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In the world of tile patterns, there’s always been super-uniform (e.g. stacked subway tile) and super-custom (e.g. a black-and-white line drawing on the floor), and not much else in between. But we’re finally starting to see a middle ground for those of us who want something unique that doesn’t require an art degree. You don’t need to attend a bunch of DIY workshops or find a creatively inclined contractor, you just need to buy the right tiles—mix-and-match tiles.
The great thing about them is they’re made for the exact purpose of creating a one-of-a-kind arrangement, so you don’t have to worry that a certain configuration will look weird. You don’t even have to come up with the layout on your own—the tiles can typically be seen in various real-life spaces on the companies’ websites, and you can copy a design tile for tile if you want to. Of course, it all starts with the tiles themselves. Here are the collections we’re loving right now:
ART MODERN PAWN
This year we were so pleased to connect with the talented design community. We showcased our collection of beautiful tiles from the most technologically advanced manufacturers in Italy and Spain. It was so gratifying to see familiar faces as well as new ones at this important event. Our goal is always to provide beautiful, durable products that are ahead of the curve. Our featured product this year was “Art”, an encaustic look porcelain tile with 16 organic and geometric designs each named after impressionist artists; Rodin, Monet, Gauguin, Renoir to name a few.. hd expo, fashion forward, porcelain tile,art, deco, art deco,
Deco is a Terrazzo look porcelain tile with 18 unique designs each with small to mid scale pattern from geometric shapes to organic curvilinear designs offering the grandeur of the Art Deco era to life.
Also “One” series, a venetian plaster porcelain tile from Italy in 2 sizes 12×24, 24×48 and a decorative 24×24 in a combination of many brush stroke patterns. Extremely modern and fashion forward.
“Mikasa” comes with delicate linen pattern gives a sense of great lightness to floors and walls that adapts to different ways of living and styles, gracefully and elegantly. Colors: Bianco, Beige, Cenere, Grigio, Torta.
Foresta is a modern minimalist wood look porcelain tile that mimics the subtle lines and knots of oak wood with a gentle brushed surface and smooth matte finish. Available in six natural colors and long plank lengths, with Foresta, you can enjoy the functionality and ease of maintenance of porcelain with the beauty of a natural wood look. Available in 8×48 Colors: Maple, Moss, Oak, Pearl, Walnut and White.
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Whether it’s the latest and greatest products on the show floor or inspiring talks from top hospitality influencers, HD Expo is designed to take your professional development to the next level. It’s where leading manufacturers unique to HD Expo debut their latest products; where innovative ideas become inspiration and knowledge on and off the show floor; and where networking leads to game-changing connections.
The show is big, transformative, and boldly different—a true experience for the senses, and one not to miss.
By the middle of last year, more than 1.5 billion square feet of tile had already been used in the United States, according to a leading industry group, and that number regularly increases. This isn’t terribly surprising. Tile is a durable, low maintenance, versatile and generally affordable building material used indoors and out.
If you’re a homeowner planning to remodel or a building professional planning a new project, chances are you have a number penciled in for tile. Chances are, you also care what it looks like, so that your space is up to date. Where are you getting your style pointers? If you answered Europe, you’re ahead of the game. Some of the most technologically advanced, trend-setting tiles come from Spain and Italy.
Color and Pattern
Bright colors, colorful murals, botanicals and interesting textures were hot this year. Europeans use tile in ways Americans don’t, like feature walls or headboards, for example. This trend might show up here on backsplashes or fireplace surrounds for adventurous clients.
Classic hydraulic looks have made a strong comeback these past few years, and continue to trend. They’re showing up on floors and walls, in both traditional and contemporary spaces these days, especially in eclectic bathrooms.
Cement look has been in for a few years and still going strong. Variations come in color and pattern.
Stone Cold Beauty
You don’t need to invest in natural stone to enjoy its classic beauty any longer. European tile manufacturers have expertly reproduced its dramatic veining in low maintenance porcelain. It can be used in ever-larger slabs, as well, for countertops or shower surrounds. In addition to marble, you’ll also see more rustic, weathered stones for interior or exterior projects.
Wood is another natural material that is well-rendered in tile. We’ve seen it in glossy and matte, textured and smooth. It is not a new trend, but one that continues to attract. Given its ability to look great indoors and out, including on both sides of a sliding glass wall, or in a full bathroom, it’s not surprising that wood-look tile is still a popular choice.
Subway Tile Renewal
Here’s another oldie but goodie that still has strong appeal. You’ll see subway tile now in larger sizes or installed in non-horizontal patterns like herringbone or vertical. You’ll also see dimensional tile, darker grout colors, and mixed finishes for updated looks.
If you didn’t make it to Spain for Cevisama, the also massive Cersaie expo in Bologna, Italy showcases global tile trends every September. Every year Import Tile Center participates in Hospitality Design Show in Mandalay Bay Las Vegas. This year’s expo will be from May 15 to 17. Please use the code below for a complimentary expo pass. See you at the show.
The Import Tile Center promo code is: EXIV832421
This code entitles you to a complimentary expo pass with the registration link: http://
Import Tile Center showcased its hottest and newest products at the HD Show in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Every year our team worked with so much enthusiasm to display our most innovative products to the distinctive taste makers in the design community from all over the US and abroad. The hottest items were “Art” and “Deco” lines from Pamesa from Spain with over 29 combined designs.
ART is an encaustic look decorative porcelain tile with 13 geometric and organic shape designs and variety of beautiful colors. Each make a different statement.
Deco is a terrazzo look decorative porcelain tile with 16 creative deigns, from geometric to organic shape, each bring a fashion statement to your space.
Thank you for your participation and your interest in our series. Please contact us for any questions.
Are you ready to explore the possibilities, stimulate your mind and stretch your creativity?
HD Expo is the industry’s leading hospitality conference and trade show. Presented by Hospitality Design magazine, it offers an unmatched level of new products and services, inspiration, idea sharing and networking for hospitality professionals. Learn from top industry thought leaders and experts, and explore the best available hospitality project resources on the show floor. The introductions made at HD Expo create relationships that last far beyond the show floor. HD Expo 2018 is more than just the premier event to showcase hospitality design products and services. It’s a catalyst for longstanding industry relationships.
HD Expo provides the tools, products, and services hospitality professionals need to turn today’s challenges into tomorrow’s solutions. Discover the latest in interior commercial design while learning ingenious ideas that make doing business in the hospitality business easier than ever.
Attendees can earn CEU/LU educational credits through accredited hospitality conference sessions led by internationally-recognized industry experts and thought-leaders. There are topics and networking opportunities for every industry professional, from hoteliers to commercial designers to purchasing firms.
Explore new ways to view design through HD Expo’s exceptional lineup of industry speakers and conference topics. HD Expo’s Social Hub is the heart of the show floor and brings the sessions out of the conference room. It’s where presentations become conversations about industry trends, challenges, and opportunities. Register today to learn more about topics that are both timely and enlightening, with unique perspectives from both industry visionaries and suppliers.
Presenting new collections of most unique, innovative porcelain tiles:
“Deco”, “ART” and “Lounge”
Anti Slip floor tiles are given a resistance rating to help grade the non slip level differed by a particular tile. This is known as the “R” value. R11 and R12 is the resistance recommended by many professionals for public wet areas such as showers in a changing room. Whereas R9 and R10 values are often used and recommended for domestic Bathroom Tiles or Kitchen Tiles where the risk of slipping is less.
The tile industry refers to the draft informative index (ISO 10545) classification of Ceramic Tiles according to their slip resistance. This classification has been obtained by testing tiles in both wet and dry conditions prior to installation. An understanding of the measurement of the coefficient of friction and the importance of slip resistance for different types of Anti Slip Tiles is essential to avoid and reduce the risk of slip related incidents.
GROUP C PLACES LIKE:
Saunas, bathrooms, swimming pools, water centers, SPA procedure rooms, kitchens, operation rooms etc. 0,64 and more.
(where the floor is always wet)
low (friction 0,44-0,64)
Places like: foyers, lobbies, entries etc. (places where floor is sometimes wet)
GROUP B PLACES LIKE:
Dressing rooms, toilets etc.
(where the floor is sometimes wet)
GROUP A PLACES LIKE:
Living rooms, halls etc.
(where the floor is never wet)
STANDARD DIN 51130
Standard of Germany used for Footwear traffic
STANDARD DIN 51097
Standard of Germany used for Bare Foot traffic
R9 <0.2 COF:
Tiles will mostly be smooth glazed tiles which will record this low value when wet. These tiles should only be used in dry situations and should be excluded from wet environments.
R10 >0.2 COF<0.4 COF:
Tiles will usually be glazed tiles which show these values only when wet, although there may also be a small number of unglazed tiles in this category. Besides domestic bathrooms, where the use of a bathmat is essential, they may be considered for other domestic areas such as kitchens, and other areas which are dry.
R11 + R12 >0.4 COF<0.7COF:
Tiles will include some glazed tiles and most unglazed tiles. If a tile has this CoF as a minimum, dry and wet, it may be regarded as safe for installations including bathrooms, kitchens, porches, halls, cloakrooms, and living rooms. They may also be used for public areas such as cloakrooms, lavatories, communal showers,swimming pool surrounds, and larger areas such as shopping centers, airport concourses, hotel foyers, public walkways, etc.
From all of us at Import Tile Center. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. Thank you for making this another special year!
Feel in harmony with nature.
Natura is a high quality porcelain tile with textures reminiscent of distressed hardwood. The warm colors are inspired by nature. This harmonious porcelain tile is easy to clean, resistant to wear and non-slip which makes it ideal for residential and light commercial use both indoors and outdoors.
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