Designing With Health in Mind
 
June 13th, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Discussion Questions:
1. In the design process, what details do you focus on when designing with health and safety in mind? Please share solutions you like!
Healthy material choices not only affect indoor air quality but it’s important to know how they affect the environment and if they are made from renewal resources.
2. Are your clients asking for sustainable (healthy for the earth) and healthy products and design choices? Do these healthy building materials and design choices cost more?
3. How can technology help us address health and safety concerns in the kitchen? What about in bathrooms?
4. What features can help the end user make healthy choices in the kitchen?
5. What features can offer healthful benefits in the bathroom?
6. Do you take ergonomic principles into consideration when designing kitchens or bathrooms? Does this include the reasoning behind cabinet pull-outs and other cabinet features? What about appliance considerations?
7. In what ways can we plan for client safety in the kitchen and bath spaces we design? Please share important tips for designing spaces that work for all stages of life.
The reduction of clutter in our homes has not only been shown to reduce stress but simplification is a current design trend. How does this apply to designing healthy kitchens and bathrooms?
8. What are your go to design tips for reducing clutter in kitchens?
9. What are your go to design tips for reducing clutter in bathrooms?
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat

For more info: https://kbtribechat.com/2019/05/02/may-8-at-kbtribechat-designing-healthy-kitchens-and-baths/


‘Fabric Look’ in Why Tile Inspiration Gallery
 
May 23rd, 2019

In honor of #NationalTextilesDay, we’re sharing some of our favorite ceramic tiles made to look like textiles. Incorporating the look and texture of linens and other fabrics, gives your space a good base layer to build on. See examples of this tile style in the Why Tile Inspiration Gallery.WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-May-20191 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-May-20192

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Design pros review some of their favorite tile styles seen at Coverings for Forbes
 
May 16th, 2019

Design pros review some of their favorite tile styles seen at @Coverings for @Forbes. Standout trends included moody marble looks, dimensional whites, tropical florals and more. Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiegold/2019/04/19/design-biz-pros-share-their-coverings-tile-show-takes/#1eb42de33f04WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-5 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-6


CTDA Technical Committee Update
 
May 14th, 2019

by Frank Donahue, CTDA Technical Committee Chairman, Best Tile

 

1.  Work continues by the ANSI A-108 committee to establish guidelines for the application of large format gauged porcelain tile to exteriors using a direct bond method.

This guideline has major potential to open building exteriors as an additional surface for the use of porcelain tiles.

 

2.  Discussion continues with regard to the variety of training available in the marketplace for contractors that install large format gauged porcelain tile with the goal of ensuring that training is sufficient, and it aligns with the qualified labor language in specifications or installation instructions.  Not all training is the same but should meet a minimum criterion that will ensure a proper installation.

 

3.  The TCNA Handbook committee is working with Scott Conwell from the IMI to propose an outreach to the architectural and design community that promotes knowledge of the TCNA Handbook.

A great deal of work has been accomplished by the TCNA Handbook committee to create and perfect a usable body of knowledge and the next step is ensuring wide dissemination of this information.

 

4. I encourage our CTDA members to get involved on the CTDA Technical committee and to attend our industry technical meetings.  CTDA members have an important role to play in the education of the consumer and installer of ceramic tile, porcelain and stone products.  It is critical that the CTDA membership provide 2-way communications to the industry committees on issues from the field as well as to the installation community on matters addressed by the industry.

 


2019 Tile Trends: Textured Tile
 
May 9th, 2019

Sticking to a monochromatic pallet? Textured tile is a great way to add visual interest without introducing too many colors. It also provides a tactile quality that’ll have your guests walking right up to touch the walls. Read more here: https://whytile.com/2019/04/2019-tile-trends-textured-tile/WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-3 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-4


Mirrored Tile
 
May 2nd, 2019

Nothing throws light around a room like mirrored tile can. From reflective glazes on 3D ceramic, to completely mirrored glass tiles, there are loads of mirrored tile styles that can turn an everyday space into a jewel box. Read more here: https://whytile.com/2019/03/2019-tile-trends-mirror-tile/WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-20191 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-20192


COVERINGS LEADS NATIONAL TILE DAY CELEBRATION WITH 2019 PRODUCT PREVIEWS & SOCIAL ACTIVATIONS
 
February 12th, 2019

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(ARLINGTON, VA—February 12, 2019) Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone exhibition and conference in North America, will honor the beauty and durability of tile this National Tile Day as the February 23 observance enters its third year. The show will showcase inspiring images of tile products and applications, including previews of products that will be unveiled at Coverings 2019, on its social media channels, inviting designers to share their favorite products with the hashtags #NationalTileDay, #Coverings2019 and #WhyTile.   Coverings will kick-off National Tile Day celebrations with the help of influencers attending Coverings 2019, who will share their insights on products and trends starting this month and throughout the duration of Coverings, which takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Participating designers and tile lovers include Amber Clore, Ashley Moore, Crystal Nielson, Holly Baker, John McClain, Kirsten Grove, Milton Miller and Sarah Gibson. Leading up to National Tile Day, these influencers will start the celebration of tile, discussing some of their favorite projects and the product’s key benefits such as durability, sustainability, versatility, affordability, and more.   “National Tile Day is an opportunity to reflect on the true impact and advancements of tile – while giving designers a chance to showcase their favorite projects,” said Alena Capra, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer and Coverings Industry Ambassador. “We are thrilled to spotlight to one of the oldest known building materials, which serves as the foundation of so many designs.”   Celebrating the best of tile’s style and versatility in honor of National Tile Day, Capra has created a 2019 trends forecast. Here’s a look at the patterns, colors, sizes and textures, which will continue to shape the industry:

  • Florals & Leaves: With its pop of personality, florals and leaves are a perfect alternative to wallpaper – especially in commercial spaces seeking durability.
  • Mirror Tile: One of the fastest rising trends, mirrored tile amplifies light and adds personality, with antique or frosted finishes and beveled edges being integrated in particular.
  • Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs: Thin tile applications have become more widely used, appearing as cladding on buildings, walls, floors and installed as countertops or other surfacing.
  • Bold Color: While blue remains America’s favorite color, brighter hues are on the rise, as are sophisticated blacks and dark greys as “new neutrals” – particularly in marble-inspired looks.
  • Pattern Play: As wallpaper and patterns regain popularity, the trend has translated to tile – with striking shapes, complex geometric patterns, pop art, graphics and patterned wood options.
  • Large-Format Tile: As production technology continues to evolve, tiles have become larger and larger – with current styles in up to 60” x 120”.

Bringing these latest trends to life, Coverings 2019 will feature an extensive range of product showcases, with highlights including:

  • Aparici (Booth 4620), Tango: Inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 20s and 30s, these geometric shapes create sophisticated environments with sensitivity to nostalgia of past eras.
  • Atlas Concorde (Booth 1737), Marvel Edge: Available in three different looks (marble, concrete, and stone) and two finishes (matte and glossy), a new 6mm, 48”x109” format expands the collection.
  • AVA Ceramica (Booth XX), Marmi: Reproducing the textures and veins of marble, the collection spans 12 colors, seven 6mm formats, two 10mm formats and one 127”x64” 12mm format.
  • Ceramica Gomez (Booth 4939), Zante: Zante introduces textures and reliefs which turn ceramic tile into works of art, spanning weathered, high-gloss, volumetric, rugged and embossed finishes.
  • Ceramica Sant’Agostino (Booth 1221), Newdecò: Paying tribute to marble grit floors, NEWDECÒ is available in six colors, 10mm thick square floor and wall tiles and a range of sizes.
  • Cerdisa (Booth 2112), Stonemix: From Burgundy Stone to marble and small fossils, Stonemix is available in five colors (White, Gold, Grey, Antrax, Multicolor), seven formats and two finishes.
  • Cevica (Booth 4639), Manhattan: Bringing functionality and personality to any space, this collection lends an air of avant-garde with straight and simple lines with a pop of color.
  • Crossville (Booth 2600), Reformation: Offered in a quartet of warm-to-cool hues, Reformation’s three large-format plank tile sizes, two mosaic options, and trim package offer unique versatility.
  • Decocer (Booth 4655), Menara: Renowned for its unique, handmade, irregular finish & vibrant glaze, this range cleverly emulates the charm of traditional Zellige tiles.
  • Fiandre (Booth 3609), Maximum Marmi Collection, Sahara Noir: Nothing is more intriguing than black, yet the extraordinary veins make this product recognizable and create plays of light and shadows, which increase in intensity with matte or polished finishes.
  • Florida Tile (Booth 3620), Divinity HDP® Color Body Porcelain: Distinguished by the veining, striations and imperfections of natural stone, this floor and wall tile is available in four colors.
  • Keraben Groupo (Booth 4811), Maranta: Inspired by traditional Mediterranean ceramic, Maranta reproduces their colors and classic shine on 25×70 tiles, with decorative motifs traditional to vintage cement tiles.
  • Lunada Bay Tile (Booth 3600), Custom Glass Mosaic Blend: Lunada Bay’s made-to-order service offers 11 patterns and nearly 70 colors (in multiple finishes) to create a custom glass tile blend.
  • Marca Corona (Booth 1731), Ossidi: Offering a combination of solid colors, beautiful graphics and unique formats, this porcelain stoneware line includes five shades and a variety of graphic effects.
  • Metropolitan Ceramics (Booth 3025), METROBRICK®: The METROBRICK Fast Ship offering features six new blends added to the product line for 2019.
  • Oceanside Glass & Tile (Booth 107), Zoetic: A collection inspired by their nature to find joy, spontaneity, and delight in everyday surroundings, Zoetic is composed of dimensional mosaics.
  • Panaria Ceramica (Booth 2125), Eternity 0.3: Inspired by the aesthetic of marble veining, patterns, shades and designs, the collection is available in two 6mm sizes and four colors.
  • Peronda (Booth 5141), FS Yard: FS Yard’s geometrical pattern brings personality to living spaces. The tile model comes in three colors– black, blue and sage.
  • Realonda (Booth 5422), Riga: Combining colorful patchwork with a traditional Provencal shape, this decorative collection is full of character and available in a range of colors, textures and styles.
  • Sicis (Booth 2131), Vetrite Gem Glass: With glass sheets that capture the beauty of precious stones and lava rocks, these 47″x110″ slabs are available in 6mm and 10mm, in a range of effects.
  • Vitromex (Booth 3124), Brooklyn: Expanding the Brooklyn ceramic wall tile collection with the best features of glossy subway tiles, Vitromex introduces four new colors, offered in a 3”x 10” wall tile and coordinating 3”x 10” bullnose.

To achieve true impact, projects require the best in both tile and installation. Key tools, installation materials, and technology anticipated at Coverings 2019 will include:

  • James Hardie (Booth 3835), HardieBacker® 500 Waterproof Cement Board: The first and only waterproof cement board, this introduction passes ANSI 118.10 for waterproofness and protects tile installation and wall cavities from wall penetration, eliminating the need for added coating.
  • LATICRETE International Inc. (Booth 2641), MULTIMAX™ Lite: The ultimate one-step, non-sag, Large and Heavy Tile mortar for interior and exterior ceramic tile, porcelain tile, glass tile and stone installations, MULTIMAX Lite exceeds the industry’s highest performance standard for a cementitious-based adhesive mortar and can be more easily transported and troweled.
  • Noble Company (Booth 3132), Noble Deck™: One of the only sheet membranes approved for primary waterproofing for exterior applications over occupied spaces, Noble Deck sheet membrane is engineered for outdoor use, providing waterproofing and high-performance crack isolation for thin-bed tile installations.
  • Pearl Abrasive (Booth 3072), Tuscan SeamClip TruSpace: This all-in-one tool, made in the U.S.A. brings tiles into alignment and sets the grout spacing without the need for additional spacers. Clips hold tiles in place until they are set, then are easily snapped off leaving a level tile surface.
  • Protecto Wrap Company (Booth 4029), Protecto Deck™: Protecting roof deck surfaces from costly water damage, this system’s nominal 70 mil membrane and liquid detailing serve as the primary roof deck waterproofing in an installer-friendly application. Its peel-and-stick application with a fabric-top coating makes an excellent bonding surface for latex modified thin-set mortars.
  • TEXRITE (Booth XX), Epoxyplus #372 Starbrite: A new technology for grouts, this product is made with a special aggregate that transfers color from glass tile to grout in a “chameleon-like” manner.
  • The Tile Doctor (Booth 4425), ZHERORisk® Products: This new line of non-toxic, non-corrosive and sustainable products includes introductions like Litokol® Aquamaster Waterproofing, a solvent-free, ready-to-use liquid membrane for waterproofing moist environments; Litokol® Litoelastic EVO, a two-part adhesive for ceramic tiles and natural stone; and Litokol® Epoxy Elite EVO, an acid-resistant epoxy mortar/setting for the installation and grouting of ceramic tiles.

For further exploration of tile, design professionals can attend Coverings 2019 at no cost from April 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show brings together 1,100 exhibitors representing over 40 countries and will feature the latest in innovations, trends and live demonstrations, as well as a range of educational conference sessions and CEUs.   Learn more about Coverings and opportunities to participate in National Tile Day at coverings.com. # # #     Press Contacts: Caroline Foley CF@sharpthink.com   Jillian Rosone JR@sharpthink.com Sharp Communications 212-829-0002 Coverings Social Media Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2019 Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367 Google +: google.com/+Coverings Blog: coverings.com/blog     About Coverings Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 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 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, 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 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.


Mid America Tile Introduces New Website
 
September 23rd, 2015

Paving the way for the tile and flooring industries, Mid America Tile is thrilled to announce the game-changing new midamericatile.com. As the go-to resource for innovative looks in tile and flooring, Mid America Tile provides exceptional customer service and the best selection in the Chicagoland area. Now you can filter and search for tile by color, size, finish, style, and more—all available to you 24/7 on our brand new mobile-friendly website! Save your favorite products and order samples online from your new online showroom, midamericatile.com. Featuring inspirational installation examples, swatches of each color in a series, packaging details, and technical specifications, midamericatile.com will help you ensure you pick the best materials for all of your projects. With this all-new marketing tool, Mid America Tile continues to be your leading tile and flooring industry resource since 1961.

Visit Mid America's new website.

Visit the new Mid America Tile website.


Established in 1961, Mid America Tile is a wholesale tile distributor and importer specializing in all materials and styles, including ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, and natural stone tile. Our two showrooms contain the best selections of tile in the Midwest. We import, inventory, and distribute tile for any size project. We have the best knowledge, best service, and deliver the best prices. Our knowledgeable staff works directly with clients to ensure the best product for any budget.

Mid America Tile provides products and solutions to Architects, Designers, Developers, Builders, Contractors and Specialty Floor Covering Dealers involved in Hospitality, Health Care, Education, Residential and Commercial projects. Our tile expertise is used in a wide variety of projects from O’Hare International Airport, to Woodfield Mall, and countless residential projects; from skyscrapers to hotels and luxury private residences.

Everything we do is informed by our core values. While the evolution of design, architecture, and tile technology is constantly in motion, the Mid America Tile set of core values stays the same; we are dedicated, passionate, and reliable. Ownership and accountability from each employee ensures that we exceed our customers’ expectations. Many of our products are sourced locally to support eco-friendly local business. We foster connection to our community of clients, and to the world at large.


Top 10 Uses for Cement Tiles in Restaurants
 
July 13th, 2015

If you’re looking for something special for your restaurant’s walls and flooring that can stand up to high traffic while also being resistant to water, food and drink spills, and environmental damage, take a look at beautiful cement tile. Reminiscent of century-old Encaustic Tiles, cement tiles have been handcrafted by artisans for decades. The designs and colors create a beautiful and durable surface that is more aesthetically appealing than basic cement or drywall, and more durable and eco-friendly than wood or laminate flooring.

At Rustico Tile and Stone, our tiles are made from mineral pigmented Portland cement, are completely customizable, and are perfect for restaurant floors, walls, bars, bathrooms, backsplashes, and even outdoors. Want to learn more? Below are some of our top uses for cement tiles in restaurants!

1. Open up a room. Much like well-placed mirrors give the illusion of space, decorative cement tiles create the illusion of openness in small areas of a restaurant. Try placing our beautiful tile on angled walls and backsplashes to give the perception of more space. You’ll add instant height to the room along with an aesthetically pleasing décor.

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2. Create beautiful backsplashes. With cement tile you can create a striking pattern that is unique to your restaurant’s personality. Try a Mayan-inspired mosaic, a deeply vibrant color mix, or maybe a monochromatic tile scheme. Transform boring walls into beautiful artwork with a design that’s all your own!

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3. Generate a mood. Every color and shape creates a specific feeling. If you’re going for modern style with clean lines in an upscale coffee shop or bar, try installing neutral tiles in a geometric pattern. For a European feel at a bistro or Mediterranean restaurant, add some hexagonal tiles with a more antiquated color story. For a fancy and polished look, try a Japanese wave pattern or even combine pristine white and light tan for a polished finish.

4. Make it yours. Customize your own tile. Pick a design. Pick your colors and voila – it’s customized. Experiment with different colors and shapes to create the ambiance you want for your restaurant. Cement tiles come in almost every color in the spectrum, in different kinds of patterns, and in all types of shapes. You’re sure to find the right one for you!

5. Craft a focal point. When you install a gorgeous mosaic pattern or a richly colorful tile, it can become a beautiful focal point in your restaurant. Rather than hanging a picture on the wall, why not think about adding tile instead? Or create a striking fireplace element by outlining it in customizable tiles that nobody else will be able to replicate. Try decorating a niche with tiles on the interior side to create an artistic space.

6. Take it outside. Exterior design is just as important as interior design, and cement tiles are perfect for outdoor eating and waiting areas. The tiles can be sealed which gives them UV protection, water-resistance, and scratch-resistance, and are much more beautiful than concrete.

7. Match your tiles to your menu. Create a unified theme by matching your tiles to your menus! Geometric patterns and sleek, sharp lines speak to Modernism. Rustic terra cotta tiles invite a cultured, world-traveled diner. Spanish-style cement tiles compliment Mexican food restaurants, adding an authentic feel to the space. Bright colors of Moroccan tile designs accentuate the ambiance of many ethnic food restaurants.

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8. Build a sexy bathroom. Continue the visual story of your restaurant into its bathrooms by installing matching tile on the walls or floors. Your customers can wash up in a luxurious environment with a crimson colored tile, or step into a beautiful resort-like setting with light blues and greens.

9. Create an otherworldly experience. Take your guests back in time or instantly transport them to the other side of the globe with thoughtfully installed tile. Victorian designs can bring a long forgotten era back to life, while Moroccan designs can create a Spanish or Bohemian flare that offers customers a glimpse of another place and culture.

10. Inspire your design. The right tile design and color palette can add the perfect finishing touch to your overall restaurant style. You can pick the color and shape that matches your furniture and color scheme, or you can even use the tile as a basis for your overall design and go from there.

While cuisine may be the primary reason for guests to visit an establishment, it is the subtle design elements that entice them to continue their restaurant dining experiences. At Rustico Tile and Stone, our eco-friendly and sealable cement tiles are a unique way for restaurant owners to communicate visually with their customers.

Portland cement tiles and UV protecting/water-resistant sealers are available for purchase at Rustico Tile & Stone in Austin, TX.

Rustico Tile and Stone is the leading distributor of authentic Mexican tile and stone products for consumers around the world, with a customer base encompassing national floor retail stores, architects, designers, builders, and residential and commercial buyers. For more information about product offerings, price and shipping details, or general inquiries, visit http://www.saltillotileconnection.com. Rustico Tile and Stone is offering generous price discounts throughout the summer in celebration of its 10th year anniversary in business.


Member Blogs from Turkey-David Benson, Architectural Ceramics, Inc.
 
June 29th, 2015

CTDA members recently traveled to Turkey on a Trade Mission and blogged about their experiences.

Architectural Ceramics, Inc. takes on Istanbul: Part One
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When you are a part of the CTDA (Ceramic Tile Distributor Association), you’re given a unique opportunity to explore parts of the tile community you’d never have been able to before. As a member of the CTDA for over 10 years, Architectural Ceramics has time and again been able to expand our tile selections, our product knowledge, and our design network thanks to opportunities like this.
Earlier this year, the CTDA approached its long list of members and suggested everyone join together for a trip to Istanbul on behalf of Turkish Ceramics Association of Turkey. In early June, Betty Sullivan and David Benson from Architectural Ceramics embarked on a journey with the rest of the CTDA to the country of Turkey. The trip was three days long, with the flight over spanning about 10 hours.

Upon our arrival in Turkey, we were delighted to see that our trip from the airport to where we were staying offered several amazing views along the way. While it was a long drive, it felt amazing to be in such a new place with several days of excitement still in store for us. When we did finally arrive at the hotel, we were greeted and checked in flawlessly which was no surprise because the CTDA always makes sure to pick the most accommodating stays. After getting some rest, Betty and David headed to the opening reception on an amazing roof top, the nice breeze cooling them as they got to meet with many manufacturers and learn a little bit more about what was to come the next couple of days.

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Day 1 officially started the next morning, beginning with a European breakfast bar call Manzara. Manzara had everything from eggs, to sliced meats, to fresh honey literally hanging from the honeycomb. Everyone loved it! After breakfast, we went to our morning session, which was like a mini-tradeshow almost. We had the opportunity to hear from multiple professionals in the industry. Guvan, the head of a well known marketing group, taught us the history on ceramics in Turkey, as well as more about the culture itself. We were then introduced to the President of the Turkish Ceramics Association and we learned about the 30+ porcelain/ceramic manufacturers in Turkey trying increase exports to the USA, instead of just appealing to the European market.

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Trade shows are always exciting because they show us more of what their factories have to offer. Below are some photos of what really stood out from a product standpoint. A really great aspect to know is that Turkey can produce HD quality products, just like the US or Italy. However, consensus seems to show there is still a lot of growth that needs to occur.

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