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Architectural Surfaces Group Announces Strategic Rebranding

Posted on 23 July 2021 by cradmin4

Architectural Surfaces Group, an importer and distributor of natural stone, engineered stone and tile for residential and commercial applications, announced the strategic rebranding of its regional brands AG&M, Pental Surfaces and Modul Marble as Architectural Surfaces.

The new name leverages the company’s national presence to provide brand clarity and streamline the customer experience for fabricators, architects and interior designers working in both the residential kitchen and bath and commercial construction industries. Customers now have the clarity and ease of engaging with one brand across the 20-plus U.S. markets Architectural Surfaces serves rather than three brands that varied by region.

With Architectural Surfaces, fabricators and designers will continue to enjoy a deep inventory of globally sourced materials, a robust national distribution network and industry experts who understand the unique needs of their market.

“In consolidating under the Architectural Surfaces brand, we brought together the core elements of each regional brand’s DNA just as we are bringing together our employee and customer base to form a stronger national brand.” says Patrick Dussinger, President of Architectural Surfaces.

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Artistic Tile Introduces Penny Lane

Posted on 14 July 2021 by cradmin4

Artistic Tile has introduced six new colorways with its Penny Lane collection. The new colors are White, Vanilla Onyx, Nero, Azul Cielo, Pink and Green.

The new collection is suitable for graphic installations of two or more colorways, in color blocks or in stripes. Vanilla Onyx has a polished finish, while the other colorways are honed. Penny Lane is the company’s take on penny-round mosaics, elevated in Artistic fashion through the use of luxe natural stone and presented in a true penny size, in an offset pattern.

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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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Coverings Announces 2021 Rock Stars Winners

Posted on 07 July 2021 by cradmin4

Coveringsthe largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, announced the list of the Coverings 2021 Rock Stars Winners.

The Coverings Rock Stars program recognized 16 emerging leaders in the tile and stone industry. The program commemorates its seventh year in 2021, and it furthers Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry.

A committee of tile and stone industry leaders thoroughly reviewed a bevy of nominations to select the 16 inductees for the seventh assemblage of Coverings Rock Stars. The 2021 Rock Star honorees include the following:

Designer Category (2):

  • Rebecca Oehlschlaeger, Designer & Special Projects Manager, Bellew Tile & Marble, Sandwich, Mass.
  • Raquel Raney, Designer, EoA Group, Miami, Fla. 

Distributor Category (3):

  • Bruna Da Silva, Purchasing Manager, StoneHardscapes LLC, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 
  • Blakely Dent, RID, Commercial Sales Specialist, Florida Tile, Lexington, Ky. 
  • Annie Llerena, Branch Manager, D&B Tile Distributors, Doral, Fla. 

Fabricator Category (1):

  • Steven Miranda, Production & Facilities Manager, NOVUS Building Services, Sterling, Va. 

Installer Category (3):

  • Ken Ballin, Owner, Skyro Floors, West Creek, N.J. 
  • Mikaela Fedor, Owner, Tile Titan LLC, Bath, Pa. 
  • Nick Struzik, Owner/Setter, Syndicate Tile and Stone, Burr Ridge, Ill.

Manufacturer Category (2):

  • Adam Abell, Senior Market Manager – Tile & Stone and Surface Prep Products, Bostik, Wauwatosa, Wis. 
  • Sarah Williams, Marketing Director, iQ Power Tools, Perris, Calif. 

Retailer Category (2):

  • Meagan Jensen, Co-Owner, Bella Pietra Design, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nicolas Valderrama, Sales Manager, Casa Linda Tile & Marble, Miami, Fla. 

Trade Associations Category (2):

  • Christopher Ellis, Tile, Marble, Terrazzo Field Representative, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1 WA/AK, Lacey, Wash. 
  • Amanda McMillan, Director of Member Experience, Rockheads Group USA, Beachwood, Ohio. 

Other Category (1):

  • Jennifer Diliberto Riquelme, Senior Development Chemist, MAPEI Corporation, Deerfield Beach, Fla. 

The 2021 Coverings Rock Stars will be recognized Wednesday, July 7, in the Coverings Lounge, booth 3919, at Coverings 2021. Featured programming created for young professionals will include an interactive session from Dahlia El Gazzar, founder of Dahlia+Agency. Past Rock Star winners will be involved in the session to speak about how their careers and personal growth have changed since winning the coveted award.

Coverings 2021 will host new onsite activities and learning sessions geared toward the show’s segmented audience. One of the newest and most interactive components of Coverings 2021 is the Coverings Lounge. This space is set to host the Artisans in Tile Program and Presentation, hosted by the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA). The Lounge will also host Engage Interviews with industry leaders, a mosaic project being developed by Luna Mosaic and the Society of American Mosaic Artist’s One Hundred Moments in Mosaic exhibit. Coverings will also offer industry professionals both a virtual experience and an in-person event during Coverings 2021. 

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Coverings Announces Featured Sessions for 2021

Posted on 18 May 2021 by cradmin

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, announced a lineup of informative sessions, some offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs), for Coverings 2021. Attendees of the event can benefit from an extensive offering of featured educational sessions highlighted in three tracks: Installation & Fabrication, Workforce & Profits and Materials & Trends. All of the learning opportunities are geared to provide eager show-goers with the relevant education they need to excel in today’s highly competitive tile, stone and design marketplace.

The Installation & Fabrication sessions at Coverings 2021 will provide attendees a wealth of information regarding industry best practices and cutting-edge techniques in installation and fabrication. Select sessions in these categories include, but are not limited to, “Tile Talks with the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA),” a lively and interactive open forum moderated and coordinated with NTCA technical trainers, featuring an emphasis on issues that are common in Florida and the Southeast; “State of the Stone Industry,” during which attendees can learn first-hand how industry leaders and peers are addressing matters ranging from government regulation, competing product challenges and forecasting market growth; “Trials and Tribulations of Tile Installations: A North American Perspective,” which will cover various tile challenges trade professionals have experienced in the United States and Canada during recent years; “Fabricator Forum Breakout Session,” an interactive session geared towards fabricators which will include technical, business administration and marketing breakout discussion groups and more.

“No matter your role in the tile and stone industry, whether it be contractor, installer, fabricator, architect, remodeler, or beyond, there is a great deal of information to gain by attending the Installation & Fabrication sessions at Coverings 2021,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of the NTCA.

The Workforce & Profits sessions are designed to help attendees discover new and successful business practices and tactics to better grow and manage their business. Workforce & Profits sessions that should not be missed at Coverings 2021 include, “Recognize the Problem–Identifying Sales & Marketing Misalignment,” which will emphasize the importance of synergy and coordination between sales and marketing teams; “Managing a Family Business,” a robust panel discussion addressing challenges and best practices when running a family business; “Hard Surface Industry Town Hall,” which will be conducted by industry leaders and review key topics essential for the growth of natural hard surface products, including tile, natural stone and wood flooring; and “How to Increase Business Leads and Secure New Projects Through Material Bank,” a discussion with experts from Material Bank, the world’s largest building material marketplace, with many insights about how to generate leads and evolve with changes in the market.

The Materials & Trends sessions at Coverings 2021 will focus on the breathtaking world of tile and stone. Select sessions will include, “Global Tile Trends,” a highly-anticipated and popular annual discussion among international tile experts to explore the latest trends and projects, pointing to where the tile industry is headed next; “Designer Talk: Don’t Fake It When You Make It–Reasons to Choose Natural Products,” which will explore the use of natural products as a key building material; “Environmental Responsibility, Human Wellness, Resilience–Hot Topics in Green Building and How the Tile Industry Fits,” an exploration of how green building principles, rooted in conservation, climate change awareness and bio diversity, have grown to now accept the idea of human wellness; “Plastic Based Materials (PBM)–Safety and Performance Issues with Not So Luxurious Vinyl Tile (LVT),” a session that will discuss performance and health issues associated with plastic flooring such as LVT.  

“Coverings 2021 Materials & Trends sessions are designed to inspire, inform and educate attendees in today’s fast-paced design industry and business climate,” said Alena Capra, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer and Coverings spokesperson. “Because so many of the sessions offer complimentary CEUs, the sessions at Coverings 2021 are can’t-miss opportunities.”  

Coverings’ robust educational offerings span all industry segments with comprehensive learning objectives and results. Attendees are advised to review the Coverings 2021 schedule to see all Coverings’ complimentary education sessions. Visit the Coverings website for more information about onsite and virtual opportunities taking place during Coverings 2021.

For more information and to register for Coverings 2021 at no cost, visit coverings.com.

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Leon Zanger, Founder of Walker Zanger Passes Away

Posted on 13 January 2021 by cradmin

With heavy hearts and sadness, we share with you the news that Leon Zanger, one of the founders of the American stone and tile design resource, Walker Zanger, has died at the age of 93 due to complications of COVID-19.

Born in Belgium, Zanger and his family fled Europe during the 1940 German invasions and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 12 years old. Before the family arrived in the U.S., they settled in Portugal for a few years, where Zanger watched in awe as workers paved the streets with marble. This first experience with this extraordinary material—which Zanger had only seen used at museums and palaces of Belgium—never left his mind. It would lead to the Walker Zanger brand’s inspired beginnings.

Zanger revolutionized the use of the material within North America. He started Walker Zanger in 1953 with partner Marvin Walker, importing marble from Portugal and pioneered the use of the material for tabletops. In 1963, Zanger began importing stone tiles to the U.S., breaking open the stone tile market in residential settings. The company grew from there, expanding to find unique products so designers and homeowners can create their boldest visions and unconventional designs. Zanger was an integral role player in some of Walker Zanger’s most famous projects, including sourcing historically-accurate Italian stone for J. Paul Getty’s Villa in Malibu, Calif.

Leon Zanger’s son, Jonathan Zanger, and daughter, Claudia Springer, said: “He founded Walker Zanger almost 70 years ago, and although the great love of his life was our mother, Hanna, and his family, his second love was the company he built, the people he employed, and the friendships he made among clients and suppliers, around the world. He always told us that his proudest achievement was that the company that bears his name supported countless hundreds, and even thousands, of families, over the decades.”

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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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Coverings 2021 Announces New Dates

Posted on 18 November 2020 by cradmin

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, announced Coverings 2021 will now take place July 7-9, 2021, in the North Hall of the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla.

Coverings made the decision to reschedule the event, which was originally planned for April 13-16, 2021, after feedback from the Coverings community included overwhelming, positive sentiment that rescheduling the event would yield the best possible platform for everyone involved and minimize risk to event participants.

“We are excited with the new date for Coverings 2021 as rescheduling reaffirms Coverings’ commitment to produce a safe, in-person event to unite the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies LLC, the event management firm for Coverings. “The show management team and Coverings’ owners are working diligently to have a safe and successful Coverings 2021 event, and we are available to answer questions.”

Coverings, its vendor partners, and the Orange County Convention Center are closely monitoring policy updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local government state, and federal mandates. For more information on Coverings’ safety measures, please visit Coverings’ COVID-19 webpage.

Registration to attend Coverings 2021 and reservations for official Coverings hotels will be open and available at coverings.com in mid-January 2021.

A comprehensive, onsite education program is being planned to further the business goals of Coverings 2021 attendees. Selected educational content and access to exhibitors will be available online for those who prefer to attend virtually.

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MSI Introduces Renzo Wall Tile Collection

Posted on 28 October 2020 by cradmin3

MSI has introduced the Renzo Collection of wall tiles featuring a blend of tranquil hues that will have you feeling as though you’ve been transported to a pastoral landscape. Renzo ceramic tiles offer a rich, soft color palette reminiscent of the earth, sea and sky.

The Renzo Collection offers six colors and three sizes to choose from:

  • Dove is a soft creamy white ceramic tile that can serve as perfect compliment to any design.
  • Sterling is a soft light grey on trend ceramic tile and a neutral compliment to any design.
  • Denim is an inspiring dark blue hued ceramic tile that adds a flawless pop of color to any design.
  • Storm (pictured above) is a deep dark grey ceramic tile and a trendy compliment to any design.
  • Jade is a tranquil soft green ceramic tile with a glossy finish that will bring an updated polish to kitchen and bathroom backsplashes.
  • Sky is a light blue ceramic tile that breathes fresh air in to any design.

The tiles are available in three sizes: 5×5, 3×12 and 2.5×13

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