Emser Tile Receives 2018 “Best Of” SURFACES Award at The International Surface Event for new Lakewood-Lakehouse series

Complementary wood-look collections celebrated for style and design

 

Emser Tile Lakewood Lakehouse

LOS ANGELES – Emser Tile, the leading designer, marketer and producer of some of the world’s finest tile and natural stone, was honored to accept a 2018 “Best Of” SURFACES award for Style and Design, co-sponsored by Informa and Floor Covering News. The award, which recognizes the company’s Lakewood and Lakehouse tile series, was announced during The International Surface Event 2018 in Las Vegas.

“We are proud that The International Surface Event is the annual home for manufacturers and suppliers to meet face-to-face with their customers, their friends and their industry peers,” shared Amie Gilmore, CEM, Show Director, The International Surface Event, Informa Exhibitions. “Every year, it is very apparent the incredible amount of work that exhibitors put towards creating products, setting up displays and developing experiences for attendees. Their diligent efforts improve the offerings our industries are able to provide the world and we are honored to award these efforts each year. Congratulations!”

Reflecting the influences of rustic design and current trends prioritizing wood-look surfaces, these collections intertwine to breathe life into contemporary surfaces. Each offered in 8” x 34” glazed porcelain tile planks, Lakewood grounds surfaces with distinct wooden tones that evoke rich detail and texture, while Lakehouse acts as an accent motif to infuse bold color variation.

“It is an honor to be recognized in the category of style and design for these intriguing collections,” shared Barbara Haaksma, Emser Tile Vice President of Marketing. “Emser Tile consistently looks to bring a refreshing approach to design, and these wood-look tile series defy boundaries by offering customizable installation opportunities with striking detail.” Emser Tile’s Lakewood and Lakehouse collections are set to debut this April.

 

Tectura Designs introduces Quattro Series of architectural pavers, pairing the beauty of porcelain with the strength of concrete

Available in ten standard colors, the Quattro Series features leading load capacity and wind-uplift resistance, along with customizable four-color blending technology

WAUSAU, Wis. – February 7, 2018 Tectura Designs is expanding its vast selection of concrete rooftop and on-grade pavers for commercial architecture with the all-new Quattro Series, which will provide specifiers with unmatched strength and design flexibility – including Tectura’s exclusive four-color blending technology that makes each paver a unique work of art.

The new Quattro Series pavers combine the elegant looks of porcelain with the proven performance of Tectura Designs’ American-made concrete architectural pavers, continually trusted and on the cutting edge of what’s possible for more than 60 years. The Quattro Series’ advanced aesthetic and performance features include:

  • Four-color blending for one-of-a-kind custom gradients and a stock palette of 10 unique four-color blends
  • Unprecedented compressive strength and weight, rated at a minimum of 9,500 PSI and 22 lbs. per sq. foot and offering exceptional load capacity
  • Four distinct finishes, including blasted, unblasted, slate and wood grain
  • Industry-leading security from the dangers of wind uplift, backed by full-scale hurricane condition testing
  • Custom size and color capabilities, offered with a solutions-oriented commitment to executing big, outside-the-box visions and design challenges

“Installing contemporary porcelain or porcelain-like flooring has historically meant compromising strength and durability,” said Rodney Dombrowski, head of research and development for Tectura Designs. “We’ve heard our partners express a need for a product with elegant natural looks and concrete toughness, for both on-grade and pedestal-set paver applications, and the Quattro Series answers that call.”

In addition to manufacturing premier architectural pavers – many of which offer sustainable design elements such as actual recycled porcelain and glass – Tectura Designs has established the educational hub, “Tectura U,” to share its wealth of knowledge and best practices on the installation and maintenance of pavers and other architectural products. Included in Tectura U is a drop-test demonstration video that pits a Quattro Series paver against a typical porcelain product, with smashing results.

A brand of Wausau Tile Inc., Tectura Designs also proudly manufactures American-made terrazzo and terrazzo tile, custom precast concrete and a diverse line of mixed-material site furnishings. Its products can be found on Main Streets across the country and at iconic destinations ranging from Cleveland Public Square, to New York City’s Times Square and Hudson Yards, to Saint Louis’s Gateway Arch plaza and the U.S. Capitol.

Visit tecturadesigns.com to see Tectura Designs’ complete portfolio of premier paver styles and other architectural products.

Coverings awards deadlines right around the corner

The submission deadlines for a number of Coverings- related awards are coming up.See below for competition information and submission links.

  • CID Awards, Feb. 5 Deadline (Extended): Designers, architects, builders, and other professionals can submit work to the 2018 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards program, which celebrates achievements in design and installation of tile and stone products in both residential and commercial projects. Submit your projects here: CID Awards Submissions.
    • Prize: A $3,000 grand prize will be awarded to one project, and eight category winners will each $2,000.
  • Rockstar Awards, Feb. 5 Deadline: Emerging industry leaders are spotlighted through the annual Rock Stars Awards, which honors the best talent under 35. Nominate a Rockstar here: Rockstars Submission
    • Prize: Honored at the Rock Star Awards luncheon, profiled on the Coverings website for one year, as well as social media promotion, inclusion in a Coverings press release, a dedicated Rock Star badge ribbon and a free one-night stay in Atlanta during Coverings.
  • Atlanta Student Design Competition; March 1 Deadline: Atlanta-area graduate and undergraduate students studying interior design, architecture or studio arts programs can submit designs for creation of an artistic ATL-area public bench. Visit this link for information and to submit: Atlanta Student Design Competition
    • Prize: Winners will be awarded cash prizes and their structures will be displayed at Coverings 2018 from May 8-11, 2018, and then placed in an Atlanta park following the show.

 

HGTV STAR CHIP WADE TO DEBUT “DALTILE VIRTUAL HOME” AT SURFACES 2018

Dallas, TX – January 26, 2018 – Expert craftsman, celebrity designer and host of HGTV’s Elbow Room, Chip Wade, will be on hand in the Daltile booth on day one of Surfaces 2018 talking about design trends and debuting the Daltile Virtual Home that he has helped bring to life in coordination with the brand. In his trademark fun and personable style, Wade will conduct full digital “tours” of the 360-degree virtual home.  Wade’s walk-throughs will be projected onto a 600 square foot animated LED floor/wall screen on the Daltile main stage and also broadcast to the greater Surfaces exhibit floor audience via overhead screens encircling the outside of the booth.   The goal of the Daltile Virtual Home is to show how tile can be used throughout an entire home, inside and out, as well as the many unique ways in which tile can be showcased in a home.

“We are very excited to have Chip Wade help us debut the Daltile Virtual Home in our booth during Surfaces,” said April Wilson, director of brand marketing for Dal-Tile Corporation.  “As always, Chip is a fan favorite and everything he presents becomes an enjoyable experience for attendees. And, the home itself is fabulous! We have designed it to be a ‘flex home’ in a Modern Farmhouse look and feel. Today’s popular flex home concept accommodates the multi-generational lifestyle where older parents may live with their children and grandchildren, or students may leave for college and then come back home to live during graduate school or while getting established in their first full-time job.  Chip will not only host the walk-throughs of the virtual home, but he will also talk about why he selected the products used in the home’s design.”

The following is Wade’s presentation schedule on Tuesday, January 30:

Design Trends        10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Virtual Home Tour        11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

“The Daltile Virtual Home is just one touchpoint for the brand to reach consumers,” added Wilson.  “Daltile is an innovative brand, not only with our products, but in our digital outreach. Today’s consumers spend a great deal of time online conducting research before and during the selection process. Digital inspiration like the Daltile Virtual Home helps them imagine the possibilities of tile.”

Daltile booth #5603

 

 

 

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NTCA partners with Bostik in Stone Design Competition to Create a Permanent, Focal Space at The Bellagio for Winning entry; Superior Tile & Stone signs on as NTCA Five Star contractor for installation

 

National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Superior Tile & Stone, MGM Resorts International,  CODAworx, and Creative Edge Master Shop partner with Bostik for stone flooring design competition

Wauwatosa, WI, February 21, 2018   — Bostik, Inc., a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, has announced another exciting event has been added to its BOSTIK’S SIGNATURE SPACES™ series of design competitions: THE ART OF STONE FLOORING™ DESIGN CONTEST. It is open to architects, designers and other industry trade members/enthusiasts beginning January 23rd of this year.

Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development stated, “Bostik has been sponsoring national design competitions for the last few years. Due to the widespread interest and amazing success of these, including our most recent competition, BOSTIK’S SIGNATURE SPACES™ – THE ART OF HARDWOOD FLOORING™ DESIGN CONTEST,   we came up with the idea to have a somewhat similar event. This time, however, featuring a waterjet-cut-and-fabricated, natural-stone medallion as our key design element. Together with our partners, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), MGM Resorts International, CODAworx and Creative Edge Master Shop, we are openly inviting those within ‘the stone design sector’ to get their creative engines in motion… and, to come up with their very own, one-of-a-kind masterpiece using a beautiful palette of natural marble.”

The Grand Prize Winner’s creative design will be permanently installed in the lobby of the iconic Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. According to Banda, “It will be a circular stone medallion; 10’ in diameter, located right in the main lobby of the hotel… a setting where more than 20,000 people walk through daily. Additionally, the winner will receive a wonderful trip for two to Paris, France valued at $5,000, courtesy of Bostik.

Banda, who with Joyen Vakil, Senior Vice President of Design & Development for MGM Resorts International, spearheaded this program, added, “The winning design will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, all with leading credentials in stone flooring, architectural design or both. Those who want to take part in the competition must register, which is a FREE and easy process. It can easily be done by clicking on this link: https://www.bostik.com/us/ArtOfStone.

Tommy Conner, Superior Tile & Stone, a NTCA Five Star Contractor

“We are excited to partner with Bostik on this exciting project,” exclaimed Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association. Creative Edge is perhaps the most preeminent waterjet fabrication provider in the entire world. Few companies are better suited to create the winning stone masterpiece than Jim Belilove’s firm. And because this medallion will be installed in the Bellagio, such a high-end venue, it was only fitting the installer would an outstanding NTCA Five-Star tile contractor : Superior Tile & Stone of San Leandro, Calif.”

Belilove added, “We welcome the challenge to transform the winning design into a bona fide, Renaissance-quality stone work of art. For 30 years, we’ve created more than 10,000 specialty projects worldwide for children’s hospitals, hotels & casinos, schools & universities, places of worship and ultra-luxury residences. This project, which ultimately will be so focal, clearly is one of the most exciting for us!”

The winning design will be unveiled during a special ceremony delivered during a lavish industry networking event in early May at a high-powered Bellagio nightclub. Bostik and its partners will promote the event heavily, both before and after, on a national basis. This will result in the winner not only receiving a luxurious grand prize… but also, to garner widespread commercial construction industry prestige.

“We want our contest registrants to get just as stoked about waterjet fabricated stone flooring design as those who participated in our previous competitions relative to their respective creations,” concluded Banda. “Without question, I can state that our judges will be looking for something that takes stone design to the next level! Whose design will it be?”

BOSTIK’S SIGNATURE SPACES™ – THE ART OF STONE FLOORING™ DESIGN CONTEST registration opens January 23rd. Deadline for proposals is February 28th. Semi-finalist selection is March 7th. Finalists’ selection is March 9th. Grand prize winning selection is March 9th. Project installation is April 25th. Unveiling is slated for the second week of May 2018, date to be made available soon.

 

 

CPC releases revision to “Bonded Abrasive Polished Concrete Specification”

ST. LOUIS, MO–The Concrete Polishing Council (CPC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, has just released the  revision to the Bonded Abrasive Polished Concrete Specification, a document of significance to polishing contractors, concrete contractors, designers and facility owners.

The original polished concrete specification, published by the Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA, now the CPC), did not meet standard specification terminology or layout. “It was also often buried in Division 03 00 00, the Concrete Division of the Construction Specification Institute’s master format”, said Bruce Suprenant, technical director, ASCC. “Due to the number of polishing specifications concealed in 03 00 00, this specification for the slab to be polished, was not acknowledged or fully understood by concrete contractors, and was overlooked in the planning of the floor”.

“Assigned a separate number, 03 00 01, and written in proper specification terminology, the document now better defines the intended use of the concrete, helps the cast-in-place contractors understand how the slab will be finished, and opens the door for communication between the specifier, place and finish contractor, and the polisher,” said Chad Gill, council director, CPC.

“The founders and charter members of the CPAA kick started the polishing industry by creating standards to help achieve acceptance by the design / build community”, says Todd Scharich, ASCC director of member services. However as polishing continues to achieve tremendous growth as a flooring option it became necessary to update these documents. Updated standards will continue to make polished concrete a primary flooring choice that owners can count on for its durability and low maintenance features.

The CPC was formed to provide standards, education and a professional network for polishing contractors and others serving in the industry. The primary goals are to furnish training opportunities and certification programs for members and to share information on best practices with the design and construction community.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 750 member companies in the United States and 13 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

 

 

Sleek New Schluter Shower Grates Enhance Bathroom Design

A series of new shower drain grates from Schluter-Systems features brand new designs that fit into a virtually invisible frame, resulting in a stylish and truly seamless look for shower floors. Three new grate designs are available for both the standard 4” square point drains, and for Schluter’s linear drains in lengths from 20” to 48”.
The Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN-STYLE grates (for point drain) and KERDI-LINE-STYLE grates (for linear drain) were developed through an in-depth project between European and North American designers, who came together to combine unique design trends from both sides of the globe into three fashionable shower grates. The design objective was to tie in to today’s latest tile trends, while providing distinctly different looks that will fit in with various bathroom decors. The drain grates do not contain any screw holes, creating an uninterrupted design that adds to the seamless appearance.

“Pure”: This grate features a clean yet elegant design that provides a subtle touch of style to the shower. This grate is fresh yet trendy, and ideal for those wanting a more refined look in the shower.

“Curve”: This curvaceous drain grate style really strikes a pose in the shower. Soft, rounded lines adorn this shower grate to add a touch of flare, while keeping a crisp and clean look.

“Floral”: This floral drain grate features soft, rounded petals that combine to create a harmonious and symmetrical pattern. Inspired right from nature, this grate truly blossoms in the shower.

The new “STYLE” grates are designed to integrate with the Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN point drain and KERDI-LINE linear drain.  Both types of drain feature an integrated bonding flange that provides a secure connection to the KERDI waterproofing membrane at the top of the assembly. This is an integral part of a sealed system that creates waterproof showers by protecting the substrate from water infiltration, hence preventing mold and mildew. Creating waterproof showers ensures their longevity, thus enhancing the sustainability aspects of these products.

The KERDI-LINE is a low-profile linear drain that is ideal for barrier-free spaces and can be installed adjacent to walls or at intermediate locations in showers, wet rooms, and other applications that require waterproofing and drainage.

All of the new KERDI-DRAIN-STYLE and KERDI-LINE-STYLE grates and frames are made with brushed stainless steel.  The interior of the grate assembly is smooth and free of protrusions for easy cleaning.  These new designs will be available in March of 2018.

About Schluter®-Systems
Schluter®-Systems products are specifically designed for the tile industry to ensure that installations maintain integrity and durability. The company’s product line includes over 4,000 items, including tile trims, uncoupling membranes, waterproof building panels, shower systems, and most recently thin-set mortar.  Schluter-Systems is renowned for its state-of-the-art technology with attention to detail for highly functional and visually appealing results.  For more information, visit www.schluter.com.

 

MSI’s CARRARA WHITE MARBLE COLLECTION: INTRODUCING THE ENCAUSTIC-LOOK, ETCHED TETRIS LINE

Carrara White is a time-honored Italian marble featuring elegant shades of white and gray with subtle feathery veining. MSI’s Carrara White Marble Collection celebrates this iconic natural stone in a full line of clean, versatile looks.
In honed or polished finishes, Carrara White Marble lends luxury to countertops, waterfall islands, and backsplashes for distinguished kitchens that transcend the ages. Equally alluring in the master bath on floors, walls, and showers, each product makes a signature statement on its own, while pairing perfectly with other Carrara offerings for ultimate design flexibility. This sophisticated stone gives any space a timeless yet contemporary look in the most natural way possible.
The collection consists of 2cm and 3cm slabs, floor tiles in numerous sizes (including sought-after 18×18 and 24×24), and backsplash and wall tiles in a stunning variety of choices running classic subway to 1×2 3D polished.
And now there’s even more Carrara White Marble to fall for with the recent introduction of the hugely popular Carrara White 1×3 Herringbone mosaic tiles and the new Tetris Blanco encaustic-look tiles. Tetris Blanco 6×6 features a charming floral-inspired motif, while Tetris Blanco 10mm features a captivating mix of geometric looks that take this distinguished marble places it has never been.
Discover MSI’s extensive Carrara White Marble Collection.

NeoCon Celebrates 50 Years of Tomorrow’s Design: June 11-13, 2018 at The Mart, Chicago

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CHICAGO, IL – January 2018 ­– Registration is now open for the 50th edition of NeoCon. NeoCon 50 will take place from June 11-13, 2018 at The Mart in Chicago.
Since its launch in 1969, the show has served as a launching pad for iconic brands and products in the commercial design world. Furthermore, NeoCon has evolved into an international design hub that brings together more than 50,000 professionals for networking opportunities as well as dynamic and diverse learning experiences.
Its powerful conference program is at the forefront of thought leadership, delivering distinguished speakers, ideas and innovations that are shaping the global landscape of workplace, healthcare, hospitality, government, education, retail and more. This year’s marquee presentations will feature a series of headliners addressing the future of design and the industry. Special events will include inspiring retrospectives and a festive NeoCon 50 party on Tuesday evening.
NeoCon partnered with an award-winning creative agency, Maiarelli Studio, to develop a new campaign and an updated logo that aligns with NeoCon’s design expertise and position as a market leader. It also has launched  the NeoCon blog, which will include exclusive one-on-one conversations with industry notables as well as interesting and entertaining history about the people, products and parties that made up the first 49 years of NeoCon.
Looking back, NeoCon’s future wasn’t always so certain. In 1967 a fire destroyed Chicago’s McCormick Place building, the original site of the first NeoCon (then known as INTERCON I). Recognizing a “vital and compelling need for a truly international contract convocation,” the Merchandise Mart came to the show’s rescue. Held on June 25, 1969, the inaugural edition attracted nearly 10,000 architects and designers who were looking for a merchandising and educational platform.
According to Byron Morton, Vice President of Leasing for the Mart, “Our foundation is built on the highest standards and on presenting, what W.O Ollman, then Mart General Manager called, ‘the most extensive and representative selection of contract goods ever assembled under one roof.’ He also stressed the importance of programming that will bring ‘outstanding spokesmen from all parts of the world’. This has been a winning combination since the beginning and is an essential piece of the show’s DNA. NeoCon 50 will celebrate the show’s rich tradition and continue to explore the future of commercial design and business trends.”
Occupying floors 1, 3, 10, 11 and the 7th Floor Exhibit Hall of the Mart, the 50th edition will feature 500 companies including heavyweights such as Herman Miller, Knoll, OFS Brands, Shaw, and Steelcase as well as new showrooms from Scandinavian Spaces and NappaTile. New exhibiting companies on the 7th floor exhibit hall will feature a number of international companies including Narbutas Furniture Company (Lithuania), DeVorm (Netherlands), Polarmoss USA (Finland), Luceplan USA (Italy) and Lovair (UK).
Four marquee presentations include panels, talks and keynotes and will explore hot topics such as the integration of technology and design, as well as the struggles and victories of women in the industry. Details will be announced in February.
Morton continues, “This is all part of the NeoCon Experience. For 50 years, it has been so much more than a show. It has been the industry’s best opportunity to showcase and discover the newest offerings, to learn and share knowledge and expertise, and to engage with each other and nurture important relationships.”
NeoCon is open to trade, media, C-Suite executives and other industry-related professionals. The redesigned NeoCon 2018 website and complimentary registration is now live at www.neocon.com. On-site registration: $40. Marquee/Keynote presentations: Free. CEU seminar details and registration will be available March 6.
NeoCon press registration is complimentary to credentialed media and also available online at www.neocon.com.
For showroom and exhibitor news, images and real-time information, follow NeoCon Shows on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and by using the hashtag #NeoCon50

Sicis wins “Best Booth” at KBIS; displays innovative Vetrite line

This year SICIS was awarded Best Booth at KBIS, one of leading trade shows in North America for the kitchen and bathroom industry. The company showcased innovative lighting materials that express a new and evolved concept for surfaces. In particular the company has added to its mosaic collections, artistic mosaic panels, special units and solutions for kitchens and bathrooms.


On display was Vetrite, Sicis’ latest product, created in the company’s research and development laboratories, it is a combination polymeric fabrics or films sandwiched between layers of glass. Original shapes and patterns along with textures and stunning colors further enhance its look. It is especially suitable to use both in interior coverings and in furniture, from kitchens, tops, doors, to whole bathrooms.

Sicis has married practicality and robustness to aesthetic beauty in a single material.

Vetrite comes in large slabs, with a maximum format of 120×280 cm, and with a thickness that ranges between 6 mm up to 12 mm depending on the use. It is available in a variety of options that can realize the most ambitious and refined design ideas, with an extraordinary attention to details.

Among the Vetrite range, one of the latest Sicis novelties is the ‘Electric marble’ line, a combination within the glass slab of marble texture with psychedelic-effect pigments similar to an electric fluid coursing through the marble aesthetic.

Lastly, the new Vetrite Tile takes this material to small formats allowing a geometric look to the surfaces. Vetrite Tile comes in 25 colors and it is also available in combination with numerous patterns, style details that designers can customize.

The variety of formats makes Vetrite a very versatile product, utilizable in different types of environments, from bathrooms, to kitchen walls, architectural structures such as large hotels, showrooms and much more. All formats, on request, are available in beveled and satin version along with the anti-slip treatment for floors. The product is very easy to cut on site.

Vetrite by Sicis displays the perfect balance of functionality and durability, combined with creative design innovation for exclusive and comfortable environments.

Fascinating combinations are made of Vetrite and artistic mosaic in vitreous paste, where artistic ability and craftsmanship discover new refined executions, surfaces that combine with details, such as artistic mosaic door handles, often developed with precious mosaic in gold or silver.

For more information, visit http://www.sicis.com.

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