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

The role of the architect as communicator and collaborator on ceramic tile installations

Scott Conwell,
IMI Illinois Director

At Qualicer ‘18, XV World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality in Castellón, Spain in February, International Masonry Institute (IMI) Illinois Director Scott Conwell talked about the architect’s role in influencing quality through all stages of project delivery during a panel discussion with Spanish architects Alejandro Rubert and Angel Pritarch.

Read Conwell’s full paper on the topic, “The Role of the Architect as Communicator and Collaborator on Ceramic Tile Installations,” found at https://bit.ly/2EZVDxx, or enjoy highlights from his presentation below.


Throughout design and construction, the architect relies on material suppliers, standard-writing bodies, and labor organizations to ensure a successful tile project. 

Quality assurance through construction documents

Architects can establish quality assurance expectations at the beginning of a project with an informed approached to the preparation of construction documents, specifically, drawings and specifications. 

Drawings are quantitative. They show the dimensions of rooms to be tiled, and often include schedules that assign certain tile to certain rooms or spaces. Drawings should also address special conditions that require graphic clarification, like transitions and terminations of tile finishes.

Specifications are qualitative. They define the type of tile to be used on a project through proprietary information, physical properties, or performance characteristics.

At Qualicer ‘18, XV World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality in Castellón, Spain, IMI Illinois Director Scott Conwell talked about the architect’s role in influencing quality through all stages of project delivery during a panel discussion with Spanish architects Alejandro Rubert and Angel Pritarch.

Drawings and specifications should effectively communicate design intent to the installing contractor and define the quality of the work. 

With today’s fast-paced production schedules, it is not always feasible for architects to draw elevations of every room that receives tile, or to detail every special condition of the tile work. Instead, architects often rely on general notes, schedules, and referenced standards in the construction documents.

Used responsibly and with caution, references can be an effective way to ensure industry requirements are met. That said, many architects use references too liberally or too generally in an effort to save time. References should be limited to actual conditions on the project and be tied directly to the respective conditions using notes or schedules on the drawings. 

Qualification requirements and recommendations for labor

Selecting premium quality tile, setting materials, membranes, and grouts is also important to a project’s success. Good materials and design, however, are not enough on their own to guarantee success. The fate of a project also rests heavily on the skills of the contractor and installers.

Architects have a contractual duty to owners to deliver quality installations, which is why it is so critical to set qualifications for the contractor and tile installers in specifications.

Tile industry organizations in the United States have made strides to develop a unified set of qualification requirements for labor. Today, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation has cited Union Journeyman Tile Apprentice Programs, TCAA Trowel of Excellence certification, IMI Contractor College, and other industry programs as recommended qualification criteria (Such as CTEF Certified Tile Installers and NTCA Five Star Contractors – ed.). MasterSpec, a company aligned with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), uses similar language in their master guide specification.

One of the best indicators of a qualified installer is the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT Certifications), an industry-wide program that measures the skills of installers in seven distinct skill areas: large-format tile; membranes; mud floors; mud walls; shower receptors; gauged porcelain tiles and gauged porcelain tile slabs/panels; and grouts. Architects are advised to require ACT-certified installers on projects with a concentration of work in one or more of these high-skill areas.

Quality control during construction

Once the construction documents are complete and the tile work is awarded to the tile contractor, the project transitions into construction phase. During this phase, architects should offer quality control (QC) by enforcing and fulfilling the requirements for quality set forth in the design phase. During construction, the architect observes the work and oversees a variety of construction administration processes like reviewing submittals, reviewing substitution requests and other changes in work, and approving contractor payment requests.

Conwell said one of the best indicators of a qualified installer is the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT Certifications), an industry-wide program that measures the skills of installers in seven distinct skill areas.

During the construction phase, the architect’s primary role is reviewing the tile work in progress and checking it for conformity with design intent. If the architect developed the construction documents to a high level of completeness, precision, and consistency, it is unlikely that significant issues will arise in construction.

If essential information in the construction documents is unclear, contradictory, or incomplete, however, the architect is called on to make clarifications and to interpret design intent that should have already been clearly addressed. In this case, the architect must serve as an impartial arbiter between the owner and the contractor. For examples of how an architect may be called to resolve issues during construction, link to Conwell’s full paper here: https://bit.ly/2EZVDxx.

The specialized nature of ceramic tile assemblies requires architects to take on the role of communicators and collaborators throughout the design and construction process. All parties involved in a tile project are unified by the shared goal of quality installation.

IMI is committed to helping architects complete successful tile projects. It offers support through technical services and continuing education, and provides skilled, highly trained union labor to the tile market. View upcoming tile education opportunities for design professionals at http://imiweb.org/tmt/or contact IMI at http://imiweb.org/4-contact/ for more information.

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

 

 

 

NTCA Five Star Contractors showcase creativity at Coverings’ Installation Design Showcase

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, will have its Five Star Contractors participating in the Installation Design Showcase – featuring “tiny houses,” during Coverings 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  The showcase will be located at booth 8804, Hall C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Installation Design Showcase is a must-see at Coverings. The Showcase will feature three tiny houses each highlighting a different design aesthetic. Three NTCA Five Star Contractors will collaborate with top designers, exhibiting synergy between beautiful design and exceptional installation.

This year’s three tiny houses will have tile installed by the following NTCA Five Star Contractors:

CG Villa – Installation by J&R Tile of San Antonio, TX.

“We are proud to feature our staff of professional certified and advanced certified installers for the second year in a row,” stated Erin Albrecht, chief operations officer of J&R. “Being a part of this Showcase allows us to demonstrate industry-standard techniques via qualified labor installations. We look forward to show how crucial experience, attention to detail, and being centered and balanced is imperative on such a complex project.  Substrate prep and movement joints are so essential for a moving small space, such as a Tiny Home. We at J&R pride ourselves on our field personnel having the ability to communicate and educate owners and architects. Problems solve themselves when you pride yourself on execution of design intent with a highly skilled, educated staff that shares the same vision and core values.”

J&R’s Erin Albrecht (l.) with Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra during the reveal of the 2017 IDS Tiny House project.

Luxe Cottage – Installation by Visalia Ceramic Tile of Visalia, CA

Sam Bruce, president of Visalia (also participating for a second year) commented, “There are many aspects to the tile industry, starting from manufacturing, distribution, sales, design, products and tools.  Each leads to the final installation process. The Installation Design Showcase covers each step of this procedure. In particular, it allows us to exhibit the importance of creating a relationship with the designer. As an installer, our job is to bring a designer’s vision to reality through a quality tile installation using the right methods and standards. Clearly, we need to listen in order to best understand what the designer is trying to achieve. At times, we must educate designers so they understand these methods and standards, as well.  When this sort of teamwork happens, solutions are created which lead to successful projects.”

During the 2017 IDS Tiny House reveal, Alena Capra (c) interviews designer Kim Lewis (l) and Visalia Ceramic Tile’s Sam Bruce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Modern Living – Installation by DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting Inc. of Marietta, GA

Woody Sanders, founder of D.W. Sanders commented, “The Installation Design Showcase offers the construction industry as a whole and the tile industry, in particular, to witness newly developed methods of installation and techniques now entering the market. This sparks discussion to interface with peers of how the products would be used in their markets. Furthermore, it places a spotlight on qualified tile contractors to showcase their talented employees.”

Each of these installation companies has successfully completed the NTCA Five Star Contractor recognition program and employs installers certified by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. “Without question, we love the opportunity to showcase the technical as well as artistic capabilities of our Five Star Contractors,” said NTCA Five Star Program Director Amber Fox.

“The tile industry believes strongly in the quality of workmanship offered by NTCA Five Star Contractors,” continued Bart Bettiga, executive director of the NTCA. “Many manufacturers recommend Five Star contractors to their customers on extremely challenging projects. This Showcase brings these type of complex projects to real world scenarios; giving attendees the opportunity to interact with the contractors and observe the installations from beginning to end.”

To obtain Five Star status, contractors must be a member of NTCA, and complete an application process that includes submitting examples of work, reviews and recommendations from peers and customers and proven commitment to service, quality, safety and superior job performance. Five Star Contractors are also required to certify a minimum of 10 percent of their installers through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Certified Tile Installer program or have completed a three-year apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Labor.

ITALIAN TRADITION AND LEGACY AT COVERINGS 2018

 

 Ceramics of Italy Showcases Innovative Design, Sustainable Initiatives

and 25 Years of Inspiring Projects in Atlanta, GA

 

(Atlanta, GA – April 2018) From May 8-11, 2018, Ceramics of Italy will bring an impressive contingent to Atlanta for the 29th edition of Coverings – the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America. Organized by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) with support from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Ceramics of Italy pavilion will feature 76 booths with over 120 member brands introducing new collections that demonstrate impressive advancements in technology with a thoughtful focus on design trends.

Returning for another year, the beloved Ceramics of Italy central stand, Strada Dinamica, will continue to serve as the focal point for the pavilion with an information hub and authentic Italian cafe. Ceramics of Italy will also participate in several educational sessions and commemorate the history of Italian tile in North America with a special event and film honoring the 25th anniversary of the Tile Competition. With a focus on tradition while celebrating the past and simultaneously looking towards the future, the Italian Pavilion promises to lead in exciting new products and innovations during the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strada Dinamica

Strada Dinamica, the Ceramics of Italy booth located in Hall B3, 1630, is modeled after a busy urban sidewalk and includes benches, standing communal tables and two large kiosks, which house a cafe, coffee bar and information desk. Designed by New York firm e+i studio, the swooping, wave-like motions and organic curvature throughout the space create an inviting, modernist aesthetic reminiscent of Italian futurism. Several members companies contributed products to bring the Italian streetscape to life including Florim, whose Magnum Oversize collection demonstrates the versatility of thin porcelain slabs, and Lea Ceramiche whose large format floor tiles are set on a raised flooring system by Newfloor Srl Raised Floors. Fila Surface Care Solutions also provided cleaning products for the booth. Conveying a sense of motion and natural flow, the booth welcomes visitors to step up and explore the space while learning more about the Italian tile industry. Ceramics of Italy’s beloved culinary partner, Spuntino Catering will continue serving a taste of la dolce vita in Strada Dinamica throughout the show.

 

Trends and Innovations

The Italian pavilion will be full of inspiration and innovation this year, as dozens of Italian brands exhibit their latest collections, highlighting their extensive understanding of architects’ and designers’ needs. Modern developments such as large format tiles continue to be popular with more options in 6mm ultra thin and large collections that range from metal to stone and marble designs. Outdoor pavers and exterior cladding tiles will also demonstrate the holistic approach to product design that many Italian companies share. Companies also continue to expand upon popular trends like terrazzo and nostalgia-inspired tiles while others experiment with new techniques to create painted effects and combine categories of materials such as marble and wood looks in one design. Digital printing advancements will be seen as patterns become more intricate and colors become richer, with wallpaper-like effects achieved in a tile format. Examples of these advancements include botanical inspired motifs and weathered looks perfected to capture the natural passage of time. The variety of trends shown within the pavilion are sure to impress and inspire visitors at the show. Visitors are encouraged to follow the distinguishable “Made in Italy” trademark throughout the show to find products of superior quality and environmental responsibility.

 

Installation Design Showcase “Tiny Home Edition”

For the ninth consecutive year, Ceramics of Italy is a proud sponsor of the Installation Design Showcase (IDS) – an interactive exhibit and initiative that aims to pair Italian ceramics in tandem with creative design and expert installation. This year, Coverings partnered with Bear Tiny Homes; a Georgia-based company that builds tiny homes focused on accessibility. Ceramics of Italy is working with designers from Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installers from Visalia Ceramic Tile to bring a luxe cottage concept to life. A wide range of Italian products will be used throughout the space, from wood-look planks to tiles rich in texture, culminating in an intimate, rustic-modern escape. Member companies generously provided tiles for the installation while MAPEI supplied the grout. The Tiny Home will be open throughout the show for visitors to see the space come together in real-time. To celebrate the finished product, attendees are invited to attend IDS: Deconstructed (Thursday, May 10 at 3pm) in Hall C, Booth 8804 to explore the completed home and ask questions from the design and installation team.

 

Special Events & Seminars

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Tile Competition, Ceramics of Italy will organize a special event on May 9 at 12:30pm in Room B401 titled “Ceramics of Italy Celebrates 25 Years of Design”. Architects, designers and tile industry professionals are invited to attend a private Italian lunch and exclusive first look of the film Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy, directed by Francesca Molteni and architectural historian Fulvio Irace, featuring projects and interviews from notable architects throughout North America. Afterwards, Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor at Interior Design, will moderate a discussion on Italian tile and its role in thoughtfully conceived architecture and design with guest speakers from Studio Libeskind, Ziger/Snead Architects, ZAS Architects and others. The afternoon will conclude with a guided walking tour of the Ceramics of Italy Pavilion where over 120 Italian brands will demonstrate the latest trends and innovations in tile. Interested participants can register at bit.ly/CeramicsOfItaly25 and on-site in the Ceramics of Italy booth.

As thought leaders in the industry, representatives from Ceramics of Italy will participate in several educational sessions that are part of the show’s extensive conference program.

  • On Wednesday, May 9 at 8am in Room B312, experts including Andrea Contri, Sustainability Manager at Confindustria Ceramica, will present “Health, Safety, Environment, Design: Specifying Tile in Today’s Sustainability Landscape.” The session will provide an in-depth look at how the industry can combine sustainability messaging and various specification tools into a package.
  • Afterwards, at 9:30am in Room B309, Cristina Faedi, Manager of Promotional Activities for Ceramics of Italy, will discuss “Global Tile Trends” which covers material innovations, creative applications and how they can transform the installation of tile.
  • Donato Grosser, MBA, President of D. Grosser and Associates, Ltd., together with Santo Torcivia, President, Marketing Insights, LLC, will break down the ceramic tile marketplace, providing attendees with valuable insight and guidance to be a competitive company in a lecture called “How Ceramic Tile Has and Is Forecast to Compete with Other Products”. Taking place at 3pm on Wednesday, May 9 in Room B308, the industry experts will share the drivers of growth and how ceramic tile compares to other products such as LVT and wood by sales history, room application, price point, market segment and other essential factors.

This year, the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference will take place on Wednesday, May 9 (4-5pm) in Room B208. Members of the media are invited to attend and hear senior representatives from the Italian ceramics industry discuss trends and updates on the state of the industry and present the winners of the 2018 Tile Competition. Celebrating a historic milestone, Ceramics of Italy will honor a number of prestigious architecture and design firms from across Canada and the United States as well as the winners of the new student category. Following the press conference, Ceramics of Italy will screen the world premiere of Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy and honor the 2018 recipient of the coveted Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award, which celebrates the close connection between Italian tile manufacturers and their valued North American partners.

 

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Ceramics of Italy is the trademark for Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware, that are members of Confindustria Ceramica. For more information visit www.ceramica.info or follow Ceramics of Italy on Facebook (@CeramicsOfItalyNA) and YouTube (@LaCeramicaItaliana) as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (@CeramicsOfItaly).

Bostik Products Showcased at Material Connexion

Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, announced that three of its specialty materials have been selected to be showcased at Material Connexion. This participation is part of a ramped-up strategy focused on large scale, commercial project work.

Headquartered in New York City, Material Connexion is the world’s leading specialty materials library and consultancy, curated by a global team of “materials scientists” focused to help creative professionals discover inspiration for their next design idea.

“We offer the architect and design community a multitude of innovative installation systems that are truly improving building construction methods,” declared Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “We’re delighted these innovations are being showcased at Material Connexion, which is a recognized source of architecturally-endorsed products… located in the epicenter of world design, New York City.”

The three Bostik products being showcased are….

  • Dimension® RapidCure™ Glass-Filled Grout is a patented, water-based formula that contains reflective, recycled, micro-glass beads, and a translucent, urethane binder that reflect light and allow it to pass through grout joints and into the tile itself. This creates a variety of aesthetic effects, including unique three- dimensional properties within clear glass tile installations.
  • Bosti-Set™ Gauged Porcelain Panel Adhesive & Sound Reduction Membrane, is a single-component, revolutionary specialty building adhesive, which has re-defined how to install thin porcelain tile panels. Projects that specify gauged porcelain panels can now be installed within half the time with less material and labor. Additional benefits include; built-in sound abatement, vibration resistance, and crack protection. This adhesive also contains Bostik’s proprietary, Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology which is made of recycled rubber particles which helps ensure a proper adhesive membrane thickness is maintained behind the tile and improves acoustic performance.
  • Ultra-Set® SingleStep2™ High Performance Adhesive, Moisture Control & Sound Reduction Membrane is a single component adhesive that is most commonly specified in high rise, residential tower construction. It too contains Bostik’s proprietary Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology. This breakthrough installation offers the ultimate in sound protection and greatly speeds the flooring installation process by eliminating the need to install cork or rubber sound reduction underlayment products.

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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 4,900 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Arkema. www.bostik.com/us

 

 

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