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Tile of Spain Quick Ship 2021

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Tile of Spain Debuts 2021 Quick Ship Collection

Posted on 27 September 2021 by cradmin4

Tile of Spain announced the 2021 update of the Tile of Spain USA Quick Ship Collection. The new catalog of Spanish tile includes more than 150 ceramic series from more than 40 Spanish companies.

The Quick Ship Collection is a reference guide that highlights a select group of ceramic products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S. Established in 2013, the collection is updated annually and has become a resource for U.S. based architects, designers and trade professionals.

New Tile of Spain companies added to the Quick Ship Collection this year include: Arklam, Bellacasa, Dual Gres, Kedra, Porcelanite Dos and more. Products can be found by company name or product category through the Quick Ship Collection’s interactive catalog. Each entry includes the series name, a color image, a detailed description of each design, sizes available and the U.S. contact information for purchasing. 

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Call for Entries: Tile of Spain Awards 2021

Posted on 25 August 2021 by cradmin4

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) announced the call for entries for the 20th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project. Sponsored by Endesa, the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), and Port Valencia, the Tile of Spain Awards promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects worldwide.

For the 2021 awards, the jury will be chaired by architect Carlos Ferrater, who also led the jury during the first edition of the awards in 2001. Carlos Ferrater boasts a long history backed by numerous awards and distinctions, is a founding partner of the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) and is a Professor of Architectural Projects at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

A prize fund of €35,000 ($41,220.11) will be shared between three categories at the awards. The two main categories, Architecture and Interior Design, each have cash prizes of €15,000 ($17,665.76). The Final Degree Project award has a cash prize of €5,000 ($5,888,58). The panel of judges is also entitled to give two special mentions in each category.

Entries from Spain and abroad are being accepted now through October 28th, 2021. Visit www.tileofspainawards.com to enter the contest or learn more about the Tile of Spain Awards.

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CID Legacy Union 1

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Coverings Announces 2021 Installation & Design Award Winners

Posted on 13 July 2021 by cradmin4

Coverings, the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America, announced the 25 projects receiving the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards for 2021. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects.

“The number of submissions we received for this year’s CID Awards is a true testament to the resiliency and strength of the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, LLC, the show management company for Coverings. “The 2021 CID Award winners’ projects further establish the adaptability and beauty of tile and stone. Coverings is honored to award and recognize the CID Award winners’ creative and sophisticated applications, each of which showcases the latest industry advancements and trends.”

The submissions were based on tile and stone execution, original usage and overall design and purpose. Special recognition was given to those projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications. A panel of editors and industry leaders evaluated the project submissions. Projects were awarded using eight categorical designations: Residential Tile Installation,
Residential Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Tile Installation, Commercial Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation and Commercial Stone Design. Projects receiving special recognition were awarded using six categorical destinations: Mosaic, International, Restoration, Community Project, Artistic Installation and Artistic Use of Tile.

2021 CID Award winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:

2021 CID Award Winners: Design

Commercial Stone Design

  • Stereoscope Coffee by Wick Architecture and Design Inc. in collaboration with Land Design Studio

Commercial Tile Design – Community Spaces

  • Ecco on Orange by Forum Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.

Commercial Tile Design – Whole Project

  • 83 Eagle Street by STUDIOSC

Residential Stone Design

  • Brooklyn Townhouse Renovation by MHLI

Residential Tile Design

  • Bradshaw European Country by Old World Stone Imports Flooring and Design

2021 CID Award Winners: Installation

Commercial Stone Installation

  • Legacy Union by Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. (pictured)

Commercial Tile Installation

  • Lakeside Country Club by Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.

Residential Stone Installation

  • Villa Florence by Carnevale & Lohr, Inc.

Residential Tile Installation

  • Indoor Pool and Steam Room by Tarkus Tile

2021 CID Award Special Recognitions

Special Recognition – Mosaic (7)

  • Living Wholeheartedly by LMF Group
  • “City Tree” Mural by New York Tilemakers
  • Tualatin Lifeblood by JK Mosaic, LLC
  • Tree Stump Shower Seat by Unique Mosaics
  • Roots of Knowledge by Ro Biaggi Design Build
  • Walk in the Park by Custom Mosaic Creations, Inc.
  • Venice, Italy by Unique Mosaics

Special Recognition – International (4)

  • La Sastrería Restaurant by Masquespacio
  • La Roca Camper Store byTomás Alonso Studio
  • Glass Tesserae Panel by Oficina de Mosaicos
  • Mosque in Shali City by F.H.L.I. Kiriakidis Marbles – Granites S.A.

Special Recognition – Restoration (1)

  • By George at the Candler Hotel by The Beck Group

Special Recognition – Community Project (1)

  • San Pedro Creek Culture Park by J&R Tile, Inc.

Special Recognition – Artistic Installation (2)

  • ‘Ethyl and Steph’, Aqua Therapy Pool by Tierra Tile
  • In a Galaxy (Not) Far, Far Away by LATICRETE International, Inc.

Special Recognition – Artistic Use of Tile (1)

  • SEIU Building, Re-Making Mosaic Mural by Miotto Mosaic Art Studios Inc.

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TCNA Releases Industry-Wide Material Ingredient Guide

Posted on 12 July 2021 by cradmin4

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced publication of its Material Ingredient Guide at Coverings 2021. This Material Ingredient Guide is the first of its kind and provides information about the material ingredients used industry-wide by North American tile, mortar and grout manufacturers. It provides in-depth health assessments of materials used and is a resource for manufacturers to use when providing the content and chemical makeup of their products or “material ingredient transparency”.

In developing this guide, 17 manufacturers collaborated to obtain GreenScreen Benchmark Scores for the vast majority of material ingredients used by ceramic tile, mortar and grout manufacturers.

“Product ingredient disclosure is in high demand,” stated Dan Marvin, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Ironrock and Chairman of TCNA’s Green Initiative Committee. “Through development of the Material Ingredient Guide, the tile industry is committed to thoroughness, consistency and transparency in reporting information about the materials from which our products are made.”

With a consistent, thorough, and transparent approach to material ingredient reporting and the compilation of referenceable GreenScreen Assessment® Benchmark scores on industry-wide materials, TCNA members aim to have the largest number of fully assessed material ingredient reports in the market. These fully assessed reports will make ceramic tile, mortar and grout products eligible for contribution to LEED, WELL and Living Building Challenge “optimization” credits. TCNA’s Material Ingredient Guide initiative amplifies the North American ceramic tile industry’s dedication to health and environmental sustainability .

Wes Sullens, Director of LEED for the U.S. Green Building Council commented, “The result of this collaboration within the tile industry will push the market forward and spark even greater innovation and consideration for healthier indoor environments. This work provides the marketplace with key information needed by those pursuing LEED green building certification as they select products.”

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Tyrolit Group

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TYROLIT Offers Ceramic Slab Tooling Options

Posted on 21 December 2020 by cradmin

Ceramic slabs in large formats have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their resistance, ease of maintenance and versatility, even for renovation work. Oversized ceramic slabs can be used for floors, walls, kitchen countertops and cabinets, bathroom and vanity tops, stairs, furniture and even facades.

TYROLIT offers a wide range of tools for the most demanding ceramic materials and for all thicknesses. TYROLIT diamond tools are available for materials such as Atlas Plan, Dekton, Florim, Marazzi, Fondovalle, Infinity, Iris, Kerlite, Laminam, Lapitec, Neolith, Techlam, Slimtech, Stoneglass, Zero.3 and many more.

The company’s range of tools for ceramic slabs includes straight and bevel cutting, drilling, profiling, flush fitting, edge polishing and all common manual operations. According to the company the specially developed tool bonds allow high speeds with minimum noise and spindle absorption. The list of available profiles is constantly being expanded according to market requirements. Each tool is provided with an individual measuring card to ensure easy set-up and thus avoid downtime.

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Why Tile Publishes Ceramic Tile Hygiene Guides Collection

Posted on 20 November 2020 by cradmin

In the wake of COVID-19 concerns for surface hygiene, Why Tile® released a collection of resources defining the health benefits of ceramic tile coverings. The Hygiene Guides, available on whytile.com, provide quick access to hygiene information on ceramic tile collected into one location.

“Why Tile® responded to the demand by specifiers and consumers alike to understand the advantages of using ceramic tile for our health and safety,” said Kathy Meyer, Marketing Director, TCNA. “The Hygiene Guides provide an easy-to-navigate free digital resource covering topics ranging from cleaning tips to post-pandemic kitchen design.”

The latest findings and health information on ceramic tile from industry experts take all surfaces into account, from floors to walls, counter tops, backsplashes, and even outdoor areas. “We will continue to expand the Hygiene Guides with new information and research,” said Meyer.

“Why Tile’s purpose to be an educational resource on the advantages of ceramic tile has never been more critical,” commented Eric Astrachan, Executive Director, TCNA. “The Hygiene Guides help navigate important questions on surface hygiene and put answers at your fingertips.”

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TCNA Supports Unfair Trade Petitions Against Chinese Ceramic Tile

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TCNA Supports Unfair Trade Petitions Against Chinese Ceramic Tile

Posted on 18 April 2019 by cradmin

It seems that U.S. tile manufacturers have taken a move out of the quartz producers’ playbook by filing their own petition for countervailing and anti-dumping duties against Chinese products. In this case the product is ceramic tile, which has been claimed to be dumped into the domestic market and subsidized by the government of China.

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has stepped up in support of the petition with a press release that includes a statement from the executive director, Eric Astrachan.

“America’s tile manufacturers are happy to compete against fairly traded imports.  We have been hammered, though, by a flood of unfairly traded imports from China.  Chinese tile producers benefit from extensive government subsidies and dump their tile into the United States at ridiculously low prices,” said Astrachan.  “Domestic manufacturers had no choice but to seek relief from the federal government from these unfairly traded imports.  The future of the U.S. industry and of our member companies’ thousands of employees and their families depends on it.”

On April 11, several of the largest producers of ceramic tile in the U.S. filed petitions for anti-dumping and countervailing duties. The anti-dumping petition was filed in hopes of the federal government issuing duties on imported Chinese ceramic tile to compensate for injurious losses incurred by domestic producers and suppliers.

The petition for countervailing duties, filed concurrently, seeks additional compensation because government subsidies allow tiles to be sold in the U.S. below market value. It is now up to the U.S. federal government to investigate whether or not the claims are true. Should the investigation turn up evidence of the petitions’ claims, preliminary duties will be imposed in only a few months. Final duties would then be imposed at the conclusion of the investigation, which lasts around 16 months.

TCNA is a trade association that represents producers of ceramic tile, tile installation products, raw materials and other tile-related products. The organization was first established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA) and converted to its current state in 2003 after expanding to Canada and Mexico.

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Lunada Bay Tile Introduces New Product Lines

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Lunada Bay Tile Introduces New Product Lines

Posted on 05 September 2018 by cradmin

Lunada Bay Tile recently introduced three new product lines that include expanded selections of colors and patterns.

Origami Field is a collection of glass field tiles that reflect the iconic Japanese art of geometric paper folding. This collection features opalescent coloring and three-dimensional shapes; the distinctive glass tile designs play with light and shadow.

Watercolors ceramic tile collection emulates the artists’ techniques of history’s greatest watercolor painters by playing with opacity and transparency and reflecting the subtle color variations of the original artworks.

LUCE glass mosaic tile collections’ semi-opaque glass features three new playful forms that shimmer in the light, much like the sun glittering across moving water.

Origami Field Moxie in Cottage Blue

Turner from Watercolors ceramic tile collection in Post shape

Luce Feather in Sani







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MSI Adds to Napa & Aria Tile Collections

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MSI Adds to Napa & Aria Tile Collections

Posted on 03 May 2018 by cradmin

Aria Collection

MSI’s Napa Collection offers an authentic natural stone look reminiscent of cross-cut travertine, in an easy-care ceramic. This matte finish collection features go-with-anything-hues, including light and airy Gray, warm Beige, and now rich Noce, too.

The newest collection color, Noce, features a sophisticated blend of neutral browns complete with sweeping tonal veins and clouds. The Napa Collection is available in 12×24 tiles, 2×2 mosaics, and 3×18 bullnose trim, as well as two of today’s most coveted sizes—13×13 and 20×20. Suitable for floors, walls, countertops, and backsplashes, Napa offers an understated elegance that’s always in vogue.

MSI’s Aria Collection captures the beauty of real stone with its soft backgrounds and realistic veining in a durable, low-maintenance porcelain. With design versatility, Aria brings timeless character to floors, walls, shower surrounds, and backsplashes.

The perfect choice for those who don’t want to sacrifice high-end style for practicality, Aria is already available in four classy neutral colors (Bianco, Cremita, Ice and Oro) and several sizes (2×4, 12×24, 24×24, and 3×18 bullnose trim). Now, the entire Aria Collection is also available in an on-trend large format 24×48 rectangular tile—making it easier than ever to achieve that cohesive designer look, floor to ceiling.

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Tile of Spain Mourns the Death of ASCER President Isidro Zarzoso

Posted on 12 January 2018 by cradmin

It is with great sadness that Tile of Spain has announced the death of Mr Isidro Zarzoso, president of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER).

A well-known personality in the ceramic tile industry, Zarzoso died on January 3, 2018 at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, three children and grandchildren.

Zarzoso was a self-made businessman, with extensive experience in the ceramic sector and a member of a family with a long tradition in the tile industry. He came to ASCER in 1982 as member of its Governing Board, and he assumed the presidency in 2013 after the death of Joaquín Piñón. Throughout his career he collaborated with several companies and entities of the sector.

Zarzoso executed his duties in a responsible, efficient manner, steering the association through complex economic times for the industry. A defender of the industry, Zarzoso’s  strong convictions, clear vision and belief in the power of collective thinking will be sorely missed.

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