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

Perlick booth

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.

iQ Power Tools Appoints Jim Mackall as Vice President of Sales

iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust-collection technology, has announced that Jim Mackall has been appointed to the firm’s newly-
created position of Vice President of Sales. Mackall will be responsible for the company’s
nationwide sales team, new business development and expansion of existing markets.

Jim Mackall, iQ Power Tools

iQ Power Tools President Joel Guth said, “We are excited to welcome Jim Mackall to iQ. He will be responsible for expansion and continued growth as we look to further diversify and grow our business. Jim’s leadership and extensive sales experience in previous roles at US LBM Holdings, Steeler, BlueLinx and Hitachi Power Tools have given him a strong foundation within the construction industry sector.

“Jim brings a wealth of knowledge to all areas of our business,” continued Guth, “including contract negotiations, market research, distribution, integrated supply programs and project management.”

“The iQ story is an impressive one,” Mackall said. “Their superior products come from a proven commitment to create and market the most safe and effective tools to the industry. I am very excited about my opportunity to continue to build and lead this sales team in
delivering their message to the marketplace.”

Mackall has over 15 years experience in sales and regional development and has led nationwide expansions with over $100M in sales and P&L.

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About iQ Power Tools
iQ Power Tools manufactures a comprehensive range of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems for the concrete, masonry, hardscape and tile sectors. The company was founded by third-generation masons Joel and Paul Guth, who have logged over 30 years each in the masonry industry. Decades of experience taught them about dust problems; their company started out creating tools to solve their own problems only to realize these same issues affected all contractors… mess, money and a threat to the health and safety of the industry. iQ Power Tools envisions a future where their innovation helps create a 100% dust-free environment: jobsites are safer, work practices are healthier… and, the construction industry becomes even more sustainable.

LATICRETE Honors Employees with First-Ever “Heart of LATICRETE” Award

 

January 8, 2018, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has created the “Heart of LATICRETE” Award to recognize employees who make a difference in the lives of those inside and outside of the company.

Chairman and CEO David A. Rothberg has been named the first-ever recipient in honor of his tireless dedication to ensuring that the company values survive the generational transition of ownership. He has worked to not only preserve the legacy begun by LATICRETE founders, Dr. Henry M. Rothberg and Lillian Rosenstock Rothberg, but to also nurture their firm roots in its current culture. In commemoration, the award was renamed The David A. Rothberg Heart of LATICRETE Award, which will be presented annually to an employee nominated by his or her peers.

“David’s generosity is not as widely known within the company as it should be, as David has never deliberately drawn attention to his works. Projects he has supported run the gamut from direct personal assistance to people in need, to public arts, to educational achievement to assisting in the completion of construction projects of all scales. He has contributed his time and resources to countless good deeds over the years and his vision and practices have become embedded in our values,” said Edward Metcalf, LATICRETE North America President and Chief Operating Officer.

LATICRETE Chairman and CEO David A. Rothberg with Edward Metcalf, North America President & COO

The first David A. Rothberg Heart of LATICRETE Award was given to Troy R. Wicks, Regional Sales Manager, SPD, for his significant disaster recovery volunteer work over the past 15 years, including installing LATICRETEⓇ products in 3rd world countries and participating in 45 projects at schools, feeding centers, housing, libraries, churches and hospitals in 18 countries across five continents.

Troy R. Wicks, Regional Sales Manager, SPD with Edward Metcalf, North America President & COO

“Troy has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people of all ages in many disadvantaged communities around the globe. In literally dozens of countries he has helped to build hospitals, schools, community centers, libraries and other public assets. On many of these projects Troy has brought his expertise to task by installing durable and low-maintenance floors with LATICRETE SPARTACOTEⓇ and other LATICRETE products,” said Metcalf. “Both David and Troy represent the best of LATICRETE and the values that stand behind our company name. We are honored to serve with them as team members and to celebrate the recognition of their good works.”

 

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About LATICRETE

LATICRETE is a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry. LATICRETE offers a broad range of products and systems covering tile & stone installation and care, masonry installation and care, resinous and decorative floor finishes, concrete construction chemicals, and concrete restoration and care including the LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® System. For 60 years, LATICRETE has been committed to research and development of innovative installation products, building a reputation for superior quality, performance and customer service. LATICRETE methods, materials, and technology have been field and laboratory proven by Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Owners. Offering an array of low VOC and sustainable products, LATICRETE products contribute to LEED certification, exceed commercial/residential VOC building requirements, and are backed by the most comprehensive warranties in the industry. For more information, visit laticrete.com.

 

Natural Stone Institute Announces 2018 Stone Industry Education Series

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Oberlin, OH and Chestertown, NY, January 4, 2018—The Natural Stone Institute and Stone World magazine are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2018 Stone Industry Education Series. This year, Stone Summits will be held in ten cities across the United States.

The ten Stone Summits scheduled for 2018 will be facilitated by a team of experienced industry leaders, including GK Naquin (Stone Interiors), Tony Malisani (Malisani, Inc.), Duane Naquin (Stone Interiors), and Eric Tryon (Premier Surfaces). New this year, each of the facilitators will present a fully unique program on four different topics: Knowing Your Business, Analyzing Shop Performance, Stone Shop Administration, and the 12 Business Axioms.

Participants who register before February 1, 2017 will receive 20% off their registration. For more information, please visit www.stoneindustryeducation.com. The 2018 Stone Industry Education Series is as follows:

 

February 21

Texas Stone Summit: Know Your Business

Arizona Tile

Austin, TX

 

March 22

Florida Stone Summit: Analyzing Shop Performance

M S International

Deerfield Beach, FL

 

April 26

California Stone Summit: Analyzing Shop Performance

M S International

San Diego, CA

 

May 24

South Carolina Stone Summit: Stone Shop Administration

Pacific Shore Stones

Charleston, SC

 

June 7

Wisconsin Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms

Universal Granite and Marble

Oak Creek, WI

 

June 28

New York Stone Summit: Analyzing Shop Performance

M S International

Brentwood, NY

 

July 26

Kansas Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms

M S International

Lenexa, KS

 

September 20

Indiana Stone Summit: Know Your Business

Global Granite and Marble

Indianapolis, IN

 

October 11

New Jersey Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms

Artistic Tile

Secaucus, NJ

 

November 1

Arizona Stone Summit: Stone Shop Administration

Arizona Tile

Tucson, AZ

 

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About the Natural Stone Institute

The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 countries. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.

 

ASCER-Tile of Spain mourns the death of Isidro Zarzoso, president of ASCER

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

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

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

Zarzoso executed his duties in a responsible, efficient manner, steering the association through complex economic times for the industry. One of his accomplishments during his term as president of ASCER was the renewal of antidumping investigation of China towards imports to the European Union; also, the successful closure of the anti-dumping investigation brought by Morocco against Spain, among others successes.

A defender of the industry, his strong convictions, clear vision and belief in the power of collective thinking, he will be sorely missed.

Morris Tile Opens Charlottesville Branch

Morris Tile Distributors of Richmond will open a new branch in Charlottesville, VA this month. The company added locations in Midlothian, VA in 2015 and Fredericksburg, VA in 2016.
Morris Tile has acquired the showroom location of Wainwright Tile and Stone at 711 Preston Avenue.The company will retain the existing local team to insure the commitment to the Charlottesville community remains strong.This strategic expansion is consistent with the Morris family’s commitment to operating acompany that is “big enough to compete, yet small enough to care.”
Robert Whit Morris, II, President, Morris Tile Distributors, Inc. explained, “We are looking forward to enhancing our service to the Charlottesville market with the addition of a dedicated staff and downtown showroom. We have provided tile and materials to area contractors for more than 50 years, but have not had a local location where clients could select their preferred materials in person.
“The opportunity to acquire the showroom operations from Wainwright Tile & Stone is
a perfect fit for Morris Tile Distributors,” he added. “The similarities of our cultures, client service focus, and community support closely matched. I am equally excited about the expert Wainwright team that will join Morris Tile Distributors.”
While selling the showroom selection and supply side of their business, Wayne and Diane Murphy, the owners of Wainwright Tile and Stone, will retain the service division. This separation will allow them to continue to provide the exceptional service and quality installations that have built their outstanding reputation. Morris Tile has acquired only the material selection and supply side of the business. Wayne added, “Diane and I have been partnering with Morris Tile since we opened our business in 1999. We are all happy that they will continue in the tradition of Wainwright Tile and Stone”.
Morris Tile is scheduled to open their location on January 15, 2018.Whit Morris will lead the efforts for further developing the Charlottesville market. He plans to continue the
charitable initiatives started by Wainwright and their staff including: Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club, and the HOWS Project and to pursue new opportunities such as
the Design House that assists the Charlottesville Shelter.
Morris Tile Distributors, Inc. has proudly been serving the Mid-Atlantic since 1953. With
11 locations  in Virginia and Maryland, Morris Tile is one of the largest and most-established family-owned tile distributors on the East Coast.
For more information on the company, please visit www.morristile.net.

Jaeckle Distributors to Offer Florida Tile Products in Missouri and Southern Illinois

Madison, Wis. – Jaeckle Distributors, a family-owned wholesale distributor based in Madison, Wisconsin, will be expanding the territory in which they offer products from Florida Tile. Jaeckle will now be distributing Florida Tile products in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

Jaeckle Distributors has a decades-long relationship with Florida Tile, an industry innovator known for their implementation of new technology, commitment to environmental responsibility, and high quality tile products. Having distributed Florida Tile in other states,

Jaeckle looks forward to providing the same value to a new area. “As a distributor of Florida Tile for nearly 40 years, we’re thrilled to be able to service our customers in Southern Illinois and Missouri with this fantastic product line,” said Jeff Jaeckle, President of Jaeckle Distributors.

For more information, visit www.jaeckledistributors.com.

 

ConsensusDocs participates in Construction in America campaign to promote collaborative projects

ConsensusDocs, of which NTCA is a part, recently participated in a Construction in America campaign where it united with like-minded industry leaders to advocate for how modern technology, people and equipment are helping construction professionals manage risk and build quality projects safely, on time and within budget.

The ConsensusDocs contribution focuses on collaborative contracts. The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY yesterday, December 19th, 2017, and is published online here. http://www.futureofbusinessandtech.com/business-solutions/the-key-to-more-efficient-construction-projects-is-collaborative-contracts

ConsensusDocs recognizes that the AEC industry is fragmented and slow moving. The legal industry, which drives the structural relationships in construction contracts, is even slower to change. The combination has the industry stuck in the morass of contractual silos that create confrontation. Some wear this as a badge of honor. They follow a similar pathway that has been around for over a hundred years, and have a mountain of case law dissecting the corpses of dead projects gone wrong interpreting this approach.

For another approach, read more here http://www.futureofbusinessandtech.com/business-solutions/the-key-to-more-efficient-construction-projects-is-collaborative-contracts

 

 

3 Dangers of Lien Waivers for Subcontractors

It’s very easy to make a mistake when exchanging lien waivers on a project, and a lien waiver mistake can be very costly

These three common lien waiver mistakes made by subcontractors and suppliers in the construction industry can be avoided with a few tips from zlien.

Most commercial construction companies deal with lien waivers in some form. General contractors must request, collect, and track lien waivers from everyone below them on a project. (And when we say “below them,” we’re not talking about just the subcontractors. We mean everyone working on the project including sub-subs, material suppliers…everyone.)

Subcontractors and other project participants must figure out which type of lien waiver is the correct one to send and then send that signed lien waiver to the paying party in order to get paid. Not surprisingly, managing lien waivers is an almost universal pain point for just about everyone in the commercial construction business. 

However, while the pain might be universally felt across the industry, it’s the subcontractors and other lower-tiered companies on a project that potentially have the most to lose by mismanaging the lien waiver process.

Lien waivers waive a significant right

The most significant financial risk for a subcontractor or supplier on a project is not getting paid. That’s why mechanics liens were invented in the first place — to ensure that contractors were protected on their projects and their payments were secured by giving them an interest in the developed property itself. Today, mechanics liens are available to construction companies in all 50 states and are an essential part of the construction payment process.

And that’s why lien waivers are such important documents. Not because they are so commonly used but because a signed lien waiver essentially represents saying “goodbye” to a significant legal right – the right to file a mechanics lien in the event that you have trouble getting paid on the project. That’s a right that a construction company probably doesn’t want to give up too easily.

However, the routine nature and near ubiquitous use of lien waivers on construction projects means that it’s very easy to make a mistake when exchanging lien waivers on a project, and a lien waiver mistake can be very costly.

Three common lien waiver mistakes

Here are a few of the more common lien waiver mistakes made by subcontractors and suppliers in the construction industry, along with a few tips on how to avoid them.

1. Unconditional vs. Conditional Lien Waivers

One of the most important things to do before signing a waiver (or requesting somebody sign a waiver) is to determine the waiver type, and make sure that the type matches the payment situation. There are four basic types of lien waivers, and it’s imperative that you use the correct one.

  • Progress/Partial Unconditional
  • Final Unconditional
  • Progress/Partial Conditional
  • Final Conditional

Unconditional waivers are for use after the signing party has been paid, and conditional waivers are for use upon a promise of payment, or in other words, before the signing party has been paid. Even more to the point: you don’t want to use an unconditional waiver before you’ve been paid!

2. Using the wrong waiver form

While lien waivers are used in all 50 states nationwide, there are 12 states that regulate the waiver form itself. If you’re in one of these 12 states, there is a mandatory waiver form that must be used:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida*
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

*Florida does not require that parties use the statutory lien waiver, but it offers the waiver as a safe option, and seems to prohibit parties from requiring a non-statutory form.

3. A waiver that’s more than just a waiver

As we mentioned at the start of this article, exchanging lien waivers is such a routine occurrence on construction projects that it’s often done without much thought or scrutiny. However, since a signed lien waiver has such a significant legal impact (specially, the waiving of a mechanics lien right), before a lien waiver is signed it should be read closely, just like any other important legal document. Be on the lookout for lien waiver documents with language that waives the right to recover amounts that are earned but not yet due, such as withheld retainage or pending change orders.

Also, be on the lookout for lien waiver language that adds additional responsibilities on the signing party. This could include additional duties that were not part of the original project contract, or adding a personal attestation clause which means that the signer of the lien waiver could be personally liable for the contents of the lien waiver document.

Even though signing and exchanging lien waivers takes place every single day in the construction industry, that doesn’t mean that it should be taken lightly. Just like any legal document, you should read a lien waiver very closely and carefully before signing it.  If you don’t, you could be giving away (or taking on) more than you initially bargained for.

Peter Menge is zlien’s Content Manager. He works to create useful content that makes the mechanics lien and construction payment process simple, easy, and fair for everyone in the construction industry.

New tile-centric design trends emerge from Cersaie

As the end of an eventful 2017 comes to a close,  everyone is searching for the trends that will define the world of international design in 2018. Following the annual Cersaie show in Bologna, Italy,  top 10 tile trends have emerged that  dominated the booths of hundreds of exhibitors and are sure to influence interiors over the next year.

Ceramics of Italy member companies continue to be at the forefront of tile innovation with a wide range of new collections that demonstrate their unparalleled understanding of architects’ and designers’ needs. Certain trends like terrazzo and nostalgia-inspired tiles are becoming a staple for companies, while traditional stone and wood looks are being reimagined to create an entirely new category of design. With a greater emphasis on healthcare and wellness, tiles are also becoming a reflection of this theme with an increased push for sustainable factories, botanical prints and earth tones in the tiles themselves. The trends you see below are sure to inspire the residential and commercial interiors that will be the highlights of the coming year. 

BOTANICAL
While floral designs have been around since decorative tile was invented, botanical is a new trend that reflects two movements in the design industry. The first is a focus on health and wellness and the incorporation of the natural world into interiors, which research has shown to contribute to human health and productivity. Meanwhile, the influence of tropical modernism has seeped into interiors and product design, which can be seen in this year’s abundance of palm, cacti and other flora-inspired patterns. Collections include Wide & Style by ABK, Verde Verticale by Ceramica Francesco de Maio, Abitare la Terra by Cerasarda, Dream by Fondovalle, Pulse by Keope, Botanical Tale by Mosaico+, Overlay by Refin, Natural by Roberto Cavalli Home Luxury Tiles, Incipit by Valentino by Ceramiche Piemme and Decorandum by Vallelunga.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): Mosaico+ Botanical Tale, Ceramica Francesco de Maio Verde Verticale, CerasardaAbitare La Terra
DECONSTRUCTED
Tile companies are constantly seeking new ways to add movement and volume to the flat surface, whether by texture, pattern, or tromp l’oiel effect. Deconstructed is the most recent example, featuring a breakdown and reconstruction of shapes that transcend the traditional rectilinear format of a tile. Many of these collections are created by designers known for their eclectic approach like Studiopepe and Paola Navone and range from kaleidoscopic patterns and floating geometric shapes to fragments of seemingly broken tile. Collections include Studios of Casamood by Casa Dolce Casa, Shades by Casalgrande Padana, Corrispondenza and Palladiana by Ceramica Bardelli, Fragments by Ceramiche Piemme, Bonbon by Decoratori Bassanesi, I Cocci by Fioranese, Metafisico by Ornamenta and Vanguard by Pastorelli.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): Fioranese I Cocci, Ornamenta Metafisico, Decoratori Bassanesi Bonbon
EARTH TONES
Drawing their main inspiration from natural elements, a wide range of Italian tiles fall into this theme. Color palettes range from dirt, clay and sand inspired browns; forest, moss and grass-like greens; red and golden tones reminiscent of the sun; and shades of blue to evoke an oceanic feel. This trend has become popular partially due to a revival of 1970s style along with a greater focus on mother nature and its ability to create a sense of natural serenity. Collections include Wide & Style by ABK, Corrispondenza by Ceramica Bardelli, Frammenti by Ceramica Rondine, Terre Vietrese by Ceramica Vietri Antico, Graph by Ceramica Vogue, Omni-Touch by Edilcuoghi, Cozy by Flaviker, Res Art by Fondovalle, Bleecker by Marca Corona, Lamelle by Ornamenta, and Geomat by Tonalite.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): Ceramica Sant’Agostino Patchwork, Fondovalle Res Art, Flaviker Cozy
GLOBALISM
Designers and brands frequently look to other cultures for inspiration, which are exemplified in this year’s tile introductions. For Marazzi’s Grand Carpet collection, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel turned to the orient to create large ceramic slabs enhanced with the tactility of oriental carpets, Indian temporary ritual tattoos and the Kolam tradition of ephemeral rice floor decorations. Meanwhile, LaFaenza was inspired by a specific cave in Slovenia to create the Radika collection and Imola’s Koala is a doppelganger for eucalyptus wood, typically native to Australia. Thanks to advancements in digital printing, these rare materials and handcrafted techniques are available in hard surfacing to all. Additional collections include Frenchmood by Ceramiche Supergres, Brooklyn by Fap, Greek by Gardenia Orchidea, Sicily by Imola, 65 parallelo and W.Zone by Leonardo, Vienna by Unica and Seamless by Unicom Starker.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): LaFaenza Radika, Imola Koala, Marazzi Grand Carpet
NEW TYPOLOGIES
While some companies recreate the look of wood or stone to an impressive degree of realism, others mix different materials or handpick certain characteristics to form a whole new typology. This fusion of material-looks and themes result in a surreal, imaginative interpretation of tile and a potential new language for interior design. For Nextone, Lea Ceramiche combined stones from four different quarries while Sicis’ new iteration of Vetrite infuses marble designs with metallic veins to create unique materials that can’t be found in nature. Additional collections include Marmo Mix by 14oraitaliana, Essential by Astor, Horizon by Ceramica Panaria, Gems by Isla, Conkreta by LaFaenza, and Square by Settecento.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): Sicis Vetrite, Lea Ceramiche Nextone, 14oraitaliana Marmo
NOSTALGIA
People often look to design for an escape and in this current political climate it’s unsurprising that companies are turning to the past to bring people a euphoric boost. For their third comic-inspired collection, Del Conca recreates the feminist world of Guido Crepax on ceramic tile with his 1960s comic-strip heroine, Valentina. Meanwhile, other companies were inspired by simpler times, using square formats, candy colors and retro patterns reminiscent of the 1950s like Happy Days by Cevi and Confetti designed by Marcante-Testa for Ceramica Vogue. Additional collections include Wide & Style by ABK, Metrica by Appiani, Blu Ponti by Ceramica Francesco da Maio, Cementine Boho by Fioranese, Swing by Petracer, Aquarel by Tonalite and Vienna by Unica.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): Del Conca Valentina, Petracer Swing, Ceramica Vogue Confetti
PAINTERLY
Everywhere you look there is an overarching softness and romanticism in the design world with gentle curves, washes of color and the unmistakable touch of an artist’s hand. Tile is no exception with this year’s collections featuring hand painted patterns, sketches and illustrations, marbled effects and watercolor designs. Standout collections include Pad by Patrick Norguet for Lea Ceramiche whose irregular lines and delicate shades create a soft, sensual effect and Corrispondenza by Dimore Studio for Ceramica Bardelli whose hand-painted decors create a polychromatic kaleidoscope of soft tones. Other collections include Wide & Style by ABK, Verde Verticale by Ceramica Francesco de Maio, To Be by Cercom, Paintwash by Elios, SpazioChiaroScuro by Litokol, Manifesto by Ornamenta, Sketches by Settecento and Kora by Unica.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): ABK Wide & Style, Ornamenta Manifesto, Cercom To Be
PASTELS
Moving beyond the celebrity of millenial pink, shades of blush, lavender, sea green and pale yellow can be found in dozens of floor and wall tiles. Less saturated than primary colors, pastels create a light, soft and calming effect, which dovetails with a few other trends from this year from Painterly to Nostalgia. Collections include Mek by Atlas Concorde, Palladiana by Ceramica Bardelli, Confetti by Ceramica Vogue, I Filati by Ceramiche Brennero, Colorline by Fap, Slash by Imola, Chalk by Marca Corona, FineArt by Sant’Agostino and Nurburgring by Tonino Lamborghini.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): Marca Corona Chalk, Fap Colorline, Tonino Lamborghini Nurburgring
TERRAZZO TWIST
Already a popular trend in interior design and fashion, terrazzo started popping up in the tile industry last year and has grown to become a potential new mainstay, on par with marble, wood and concrete designs. Dozens of designs are now available ranging from cement to epoxy terrazzo, traditional to modern colors and glossy to matte finishes. As opposed to traditional terrazzo, which can become very slippery or fade when used outdoors, porcelain offers a durable, versatile and cost effective alternative. Collections include Le Veneziane by Cerim, Venezia by Cir, Terrazzo by Coem, E Street by Edilgres, River by Flaviker, Pinch by Marazzi, Imperial Venice by Novabell and Pure Marble by Sant’Agostino.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): Sant’Agostino Pure Marble, Cir Venezia, Cerim Le Veneziane
WEATHERED
A departure from the soft, romantic effects of the other trends, weathered is a style with staying power. From stones with scratch marks and colored rustic planks to rusted tin tiles and oxidized metals, these tiles mirror an ongoing fascination with unfinished spaces, worn surfaces and vintage effects. A good example is Treverklife from Marazzi that reproduces the look of Venice’s iconic “briccole” with signs of erosion from seawater and tiny circular holes left by wood-boring molluscs. Additional collections include: Ghent by ABK, 20Twenty by Emilceramica, Montpellier by Fioranese, Tube by Imola, Metaline by Italgraniti, Velvet by LaFabbrica, Type by Marca Corona, Glocal by Mirage, Voyager by Refin, ColorArt by Sant’Agostino, Pierre de France by Serenissima, and Il Cotto by Tagina.

Pictured (L-R clockwise): 
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