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 (


How Does the “Designer for the Stars” Design for Herself?

Vadara quartz provided durability and aesthetic value to a kitchen remodel in Los Angeles, CA.

Virginia Tile Opens New Location

Virginia Tile recently expanded to include a showroom in Troy, MI. In 2016, the company acquired two leading peers in the industry, ISC Surfaces and RBC Tile and Stone, to become a leading tile distributor in the Midwest.

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. 

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.

From the Editor: What’s New?

So, what are the latest styles or trends in stone and tile design? We talked to several leading industry experts to get their thoughts, and they all shared similar observations.

Experts Share Emerging Trends in Stone and Tile

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design asked several leading experts to share their observations on the latest influences and styles. Here is what they had to say.

A Manufacturer’s Perspective on Emerging Trends in Stone and Tile

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design asked for a manufacturer's perspective on the latest influences and styles. Here is what Davide Saguatti, marketing director of Atlas Concorde USA had to say.

Product Gallery: Outdoor Tile Collections

Explore our product gallery of outdoor tile collections.

Merging Contemporary Design with Ancient Artifacts

At the heart of the interior design of Museum Hotel Antakya is the mosaic that was unearthed in archaeological excavations and viewed through glass walls from the hotel’s restaurant.

Stone World News

Stone of the Month November: Clipsham block stone

Stamford Stone is now extracting block stone from its Clipsham Bidwells Quarry in Lincolnshire, England, formerly known as the Davenport Handley Quarry or Bullimores Quarry. 

Stone Column: Coming Together to Learn

Stone World organizes events several times a year in various locations around the country in partnership with the Natural Stone Institute. While our virtual events proved successful during the pandemic, we are all excited to get back to meeting with industry members in person.

Stone Care and Maintenance Products/Adhesives Roundup

Take a look at the latest products in stone care and maintenance products and adhesives.

October 2021: Quartz Gallery

Showcasing the latest in quartz stone and surfacing trends. This month we look at products from: Daltile, MSI, Tab India, Universal Granite & Marble, Vadara and Wilsonart.

November Tech Update: BBI Tear Drop Contour Blade 5"

The new BBI Tear Drop 5" Contour turbo blade is the blade you are needing when a virtually chip-free sink cutout is what you are looking for. At 2.4 mm, this blade will cut clean and leave you with a smooth surface due to the extra diamonds. It has a long life and fast performance.

One-on-One with Ed Rogers of Vadara Quartz

Ed Rogers, executive vice president of US Surfaces talks about the trends of Quartz.  According to Ed Rogers, when it comes to the innovation that Vadara has, it’s a combination of a team working on things as well as feedback from customers.

New Quartz Designs Inspired by Momentum

Cambria recently unveiled four new designs in its palette of quartz products. Following design launches in February and June, this introduction brings the total to 12 new designs and one new finish.

Inside the Shop: Colorado Stone Summit

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LT-2D3D Laser Templator by LPI

Whether it’s labor, capacity or operational costs, businesses face many challenges with growth or even keeping pace with demand and competition.  The emergence of digital templating and fabrication offers several benefits and solutions to those challenges. 

A Tribute to Industry Veteran David Fell, B.G. Hoadley Quarries

The natural stone industry is saddened by the recent death of David Fell, president of B.G. Hoadley Quarries, who died on August 4, 2021, in Bloomington, IN, at the age of 59.

Rugo Stone Awarded Grande Pinnacle at Marmomac

An awards ceremony was held on the first day of Marmomac in Verona, Italy, to present Rugo Stone of Lorton, VA, with the Grande Pinnacle Award of Excellence for the Trinity Church Wall Street Altar & Chancel Restoration in New York, NY.

Safety Precautions at the Jobsite

Even if a business has an established safety plan, rules and procedures must be followed for them to be effective.

Brazil Exports Ease Global Supply Chain Squeeze

 As American builders and construction companies struggle to source essential materials domestically, Brazilian exports of stones and ceramics see massive growth in popularity in the U.S. market

CNC Tooling & Accessories Roundup

Take a look at our roundup of products for CNC tooling and accessories.

Marmomac Welcomes the Stone Industry Back

Having switched to a virtual format last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marmomac is excited to welcome exhibitors and attendees back to Verona, Italy, this fall for its 2021 edition. 

Tech Update: Xtrafine Tools by Marmoelettromeccanica

Once again, Marmoelettromeccanica has revealed a new technology for the industry. 

Inside the Shop: Digital Templating with Prodim

Listen to Stone World's latest podcast: Zach Harris of Prodim discusses the importance of digital templating.

Tryon's Tips: Can't we all be more like Larry?

The world and the stone industry lost the physical presence of a great person recently, however, Larry Crowley’s contributions left a legacy to our industry. On June 20th of this year, Larry Crowley made the journey to be with his almighty father. I lift my glass to celebrate the life of a dear friend and a great man.

Stone Column: The Beauty of Natural Stone

While I have seen booked-matched slabs form shower and bathroom walls, floor-to-ceiling fireplaces and even used as an interior accent wall, I have never seen ones used so creatively as a striking headboard in a bedroom.

Stone of the Month: Silver Stream by Antolini

This Stone of the Month is the glowing, luminous veins and silvery variations of Silver Stream generate a striking surface with dynamism and power. An Antolini exclusive, this marble has tones of gray, white and black. Technical details provide a frame of reference only.

Architect Designer Interviews

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. 

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.

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

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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

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.

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.

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.