TCNA’s Bill Griese Receives ASTM International’s Top Honor

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) is pleased to announce that Bill Griese, TCNA’s director of standards development and sustainability initiatives, has been honored with ASTM International’s prestigious Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to the development of standards for the Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares.
The Award of Merit was established in 1949 by the ASTM International Board of Directors and is the highest society award granted to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM International committee activities. This includes general advancement of the interests of ASTM committees and the society as a whole.
Along with the award Mr. Griese is now a Fellow of the ASTM Society.
“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition from an organization I admire so deeply,” remarked Mr. Griese. “ASTM’s standards development process is unlike that of any other. The level of staff involvement and the broad range of countless volunteers and experts who collaborate to develop some of the most trustworthy technical specifications in the world is impressive, to say the least. I am humbled and honored to be able to interact regularly with such high-caliber professionals, and I would be remiss to talk about the successes of the committees in which I’m involved without recognizing the hard work, expertise, and contributions of so many others.”
Mr. Griese will be presented with the Award of Merit at the NTCA Awards Ceremony on Thurs., May 10th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Coverings 2018 (www.coverings.com).
Mr. Griese joined ASTM in 2007. Beginning in 2008 he served three consecutive terms as chairman of Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products. He currently serves as C21 vice-chairman and chairman of Subcommittee C21.06 on Ceramic Tile. He also served two terms (one as chairman) as an appointed member of ASTM’s regulatory Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO), and this year he began a three-year term on ASTM’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Griese is a member of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability and ASTM Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units.
With Mr. Griese’s contributions, especially to C21, new specifications have been created and dormant ones revitalized. On several occasions he has authored and coauthored ASTM International standards, and he has reduced the cycle time of standardization efforts through outreach, stakeholder engagement, and increased committee correspondence. Through his consensus building aptitude, he has led committees through contentious subjects, and he has suggested compromises by which standards on the brink of expiration could be passed.
Mr. Griese has given countless hours of his time, energy, and service to the operations of ASTM and has been recognized by the Society on several other occasions. In 2013 he was selected by then ASTM President James A. Thomas as a recipient of the ASTM International President’s Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of Service Awards in 2014 and 2017 for his contributions as a member and chairman of COTCO.
In addition to his recognition by ASTM, Bill is well-known throughout the tile industry as a leader. As the chief visionary behind TCNA’s environmental efforts, Mr. Griese manages TCNA’s Green Initiative Committee, which is comprised of more than 80 members representing more than 50 organizations. Some of his most important projects include the development of Green Squared®-the first and only standard and certification program for sustainable tiles and tile installation materials-and industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for North American-made ceramic tile, tile mortar, and tile grout.
Mr. Griese serves on numerous standards committees outside of ASTM. He is a U.S. delegate internationally in groups such as ISO TC 189 (Ceramic Tile), ISO TC59/SC17 (Sustainability in Buildings and Construction), and ISO PC 277 (Sustainable Procurement). He is a member of the tile industry’s ANSI ASC A108 committee where he spearheaded the development of Green Squared®.
Mr. Griese is a contributor to the development of TCNA’s Handbook for Ceramic, Stone and Glass Tile Installation. He served as an International Code Council working group member in the original drafting of the International Green Construction Code. He was also appointed to the U.S. EPA’s Governance Committee Flooring Panel, which helped develop federal guidelines on sustainability standards and certification labels.
Mr. Griese is an active participant in the World Ceramic Tiles Forum. He also speaks regularly at events in the U.S. and abroad and is an author, columnist, and contributor to several industry publications. In 2016 Coverings (the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America) honored him as a “Coverings Rock Star,” a group of young professionals recognized for having distinguished themselves as industry leaders.
Mr. Griese is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with a specialty in building design and construction. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Clemson University in Clemson, SC.

Iconic American Tool Brands Pony, Jorgensen & Goldblatt to be Relaunched to the North American Market Under the Leadership of Arrow Fastener

As part of Hangzhou GreatStar Industrial Company, Arrow Fastener proudly announces the relaunch of the Pony and Jorgensen adjustable clamping brands and Goldblatt tile, drywall, concrete and masonry tools to the North American marketplace in mid-2018.

GreatStar, based in Hangzhou, China, is one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in Asia, specializing in designing and manufacturing high-quality products for DIY, professional and industrial markets globally.  Arrow Fastener, based in Saddle Brook, N.J., is the leading manufacturer of staple guns and heavy duty staples in North America.

Arrow’s sales, marketing and distribution teams have a proven track record in the hardware industry which will be harnessed to support and grow these three widely-known brands.  Arrow’s strategically located New Jersey facility will become a primary distribution center for Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt products, in addition to Arrow’s own expansive current product line.

“As a respected American tool brand, Arrow products are ‘must-have’ items for many retailers in North America and elsewhere.  Given Arrow’s sales and marketing capabilities, combined with GreatStar’s manufacturing expertise and innovation pipeline,  we are well positioned to deliver high-quality, innovative products under all these iconic American brands: Arrow, Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt,” said Arrow President Gary DuBoff.

Case-in-point: Over the past 18 months, GreatStar has been recreating the Pony and Jorgensen products at their state-of-the-art manufacturing centers in China. Of the original 500 skus, GreatStar is recreating the 200 top sellers. These are the products which will support the reintroduction of the brands.

“GreatStar has taken great care to recreate the tools as faithfully to the originals as possible and has executed on a firm commitment to make the new tools at least as good, but preferably better, than the original U.S. made product,” said DuBoff.

Arrow is currently in the process of stocking the Saddle Brook, N.J. warehouse with Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt inventory to feed the growing business. The company expects the warehouse to be fully stocked and operational by July 2018.

FOUR ICONIC AMERICAN BRANDS, REVISTED

Arrow Fastener Co., LLC

Arrow Fastener Company, LLC is a U.S. based manufacturer of staple guns, glue guns, and rivet tools located in Saddle Brook, N.J. Since 1929, Arrow has been a leader in fastening solutions in the big box home improvement and traditional hardware retail channels. For more than five decades, the T50® staple gun has been the industry standard, as the world’s best-selling staple gun. Today, Arrow Fastener is a trusted supplier of reliable, innovative and affordable products for the building trade professional and do-it-yourselfer. In July, 2017 Arrow was acquired by Hangzhou GreatStar Industrial Company, a $2.2B Chinese manufacturer of forklifts, hand and power tools, robotics systems, and laser measuring devices. Arrow now serves as GreatStar’s U.S. headquarters for sales, marketing, and distribution of GreatStar’s branded tool product portfolio. For more information, visit www.arrowfastener.com.

Pony and Jorgensen

Since 1903, both the Pony and Jorgensen brands have been well known US clamp brands owned and managed by the Adjustable Clamp Company in Chicago. The products are used by a wide array of woodworkers, cabinet makers, carpenters, and serious DIY enthusiasts. Some items, such as the Jorgensen handscrews and the Pony pipe clamps are iconic hand tools with wide recognition. A standard pipe clamp, for example, is commonly referred to as a “Pony Clamp” among woodworkers and tradesmen regardless of what brand is on the product. In May, 2016, the Adjustable Clamp Company ceased operations and all business assets were acquired by GreatStar.

Goldblatt

Started by Henry Goldblatt in Kansas City in 1885, Goldblatt was at one time a strong and vibrant US based hand tool brand best known for its line of US made masonry trowels and concrete floats. As America grew through the first half of the twentieth century, the company grew with it, expanding its product line to include drywall tools, tile installation tools and painting tools. A series of ownership changes beginning in the 1960s took the company away from family ownership. The business then changed hands through several private equity owners before being purchased by GreatStar in 2010.

2017 U.S. Ceramic Tile Industry Update

U.S. Tile Consumption Overview:

Another year of positive news from the U.S. economy, gains in the construction and housing markets, as well as historically low interest rates and falling unemployment, helped the U.S. ceramic tile market increase for the eighth year in a row.
In 2017 U.S. ceramic tile market surpassed the three billion sq. ft. level for the first time since 2006. Total consumption was 3.05 billion sq. ft. (283 million m2), up 5.1% from 2016 and the fourth highest total of all time.1
The following table shows U.S. tile shipments, imports, exports, and total consumption in thousands of sq. ft.
The chart below shows total U.S. consumption of ceramic tile (in sq. ft.) over the last several years.

Imports:

 
In 2017 the U.S. imported 2.10 billion sq. ft. of ceramic tile, up 5.6% from 2016 (1.99 billion sq. ft.).2
Imports comprised 68.9% of 2017 U.S. tile consumption in sq. ft., up slightly from 68.6% in 2016.
Once again China was the largest exporter to the U.S. in sq. ft., a position it has held since taking over the top spot from Mexico in 2015. Chinese imports in 2017 comprised 31.3% of U.S. imports (in sq. ft.), up from 29.4% the previous year, and the highest percentage China has ever held of the U.S. import market.
While the peso has fallen significantly vs. the U.S. dollar over the last five years, ceramic tile imports from Mexico have declined sharply. Mexican imports comprised 18.9% of 2017 U.S. imports, down from 23.4% in 2016 and down from 27.0% of U.S. imports just two years ago.
Italy was the third largest exporter of tile to the U.S., making up 18.1% of U.S. imports, down from 19.4% in 2016. The next largest exporters to the U.S. in 2017 were Spain (11.7% import share) and Turkey (6.2%).3
The five countries from which the most tiles were imported in 2017 based on sq. ft. were:
On a dollar basis (including duty, freight, and insurance) Italy remained the largest exporter to the U.S. in 2017, comprising 33.7% of U.S. imports. China was second with a 26.6% share, and Spain was third with a 13.9% share.
The five countries from which the most tiles were imported in 2017 based on total U.S. $ value (including duty, freight, and insurance) were:
The average values of tile4 (including duty, freight, and insurance) from the five countries from which the most tiles were imported (based on sq. ft.) in 2017 were:

U.S. Shipments:

 
U.S. shipments of ceramic tile rose 4.1% from 2016 to 2017 to a record high of 946.5 million sq. ft. Domestic production, which has increased each of the last eight years, has been boosted recently by the expansion and opening of additional manufacturing facilities in Tennessee.
Domestically-produced tile was by far the tile of choice of consumers, as 31.1% of all tile (by sq. ft.) consumed domestically in 2017 was made in the U.S. The next highest countries of origin were China (21.6% of all tile consumed in the U.S.), Mexico (13.1%), and Italy (12.4%).
In dollar value U.S. FOB factory sales of domestic shipments in 2017 were also at a record high of $1.43 billion, up 6.1% vs. 2016. Domestically-produced tile comprised 39.3% of total U.S. tile consumption by dollar value, almost double that of Italian tile imports, which made up 20.5% of the U.S. market.
The per unit value of domestic shipments increased from $1.49 sq. ft. in 2016 to $1.51 sq. ft. in 2017.5
Exports:
U.S. ceramic tile exports were 28.5 million sq. ft. in 2017, down 21.3% The vast majority of these exports were to Canada (75.3%) and Mexico (8.4%).6

Economic Highlights:

New Home Starts

New home starts increased for the eighth year in a row, achieving their highest yearly level in a decade.
There were 1.20 million total housing units started in 2017, up 2.5% from the previous year.Despite the steady year-over-year growth since 2010, new home starts remain down by one third from 2006, the last full year prior to the start of the Great Recession.7

New Single Family Home Sales  

New single family home sales were at a 10-year high of 613,000 units, up 9.3% compared to 2016.Despite this positive news and six consecutive years of growth, new home sales have been slow to recover from the damage wrought by the recession.
For perspective new home sales are less than half of what they were in 2005, when a record 1.28 million new units were sold.8

Foreclosures

Foreclosure filings, one of the main inverse indicators of the U.S. housing market’s health, have fallen dramatically from an all-time high of 2.87 million units in 2010 to 677,000 in 2017.
This was the seventh consecutive year-over-year decline and the lowest annual foreclosure total since 2005.9
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1 U.S. Dept. of Commerce & Tile Council of North America
2 U.S. Dept. of Commerce
3 U.S. Dept. of Commerce
4 The average value is significantly affected by the mix of tiles imported, with different types of tiles impacting the average value, in addition to  differences in pricing for the same types of tile.
5 Tile Council of North America
6 U.S. Dept. of Commerce
7 U.S. Census Bureau
8 U.S. Census Bureau
9 RealtyTrac

COVERINGS INSTALLATION & DESIGN AWARDS RECOGNIZE SUPERIOR WORK IN TILE AND STONE

Ten outstanding tile and stone projects have been selected as winners of the Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, which honors exceptional design and installation of tile and stone in the categories of Residential Stone, Residential Tile, Commercial Stone, and Commercial Tile. An esteemed panel of prominent editors, top designers, and industry professionals evaluated submissions based on execution, original usage, and overall design and purpose, and gave distinct recognition to those projects demonstrating outstanding tile and stone applications.

“The CID Awards program is important because it exemplifies how beautiful product, design artistry, and a high level of technical skill come together to create breathtaking architecture and design,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “Coverings offers its congratulations to all of the recognized honorees.”

This year’s winners and their projects were honored at a special reception, held Wednesday, May 9.  The 2018 CID winners and special honorees are as follows:

 

DESIGN

GRAND PRIZE

Project: Exclusive Residential Apartment

Designer: Farr Interiors

Location: Milwaukee, WI

 

Commercial Stone Design

Project: Kitchen and Bath Design Showroom

Designer: Empire Kitchen & Bath

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Commercial Tile Design

Project: Riverchase Galleria

Designer: Architecture Design Collaborative

Location: Hoover, AL

 

Residential Stone Design

Project: Luxury Modern Design

Designer: Gaskin Designs & Development

Location: West Hollywood, CA

 

Residential Tile Design

Project: Knollwood Kitchen

Designer: SOURCE

Location: Atlanta, GA

 

INSTALLATION

GRAND PRIZE

Project: Trinity Dome

Installer: Rugo Stone LLC

Location: Washington, DC

 

Commercial Stone Installation

Project: 609 Main

Installer: Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.

Location: Houston, TX

 

Commercial Tile Installation

Project: Apple Campus 2 Gateway Tunnel

Installer: California Tile Installers

Location: Cupertino, CA

 

 

Residential Stone Installation

Project: Black & White Marble Bathroom

Installer: Columbia River Tile & Stone, Inc.

Location: Portland, OR

 

Residential Tile Installation

Project: Interference Pattern: Bold Colors Weave Together and Collide in a Vashon Island Home

Installer: Tile Design by Edelstein

Location: Vashon Island, WA

Six honorable mentions were given in two additional categories, recognizing international projects and projects creatively using tile in public spaces. These special recognitions were awarded as follows:

Special Recognition – International:

  • Puritsu Façade: Designed by Anoma in New Delhi, India
  • The Almost Invisible School: Designed by Imagen Subliminal in Salamanca, Villares de la Reina, Spain
  • TUNATECA BALFEGO Restaurant: Designed by El Equipo Creativo in Barcelona, Spain
  • Laan van Spartaan; Amsterdam Student Housing: Designed byLevantina The Natural Stone Company in Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Special Recognition – Creative Tile in Public Spaces

  • Hand Made Ceramic Tile Mural ‘City of Fog’:Designed by Linda Larson Artin San Francisco, CA
  • The Great Wall of Zacatlan – A Monumental Mosaic Mural in Mexico:Designed by Trish Metzner in Zacatlan De Las Manzanas, Puebla, Mexico

The grand prize winners received $3,000, while prize winners in all other categories received $2,000. In addition, all winners won a free one-night stay in Atlanta to attend the Coverings 2018 show.

The judging panel included Jen Quail, Editor in Chief of i+D; Nicole Esposito-Polly, design editor of This Old House; Jennifer Richinelli of BNP Media/Stone World; Chris Abbate of Novità Communications, representing Ceramics of Italy; Lori Dolnick of Frank Advertising, representing Tile of Spain; Kathy Meyer and Stephanie Samulski of the Tile Council of North America; Bart Bettiga of the National Tile Contractors Association; John Cox of Cox Tile; and Nyle Waterford of Neuse Tile Service, Inc.

Look for images of all the winning entries in the June issue of TileLetter!

Tempest Ceramic Tile Collection

Our Newest Generation of Travertine-Look Ceramic Tile

The elegance of natural travertine in a care-free ceramic is a combination design aficionados are crushing over. Take one look at MSI’s Tempest Ceramic Tile Collection and it’s easy to understand why.

In three go-with-anything neutral hues: Beige, Grey, and Natural, this affordable matte finish ceramic tile is understated, but won’t go unnoticed. Offered in a classic 12×24″ tile, along with space-stretching 13″x13″ and 18″x18″ formats, as well as mosaic and bullnose tile, Tempest is a comprehensive ceramic collection.

Suitable for floors, walls, showers, backsplashes, and countertops, it’s perfect for coordinated installations that give your space a unified look. What’s more, with durability on its side and no polishing or sealing required, you’ll spend more time enjoying your kitchen, bath, or any other room—and less time stressing over it.

Trending and timeless, explore the Tempest Ceramic Tile Collection and discover the travertine-look tile you’ll enjoy for years.

Thursday: Tiny Houses, Signature Parties and Hand-Print Murals

Coverings 2018 – Day 3

The Global Tile & Stone Experience has big things planned for today, Thursday, May 10. Keep reading to see what you need to be a part of during Day 3 of Coverings 2018.

Must Go > Coverings Celebration Party

Tonight is the night! Join your industry friends at the Coverings Celebration Party at the College Football Hall of Fame! From 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM celebrate a fantastic show and awesome industry at this unique and interactive venue, located right next to the GWCC. You can still purchase tickets at registration – join us!
Sponsored by: TCNA

Must See > Completed Tiny Houses

After months of planning and hard work, the Installation Design Showcase and its three tiny houses are complete! At 3:00 PM today in Booth 8804, meet with the leading designers and NTCA Five Star contractors who collaborated on the Showcase and learn what it took to pull together these vignettes. During this one-hour, interactive session, you will tour the three tiny houses and discover every detail of the spaces.

Must Participate > Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural

Make your mark on the tile industry in Booth 9612 (Hall C). The Tile Heritage Foundation invites all attendees and exhibitors to leave their imprint on tile for the Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural. With just a $25 donation, you can press your hands, name, thoughts or logos into a wet clay tile and become a part of the mural.

Must Pet > Shelter Dogs at the Art Tile Courtyard

In case you haven’t already heard the buzz (or barking), but there are some seriously adorable dogs on the Coverings show floor. The TCNA Art Tile Courtyard, Booth 7249, located in the heart of the Art Tile Village, is featuring beautifully tiled doghouses provided by TCNA members. These decorated doghouses are wonderful displays of creativity using tile and will be donated to an Atlanta-area pet charity during a ceremony taking place today. Stop by, view the doghouses, and pet some pooches!

Must Attend > Today’s Sessions

Looking to increase profits? Productivity? Safety? Look no further than the Coverings 2018 conference program. Sessions begin at 8:30 AM today and include: Skin vs. System, Women in Stone – A Stone Project Model, Managing the Health of Your Business: Distribution Best Practices, Know Your Importer/Exporter, Silica Exposure and Employee Safety in the Stone Industry, and more! View the complete Thursday schedule.

 

TCNA Members Donate Tiled Doghouses To Homeless Pets Foundation

Fourteen members of Tile Council of North America, Inc. (TCNA) will donate lovingly-tiled, one-of-a-kind doghouses to the Homeless Pets Foundation at Coverings 2018 in Atlanta, GA.
The participating companies include: AlysEdwards Tile & Stone (#7355), American Wonder Porcelain (#7421), Casa Ceramica (#7243), Crossville, Inc. (#7654), Del Conca USA (#1616), Fiandre (#7646), Florida Tile (#7620), International Wholesale Tile (#4031), Ironrock (#7133), Lunada Bay Tile (#8062), Marazzi (#2817), New Ravenna (#8233), Quemere Designs (#7448), and StonePeak Ceramics (#7847).
The forms used to make these doghouses were manufactured by Wedi (#7109) and contributed by Wedi and TCNA (#7832). “TCNA is excited to partner this year with the Homeless Pets Foundation to help them achieve their goal of rescuing homeless pets,” remarked TCNA Executive Director Eric Astrachan. “TCNA members’ generosity, effort, and dedication to this terrific cause is evident in each of the wonderfully crafted, unique masterpieces on display in the Art Tile Courtyard. The doghouses are a showcase of yet one more way tile can be used to make a home a work of art.”
“We are very pleased to have been chosen to receive these amazing doghouses,” remarked Dr. Michael Good, founder of the Homeless Pets Foundation. “This partnership with TCNA and its members will help us raise funds to further our mission of saving pets’ lives both through local adoptions and by transporting them with the Underhound Railroad to areas of the country where the adoption demand is higher. Thank you to TCNA and its members for their support!”
During the show the doghouses (and some four-legged guests from the Homeless Pets Foundation!), will be on display in the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard (#7249), where a donation ceremony will be held at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 10th.
About the Homeless Pets Foundation:
The Homeless Pets Foundation is a 100% volunteer-run organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership, aiding abandoned and homeless animals, and placing adoptable dogs and cats in forever homes. Since its founding in 1998, it has placed more than 10,000 pets into loving homes.
Dr. Michael Good, owner of Town and Country Veterinary Clinic, founded the Homeless Pets Foundation when he saw firsthand the need to get adoptable pets out of overcrowded shelters to prevent unnecessary euthanasia.
Through his Underhound Railroad program, Dr. Good helps dogs in the South that are about to be put down find loving homes in other areas of the country. Overpopulation in Southern pet shelters leads to life-threatening scenarios for adoptable dogs and cats, while shelters in the Midwest and Northeast struggle to find the pets wanted by their clients. Dr. Good finds pets that are nearing the end of their time at local shelters and matches them with shelters in the Midwest and Northeast where demand is higher. These pets are then taken to no-kill shelters or matched with families who will give them loving homes.
Not only does the Underhound Railroad transport these pets, but they also provide them with veterinary care to ensure they are healthy and ready to travel and join their new families once they arrive.
For more information about the Homeless Pets Foundation and the Underhound Railroad, please visit https://homelesspets.com and http://www.underhoundrailroad.com.

Landmark Ceramics New Porcelain Pavers Installation Guide

Frontier20 New Porcelain Pavers Installation Guide

Frontier20, the ultimate porcelain paver experience for outdoor application

This installation manual will provide the installer with a new guide on how to properly install Frontier20 Porcelain Pavers as well as educate the consumer on how to maintain the appearance andfunctionality of the porcelain pavers

(Please note: the installation guide is only available in PDF format) 

 

 

Why Tile Launches A&D Tools in Commercial Sector Launch

Why Tile announces the next release of the tile industry’s marketing and education initiative with the launch of the Commercial Guide section of the website, complete with new content and tools for Architects, Designers, and Specifiers.
The tile industry collaborates on the Why Tile campaign, which debuted at Coverings 2017 with a residential section. Major industry organizations contribute to Why Tile, including: Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), Tile Contractors Association of America, and Tile Heritage Foundation (THF), in addition to manufacturers worldwide. Why Tile is coordinated by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).
The Why Tile website is designed to educate about the numerous benefits of ceramic tile and inspire the limitless design options of ceramic tile. It’s not a “path to purchase” website, but rather Why Tile is designed to help consumers, and now the A&D sector, use tile in their projects and help them understand the benefits of using tile for their specific applications.
WhyTile.com will continue to evolve and this next launch furthers the value WhyTile.com provides as a planning tool,” says Kathy Meyer, Marketing Director, TCNA. “You’ll find the commercial site loaded with fun inspiration, and also the data necessary for making an informed commercial space specification.”
“We’ve chosen to launch Why Tile advances at Coverings because this is where our industry comes together,” says Eric Astrachan, Executive Director, TCNA. “There’s so much excitement in our community for this work. We are proud to unveil and celebrate these next steps that will guide and support professionals with their choice of ceramic tile.”
Learn more by attending Why Tile QuickFire sessions while at Coverings (Tuesday – Thursday):
  1. 1. Do You Know What’s in Your Floor Covering?
  2. 2. Ceramic Tile is the Greenest Option
  3. 3. Ceramic Tile vs. Competitive Products
  4. 4. Health, Wellness & Ceramic Tile
  5. 5. Durability of Ceramic Tile
  6. 6. The Value of Ceramic Tile from a Realtor Perspective
You’ll also enjoy the Why Tile video playing continuously in Connector B/C and the Installation Experience (Booth #8401).

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.

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