|The revival of vintage styles is still one of the hottest trends in terms of home design and décor. Ceramic collections that revisit the past make the bring new life to rooms, both in the flooring and the walls all over the house, creating an interior unique space. Ceramic tiles bring the essence of other times through its colors, formats, motifs and reliefs.
The taste for retrieving vintage pieces has grown, mixing them with modern elements to find the perfect equilibrium between retro and modern. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms welcome ceramics in walls and flooring inspired by ancestral homes.
Bathrooms from a former age
Classic designs lead in bathrooms, that part of the house that we eventually tend to decorate with more love. The increasing taste for vintage styles reigns in ceramics, with many recent collections including designs that revive either traditional geometric motifs or floral and vegetation elements, all inspired in the floral wallpapers used in the bathrooms of the early 20th century. These are references that obtain a vintage look through decorations in blue, pink and grey monochromes. They are usually present in small format tiles, from the classical 10×10 cm to mosaics, in order to create compositions in basic color ranges that soothe and seduce.
Retro look kitchens
Ceramic collections include, among its designs, walls and floors inspired by hydraulic tile patterns. These renewed classics fit the latest trends in interior design with multiple looks, which blend or allow random combinations, sometimes matched with smooth tiles. This allows creating retro environments with a contemporary style.
Vegetation patterns are also in the spotlight. These patterns become subtler, smoothing the overall sensation, and are featured on colored bases that also evoke a green environment.
A classic that never dies
The new tile compositions based on the mix of designs, results in a modern version of a traditional trend. Those ceramic collections following this trend retrieve the memories and sensations from old homes from a contemporary point of view. The collage of different motifs is an inspiration for decorating floors and walls of a house’s main rooms. The most coveted motifs are geometric, Arabic and flowered.
They welcome either a ‘black & white’ or a colorful universe with blue and green on the top. In light of this richness, ideally the flooring would match the furniture, woodwork and walls in smooth or neutral colors, in order not to overload the environment.
Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery was abuzz with food, fun, and new products during NeoCon 2017!
CHICAGO – June 23, 2017 – Daltile‘s Chicago Design Gallery recently welcomed over 500 architects,
designers, and other customers to its annual “Parked At NeoCon” lunch event. Held every year during the international NeoCon commercial design tradeshow, Daltile’s luncheon showcased the brand’s exciting new products and gave NeoCon attendees a nice, relaxing oasis from the miles long tradeshow held just across the street in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery is part of the brand’s vast network of design galleries, design studios, and design service centers catering to customers nationwide.
The Annual Event
“We had a blast!” said Ashley Sinova, Daltile design consultant for Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery. “There is no other event like ours during NeoCon each year. Located directly across from the Chicago Merchandise Mart, our gallery is an ideal escape
from the grind of the tradeshow floor. Daltile’s annual lunch event is a unique opportunity for innovative designers, architects, and other loyal customers to come together and explore emerging trends in flooring and surfaces in the relaxing, social atmosphere of our gallery.”
“Like all of the showrooms in our nationwide network, Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery showcases samples of our entire line, including our newly launched products,” said Allison Santarossa, Daltile architectural representative. “It was really exciting to see the very positive reaction the commercial design community had to our new products!”
Daltile’s Nationwide Network Of Showrooms
The Daltile Chicago gallery is one of the 35 Daltile Design Galleries, Daltile Design Studios, and Daltile Design Service Centers located across the United States. Considered an integral part of the brand’s success, these Daltile showrooms give interior designers, architects, and curious homeowners a chance to explore Daltile collections in-person. Daltile design consultants are always on-hand to help architecture and design professionals as well as their clients select the best Daltile product for every project.
A daylong symposium held in San Francisco on January 14th 2016 was a great success! “Creative Collaboration, Honoring Millard Sheets: Master of Art & Design” preceded the first day of the Stone Foundation’s XIV Symposium, this year in San Francisco and Gualala, California.
Joe Taylor, president of the Tile Heritage Foundation, welcomed the 100+ attendees with a quote from Millard Sheets at the annual seminar of the Ceramic Tile Institute at The Biltmore in Los Angeles, Spring 1965.
“ It is imperative that design is kept on the same level and pace with research and production. Sales, as well as merchandising and applications, must be part of one strong chain of information and skill. A balance created among researchers, producers, designers, merchandisers and applicators is the key to the creation of great ceramic expression. The industry must break from its material desires into a spirit of collaboration.”
The Tile Heritage Foundation, Gualala Arts Center, Stone Foundation, the Scottish Rite Masonic Center and many other Sheets enthusiasts supported the program. Peter Mullins, a Tile Heritage and Stone Foundation member, sponsored the day’s events; and everyone participated in “Creative Collaboration” with one another.
Joe Taylor & Sheila Menzies of the Tile Heritage Foundation acted as organizers and stage managers for the event.
Some program details:
MILLARD SHEETS, painter, educator, muralist and architectural designer, was an all-inclusive artist who collaborated freely with his fellow artists. This resulted in the construction of buildings and the creation of tile and mosaic murals, artistic masterpieces across the United States, with artwork, inside and out, as an integral part of the design. The work was created by many artists, masters of all mediums, working together.
On Thursday, January 14, 2016, art enthusiasts gathered at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco—a building designed by Millard Sheets.
The Tile Heritage Foundation, Gualala Arts Center, Stone Foundation, The Scottish Rite Masonic Center and many other Sheets enthusiasts supported this day of events.
Peter Mullins, Tile Heritage and Stone Foundation member as well as the sponsor of the day’s events, believes “Millard Sheets is the single most influential individual in art in California in the 20th century.” The presentations throughout the day embraced and validated this perspective.
The program welcomed two of Millard’s children, Carolyn Sheets Owen- Towle and artist Tony Sheets, who was accompanied by colleague Jim Cogan – all three shared their personal stories. Other speakers included Adam Arenson, Associate Professor of History at Manhattan College, chronicling Sheets’ accomplishments; Lillian Sizemore, accomplished mosaicist, scholar, and author of “A Guide to Mosaic Sites: San Francisco”; and David “Sus” Susalla, Executive Director at the Gualala Arts Center.
The presenters’ mission was to share their stories in a collective atmosphere in which Millard would have eagerly been a participant. These historians and artists impressed all participants with their presentations and images during this day of discovery.
After a sit-down luncheon and before the afternoon lectures, tours to the magnificent stone walls at the nearby Stern Grove Amphitheater, to the West Portal mosaic mural by Sheets, and around the monumental Masonic Center itself were offered to the enthusiastic attendees. The afternoon drew to a close with a speakers/audience forum followed by a reception with wine, beer, delicious hors d’oeuvres and continued conversation.
This “Creative Collaboration” is sure to be remembered.
From May 23 to 25, for the second year running, Ceramiche Caesar is opening the doors of its showroom in London to all visitors of the week dedicated to design and new trends.
London, May 2017 – “Beyond Tiles”: beyond ceramic surfaces. This title is an encouragement for creativity. This is why Ceramiche Caesar has chosen it to present its stimulating programme of events that, from May 23 to 25, will animate the spaces of the Urban Lab especially for theClerkenwell Design Week. Located at 17/18 Great Sutton Street, in the heart of Clerkenwell, for three days Urban Lab will become the nerve centre of a series of events that will actively involve guests, in different manners, in activities that are closely related to the company’s philosophy: being promoters of a real “Culture of material”, not only based on the technical value of porcelain stoneware but also on research conducted on trends and architectural styles resulting from a combination of art, fashion and design.
For the first time in Europe, Caesar will be presenting its new collections Fabula and Anima Select, which have already been presented in the States at Coverings 2017.
At the Urban Lab, open every day from 10 am to 9 pm, you can consult and draw inspiration from the CrossDesign Magazine 2016/2017, a tool and a guideline for architects, designers and professionals, created by Ceramiche Caesar. The magazine, which started as a meticulous trend research, has been inspired by the most diverse sources (fashion, visual art, cultural events but also traditional craftsmanship, raw materials and architectural history) and reinterprets them in the light of three trends: Reverb, Peaceful and Rise.
These three trends were the inspiration for the CrossDesign Contest 2017, a challenge for the talent and creativity of architects, designers, academy and university students all over the world, which has the purpose of creating a project for the new Caesar Gallery.
Every evening, from 5 to 9 pm, Urban Lab will become a theatre for the live performance of the artists of the Graffiti Life team, which will create, each with his or her own style, three works of art on the 120×120 cm slabs, drawing inspiration from the Reverb, Peaceful and Rise trends.
A special welcome will be reserved to visitors every afternoon from 2 to 5 pm with a delicious ice cream treat served from a restored ice cream cab.
Ceramiche Caesar looks forward to meeting the visitors of the Clerkenwell Design Week at its Urban Lab, in 17/18 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell, London.
19 Premier Italian Ceramic Manufacturers Display their Newest Collections at ICFF 2017
(New York, NY – May 2017) From May 21-24, at New York City’s Javits Center, 19 Ceramics of Italy manufacturers will showcase their newest collections at ICFF 2017. Taking place during NYCxDESIGN – New York City’s official citywide celebration of design – the show provides the perfect opportunity for Ceramics of Italy members to display ceramic tile and sanitaryware products within the broader design context. The Ceramics of Italy multi-brand pavilion in booths 2219 + 2319 is organized by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency, which will also host an information point for those looking for more information on the Italian ceramics industry.
“Due to continued advancements in tile manufacturing technology, this year’s ceramic tile introductions are bolder and bigger than ever before,” states Vittorio Borelli, President of Confindustria Ceramica. “At ICFF, guests in the Ceramics of Italy booth will have the opportunity to see examples of prominent design trends from large format porcelains to three-dimensional ceramic wall coverings as well as a selection of new sanitaryware products.”
The pavilion will provide a diverse sampling of Italian ceramics newly available in the North American market. There will be products made in collaboration with well-known designers, architectural mosaics, tiles with naturalistic motifs such as wood and marble, and textile-inspired lines, to name a few, suitable for a variety of applications such as residential, commercial, indoor and outdoor. Participating companies include: Altaeco, Atlas Concorde, Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola, Emilceramica, Fap, Fincibec, Florim, Gambini Group, Gruppo Beta, GS Luxury Group, Kale Italia, Marca Corona, Mirage, Mosaico+, Ornamenta, Refin, Settecento, Simas, and Vallelunga. Throughout the space, representatives from Ceramics of Italy and the exhibiting brands will be readily available to answer questions and comment on design trends, installation techniques, technological advancements, and sustainability.
At Design ‘N Gather (http://designngather.com), the much-heralded, annual global tile mosaic design competition created by Artaic – Innovative Mosaic (artaic.com) and sponsored by Bostik, the contest’s Grand Prize Winning Project was made public at a lavish and exclusive VIP event hosted at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas on May 4th.
More than 600 amped-up guests/partiers including top hospitality architects and designers were in attendance, as co-emcees Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development and Dr. Ted Acworth, CEO/Founder of Artaic, brought the late-night soiree to its crescendo. Finally, Architectural Designer Lisa Darroh-Pouls of Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Pouls Hospitality Design was announced as the Grand Prize Winner. Lisa’s creation, “Champagne Wishes,” was revealed to the crowd as the larger-than-life glass mosaic backdrop for what is now referred to as the “World’s Most Focal Selfie Studio.” Joyen Vakil, Senior Vice President of Design & Development for MGM Resorts International, one of the ten DNG judges stated, “This project was ideal for Hyde. Clearly, it was beautifully designed and perfectly themed for the environment of our nightclub.”
According to Darroh-Pouls, “’Champagne Wishes’ is a genesis of an alluring mythological goddess. She rules over the world of decadent, sparkling, golden libations. Her actions are playfully calculated as she inspires each fortunate guest by blowing a mesmerizing kiss ensuring ecstasy and pageantry befitting the Hyde Lounge. The Selfie Studio provides the perfect venue for guests to flirt with Hyde’s goddess while capturing her enticing beauty in a photograph preserving memories.”
The walls of the Selfie Studio are clad with Crossville’s Laminam thin porcelain tile panels, which were installed using Bostik’s Bosti-Set™, a premium adhesive and sound reduction membrane. Bosti-Set is a proprietary, new-to-world technology specifically created for installation of thin porcelain tile panels that was recently launched at Coverings. And, the flooring selected for this one-of-a-kind venue was “The Allways Collection,” an exquisite “wood-look” porcelain tile in the color “Bench” from Bedrosians Tile & Stone. The studio served as a showcase for over nine Bostik installation innovations for commercial construction.
Ted Acworth stated, “And now, mosaic murals such as Lisa Darroh-Poul’s ‘Champagne Wishes’ can be produced right here in America, by simply taking creative designs… and perfectly assembling them using cutting-edge, computer-driven, robotic technology. Together with Bostik, we’re letting the world know that ancient mosaic design production has morphed into becoming a space-age process.”
“Bostik, Artaic and MGM Resorts International worked extremely close together, focused on taking Design ‘N Gather 2017 to an even higher, more globally promoted level,” declared an exuberant Scott Banda. “MGM graciously provided DNG with one of their most prestigious, globally-recognized resorts to permanently showcase the 2017 winning design. Together with our strategic partner, Artaic, we intend to resurrect the excitement of using mosaics for architectural applications, a time-honored design treatment, which has faded over the years. We are accomplishing our goal worldwide. And, without question, are having lots of fun in doing so!”
Florida Tile held a grand opening celebration of its new San Antonio showroom on Thursday, April 27. The showroom is located at 7007 fairgrounds parkway, Suite 117 in San Antonio. NTCA Five Star Contractor J&R Tile performed the installation of the showroom.
“Our showroom encompasses approximately 4,000 sq.ft, “ said Bonnie Bennett-Smith general manager for Florida Tile. “With numerous ‘book’ displays and vignettes, we’ve tried to make the designer’s job easier. Having customers get a better visual impression of what a finished job might look like takes away the ‘unknown factor’ when creating a look for a homeowner or commercial project.
“We’ve featured a media wall showcasing a truly unique 3D-look using porcelain tile!” Bennett-Smith continued. “The concept always gets the attention of anyone walking into the showroom.
Another feature is a section showcasing Florida Tile’s ‘Thinner’ tile. Although primarily thought of for commercial applications, there are definitely areas well-suited residentially as well.
“San Antonio has warmly welcomed Florida Tile,” she concluded. “We look forward to being a great partner to a wonderful city and its people!”
Florida Tile personnel at the event and ribbon cutting included Ric Cornwell, Midwest/Southwest regional manager; Michael Franceschelli, CEO; Luca Setti, chief sales and marketing officer; Bonnie Bennett-Smith,general manager; Anne Galmor, branch commercial sales specialist; Doug Hayes, director of business development; Sean Cilona, strategic marketing/brand management/advertising/social and creative; and Kristie Rymiszewski, national operations manager. Ambassador Phong Duc Pham and Rick Mireles from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce also attended.
(A special thanks to Erin Albrecht of J&R Tile for many of the photos in this story.)
Addressed to architects, designers, interior designers and academy or university students, the international contest confirms the leading role of the company of Fiorano Modenese as creative trend-setter.
Participants must submit a project for one of the environments of the Caesar Gallery, thenew showroom at the headquarters of the company in Fiorano Modenese, which will be opened in September, 2017. Participants must study and interpret one of three moods identified in “Cross Design 2016/2017”, the magazine dedicated to the latest trends of the world of design and result of the meticulous trend research work of Ceramiche Caesar.
Participants must upload on the dedicated web site – contest.caesar.it – an architectural project that has never been presented before, which combines Caesar products in an harmonious and original manner and is animated by the creative spirit of the participant. In fact, Caesar will provide the dimensions and plan of the space, the textures of the collections to use and some tools of the mood board, but it is up to the participant to create a setting inspired by a loft in a large city, with an elegant and contemporary style. The aim is also to enhance the value of Caesar porcelain stoneware by using its products for floors and walls.
Within July 28, 2017, a technical jury composed of five members will select the best three projects, in compliance with very strict evaluation criteria, and will award three prizes accordingly. The first place winner will receive a sum equal to 5,000.00 € gross, will be given the opportunity to have his/her project realised in the Caesar Gallery, will be interviewed by an important trade magazine and will be a guest of Caesar at Cersaie 2017. The second and third place winners will also take part in the International Exhibition in Bologna and will be awarded a prize of 3,000.00 € and 2,000.00 € gross respectively.
Extensively promoted on involved international media and on the company’s social channels, the Cross Design Contest will also include a “Web Award” special mention. The project that is most appreciated online will be awarded a prize offered by Archiproducts, the Community Partner of Caesar for the contest.
For more information and for signing up to take part in the Cross Design Contest, go to:contest.caesar.it
Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature a new display at the 8th annual Coverings Installation Design Showcase (IDS). National Tile Contractors Association Five Star Contractors will collaborate with leading designers to install tile in tiny houses on the showroom floor. Creative designs utilizing many types of tile will be installed in the three tiny homes throughout the show, allowing attendees to see their progress. All three installation companies have successfully completed the NTCA Five Star Contractor recognition program and employ installers who have passed the Certified Tile Installer exam administered by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. The design and installation teams will be supported by industry-leading tile and installation material manufacturers to complete the project. Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Dan Welch of Welch Tile and Marble will collaborate with Michigan designer Lauren Figueroa of The Georgia Pear Interiors to install materials provided by Florim USA to complete their project, the West Michigan House, with installation materials provided by LATICRETE. Welch Tile provides tile and marble installation services to a plethora of markets, including healthcare, education, hospitality, industrial, entertainment, residential and corporate facilities.
Visalia Ceramic Tile will work with Kim Lewis, founder of Kim Lewis Designs. Tile for their Retro Bungalow will be provided by Ceramics of Italy, and MAPEI will contribute installation materials to the project. Sam Bruce is the project manager for Visalia Tile, who specializes in both commercial and residential installation. They are based in Visalia, Calif., and have been licensed and bonded since 1985. Visalia tile is also recognized by NTCA as the nation’s 38th Five Star Tile Contractor.
Erin Albrecht of J & R Tile Inc. will be paired with Nikki Vega of bluetreehome. Crossville Tile will furnish tile and ARDEX will contribute the setting materials to make The Vitruvian tiny house come together. J & R Tile prides itself in being a Five Star commercial contractor in Central Texas, and has provided installation services for commercial, healthcare, education, historical, religious and government entities. Founded over 30 years ago with a focus on education and certification, the company is committed to installation excellence.
The IDS exhibits will be available for viewing during Coverings on the show floor, giving attendees the opportunity to visit and explore the tiny homes. On Thursday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. attendees will be invited to meet with the designers and contractors for a one-hour interactive session discussing the design and installation of each project.
Unlike in years past, when the IDS projects would be torn down and deposited in a landfill, these Tiny Homes will be transported to a vibrant community in Orlando, and will be made available for purchase. A local builder in the Orlando community is collaborating with Coverings show management to make this a smooth transition.
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.
Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.
Coverings 2017 takes place April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.
NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products. For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com.