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Biophilic Design Influence – #whytile

Apr 20, 2021

Biophilic Design Influence – #whytile

Our desire to connect with nature has never been more apparent than this year, hence the biophilic design influences we see on everything from paint color, to furniture, to interiors.

Some materials lend themselves to biophilic design more than others, and that’s certainly the case with ceramic tile.

#whytile #biophilicdesign #tile #nature #earthday

Biophilic Design and Ceramic Tile

CSTD News

New Unique Handcrafted Glass Tiles for Elevated Style

Featuring a dynamic range of eye-catching shapes, patterns and cutting edge designs, the Palisades Handcrafted Glass collection is unique to creation and elevates any design style.

From the Editor: Moving forward with change

The spring edition of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design (CSTD) is the launch of our new eMagazine platform – allowing for interactive components and the convenience of viewing the content on your computer, tablet or phone.

Influenced by American Nordic culture

Minnesota Ventures and ESG Architecture and Design partnered with Cambria to bring an American Nordic theme to life in this invigorating indoor-outdoor space.

Podcast | Sealing with Katie Kraus

Katie Kraus, the brand manager of tile and stone for Rustoleum, discusses the difference in different sealing techniques and confusion around sealing quartz, as well as common issues with sealing

Creating a light airy feel for a kitchen remodel

With the desire to create a light airy feel for her kitchen remodel, the homeowner chose bright colors and Bostik’s Dimension RapidCure glitter grout to achieve the aesthetic

Spring Product Review

The popularity of stone and tile being used in the bathroom continues to be on the rise, below is a small example of the latest trends and materials out there being used.

New Product Showcase

The popularity of stone and tile being used in the bathroom continues to be on the rise, here is a small example of the latest trends and materials out there being used.

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.

From the editor: Winter 2021

Happy New Year! I think most of us would agree that we are thankful to have 2020 come to a close. What a year it has been. Hopefully better times are on the horizon for 2021.

Laticrete North America Creates Customer Experience Department

Laticrete, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has created a Customer Experience department to reinforce and elevate its dedication to be the industry leader in customer-centricity. The new department, which unites the Technical Services, Customer Service, Quality Assurance and Laticrete University departments, will be led by Art Mintie, who has been promoted to vice president of Customer Experience.

Installation Case Study: An Elegant Approach

At the southern edge of Los Angeles County in California is a wealthy city known as La Cañada Flintridge. Before the city’s incorporation in 1976, it consisted of two distinct communities, La Cañada and Flintridge. La Cañada derives from the Spanish word “cañada,” which translates to ravine or canyon, while Flintridge was named after its developer, former U.S. Senator Frank P. Flint.

Mid-Century Modernization

Bel Air is by far the wealthiest and most well-known neighborhood within Los Angeles County, CA. Situated in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, about 12 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, the neighborhood features older-style architecture, with some homes that are still standing from the time they were constructed in the early 1920s.

An Italian oasis

The Built collection from Caesar Ceramiche provides a chic aesthetic and durable surface for an outdoor living space.

Certification accreditation program for experienced tile and stone professionals

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) offers a certification accreditation program for experienced tile and stone professionals who have a minimum of two years full-time on-the-job experience within their respective tile or stone industry.

Oltre, the new wood look collection: minimal, high-tech and antibacterial

Marazzi presents Oltre, a new wood-effect porcelain stoneware with a minimalist warmth. It looks as if it were created by nature, but is actually a sophisticated industrial product, a concentrate of the latest premium technologies, including the Puro Marazzi Antibacterial treatment. 

Reaching new heights in limestone

GammaStone Natural AIR panels made of Portuguese limestone provided the technical and aesthetic requirements for the new Hyatt Place in Manhattan.

Living in the lap of ‘Luxe’-ury

Neolith provides luxury and durability for high-end kitchen design.

Stone World News

A soldier’s perspective

More than 20 years in the making, the National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA) opened its doors in time for Veterans Day of 2020. The museum, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as a series of pavilions for exhibits and special events, sprawls 84 acres across the bucolic Fort Belvoir Military Installation in Virginia. Several varieties of natural stone are prominently showcased throughout the design of the 185,000-square-foot building, which is LEED Silver-certified.

Driven by passion

Second-generation owner, Sandya Dandamudi, builds upon her mother’s success and maintains a work culture that promotes teamwork and nurtures creativity. Dandamudi, who was recently named Stone World’s 2020 Fabricator of the Year, took some time to talk with us about GI Stone and its work.

A mountaintop retreat

An award-winning Italian resort, Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti, features natural stone throughout its interior and exterior design – contributing to the posh environment.

Stone Summit: There’s something about quartzite

The Natural Stone Institute, in partnership with Stone World, held one of its regularly scheduled virtual Stone Summits on April 14, 2021. The topic of quartzite proved to be a “hot” issue among fabricators, as it drew record-breaking numbers of attendees.

The new Generation X - Proliner Stone packages

The new Generation X Proliner Stone packages add new powerful tools and functionalities to the digital templating flow solution that eliminate all uncertainty before installation. Safeguarding the outcome of a perfect fitting product has never been better!

A Spanish haven

A beautiful contemporary residential design was achieved with stone from the Spanish region in which it resides.

Industry Spotlight: Cortney Boswell, project manager, GI Stone

There are many dedicated workers in the construction industry that are responsible for building quality long-lasting structures for many sectors, including residential, commercial, hospitality and healthcare. In particular, Stone World would like to begin highlighting some of those devoted employees in the stone industry. Cortney Boswell, project manager for Chicago-based GI Stone, recently spoke about her role in the construction industry, and more specifically, shared her experiences of being a woman in a male-dominated profession.

Inspired by a jungle environment

The architecture of a private home in Venezuela reflects historic ruins of the region and the natural jungle environment that surrounds it.

Stylish and sustainable

Indian slate and Tandoor Kota Stone were chosen for a residential lounge for their aesthetics, cultural ties and sustainability.

Technology Update: Z-Series diamond tools

New Z-Series diamond tools from Zenesis are extremely high-quality products at surprisingly affordable prices.

Stone Column: The benefits of change

Happy spring! For those of us who lived through a long cold winter, the birds chirping, flowers blooming and the smell of fresh cut grass are definitely welcoming signs of the change in season. Spring always helps me to feel rejuvenated, and especially after a year of being in a pandemic, it is a refreshing change.

Stone of the Month: Azzurra Bay quartzite

This Stone of the Month is supplied by Zucchi Luxury Stones. Technical details provide a frame of reference only.

Luxury living

Neolith, a pioneering brand of sintered stone, is fast becoming a material choice for high-end, high-concept residential renovations. Recently, it played a pivotal role in a penthouse project for luxury property developer and architect Herrero & Vázquez.

Honoring essential workers

With several locations, The Granite & Marble Depot serves the Greater Chicago area, Northwest Indiana and the Wisconsin border. The Aurora, IL-based company specializes in fabrication and installation of residential and commercial countertops, tabletops, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and more.

Restoring a white marble facade

Located in downtown Houston, TX, a building clad in white marble was spray painted over a weekend. Jacqueline Tabbah and her team at International Stoneworks were called on a Monday morning to evaluate the damage.

Technology Update: CounterGo and Systemize from Moraware

Moraware is the creator of CounterGo and Systemize software for countertop fabricators. CounterGo is a straightforward drawing and estimating solution that allows fabricators to become more efficient, accurate and professional.

Safety protocol for slab handling

Safety should always be at the forefront when moving slabs around a warehouse, fabrication shop or on the jobsite. Whether transporting the large, heavy pieces of stone or quartz manually or with a forklift or crane, following safety procedures is a must.

Machine installation  during lockdown restrictions

To learn about Joey Marcella, co-owner and president of Mario & Son, you have to learn a bit about his father. “He was a tile setter ever since he was about 16 years old,” said Marcella.

Five reasons to invest in a multifunctional CNC

The multifunction CNC is an ultimate multitasking and multi-capacity device that makes the fabrication process more efficient and reduces wastage, which will eventually increase the bottom line.

Cosentino launches the new generation

Three years of research and development leads Cosentino to launch HybriQ+, a new formula for its Silestone products with significantly less crystalline silica.

Architect Designer Interviews

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.

One-on-One with Interior Designer Dawn D. Totty

Dawn D. Totty is a native New Yorker, and lived there for all of her life before moving south 10 years ago. She started designing in the fashion world, and then transition into interior design 15 years ago. She designs residentially and commercially. Her signature claim to fame is very custom designs.

Outdoor Living Designer Joshua Gillow Designs with Natural Stone

MasterPLAN Outdoor Living is a design/build firm located in Eastern Pennsylvania that specializes in backyard transformations to enhance their clients’ lives. We sat down with Josh Gillow, founder of MasterPLAN Outdoor Living to learn more.

Q&A with Anjie Cho, Interior Architect + Feng Shui Consultant

Anjie Cho talked with Contemporary Stone & Tile Design to discuss her use of stone and tile in her designs and the trends she is seeing in the industry.

One-on-one with owner of Artful Conceptions, Sara Chiarilli

Chiarilli sat down with Contemporary Stone & Tile Design to discuss her use of stone and tile in her designs and the trends she is seeing in the industry

One-on-One with Warren Sheets

Warren sheets, CEO of Warren Sheets Design (WSD), located in San Francisco, CA, established his company in 1992. He works on projects as large as the Fairmont Grand del Mar in San Diego and as small as private residences.