. The generic specification language is enormously influential in the construction industry because it represents a “default” position for the architect/designer—that language becomes part of the project documents.

The NTCA is pleased to announce that following the 2013 introduction of Installer Qualifications Language in the Tiling sections of MasterSpec®, effective June 1, 2018, MasterSpec® made amendments to include language on the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT).

“We were honored to participate in this effort”, stated Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the NTCA. “Thanks to the leadership of the International Masonry Institute (IMI), and in particular the efforts of Scott Conwell, our persistence paid off. This was yet another driving force in our continued efforts to have qualified labor specified to install tile.”

The addition to the sections listed below is a short but significant sentence addressing quality assurance in the installation of tile, a provision tagged as optional for the specifier to include as a project requirement.

  • Section 093013 – Ceramic Tiling
  • Section 093023 – Glass Tiling
  • Section 093033 – Stone Tiling
  • Section 093500 – Chemical-Resistant Tiling

“Installer employs at least one installer for Project that has completed the Advanced Certification for Tile Installers (ACT) certification for installation of [mud floors] [mud walls] [membranes] [shower receptors] [gauged porcelain tile/gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs] [large format tile].  www.tilecertifications.com

The intent of The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program is to provide a level of consumer confidence for tile installation procedures that exceed ANSI standards and TCNA guidelines for floor and wall.  ACT- certified installers represent the pinnacle of performance in the tile trade and maintain a level of excellence superior to non-ACT certified installers.

“The introduction of the ACT Certification language in MasterSpec® signifies the design industry’s focus on qualified labor”, commented Scott Conwell, Director of Industry Development & Technical Service for the International Masonry Institute.  “This is a victory for the tile industry. The requirement for qualified labor, and specifically for ACT-certified installers, will effectively eliminate unqualified contractors from bidding tile projects that carry this requirement, and will direct more work to signatory tile contractors.”

Bettiga concluded, “The new language in MasterSpec® will call for ACT Skills to be specified which we hope manufacturers, distributors and contractors will put an emphasis on as well.  Our contractors need to embrace the certification and training and the manufacturers and suppliers need to support it.”

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NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com.

 

D_Segni™ Collection from Marazzi Wins IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Award

D_Segni dazzles judges at HD EXPO and secures win for the brand

 

DALLAS – May 15, 2018 – Marazzi is honored to announce that the D_Segni™ collection received an IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Award during the 2018 HD Expo in Las Vegas. A porcelain tile reinterpretation of traditional hand-made cement tiles found in Italy, D_Segni secured this win in the Flooring Hard Surfaces category.

“From its introduction, D_Segni has been an industry standout,” said Micah Hand, brand marketing manager, Marazzi. “D_Segni offers a series of decorative geometrical, vintage, and metropolitan designs that distinguish it from other tile collections in the industry. This recognition from IIDA/HD further determines Marazzi as a flooring design leader, and we are proud to accept this award next to other industry leaders.”

The IIDA/HD competition acknowledges accomplishments in product design innovation, technical advancements, aesthetics, environmental responsibility and usage in hospitality applications. According to IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, “Winners of this year’s competition found innovative ways to leverage product design to craft a hospitality experience that offers travelers a place to escape while maintaining elements that feel like home.”

IIDA/HD entries were judges by a board of design professionals including Chris Evans, associate principal, Rottet Studio;
Michelle Reichert, director – strategic sourcing, FF&E, MGM Resorts International; and Patricia Rotondo, IIDA, senior principal and director of interior design, Antunovich Associates.

To learn more about the D_Segni collection and the Marazzi line of tile products, please visit www.marazzitile.com.

Crossville Announces Enhancements to Cross Vision and Mosaic Builder Online Design Tools

Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels Now Included in Cross Vision as a Virtual Design Option

CROSSVILLE, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. has announced updates and enhancements to the Cross Vision and Mosaic Builder online design tools on the company’s website, crossvilleinc.com.

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The popular Cross Vision tool now incorporates gauged porcelain tile panels in the options. This allows users to create virtual designs with the tile panels. Crossville’s Cross Vision design tool lets customers create, save, and print visualizations of wall and flooring combinations in photographs, either stock photos provided by Crossville or their own uploaded images.

In addition, Crossville’s Mosaic Builder has been updated. Designers can select any of the mosaic patterns and choose from nearly endless combinations of Crossville’s tile options to invent custom patterns for walls, countertops, backsplashes, and more.

“With these digital tools, we’re empowering designers to create beautiful patterns and easily share these design ideas with their customers—even from mobile devices,” states Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for Crossville.

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Other updates for these virtual design tools enhance overall functionality and user experience for both desktop and mobile experiences.
* Mobile responsive readiness – the new redesign better supports the mobile generation allowing customers to access to your building products and colors via mobile devices.
* High resolution product library support – the enhanced imagery support delivers higher quality visuals that showcase building products with hyper photorealistic results.
* New palettes: turnkey design feature – the addition of palette support allows designers to create and showcase product combinations, while providing contractors and homeowners inspirational choices combined with fast and easy design options.
* Enhanced user interface and product navigation – significant improvements to the user experience via redesigned application start page and product search allow for ease of use and navigation.

All of Crossville’s design tools can be accessed at https://crossvilleinc.com/ design-resources/.

 

Neolith by TheSize Announces Exhibition in 30th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)

The sintered stone manufacturer will showcase its latest décors for high-end commercial and residential architectural surfacing design at the 30th annual ICFF show in New York City, May 20 – 23, 2018

TheSize, manufacturer of sintered stone surfacing brand Neolith,  announces its exhibition with New York City-based distribution partner, HG Stones, at the 2018 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), a premier trade showcase for architecture and fine interior design. Neolith will be showcasing its latest product introductions and furniture applications at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, May 20-23 at ICFF Booth #2145. 

“As a first time exhibitor at ICFF, we look forward to introducing our Neolith surfacing collection of furniture and décor applications to a new audience of architects and designers,” said Mar Esteve, director of marketing, TheSize Surfaces. “With ICFF being an internationally-recognized event, this is the premier opportunity for Neolith, as a Spain-based brand with presence in over 70 countries, to network with design professionals from across the world who come to find inspiration and share knowledge and experience.”

A pioneer in the sintered stone surfacing product category, Neolith has sparked a growing trend in thin slab surfaces for virtually any commercial or residential space, from flooring and countertops to furniture and facades. The thin slab surfacing is an easy-to-handle material, perfect for coating metal or wood structures, giving pieces of furnituresuch as desks, benches and shelving a durable design statement. It can also be used over existing furniture, and to cover tabletops, fireplaces, cabinets and flooring to achieve a chic new look.

Neolith’s ICFF booth will feature a contemporary theme centered on unique furniture and design applications, including a winery bar, fireplace, bench seating and much more. New products on display will include:

•       Retrostone – Bold Terrazzo-inspired décor influenced by early-Renaissance Venetian architecture and characterized by a mosaic of marble and granite chips set in concrete stone.

•       Krater – Vividly detailed stone that increases design options for naturally darker shades and tones within their commercial and residential surfacing projects.

•       Calatorao – Distinctive, fine-grained limestone which has been hewn from the world-famous quarries of Zaragoza, Spain, for over 2000 years.

•       Estatuario – A combination of thick and subtle veins of grey with delicate gold edging, crossing a pure white background stands out due to its faithful interpretation of Carrara marbles.

•       Calacatta – Inspired by the best Calacatta from Carraraboards available on the market, this décor is unique in that it offers two different aesthetic effects: bookmatch and an endmatch.

•       La Boheme – Inspired by the trunk of Lebanese cedar, this design stands out because of the play of robust knots and marked lines which offer movement and depth.

•       Luna NanoTech Polished – The exclusive polishing process, in which a slab is directly polished once it comes out of the kiln using special raw material, creates a perfectly flat reflection.

Neolith slabs, which are made from 100 percent natural raw materials, combine the aesthetics of stone, wood and metals with increased durability and less maintenance than natural counterparts thanks to a revolutionary development process. The resulting material is one of the most resilient surfaces on the market, unfazed by continuous use, scratching, extreme heat or cold, moisture and harsh chemicals.

With the new introductions, Neolith now offers over 56 different designs across its seven collections – in multiple finishes and thicknesses—providing specifiers with a broader range of design possibilities. 

Neolith products are available in the U.S. and worldwide through a large network of distributors. For a location near you or to learn more, visit www.neolith.com.

Crossville Partners with D&B Tile Distributors and ID & Design International to Create Award-Winning Tile Garment for Recent IIDA South Florida ‘Design Mix’

CROSSVILLE, Tennessee – Crossville Inc., D&B Tile Distributors, and ID & Design International recently partnered to design and create a stunning runway dress constructed of Crossville tile for the annual IIDA South Florida Design Mix. The garment received the Best Use of Challenging Material Award at the event.

Design Mix is an exciting fashion show that pairs industry members with design firms in a team effort to fabricate a one-of-a-kind, unique wearable garments made of sponsors’ products. Non-industry judges evaluate the garments and present awards in various categories.

For this year’s Casino Royale-themed Design Mix, the talented design team sponsored by Crossville and D&B devised a bedazzling Bond Girl garment fashioned from luminous tile and mosaics from a range of Crossville collections.

An opulent high-rimmed collar was constructed with metallic linear stripes comprised of Crossville’s gauged porcelain tile panels.
Crossville’s Ebb & Flow glass mosaics were used to create a perfect Bond Girl bodice and headpiece.
The long flowing train was handmade with metallic quatrefoil shaped waterjet-cut tile and sparkling crystals.
Bejeweled wrist cuffs crafted from Crossville’s mirrored Sideview Glass tile.

“With so much talent between ID & Design International and D&B, it’s not surprising they did such an amazing job using our porcelain tile and glass mosaics. It’s really exciting to have landed a coveted award at the event,” said Robert Sutnick, Senior Architectural Representative for Crossville.

Proceeds from IIDA South Florida’s Design Mix go to support funding for interior design student awards and legislation advocacy efforts.

For more information on the Crossville products used for this event, visit crossvilleinc.com.

Find photos of the garment and event here: http://bit.ly/cvilledesignmix18

Winning Design of Bostik Signature Spaces Competition To Be Unveiled as Permanent Centerpiece in Bellagio Lobby

 Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, will soon be announcing the winning design for its most recent edition of Bostik Signature Spaces. Designers throughout North America were encouraged to submit their most creative realizations of a waterjet cut-and-fabricated, round marble medallion to be installed in the main lobby of Las Vegas’ iconic Bellagio Hotel & Casino. The focal location of this 13’ diameter flooring masterpiece will be walked on /seen by over 20,000 hotel visitors every single day!

This latest event, entitled “The Art of Stone Flooring Design Contest,” welcomed more than 200 design submissions from flooring installation contractors, artists, interior designers and architects with expertise in commercial spaces. Registration was free, and the soon- to-be-announced Grand Winner could win a trip for two to Paris!  The winning creative project will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be celebrated in grand fashion at a VIP award ceremony and industry-networking event at the Hyde Bellagio Nightclub on the evening of May 3rd.

Bostik, the sole sponsor of this competition, is partnering with MGM Resorts International (the owner of the Bellagio), Creative Edge Master Shop (the waterjet firm producing the winning design), NTCA (National Tile Contractors Association) and Superior Tile (The Five Star Contractor to be installing the winning medallion).

According to Jim Belilove, President/Founder of Creative Edge Master Shop, “ This medallion will provide an enduring focal signature space for the Bellagio…. showing off the elegance of marble, and its combination with other architectural metals. Right now, I’m not going to give away very much information on the actual design to be unveiled. But, I can state that the medallion marks the signature “B” as well as the construction dates of this Las Vegas landmark. We have already been told it is a masterpiece quality, true work of art!”

Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development stated, “This is the fourth competition we’ve staged with our partners at MGM Resorts International in the last two years. In all of these, we’ve arranged for a permanent installation to take place in one of their key properties. Everybody involved wins. But in particular, those enthusiastic designers and tile and stone professionals who submit their designs have great opportunities to showcase their creative talents… and subsequently, receive well-deserved notoriety. Bostik builds strong bonding situations with much more than just its state-of-the-art specialty adhesive systems. Through programs such as Bostik Signature Spaces, we bring people together, and they build relationships that last for many years. That’s really strong bonding!”

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About Bostik, Inc. 
Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €1.6 billion, the company employs 5,000 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Arkema. www.bostik.com/us

 

 

 

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