September 1st, 2004


September-October 2004

Crossville’s Patina Metals

The Patina Metals Series from Crossville® feature a metal tile with a pleasingly “aged” exterior and a durable porcelain body. The handmade Patina Series has the look and character of an antique. Designed for use in all interior settings, the Patina Series is expected to particularly outshine other metal tiles in hospitality and residential installations, with its rustic color and depth. The Patina Series is available in two metals: Bronze Verdigris, with a greenish-black cast; and Rust Nickel Silver, with a touch of rust. Both metals are available in 4- x 4-inch and 6- x 6-inch field tile, single and double bullnose trim and bullnose corners. Decorative inserts, borders and chair rails are also offered. “Now consumers can have the appealing look of ancient metal tile with all the benefits of today’s technology,” states Jim Dougherty, Crossville’s vice president of marketing and new business development. (800-221-9093;

Geologica Luminous Panels

GranitiFiandre S.p.A. in collaboration with Martini Illuminazione S.p.A, announces a unique architectural element and lighting panel: Geologica® Luminous Panels. Transmitting light and warmth, Geologica Luminous Panels are compatible with the geometries of other GranitiFiandre products. When utilized in conjunction with Geologica® stones, they provide creative design solutions, beautiful accents and practical illumination to their environment. Designed for installation on floor, wall or ceiling surfaces, color options include Amber, White and Blue in 12×12 and 16×16 inch panels.

A stainless steel satin-finish framing surrounds the emitting structure, which is created of opalescent, tempered glass and can withstand foot traffic. The framing conceals semiconductor devices and stabilization circuitry. The panels are just 9.8 cm. thick, and use four LED’s to generate light with an average light output of 72 lumens and an average lifetime of 80,000 to 100,000 hours. Heat generated on the visible surface is negligible; while on the lower, unseen surface, the temperature does not exceed 50° C. (

Cast in Questech

Questech Corporation, best known for its beautifully sculpted Questech Metal tiles, is introducing decorative stone borders and accents that are “Cast in Questech®”. The lightweight composite made with real stone can be installed and maintained just like ceramic tile. Borders and accents have “an authentic texture and color that coordinates beautifully with natural stone, porcelain and ceramic”, according to Questech’s Vice President of Sales Peter Schelle. This latest effort from Questech features new, original sculpted designs by company founder Roger Questel. “We’re known for a superior level of design, beauty and quality in metal tile”, says Questel. “I think our stone borders and accents have the same qualities, and designers and homeowners will see how they surpass anything on the market today.” Questech Stone features a breakthrough in water and stain protection. Each piece is treated with Questech Lifetime Sealer, a permanent stone sealer that is 100% waterproof, resistant to stains, and is easy to clean. The product is backed with a lifetime guarantee. The company launched two decorative stone product lines through distributors this spring. SandgateTM Stone and The Dorset CollectionTM both feature works of art that are sure to make any room more appealing. (

ILVA presents “Nevada” series in porcelain tile

Ilva S.A., the leading producer of porcelain tile, is now offering the natural landscape of Nevada in its “Nevada” porcelain tile series. Ilva has made the change from ceramic to porcelain tile since porcelain outperforms ceramic, slate, marble and even granite for years of low-maintenance looks that last. The “Nevada” series is available in four colors-”Reno,” “Sierra,” “Vegas,” and “Canyon”-that epitomize the magnificence of Nevada. All four colors are offered in 7-, 14-, and 18-inch squares sizes, each perfectly matching the shades of Nevada’s rocks and canyons. In addition to field tiles, the “Nevada” series offers Matita and Torello listellos and Real Marble decorative pieces. Specialty pieces include: sink rails, sink rail corners, quarter rounds, quarter round corners and bullnoses. “The ‘Nevada’ series accents practically any interior installation,” said Vanesa McIntosh, Ilva Export Manager. “The porcelain tile brings a comfortable feel to any room.” (305-667-7090)

Laufen introduces Cairo series

Laufen has added Cairo, a fully-glazed porcelain floor, wall and countertop tile that offers the look, feel and texture of natural stone. Cairo adds a new dimension for architects and homeowners who want to carry the beauty of porcelain stone indoors. Because it is stain- and frost-proof, it can be used in outdoor installations. Cairo’s high shade variation enhances the five earthy colors: Ancient Stone, Copper, Graystone, Sand and Cinnabar. Trim options include borders, insert/corners, quarter round, listel and v-cap. Cairo is ideal for medium to heavy traffic areas, because it is easy to clean and maintain as well as scratch and stain resistant. It’s also a top performer in commercial environment. Cairo has a coefficient of friction higher than 0.60. (

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