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Crossville recognized with multiple ADEX awards

Crossville, Tenn.—Six of Crossville’s porcelain tile collections were recently recognized with ADEX awards. Crossville’s Handwritten collection received Platinum recognition; the Notorious and Seta collections received Gold recognitions; the Nest and Calce collections received Silver recognitions; and the Cava collection was recognized as a finalist.

Crossville’s Handwritten wall tile collection is inspired by artisanal craftsmanship. With its range of creative shapes, sizes and colors, this line empowers designers to create truly custom installations for commercial and residential interior walls.

The manufacturer’s Notorious porcelain tile collection offers big city style in the distinct look of concrete, with the technical performance Crossville products are known for.

Seta, inspired by the luxurious fabric of silk, is one of Crossville’s gauged porcelain tile panel collections. The surface visual of these large format tiles reveals the replication of delicate silk strands woven throughout the nuanced appearance of the line’s four color options.

The Nest collection is an alternative to wood for floors and walls, and it supports cleaner, healthier interiors while standing up to high traffic wear and tear. The collection authentically captures the sophisticated, clean graining of both olive and American oak species in a durable, versatile porcelain body.

Crossville’s Calce collection is marked by neutral colors and delicate nuances. The large format porcelain tile line is inspired by wet plaster and concrete. The combination results in a soft, chalky visual that is both sophisticated and contemporary.

With looks as good as natural stone delivered straight from the quarry, Crossville’s Cava offers all the style with unsurpassable performance. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Crossville created each vein of the line’s four colors to be rendered with authentic effect on each 1m x 3m panel.

All products are viewable at crossvilleinc.com.

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Ceramics of Italy present top tile trends for 2018

New York, N.Y.—Ceramics of Italy has gathered the top tile trends dominating the booths at Cersaie, the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and sanitaryware furnishings. Following are the top 10 trends.

Botanical. While floral designs have been around since decorative tile was invented, botanical is a new trend reflecting two movements in the design industry. The first is a focus on health and wellness and the incorporation of the natural world into interiors. Meanwhile, the influence of tropical modernism has seeped into interiors and product design, which can be seen in this year’s abundance of palm, cacti and other flora-inspired patterns.

Deconstructed. Tile companies are constantly seeking new ways to add movement and volume to the flat surface, whether by texture, pattern, or tromp l’oiel effect. Deconstructed is the most recent example, featuring a breakdown and reconstruction of shapes that transcend the traditional rectilinear format of a tile.

Earth tones. Color palettes range from dirt, clay and sand inspired browns; forest, moss and grass-like greens; red and golden tones reminiscent of the sun; and shades of blue to evoke an oceanic feel. This trend has become popular partially due to a revival of 1970s style along with a greater focus on mother nature and its ability to create a sense of natural serenity.

Globalism. Designers and brands frequently look to other cultures for inspiration, which are exemplified in this year’s tile introductions.

New typologies. While some companies recreate the look of wood or stone to an impressive degree of realism, others mix different materials or handpick certain characteristics to form a whole new typology. This fusion of material-looks and themes result in a surreal, imaginative interpretation of tile and a potential new language for interior design.

Nostalgia. People often look to design for an escape and in this current political climate it’s unsurprising that companies are turning to the past to bring people a euphoric boost..

Painterly. There is an overarching softness and romanticism in the design world today with gentle curves, washes of color and the unmistakable touch of an artist’s hand. Tile is no exception with this year’s collections featuring hand painted patterns, sketches and illustrations, marbled effects and watercolor designs.

Pastels. Moving beyond the celebrity of millennial pink, shades of blush, lavender, sea green and pale yellow can be found in dozens of floor and wall tiles. Less saturated than primary colors, pastels create a light, soft and calming effect, which dovetails with a few other trends from this year from Painterly to Nostalgia.

Terrazzo twist. Already a popular trend in interior design and fashion, terrazzo started popping up in the tile industry last year and has grown to become a potential new mainstay, on par with marble, wood and concrete designs. Dozens of designs are now available ranging from cement to epoxy terrazzo, traditional to modern colors and glossy to matte finishes.

Weathered. A departure from the soft, romantic effects of the other trends, weathered is a style with staying power. From stones with scratch marks and colored rustic planks to rusted tin tiles and oxidized metals, these tiles mirror an ongoing fascination with unfinished spaces, worn surfaces and vintage effects.

 

 

 

 

 

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Crossville Bohemia collection empowers boho-chic style

Bohemia-by-Crossville_Retail_Detail_CCrossville, Tenn.—Crossville has launched Bohemia, the brand’s latest porcelain tile collection. Taking inspiration from the history and spirit of nomadic cultures, the line offers unconventional takes on texture and color. The versatility of sizes and hues empowers designers to incorporate boho-chic styles and adventurous, textile-like touches into their customized tile designs.

“We’re excited to see Bohemia usher in new opportunities for designers to tap into their individual styles,” said Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing, Crossville. “The fabric-finish texture and range of colors and creative options will let designers invent unique, custom looks.”

Field tiles are available in two large format sizes, 12 x 24 and 24 x 24, and are rectified for exact size consistency. The complement of trim pieces includes bullnose and covebase to allow for fully finished looks that meet installation requirements. Additionally, two mosaic options—a 3 x 3 and a basketweave, each mesh-mounted on 12 x 12 sheets for easy application—serve as creative solutions for commercial and residential projects.

Bohemia is offered in eight nuanced colors in a fabric-like, unpolished finish that is simple to maintain and highly durable. The spectrum of colors includes bold, light-to-dark neutrals, as well as blue and green offerings. The colors are inspired by—and named for—the unapologetic, informal style of the boho-chic movement: Free Spirit, Drifter, Artist, Vagabond, Tinker, Wanderer, Rebel and Beatnik.

As with all products produced at Crossville’s Tennessee manufacturing facilities, Bohemia is responsibly manufactured using sustainable processes and is Green Squared certified. It is recommended for interior floors, walls, countertops and exterior walls in both residential and commercial applications.

For more information, visit crossvilleinc.com.

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Iris Ceramica, Diesel Living partner for new Italian tile collections

ir_dsb_shade_pink_grunge_concrete_scratch_black_amb1_livingChicago—Iris Ceramica, a Fiandre Group brand, teamed up with the lifestyle fashion brand Diesel Living to present their collaboration of new floor and wall solutions, inspired by industrial and modern urban design trends.

Debuting for the first time in the U.S., the seven new eclectic ceramic and porcelain collections are Fence, Ribbed, Ribbed Oxide, Arizona Concrete, Grunge Concrete, Combustion Crackle and Shades of Blinds. Along with Diesel’s global fashion savvy and innovation, the final product was achieved together with Iris Ceramica’s technical expertise and manufacturing capabilities to produce unique, high-tech, fashion-forward architectural surfaces.

The new Diesel Living collections are now available for the U.S. market through the Fiandre Group’s distributor, Transceramica, as well as its nationwide network of distributors. The collection will also soon be on display in Fiandre’s Chicago showroom.

“We’re very excited about our collaboration with Diesel Living since it represents our shared values of creativity, technological innovation and tradition of Italian craftsmanship,” said Eugenio Megna, director of sales and marketing at Transceramica. “Iris Ceramica’s tile collection with Diesel Living is a winning combination offering unique finishes and surface solutions for both residential and commercial interiors.”

The new tile collections respond to trends that show an increasing correlation between industrial, vintage fashion and interior design trends for a raw, metropolitan cutting-edge look. The sleek styles and surface solutions are engineered for both commercial and contemporary residential projects.

While this is Diesel Living’s first foray into porcelain and ceramic surface solutions, the Diesel Living interiors collection also includes brand collaborations for furniture, lighting, kitchens, wooden floors and home accessories.

For more information on the new Iris Ceramica Diesel Living collection, please visit transceramica.com.

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Crossville launches new gauged porcelain tile panel collections

Crossville's Cava.
Crossville’s Cava.

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has announced the introduction of two gauged porcelain tile products: Calce and Cava.

Neutral colors and delicate nuances mark the face of Calce, a line inspired by wet plaster and concrete. The combination results in a soft, chalky visual that is both sophisticated and contemporary. Calce comes in six colors: Bianco, Avorio, Grigio, Tortora, Antracite and Nero. It is available in 3+mm thickness for wall use and is suitable for interior vertical surfaces

Cava brings you all of the style of natural stone with top performance. It comes in four colors: Bianco Lasa (in Polished or Bush Hammered finishes), Diamond Cream (in Bush Hammer finish), Noir Desir (in Polished finish) and Nero Greco (in Polished finish) and is available in 5.6mm thickness with finish options for floor and wall use.

For more information, visit: crossvilleinc.com/laminam-by-crossville.

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Crossville releases 2016 recycling program milestones

Toilets-into_TileCrossville, Tenn.—Crossville, a domestic tile manufacturer, has recycled 21,131,930 pounds of fired porcelain in 2016, bringing the company’s cumulative recycling total to just over 91 million pounds since the 2009 launch of the Tile Take-Back program and subsequent TOTO USA recycling partnership.

Through Tile Take-Back, Crossville is able to recycle previously installed tile collected from its distribution network, as well as scraps that result from tile cutting during installation, sizing or sample creation. Through its TOTO partnership, Crossville receives pre-consumer fired porcelain toilets that do not meet quality standards; prior to the partnership, these cast-offs were being sent to landfills for disposal, but now they are recycled for use in manufacturing new tile.

All 91 million-plus cumulative pounds of the recycled material Crossville has diverted from landfills have been or will be introduced into the tile production process. This use of recycled material during manufacturing results in Crossville maintaining its status as a net consumer of waste for a sixth consecutive year. Net waste consumption is achieved by using more waste than is created during production.

Here’s the break-out of Crossville’s total of 21,131,930 pounds of fired porcelain recycled in 2016:

  • 13,285,116 pounds fired scrap product at the company’s plant
  • 7,759,400 pounds of TOTO’s scrap porcelain
  • 87,414 pounds of post-consumer waste from the Tile Take-Back program

Additionally in 2016, Crossville removed 3,107,192 pounds of filtrate solids from dirty water and recycled back into tile production. That’s 1.4 million more pounds than were removed in 2015.

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Bostik-sponsored Design ‘N Gather gains new partners

Bostik_Logo_STD_M_4C_PWauwatosa, Wis.—Bostik, a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, has announced that Crossville and Bedrosians—two iconic tile industry companies—will be partnering in Design ‘N Gather (DNG), the annual global tile mosaic design competition created by Artaic—Innovative Mosaic and sponsored by Bostik.

DNG has invited architects, designers and mosaic design enthusiasts to submit ultra-creative mosaic interpretations for a larger-than-life mosaic “Selfie Studio” mural to be permanently installed at the Height of Decadence, Hyde Bellagio. The grand-prize winner will be unveiled May 4, at a VIP event sponsored by Bostik at the Hyde Bellagio.

“Crossville is proud to be partnering with Bostik on the Hyde Bellagio ‘Selfie Studio’ project,” said Mark Shannon, executive vice president of sales. The company’s Laminam porcelain tile panels will be installed on the Selfie Studio’s walls using Bostik’s Bosti-Set.

bostikBosti-Set is a premium adhesive and sound reduction membrane created for installation of thin porcelain tile panels such as Crossville’s Laminam. Offering instant grab and holding power, only a single coat of adhesive on the panel’s back is needed for faster, easier and safer wall installation.

Flooring from Bedrosians Tile & Stone’s Always collection was also chosen for the project. “This is a great, creative project, and we’re glad our product was selected,” said Eddie Bedrosian, marketing director. “It’s a beautiful, ‘wood-look’ larger format porcelain tile that is not only extremely attractive, it’s extremely durable.”

A gallery of the 10 DNG finalists will be on display at AIA Convention 2017 in Orlando, April 27-29. This same collection will also be showcased at HD Expo in Las Vegas, May 3-5.

For more information on the DNG, visit: designngather.com.

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Arley's 10th annual tile & stone expo slated for June 12

Arley Wholesale, a family-owned, third generation wholesale supplier of ceramic, porcelain, stone, glass mosaic tiles and installation materials, will host its Tenth Annual Arley Wholesale Tile & Stone Exposition on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Taking place at the classic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Expo opens at 10 a.m. and winds down around 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening, closing out a three-day celebration that includes the hugely popular Arley Golf Classic on Monday. Continue reading Arley's 10th annual tile & stone expo slated for June 12

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Porcelanosa opening Maryland showroom

RAMSEY, N.J.—Porcelanosa will open a new showroom in Bethesda, Md., this month and will host a cocktail party on Nov. 17 to celebrate the opening of the new store. Cocktails, dinner, and live music make up this free event with executives from Porcelanosa and some very special guests, including international top model Valeria Mazza, who will be hosting the event. Continue reading Porcelanosa opening Maryland showroom