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In the News – TSP 2021: Why You Need to Attend!

Sep 29, 2021

In the News – TSP 2021: Why You Need to Attend!

Content provided by Total Solutions Plus Partners in Progress Newsletter – 9.29.2021

Attendance at Total Solutions Plus is a MUST for all manufacturers, distributors and contractors in the tile industry!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Don’t miss out on the exclusive and package sponsorship opportunities – they are selling fast! Reach key decision makers and increase your brand exposure through a variety of marketing opportunities. Select from several sponsorship and benefit levels that best match your membership needs.

Table Top Opportunities

Table Top exhibition is your ticket to increasing your business sales and services – secure your spot today, they will sell out! Don’t pass up this opportunity to showcase your latest products, network with attendees and conduct business transactions.

Health and Safety is a Top Priority

Total Solutions Plus Staff and Leadership continue to monitor information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and will work with our partners to identify specific safety measures as we get closer to the conference.

We are grateful for the partnership established with the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, a GBAC Star Facility, and their commitment to safety and wellbeing.

Click here to view their Commitment to Care & Cleanliness.

Hotel & Conference Center

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is located adjacent to the city’s iconic Main Street Bridge, providing panoramic river views and walkable access to the heart of downtown. Our downtown Jacksonville hotel leverages the largest function space in Northeast Florida, relaxing view from hotel rooms and meeting spaces, and new lobby concepts that foster connections and energize travelers. Discounted Room Rate Available Until October 8th, Book Today!

Source: Total Solutions Plus – NTCA, CTDA, TCNA, TCAA – October 24-26, 2021 – Jacksonville, FL (ctdahome.org)

CSTD News

Summer Tile Trends: Jill Zarin Crystal Manifestation

The Jill Zarin Crystal Manifestation line of glass tile consists of four crystals: Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Clear Crystal and Lapis Lazuli. [...]

Summer Tile Trends: Enhance™  by Emser Tile®

Enhance™ by Emser Tile® is a curated collection offering enhanced looks and features that provide endless opportunities to design beyond limits. [...]

Summer Tile Trends: Ege Seramik

Ege Seramik has developed a state-of-the-art porcelain tile collection offering opportunities to bring "designer encaustic looks" to each and every tile installation with a little extra shine.  [...]

Summer Tile Trends: Zellige Collection by Artistic Tile

Artistic Tile offers beautiful handmade tile in its Zellige Collection from Morocco. [...]

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 [...]

Stone World News

The Beauty and Strength of Granite

Through a virtual tour, Coldspring provided insight into the composition and creative possibilities of its Mesabi Black granite  [...]

CNC Tooling Roundup: Vanity Sink Kit — Better Vacuum Cups

Go Green with a Vanity Sink Kit from Better Vacuum Cups (BVC). [...]

CNC Tooling Roundup: Panther Porcelain Thin Wall Core Bits — Stone Boss

Panther Porcelain Thin Wall Core Bits are designed for fast free cutting of dense porcelain and other compact ceramic materials. [...]

CNC Tooling Roundup: Nicolai CNC Tools — Nicolai

Nicolai CNC tools are quality oriented CNC profile tooling tailored towards operation on all materials, and have been proven successful throughout the market. [...]

CNC Tooling Roundup: Lupato Meccanica — Miles Supply

Miles Supply offers Lupato Meccanica rough finishing tools for your CNC and many other applications. [...]

CNC Tooling Roundup: Advant-Edge — GranQuartz

GranQuartz offers Advant-Edge, a high-precision dressing solution for CNC tooling that moves tool maintenance from the CNC spindle to the workbench. [...]

CNC Tooling Roundup: Vanity Sink Suction Cup Kit (PN: 30-BIVanKit) – Blick Industries

Designed around the industry’s most popular sinks (Kohler 2209, 2210, 2211), the kit provides an easy to set up solution for holding vanity tops. [...]

CNC Tooling Roundup: Speroni STP Essentia — BB Industries

The all-new Speroni STP Essentia is a new entry-level Tool Presetting and Measuring system available from BB Industries. [...]

Stone of the Month: Breche Fantastique Marble

August Stone of the Month featuring Antolini [...]

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    [...]

Marmomac 2022 Expects to Reconnect the Stone Industry

After weathering the pandemic for several years, organizers of Marmomac, the international stone exhibition held annually in Verona, Italy, anticipate a boost in the number of attendees this year [...]

Podcast: Commercial Building Trends with Christina Oden

Christina Oden discusses the latest commercial trends in New York City [...]

ADW Dekton Core Bits

The ADW Core Bit is specifically made for Dekton, Neolith, Laminam and other Ultra Compact Surfaces. Certified and ready to core fast and provide life on the bit for all of your projects.  [...]

JEFE' 4" 3 Step Polishing Pads

Jefe’ 3 Step White polishing pads is one of our premium polishing pads.  [...]

Facility Upgrade Advances Growth of Stone Shop

Old World Granite & Stone (TX) experienced tremendous growth in production when the owners made a large investment to upgrade their fabrication shop with machinery from Park Industries [...]

Strategizing to Take a Stone Shop to the Next Level

At the New Mexico Stone Summit, Blake Christensen of Valley View Granite in Salt Lake City, UT, shared ideas on how to diversity a stone business, build efficiency and train to industry standards [...]

Video: Steps to Follow When Sealing Natural Stone

Industry professionals demonstrate to fabricators attending the Omaha Stone Summit the proper method to seal natural stone  [...]

M+ Mosaics Presents “Confetti” Glass Mosaic Design

Designs of the Reworked Collection by M+ Mosaics are the vision of different designers who are invited to create new graphic and chromatic compositions with traditional glass materials. One of the most recent designs is “Confetti” by Massimo Nadalini. [...]

Weha Offers the OMA CNC Finger Bit

The OMA CNC Finger Bit is a modified 8-segment CNC finger bit for quartzite, granite, marble and engineered stone, available from Weha. The OMA CNC Finger Bit is designed to run between 14 to 25 inches per minute between 5,500 to 8,000 rpm, depending on the stone being used. [...]

Akepox Panel Adhesive 7030

Akepox® Panel Adhesive 7030, available from Akemi, is ideal for surface area bonding of thin ceramics, as well as for natural and artificial stone on cement-coated rigid foam building boards.  [...]

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. [...]