Minimalist Beauty – #whytile

Feb 8, 2021

Minimalist Beauty – #whytile

Dreaming of a tropical oasis? See how this oceanfront home uses ceramic tile with a minimalist approach that focuses on natural light and an incredible view.

#minimalist #interiordesign #tiledesign #whytile

Case Study: Contemporary Oceanfront Retreat | Why Tile


A Spanish Haven Built In Stone

Homeowners of La Palometa sought a living space that could be integrated into its surroundings and could adapt to the natural topography of the land.

The Growing Demand for Quartz Surfacing and Porcelain Slabs

Porcelain slabs are rising in popularity, as they offer a consistent look and strength.

Lapitec Chosen for New Five-Star Luxury Hotel

Lapitec sintered stone slabs were the material of choice for the exterior and interior design of the new Aria Retreat & Spa in Italy

Home Builders Urge Congress to Address Housing Affordability

In more than 200 individual meetings with their representatives and senators, builders discussed several key housing issues.

Cultivating A Culture That Invites Alliances

Drawing on decades of experience in the stone industry, a seasoned team at Trajus Surfaces strategized to create Alleanza, its premium quartz line

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 

Quartz Surfaces Elevate Hair Salon

Cambria’s Smithfield quartz surfacing assists in creating a modern upscale design of the new Drybar in Edina, MN

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.

Stone World News

Natural Stone Institute Completes 43rd Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 43rd home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program.

A Spanish Haven Built In Stone

Homeowners of La Palometa sought a living space that could be integrated into its surroundings and could adapt to the natural topography of the land.

Stone World 2020 Fabricator of the Year Discusses Shop Efficiency

Stone World recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sandya Dandamudi of GI Stone in Chicago, IL, who was the recipient of Stone World’s 2020 Fabricator of the Year Award, to talk about recent updates to her shop. 

How to Retain and Gain Employees

Many of the businesses tend to think money is the only thing that matters and that is why employees are leaving them or not joining them. 

Daltile’s Newest Natural Quartzite Slabs Exemplify Superiority of Brazilian Stone

As part of its Summer 2022 launch, Daltile is now offering two new natural quartzite extra-large slab products.  Daltile’s new Caldera Blue and White Pearl are mined in Brazil, the ultimate source for the world’s finest natural quartzites.  

Cambria Launches Four New Seascape-Inspired Designs.

Cambria has crafted four new designs that derive beauty from nature and power from performance.

What Fabricators Are Saying About Quartzite

A discussion held during a recent stone industry event organized by Stone World and the Natural Stone Institute turned to the hot topic of understanding the makeup of quartzite, meeting customer expectations about the material and how to cut it   

Laticrete Introduces SPARTACOTE® PRIME-N-GO™, a Versatile, Two-Part Epoxy Primer that Simplifies the Installation Process

Laticrete, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has launched SPARTACOTE® PRIME-N-GO™, a versatile, two-part epoxy primer that simplifies the installation process by eliminating the need for mechanical preparation such as grinding and/or shot blasting. As the first primer of its type for use in the resinous coatings line at Laticrete, this new solution creates a strong bond to the substrate, enhancing the overall adhesion of the system on smooth, non-porous and non-absorptive surfaces. SPARTACOTE PRIME-N-GO also allows for a quicker project turnaround, eliminates dust, debris and waste on the job site and delivers superior durability.

Lapitec Chosen for New Five-Star Luxury Hotel

Lapitec sintered stone slabs were the material of choice for the exterior and interior design of the new Aria Retreat & Spa in Italy

Video: The Ohama Stone Summit

Organized by Stone World and the Natural Stone Institute, the town hall-style educational sessions are designed to bring fabricators of the region together to learn and share experiences. Check out some highlights of the event.

Technology Update: Zenesis Obsidian Bridge Saw Blade

The Zenesis silent core bridge saw blade, Obsidian is distinctly designed to cut fast and clean on engineered stone, porcelain, marble and even the hardest quartzite. 

Video: Church Restoration Project with Jacqueline Tabbah

Jacqueline Tabbah of International Stoneworks sat down with Jason Kamery, Stone World’s managing and group digital editor, to share details of a recent restoration project that she and her team worked on.

Mesabi Black Granite Inspires Creative Library Design

Nestled on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, Charles Library is one of the country’s most modern and significant new library constructions in recent history.

Stone Column: A Reminder of the Beauty of Natural Stone

In the coming months, we intend to highlight more stone projects, as well as the quarries that produce all of the wonderful varieties of stone that offer limitless possibilities in design.

Is the Art of Stone Fabrication For You?

During a Fabricator Forum at Coverings in Las Vegas, NV, Joey Marcella of Mario & Son in Liberty Lake, WA, outlined what fabricators need to know about transitioning to cubic work

Taking the Leap into Stone Fabrication

A part-time job as a CAD programmer while in college forged a path for one young fabricator to embark on his own journey into the stone industry

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 

Stone Column: Creating Workplace Culture

With the challenge of finding competent employees, also comes the task of retaining the ones you have.

Podcast: One-on-One with Ralph Morgan

Listen here to Jason Kamery, Stone World Managing and Group Digital Editor, interview Ralph Morgan, director of Environment and Sustainability at Polycor, Inc.

Machine of the Month: LCV-ST from Marmo Meccanica

Marmo Meccanica presents the world’s first flat polish and threshold machine. 

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.