NEOCON® EAST: THE REGION’S MOST IMPORTANT COMMERCIAL INTERIORS EVENT OFFERS INSIDER LOOK AT NEW DESIGN TRENDS

November 15 & 16, 2017
Pennsylvania Convention Center

WHAT: NeoCon East offers an insider look into the products and innovative offerings that will shape the offices, hospitals, hotels, schools, retail stores and government buildings of the future. From new solutions that combat the “sitting epidemic” to biophilic designs, there is a wealth of groundbreaking options for attendees to discover. The conference and exposition will feature over 25 insightful seminars, 150 exhibitors, and thousands of ready-to-spec solutions that will end up in the biggest built projects in the region and beyond.

NeoCon East 2017 highlights include:
New to market innovations and avant-garde furnishings, lighting, wallcovering flooring products for activity-based working, hoteling, benching and hot desking; cloud-based technologies; health and wellness; privacy; acoustic comfort and sound absorption; sustainable design and more.

The largest concentration of products and services under GSA’s Multiple Awards Schedule Program.

Keynote presentations from industry influencers including: Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA (Design Director, TPG Architecture), Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP (Managing Director, Perkins+Will, North Carolina Practice), David Insinga, AIA (Chief Architect, General Services Administration’s Public Building Service), and Alex Gilliam (Founder, Public Workshop).

An educational track offering over 25 CEUs, which provides professionals across industries with an effective and efficient way to earn valuable credits in just two days.

Networking events like the Opening Night Party across the show floor (Weds, 11/9, 4-6PM), which is co-hosted by IIDA’s PA/NJ/DE chapter and features Philadelphia treats.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15th, 9AM – 6PM
Thursday, November 16th, 9AM – 4PM

WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center: Halls D and E
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

REGISTER: Registration is available online at www.neoconeast.com before 11/10. After that date, registration is available on site. Keynote Presentations are free to registered attendees. CEU seminar registration is $40 online before 11/10 and $50 on-site

WHO: TheMART, a Vornado Property, produces the show. Interviews with show management including Senior Vice President of TheMART, Susan McCullough, exhibitors, as well as speakers are available prior to, during, or after the show.

Credentialed media can register for the show for free at www.neoconeast.com until Nov. 10. They can also register on site. The NeoCon website features a digital pressroom with press releases and an image gallery. For exhibitor news, images and real-time information, follow NeoCon Shows on the following social media channels: Facebook (@NeoCon Shows), Twitter (@NeoCon_Shows),and Instagram (@NeoCon_Shows).

 

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NEOCON EAST ANNOUNCES DIVERSE & TIMELY SEMINAR LINEUP

November 15-16, 2017 — Pennsylvania Convention Center

Education and professional development are fundamental components of NeoCon® East, the Northeast’s premier commercial interiors design expo and conference, held this November 15-16 in Philadelphia. Together with market-ready solutions from hundreds of top companies across sectors, plus valuable networking opportunities, this year’s conference program will round out a comprehensive NeoCon East experience. The rich multi-disciplinary lineup includes 25+ CEUs that offer insight into what’s next in workplace, healthcare, hospitality, government, education, and beyond.

Monica DeBartolo, Director of Programming, says, “Our aim for the NeoCon East educational offering is to inform, spark conversation, and provide professionals across disciplines a way to effectively and efficiently earn valuable CEU credits in just two days. The 2017 assortment caters to varying levels of practice and covers everything from the application of psychology to built projects and architecting ecosystems that inspire innovation, to exploring livable space efficiency and best practices in designing for the federal government. Anchoring this program will be our exceptional keynote speakers: Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA (Design Director, TPG Architecture), Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP (Managing Director, Perkins+Will, North Carolina Practice), David Insinga, AIA (Chief Architect, General Services Administration’s Public Building Service), and Alex Gilliam (Founder, Public Workshop).”

A few of the seminars are highlighted below. The full list of seminars is available online. Seminars are $40 each when attendees register online before November 10. After November 10, all registration for seminars is on-site, subject to availability, at a fee of $50 each. Special discounts are available for students and government employees.  Check online for details.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
WITH CREATIVITY IN MIND: APPLYING DESIGN PSYCHOLOGY TO INNOVATION-DRIVEN ENVIRONMENTS — 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Knowing designers have witnessed a telling upswing in one client value: many clients are now demanding creative and innovative environments across a wide range of for-profit and non-profit markets. To satisfy this new demand, designers have come to rely on a recent wealth of scientific data concerning the ways that the environment affects creative thinking and problem-solving. No matter the design discipline, employing this data will help build better client relationships. The discussion will also emphasize the importance of environmental psychology, particularly as it relates to color, lighting, sound, temperature, furniture and fixtures, wall and floor finishes, space planning, and plantscaping. This interactive seminar will focus on how to acknowledge the role of environmental psychology; how best to apply creative principles to a range of building environments; how to evaluate the effectiveness of environments in order to boost creativity; and how to select the strongest source materials for creativity.

❏      Donald Rattner, AIA, principal, Donald M. Rattner, AIA Architect, Cos Cob, CT

ARE HEADPHONES REALLY THE ANSWER?
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  
As dynamic, open-plan office environments have become the norm, their one drawback has become clear – acoustic distraction and lack of acoustic privacy. The zeal for creating collaborative and innovation-driving workplaces has made it increasingly difficult for workers to focus and actually get work done! This seminar provides an overview of today’s workplace trends, together with space-planning and acoustic solutions that can mitigate distraction and increase both employee satisfaction and productivity.  Attendees will discover how to design a “soundscape” appropriate for a space; understand the science behind distraction, as well as how different generations and personality types respond and react; and leave with a variety of specific design solutions to address or avoid distraction in the workplace.

❏      Sarah Springer, IIDA, LEED AP, design principal, interiors, Jacobs, Cambridge, MA

THE SHOWCASE FIT-OUT: CREATING A HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE WORKPLACE
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  
This seminar provides answers to a crucial question many designers are asking: how reasonable it is to design a workplace that is both LEED and WELL certified? Attendees will uncover answers through a specific case study, one that addresses all the crucial phases of this project, including pre-planning charrettes, collaborative design strategies, product specifications and post-occupancy evaluation. By the end of the presentation, attendees will gain a firm understanding of the following: how critical the integrated design process is to achieving sustainability and wellness goals; the comparison between LEED and WELL certification requirements; an understanding of all phases of a LEED/WELL project, including material and product specifications; and comprehension of the quantifiable benefits of a completed LEED and WELL fit-out.

❏      Mark Walsh-Cooke, PE, LEED AP BD+C, principal, Arup, Boston, MA
❏      Jen Taylor, LEED GA, senior project manager, Dyer Brown Associates, Boston, MA
❏      Rebecca Hatchadorian, LEED AP BD+C, associate – sustainability, Arup, Boston, MA

DESIGN STRATEGIES IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  
Today federal agencies are challenged in unprecedented ways to reduce their real estate portfolio. GSA supports their efforts in many ways by providing assistance and/or funding for design, furniture, and technology. GSA also provides consultation in portfolio planning, national engagements and change management. A group of design panelists from GSA and other agencies will share their experiences.

❏      Dianne Juba, Workplace Strategist, GSA HQ, Washington, DC

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16
CREATIVE DISRUPTION: DESIGNING ECOSYSTEMS THAT INSPIRE INNOVATION
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  
Integration and competition have spurred the trio of collaboration, social interaction and experimentation. As a result, they’ve bred demand for designs that encourage creative disruption, both in academic and workplace environments. Yet creative disruption doesn’t happen in isolated spaces such as makerspaces and iLabs. It requires an ecosystem of diverse spaces tailored to a range of working and learning styles. While the culture of each company or institution helps determine such spaces, the crucial point is that such spaces demand variety for creative disruption and innovation to flourish. At the seminar’s conclusion, participants should be able to identify the experiential skills needed for success in education and employment, as they explore the space types that develop these skills; discover the diversity of space types and identify how combinations form holistic ecosystems and inspire creative disruption; evaluate how space design, furniture and technology impact the success of these ecosystems; and identify the measurable benefits of ecosystem design in diverse spaces, through post-occupancy evaluations and other metrics.

❏      Lois Goodell, IIDA, principal, CBT, Boston, MA
❏      Theodora Batchvarova, RID, LEED AP BD +C, GPRO CM, interior designer, CBT, Boston, MA

LIVABLE SPACE EFFICIENCY: HOW DENSE IS TOO DENSE?
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  
As the limits for livable, useful office space are approached, at what point does an increasing density cause decline in user engagement and performance? What are the human factors to consider for fully effective and efficient space? This session addresses these questions and more through the presentation of environment-behavior research to highlight the psychological and social effects of office-space density and the implications for human health, performance, and organizational culture. Attendees will understand current design and space trends towards densification and the challenges for effective design, livability and space management. They’ll also learn how to use benchmarking metrics and discover how human factors affect organizational health and performance.

❏      Ellen Keable, Associate AIA, principal, Jacobs, Amherst, NY
❏      Amy Manley, IIDA, national  director, workplace strategy, Jacobs, Philadelphia, PA

MARRYING PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE: USING DESIGN, DETAILING, AND MATERIALS TO CREATE THE MODERN OFFICE IN A TAX-CREDIT PROJECT
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM  
Here was the designer’s challenge: turn a former boiler factory into an office, while preserving the former space’s history. This seminar will probe this transformational case study to demonstrate how to balance the client’s needs for an open and energetic workplace with historic preservation. The efficacy of pairing contemporary office trends, such as open bench seating and demountable glass systems, will be investigated in line with preservation goals. Design strategies that ensure both financial and aesthetic benefits will be evaluated. Complying with national tax credit programs helps promote these benefits, as well as providing designers the opportunity to make fine designs, while preserving historic fabric. At seminar’s end, attendees will understand the following vital concepts: how to identify key historic preservation features and develop strategies for conservation; how to create spaces that take advantage of natural light while lacking access to perimeter glass; how to minimize altering existing historic fabric, including designing new work that can be removed in the future; and how to understand client needs and adapting the program to complex conditions.

❏      Will Teass, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, principal, Teass/Warren Architects, Washington, DC
❏      Emily Eig, principal, EHT Traceries, Inc., Washington, DC

USE EVERY INCH IN EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS!
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
By definition and nature, educational environments tend to be large. But if only such large, known spaces are allowed into our collective thinking, a design opportunity is overlooked. What about spaces beyond the classroom, and what about underused and neglected spaces? Wouldn’t these spaces allow for more student learning and creativity? Attendees will learn to identify underutilized spaces and to maximize the use of both existing and new environments. The talk will also investigate campus trends in classroom and beyond-classroom uses. In doing so, selecting furnishings appropriate for varying spaces will be covered.

❏      Daniela Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal, Voith & Mactavish Architects, Philadelphia, PA
❏      Sennah Loftus, LEED AP, senior associate, Voith & Mactavish Architects, Philadelphia, PA

Media can visit the show’s online pressroom at www.neoconeast.com to download press releases and announcements, and register for press credentials. The site also features an image gallery and fast facts. For exhibitor news, images and real-time information, follow NeoCon Shows on the following social media channels: Facebook (@NeoCon Shows), Twitter (@NeoCon_Shows), and Instagram (@NeoCon_Shows).

CUSTOM® REPACKAGES POPULAR PRISM® ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE CEMENT GROUT

New Box Highlights Versatility for Tile and Stone Installations

Custom® Building Products, the leading provider of flooring preparation products and tile and stone installation systems, recently repackaged its Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout to reinforce the key attributes preferred by architects, designers, specifiers, contractors and installers. Designed to deliver attractive, high-quality tile surfaces while preventing costly and time-consuming call-backs, Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout is now available in an eye-catching, multi-colored 17-pound box.  The front and side panels of the new box highlight the benefits of this versatile grout.

·         Uniform, consistent color

·         No efflorescence

·         Stain resistant

·         Lightweight for superior handling

·         Same coverage area as 25-pounds of traditional sanded grout

·         Ideal for all grout joint sizes up to 1/2″ including submerged grout

A proven, go-to option for a wide variety of tile installation projects, Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout meets ANSI A118.7 and is formulated for higher strength, more resistance to cracking and less water absorption to reduce the likelihood of staining.  Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout will not mottle or shade in the grout joint regardless of tile type, temperature or humidity, and does not contribute to efflorescence. The density of Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout provides greater stain resistance while its rapid-setting formula speeds project completion.

Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout is a lightweight material giving installers unmatched handling and workability. More than 30 percent lighter than standard grouts and made of 15 percent post-consumer recycled content (by weight), Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout also contributes to LEED certification credits. Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout is available in a comprehensive palette of 40 colors to accommodate the look of any floor, countertop, wall, ceiling, shower, fountain, pool or other tile project.

What Contractors Say

“Prism is more colorfast than other cement grouts and we do not see any mottling, which makes everyone happy,” said Mark McCandless from Charles McCandless Tile of Santa Ana, Calif.

“We love Prism’s color consistency and it is super easy to use,” said Jeff Blanchard of American Tile and Marble of Shreveport, La.

“Prism has great colorfastness, which is huge, and it has excellent handling, making it very easy to work with,” said Dan Harrison from J. Colavin and Son of Los Angeles.

View the video highlighting the versatility of Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout at http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/reference-library/videos/prism%C2%AE-ultimate-performance-cement-grout-the-versatile-go-to-grout.aspx.

 

CID 2016 award winner Matthew Felton seriously injured in Milwaukee explosion

 

Matt Felton wins an Honorable Mention, Residential Stone Design in the 2016 CID competition.

Matthew’s Works is a tiling service and interior design studio in Bayview, Wis. It’s run by Matthew Felton, who in addition to his gift for tile design and installation, is an outdoorsman, hiker, biker, volleyball player, active in camping and kayaking, and papa to two beloved dogs, Bear and Sheba. He’s also an active member of St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Bayview/Milwaukee – and a cherished member of the online Facebook groups, Tile Geeks, Global Tile Posse and Tile Misfits.
In 2016, Matthewsworks LLC received an Honorable Mention, Residential Stone Design for a Milwaukee custom high-end lighted onyx mosaic masterbath project – a combination he specializes in – combining beautiful stone with interior illumination. He’s a frequent presence at industry events, especially Coverings, where he also entered the TileLetter Awards in 2008 with his Toman Dolphin Fibonacci project.

This custom high-end onyx mosaic was the winning entry.

Felton entered this Toman Dolphin Fibonacci in the 2008 TileLetter Awards at Coverings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then on the fateful afternoon of Tuesday, July 18th – just two days before his 46th birthday –Matt and his close friend, Jason Ermi, were severely injured in an explosion at a Milwaukee-owned natural gas compression pump when Matt and Jason stopped to fill up Matt’s natural gas-powered van.

The explosion filled the air with natural gas, and passersby risked their own lives to pull Matt away from the pump. The explosion had blown Jason a distance from the pump, and embedded asphalt into his skin.  At the same time, it mangled Matt’s legs, leading to massive bleeding.

Matt and Jason were both rushed to the hospital. Matt underwent immediate surgery that resulted in amputation of both his legs at his knees.  Jason underwent immediate surgery on his right leg, which is broken, and was treated for 4th-degree burns among other injuries. By God’s Grace, they are both still with us.

Matt is now home, after 13 surgeries and 32 pints of blood, tending to the excruciating process of wound care as he heals.  He has a long road of recovery and physical therapy ahead of him.

But his strong faith and unflappable attitude has him looking ahead to a trip to the Amazon rainforest next year, redirecting funds paid for a 15-day hiking trip in Nepal, including an overnight at Everest’s base camp which he had planned to embark on this September 15.

His faith has led him to “not only accept [the situation] but embrace it and claim it as my own,” he says.  “It’s my mission. My message is to use this as an opportunity – this is what God gave me to be a witness for him.”

He explained that when he goes out in public now, “people don’t know how to act, they look at me” he said. “I break the ice; I bring it up and make light of it. It helps everyone else.”

Maybe not surprisingly, Matt felt a slight sense of relief after the explosion as the stress of managing four bathroom remodels at some state of bid and design to installation and completion began to melt off him in lieu of just staying alive. Today he is involved as much as his customers need to help find a replacement installer and help guide projects to completion.

Matt has multiple surgeries ahead of him and needs to fund the cost of prostheses.

Matt’s new legs
As you can imagine, the accident left both men in need of significant financial support.  Prostheses for Matt alone are estimated at $100,000 (by September), not to mention uncovered medical bills and equipment, immediate home modifications that need to be completed, as well as day to day living expenses upon release.

Local friends and family – as well as the tile setting community – is rallying to assist Matt. Matt’s niece, Dana Felton Reinhard has set up a Go Fund Me page for donations at https://www.gofundme.com/mattsnewlegs! There is also a You Caring site set up by fellow Tile Geek Zack Bonfilio to support Matt at https://www.youcaring.com/matthewfelton-890026. And Noelle Hetzel, a member of an Everest group that Matt belongs to, in partnering with another Everest member to design and produce wooden pendants and keychains to raise funds for Matt. Go to http://bit.ly/2umh7Ad to order or contact Noelle at https://www.facebook.com/noelle.hetzel.

Another way to help Matt is to email [email protected] for info on how to directly donate by personal check (mail) or cash, which would be exempt from processing fees associated with Go Fund Me, so Matt would receive more of the donation.

Matt’s buddy Jason also needs significant financial support as well.  The family had moved back from Florida, and is in between employment positions.  Jason is not expected to return to work at this time. Assistance is needed immediately for his day to day living expenses and bills; most medical expenses will not be covered. His wife Ronda is trying to make ends meet, but medical costs are severely taxing the family resources. Please consider a donation through this page https://www.gofundme.com/jasonermirecovery or visit his page or  [email protected] for more information on other ways to donate.

 

Fundraiser scheduled for September 17

There is a fundraiser for Matt and Jason on Sunday, September 17th at 6p.m. at the Grace Center at Broadway and Juneau in Milwaukee for local folks who wish to help.

Tile industry lends support

Said Tile Geek Zack Bonfilio,My friend from the tile forums, Matthew Felton, lost both of his legs in an explosion recently. I’ve talked to him a bit and I just gotta say this guy’s spirit through this whole ordeal is truly inspiring, he’s making jokes and looking on the bright side constantly, and I just don’t know how he does it.”

 

 

The Tile Geeks Facebook group has been sending Matt messages and gifts to support and encourage him.

Franken Gueuze in the Tile Geeks group said, “Here is the thing, Matt has always been a happy and positive guy; now, he is even more so, which you wouldn’t have thought was possible.”

And Steve Sprung, of RTC Products shared his personal experience of Matt: “Shortly after the accident, I reached out to him to ask if he wanted me to try and cultivate some local talent to help finish up anything he had on the books,” Sprung said. “I would have expected him to say he would like some help to finish these jobs, or at best, projects. His words to me were he would like to find some people to help complete his ‘visions.’ That told me all I needed to know about what kind of artist he is. He doesn’t see it as a job or project, but as a piece of art he is creating for that person. I think we can all agree that anyone with that mindset loves everything about what they do.”

Matt’s dream is to connect with A&D professionals anywhere in the world who want to install high-end beautiful, illuminated natural stone in their projects, crafted with Matt’s own special flair. “I’d rather earn my own money than get donations,” he said. “I’d travel anywhere.”

Both men are thankful to you and the Lord for assistance. Prayers and support are greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

 

 

NEOCON 2018 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Seeking Inspiring Program Submissions for Milestone 50th Edition

From leading designers and architects to scientists, entrepreneurs, and emerging talents, the presenters who have headlined the NeoCon conference program over the past 49 years, are among an influential and diverse group. With the 50th edition around the corner, June 11-13, NeoCon is once again seeking innovative thought leaders for its prestigious conference program. The official Call For Presentations application is now available online at www.neoconcfp.com (due October 30, 2017). Regarded as an authoritative educational resource, NeoCon programming has become known for its diverse assortment of dynamic and timely seminars across leading tracks and categories. The 2018 offering will build on this legacy and include a special new programming designation on the “Future of Design.”

Now is the chance to join thousands of industry experts who have shaped the educational conferences of NeoCon. Selected speakers will gain visibility in the industry and contribute to the advancement of their profession at the momentous NeoCon 50.  Submission guidelines and specifics can be found at neoconcfp.com or www.neocon.com.

NeoCon 2018, the 50th anniversary event, will be held from June 11-13 at the Mart. NeoCon East returns to Philadelphia for the 15th annual edition, November 15-16, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  More details are available at www.neoconeast.com

sixth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship Competition opens for submissions

Daltile and the ASID Foundation partner with Booz Allen Hamilton to award $27,500 in scholarship prizes

The sixth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation, is now open for submissions. The competition, which will award $27,500 in scholarships, will challenge students to reimagine the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center, located in Washington, D.C. Once again the competition will honor the grand prize winner with a $10,000 scholarship, three runners-up with $2,500 scholarships, and the school or university with the most student submissions with a $10,000 grant.

“For six years the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship has challenged interior design students across the country and awarded the rising stars of the industry for their creative design solutions,” said Kim Albrecht, senior brand marketing manager for Daltile. “This year we are taking the competition to a new level, using an existing space – the Innovation Center – as our canvas and empowering students to transform it using the extensive line of Daltile products.”

For the 2017 competition, students will be asked to evaluate the Innovation Center and identify areas of opportunity. Using Daltile products, students will redesign the space to incorporate Fitwel components, a future-looking building certification focused on occupant and community well-being, creating a stimulating and comfortable space for employees. Additionally, students are required to keep their design within a budget, a challenge that is similar to what they will face once they enter their professional career.

“At ASID, we believe that design impact lives,” said Patrick Schmidt, chair, ASID Foundation. “The ASID headquarters is the first space in the world to be recognized with platinum certification for both LEED (under Leed ID+C) and WELL (under WELL v1), and employee health and wellness in the workplace is at the forefront of our concerns as a Society and of the design industry collectively. This competition challenges students to be thoughtful in their redesign to maximize occupant comfort and well-being. By partnering with Booz Allen Hamilton, we are presenting students with a real-life challenge that they can draw from in their future careers.”

New this year, the winning student will be invited to pitch his or her design to the Innovation Center design team, OTJ Architects, and Booz Allen Hamilton representatives. Based on this pitch, elements of the winning design will be considered for implementation into the existing Innovation Center space.

“We are excited to partner with Daltile and the ASID Foundation to encourage the next generation of designers,” said Brinda Sen Gupta, deputy director of the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center. “The Innovation Center is intended to enable great ideas and advance how our employees build value. The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, much like the Innovation Center, serves as a catalyst to inspire students as they prepare to make their leap into the professional design industry.”

The 2016 competition received more than 120 entries. Kristina Tribell of The Art Institute of Houston was announced as the $10,000 grand prize winner during NeoCon East 2016 in Philadelphia. Tribell’s winning submission redesigned the Hyatt Regency Houston by incorporating biophilic design principles as a part of the 2016 “Design Inspired by Nature” theme.

The 2017 contest will run until September 30, with the final winner being announced at the Daltile Philadelphia Design Studio during NeoCon East 2017 in Philadelphia. For more information about the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, please visit www.daltiledesign.com.

Tile of Spain: everything old is new again

Old & cool (classic elements)
The revival of vintage styles is still one of the hottest trends in terms of home design and décor. Ceramic collections that revisit the past make the bring new life to rooms, both in the flooring and the walls all over the house, creating an interior unique space. Ceramic tiles bring the essence of other times through its colors, formats, motifs and reliefs.
The taste for retrieving vintage pieces has grown, mixing them with modern elements  to find the perfect equilibrium between retro and modern. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms welcome ceramics in walls and flooring inspired by ancestral homes.
Bathrooms from a former age
Classic designs lead in bathrooms, that part of the house that we eventually tend to decorate with more love. The increasing taste for vintage styles reigns in ceramics, with many recent collections including designs that revive either traditional geometric motifs or floral and vegetation elements, all inspired in the floral wallpapers used in the bathrooms of the early 20th century. These are references that obtain a vintage look through decorations in blue, pink and grey monochromes. They are usually present in small format tiles, from the classical 10×10 cm to mosaics, in order to create compositions in basic color ranges that soothe and seduce.
Retro look kitchens
Ceramic collections include, among its designs, walls and floors inspired by hydraulic tile patterns. These renewed classics fit the latest trends in interior design with multiple looks, which blend or allow random combinations, sometimes matched with smooth tiles. This allows creating retro environments with a contemporary style.
Vegetation patterns are also in the spotlight. These patterns become subtler, smoothing the overall sensation, and are featured on colored bases that also evoke a green environment.
A classic that never dies
The new tile compositions based on the mix of designs, results in a modern version of a traditional trend. Those ceramic collections following this trend retrieve the memories and sensations from old homes from a contemporary point of view. The collage of different motifs is an inspiration for decorating floors and walls of a house’s main rooms. The most coveted motifs are geometric, Arabic and flowered.
They welcome either a ‘black & white’ or a colorful universe with blue and green on the top. In light of this richness, ideally the flooring would match the furniture, woodwork and walls in smooth or neutral colors, in order not to overload the environment.

DALTILE GALLERY HOSTS HUNDREDS AT ANNUAL NEOCON LUNCHEON

Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery was abuzz with food, fun, and new products during NeoCon 2017!

CHICAGO – June 23, 2017 – Daltile‘s Chicago Design Gallery recently welcomed over 500 architects,

Daltile’s Amanda Balhorn (Center) Is Joined By Customers During Daltile’s “Parked
At NeoCon” Lunch Event 2017.

designers, and other customers to its annual “Parked At NeoCon” lunch event. Held every year during the international NeoCon commercial design tradeshow, Daltile’s luncheon showcased the brand’s exciting new products and gave NeoCon attendees a nice, relaxing oasis from the miles long tradeshow held just across the street in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery is part of the brand’s vast network of design galleries, design studios, and design service centers catering to customers nationwide.

The Annual Event

“We had a blast!” said Ashley Sinova, Daltile design consultant for Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery. “There is no other event like ours during NeoCon each year. Located directly across from the Chicago Merchandise Mart, our gallery is an ideal escape

Daltile’s Allison Santarossa (Right) With Customers During Daltile’s
“Parked At NeoCon” Lunch Event 2017.

from the grind of the tradeshow floor. Daltile’s annual lunch event is a unique opportunity for innovative designers, architects, and other loyal customers to come together and explore emerging trends in flooring and surfaces in the relaxing, social atmosphere of our gallery.”
“Like all of the showrooms in our nationwide network, Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery showcases samples of our entire line, including our newly launched products,” said Allison Santarossa, Daltile architectural representative. “It was really exciting to see the very positive reaction the commercial design community had to our new products!”

Daltile Customers Enjoying A Break From The NeoCon Tradeshow During Daltile’s
“Parked At NeoCon” Lunch Event 2017.

Daltile Customers Enjoyed Food & Relaxing Weather During Daltile’s “Parked At
NeoCon” Lunch Event 2017.

Daltile’s Nationwide Network Of Showrooms

The Daltile Chicago gallery is one of the 35 Daltile Design Galleries, Daltile Design Studios, and Daltile Design Service Centers located across the United States. Considered an integral part of the brand’s success, these Daltile showrooms give interior designers, architects, and curious homeowners a chance to explore Daltile collections in-person. Daltile design consultants are always on-hand to help architecture and design professionals as well as their clients select the best Daltile product for every project.

The “Daltile Tile Chandelier” Is A Trademark Feature Of Many Daltile Showrooms Nationwide.

“Creative Collaboration” Honoring Millard Sheets

Photo by Tony Sheets

A daylong symposium held in San Francisco on January 14th 2016 was a great success! “Creative Collaboration, Honoring Millard Sheets: Master of Art & Design” preceded the first day of the Stone Foundation’s XIV Symposium, this year in San Francisco and Gualala, California.

Joe Taylor, president of the Tile Heritage Foundation, welcomed the 100+ attendees with a quote from Millard Sheets at the annual seminar of the Ceramic Tile Institute at The Biltmore in Los Angeles, Spring 1965.

“ It is imperative that design is kept on the same level and pace with research and production. Sales, as well as merchandising and applications, must be part of one strong chain of information and skill. A balance created among researchers, producers, designers, merchandisers and applicators is the key to the creation of great ceramic expression. The industry must break from its material desires into a spirit of collaboration.”

The Tile Heritage Foundation, Gualala Arts Center, Stone Foundation, the Scottish Rite Masonic Center and many other Sheets enthusiasts supported the program. Peter Mullins, a Tile Heritage and Stone Foundation member, sponsored the day’s events; and everyone participated in “Creative Collaboration” with one another.

Joe Taylor & Sheila Menzies of the Tile Heritage Foundation acted as organizers and stage managers for the event.

Some program details:

MILLARD SHEETS, painter, educator, muralist and architectural designer, was an all-inclusive artist who collaborated freely with his fellow artists. This resulted in the construction of buildings and the creation of tile and mosaic murals, artistic masterpieces across the United States, with artwork, inside and out, as an integral part of the design. The work was created by many artists, masters of all mediums, working together.

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, art enthusiasts gathered at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco—a building designed by Millard Sheets.

The Tile Heritage Foundation, Gualala Arts Center, Stone Foundation, The Scottish Rite Masonic Center and many other Sheets enthusiasts supported this day of events.

Peter Mullins, Tile Heritage and Stone Foundation member as well as the sponsor of the day’s events, believes “Millard Sheets is the single most influential individual in art in California in the 20th century.” The presentations throughout the day embraced and validated this perspective.

The program welcomed two of Millard’s children, Carolyn Sheets Owen- Towle and artist Tony Sheets, who was accompanied by colleague Jim Cogan – all three shared their personal stories. Other speakers included Adam Arenson, Associate Professor of History at Manhattan College, chronicling Sheets’ accomplishments; Lillian Sizemore, accomplished mosaicist, scholar, and author of “A Guide to Mosaic Sites: San Francisco”; and David “Sus” Susalla, Executive Director at the Gualala Arts Center.

Photo by Lillian Sizemore

The presenters’ mission was to share their stories in a collective atmosphere in which Millard would have eagerly been a participant. These historians and artists impressed all participants with their presentations and images during this day of discovery.

After a sit-down luncheon and before the afternoon lectures, tours to the magnificent stone walls at the nearby Stern Grove Amphitheater, to the West Portal mosaic mural by Sheets, and around the monumental Masonic Center itself were offered to the enthusiastic attendees. The afternoon drew to a close with a speakers/audience forum followed by a reception with wine, beer, delicious hors d’oeuvres and continued conversation.

This “Creative Collaboration” is sure to be remembered.

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