Ceramic or Porcelain For Outside? Either!

Oct 7, 2020

Ceramic or Porcelain For Outside? Either!

#Ceramictile and #porcelaintile is a smart choice for
more than just its durability — it’s also a smart style
decision. Create a clean and beautiful outdoor space
with ceramic’s endless variety of #designs and
#textures, including beautiful #porcelain stone-look

#whytile #outdoortile #porcelaintile #ceramictile

Indoor-Outdoor Tile: Your Complete Guide


Mosaic Tile Punctuates Outdoor Living Area

Kaleido from the Verge Collection by Artaic creates a striking statement wall in the outdoor seating area at the Roadrunner on McDowell in Scottsdale, AZ

Spring 2022 New Tile Products

Here’s a look at several new tile collections in a plethora of sizes, shapes, colors and finishes.

What to Know about Designing with Quartzite

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design had the opportunity to discuss the benefits and trends of quartzite with two industry professionals from leading stone suppliers.

Minnesota Granite Provides Visual Appeal

Echo Lake granite from Coldspring fulfilled the architect’s vision for the updates to Frederik Meijer Gardens – connecting the community, land and arts 

Porcelain Floor Tile Reinforces Sustainable Design

Porcelain floor tile from Crossville and Stone Peak contribute to a modern twist on a classic design at Lafayette College’s The Trolley Stop.

Tile Industry Launches Fundraiser to Provide Humanitarian Relief for Ukrainian Children

In response to information from its tile industry colleagues in the Ukraine, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) have launched a fundraiser for Save the Children’s humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, and the region, to help protect and support children and their families.

Italian Marble Elevates Wine Country Experience

Italian marble and local stone combine with other natural elements to create a relaxing experience at Alila Napa Valley resort

Ardex Americas Launches Time-Tested Exterior Tile and Stone Systems

Ardex announced the launch of Exterior Tile and Stone Systems, featuring four unique and time-tested passive capillary drainage solutions.

Porcelain Tile Promotes Good Living

Italian and Spanish porcelain tile create inviting and modern basement design.

Stone World News

An Inside Look At StoneLoads

Patrick Wells, CEO of the newly launched StoneLoads online stone marketplace, shares details with Stone World about how the idea for the platform was realized and what he hopes to achieve with its development

Podcast: Talking with Evan Cohen

Listen here to Jason Kamery, Stone World Managing and Group Digital Editor, interview Evan Cohen, president of Quality Marble and Granite.

Coverings 2022 Show Highlights

Take a look at highlights from our coverage of Coverrings 2022 in Las Vegas.

Countertops and Beyond: Three Trends in Engineered Stone

Three trends we are seeing in engineered stone – and how waterjet’s versatility can bring them to life.

Stone Column: Staying Connected

Not only has it felt good to reconnect with old friends in person, but attending trade shows and other industry events again has provided great networking opportunities.

CityLife series from Arizona Tile

The CityLife series from Arizona Tile is an Italian-made rectified color body porcelain tile available in four neutral colors and four sizes. Created using digital print technology, it offers an organic aesthetic to your environment with soft patterning and subtle veining featured across the surface of each color.

Minnesota Granite Provides Visual Appeal

Echo Lake granite from Coldspring fulfilled the architect’s vision for the updates to Frederik Meijer Gardens – connecting the community, land and arts 

Prism® Ultimate Performance Cement Grout from Custom

A uniform grout available in 40 designer colors and meets LEED certification requirements.

One-on-one with Tales Machado

Stone World had the opportunity to talk to Tales Machado, president of Centrorochas, to learn more about the current state of the stone industry in Brazil

The State of the Stone Industry

Initiated by the Natural Stone Institute, an open discussion took place among industry members to address current issues pertaining to the stone industry

Porcelain Floor Tile Reinforces Sustainable Design

Porcelain floor tile from Crossville and Stone Peak contribute to a modern twist on a classic design at Lafayette College’s The Trolley Stop.

To Stain or not to Stain?

When a surface is stained, the discoloration is likely due to liquids carrying impurities into the capillaries of the natural stone or other manmade surface such as concrete, grout, brick or other surfaces. Here is a few helpful tips to know about stains and porous surfaces.

Inside the Shop | Investing in New Machinery a "Game-changer"

Stone World recently had the opportunity to talk with Laura Grandlienard, owner of ROCKin’teriors in Raleigh, NC, about the process of investing in a new piece of machinery, including important considerations and the installation.

Podcast: Talking with Rich Katzmann

Rich Katzmann discusses his journey from Laser Products to the Rockheads Group and the future plans of the group. 

Stone Column: It’s Never Too Late

A time for rebirth. If you have been checking out our website regularly, or following us on social media, you know that we had been highlighting women throughout March in honor of International Women’s Month. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning the stories of many strong women in our industry.

Stone of the Month: Olympian White Danby Marble

Olympian White Danby marble is quarried and manufactured in Danby, VT. This marble’s low absorption rate (0.08%) makes it versatile for use on interior and exterior projects.

Machine of the Month: Breton Genya

The Breton Genya features a automatic labeling system installed onboard the spindle.

Instagram: Trending Stone Products

On this month's What's Trending, we're spotlighting trending stone products.

Polycor Presents Virtual Quarry Tour

Polycor shares insight into the history of Indiana limestone, why it is beneficial to use for today’s designs and the future of the quarries

Women Spotlight: Jackie Hoffman, the Unicorn of Stone Tool Sales

Jackie Hoffman is not only the sole woman van driver in the stone tools industry that we know of, but she is one of the top sales consultants at BB Industries. She has been in the industry for nearly two decades, and knows her way around the business as well as she knows the streets she travels every single week of the month.

Architect Designer Interviews

Premium Materials for Kitchen Remodel

Christopher Grubb, president/founder of Arch-Interiors Design Group, embarked on a complete interior remodel of a 6,500-square-foot residence on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Recently, he took time to share with Contemporary Stone & Tile Design details about the high-end kitchen remodel.

Sculptor Darrell Petit Discusses Stone Carving and Sustainable Building

Jason Kamery interivews sculptor, Darrell Petit and talks about his career and his pasion for stone and sustainability of natural stone.

Tile Trends with Alena Capra

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design caught up with designer Alena Capra of Alena Capra Designs in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at Coverings 2021 to gain insight into what is trending in tile designs these days. 

A Sculptural Urbanscape at Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences

Taking center stage of the urban landscape located at the entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences is “Event,” a stone sculpture crafted by sculptor Darrell Petit of Darrell Petit LLC and Stony Creek Quarry Inc. Petit was commissioned by landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) of Cambridge, MA.

One-on-one with Brittney Harmond

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design recently spoke with Brittney Harmond, a representative for Ceramics of Italy, to discuss the latest trends in large-format porcelain slabs. 

The virtual showroom

It has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic struck and literally paralyzed everyone worldwide, but during this time many manufacturers and distributors of stone, tile and alternative surface materials have strategized and adapted new policies and procedures to make a safe working environment for their employees and customers alike.

Quartz surfacing contributes to “modern farmhouse” style

Cassandra LaValle, the founder and creative director of Coco Kelley and The Emerald Studio, favored Silestone Lagoon for the surfacing and bright white paint from Benjamin Moore. In this interview, La Valle explains her thoughts and inspiration behind the design.

One-on-one with Leslie Markman-Stern

Leslie Markman-Stern, president of Leslie M. Stern Design shares her experiences and trends she is seeing in the market

2020 Hospitality design trends

With the hospitality design sector in a seemingly constant state of change, tile and other alternative material manufacturers need to stay up-to-date on current trends in colors, shapes, finishes and sizes to meet the demands of the architectural and design community.

One-on-one with mosaic tile artist Mercedes Austin

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design magazine had the opportunity to talk with Mercury Mosaics owner Mercedes Austin about her 20 years of experience, how she got started and some of the experiences she has had working with customers.

Designer uses large-format tile to transform a small space

Working within an extremely small footprint in an original 1951 home, Sheryl Steinberg, Allied ASID, LEED Green Associate, of Sheryl Steinberg Interior Design, LLC in Bethesda, MD, was tasked with creating an open, modern, bright, efficient, usable, roomier bathroom that reflected the owner’s modern style.

One-on-one with mosaic tile creator Danilo Bonazza

Danilo Bonazza is a mosaic artist and owner of Art & Mosaics. He discusses how he got involved with mosaic art and how he designs his works of art.

HanStone Quartz used to create a dream kitchen and bathroom

Using the stunning views of Downtown Atlanta, architect and designer Vykintas Genys used HanStone Quartz to bring his client’s vision to life.

One-on-one with architect Ryan Thewes

Ryan Thewes, the owner of Ryan Thewes Architect, has been a licensed architect for 10 years and discussed his business and some of the trends he is seeing in the stone and tile industries.

Traditional building, stone design used for Church in Philadelphia

FFKR Architects in Salt Lake City, UT, has worked with the Church of Latter Day Saints for at least 25 years. FFKR Architects has built these temples in major cities all over the world, roughly 150 of them and every year the Church of Latter Day Saints announces four or five new temples.

CSTD Column: From the Editor

For this issue of Contemporary Stone and Tile Design magazine, we take a look at stone used in architectural landscape and building stone applications, as well as some creative uses of quartz surfacing.

One-on-one with designer Karen Kettler

Karen Kettler, the president of Karen Kettler Design, based in Charlotte, NC, talked with Contemporary Stone & Tile Design to discuss her 20 years of experience with using stone and tile in her designs and the trends she is seeing in the industry.

Kitchen & Bathroom Trends

The kitchen is one of the most essential spaces in any household. A place where meals are made, family time is spent and memories are created. Appropriately deemed the “heart of the home,” the design of this space is crucial, especially to those who like to entertain.

One-on-one with architect Stephen B. Jacobs

"As I look back at my career, almost every decade pulled us in a different direction. In the 1970’s we focused on Adaptive Reuse, designing projects in New York City but also Patterson NJ, Norwich CT, and Upstate NY."

One-on-one with Stephanie Vierra

Stephanie Vierra has developed, managed and taught programs that support an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to a variety of topics. She is the president and owner of Vierra Design & Education Services, LLC, specializing in research, project management, and educational programs on sustainability and whole building design.