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This month’s focus is on the latest in tile, stone, and concrete. In 2005, architects can scout for these products at an array of trade shows, including World of Concrete, 1/18–21, Las Vegas; Cevisama, 2/8–12, Valencia, Spain; Coverings, 5/3–6, Orlando; and Cersaie, 9/27–10/1, Bologna, Italy, to name a few. óRita F. Catinella

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The Savoy wall tile line (above) can be used in residential applications for accent walls, kitchen backsplashes, and countertops (below).


Clean-lined architectural wall tile recalls another era
Savoy architectural wall tile is intended for residential applications, including showers, kitchen backsplashes, accent walls, and light-duty countertops, as well as vertical surfaces in hotels, restaurants, specialty shops, and luxury retail environments. Savoy is available in 3" x 6" and 6" x 6" field tiles, and a 6" x 6" beadboard that may be used as a field tile or accent tile and installed horizontally or vertically. The clean-lined collection includes the 1" x 2" Pinwheel Pattern and the 1" x 2" Running Board or Brick Pattern. A solid dot, available in the line’s five colors (White, Linen, Blush, Sea Mist, and Café) can be used to replace the central dot in the Pinwheel or as a single accent piece. Crossville offers 11 trim pieces, including a bullnose, quarter round, chair rail, base molding, crown molding, and several liner bars. The lighter shades of color have an opaque glaze, while the darker ones have a transparent glaze that adds depth and luminosity. Slight shade variations in both the field tile and trim add to their handmade quality. Crossville, Crossville, Tenn.   [ Reader Service # 212 ]



These exterior doors feature slabs of Azul Bahia granite.

Hand-picked stones clad one-of-a-kind windows and doors
Tueren-Art manufactures interior and exterior doors and windows with a surface coating made of natural stone, including marble, granite, sandstone, slate, or onyx. The covering coat ranges from .12" thick for interior doors to .28" thick for front doors. It is patented, tested, and certified by German Institutions of Testing and used worldwide. The doors are impact-, shock-, scratch-, sound-, and weather-resistant. Tueren-Art offers both a Classic line that focuses on the beauty of a single slab of stone and a Design line that features cutouts, as well as engraving, sandblasting, and gold-leaf-inlay options. The doors weigh between 165 and 198 pounds, depending on the type of stone and accessories used, and exterior doors are fitted onto an aluminum frame construction. Each door is one-of-a-kind and created to customer specifications—the client even chooses their own stone slab before it is processed into the final product. F.M.E., Erfurt, Germany. [ Reader Service # 213 ]



The NMAI takes the form of a gigantic rock formation.

Custom-colored mortar holds together new D.C. museum
Quikrete provided the mortar used to lay block and stone for the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), which opened last fall in Washington, D.C. The museum is a five-story domed structure that has the appearance of a gigantic natural rock formation and is accented by curving bands of rough-cut, golden-toned limestone.

The project required the use of 1,935 Quikrete 3,000-pound bags of Type S mortar and its Spec-Mix silo system to lay block backup on the 250,000-square-foot NMAI. The project took three years, involved more than 40 masons, and required two custom-blended colors, which were individually mixed into the mortar for wet-setting stone. In addition, 1,500 Quikrete 3,000-pound bags of fine grout were used on the project.

The company’s bulk mortar and Spec-Mix silo system has been used on many recent high-profile projects around the U.S., including the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Atlanta World Congress Center, San Diego Padres baseball stadium, and the Ray and Maria Stata Center science building at the MIT campus in Boston. Quikrete, Atlanta. [ Reader Service # 214 ]



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