Product Sources: Surfacing Materials

March 26, 2007
Tile of Spain presents a collection of tiles that capture the sensual allure of fabric in ceramic. Taking inspiration from classic and contemporary fabrics, as well as animal hides, these tiles add a new dimension to a traditional decorating material. Plaza Ceramicas, a Tile of Spain branded manufacturer, introduces the metallic Teckno Series (featured). Reminiscent of a classic men's suiting fabric, this glazed metallic porcelain tile is textured to give a vintage feel to this modern tile technology.

Conceived for modern environments and with strong urban connotations, the porcelain stoneware of Midtown from Lea North America fits in perfectly with the most diverse architectural needs. Midtown will make a room warm and welcoming—always maintaining the resistant and long-lasting characteristics of stoneware. Midtown's slabs, made in full-body porcelain stoneware, are technologically revolutionary. In public spaces, private homes, as paving or wall covering, indoors and out, Midtown offers an ideal solution for those who demand a perfect and rigorously flat surface.
Crossville® introduces the Character Series of Porcelain Stone® tile—featuring an urban minimalist look with a slight hint of stone, offered in a giant 24 inch by 24 inch square tile, plus a 12 inch by 24 inch rectangle tile. Character's colorways set it apart and all tiles have through-body color and rectified edges that may be set with tight grout joints. The Character Series is slip resistant, more durable than natural stone, refuses to scratch, stain or fade, never needs sealing or waxing and cleans with just hot water
DuPont Surfaces has added three new colors to its Corian® Private Collection Artisan Series: Earth, Sagebrush and Tumbleweed—evoking the mystical atmosphere of the Southwest desert landscape. The engagingly complex surfaces offer consumers a minimal and sensual design, with particles that appear as if moved by soft desert winds. The Corian Private Collection blends distinctive, innovative aesthetics with durability. It's an exclusive, fashion-forward surface collection inspired by contemporary culture and created with the advantages of the latest technological innovations for the design-savvy consumer.
True Metals, an exciting new introduction from Maya Romanoff, offers the bold, rich appeal of brass, copper and aluminum, elegantly translated for the interior. Genuine copper and brass are meticulously hand-worked using an ancient artisan technique to create a permanent, weathered patina of varying hues. The aluminum is lightly brushed, giving it a cool, contemporary flavor. True Metals is preserved with a natural, non-toxic substance to retain its appearance over time.
Ilva S.A. presents “Elementi,” a new series of porcelain tile influenced by the natural world and minimalist style. With clean, classic lines, this glazed porcelain rectified series offers both modern appeal and fresh design options. Available in four different colors, all within the same calming, natural palette, Elementi is offered in Noce (aqua), Aria (white), Fuoco (gold) and Terra (chocolate-grey). Consistent with the organic inspiration behind the series, each color is representative of one of the four natural elements: water, air, fire and earth.
A distinctive manufacturing process allows Artflor® to fabricate tile with textures, inlays, and color effects unparalleled in the tile & stone industry. Inlaid metals such as brass, copper, aluminum, and stainless steel as well as multiple colors and sizes of glass are commonplace. Ideal for floor or wall tile applications, indoors or outdoors, Artflor products are twice as dense as structural concrete and test just under porcelain tile for water absorption. All products are factory sealed for excellent stain resistance and ease of maintenance.
With a wooden effect, the Tundra Series is a ceramic tile line from Spanish manufacturer Coloker, which has achieved spectacular results thanks to its similarity to the original motif. The variety of formats, including laths of different widths, make it an ideal choice for both indoor and outdoor areas, and also make it a suitable material for walls, floors and façades. Thanks to its inherent nature and available colors— walnut, honey and beige—it adds an aura of warmth, peace and well-being to the most frequented areas.

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