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NEOLITH® Announces the Winners of My NEOLITH® Design Project Competition V Edition

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NEOLITH® Announces the Winners of My NEOLITH® Design Project Competition V Edition

Posted on 26 December 2018 by cradmin

MY NEOLITH® PROJECT – Global Edition TOORAK RD APARTMENT by John Bornas from Workroom – Victoria, South Yarra (Australia

Throughout the middle of the year, NEOLITH® launched the V Edition of MY NEOLITH® PROJECT Design Competition, aimed at Architecture, Interior Design and Construction professionals who have recently completed a NEOLITH contemporary residential project which features current trends in decoration: mixed materials, neutral elements and soft lines.

After the decision of the judges formed by Octavi Mestre (Octavi Mestre Arquitectura), Pilar Marcos (Director of the magazine Diseño Interior), Loredana Mascheroni (Domus Magazine, Italy) Ana Martínez (Corporate Communication & Marketing Manager at ASCER), Judit Bustos (ARQUIN-FAD Board) together with the NEOLITH Architectural Projects department, the winners are: John Bornas from Workroom (Global Edition), and Ferrater OAB Office of Architecture in Barcelona (National Edition).

MY NEOLITH® PROJECT – National Edition HOUSE IN BARCELONA by Ferrater Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) – Barcelona (Spain)

The prize is a trip for two to Milan, Italy during the Design Week, where the awards ceremony will take place.

You may also be interested in this article about the Tile of Spain award winners.

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Tenax Offers Automated Edge Polishing Wheels

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Tenax Offers Automated Edge Polishing Wheels

Posted on 21 December 2018 by cradmin

Tenax Automated Edge Polishing Wheels can be used for either straight edge or bullnose edge profiles. According to the company, these polishing wheels work excellent on all materials including quartz, granite, marble, porcelain and ceramic. They are ideal for use on white materials and will not bleed onto white quartz. They are designed with a hexagon attachment making them easy to change and a universal snail lock for security. The polishing wheels are available in 5- or 6-in. sizes and grits ranging from 60 to 5000.

You may also be interested in this article about Weha’s Pitbull Diamond Resin Cupwheel

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Video: Scratch and Acid Testing Granite, Quartzite and Marble

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Video: Scratch and Acid Testing Granite, Quartzite and Marble

Posted on 20 December 2018 by cradmin

While we do not know the details of the claims made by the consumer made in this video nor do we validate them, we believe that there is a teachable moment here, probably more than a few. What we found of most interest in this video is the relatively simple way that testing can show the difference between marble, quartzite and granite.

This video shows three tests – an etching test, and two different scratch tests, based on the Mohs scale, that can be performed to show the differences in hardness and resistance to acid etching. That is not to say that all three materials cannot be scratched or damaged, just that there are differences.

As to the claims made by author of the video, as to the product misrepresentation, there is no documentation of any kind shown in the video that states he was told he was being sold quartzite, and frankly it is not our intention to address any claims made by either party. Simply the idea is to show the testing processes and the differences in materials.

Overall, an educated fabricator is certainly a better fabricator and is in a position to better educate their customers and set expectations no matter the product they choose. And, expectation setting is key to having happy, well-informed customers.

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Coverings Extends CID Awards Submission Deadline

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Coverings Extends CID Awards Submission Deadline

Posted on 19 December 2018 by cradmin

You now have more time to submit your top projects from the past two years to the 2019 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile & stone in residential, institutional and commercial projects. Submit your projects before the new deadline of Friday, January 11

Submissions for the 2019 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards competition are open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers, and other professionals who demonstrate design and/or installation excellence in residential and commercial projects, giving special recognition to stunning stone & tile.

  • Projects must have been completed within the past 2 years (Jan 2017 – Dec 2018)
  • Projects can be located within or outside North America
  • Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged. Separate forms are required for each entry.

Winners receive:

  • Projects displayed onsite at Coverings 2019
  • Up to $3,000 in prize money
  • One-night hotel stay at Coverings 2019
  • Recognition during the CID Awards Reception at Coverings 2019
  • Coverage in sponsored publications


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Fletcher Building Announces Sale of Formica

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Fletcher Building Announces Sale of Formica

Posted on 17 December 2018 by cradmin

Fletcher Building Limited announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell the Formica Group to Broadview Holding BV for a sale price of $840 million.

Fletcher Building CEO Ross Taylor said, “The divestment of Formica completes our strategy to exit non-core businesses having already completed the sale of Roof Tile Group in November 2018. Our five year strategy is to refocus Fletcher Building’s capital and capability behind our New Zealand and Australian businesses, with building products and distribution at our core.

“We are pleased to have signed the sale agreement in line with our target timing, and to have achieved a strong valuation for the business. We believe Broadview is a natural owner of Formica, being a leading player in the laminates industry. We are confident that the regulatory process required to complete the sale will go smoothly, and on that basis expect the sale to be completed by the end of FY19.”

The sale is subject to conditions which are customary for a transaction of this nature, including regulatory approvals. The regulatory approvals required for the transaction relate to the competition regimes in a number of the countries where Formica operates.

Fletcher also confirmed its intention to reinstate dividends in its 2019 financial year, starting with an interim dividend to be declared upon finalization of half-year results in February.

You may also be interested in this article about Wilsonart’s acquisition of Laminate Works Dallas.

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Seven Top Tile Trends From Cersaie 2018

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Seven Top Tile Trends From Cersaie 2018

Posted on 13 December 2018 by cradmin

Each year, more than 100,000 designers, installers and dealers travel to Bologna, Italy, for Cersaie, the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, where they learn about new products and technologies in the tile industry. Following are seven of the top tile trends from the 36th annual Cersaie tradeshow.


Tile manufacturers in Italy have been expanding the definition of their product, offering specifiers an entire suite of surfacing tools around a single idea. At first, it was a range of colors, finishes and sizes as well as complementing decors and trims. Now, many suppliers are expanding their offered thicknesses with tiles ranging from 3-30mm including a new 12mm porcelain tile specifically designed for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, tables and outdoor kitchens.

Examples: Ariana Bath Design, Atlas Concorde Atlas Plan, Blustyle Yosemite, Emilgroup Level, FLORIM stone, Gigacer Pietre, Keope Plus, La Fabbrica, Ca’ Foscari, Lea Bio Select, Mirage Esprit 2.0, Panaria Context, Serenissima Magistra, Sicis Vetrite and Supergres Stoorm.



When projects call for playfulness, Italian tile answers in full. Producers are continuously experimenting with color, size and patterns to create one-of-a-kind surfacing for architects and designers. They also offer tailor made solutions like Ornamenta’s ability to print large porcelain slabs in any Pantone color.

Additional examples: ABK Wide&Style Dark Edition, Appiani Denim, Atlas Concorde Boost, Caesar Core, Ceramica Francesco di Maio Puntini, Del Conca Sorrentina, Fioranese Liquida, Fuoriformato Tropik, Gardenia Orchidea Make, Gigacer Avantime, Leonardo Ashima, Marazzi D_Segni, Rondine Swing, Mosaico+ Diamond, Naxos Lumiere, Tonalite Joyful, and Unica Remix.



Italian tile producers are scouring quarries throughout the world to find obscure marble full of color and character or digitally manipulating the look of natural stone to create something that is out-of-this-world. For Sicis’ ever-evolving Vetrite collection, 13 gemstones are captured and amplified in between sheets of glass to create lunar-like landscapes for the Gem Glass line. Meanwhile, Refin Stardust combines the nebulous veining of alabaster with elegant metallic surface effects to create a line of porcelain tiles inspired by the nighttime sky.

Other examples: Atlas Concorde Marvel Edge, Ava Preziosi, Casalgrande Padana Onici, Ceramiche Piemme Majestic Valentino, Cercom To Be, Cotto d’Este Vanity, Edilgres I’m Italian Marble, Emilceramica Tele di Marmo, Fire Transalp, Fondovalle Shards, Imola The Room, Italgraniti Mega, LaFaenza Bianca, Lea Delight, Marazzi Grande, Novabell Imperial Michelangelo, Panaria Eternity Zero.3, Rex Etoile di Rex, Stile Italia Extra, and Supergres Purity of Marble.



Blue is one of the hottest hues for tile this year, offering a revitalizing pop of color to a variety of interiors. Some, like Cedit’s Rilievi sculptural ceramic wallcoverings, are the kind of blue associated with contemporary artists Yves Klein and Frida Kahlo. Others, like Refin Creos and Provenza Vulcanika, invoke the feeling of a vacation on the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Additional examples: Appiani Denim, Casa Dolce Casa Artwork, Ceramica Colli Fes, Ceramica Francesco di Maio Blu Ponti, Ceramica Sant’Agostino Vita, Ce.Vi. Ceramica Vietrese Happy Days, Cerasarda OT07026, Cir Miami, Fap Pat, Level Raku, Made+39 Acquerello, Tonalite Provenzale and Vogue Dekorami.



Patterns are now being rendered on big porcelain slabs with minimal grout lines to create an alluring effect of wallpaper with the technical benefits of ceramic. Some suppliers are even marketing their products as ceramic wallpaper, offering an expansive catalog of digitally printed patterns. One example is ABK who introduced Dark Edition as a collection inspired by the Gothic side of nature. Another company is Fuoriformato, which offers an explosion of color and pattern on large ceramic surfaces that can also be used as furnishing elements.

Additional examples: 14oraitaliana Tahiti, Casalgrande Padana Onici, Fioranese Liquida, Keope Eclectic, Mirage Bottega, Ornamenta Operae, Panaria Even, Rondine Swing, Stile Italia Extra, Unica Garden, and Vallelunga Sospiri.



Tile producers have completely upped the ante in terms of surface design, which can be seen in dozens of new finishes and textures designed for aesthetics and functionality. Two collections that demonstrate this trend include Ceramica Sant’Agostino Lakewood, which combines oiled wood planks with a hand planed surface, and Vallelunga Cava, which has a marble design and satin finish.

Additional examples: 14oraitaliana Slice, Campani Divinae, Bardelli Pittorica, Coem Moonstone, Decoratori Bassanesi Tartan, Cerdisa Espirit, Cir Paris, Ergon Woodtouch, Fap Lumina, Imola Blue Savoy, Italgraniti Icône Bleu, Made +39 Cube, Marazzi Eclettica, Marca Corona Arkistone, Piemme Shades, Supergres Met-All and Viva Yaki.



Italian tile manufacturers are finding creative ways to make the old feel new again. Mixed and matched patterns, like those of 14oraitaliana’s Folk and Ceramica Sant’Agostino’s Vita collections, evoke the imagery and vibrant colors of Italy’s most famous and beloved territories. Fioranese’s Liquida slabs resemble 1950’s-style wallpaper, while the earthy tones and textured surfaces of Provenza’s Terraquea collection recall traditional terracotta ware. Designed with nostalgic sentiments, each of these collections combine the aesthetic and cultural qualities of the past with the technological innovations of today.

Other examples: ABK Dark Edition, Ceramica Colli Fes, Ceramica Vietri Antico Mediterranea, Cerasarda OT07026, Cir Miami, Faetano Sorrentina, LaFabbrica Space, Marca Corona Ossidi, Rondine Swing, Serenissima Magistra, Tonalite Aquarel, and Unica Pece.


Many of these and other new tile lines available in the U.S. market will be showcased at Coverings – North America’s preeminent event for the ceramic tile industry – taking place April 9-12, 2019 in Orlando, Fla. The next edition of Cersaie is scheduled for September 23-27, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

Read the full report in Microsoft Word format here.

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Tile of Spain Announces Award Winners

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Tile of Spain Announces Award Winners

Posted on 12 December 2018 by cradmin

Tile of Spain, the association of more than 100 Spanish tile manufacturers, announced the winners of the 17th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design.

The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes totaling over $44,000 that are divided among three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of more than $19,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of more than $5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants.

This year’s winners are:

“New entrance to Palma’s Intermodal Station” by Joan Miquel Seguí Colomar

In the Architecture category, the award went to the “New entrance to Palma’s Intermodal Station,” designed by Joan Miquel Seguí Colomar. Ceramic tiles were used to create a latticework effect as a defining feature for the entrance, marking the threshold between the urban space and the intermodal station. The design marks a return to the Mediterranean tradition of latticework as a filter between exteriors and a more enclosed, user-friendly area.

Two special mentions were also made in this category. First, “Laan Van Spartaan Amsterdam Student Housing” by Studioninedots Amsterdam. The judges highlighted the project as a means of drawing attention to the vast potential of large format tiles. The second special mention went to “Sports hall and classrooms. Francisco de Vitoria University” by Alberto Campo Baeza. The judges particularly valued the outstanding precision in the use of ceramic materials that contributed to the streamlined effect of the building.

“House overlooking the sea” by Xavier Martí & Lucía Ferrater

First prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to “House overlooking the sea” by Xavier Martí and Lucía Ferrater. The judges applauded the use of ceramic floor tiles to create a sense of connection when moving between the various spaces and levels, which formed a harmonious space.

The judges also granted a special mention in the Interior Design category for the project entitled “Integral renovation of Casa Artium,” by María Fernández Torrado – from the Torrado Arquitectura studio. This project includes the use of lightweight large format marble-effect ceramic tiles that transform a seemingly simple hallway into a focal point that illuminates the entire home.

“A positive happening,” by Manuel Bouzas Barcala

In the category reserved for Architecture students, the winning project was awarded to “A positive happening,” the work of Manuel Bouzas Barcala from the Madrid School of Architecture. The judges admired the student’s creativity and desire to experiment.

Two special mentions were also awarded to “La Vall, a hallway to Barcelona” by Clàudia Calvet Gómez from the Barcelona School of Architecture and “The Limit. A School of Arts and Crafts in Chinchón” by Carmen Martín Hernando from the Polytechnic School at CEU San Pablo University.



The award ceremony will be held on January 29th in Valencia during CEVISAMA.

You may also be interested in this article about the 2018 NBMDA Award Winners.


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Cosentino Unveils New Dekton Collection & Designs

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Cosentino Unveils New Dekton Collection & Designs

Posted on 11 December 2018 by cradmin

Dekton Taga – Stonika Collection

Cosentino unveiled a new collection of Dekton, as well as adding new designs to the Industrial Collection.

The new Dekton Stonika Collection draws inspiration from the most coveted natural stone materials – with spectacular shine and durability. New findings in the manufacturing process also allow for sharper designs and in turn, an ultra-realistic appeal. According to the company, the Stonika Collection also offers the best resistance to thermal shock and impact in the market. This comes as a result of the manufacturer’s continued commitment to staying at the forefront of design and durability through its industry-leading research and development.

The Dekton Stonika Collection includes the following six colors, bringing the total color offering to 53: Olimpo, Bergen, Arga, Taga, Sogne and Korso.

Three new designs were also added to the Dekton Industrial Collection, now comprised of seven colors. The three new Dekton Industrial Collection colors are: Laos, Soke and Lunar.

You may also be interested in this article about new Neolith colors.

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NBMDA Announces 2018 Award Winners

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NBMDA Announces 2018 Award Winners

Posted on 10 December 2018 by cradmin

The North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) recognized 2018 NBMDA award recipients at the 2018 NBMDA Annual Convention.

The recipient of the NBMDA Growth Award is Bill Delaney.

The NBMDA Growth Award recognizes an NBMDA member who has made outstanding contributions in furthering NBMDA growth from increasing engagement with current members, growing support from industry partners and exceptional efforts in member recruitment. Bill Delaney, from Distribution Services Inc., played a critical role in amassing distributor participation in the 2018 NBMDA Financial Benchmarking Survey and relaunching this program.

The recipient of the NBMDA President’s Award is Michael Donnelly.

Michael Donnelly, from Metro Hardwoods, served as president of NBMDA from 2017-2018.

“Michael’s dedication, energy and enthusiasm have all contributed to the many accomplishments that took place this year,” said Missy O’Daniel, NBMDA’s President-Elect. “On behalf of the association, thank you for all your hard work, commitment and friendship.”

You may also be interested in this article about the installation competition at TISE.

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Blanco Named 2018 Best of Year Honoree

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Blanco Named 2018 Best of Year Honoree

Posted on 06 December 2018 by cradmin

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, announced the BLANCO PRECISION® R0 DURINOX® Super Single Bowl with Apron has been named a 2018 Best of Year honoree in the Kitchen Fixtures and Kitchen Fittings categories at the 2018 Interior Design’s Best of Year (BoY) Awards.

The BoY Awards, hosted by Interior Design Magazine is one of the year’s most prestigious awards in design for architects, designers and manufacturers. Now in its thirteenth year, the 2018 BoY Awards received more than 160,000 votes for 2,000 of the year’s most renowned products.

Scratch and fingerprint resistant, DURINOX is the latest innovation from the artisans at BLANCO STEELART® featuring a completely unique look and feel with two times the strength of traditional stainless steel. Tailored to a hard-working and sophisticated kitchen, the PRECISION R0 modernizes a classic style complete with a velvety, matte finish and sleek silhouette. Featuring crisp, zero radius seams and an on-trend farmhouse style, the PRECISION R0 combines superior strength and unsurpassed resilience in its design.

Created using technology inspired by the aerospace industry, DURINOX is an exclusive patented material by BLANCO. Extremely resistant to scratches and impervious to fingerprints, DURINOX sets the standard for the future of stainless steel material.

You may also be interested in this article about Karran’s Apron Front Quartz Sink

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