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Tile, Stone & Concrete

This month’s focus on tile, stone & concrete includes improved concrete casting methods, a proposal for greener cement, and stone mosaics and ceramic tiles inspired by retro or ancient looks. óRita F. Catinella

 
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Mosaic and stone collections
The Anticosti collection features a range of mosaic designs handmade of pieces of glass, granite, and marble in honed, tumbled, or polished finishes. Luxor Grey Limestone for floors and walls features an unusual 17¼10'' x 17'' rectangular format. The Klimt-inspired Fritza pattern (left) features colorful mosaics run between strips of tetra slate and black granite. Ann Sacks, Portland, Ore. www.annsacks.com    [ Reader Service # 217 ]

 

 

Reinforced cast concrete
Meld Extremeconcrete is an integrally colored, three-dimensionally reinforced concrete material that can be cast into an array of finished surfaces, furnishings, and accessories for interior and exterior applications. The standard thickness for countertops is 11¼2'', and concrete slabs come in 7' long or 17 square foot maximums. Specifiers can choose from three finishes and 50 standard colors. Robin Reigi Art & Objects, New York City. www.robin-reigi.com [ Reader Service # 218 ]

 

 
Modern micromosaics
Walker Zanger’s new collection of micromosaics, Antium, features decorative borders and dots made from tesserae—limestone and marble chips harvested along the southern shore of the Mediterranean in Tunisia. Artisans using a process unchanged from Roman times cut and fit each mosaic, fashioning both classic and modern motifs on a marble backing. The designs are suitable for most light commercial and residential applications, including backsplashes, wainscoting, showers, and floors. Walker & Zanger, Sylmar, Calif. www.walkerzanger.com [ Reader Service # 220 ]

 
Customizable concrete
Sonoma Cast Stone makes concrete countertops, sinks, fireplace surrounds, tiles, and pavers that are customizable based on color, edging, finish, and dimension specifications. A staff architect works with specifiers to achieve stove surrounds, hearths, mantels, or pillars that are solid, fireproof, and made to individual design specs. A modern surround by EJ Interior Design of Mill Valley, California, is shown below. Sonoma Cast Stone, Sonoma, Calif. www.sonomastone.com [ Reader Service # 219 ]

 
Greener cement
The Portland Cement Association has outlined a proposal to allow for the inclusion of up to 5 percent ground limestone in the portland cement standard designated as ASTM C 150. The proposed change would bring U.S. standards up to those in Europe and Canada. The benefits include a reduction in the use of raw materials, and reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill. www.cement.org [ Reader Service # 221 ]
 
Ancient feel, ceramic tile
The Tuphos collection of glazed ceramic tiles from American Marazzi recalls the feeling of natural stone that has been buffed and polished by the Mediterranean climate. Field tiles and modulars are available in 13'' x 13'', 61¼2'' 'x 61¼2'', and 61¼2'' x 13'' sizes, three earthy colors, and distressed textures that offer built-in slip-resistance for traffic areas in homes or businesses. Inspired by ancient hand carvings, the collection’s four fossil motifs are highlighted by sun images. American Marazzi Tile, Sunnyvale, Texas. www.marazzitile.com [ Reader Service # 222 ]
 

For more tile products see this month's Cersaie Review

 

 

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