Challenging Lakefront Mural Features 2,500 Pieces of Mosaic

Fitting the crab and turtle shapes into the Marazzi Archeology field tile accounted for “the craziest cuts in my 22 years,” Lamoreaux said.

Fitting the crab and turtle shapes into the Marazzi Archeology field tile accounted for “the craziest cuts in my 22 years,” Lamoreaux said.

Tile Geek Brian Lamoreaux, Southtowns Tile foreman, installs 40-ft. mural

by Lesley Goddin

For over 10 years, foreman Brian Lamoreaux and Southtowns Tile, based in Orchard Park, N.Y. near Buffalo, have been working on various areas of a $10 million Buffalo residence.

The most recent project in this home, which has been featured in Buffalo Spree and DesignNY magazines, is a $10,000 mural to adorn the floor of what’s called The Viewing Room: with a 90 ft. wall of glass not more than 20 ft. away from Lake Erie. The Viewing Room is actually an underground setting, connected to the main structure by tunnels. Carol Shaper, president and interior designer of Shaper Interiors, Hamburg, N.Y., has been leading the design and decorating direction of the home for a decade.

This 40-ft. mural features over 2,500 pieces of handmade ceramic tile in the shape of water and aquatic creatures crafted from scratch by Sheila Gavazzi, artist and designer at Tile by Gavazzi (tilesbygavazzi.com), Niagra Falls, N.Y.

This 40-ft. mural features over 2,500 pieces of handmade ceramic tile in the shape of water and aquatic creatures crafted from scratch by Sheila Gavazzi, artist and designer at Tile by Gavazzi (tilesbygavazzi.com), Niagra Falls, N.Y.

This 40-ft. mural features over 2,500 pieces of handmade ceramic tile in the shape of water and aquatic creatures like turtles and crabs crafted from scratch by Sheila Gavazzi, artist and designer at Tile by Gavazzi (tilesbygavazzi.com), Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Lamoreaux said the mural was covered over in clear plastic and mounted on boards to transport. Once at the site, Lamoureaux used Schluter-DITRA XL and regular to help adjust the substrate to accommodate the varying thicknesses of the handmade pieces and 19” x 19” Marazzi Archeology glazed porcelain field tile onto which the aquatic creatures crept and crawled. Lamoreaux had to cut the field tile to accept the irregular shapes of the ceramic creatures, and flowing water pieces. He declared them to be “the craziest cuts in my 22 years!” Five rolls of DITRA were used in the project, as well as ARDEX 77 mortar and LATICRETE Permacolor Select grout.

The finished mural is part of The Viewing Room, a section of this Buffalo, N.Y., residence, not more than 20 feet away from Lake Erie.

The finished mural is part of The Viewing Room, a section of this Buffalo, N.Y., residence, not more than 20 feet away from Lake Erie.

“PermaColor Select has a sealer built into it, is easy to work with, and dries hard,” Lamoreaux said. The company’s all-time favorite grout is LATICRETE SpectraLock grout, but he said “For a cement-based [PermaColor Select] is better than anything.”

A further challenge came in shaping the mural to match the 3-4 ft. curve of the 90 ft. arced window.

Southtowns Tile, owned by Doug Marchioli, has been responsible for many other areas of the home, including a $70,000, and an $80,000 bathroom, the latter of which features a heron mural of stained glass that Lamoreaux installed with Ardex 77.
In addition, one of the highlights of the residence is a limestone path that features reclaimed mosaic heads imported from Florence, Italy, cut into the limestone brick pathway. For this part of the project, the mortar of choice was LATICRETE Platinum.

This project came to TileLetter’s attention courtesy of Lamoreaux’s posts on Tile Geeks, a Facebook group dedicated to all things tile. Never underestimate the power of social media!

In another area of the home, an $80,000 bathroom features a heron mural of stained glass that Lamoreaux installed with Ardex 77.

In another area of the home, an $80,000 bathroom features a heron mural of stained glass that Lamoreaux installed with Ardex 77.

One of the highlights of the residence is a limestone path that features reclaimed mosaic heads imported from Florence, Italy, cut into the limestone brick pathway.

One of the highlights of the residence is a limestone path that features reclaimed mosaic heads imported from Florence, Italy, cut into the limestone brick pathway.

NTCA Welcomes New Executive Officers and State Directors

After a long and productive weekend at Total Solutions Plus, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) held its annual meeting on Monday, October 25, and elected new members of the executive board.

Martin Howard of David Allen Company was elected President. Chris Walker, also of David Allen Company, was named 1st Vice President. Martin Brookes of Heritage Tile and Marble was elected 2nd Vice President, and outgoing President James Woelfel was elected Chairman of the Board. Dan Welch was named Executive Committee advisor, joining John Cox and Nyle Wadford as advisors to the committee.

Left to right: board advisors John Cox and Dan Welch, incoming President Martin Howard, outgoing President James Woelfel, incoming 2nd Vice President Martin Brookes, and incoming 1st Vice President Chris Walker.

Left to right: board advisors John Cox and Dan Welch, incoming President Martin Howard, outgoing President James Woelfel, incoming 2nd Vice President Martin Brookes, and incoming 1st Vice President Chris Walker.

Many new regional director appointments were also approved, with individuals serving two year terms in these important positions.  Those new directors include Robert Showers, Region 2; Paige Smith, Region 3; Mike Weaver, Region 4; Dirk Sullivan, Region 9; Stan Platt, Region 10; and Sam Bruce, Region 12.

Congratulations to the incoming executive board and regional directors! NTCA looks forward to continuing its growth and success as Voice of the Contractor with their help.

Coverings 2017 Calls for Rock Star Nominations

Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, is seeking nominations for its 2017 group of “Coverings Rock Stars,” an award that recognizes the best up-and-coming young professionals in the tile and stone industry. Selected by a committee of industry leaders, each outstanding individual will be awarded based on his or her impact on the tile and stone industry along with previous industry recognition.

“Now in its third year, this program highlights the industry’s greatest young leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors, and game-changers,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ Industry Ambassador. “This next generation of professionals is laying the groundwork for the future of the industry, and we’re looking forward to celebrating their talents and achievements at Coverings.”

Rock Star nominees must be 35 or younger, and currently employed by or as an architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor, installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association, or manufacturer in the tile and stone industry. Nominators must also be active and experienced in the tile and stone industry.

Award winners will receive a one-night hotel stay in Orlando to attend Coverings, will be featured in online and onsite promotions and will be honored, along with their nominators, at an awards breakfast at Coverings.

To nominate a qualified individual, complete a submission form at coverings.com/RockStars. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, January 6, 2017.

Daltile Announces 2016 Interior Design Scholarship Winner

DALLAS (November 10, 2016) – Daltile, in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, is excited to announce Kristina Tribell as the winner of the fifth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship. During NeoCon East 2016 in Philadelphia, Tribell was presented with a $10,000 scholarship to continue her education in the field of interior design.

daltilesamplesday1-4“On behalf of Daltile and the ASID Foundation, we are excited to announce and celebrate Kristina as the 2016 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship grand prize winner,” said Kim Albrecht, senior brand marketing manager for Daltile. “This year we had more than 120 entries from some of the most talented students across the country, showcasing the exemplary work created by the next generation of interior designers. Daltile is honored to be part of the scholarship program, investing in the future of the design profession.”

This year’s design challenge, titled “Design Inspired by Nature,” was to redesign a hotel lobby using key biophilic design principles, demonstrating how thoughtful design, creativity, and Daltile products can come together to create a beautiful, welcoming, and impactful space.

Graduating in spring 2017 from the Art Institute of Houston, Tribell has always been passionate about art and design. She first learned about the scholarship contest during an interior design association event, and a few weeks later, after visiting a Daltile expo in Houston, became inspired by the products and immediately started working on her submission. Tribell chose the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston as her project location, redesigning the lobby to incorporate biophilic influences. Using Daltile collections, including Marble Attaché™ and Saddle Brook™ Glazed Porcelain, Tribell reinvented the space to be more calming, a stark contrast from the bustling city outside of the hotel lobby doors.

img_5023“The ASID Foundation is excited to partner with Daltile to honor students, like Kristina Tribell, with scholarships to help them pursue their goals in the field of interior design,” said Susan Wiggins, senior strategic advisor, ASID Foundation. “The ASID Foundation believes in the future of the interior design industry and supports scholarships and educational opportunities that will prepare and propel the next generation of interior designers to reach their full potential. The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship enables us to encourage young designers to further hone their design skills and aesthetic.”

The grand prize winner and three finalists were selected by Daltile and the ASID Foundation with the help of a panel of industry experts, including Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, and Catie Ryan, senior project manager at Terrapin Bright Green. This year’s top scholarship recipients are:

  • Grand Prize: $10,000 Scholarship Winner: Kristina Tribell, The Art Institute of Houston
  • First Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Ali Guymon, Utah State University
  • Second Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Ben Roghaar, Utah State University
  • Third Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Charlotte Jolly, Indiana University

New for 2016, Daltile and the ASID Foundation awarded the school or university with the highest number of completed entries with a $10,000 grant for their interior design program. This year, Utah State University was presented with the grant and had 37 students from the university submit projects for consideration.

For more information, visit www.daltile.com and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

About Daltile

Daltile is an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and metal tile products, as well as natural stone tile and slab products. Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slab yards, and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers. Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs.

About the ASID Foundation

As the leading interior design organization, the American Society of Interior Designers is dedicated to advancing the profession of interior design. The ASID Foundation supports endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety, and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships, and education. ASID Foundation initiatives include Transform, an applied research grant program, and partnerships with The 1+ program and the National Building Museum. Learn more at asidfoundation.org.

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and humancentric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at asid.org.

David Allen Company Named Accredited Quality Contractor

David Allen Company has announced that it has been named an Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) by the Associated Builders and Contractors.

The AQC program recognizes construction firms that document their commitment to excellence in five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality, safety, employee benefits, training and community relations.  “David Allen Company’s dedication to responsibly and ethically running its business permeates through every facet of its operation and makes it a terrific ambassador for the merit shop construction community,” says 2016 ABC National Chair David Chapin.

With offices in Raleigh, Washington, D.C., Columbia, Birmingham, and South Florida, David Allen Company is one of the nation’s largest tile, marble, granite, terrazzo, and specialty concrete services companies.  Founded in 1920, the company is celebrating its 96th year.

5th Annual Classic Vehicle Calendar Released by NAC

nac-2017-calendar-coverOctober 27, 2016 – The company that introduced the flooring industry to ECB® and crack isolation membrane technology, NAC Products, released their 2017 calendar, “Classic Vehicles from the Flooring Industry” at the Total Solutions Plus event in Indian Wells, CA.

The calendar provides an opportunity for people in the flooring industry who own a classic vehicle, to showcase it in the annual calendar. The initial calendar was created to help promote NAC’s 30th anniversary in 2013, but has now evolved into an industry tradition. Whether it is a car, truck, farm tractor, motorcycle, airplane, or boat, people from all over the world have participated, highlighting a wide variety of classic vehicles.

“Each year we look forward to the wide variety of vehicles from different eras that are submitted for inclusion in the calendar,” said Vice-President Operations Brian Petit. “But the best part is the story that accompanies each vehicle. Each has a unique and interesting narrative that sheds some light on the individual and what that vehicle represents to them.”

One of the design highlights of the calendar includes the use of actual state license plate images representing the year of the car or a plate that was popular at the time or resembles how the car is currently tagged. A few anecdotes about the car and the restoration populate the plate image.

Previously, in addition to the featured vehicle, the calendar has highlighted a different product offering by NAC on each month. This year, each month features a major project that was completed and the corresponding NAC product or products that were installed.

“Each year we try to come up with a different or unique way of presenting our products in the calendar,” said Petit. “We provide a range of solutions for crack isolation, waterproofing and sound control, and by showcasing a different project each month, we are able to demonstrate the variety of applications and capabilities of our systems.”

The calendar also includes the dates of many industry related tradeshows, like the International Surface Event, NAHB/KBIS and Coverings just to name a few.

Past calendars and the featured vehicles can be found on the NAC website; http://www.nacproducts.com/nac-calendar

Crack isolation, sound control, waterproofing and more; membrane systems that protect your flooring investment, that’s NAC Products.

For more information about NAC, visit www.NACproducts.com or call 800-633-4622.

Franceschelli Named President of Tile Council of North America

franceschelli-_-nov-2016November 3, 2016 – Michael Franceschelli, CEO of Florida Tile, Inc., has been elected to a two year term as President of TCNA (Tile Council of North America).  He has served as CEO of Florida Tile since 2010, leading the company to steady growth in sales and profits while also expanding their manufacturing and distribution capabilities.

In the years since joining the tile industry, Franceschelli has taken an active role in TCNA, serving four years as 2nd Vice President before accepting his current post.  His commitment to raising the bar in the tile industry is reflected in the goals that he has set for himself and TCNA for the coming year.

“Developing a TCNA ‘Why Tile’ program to educate consumers and the industry on the many benefits of tile is high on my list of priorities,” says Franceschelli.  “It’s important to lead this charge of informing the public and training our industry professionals in order to make a positive impact in the flooring market.”

His list of objectives for the coming year highlight the ambition and dedication he and TCNA have for the tile industry.

  • Develop the TCNA “Why Tile” program to inform consumers and the industry regarding the health, safety, environmental, cost, and design benefits of tile
  • Work with labor organizations to support career training and certification programs
  • Continue to facilitate the development of standards to better define technical product performance and to inform consumers about the safe use of tile surfaces
  • Maintain the collaboration of the TCNA Handbook Committee and the publication of installation details relevant to today’s products and practices
  • Promote further collaboration with other major trade organizations including CTDA, NTCA and TCAA
  • Develop an even stronger bond between members in the US and Canada and their TCNA colleagues in Mexico
  • Promote cooperation within the global tile manufacturing communities in Italy, Spain, Brazil and around the world
  • Contribute on an international basis to ISO standards

Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a publicly owned company traded on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM). Panariagroup is a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world with six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market. 

Coverings 2017 Seeks Tile and Stone Projects for 2017 Installation and Design Awards

coveringsCoverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, has opened its Call for Entries for the 2017 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. Available to architects, designers, installers, and contractors, the CID Awards honor outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial environments.

New to this year’s awards program: Winners will be invited to discuss their project as part of the show’s conference program. Projects will also be displayed on a video wall and on signage throughout the exhibition floor, showcasing the work to the thousands of attendees. Prize-winning project teams, including each installer and designer, will receive $2,500 and a one-night stay in Orlando.

“There is nothing quite like seeing how the mastery of design and installation can come together to create truly astounding applications of tile and stone—the CID Awards put the spotlight on these projects and the talented teams behind each beautiful space,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “Furthermore, the awards illustrate the enduring and infinite design styles achieved by today’s tile and stone products.”

An independent panel of judges will evaluate entries based on excellence in execution and installation; inspiring and original use of tile or stone; and overall design and purpose of the project. Projects will be assessed on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship, and outstanding use of materials. Emphasis will be placed on projects featuring an original or unusual use of materials, incorporating innovative technology, or combining aesthetics with function in an interesting way. Winning categories will include Residential and Commercial, and based on the submissions received, may extend to International, Artistic Use of Tile/Stone, Institutional, Community Project and more.

Projects must have been completed within the past two years (January 2015—December 2016). Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged, and there is no fee to enter. Entrants should submit through Coverings’ online portal before the deadline of January 6, 2017.

The CID Awards are sponsored by TileLetter and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design.

 


 

About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

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2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Now Open

unnamedThe 2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has officially launched! Now in its 24th year, the annual awards program invites North America-based architects and designers to submit their most innovative and sustainable projects from the past five years that take advantage of the excellent technical and aesthetic qualities of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. Projects that predominantly feature Italian tile – newly built or renovated, domestic or international – will be evaluated by an international jury of design experts in the residentialinstitutional and commercial categories.

One grand prize winner in each category will be honored with a rich awards package including: $3,000; a trip to Coverings, North America’s premier tile and stone trade show in Orlando; and a CEU-accredited trip to Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of tile and bathroom furnishings in Bologna, Italy – with a delegation of architects, designers and design media. A handful of honorable mentions will be selected and the winning contractor/distributor teams will also be rewarded. For more details, please see the press release.

To see examples of exceptional submissions, check out last year’s winning projects below.

Deadline: January 6, 2017 | www.tilecompetition.com

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Commercial Winner: Gensler – Kaye Scholer Headquarters (New York, NY)

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Institutional Winner: ARK – UJA Federation Community Complex (Vaughan, Canada)

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Residential Winner: Shinberg.Levinas Architects – Turnberry Residence (Rosslyn-Arlington, VA)

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