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November 1st, 2005

 

November-December 2005

StonePeak Introduces New Line of Glazed Tiles

StonePeak Ceramics, Inc. introduced its latest line at an exclusive distributor event in Chicago. The texture and glaze of the company’s Café, CastleRock, and Slate glazed tile lines complement the four lines of unglazed porcelain ceramic tiles unveiled at Coverings in May. “Each StonePeak Ceramic series integrates Italian style with American sensibility,” said Barrie Dekker, Vice President of Strategic Sales for StonePeak Ceramics. The Café series is available in four colors, including Cream, Black Coffee, Green Tea and Cocoa, and two modulating sizes, 12″ x 12″ and 18″ x 18″. Stairtread and Bull Nose complementary trims and decorative accents are also included. The tiles are suitable for residential and light commercial uses. The Slate series emulates natural slate in color and feel. Slate tiles are available in Sand, Earth, Everglades, Lava and Clay, and four sizes, from 6″ x 6″ to 18″ x 18″. A range of complementary trims, accents and borders are also available, including Stairtread, Bull Nose, Cove Base, Out Corner and In Corner. Slate tiles are best suited for residential and light commercial uses. CastleRock was inspired by natural Travertine. CastleRock is impervious to staining and consistent in size with straight edges and uniform coloration. The series is available in Armor, White Cliff, and Cobblestone and in sizes, from 6″ x 6″ to 18″ x 18″, along with a complimentary trim package, including counter rail and quarter round. CastleRock tiles are ideal for all residential applications, including counters and back-splashes, as well as light commercial uses. (312-222-9126)

THE RAYCHEM® QUICKNET™ FLOOR WARMING SYSTEM

Tyco Thermal Controls announces the release of the Raychem QuickNet electrical floor warming system. The electric floor warming unit is installed directly under ceramic tile or natural stone, providing ideal comfort in tiled areas that would otherwise feel cold when walked on with bare feet. The QuickNet system includes a mat that has a heating cable woven into an adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh. Its low 3/16 inch (3 mm) profile makes it ideal for renovation or new construction and rolls out easily, adhering to the floor. It can be cut to accommodate any shape room with ease, without the need for anchoring devices, glue, staples or clips. The mats are pre-terminated for use at 120 and 240 volts and are available in various lengths. The thermostat helps ensure user safety by including built-in GFCI protection. (www.raychemquicknet.com)

EXPRESSIONS COLLECTION

The Expressions Collection from Imagine Tile, Inc. creates a continuing series of designs that are on the cutting edge of today’s color, style and texture trends. “Expressions marries the latest thinking of leading industry designers with our unique manufacturing process in which we use state-of-the-art digital imaging combined with the age old art of ceramics to create distinctly casual tile with a warm, natural handcrafted feel,” said Christian McAuley, Imagine Tile’s President. “Canyon,” the collection’s first pattern inspired by the canyon walls of the southwest, is from designer Roche Fitzgerald. “Canyon” is available in 16″ x 16″ and 8″ x 8″ configurations. Tiles meet or exceed all ANSI requirements, are ADA compliant and warranted for manufacturer’s defects for five years. Using ceramic glazes composed of micro-fine materals and ores combined with flux to make them behave as printing inks, the image is printed and “transferred” to the surface of a ceramic substrate which is then fired at extremely high temperatures. (800-680-TILE)

THREE NEW SERIES

Monarch Ceramic Tile introduces three new tile series: Armonia, Beton and Le Dune. The Armonia series has a gentled limestone look inspired by the Mediterranean pavers found in piazzas, courtyards and marketplaces. The glazed porcelain tile is available in Pietra Almond, Pietra Gold, Pietra Green and Pietra Noce. These natural earthtone colors bring the appeal of irregular depressions and pickets of calcification in both large scale and modular sizes as well as mosaic options. The series blends with a wide range of decorative styles—vintage to eclectic—dependent on other design elements incorporated into a setting. The Rombo Mix Mosaic is composed of diamond-shaped pieces from all four colors in the series that are mesh-mounted to facilitate simple installation. Can be used as-is or cut into strips to create a unique listelli strip. Beton’s color body porcelain captures the strength and utilitarianism of industrial concrete that was the forerunner of this striking series that doesn’t stain, effloresce or need sealing or special maintenance. The body coloration also aids in disguising any impact chips that may occur in busy installations. Like concrete, the color is speckled on the surface, adding visual interest to floors and walls. ADA compliant, lightly distressed surface. The series comes in Beton Blanc, Beton Bleu, Beton Gris, Beton Marron and Beton Noir and in two tile sizes (20″ x 20″ and 13″ x 13″). The Le Dune series reflects the muted tonal gradations and intricate veining found in limestone. The technological advances in porcelain yield more consistency of color and texture in natural earthtone shades: Dune Beige, Dune Bianco, Dune Grigio, Dune Marfil and Dune Noce. The large format (20″ x 20″) minimizes grout joints. Allergen free, hygienic and easily maintained, it’s ideal for modern residential and commercial consumers who are design savvy and seek high quality materials and workmanship. (800-BUY-TILE)

OCEANSIDE GLASSTILE’S FACETS UNVEILS NEW PATTERNS

Oceanside Glasstile’s Facets™ is a collection of detailed borders and field tile patterns featuring gem-like custom-made miniature glass tiles in a choice of 38 colors from the Tessera line. Facets hand-cut mosaics (½” x ½” and ½” x 1″) combined with Oceanside Glasstile’s mosaic field tiles (1″ x 1″, 1″ x 2″ and 2″ x 2″) create complex patterns and patterns within patterns. Facets borders provide design flexibility allowing the tile to mesh with a variety of interior design styles. The borders come in six symmetrical repeating design patterns and sizes vary, with the average running 3″ x 12″. Many can be cut into small decorative or narrow linear accents. Three Facets field patterns feature mini accent pieces that contrast with 1″ x 1″, 1″ x 2″ and 2″ x 2″ mosaic tiles, creating the illusion of texture, depth and movement within the pattern. Facets is a green building material, using silica sand and over 1,000 tons of recycled bottle glass. (www.glasstile.com)

THE FASHION OF GLASS TILES

Diamond Tech Glass Tiles’ new Dimensions Series gives edgy angles and rich finishes of glass with its 14 translucent hues. The 8 mm thick series comes in four sizes allowing for the tiles to be arranged in endless patterns. Ideal for interior and exterior installations, the series is impervious to liquids, and resistant to fading, staining and discoloration. (www.dtglasstiles.com)

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE WITH

PORCELAIN TILE

Mediterranea’s “Safari” line of glazed porcelain tile uses a unique blend of natural stone and animal print coloring that is perfect for both floor and wall installation. The exotic line is available in hues of Kenya (beige), Zimbabwe (noce), Madagascar (gold), Tanzania (blue), Kilimanjaro (terracotta) and Serengeti (bronze). The line combines Turkish ceramic tile tradition with innate style, offering a natural, striking look for commercial and residential installations. “Safari” comes in field tile sizes of 13″ x 13″ and 18″ x 18″. Printed bullnoses are available in a 3″ x 13″ size and 2″ x 2″ mesh-mounted mosaics are offered on 13″ x 13″ sheets. Meets ADA guidelines for slip resistance. (www.architecturalimports.com)

STYLE AND FASHION COLLECTION

Argentina’s Ilva S.A.’s Paesina Collection of glazed porcelain tile gives contemporary flooring for residential and light commercial environments a clean, modish look. Paesina hues include: Quarzo, Platinum, Sabbia, Notte and Bosco. All colors are available in field tile sizes of 18″ x 18″, 14″ x 14″ and 7″ x 7″, as well as in 1.6″ x 14″ mosaic listellos mesh-mounted on 14″ x 14″ sheets. Decorative accents are offered in Paesina shades as 3.2″ x 14″ and 2″ x 14″ listellos. The collection also includes a full line of specialty pieces. (661-942-2545)

ARCADIA TILES

VitrA Tiles USA introduces its VitrA Arcadia tiles. The tiles are available in black, beige and light and dark gray and in 12″ x 24″ and 18″ x 18″ tiles. Arcadia, ideal for commercial and residential use, has a porcelain body, which makes them resistant to abrasion, chemicals and frost and has a lower water absorption rate of less than .5%. The floor tiles can be used in exterior and interior applications. Arcadia is available with matte and semi-matte surfaces and rectified/non-rectified options. (770-904-6173)

TILE WITH SELF-EXPRESSION

Steuler Fliesen’s “Freestyle” series puts design creation in the hands of the customer. It is more of a tile program than a tile collection. “Freestyle” allows the customer the choice of their favorite images or objects to incorporate in the tile’s overall look and design. Includes a white body ceramic 8″ x 8″ size wall tile with one or four holes with an integrated winding. Chrome buttons are available to insert into the holes. Tiles in a glossy and matte finish are also available with raised texture. The chrome brushed buttons act as a latch for form-retaining silicon rights that crisscross the tiles from button to button, holding the decoration in place. Decorative pieces are also available with the series. “With different décor elements from our series or from one’s personal collection, it’s easy to recreate a new wall style for any room,” said Paul Heldens, Managing Director of Steuler Fliesen. (207-828-8050)

NEW VICTORIAN TILE DECORATIVES

Meredith Collection has added decoratives with a traditional appeal to its Iron Gate Victorian era design tiles. New neo-classic decoratives include a Sunburst design, Palm Dot, Necklace, Egg and Dart, Palm Border and Swag Border. The designs add classic character to the line, allowing for even more options in new, traditional and renovation installations. (www.meredithtile.com)

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