CPC releases revision to “Bonded Abrasive Polished Concrete Specification”

ST. LOUIS, MO–The Concrete Polishing Council (CPC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, has just released the  revision to the Bonded Abrasive Polished Concrete Specification, a document of significance to polishing contractors, concrete contractors, designers and facility owners.

The original polished concrete specification, published by the Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA, now the CPC), did not meet standard specification terminology or layout. “It was also often buried in Division 03 00 00, the Concrete Division of the Construction Specification Institute’s master format”, said Bruce Suprenant, technical director, ASCC. “Due to the number of polishing specifications concealed in 03 00 00, this specification for the slab to be polished, was not acknowledged or fully understood by concrete contractors, and was overlooked in the planning of the floor”.

“Assigned a separate number, 03 00 01, and written in proper specification terminology, the document now better defines the intended use of the concrete, helps the cast-in-place contractors understand how the slab will be finished, and opens the door for communication between the specifier, place and finish contractor, and the polisher,” said Chad Gill, council director, CPC.

“The founders and charter members of the CPAA kick started the polishing industry by creating standards to help achieve acceptance by the design / build community”, says Todd Scharich, ASCC director of member services. However as polishing continues to achieve tremendous growth as a flooring option it became necessary to update these documents. Updated standards will continue to make polished concrete a primary flooring choice that owners can count on for its durability and low maintenance features.

The CPC was formed to provide standards, education and a professional network for polishing contractors and others serving in the industry. The primary goals are to furnish training opportunities and certification programs for members and to share information on best practices with the design and construction community.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 750 member companies in the United States and 13 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

 

 

Sleek New Schluter Shower Grates Enhance Bathroom Design

A series of new shower drain grates from Schluter-Systems features brand new designs that fit into a virtually invisible frame, resulting in a stylish and truly seamless look for shower floors. Three new grate designs are available for both the standard 4” square point drains, and for Schluter’s linear drains in lengths from 20” to 48”.
The Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN-STYLE grates (for point drain) and KERDI-LINE-STYLE grates (for linear drain) were developed through an in-depth project between European and North American designers, who came together to combine unique design trends from both sides of the globe into three fashionable shower grates. The design objective was to tie in to today’s latest tile trends, while providing distinctly different looks that will fit in with various bathroom decors. The drain grates do not contain any screw holes, creating an uninterrupted design that adds to the seamless appearance.

“Pure”: This grate features a clean yet elegant design that provides a subtle touch of style to the shower. This grate is fresh yet trendy, and ideal for those wanting a more refined look in the shower.

“Curve”: This curvaceous drain grate style really strikes a pose in the shower. Soft, rounded lines adorn this shower grate to add a touch of flare, while keeping a crisp and clean look.

“Floral”: This floral drain grate features soft, rounded petals that combine to create a harmonious and symmetrical pattern. Inspired right from nature, this grate truly blossoms in the shower.

The new “STYLE” grates are designed to integrate with the Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN point drain and KERDI-LINE linear drain.  Both types of drain feature an integrated bonding flange that provides a secure connection to the KERDI waterproofing membrane at the top of the assembly. This is an integral part of a sealed system that creates waterproof showers by protecting the substrate from water infiltration, hence preventing mold and mildew. Creating waterproof showers ensures their longevity, thus enhancing the sustainability aspects of these products.

The KERDI-LINE is a low-profile linear drain that is ideal for barrier-free spaces and can be installed adjacent to walls or at intermediate locations in showers, wet rooms, and other applications that require waterproofing and drainage.

All of the new KERDI-DRAIN-STYLE and KERDI-LINE-STYLE grates and frames are made with brushed stainless steel.  The interior of the grate assembly is smooth and free of protrusions for easy cleaning.  These new designs will be available in March of 2018.

About Schluter®-Systems
Schluter®-Systems products are specifically designed for the tile industry to ensure that installations maintain integrity and durability. The company’s product line includes over 4,000 items, including tile trims, uncoupling membranes, waterproof building panels, shower systems, and most recently thin-set mortar.  Schluter-Systems is renowned for its state-of-the-art technology with attention to detail for highly functional and visually appealing results.  For more information, visit www.schluter.com.

 

MSI’s CARRARA WHITE MARBLE COLLECTION: INTRODUCING THE ENCAUSTIC-LOOK, ETCHED TETRIS LINE

Carrara White is a time-honored Italian marble featuring elegant shades of white and gray with subtle feathery veining. MSI’s Carrara White Marble Collection celebrates this iconic natural stone in a full line of clean, versatile looks.
In honed or polished finishes, Carrara White Marble lends luxury to countertops, waterfall islands, and backsplashes for distinguished kitchens that transcend the ages. Equally alluring in the master bath on floors, walls, and showers, each product makes a signature statement on its own, while pairing perfectly with other Carrara offerings for ultimate design flexibility. This sophisticated stone gives any space a timeless yet contemporary look in the most natural way possible.
The collection consists of 2cm and 3cm slabs, floor tiles in numerous sizes (including sought-after 18×18 and 24×24), and backsplash and wall tiles in a stunning variety of choices running classic subway to 1×2 3D polished.
And now there’s even more Carrara White Marble to fall for with the recent introduction of the hugely popular Carrara White 1×3 Herringbone mosaic tiles and the new Tetris Blanco encaustic-look tiles. Tetris Blanco 6×6 features a charming floral-inspired motif, while Tetris Blanco 10mm features a captivating mix of geometric looks that take this distinguished marble places it has never been.
Discover MSI’s extensive Carrara White Marble Collection.

NeoCon Celebrates 50 Years of Tomorrow’s Design: June 11-13, 2018 at The Mart, Chicago

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CHICAGO, IL – January 2018 ­– Registration is now open for the 50th edition of NeoCon. NeoCon 50 will take place from June 11-13, 2018 at The Mart in Chicago.
Since its launch in 1969, the show has served as a launching pad for iconic brands and products in the commercial design world. Furthermore, NeoCon has evolved into an international design hub that brings together more than 50,000 professionals for networking opportunities as well as dynamic and diverse learning experiences.
Its powerful conference program is at the forefront of thought leadership, delivering distinguished speakers, ideas and innovations that are shaping the global landscape of workplace, healthcare, hospitality, government, education, retail and more. This year’s marquee presentations will feature a series of headliners addressing the future of design and the industry. Special events will include inspiring retrospectives and a festive NeoCon 50 party on Tuesday evening.
NeoCon partnered with an award-winning creative agency, Maiarelli Studio, to develop a new campaign and an updated logo that aligns with NeoCon’s design expertise and position as a market leader. It also has launched  the NeoCon blog, which will include exclusive one-on-one conversations with industry notables as well as interesting and entertaining history about the people, products and parties that made up the first 49 years of NeoCon.
Looking back, NeoCon’s future wasn’t always so certain. In 1967 a fire destroyed Chicago’s McCormick Place building, the original site of the first NeoCon (then known as INTERCON I). Recognizing a “vital and compelling need for a truly international contract convocation,” the Merchandise Mart came to the show’s rescue. Held on June 25, 1969, the inaugural edition attracted nearly 10,000 architects and designers who were looking for a merchandising and educational platform.
According to Byron Morton, Vice President of Leasing for the Mart, “Our foundation is built on the highest standards and on presenting, what W.O Ollman, then Mart General Manager called, ‘the most extensive and representative selection of contract goods ever assembled under one roof.’ He also stressed the importance of programming that will bring ‘outstanding spokesmen from all parts of the world’. This has been a winning combination since the beginning and is an essential piece of the show’s DNA. NeoCon 50 will celebrate the show’s rich tradition and continue to explore the future of commercial design and business trends.”
Occupying floors 1, 3, 10, 11 and the 7th Floor Exhibit Hall of the Mart, the 50th edition will feature 500 companies including heavyweights such as Herman Miller, Knoll, OFS Brands, Shaw, and Steelcase as well as new showrooms from Scandinavian Spaces and NappaTile. New exhibiting companies on the 7th floor exhibit hall will feature a number of international companies including Narbutas Furniture Company (Lithuania), DeVorm (Netherlands), Polarmoss USA (Finland), Luceplan USA (Italy) and Lovair (UK).
Four marquee presentations include panels, talks and keynotes and will explore hot topics such as the integration of technology and design, as well as the struggles and victories of women in the industry. Details will be announced in February.
Morton continues, “This is all part of the NeoCon Experience. For 50 years, it has been so much more than a show. It has been the industry’s best opportunity to showcase and discover the newest offerings, to learn and share knowledge and expertise, and to engage with each other and nurture important relationships.”
NeoCon is open to trade, media, C-Suite executives and other industry-related professionals. The redesigned NeoCon 2018 website and complimentary registration is now live at www.neocon.com. On-site registration: $40. Marquee/Keynote presentations: Free. CEU seminar details and registration will be available March 6.
NeoCon press registration is complimentary to credentialed media and also available online at www.neocon.com.
For showroom and exhibitor news, images and real-time information, follow NeoCon Shows on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and by using the hashtag #NeoCon50

Sicis wins “Best Booth” at KBIS; displays innovative Vetrite line

This year SICIS was awarded Best Booth at KBIS, one of leading trade shows in North America for the kitchen and bathroom industry. The company showcased innovative lighting materials that express a new and evolved concept for surfaces. In particular the company has added to its mosaic collections, artistic mosaic panels, special units and solutions for kitchens and bathrooms.


On display was Vetrite, Sicis’ latest product, created in the company’s research and development laboratories, it is a combination polymeric fabrics or films sandwiched between layers of glass. Original shapes and patterns along with textures and stunning colors further enhance its look. It is especially suitable to use both in interior coverings and in furniture, from kitchens, tops, doors, to whole bathrooms.

Sicis has married practicality and robustness to aesthetic beauty in a single material.

Vetrite comes in large slabs, with a maximum format of 120×280 cm, and with a thickness that ranges between 6 mm up to 12 mm depending on the use. It is available in a variety of options that can realize the most ambitious and refined design ideas, with an extraordinary attention to details.

Among the Vetrite range, one of the latest Sicis novelties is the ‘Electric marble’ line, a combination within the glass slab of marble texture with psychedelic-effect pigments similar to an electric fluid coursing through the marble aesthetic.

Lastly, the new Vetrite Tile takes this material to small formats allowing a geometric look to the surfaces. Vetrite Tile comes in 25 colors and it is also available in combination with numerous patterns, style details that designers can customize.

The variety of formats makes Vetrite a very versatile product, utilizable in different types of environments, from bathrooms, to kitchen walls, architectural structures such as large hotels, showrooms and much more. All formats, on request, are available in beveled and satin version along with the anti-slip treatment for floors. The product is very easy to cut on site.

Vetrite by Sicis displays the perfect balance of functionality and durability, combined with creative design innovation for exclusive and comfortable environments.

Fascinating combinations are made of Vetrite and artistic mosaic in vitreous paste, where artistic ability and craftsmanship discover new refined executions, surfaces that combine with details, such as artistic mosaic door handles, often developed with precious mosaic in gold or silver.

For more information, visit http://www.sicis.com.

Crossville Unveils 2018 Color Trend in Recently Released Look Book

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CROSSVILLE, Tennessee — Crossville, Inc. has released its 2018 Color Trend Look Book, forecasting the use of black and rich, shadowy hues in commercial and residential design in the coming year. The engaging digital publication is now available for free browsing or downloading by clicking here.

In addition to visual inspiration for the 2018 color trend, Crossville’s publication includes quotes from an array of nationally recognized interior designers.

“The perspectives of leading designers really put this year’s color trend in context,” shares Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for Crossville. “We hope the visual inspiration and insights help guide those who specify tile products to make bold color choices for upcoming projects.”

To download the book and peruse Crossville’s fashion-forward collections in this stunning visual publication, click here.

DuPont™ Zodiaq® Re-named Corian® Quartz & Becomes Part of the Corian® Design Master Brand

WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 9, 2018 – DuPont™ Zodiaq® is becoming part of the Corian® Design family of branded products, services and design solutions. While the popular quartz product continues to be owned by DuPont, the product will be re-branded as Corian® Quartz as part of the new global design brand, Corian® Design which was introduced earlier this year.

“The move from DuPont™ Zodiaq® to Corian® Quartz will better align the product to the brand’s design principles and allow Corian® Design to more efficiently and effectively communicate the product offering to the market,” said Julie Eaton, global business director for Corian® Design.

Along with the name change comes bolder designs, textures and aesthetics for Corian® Quartz which will be previewed this week at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando. Customers can expect to start seeing Corian® Quartz in the market effective immediately, kicking off the Corian® Design – Make Your Space™ Campaign launching today.

All product warranties, properties and quality of levels of service customers previously experienced with DuPont™ Zodiaq® remain unchanged with Corian® Quartz. The line currently boasts 52 colors and patterns for use in residential and commercial in a variety of uses including kitchens, bathrooms, hotels, hospitals and restaurants. Corian® Design will now offer a range of materials, including Corian® Quartz all with the goal of helping customers make a statement or make a space “uniquely you.”

For more information, please visit http://corianquartz.com/.

 

Designer Selects Crossville Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels for Vignette in Perlick Booth at Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Orlando – Jan 9 – 11

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Interior Designer Arianne Bellizaire.

CROSSVILLE, Tennessee — Crossville’s gauged porcelain tile panels are featured in a cutting-edge vignette design in the Perlick Corp. booth (W247) at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando on Jan. 9 – 11.

Interior designer Arianne Bellizaire specified Crossville’s porcelain tile panels for the vignette in the Perlick booth because they are an innovative material that she could incorporate in a truly unique, customized way.

“I used Crossville’s porcelain tile panels in three colors to create a color blocking effect,” explains Bellizaire. “I wanted to tell the story of design trends that work beautifully in the kitchen and beyond. I knew the Crossville tile panels would be a great way to help capture the look I was going for.”

The vignette may be seen at the Perlick booth through the duration of the KBIS show. Find photos of the space by clicking here.

About Crossville, Inc.
Founded in 1986 and celebrating 30 years in 2016, Crossville Inc. is a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of award-winning tile collections for residential and contract applications. Its headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Crossville, Tennessee. Crossville, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Curran Group, a private holding company renowned for its core values of family, respect, partnership, integrity, and improvement.

An industry innovator, Crossville is the first U.S. tile manufacturer to achieve the following:
– produce large format tile on site,
– manufacture tile with certified recycled content,
– develop the Tile Take-Back® Program for recycling fired porcelain tile,
– achieve certification of its waste recycling programs,
– achieve TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines,
– distribute a complete line of gauged porcelain tile panels, and
– become a net consumer of waste.

For more information, visit Crossville’s website by clicking here.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2018 CERAMICS OF ITALY TILE COMPETITION, now in its 25th year

Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are pleased to announce the official call for entries for the 2018 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Celebrating its 25th year, the annual awards program recognizes the work of top North American architects and designers who create imaginative spaces that take advantage of the excellent technical and aesthetic qualities of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. Each year, an international jury of design experts selects three winning projects, as well as honorable  mentions, in the residential, institutional, and commercial sectors. Projects displaying the highest level of functionality, creativity, sustainability and aesthetic appeal will be rewarded with an amazing prize package including a cash prize and trips to the world’s premier tile exhibitions in Atlanta and Italy. In addition to built projects, for the first time Ceramics of Italy is looking for imaginative concepts from students utilizing Italian tile.

To qualify for entry, built projects in the residential, institutional and commercial categories must be designed by North America-based architects and designers, built or renovated between January 2013 and January 2017, and feature a significant amount of Italian ceramic/porcelain tile.

Both international and domestic projects of all scales and styles will be equally considered. To be eligible to submit to the student category, entrants must be enrolled at an accredited university in North America. Individual or group submissions are accepted through renderings, floor plans and sketches. For all categories, the competition welcomes any type of project within the residential, institutional and commercial realm – from multi-family housing to hospitality projects to outdoor spaces and façades. The jury’s official criteria includes: overall design of the project; aesthetic and technical quality of tile installation; degree to which the tile enhances the setting; and the project’s sustainable attributes.

Last year’s winners included: Bromley Caldari Architects for their modern and versatile Fire Island guesthouse; a leading marketing company’s New York City world headquarters designed by Jennifer Carpenter Architect; and Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s neuroscience institute at Columbia University.

Winners will be notified in March and officially announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference at Coverings, North America’s premier tile and stone tradeshow, taking place in Atlanta, GA from May 8-11, 2018. The prize package for winners of the built project categories includes $3,000, accommodations and travel to Coverings to present the project, a dedicated advertisement in a leading design publication, plus a 5-day CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie, the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, with a delegation of top architects, designers and journalists from North America. In addition to special appointments on the show floor, the delegation will also enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of Bologna (a culinary hub of Italy), cultural tours in the region, and a chance to see tile production firsthand. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the contractor/distributor team involved in each winning project. The winning student entry will receive a trip to Atlanta to present the project at Coverings in front of a large audience of journalists, manufacturers and tile industry professionals.

The competition guidelines, online application and an archive of beautiful winning projects from past years can be found on the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition website, www.tilecompetition.com. There is no fee to enter and multiple submissions are accepted. Deadline for entries: February 15, 2018.

 

 

Daltile Selected for Morpholio Board’s Top Products 2018

Morpholio Board, an interior design app that is touted by Interior Design magazine as “an ideal tool for designers”, has named Daltile’s Black River Pebble Mosaic as one of the Top Products for 2018. During the announcement, Morpholio complimented the “clever, innovative and beautiful designs that have emerged from the passion of creatives around the globe.” Daltile’s Black River Pebble Mosaic was included in Morpholio’s “Top Residential Products that Stand Up and Stand Out” for 2018.

“Our trends team was not surprised when Ultra Violet appeared as Pantone’s color of the year, as it says so much about how polarized forces can unite to form something that is beautiful, primarily for its strength. It is not a soft or easy color. We feel the same about the pieces selected here. They make bold moves, take chances, and exude what we call ‘critical lightness’ — taking seriously our need for beauty, playfulness, and exploration,” noted Morpholio.

River Pebble Mosaic Saw Cut(13 x 13 sheet)

The Daltile Black River Pebble Mosaic, a natural stone tile mosaic with a stone cut finish, was picked from thousands of products. Morpholio said that trends tracked among its growing community of professional and non-professional interior designers, user data, influencer insights and Morpholio’s own curatorial team were all factors in naming the distinguished winners of the 2018 Products Of The Year designation.

With products and styles for every budget, Daltile delivers a broad array of tile with unmatched availability, helping customers bring any design imaginable to life. Access the full line-up of Morpholio Top Products here, and visit www.Daltile.com for more design inspiration.

 

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