Tile of Spain Awards announced; Trans-Hitos exhibit on display at Cevisama

2017 marked the 16th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards. The panel of judges was comprised of world-renowned architects Iñaki Ábalos (Chair), Ángela García Paredes, Ricardo Bak Gordon, Víctor Navarro, Moisés Puente, Martín Azúa and Ramón Monfort. The judges met on November 24th, 2017 in Castellón to decide the winners who were then presented with their prizes at Cevisama 2018.
Bodega Mont-Ras, Tile of Spain Awards Winner

A winery in Mont-Ras (Baix Empordà, Girona), was named the winner in the Architecture category. The remodeling of three stations on the L9  metro line in Barcelona received first prize in the Interior Design category. For the Final Degree Project, the award went to a residents’ center and tourist information office in Granada’s El Albaicín district.Due to the high standard of the entries, the judges awarded several special mentions in all three categories. Winning projects, images, plans and descriptions are available here: www.tileofspainawards.com.
Trans-Hitos Exhibit
Trans-Hitos 2018 was presented under the theme “Cycles.” Cycles refers to a fresh way of understanding architecture by suggesting that what has been learned in past years will have a great significance in driving a modern view of architecture that thinks about people and seeks to solve their problems by prioritizing user needs.
Rendering of the 2018 Trans-Hitos Exhibit

These exhibitions included the “Celosía,” or Lattice, masterpiece by Elena Oleaza and Louis Sicard, winners of the Trans-Hito competition. A collaboration with the Design School at Harvard University was also featured, as well as a project by Wesam Asali, winner of the 2017 ASCER Awards in the PFC Category. An additional space was dedicated to the exposition of projects from the School of Ceramics and winning projects of the XVI Premios Cerámica (Ceramic Awards). More information on the 2018 Trans-Hitos exhibit is available here: http://bit.ly/TransHitos2018

On display at Cevisama: Ceramic Tectonics Tile Grid Shell, developed by Material Processes and Systems (MaP+S) Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

The installation explores the structural capabilities of thin, large format ceramic tiles

Developed by researchers and students from the Material Processes and Systems (MaP+S) Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Ceramic Tectonics: Tile Grid Shell explores the structural capabilities of thin, large format ceramic tiles – a product commonly used as an interior surface finish or exterior cladding.

Structural applications such as the Harvard grid shell are emerging as new applications for tiles, challenging age-old perceptions of ceramic as surface finish. Ceramic Tectonics asks the question; can a product typically experienced as a two-dimensional surface also define and enclose a three-dimensional space?

Fabricated from un-reinforced 6mm thick ceramic tile, the catenary form of this triangular, self-supporting grid shell is designed to minimize internal stresses and efficiently span between three points of support. The structure’s 30 ceramic ribs form a novel structural pattern of triangles and hexagons, and are a world-wide first system of this kind constructed from ceramics. The notched connections between structural ribs accommodate for a novel assembly sequence that eliminates the need for mechanical connections between intersecting ribs, and allows each rib to be installed vertically from above.

The project team developed a computational approach to generate the geometry of the pavilion, discretize the form into individual components, accommodate for assembly tolerances, and generate the toolpath geometry for each component. This digital workflow enabled the project team to quickly adjust assembly tolerances and component dimensions during the design and prototyping phase.

With a maximum interior height of 2.48m, and a span of 6m between supports, the structure includes approximately 13.5sqm of occupiable interior space. It consists of 462 unique elements ranging from 82 – 181cm in length. The structural depth of each element ranges from 20 – 31cm and is determined by its location within the structure. The ceramic elements measure 107.22sqm in total area. In total, the structure weighs approximately 1,662 kg.

Trans-Hitos: Cycles

In 2018 CEVISAMA again hosted a new Trans-Hitos, Ceramics for Architecture Exhibition at the Trade Fair facilities, in Valencia, Spain, coinciding with the major sectoral show for the global ceramic industry. Trans/Hitos featured again, across 600 m2 of the Level 2 pavilion crossover, surprising installations in which ceramics play the star role, this time under the generic slogan “Cycles”, always aimed at communicating, in a transgressive and innovative mode, advanced and as yet relatively unfamiliar uses of a ceramic material that performs far more than just hygienic functions or acts simply as a surface covering.

The Trans/Hitos slogan “Cycles” refers to a fresh way of understanding architecture by providing a glimpse of a different cycle, suggesting that what has been learned in the last few years will have a great significance in driving an architecture that thinks about people and seeks to solve their problems. This explains the boom of citizen participation processes, which attempt to prioritize user needs, or the ever more frequent social architecture designs that usually respond to an immediate need, caused by some type of crisis, or to political or environmental issues. All this is framed within a sustainability context, in which regeneration and reusability will play an important role in this new phase. The recovery, both of spaces and of materials, leads us towards an architecture in which tradition will coexist with other such innovative aspects in the world of architecture as the circular economy.

Director: Professor Martin Bechthold
Project Manager: Zach Seibold
Design Research: Yonghwan Kim, Olga Mesa, Milena Stavric
Coordinator: ITC – Javier Mira

Download of images and more info at https://cevisamadossier.tileofspain.com/

NEOCON 50 – June 11-13, 2018 – announces marquee presentations celebrating 50 years of tomorrow’s design

(Chicago, IL – February 2018) Plans are well underway for the milestone 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry, June 11-13, at The Mart in Chicago. A banner lineup of programming is on tap from some of the preeminent, influential names in design and beyond.
The show will feature two marquee presentations on opening day: to kick off the show there will be a presentation led by Gensler Founder, Art Gensler, in conversation with IIDA’s Cheryl Durst, then in the afternoon there will be a panel led by Interior Design Editor-in-Chief, Cindy Allen. There will also be in-depth talks from Editor-in-Chief of Wired, Nick Thompson, as well as Founder and Design Principal of Ross Barney Architects, Carol Ross Barney.
The program is rounded out by over 100 CEU seminars, which will inform and offer a glimpse of what’s next on the horizon in the world of commercial design.
Monica DeBartolo, Director of Programming, NeoCon remarks, “The individuals headlining the 2018 conference program are more than just “design influencers.” They are champions for the public good, creating and advocating for user-focused, sustainable built environments for a better future. Complemented by a rich and varied CEU seminar offering, NeoCon 2018 will deliver an exceptional educational experience as we celebrate 50 years of tomorrow’s design.”
Registration is now open for NeoCon’s four marquee presentations:

Art Gensler

Cheryl Durst

Unanticipated Opportunities: A Conversation between Art Gensler and Cheryl Durst
Art Gensler, Founder, Gensler
Presented by Aspecta by Metroflor and IIDA
Monday, June 11
8am in the NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
To be the best entrepreneur, you must trust your gut, take risks, and embrace opportunity by interacting with chance encounters and keeping a constant eye on what could be. It is astonishing how often unanticipated opportunities happen and the amazing places they will take us. Art Gensler will sit down with Cheryl Durst, IIDA executive vice president and CEO, to share some of the unanticipated opportunities that have helped shape his career.
Art Gensler founded Gensler, the global architecture, design, planning and strategic consulting firm in 1965. From an office of three people in San Francisco, the firm has grown into one of the world’s leading architecture and design groups, with 5,000 people in 46 global locations. Gensler teams provide expertise in 20 practice areas – including workplace, retail, hospitality, education, brand design, and aviation & transportation – to international clients that span a wide range of industries. The firm is known for their design of many iconic interior and architectural projects around the globe, such as the Shanghai Tower. Gensler is recognized as the number one architectural firm in the country and for the past 30 consecutive years has been selected as the Most Admired Firm by its industry peers.

Cindy Allen

She Said, She Said: Extraordinary Women in Design

Moderated by Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design
Monday, June 11
2pm in the NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
In honor of NeoCon’s 50th edition, Interior Design Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen shines a bright light on those who dared to enter the boys’ club of architecture and design, voicing their struggles and victories. Now, as they lead some of the world’s most prodigious firms, we hear their vision for the future. This percipient panel honors all women in design. Panelists to be announced.
One of the most influential advocates for the design industry, Cindy Allen marked her 17-year anniversary as Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design in 2018. Since her editorship began in 2001, Allen has established herself as a force in elevating the profession’s importance and exposure—acting as an ambassador and fervent supporter of interior designers, architects, and product designers, while providing a platform and vehicle of growth for the design industry.
Across the years, Allen has received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the New York School of Interior Design, the Circle of Excellence Award from IFDA, the Alpha Award by Alpha Workshops (of which she serves on the board), and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Leadership Award. Allen is also Chairman of the national board of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), a role passed on to her by David Rockwell.
Under Allen’s direction, the Interior Design platform is always evolving to best celebrate the designer and their process. From inspiration to final project or product, with Allen, the designer is always the star.

Nicholas Thompson

The Wired Future

Nick Thompson, Editor in Chief, Wired
Presented by ASID
Tuesday, June 12
8am in the NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. And no one’s more equipped to tell it than Nicholas Thompson. A veteran editor, he revolutionized The New Yorker’s online platform and transformed the magazine. Now, as the editor-in-chief of Wired, he’s working at the forefront of digital innovation—championing tech’s role in making the world a better place.
Nicholas Thompson is staking out a bold, optimistic vision for covering, and responding to, the changing realm of digital culture. From artificial intelligence to entertainment, privacy to social media, ethics to war, Thompson leads the news cycle—and in talks, he champions the ways tech can enhance our lives.Thompson served previously as a senior editor at Wired from 2005–2010. There, he edited both National Magazine Award-nominated writing and “The Great Escape,” the story that became the feature film Argo. Thompson has also played a pivotal role with The New Yorker—first as senior editor, then as editor of the magazine’s digital platform, where he helped re-design the website, launch the New Yorker app, spark an eight-fold increase in monthly readers, and quadruple the number of new digital subscribers each month. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War.

Carol Ross Barney

Future Cities-Creating Livable Environments

Carol Ross Barney, Founder and Design Principal, Ross Barney Architects
Presented by AIA Chicago
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9:30am in the NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
Presented by AIA Chicago
Carol Ross Barney’s keynote will focus on “Future Cities-Creating Livable Environments.” In order to live sustainably, and efficiently, designers are going to have to make cities more livable.  Carol will talk about her experiences with projects that transform the cityscape; from the Chicago Riverwalk, to transit stations, to public places that delight and excite.
Honored with more than 100 design awards, Carol Ross Barney has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981.  Her projects vary in type and scale but uphold a deep commitment to the role architecture plays in life quality.  This has manifest itself in spaces that transition urban dwellers from point A to point B and enrich the metropolitan experience; to buildings that are environmental stewards, showcasing sustainability in an overtly compelling way; to spaces that inspire young children and the brightest minds of tomorrow to learn, invent and break boundaries.
NeoCon is open to trade, media, C-Suite executives and other industry-related professionals. The NeoCon 2018 website and complimentary registration is live at www.neocon.com. On-site registration: $40. Marquee/Keynote presentations: Free. CEU seminar details and registration will be available March 6.


Carrollton, TX (February 2018) – Interceramic makes a strong statement regarding the dynamism and contemporary strength of company’s brand and product strategy for the US market with an impressive Spring Tile Launch consisting of 18 stunning collections.

The 2018 Spring launch illustrates the company’s distinct advances in manufacturing with its Durabody Ceramic tile collections that meet the needs of the customer by combining high design with innovative and function ceramic tile.

Interceramic also continues to excel in the wall tile category, offering a beautiful new collection out of its Garland, TX manufacturing facility, while significantly enhancing its porcelain offering.

Interceramic is committed to servicing the North and Central American customer and has established an extensive distribution system in the United States that includes 13 company owned showrooms, three distribution centers and 53 independent distributors throughout the US and Canada, as well as more than 300 retail locations throughout Mexico,
Asia and Central America.

Interceramic’s dedication to manufacturing and distributing innovative ceramic and porcelain tile, accents, decos, and natural stone will continue to make affordable luxury floor coverings available to an ever thriving market.



FORESTER kicks the ever-popular reclaimed wood look up a notch with a unique blendedwood  aesthetic executed in easy-to-maintain Durabody Ceramic tile. This collection gets its one-of-a-kind look from a combination of birch, oak, pine and walnut species, as well as a mix of different cuts and textures, including hand-sawn, rotary cut, and hand-scraped.

The result is a stylized, dynamic appearance, offered in four dappled finishes: Cambrium,
a study in chalks-to-grays; Pith, an etude that ranges from very light tan to very dark oak, with stops at gray and peachy amber in between; Bark, an exploration of the oak family;
and Burl, a range of walnuts. As with all Durabody Ceramic tile collections, Forester will be equally at home in a banquet hall or a home dining room with a DCOF of > 0.42 – and is suitable for exterior use as well.

Its realistic design, color and texture will make it a showstopper regardless of application.
Forester is offered in 7” x 36” lengths.

Durabody Ceramic tiles by Interceramic® are produced using advanced technology that
allows ceramic products, such as Forester, to perform at the high standards of porcelain
tile. And you can install Forester outdoors as well!


With tones as fluid as its name, RUIDOSO is an elegant wood-look addition to Interceramic’s proven Durabody Ceramic tile collections. The rich American walnut visual of this series comes thanks to a confluence of advanced technologies as well as a wide range of unique faces, and is complemented by a complex hand-scraped texture. Its timeless color palette, inspired by the shadings of the hardwood forest, includes Sierra, the moody gray of Bay Area fog; Mesa, a light auburn hue shot through with gold; Lincoln, a rich amber with notes of oak; and Alto, a deep chocolate hue.

As a member of the Durabody family, Ruidoso is beautiful enough for the most high-end
homes, yet appropriate for commercial use with a DCOF of > 0.42. All four colors are offered in standard 7” x 36” planks.

Durabody Ceramic tiles by Interceramic® are produced using advanced technology that
allows ceramic products, such as Ruidoso, to perform at the high standards of porcelain
tile. And you can install Ruidoso outdoors as well!


CRESCENT plays on a lively, modern collection of marbles, rendered with a smooth satin/
honed finish. This grouping extends from the elegant Cape Grace and Spectator marble
looks, with a fresh take on the traditional; through the Villa Cora blend, shaded in sleek
tones of tan; and finishes with Fogo Island, a dramatic study in black shot through with
geometric white rules.

Inspired by natural stone and brought to life thanks to advanced technology, Crescent features more than 40 unique faces rendered in inimitable Durabody ceramic. Its high style makes it a top choice for residential use, while it is dramatic enough to make an impact in even the most upmarket commercial setting. Crescent is appropriate for both interior and exterior applications as well.

All four Crescent colors are available in 12” x 24” planks and 16” x 16” squares, as well as
3” x 12” bullnose trim. Decorative accents include 12” x 12” honeycomb mosaic available in all four shades, and 10” x 12” mix knot mosaics in Cape Grace/Spectator; Cape Grace/Fogo Island; and Villa Cora/Spectator.

Durabody Ceramic tiles by Interceramic® are produced using advanced technology that
allows ceramic products, such as Crescent, to perform at the high standards of porcelain
tile. And you can install Crescent outdoors as well!


An evolution of a favorite look, QUARTZITE is inspired by contemporary stone colors and embodies the spark and character of natural mineral tones and textures in its lyrical range.
Ivory is a frosty, yet full-bodied white, with tones of calcite; Copper is a warm blend of neutrals, with flecks of its namesake element scattered throughout; Silver strikes a cool note, blending a fugue of grays; and Iron’s metallurgic appeal originates from a synthesis of steely tones. Quartzite is veined and flecked in a tribute to the way Mother Nature created the original, its remarkable realism generated by advanced printing techniques and more than 40 unique faces and three different finishes. This new Durabody Ceramic collection is suitable for both residential and commercial use with a DCOF of > 0.42, as well as interior and exterior applications.

Quartzite is available in 18” x 36” planks, 12” x 24” planks, and 16” x 16” squares, with a
3” x 12” bullnose trim, and 11” x 11” polygon mosaic decorative trim. Each size is available in all four colors. Durabody Ceramic tiles by Interceramic® are produced using advanced technology that allows ceramic products, such as Quartzite, to perform at the high standards of porcelain tile. And you can install Quartzite outdoors as well!



Vintage made modern comes to life in the body of EMMA, a new glazed ceramic wall tile
echoing the hand-made wall tile of years past. Emma offers both an undulated texture and
an elegant gloss finish, for a sophisticated and stylish high-design look. This American-made glazed ceramic tile incorporates modern accent colors in blues and greens for go anywhere style that can transition from cosmopolitan to Country French.

The basic colors – gorgeous neutrals White, Taupe, Gray, Aqua, Graphite, and Steel – all gain movement as the light hits them, thanks to the dappled finish of the glaze. These are augmented by decorative accents in a Cementine Mix and a Vintage Mix, enabling unlimited unique looks.

Emma is a highly accurate tribute to artisanal tile, thanks to the advanced techniques
employed by Interceramic – yet it is far more durable and versatile, appropriate for both
residential and commercial wall applications.

All five colors are available in 6” x 6” as well as 3” x 6” sizes; the decorative mixes are
available in the 6” x 6” size only. There is also a 3” x 6” bullnose available in all solid colors.

Chelsea Glass

CHELSEA GLASS is a stylish, vivid and comprehensive offering featuring five colors and six shapes, perfectly tying together Interceramic’s Durabody Ceramic and porcelain lines. This selection plays with varying inspirations in combining textures and finishes, matte and gloss, natural and man-made to produce a limitless variety of eclectic looks and dramatic stylings. The color blends available include White, which spans a range of marbles and glasses; Gray, which includes tans and light neutrals; Dark, a riff on the black and white of piano keys; Beige, a study in taupes; and Slate, a bouquet of smokes, taupes and grays.

Not only is Chelsea Glass a statement-making choice, but it’s versatile – it’s appropriate for use both indoors and out, and is a perfect choice for pools (non-submerged) and fireplaces. Additionally, Chelsea Glass is recommended for use in commercial and residential applications.

In addition to the dynamic colorways, Chelsea Glass also comes in a variety of layouts:
12” x 12” Cascade Mosaic, 12” x 12” Linear Mosaic, 11” x 11” Herringbone Mosaic,
12” x 12” Hexagon Mosaic, 11” x 12” Chevron Mosaic, and 12” x 13” Chevron Box Mosaic
(Slate is not available in the latter two styles).


Artisan Wood

ARTISAN WOOD is Interceramic’s fresh take on the timeless surface that is rich, hand-stained timber. This elegant colored-body selection provides a rich, modern color palette inspired by the ultimate in depth and beauty of curated oaks, with lyrical, enhanced natural details provided by up to 60 unique faces and three different finish structures.These hand-stained visuals are presented in a pleasing range of shade variations: Dark Ash, a cool gray hue; Light Cedar, with blonde notes of pale ale; Dark Tan, a medium nutmeg shade; Autumn Bronze, a warm chestnut tone; and Deep Umber, a full-bodied espresso execution. The collection is rounded out with a unique chevron decorative accent, cut from the field tile for a perfect match.

Recommended for use in both residential and commercial applications, this line is sure to
bring a sense of warmth and natural luxury to any space. This versatile stunner is also
approved for use both indoors and out. All five colors are available in 8” x 40” rectified planks. For a unique look, 3” x 13 ½” decorative accents are also available.


Interceramic provides a distinctive enhancement to the BLACK FOREST collection launched in 2017 with several elegant new wood looks in natural and dramatic charred renditions. As with the remainder of the Black Forest line, these new additions are ultra-realistic thanks to the use of advanced digital printing techniques and the inclusion of up to 54 unique faces and two different finish structures.

The new colors borrow their names from the locale that is the inspiration for the line: Kandel Brown, a knotted dark taupe; Otten Bronze, a rich, charred oak with copper
overtones; Bosberg Espresso, a deep coffee-colored rendition; Honeck Umber, a chocolate
rendition with veining and knots of black; and Blauen Black, a charred black presentation
with highlights of ash. Black Forest may be used for both residential and commercial applications, and is applicable for both interior and exterior use. All five colors are available in 11 ½” x 47” and 7 ½” x 47” rectified planks.


BOARDROOM delivers a contemporary stone look with an updated color palette. Boardroom is rendered in a muted palette of calming neutrals that offers the ultimate in design latitude: warm Ivory; medium Taupe; Light Gray, with green undertones; Dark Gray, with hints of blue; and Black. All the shades are subtly variegated to mimic the expressive play of natural stone. Additionally, the multiple unglazed finishes and modular sizes of this collection allow for unique design options.

Boardroom, an unglazed, double-loaded, through-body rectified porcelain tile is the perfect
choice for the most technically commercial applications. This robust series also offers
three surface finishes – matte, polished and structured. All colors are available in 24” x 24” rectified (matte and polished finish) and 12” x 24” (matte, polished and structured finishes) rectified sizes, as well as 12” x 12” bricklay mosaic and 12” x 12” hex mosaic, both available in a matte finish. Trim pieces include a 3” x 12” matte or polished bullnose, a 6” x 12” matte cove base, and 1” x 6” matte cove base exterior and interior corner pieces.

City Lights

Combining the ultimate in understated class and modern versatility, CITY LIGHTS’ contemporary limestone look is offered not only in multiple finishes but also in a range of sizes to allow for nearly limitless design combinations. The shades in this collection are both functional and adaptable: Beige, a warm ivory; Taupe, a light gray-brown; Silver, a bright frosty gray; Graphite, a medium pearl gray; and Black, a medium-dark shade. The City Lights colored-body porcelain collection provides a realistic look and color interpretation that’s equally appropriate for use in residential and commercial applications. It’s also approved for use in interior and exterior settings. All colors are available in 24” x 24” matte, 12” x 24” matte/structured/lappato, and 6” x 24” matte/structured/lappato rectified sizes, as well as a 12” x 12” bricklay mosaic for decorative purposes, available in a matte finish. A 12” x 12” cube mosaic mix is also available. Trim pieces include a 3” x 12” matte bullnose, a 6” x 12” matte cove base, and 1” x 6” matte cove base exterior and interior corner pieces.

Fifth Avenue

Inspired by classic marbles, FIFTH AVENUE brings these gorgeous stones to life in rectified colored-body porcelain with enhanced visuals and strikingly realistic color for a dramatically true-to-life interpretation.

This collection is available in both matte and polished finishes and includes four styles:
Madison, a classic white marble veined with grays and blacks; Park, a warm taupe stone
veined with white; Lexington, a cool, dark gray veined with white; and Broadway, a dramatic black with veins of white. Fifth Avenue is equally appropriate for use in creating a grand space whether in a residential or commercial application, and is approved for both interior and exterior use.

All four colors come in 12” x 24” and 24” x 24” (matte and polished), as well as a 12” x
12” matte bricklay mosaic for decorative purposes. Trim pieces include a 3” x 12” matte
bullnose, a 6” x 12” matte cove base, and 1” x 6” matte cove base exterior and interior
corner pieces.

Restoration floor tile; Emma wall tile


The timeless hexagon look gets a reprise with Interceramic’s vibrant new Restoration porcelain mosaics. This vintage style is offered in the classic 1” hexagon pattern, in time-honored White, Gray and Black solids to coordinate with existing wall tile collection colors, as well as interesting Gray & White, and Black & White mixes in fresh, random patterns.
This glazed porcelain mosaic is mesh mounted for easy installation, and is suitable for both
residential and commercial applications, as well as for both interior and exterior use. Restoration is available in 10” x 10” mosaic.

Skyline in the Meier pattern

SKYLINE offers a welcoming and approachable linear stone look with soft, natural veining, in a color palette that coordinates with fellow new arrivals CITY LIGHTS and BOARDROOM.
This colored-body porcelain collection gains its depth of character thanks to advanced
digital printing, incorporating up to 48 unique faces. Meanwhile, the soft and expressive
palette takes its inspiration from legends of the world of architecture: Wright, a milky shade, evokes kaolin and chalk; Gehry calls to mind camelshair and butterscotch; Meier, the medium gray of a steely winter horizon; and Mayne, the dense gray of an urban skyline.

Skyline is recommended for use in both residential and commercial applications, as well as
for interior and exterior use. All colors are available in 24” x 24” and 12” x 24” rectified sizes, as well as a 12” x 12” linear hex mosaic. Trim pieces include a 3” x 12” matte bullnose, a 6” x 12” matte cove base, and 1” x 6” matte cove base exterior and interior corner pieces.


A versatile entry into the industrial category, TRIBECA is a unique fusion of distressed concrete and metal achieved by combining digital printing with a surface finish executed
three ways. The Tribeca palette was designed so that this unique style will coordinate with
a wide variety of décor themes: Dusk is a light moonbeam shade; Storm is a pearl gray; and Night is a deeper, round shade, its base notes approximating that of aged chalkboard. Tribeca is approved for interior and exterior use, in both residential and commercial applications. All three shades are available in 24” x 24” and 12” x 24” rectified, and 12” x 12” outlines mosaics are also available. Trim pieces include a 3” x 12” matte bullnose, a 6” x 12” matte cove base, and 1” x 6” matte cove base exterior and interior corner pieces.


Inspired by the natural distress marks found on whiskey barrels, WALKER embodies the charm and personality of weathered, water-stained old growth wood. The rich visuals of this colored-body porcelain give an authentic appearance offering all the depth and character of a walk through the aging room, character produced by advanced printing techniques and a blend of up to 60 unique faces.

Walker is offered in four colors: Steep, a warm commingling of taupe and ivory; Rackhouse, a light, nearly pearl gray shade; Rick, a darker hue of gray at the intersection of tan; and Doubler, a rich whiskey shade. The collection is rounded out with a unique chevron decorative accent, cut from the field tile for a perfect match. Walker is recommended for both residential and commercial applications, and can be used in both interior and exterior settings. All four colors are offered in 8” x 40” rectified planks, as well as 3” x 13 1/2″ left and right chevrons.




You’re off to the tropics with WILDWOOD, a warm, natural colored-body porcelain style with a soft color palette and contrasting veining providing a distinct and realistic sense of place. Inspired by warmer climes, Wildwood evokes gentle breezes and long, slow days with its mellow hues: Hazelnut White, a coconut shade with veins of tan; Acorn Beige, dusky nougat with veins of dark brown; and Chestnut Brown, a rich caramel shade veined with dark coffee shades. Recommended for both residential and commercial applications, Wildwood is also appropriate for indoor and outdoor use. All three colors are offered in 8” x 40” rectified planks.

For more information, visit http://interceramicusa.com

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.



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.”

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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.



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