Countdown to Coverings
 
March 27th, 2015

CTDA is excited to be a part of Coverings’15. This is a great opportunity for members to reconnect, share ideas, learn from industry experts and gain knowledge in a variety of fields. CTDA will be in booth #3015. We are showcasing our Supplier of the Year Award presentation at the Live Installation Demonstration Stage (booth # 3639) at 5:30pm on Tuesday, April 14. You can learn more about Coverings by following their blog or exploring their website.

See you in Orlando!


Travel to Turkey with CTDA
 
March 4th, 2015

The Turkish Ceramic Manufacturers Association is organizing a trade mission for CTDA distributor members. The trade mission will take place on June 3, 4 and 5. The Turkish manufacturers association will pay for up to two employees of a CTDA distributor to fly to Turkey and stay in a five star hotel in Istanbul on June 3, 4 and 5. Attendees will tour several Turkish manufacturer plants, enjoy Turkish hospitality and culture. Space is limited to the first 100 attendees to sign up.

To indicate your interest, please click on the link here and complete the form.


2015 Kitchen and Bathroom Design Trends
 
February 27th, 2015

Every year brings along exciting new design trends and, with so much time being spent in the kitchen, they are one of the best rooms to update with some new features, whether large or small. Let’s look at four kitchen design trends that are going to be big in 2015.

One of the kitchen trends this year will be to add more color and liveliness with cheerful backsplashes, lighting and appliances. Mosaics will be popular for backsplash design, providing beautiful, eye-catching details that add elegance to an otherwise ordinary kitchen.
In 2015, stone and glass mosaics will be trendy, offering alternatives to the usual and expected mosaic designs. Stone mosaics will feature specialty shaped tiles such as ovals, triangles, and hexagons, with glass mosaics displaying rectangular tiles, among other shapes.

Arizona Tile Links Custom Backsplash

Arizona Tile Links Custom Backsplash

Arizona Tile Baroque Paradiso Glass & Sandalus Satin Granite

Arizona Tile Baroque Paradiso Glass & Sandalus Satin Granite

Gray and Neutral Combinations

Gray will continue to be in demand this year, along with neutrals such as taupe and beige. The combination of these colors, such as gray and beige, is going to be a color scheme frequently used in 2015 kitchen designs. Think of mixing these colors for countertops, walls and cabinets to create a light, spacious atmosphere.

Black is going to be on of 2015’s go-to colors in kitchen design. Black is an elegant, sleek choice, especially for those who may be looking to break away from the more traditional brightly colored kitchens.

Selecting black cabinetry or countertops is an easy and simple way to incorporate this classic, sophisticated color into your kitchen.

Textured Materials

Kitchens in 2015 will feature more textured and tactile materials. Natural marble and granite with honed finishes, along with fabricated stones made to replicate raw finishes, will be seen again and again. Incorporating these materials, similar to the Ivory Split 3D Stack Travertine, adds a touch of luxury to any kitchen.

To learn more about kitchen design and how you can incorporate some of these 2015 trends into your kitchen, stop by any of our Arizona Tile locations to speak with one of our professionally trained consultants.

Arizona Tile 3-D Ivory Split Mesh Mount Stack

Arizona Tile 3-D Ivory Split Mesh Mount Stack


2015 Bathroom Design Trends

Along with kitchens, bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in a home and are important to keep up-to-date for both for practicality and style. Here are four bathroom design trends that will be popular in 2015.

Shades of Gray

Yes, white will remain an extremely popular bathroom color choice. However, different shades of gray will be rivaling white this year. The National Kitchen and Bath Association found gray to be the fastest-growing shade for the bathroom.

Gray provides simplicity in a clean, yet more contemporary way, offering more modern appeal.

Arizona Tile Cementine Black and White Porcelain Decos

Arizona Tile Cementine Black and White Porcelain Decos


Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are going to be big in 2015, being known for having low maintenance, great durability and a large selection of style options. If you’re in the market for a new countertop and thinking of something other than granite, quartz may be just the way to go this year.
If you’re in the market for a new countertop and thinking of something other than granite, quartz may be just the way to go this year.

Arizona Tile Islandia Barbados Chevron Glass & Lyskamm Quartz

Arizona Tile Islandia Barbados Chevron Glass & Lyskamm Quartz


Black Tile

Sleek black tiles will be in demand for those looking to create a bolder look in the bathroom and attain a more minimalist, modern vibe.

Black tile provides a dark, rich ambiance that could be a refreshing change to the more standard light and crisp bathroom décor.

Matte and Semi-Gloss Tiles

Although polished tiles will retain their popularity, bathroom design will move toward using matte and semi-gloss finished tiles this year. Softer, cozier spaces are trending in 2015 and these tiles are the perfect way to add this look and feel to a bathroom.
To learn more about bathroom design and how you can incorporate some of these 2015 trends into your bathroom, stop by any of our Arizona Tile locations to speak with one of our professionally trained consultants.

About Arizona Tile

Arizona Tile was founded in 1977, and is the largest independently owned importer of ceramic and porcelain tile, as well as natural stone slabs and tiles in the U.S. We are also proud to offer quartz and recycled glass slabs.

Still family-owned and serving customers for more than 35 years at 25 locations in 7 states, Arizona Tile imports more than 250 varieties of granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate and onyx. Not only do we stock over 40 series of porcelain and ceramic tile, our relationships with manufacturers allow us to develop new ceramic, porcelain and glass tile lines that are only available at Arizona Tile. Additionally, we offer over 30 colors in quartz and recycled glass slabs.


Statements Tile and Stone Announces the Retirement of Steve Calkins Founder of Statements Tile Retires After More than Four Decades in the Industry
 
February 26th, 2015

Statements Tile and Stone announces the retirement of Steve Calkins, its founder, original president and CEO. Calkins spent his entire career—over forty years—in the tile and floorcovering business. From 1972 to 1995, Calkins led Uniq Distributing, a family-owned distribution company with locations in Seattle, Spokane, Portland and Honolulu.
Steve Calkins founded Statements Tile and Stone in 1997 and quickly grew the company into one of the preeminent tile and stone distribution companies in the Pacific Northwest.
His retirement comes after a successful transition to new ownership under Renato Baldo and Joe Giusti, owners of Vancouver, BC-based Julian Tile. Ryan Calkins will continue to serve as the General Manager and US officer for Statements Tile and Stone. Ryan Calkins notes, “My father is known for his integrity, affability, and devotion to his staff. He is irreplaceable for us, but the foundations he built for this company ensure that we are on solid footing moving forward.”
In retirement, Steve Calkins plans to shave a few strokes off of his handicap, spend a lot more time with his grandchildren, and to stay involved in the industry as the principal owner of Status Ceramics, an artisan tile studio also based in Seattle.


Florida Tile complements Maltese porcelain floor tile with ceramic for walls
 
February 25th, 2015

LEXINGTON, KY – Florida Tile has “turned another corner” with the introduction of MalteseDP ceramic wall tile. The wall tile complements last year’s introduction of MalteseDP Digital Porcelain floor tile, its popularity based on the ability to differentiate from traditional limestone looks via the use of contemporary colors.

According to Marketing Director Sean Cilona, “Through the use of Florida Tile’s proprietary DP-Digital Printing, the entire MalteseDP line presents a superior natural stone look with the high shade variation and graphic resolution in superior-performing tile, both porcelain for floors and ceramic for walls.”

Initially introduced late last spring, MalteseDP porcelain floor tile was inspired by traditional limestone with small characteristic pits and slight veining. “Now,” says Cilona, “we have added the complementary wall tile to complete the line. Effective with this announcement, both products are in stock.”

“From the start, we wanted this MalteseDP to be a nod to the modernist style of mid-century American designers like Phillip Johnson and Charles Eames. The minimalist, yet warm aesthetics of MalteseDP make it the perfect backdrop for the style conscious. A versatile line, at home in a Midwestern suburb, bank lobby, or boutique hotel, the elegant look of limestone coordinates so well with any décor.”

Three earthy colors, Palma Brown, Porto Cream and Roman Grey, are presented in a smooth natural finish for both porcelain floor tiles and ceramic wall tile. Sizes are 12×12, 12×24, 18×18, and 10×13. Decorative accents include a geometric-styled listello, M12 mosaic and full floor and wall bullnose package.

With the exception of select trim, decorative and ceramic pieces, this product line is Made in the USA of at least 40% pre-consumer recycled content, is GREENGUARD Certified and Porcelain Tile Certified, and meets the new DCOF AcuTest requirements to be installed in wet areas.
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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.


What’s next for Spanish tile? Trends to watch for at CEVISAMA 2015.
 
February 2nd, 2015

During CEVISAMA 2015 we will get a close look at the new styles and innovations proposed by Tile of Spain ceramic tile manufacturers. The floor and wall ceramic collections exhibited at the show will mark the trends this year.

The broad themes that marked the design of ceramic tiles in recent years remain in 2015, but with upgrades imposed by the decorative demands of the times: innovative formats in size and thickness, more sober and essential colors, rustic-elegant combinations, mix designs, and a resurgence of classical pieces. Ultimately a whole spectrum of trends that run from rustic to refined.

What will we see in CEVISAMA 2015?

Monochromatics
Use of color as an element of continuity between walls and floors, able to create a homogeneous scenario that helps to highlight the presence of other elements of decor and furnishings. Essential, sober and stone pieces in dark tones, usually with a subtle matte finish and discolorations provide a sense of time and naturalness.

Subtle Decorations and Accents
Following the same theme of monochromatic looks, ceramic tile collections introduced are subtly decorated, without great contrasts, to break the uniformity between floor and wall tile. The details, almost blurred, appear randomly placed, to create a harmonious rhythm and a personal touch.

Interpretations of nature
Ceramic tiles reinterpret nature faithfully and offer the largest collections of contemporary wood like materials. Tile leaves the original wood to mutate in a multitude of colors in various graphics which are able to convey the feeling of living space, with all the advantages of the durability of ceramics.

Brights
Superbright tiles that make spaces look sophisticated and elegant, while amplifying the space with light.

Endless decorations
The wide range of decorations and accent pieces featuring Spanish tiles makes it almost impossible to catalog them all! There are so many choices and personalities. 2015 will once again see delicate florals, abstract patterns and geometric motifs.

Square Mosaics
A lot of small pieces of mosaic tile in different shades of the same color range and finished in gloss and matte finishes join to form waves that create a wonderful optical illusion. This tendency to give extra volume to mosaics results in luxurious pieces that enrich the outcome of any project.

Mix & Match
This technique remains a must in 2015! The most traditional ceramic tiles, usually soft and delicate colors, are mixed in the most original way (materials, textures, colors, shapes, or graphic patterns) without losing their natural appeal.

Unicer - Serie Globe. Coating decorated pieces. Set of two pieces Maison Decor Brown (23.5 x 58 cm)

Unicer – Serie Globe. Coating decorated pieces. Set of two pieces Maison Decor Brown (23.5 x 58 cm)


El Molino - Nora Plus Series. Porcelain tile flooring. High brightness (16 x 65 cm)

El Molino – Nora Plus Series. Porcelain tile flooring. High brightness (16 x 65 cm)


Dune Ceramics - Salsa Groove-Series. Mosaic tiles in shades of brown gloss and matte (11.93 x 13.39 cm)

Dune Ceramics – Salsa Groove-Series. Mosaic tiles in shades of brown gloss and matte (11.93 x 13.39 cm)


Cristacer - Serie Violette. Coating decorated pieces. Violette Gray Decor (25 x 40 cm)

Cristacer – Serie Violette. Coating decorated pieces. Violette Gray Decor (25 x 40 cm)


Bestile - Serie Urals. Porcelain tile flooring. Ideas multicolored wood (15 x 60 cm)

Bestile – Serie Urals. Porcelain tile flooring. Ideas multicolored wood (15 x 60 cm)


Azuliber - Serie Soula. Paved stoneware porcelánico. Soula gray (50 x 50 cm). Decor Soula gray (50 x 50 cm)

Azuliber – Serie Soula. Paved stoneware porcelánico. Soula gray (50 x 50 cm). Decor Soula gray (50 x 50 cm)

For more information about Spanish tile, and Tile of Spain manufacturers, follow the blog at tileofspainusa.com.


Bellavita’s Wall Tile Factory Becomes First Chinese Manufacturer to Acheive Green Squared Certification
 
January 8th, 2015

Bellavita Tile, a leader in design and innovation for the North American tile industry, proudly announces status as the first manufacturer with production facilities in China to achieve Green SquaredTM certification under ANSI standard A 138.1. Certified by UL Environment, this is an incredibly grand achievement for the company and the entire industry in China.

Green SquaredTM is North America’s in-depth multi-attribute standard for the tile industry and  as such applies directly for compliance to many materials credits in the newly revised LEED v4 building certification program and other green building platforms.

“One of our core strategies has been to marry the key strengths of Chinese manufacturing practices with top european machinery and operations,” says Mike Ward, VP of Sales for Bellavita, “achieving this certification goes a long way towards proving that Bellavita is a leader not just among Chinese manufacturers but on a global scale. We are very proud.”

Currently applying to all 4×16” (100x400mm) material and 3×6” (76x152mm) material, this certification covers a large majority of the product assortment of the factory and plans are in place to certify the remaining balance of production formats.

 

About Bellavita Tile

Bellavita Tile offers an amazing array of glass, ceramic and porcelain mosaics and tiles aggressively positioned for all price points. From residential to commercial projects, the company provides timeless solutions for nearly any style or budget. All of the products are produced in China using the most state-of-the-art technologies and innovative designs developed in Europe. For more Bellavita Tile information, visit the web: www.bellavitatile.com.or contact us directly at project-info@bellavitatile.com. Bellavita Tile is also active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.


Visualize, Customize, Realize With Arizona Tile’s Just Design™
 
December 22nd, 2014

TEMPE, Arizona (Dec. 2014) – Arizona Tile cordially invites you to visit our three visualizing tools-literally at your fingertips-with Just Design™, Just Imagine™, and Custom Blend Program.

The Arizona Tile Just Design program allows you to create a custom product from over 70 designs:
medallions, feature walls, backsplashes, listelles and mosaics. Once you select your design, you may
select from over 27 natural stone and 60 porcelain colors. To place your order and get more information, including pricing, please contact your nearest Arizona Tile location.

Just Imagine is a remarkable online tool that helps you visualize how our products will look in your
space-before you buy! This custom visualization tool allows users to create their own space in a few
easy steps. Paired with our Custom Mosaic Blend Creator, you finally have all the tools at your fingertips to create a one-of-a-kind in your home.

The Arizona Tile Custom Blend program is a great addition to our current mosaic offering. A customer can create a unique design that is perfect for their project. The mosaic can be a combination of glass or stone and glass. The program is available by accessing our website or by visiting one of our showrooms.

The Arizona Tile app is available for free through: App Store and Google Play.

With this app, you will find:
•All Arizona Tile products, and you can create a list of your Favorites!
•Product Finder, another way to easily find what you are looking for
•All Arizona Tile locations
•Gallery of hundreds of photos for design inspiration
•Links to your favorite Arizona Tile tools: Just Design, Just Imagine, Custom Mosaic

About Arizona Tile

Founded in 1977 in San Diego, California, Arizona Tile has grown into a nationally recognized commercial and residential distributor with more than 25 showrooms throughout seven Western states. Arizona Tile is one of the largest independently-owned importers of stone in the United States, offering more than 230 varieties of granite, travertine, onyx, slate, marble, limestone and quartz, plus medallions, porcelain tile and other design creations. Founded by John Huarte, former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner, the company is still family-owned after more than 35 years.


Design, Enter and Win – Ceramics of Italy 2015 Competition
 
December 9th, 2014
DESIGN
Architects and designers based in North America are invited to submit new or renovated domestic and international projects completed within the past five years (January 2010–January 2015). Projects can use a variety of materials but must feature a significant portion of Italian ceramic or porcelain tile.
ENTER 
Enter projects into one of three categories (Residential, Institutional and Commercial/Hospitality) by January 16, 2015 using the online submission form. There is no fee or limit to entries.
WIN
An international jury of design experts will select one winner in each category. The winning architect or designer will receive a check for $4,000 plus a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie—the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings—with a delegation of leading North American design and architecture journalists. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning tile contractor/distributor in each category.
Deadline: January 16, 2015

 
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MOUNTAIN RE-SOURCE CENTER HONORS FLORIDA TILE FOR TEN YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP, IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES
 
December 8th, 2014

E. CANTON, OH (Dec. 5, 2014) – Mountain Re-Source Center (MRC) and Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH), the tile industry partnership that is part of MRC, recognized Florida Tile for ten years of partnership and support of community improvement projects through generous donations of ceramic tile.

 

MRC and TPFH met Florida Tile employees at the company’s corporate headquarters in Lexington, Ky., to personally thank them for the incredible impact of the donations and the involvement of the company. They also presented CEO Michael Franceschelli with a marble plaque thanking Florida Tile for its ongoing partnership.

Florida Tile has donated to TPFH and MRC since 2004, when it provided 895 square feet of floor tile for two Habitat for Humanity homes in Atlanta, Ga. Since that time, the company has donated more than 800 loads of tile that have gone to more than 20 states, 40 nonprofit organizations, and fifteen countries.

Two organizations that have shared in the donations joined MRC in expressing gratitude. Ashley Napier, executive director of Central West Virginia Outreach Center in Gassaway, W. Va., said that his organization has distributed 34 loads of tile to more than 1,600 families and organizations throughout West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian region. Lisa Boen, vice president of operations for Operation Compassion in Cleveland, Tenn., shared a video demonstrating how they have used tile in orphanages, schools, medical clinics, homes, and community centers in fifteen countries in Central and South America and in Eastern Europe.

Herb Miller, executive director of MRC and TPFH, said the partners wanted to demonstrate just how much the donations have meant and to underscore the importance of the longevity of the partnership. He congratulated Florida Tile on its 60th anniversary and said the company has done well to focus both on business and supporting communities.

“Florida Tile is one of our longest-standing partners and they have truly made a difference in the lives of thousands of families.  We work with nonprofit partners around the country and tile is one of our most-requested items. We’re grateful that Florida Tile understands the value of donating and the good that their tile does in so many communities. They are one of our core donors and we couldn’t do what we do without them!”

Florida Tile CEO Franceschelli was pleased to have the opportunity to support MRC and its partners. He thanked everyone for the recognition, but said he believed the organizations and their outreach were responsible for the incredible impact of the donations.

“Our working partnership with Mountain Re-Source Center is very important.  It provides a simple, functional method for helping local communities. It is also important for Florida Tile, which is owned by international tile manufacturer Panariagroup, to be able to reach more distant communities in need.  The affiliation with Mountain Re-Source Center enables distribution of materials internationally as well, including to regions such as Central and South America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.”

Diane Hancock, director of the 6th Congressional District, thanked Florida Tile for its incredible community support on behalf of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. She presented Franceschelli with a letter from the Governor recognizing the company’s contributions to both the local economy and to communities around the world. She also gave him a pewter mint julep cup from the office of the Governor.

About Florida Tile

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. www.panariagroup.it.

About Mountain Re-Source Center

Mountain Re-Source Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that welcomes donations of all types of building materials as well as disaster relief supplies, educational resources, household necessities, and medical supplies. MRC also includes Tile Partners for Humanity, which represents a partnership of tile industry members supporting Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit organizations. To donate or for more information on MRC or TPFH, contact MRC Executive Director Herb Miller at 304-678-4229/ hmiller@mountainre-source.org or Networking Director Ally Venugopal at 425-429-6188/ allyv@mountainre-source.org. MRC provides a donation receipt for tax purposes. For more information, visit www.mountainre-source.org.

MRC Honors FloridaTile 12.4.14 Group

Mountain Re-Source Center and its partners honored Florida Tile for ten years of partnership at the company’s headquarters in Lexington, Ky., on Dec. 4 of this year. L to R: Sean Cilona of Florida Tile, Herb Miller  of Mountain Re-Source Center, Kentucky Sixth Congressional District Director Diane Hancock, Michael Franceschelli of Florida Tile, Ally Venugopal of Mountain Re-Source Center, Ashley Napier of Central West Virginia Outreach Center, and Lisa Boen of Operation Compassion.

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