Customized parking garage completes shopping center makeover

Close up image of EFFE.ESSE COSTRUZIONI SRL beginning work in the La Plaia Shopping Center parking garage. They were allotted less than two weeks to install the SPARTACOTE flooring system throughout the entire space.

On the island of Sardinia, Italy, in the heart of Cagliari, tourists and locals alike are subject to anything one could ever want in a vacation or life of leisure: history, art, views of the Mediterranean, fine cuisine, and of course, shopping. 

While highlights of the city include 13th-century architecture, La Plaia – Centro Commerciale, a prominent shopping center in the middle of town, was seeking restoration to update and modernize, after not having any renovations since the shopping center was built in 1983.

To kick off the nearly two-year construction project, which began in 2016, the eponymous architectural firm Mario Dal Molin and general contractor SIGEF SRL set out to renovate and expand the shopping center by 13,993 sq. ft. (1,300 square meters). The goal behind the changes would be to offer customers a vaster selection of retail options, and provide the community with areas for socialization, such as a new on-site bar. In addition to the interior shopping center updates, 64,583 sq. ft. (6,000 square meters) of parking garage space would need to be reconstructed since the concrete screed in place had been completely destroyed. 

The installing contractor, EFFE.ESSE COSTRUZIONI SRL, using measuring tape to ensure straight line work.

“After briefly meeting Mario Dal Molin at an industry event, we were quickly able to convince him that the LATICRETE® SPARTACOTE™ product line was the top choice to repair the garage,” said Antonella Mura, the LATICRETE Sales Area Manager for Sardinia. “We educated his firm on the product lines’ technical features and demonstrated how the resinous flooring could enhance the parking garage experience by extending the overall design of the building to an unlikely place. Ultimately, the parking garage would be a huge part of elevating the entire shopping experience at La Plaia – Centro Commerciale.” 

Utilizing resinous flooring in projects is increasing in popularity with tile contractors, due to the ease of install and variety this type of floor coating offers to customers as an alternative to large-format or more traditional tile or stone floors.

The Challenges 

White lines of SPARTACOTE FLEX SB to guide traffic.

Customized design: In the past, aesthetics were often not considered when selecting floor coatings for parking areas. However, studies show that floors can elevate the overall shopping experience and boost morale. To liven up the space more than a standard concrete floor could, the design team was able to customize the look and finish of the floors with a pop of color using the LATICRETE products – allowing them to pull the shopping center’s desired experience through the entire development, from arrival to departure. 

Tight time frame: Although the shopping center would undergo a multi-year renovation process, the installing contractor EFFE.ESSE COSTRUZIONI SRL was allotted less than two weeks to install the SPARTACOTE flooring system throughout the entire parking garage before the grand re-opening. To ensure a successful installation within the desired time frame, the execution needed to be exceptional and the product performance needed to hold up the first time around. 

A LATICRETE solution 

To maintain the desired appearance of the yellow safety lines and deter any color fading or peeling, SPARTACOTE FLEX SB was used.

To maintain the desired appearance of the yellow safety lines and deter any color fading or peeling, SPARTACOTE FLEX SB was used.

One of the unique benefits that piqued the architect’s interest in installing resinous flooring in the parking garage is the product’s ability to customize the look and finish of any environment. The SPARTACOTE line of resinous flooring also offers reduced floor maintenance, which is beneficial in high-traffic areas, and superior chemical and stain resistance, making this system an excellent choice to uphold a fresh-looking appearance. 

With a team of six, EFFE.ESSE COSTRUZIONI SRL used LATAPOXY® 309, a two-component epoxy adhesive, to close several joints throughout the parking garage. LATAPOXY 309 is solvent-free and possesses high adhesion and anti-slip agents, ideal for this type of environment. Additionally, this product can cure in difficult conditions, such as those with a high presence of moisture, which can be typical for garages. 

To coat the floors, EFFE.ESSE COSTRUZIONI SRL applied SPARTACOTE FLEX SB™ across the entire 64,583-sq.-ft. (6,000-square meter) garage in a light blue finish. On top of the coating, the team also applied white lane dividers and yellow safety lines to guide traffic. To maintain the desired appearance, SPARTACOTE FLEX SB is UV-resistant, which will help to deter any color fading or peeling in the sunlight. 

Thanks to the products’ rapid cure rates and user-friendly working times, EFFE.ESSE COSTRUZIONI SRL’s team of six efficiently finished nearly 4,305 sq. ft. (400-square meters) per hour – allowing the garage surface to be completed in only 11 days! 

Outcome 

La Plaia - Centro Commerciale opened its doors for a grand re-opening celebration in March of 2018.

La Plaia – Centro Commerciale opened its doors for a grand re-opening celebration in March of 2018.

“Everyone involved in the La Plaia – Centro Commerciale renovation was pleased with the high-quality result of the LATICRETE products used in the parking garage,” said Roberta Marchi, LATICRETE Regional Director Europe Assistant. “The new garage floor is a showstopper, and something memorable for visitors to see when they first visit. Our team received many thanks for the support provided on the jobsite. Whether it was outlining product features or providing installation tips, LATICRETE was there to lend a helping hand every step of the way.” 

Completed in 2018, La Plaia – Centro Commerciale opened its doors for a grand re-opening celebration on March 27 and to the public on March 28. 

The completed La Plaia Shopping Center parking garage.

The completed La Plaia Shopping Center parking garage.

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Latest tile design and installation innovations from TCNA

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) is an international trade association representing North American manufacturers of ceramic tile, installation materials, glazes and raw materials, tools, and related products. This year, over 120 TCNA members will showcase their latest offerings at Coverings in Orlando. In addition to the latest tile designs and installation innovations, you’ll discover what’s new in the world of tools, machinery, and installation materials, all in the TCNA North American Pavilion. 

TCNA logoBooth #3219

The TCNA booth (#3219) is in the center of it all as your information and hospitality hub throughout the week. TCNA will offer complimentary lunch (no wristband required) and afternoon happy hour (cash, credit, and drink tickets accepted). So stop by, refuel, and network with the leading industry associations co-exhibiting with TCNA: the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the International Masonry Institute

TCNA booth

Complimentary lunch is served daily, with happy hours each afternoon.

(IMI), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), and the Tile Heritage Foundation (THF). Discounts on TCNA literature will be available for those of you looking to round out your technical library. Additionally, TCNA’s Lab Services team will be on hand to discuss the research and testing offered at TCNA’s state-of-the-art Product Performance Testing Laboratory – North America’s largest tile-and-stone-specific facility for independent testing and research. To get a glimpse of “a day in the life” of the TCNA Lab, catch the session “Tile Testing 101: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Products are Tested for Quality and Performance” (Thursday, 8:00 -9:00 am). 

Leading associations are co-located with TCNA in booth

Leading associations are co-located with TCNA in booth

“Why Tile” Quickfire Sessions

Eric of TCNA

20-minute mini-sessions are packed with information on the benefits offered by tile.

Put these 20-minute mini-sessions on your agenda! Running Tuesday through Friday, these bite-sized sessions are packed with information on the inherent benefits tile has to offer: “Healthy, WELL, and Wise with Tile,” “Tile’s Greenhouse Wheelhouse,” “Tile’s Unrivaled Time-Tested Durability,” “Peace of Mind Under Your Feet,” and “How Smart Phones are Changing the Way We Think and Approach Design.” Check the Coverings app or Show Directory for times and locations.

Building green

TCNA and TCNA members are synonymous with leadership in building green with tile. For example, the UL-certified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for North American tile, tile mortars and tile grouts provide unrivaled transparency on the environmental impact of a full tile installation. These EPDs make it easier for green builders, designers and specifiers to make informed decisions that satisfy the requirements in top green building rating systems including LEED, Green Globes, 2018 IgCC-ASHREA 189.1, and ICC 700. Additionally, those seeking LEED building certification can also look to Green Squared Certified products, which contribute toward the LEED Pilot Credit for “Certified Multi-Attribute Products and Materials.” For the latest on tile sustainability, be sure to catch TCNA’s Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives, Bill Griese, in the session “Transparency Trilogy Part I: Transparency in Materials” where he’ll review ongoing industry initiatives to provide transparency and health-related information to satisfy supply chain demands (Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.). 

Installation Demonstration Stage, #3138

The Coverings Installation Demonstration stage #3138 shows products and methods in action, from the pros.

The Coverings Installation Demonstration stage shows products and methods in action.

The North American Pavilion offers you a first look at the newest installation materials, technologies and tools. Throughout the show, TCNA exhibitors and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) will provide live product demos at the Coverings Installation Demonstration Stage (#3138). Get an up-close look at the latest products in action and tips from pros on how to navigate common challenges. While you’re there, enter to win one of the many drawings between demonstrations.

Installation & Design Experience, #3538

New in 2019 is the Installation & Design Experience (#3538), which is sure to be a main attraction. This multi-faceted feature will include a lounge as well as hospitality vignettes by top designers. Also included is an area focused on installation and education, with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) onsite providing information for installers looking to advance their careers. Additionally, guided tours of the Installation Materials District will leave from the lounge at 11:00 am (Tuesday – Thursday) with lunch to follow at noon, and happy hour in the lounge beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Canine creations featured in the Art Tile Village

One-of-a-kind tiled doghouses will be displayed in the courtyard of the Art Tile Village in the North American Pavilion.

One-of-a-kind tiled doghouses will be displayed in the courtyard of the Art Tile Village in the North American Pavilion.

The Art Tile Village – the largest assembly of decorative tile artisans under one roof – has become a favorite destination for show-goers. Beautiful and unique offerings from boutique tile makers across the continent are on display. In the courtyard (#4209), you’ll also see one-of-a-kind tiled dog houses created by TCNA members. These artful abodes will be donated to an Orlando-area pet charity, which will be onsite during the show with some furry, four-legged companions. Be sure to stop by – you may just make a new friend! 

Whether your main objective at Coverings is to network with colleagues, find design inspiration from the newest trends, or learn about the latest advancements in tile technology, exciting discoveries await you in the TCNA North American Pavilion.

Ceramics of Italy celebrates the legacy of tile at Coverings 2019

Ceramics of Italy logoFor the 2019 edition of Coverings, the Italian Pavilion will showcase a vast array of cutting-edge tile and installation products in over 75 booths from Ceramics of Italy member companies, while offering a delicious respite for attendees in Ceramics of Italy’s central stand. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the show, the Italian Association of Ceramics will also introduce a new two-volume book, Mater Ceramica, that delves into the history of ceramics and Italian tile design over the past 70 years, which will serve as an invaluable resource to the industry.

Strada Dinamica

The Italian Pavilion will showcase a vast array of cutting-edge tile and installation products.

The Italian Pavilion will showcase a vast array of cutting-edge tile and installation products.

The Italian Association of Ceramics will introduce a new two-volume book, Mater Ceramica, that delves into the history of ceramics and Italian tile design over the past 70 years.

The Italian Association of Ceramics will introduce a new two-volume book, Mater Ceramica.

In the middle of the Italian Pavilion, attendees will find the Ceramics of Italy booth “Strada Dinamica” situated like an open piazza. In fact, the designers at e+i studio modeled the exhibit after a lively Italian streetscape with standing communal tables, landscaped benches, and a coffee bar and café, all clad in tile to demonstrate the versatility and durability of Italian products. The floor, set on a raised system by Newfloor, is constructed from grey, large-format porcelain tile from Lea Ceramiche while the curvilinear furnishings are custom cut from Florim’s Magnum Oversize tiles. The space serves as the perfect meeting point for attendees to network over coffee or take a break from the tradeshow floor. It also houses an information kiosk where visitors can learn more about exhibitors in the Italian pavilion and initiatives the Italian industry is supporting to promote the benefits and use of ceramic and porcelain tiles, grouts and more.

Trends and innovations

New products will be on display at the pavilion’s exhibitors, including Ariana Storm for outdoors Visitors will find the Italian Pavilion full of inspiration and innovation this year, with a multitude of new products spurred by technological advancements and shifting cultural trends. As Italian companies continue to invest in new production equipment, their product lines are evolving into a whole suite of surfacing tools with a variety of sizes, thicknesses and finishes developed around a single design. At this year’s show, visitors can expect to find tiles ranging from 3-30mm thick, including a new 12mm thick tile specifically designed for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, tables and outdoor kitchens. 

 

Fondovalle My Top

New products will be on display at the pavilion’s exhibitors, including and Fondovalle My Top.

Meanwhile, gauged porcelain tiles continue to grow in popularity with designs ranging from hyper-realistic natural looks to dark florals and geometric patterns on wallpaper-like panels. Of course, tile is also a natural fit for outdoor environments with its low water absorption rate and high breakage loads, and companies are continuously expanding their systems of porcelain pavers, which are starting to replace stone in museums and residences around the country.

Last year, Ceramics of Italy participated in the Installation Design Showcase tiny house project. This year, Glenda Wright of HHCP will work with NTCA Five-Star Contractor Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., to create a hidden oasis vignette using Italian tile products.

Installation & Design Experience

Ceramics of Italy is proud to support the Coverings Showcase for the eighth year in a row, which will be situated inside the new Installation & Design Experience. Demonstrating the synergy among innovative products, creative design and expert installation, Glenda Wright of the Orlando-based architecture firm HHCP will work with a team from NTCA Five-Star Contractor Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., to create a hidden oasis vignette using Italian tile products. Attendees are invited to visit the space throughout the show to see the vignette come to life and meet the design and installation teams to learn about their inspiration, process, challenges and best practices.

Events and sessions

Off the show floor, representatives from Ceramics of Italy will participate in a number of talks and educational sessions on important topics for all industry professionals, from the latest tile trends to changes in the marketplace and transparency in materials and shipping. 

“The Changing Market for Ceramic Tile in the U.S.”
Tuesday, April 9, 3:00 p.m. 

Donato Grosser, President of Grosser Consulting, along with Santo Torcivia, President of Marketing Insights, will offer updates on the current state of the ceramic tile marketplace during their annual presentation 

“Transparency in Materials”
Wednesday, April 10, 1:30 p.m.

Ceramics of Italy will participate in the first of a three-part series in the Coverings Conference Program that addresses the issue of material transparency across product categories. 

“Transparency in Handling and Shipping”
Wednesday, April 10, 3:00 p.m.

This second session series in the Coverings Conference Program – co-presented by Confindustria Ceramica and CTDA – will explore the journey of products from the factory to point of sale, and how it should be traceable and safe for people and the environment. 

“Global Tile Trends”
Thursday, April 11, 2:00 p.m.

Cristina Faedi, Manager of Promotional Activities for Ceramics of Italy, will discuss the latest tile trends, material innovations and creative applications with other tile industry experts during the annual session. Immediately afterwards, Coverings Ambassador Alena Capra will guide visitors on a walking tour to see the trends in person.

Follow the “Made in Italy” trademark throughout the show to find products defined by high aesthetic quality, durability, and environmental responsibility. For those unable to attend the show, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about the Italian tile industry, visit www.ceramica.info.

MAPEI goes to Yale School of Management

MAPEI gets straight As for crack isolation, large-format tile installation and waterproofing solutions

A private institution founded in 1701, Yale University resides on 315 urban acres in New Haven, Conn. Its graduate business programs are part of the Yale School of Management, and follow an integrated MBA curriculum in which students study “raw” cases and analyze a wide array of materials. 

The English tiles from Royal Mosa, predominantly the 12” x 24” (30 x 61 cm) size, were installed in the lobby with Ultraflex LFT and grouted with Ultracolor Plus.

The school conducts education and research in leadership, economics, operations management, marketing, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, and other areas; at this time, its most acclaimed programs are finance, strategic management, and organizational behavior. The school offers a wide range of graduate-level academic programs and concentrations, and is known for its finance faculty, emphasis on ethics, and International Center for Finance. In addition, the school has an Executive MBA degree program with opportunities for focused study in healthcare, asset management or sustainability. The school also offers student exchange programs with HEC Paris, IESE, the London School of Economics, and Tsinghua University.

Mapeguard 2 was used in many of the large-format tile areas to protect it from cracking.

Edward P. Evans Hall houses the Yale School of Management. The 242,000-sq.-ft. campus opened in January 2014. The building is situated at the northern end of the Yale University campus at 165 Whitney Avenue. The building was designed by Foster + Partners, Design Architect with Gruzen Samton, Architect of Record. Foster + Partners is the prominent firm chaired by Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lord Norman Foster (1962 graduate of Yale School of Architecture). 

Edward P. Evans Hall is home to state-of-the-art classrooms, faculty offices, academic centers, and student and meeting spaces organized around an enclosed courtyard. The design is intended to create a teaching and learning environment that will support the school’s integrated MBA curriculum and connect the Yale School of Management (SOM) community.

Atlantic Masonry does the majority of the tile installation work at Yale University, and they were called in to work with general contractor Dimeo Construction on this project.

The crews installed quarry tile in the kitchens, porcelain tile from Daltile in the bathrooms, and a large-format English porcelain tile from Royal Mosa in the first-floor lobby surrounding the courtyard.

MAPEI products at work on the jobsite

Ultraflex LFT, Ultracolor Plus with the Mapesil 100% silicone sealant were also used for the quarry tiles in the kitchens and the black-and-white porcelain tiles in the bathrooms.

Various large-format tiles from England were used throughout this project. Mapeguard 2 was used in many of the large-format tile areas to protect it from cracking. Tile sizes include 24” x 24” (61 x 61 cm), 18” x 18” (46 x 46 cm), 12” x 18” (30 x 46 cm) and 12” x 24” (30 x 61 cm). Smaller sizes were also used on walls and floors in the bathroom installations. 

Atlantic Masonry does the majority of the tile installation work at Yale University, and they were called in to work with general contractor Dimeo Construction on this project. The crews installed quarry tile in the kitchens, porcelain tile from Daltile in the bathrooms, and a large-format English porcelain tile from Royal Mosa in the first-floor lobby surrounding the courtyard.

Wall tiles in bathrooms were grouted with Keracolor U unsanded grout.

The work began with the application of a pre-screed composed of sand and cement fortified with Planicrete AC. This mixture was used in a mud-set application to cover the tubing of an underfloor radiant-heating system. The most important aspect of this step was to ensure that the installers did not break any of the heating tubes; so, when the installers were pre-screeding, they continually tested the tubing to make sure nothing was damaged.

Over top of the pre-screed, the Atlantic Masonry crews applied Mapeguard 2 premium crack-isolation and sound-reduction membrane to protect the large-format tiles from cracking – “issues that are becoming too common with the increase in tile dimensions in educational facilities, such as this Yale project, ” said Atlantic Masonry Project Manager Mike Coassin. Atlantic Masonry prefers Mapeguard 2 because it is thicker and denser than competitive products, and the installers think it does a better job in the long run.

Over top of the pre-screed, the Atlantic Masonry crews applied Mapeguard 2 premium crack-isolation and sound-reduction membrane to protect the large-format tiles from cracking.

The English tiles from Royal Mosa, predominantly the 12” x 24” (30 x 61 cm) size, were installed in the lobby with Ultraflex LFT and grouted with Ultracolor Plus. Mapesil 100% silicone sealant was used at the soft joints in the lobby – approximately every 15 to 20 ft. (4,57 to 6,10 m).

These setting materials were also used for the quarry tiles in the kitchens and the black-and-white porcelain tiles in the bathrooms. The joints in the wall tiles of the bathrooms were grouted with Keracolor U unsanded grout. The bathrooms were also waterproofed with Mapelastic AquaDefense.

Coassin commented on the project: 

Atlantic Masonry Project Manager Mike Coassin said cracking issues are becoming too common with the increase in tile dimensions in educational facilities, like the Yale project. Mapeguard 2 was utilized to prevent this.

“This was a pretty standard project for Atlantic Masonry,” Coassin said. “We have installed tile in most of the renovated and new buildings on the Yale campus, and we are very satisfied with the way the MAPEI products work for us.”

Technical data:

Project Category: Institutional – University
MAPEI Sales Rep: Mike Shay
Project Owner: Yale University
MAPEI Distributor: Daltile – North Haven, Conn.
General Contractor: Dimeo Construction
Installer Company: Atlantic Masonry
Architects: Gruzen Samton of New York, NY, and Foster + Partners Architects
Photographer: Philip Handler, AIA
Project Size: 51,000 sq. ft.

MAPEI products used:

Planicrete AC
Mapeguard 2
Ultraflex LFT
Mapelastic AquaDefense
Mapesil
Keracolor U
Ultracolor Plus

Trend insights, networking and education await you at Coverings in Orlando

I’m looking forward to another great show this year, as Coverings makes its return to sunny Orlando, Florida! With more than 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, there are so many new products and trends to look forward to. Keep an eye out for gauged porcelain panels, colorful patchwork patterns, geometric and botanical prints, interesting new stone look-alikes on porcelain, large-format looks and much more. 

To make the most of your time at the show, plan must-see conference sessions, exhibits and products in advance. Details on each will be available at coverings.com, and registered attendees can use the online pre-event planner to create a schedule and favorite exhibitors. Download the Coverings mobile app as well, to navigate show information while onsite and coordinate networking opportunities through your user profile.

In particular – be sure to take advantage of the free education sessions and CEUs at Coverings. With ample topics including project case studies, economic forecasts, industry trends, labor shortages and solutions, installation demos and cross-segment collaboration, there are learning opportunities for attendees of all backgrounds. For those of you seeking tile trend insights – I’ll be leading a tour of global tile trends on the show floor and would love for you to join!

New for 2019, Coverings has expanded the Installation & Design Experience, which will offer first-hand exploration of tile implemented by trained and certified installers, with vignettes created by local designers. Stop by to check out the latest in installation techniques, gain design inspiration and explore interactive learning features. 

With industry leaders from across the globe at the show, Coverings is also one of the best networking destinations. Connect with long-standing colleagues and coordinate time to meet new contacts at the Coverings Connect lounge and floor happy hours. 

For anyone who hasn’t yet signed up, visit coverings.com/register for free registration and details on show travel partners. It’s never too early to start planning, and I can’t wait to see you all there!

– Alena

2019 home décor trends for tile and stone

A trend trio sets the stage for fashionable interiors

From the brilliant, creative minds of Dal-Tile product designers comes a trio of fashion trends that will affect interiors for the next year. Shelly Halbert, Director of Product Design for Marazzi and American Olean – together with Laura Grilli, Senior Product Designer for Daltile and Ragno – have identified a range of home décor trends that you’ll see reflected in tile and stone products in this issue, at the Coverings expo and in showrooms across the country.

The three trends are: Wabi-Sabi, the principle of being “perfectly imperfect;” Revitalizing the Past, in which the past inspires today’s new designs; and Biophilia Design, which is all about connecting with nature. We’ll explore these trends and view products that exemplify each one.

Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi design is the Japanese-inspired interior trend that celebrates imperfection. Halbert and Grilli predict that it will become one of the favorite styles in home décor, evoking optimism that accepts our imperfections and making the most of them.

The principles of this philosophy are simplicity, irregularity, beauty in understatement, naturalness without artificiality, subtle elegance, freedom and calmness, impermanence and incompleteness. It celebrates finding beauty in imperfection. Wabi-Sabi shows up in popular culture when movie stars reveal themselves in authentic ways without filters and makeup. We all want to be accepted for what we really are because being perfect is too stressful.

Translated to interior design, Wabi-Sabi manifests in asymmetrical layouts, surfaces with texture and brush strokes, lime-washed finishes, handmade products, as well as raw and natural materials.

Wabi-Sabi colors include Blush, which creates soft and cozy rooms that make interiors feel warmer and welcoming. The vibrancy of spring is evident in mid-tone greens with a hint of yellow that evoke a sense of a fresh start. 

Waterwood™ by American Olean (seen on page 12) reflects the Wabi-Sabi trend. Inspired by European Bricola wood that graces the waterways of Venice, Waterwood is not your everyday oak look. Natural imperfections are formed after years of water exposure and these details are what bring the character and charm to Waterwood. Graceful porcelain planks in 8” x 40” or a 1-1/2” hexagon mosaic are perfect complements to uncommon designs.

Revitalizing the Past

Revitalizing the Past

Revitalizing the Past

In this trend, everything old is new again. Revitalizing the past is about romanticizing bygone times and bringing them back with fresh new design interpretations. We are seeing it not only in design but in TV shows like Downton Abbey, Outlander, Mad Men, The Goldbergs, as well as in establishments like speakeasy bars, cocktails and fashion.

This trend draws on influences from the Victorian, Art Deco, Mid Century Modern, and Memphis eras. 

  • Victorian The romantic Victorian Era was characterized by drama, wealth and luxury. Victorian design is rich and bold with deep, saturated, moody colors and textures. Homes were decorated with lavish wallpaper patterns, like paisley, stripes or florals, and lush fabrics such as velvet. Wood in parquet and chevron patterns, encaustics and marbles graced floors. Victorians loved color and used it to create drama from room to room. Dramatic Victorian colors are saturated tones of black, purple, red, yellow, gray, emerald green and navy blue. On the softer side, Victorian hues include mauve, powder pink, violet, sage, French blue and teal. Following are influences at work within the Revitalizing the Past trend.
  • Art Deco – This era was a pastiche of many different styles, sometimes contradictory, united by the desire to be modern. This style was associated with luxury and incorporated mixed metals such as bronze, brushed steel and nickel, polished or inlaid hardwood with unusual graining or patterning, dynamic marbles, circular and geometric shapes such as triangles, hex and chevrons. Art Deco colors are daring and deeply saturated – lavish cream, taupe, blackest black, stark white, orange, yellow, green, blue and pink.
  • Mid-Century Modern – From the ornate Art Deco influence, we swing to the simplicity of Mid-Century Modern, with a focus on clean lines and function. Wood is the main material in both flooring and furniture, with organic design that focuses on seamless indoor/outdoor interplay. This trend breathes through a neutral palette of brown, gray and white with accents of color, such as Dijon mustard yellow, burnt orange, teal, navy blue, olive green and deep red. The renewed Mid-Century modern also features pastel colors including Millennial pink, peach, mint green, orange sorbet and pale yellow.
  • Memphis – Memphis was a reaction against the status quo of minimalism in the ’70s. The Memphis Group wanted to turn the design world upside down with bold, funky outrageous design. Memphis means bright multi-colored furniture in asymmetrical shapes, with bold Pop Art colors and pastels. Terrazzo and laminate were used in flooring and furniture. 
Revitalizing the Past

Revitalizing the Past

Revitalizing the Past features strong and deep colors you’ll see relating to these trends. The center bar – reading from left to right on page 14 – illustrates these tones:

  • Marmalade walks the tightrope between yellow and red, adding a fresh pop of color to any modern design.
  • Spiced Nectar’s reddish orange hue evokes passion and gives energy to any design.
  • Royal Rose – Bright and powerful, this pink is a way to add playfulness to your design.
  • Vintage Violet – A passionate violet that is gentle, caring and sweet.
  • Crushed Lilac – Powdery, warm and moody, this hue fits comfortably in both past and present.
  • Starry Night – Romantic and classic, this deep blue is making a strong comeback in the design world. 
  • Windsor Green – With a gray undertone, it’s a transitional hue between gray and green. 

Conversely, Revitalizing the Past features also contain airy and pastel hues. The center bar from page 16 – reading from left to right – exemplifies these tones:

  • Pale Reflection-A mature evolution from Millennial pink, this is the perfect tone to carry us over the next few years.
  • Misty Blue-Soft and sweet, this color reflects our childhood, bringing us back down to earth. 
  • Wisteria-A timeless progression from soft pink.
  • Veranda – This muted sage green is a fresh interpretation of green for 2019.
  • Iris speaks romance! It’s sophisticated and raw.
  • Sea Side-Vibrant and playful, this blue-green can be a sweet or a bold accent. 
  • Living Coral is Pantone’s Color of the Year. 

Historia™ by MarazziEpitomizing the Revitalizing the Past trend, Historia™ by Marazzi is a classic reinterpretation of aged stones that will forever be part of our past and future, a truly timeless design. The collection features four unique stone looks that transcend both traditional and modern designs. The deep, rich visuals range from timeless marbles to a classic limestone. Layered into the designs are the natural imperfections and time-worn marks that tell the history of every piece. 

Biophilia 

Biophilia

Biophilia

We are architects, creators, engineers and builders, but we operate in relationship to the natural environment. Biophilia design is all about connecting with nature. With the modern world immersed in technology, people want an organic environment in which to live and work. Studies have shown that visual connections with nature positively impact attitude and overall happiness. 

Today, architects and designers are designing spaces that connect with nature and that are environmentally friendly. This includes sustainable architecture with large windows that allow a view of the outdoors, and outdoor spaces to work and unwind.

Tile looks such as wood and natural stones are great elements to complete these spaces, because they replicate nature and are environmentally friendly. In addition to the aesthetic, some tiles feature outdoor finishes for greater slip resistance.

This board shows the trademark colors for the Biophilia trend, from left to right:

  • Bark – Like the protective coating on a tree, this deep brown has green undertones. It can be used as the foundation of a room or can be the small detail on a neutral palette. 
  • Silk – In this fast-paced world there are days we wish we could just disappear in a cocoon. Silk is calming and warm and creates a space to escape.
  • Hunter Green is one of the colors of nature where we find peace and calm to relieve stress. Studies have shown it improves your reading ability.
  • Shine – Evoking the feeling of warm sun shining on your face, this saturated yellow will bring positivity, clarity and energy to any space. 
  • Discovery – Whether it’s deep in the ocean or out in space, we are intrigued with what we might discover. This energetic blue brings optimism and promotes further exploration to any space.
  • Lava – After its molten heat, Lava cools to a deep strong gray that grounds other colors of
    nature.
  • Natural – Colored Wood in flooring and decor are trending. They are organic and fit right into Biophilia Design.
Museo™ by Daltile

Museo™ by Daltile

Museo by Daltile is a perfect fit to the Biophilia trend with calm, neutral-color palette. It’s a true masterpiece fit for sophistication and grandeur. This artistic collection features a natural concrete with terrazzo subtly mixed into each piece. In addition, it offers a decorative accent that combines concrete with a simple elegant oak wood. Available in large-format sizes with multiple mosaic details, Museo is meant to be showcased on a grand scale. 

What’s trending in natural stone design?

Note: an earlier version of this article originally appeared on www.usenaturalstone.org.

Whether you’re planning a complete remodel or a minor refresh, small details can go a long way in kitchen and bath projects. The varied options within natural stone can elevate any room.

The intense movement of more highly-veined materials are trending in natural stone today.

One way homeowners can add warmth and a sense of calm in their rooms is by bringing in organic materials such as natural stone. While natural stone has been used throughout the home for centuries, experts agree that homeowners today are mindful of how they use the materials and are showing off its true beauty. 

Natural stone’s millennia-long popularity has not flagged one bit, and Nancy Epstein, founder and CEO of Artistic Tile, is seeing movement towards more highly veined materials and colorful natural stone. That’s not to say it’s all about color all the time. “White and grey will likely remain popular for several more years, but more adventurous designers and homeowners are beginning to embrace striking natural stones whose intense movement and dramatic colors make a statement out of a surface,” she said. 

Kitchen trends

Ornate and colorful backsplashes, are making bold statements including backsplashes going up the entire wall behind stoves and above countertops. Photo courtesy of Artistic Tile.

Incorporating natural stone as a backsplash is one easy way to update and create a bold look in a kitchen. “The spaces that resonate with us and have impact are most often created from natural stone,” said Epstein. “Manufactured products…don’t offer the intrinsic warmth or authority of natural products.” 

When it comes to kitchen trends, Suzanne Shumaker, principal of Shumaker Design + Build Associates, LLC, points out the mixing of materials, including natural stones: two types of stone for countertops, or a kitchen island that is different from the perimeter countertops. 

Where kitchens have been dominated by white over the past several years, Epstein is delighted to see color finally making a comeback. “We’re seeing more ornate and colorful backsplashes, and in a continuing trend, those backsplashes are now going up the entire wall behind stoves and above countertops,” she said. “Where designers once created smaller decorative panels, now they’re using more decorative elements on the entire backsplash, and turning backsplashes into feature walls that envelop hoods, surround cabinets, and reach up to the ceiling.”

Less-polished stone finishes such as dark granites with leathered finishes are embraced in kitchens and disguise fingerprints and watermarks, said Suzanne Shumaker, principal of Shumaker Design + Build Associates. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Shumaker for Shumaker Design + Build Associates.

Epstein notes the use of waterfall slabs for countertops and islands, and a move toward the modern minimal look of slabs flowing from countertops up onto backsplashes, waterfalled at the countertop edge so they run from ceiling to floor, with vein-matching or book-matching across each component.

Shumaker is noticing homeowners choosing different kinds of textures to add interest in their kitchens. She observes that clients are choosing less high-polished materials in favor of leathered and suede finishes, which she calls casual and sophisticated, noting that these finishes also disguise fingerprints and watermarks. She’s seeing natural stone being used in unique ways that take advantage of its durability as a material. Her clients love quartzites with elegant veining, as well as dark granites in a leathered finish. 

Quartzites with elegant veining are contemporary favorites in natural stone. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Shumaker for Shumaker Design + Build Associates.

Natural stone is a great way to create a statement piece. “Choose a colorful slab as the centerpiece and decorate around it,” recommended Epstein. “Go for monotone or high-contrast themes. Other options include adding light under your cabinets to highlight your backsplash, and book-match or vein-match whenever you can.”

A kitchen needs a design element that creates a focal point, according to Shumaker. She and her team then carefully pair that focal point with other materials that won’t compete with the core piece. Neutralizing some elements – so there are layers of interest – is key.

“Updating your backsplash or countertop will make a huge difference in your kitchen’s aesthetic,” said Epstein, who updates her own backsplash once every 15-20 years. “If you choose timeless materials, you shouldn’t need to update it any more frequently than that. If you need a complete overhaul, dig in, and do it!”

Bathroom Trends

Choose a colorful slab and decorate around it, advised Artistic Tile’s Nancy Epstein. Photo courtesy of Artistic Tile.

Shumaker is noticing her clients are focusing on one special material in the space and pairing it with materials that complement its unique character. For a recent project, she and her client chose a unique marble that they cut in large pieces and installed in a herringbone pattern. It’s a classic design, but blown up in scale. 

Today’s homeowners are making a greater commitment to bold bathrooms that are making a statement and leaving behind the sparse and monolithic look of recent years. Whether it’s full-height wall tile installations, patterns on floors or walls, or selecting warmer and richer natural materials in general, bathrooms are not as cold as they’ve been in the past. The variety of natural stone options and applications are helping to shape this trend. 

Learn more about using natural stone in kitchen and bath design at www.usenaturalstone.org. 

Bargain Mansions host Tamara Day breathes new life into Kansas City-area mansions

Tamara Day, host of Bargain Mansions on DIY Network

Tamara Day, host of Bargain Mansions on DIY Network

Returning neglected estates to their former glory is not for the faint of heart. Protecting the charm of the old home, while adding modern conveniences expected by today’s homeowner, is a daunting task on its own. Add pressing timelines and the hectic production schedules of a hit DIY Network show, and you have a glimpse into the daily challenges facing Tamara Day, host of Bargain Mansions.

Growing up in the construction trade, Day first became involved in restoration work by helping her father, Ward Schrader, maintain and repair her family’s Kansas farm building structures. Now, as an experienced design and construction expert, Day travels around the Kansas City area dramatically revamping historic homes with the latest modern amenities, while preserving character and authentic features such as exposed brick walls and original staircases. Just like old times, Day’s father can be seen by her side, but this time as her mentor. 

Bathroom of the “Farm House.”In one of the first episodes of the show’s second season, Day enlisted the help of contractor Centric Homes to overhaul the laundry room, kitchen, master bathroom, basement and bunkhouse of the “Farm House.” The new designs feature various Daltile product offerings like mosaic tile and are installed using LATICRETE® materials. 

Bathroom of the “Farm House.”“After speaking with LATICRETE, it was a no-brainer to incorporate their products throughout the entire home. They have installation materials for just about every kind of installation, allowing me the freedom to focus on creating fabulous designs for each space and not worry about how I was going to execute them,” said Day.

The Challenges 

Production deadlines: When working on a production timeline, the importance of hitting deadlines is elevated, especially when following trades need installations to be completed before they can begin their portion of the restoration. It was important that the LATICRETE products chosen be able to be installed with ease in a timely fashion.

Products for multiple applications: Not only does renovating an old home take a team of installers, but it also takes a team of products that are up to the task. From installing large-format tiles in showers around the home to leveling the concrete substrate in the basement for a flat floor, LATICRETE had a product for every design application.

Design flexibility: The Kansas City area is no stranger to the cold. When planning the “Farm House” improvements, Day mapped out two key areas where heat was a must – the large basement and master bathroom. It was vital the LATICRETE electric radiant floor heating system offer design flexibility to accommodate the unique floor plans of each space.

A LATICRETE Solution 

In recent years, interior designers have increasingly incorporated large-and-heavy tiles into their projects, which has not only presented new design possibilities but has also created new requirements and challenges. To install Daltile tiles that were 12”x24” (50.8mmx609.6mm) and larger in areas like the master bathroom shower, 257 TITANIUM™, a lightweight thin-set mortar was selected. This product features an easy-to-spread, creamy consistency for ease of use and exceeds ANSI A118.15, the industry’s highest performance standard for a cementitious- based adhesive mortar, for a long-lasting worry-free installation. 

STRATA_HEAT™ electric radiant floor heating system“The large-format tiles, installed with 257 TITANIUM, trick your eye into thinking the bathrooms are actually much roomier than they actually are,” added Day. “The tile’s large size allows for far fewer grout lines, creating an easy-to-clean, uninterrupted finish.” 

Grout colors featured in areas like the shower walls in the master bathroom and basement and the walls behind the mirror in the bunkhouse bathroom include Light Pewter, Sterling Silver, Marble Beige, Bright White and Twilight Blue. PERMACOLOR® Select Grout – the industry’s first dispersible dry pigment grout solution – was used to achieve these looks. With PERMACOLOR Select, contractors gain increased productivity and time savings on the
jobsite, with a faster time-to-grout, and foot traffic permitted in as little as three hours. 

Radiant floor heating is a high-end design feature that is growing in popularity in both new homes and renovations that focus on clean, comfortable living. To prepare the basement floors for the installation of STRATA_HEAT™ electric radiant floor heating system and the following floor covering, NXT® Level, a cement-based underlayment for use in leveling interior substrates was chosen. Centric Homes used this product to produce a flat, smooth and hard surface. Once cured, NXT Level is durable, fire- and heat-resistant, non-combustible, non-sensitive to moisture and maintenance-free. 

Unlike most other systems, the STRATA_HEAT Wire used to heat the floors in the basement and master bathroom does not have a minimum on straight-run lengths and will not interfere with other electronics in the vicinity. For added design flexibility, this product is highly customizable with multiple spacing options for variability in heat output, making it easy to work in the uniquely shaped rooms. 

As the world becomes more focused on smart home technology, the tile and flooring industry has been tasked to develop products like the STRATA_HEAT electric radiant floor heating system that keeps up with and adapts to a new way of living. To control the system, the homeowners will use the STRATA_HEAT Wi-Fi Thermostat, a smart-focused thermostat that is compatible with home automation devices and can learn homeowner routines to reduce heat usage by up to 25%. 

Outcome 

“The pictures speak for themselves. The Farm House went from unruly to an absolute knockout! Thanks to the wide array of LATICRETE products, we were able to make the vision for this home possible,” said Day. “Being able to bring a home back to life is why I love what I do, and working with companies like LATICRETE makes it easy.” 

Full episodes of the dramatic Bargain Mansions makeovers can be seen on DIY Network. The show can also be streamed via the network app, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU and Google Play.

LATICRETE products will be featured throughout the entire second season. 

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