Crossville Celebrates Earth Day 2014 By Marking a 40 Million Pound Milestone

Crossville Announces a Total of 40 Million Pounds Spared from Landfills, Used as Recycled Material for New Tile

Crossville's Tile Take-Back

A Tile Take-Back bin at Longust Distributing in California

When we first launched our revolutionary Tile Take-Back® program back in 2009, we never fathomed we’d reach a 40 million pound milestone. Yet here we are today–Earth Day 2014–sharing the exciting news that our proprietary method of recycling fired porcelain has resulted in stopping 40 million pounds of waste from entering landfills.

Since Tile Take-Back’s inception we’ve diverted…

– nearly 18 million pounds of fired scrap produced at our plants,
– more than 300,000 pounds of scrap and post-consumer tile collected through our distribution network and other sources, and
– 20.9 million pounds of scrap porcelain acquired from our TOTO USA partnership 

…away from landfills.

Not only have we diverted that much waste from landfills, but we’ve been able to make great use of that waste to create feedstock for new tile. Today, every tile we manufacture in Crossville, Tennessee contains some percentage of recycled content. Additionally, we actually use more waste in manufacturing than we generate, making us a “net consumer of waste” for three years running.

Crossville Tile Take Back ProgramOne great behind-the-scenes example of how tile is “taken back” from out in the field comes from one of our own team members, Monica Farley with Crossville Architectural Sales in California: 

“I take the small black bins into A&D offices and have them put porcelain tiles that would normally be thrown out and I take them back to Longust Distributing for the Tile Take Back program.”

Monica further explains how the distributor also has a Tile Take-Back pallet by their tile saw and the cut waste is put into that pallet.  And when we discontinue a collection, the Longust team collects the samples for Tile Take-Back. Next our Crossville logistics team coordinates getting the Tile Take-Back pallets on a truck already heading to Crossville, TN. This approach ensures shipping efficiencies that support our green practices. That’s teamwork at it’s best!

Crossville Collects Tile for RecyclingDo you want to be part of our next 40 Million Pounds? Join the revolution by collecting porcelain tile. Learn more about how to participate! Click here to view the Crossville Tile Take-Back program requirements and request form.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

 

 

 

Crossville’s a Winner at IIDA South Florida’s Design Mix 2014 (#TileTuesday Special Edition)

Crossville Partners with D&B Tile Distributors and Touzet Studio in the Creation of Award-winning ‘Tile Garment’

Crossville Sponsors IIDA Design Mix

For 12 years running, Crossville has participated in IIDA South Florida’s Design Mix event. Design Mix is a fashion show with a twist; interior design firms are invited to fabricate one-of-a-kind garments constructed of sponsors’ building and design products. Models strut the runway in the unique attire, winners are announced, and IIDA South Florida raises funds to support the chapter’s education and charitable initiatives.

The Design Concept & Inspiration: Bring Back Bronze

Design Mix Sketch Featuring Crossville Tile

Touzet’s sketch of the winning design

This year, Crossville and our distribution partner D&B Tile sponsored Touzet Studio‘s garment for Design Mix 2014. Touzet Studio, based in Coral Gables, Florida, is a full-service architecture, interior design and planning firm. The Touzet team, known for its leading edge projects, went with a fashion-forward theme: “Bringing Back Bronze.”

They chose our Origins Glass and Urban Renewal lines to bring their Grecian Goddess idea to life. Touzet’s Kate Healy led the project. Here’s the official design statement for the garment:

“REPRESENTING THE LATEST INTERIORS TRENDS, BRONZE AND GOLD ARE DEFINITELY MAKING A COMEBACK IN PLUMBING FIXTURES, MILLWORK DETAILS AND FABRIC THREADS.

TOUZET STUDIO CHOSE FROM CROSSVILLE’S ORIGIN’S MOSAIC GLASS COLLECTION, COLOR ‘SOLAR BRONZE’ AND CROSSVILLE’S URBAN RENEWAL ACCENT WALL TILES IN ANTIQUE SATIN BRONZE FINISH. THE STYLE OF THE GARMENT IS INSPIRED BY THE GOLD AND BRONZE ACCENTS FOUND IN CLOTHING OF THE GODS OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY. “

Here’s a look at the Crossville products selected to help “bring back bronze.”

Design Mix Crossville Products

 The Award-winning Design

The Grecian-look garment was constructed with a bathing suit as the foundation to which tiles were affixed. Ornamented, sheer organza softened the look, while accessories–necklace, bracelets and strappy stilettos–made of the mosaic tiles completed the overall style. The result was stunning. Though constructed with tile, the outfit was surprising wearable, movable, and ethereal. The deep metallic tones were dramatic even as they sparkled when modeled on the runway by D&B Tile’s Nickole Krupa.

Winning Design Mix Design featuring Crossville Tile

Crossville Tile Wins at Design Mix 2014

Apparently, others agreed the design was a show stopper, as it was awarded the coveted Judges’ Choice Award at the event!

Design Mix Winning Team 2014

The team from Touzet, D&B and Crossville celebrate!

Feeling inspired to go bronze now that you’ve seen this unique design? Revisit our Origins Glass and Urban Renewal collections over on our website today!

IIDA South Florida Design Mix Event 2014

Congrats to IIDA South Florida for a great Design Mix 2014

#TileTuesday Trends: Wood-Look Tile is a Trend with Staying Power

Wood-like tile from Crossville's SpeakEasy Collection

Crossville’s SpeakEasy collection offers the look of authentic, old barn wood. “Sweet Georgia Brown” is featured in this stunning hallway.

Wood-Look Tile is More Popular…and Better Looking…Than Ever Before

If you’ve been attuned to trends in tile over the years, you’ve likely seen collections that replicate the look of wood. It make sense to use a durable, go-nearly-anywhere material like porcelain tile to capture the look of be-cautious-where-you-use-it wood flooring. Those looks have come and gone (and come and gone)…but now they’re back and better than ever before!

Thanks to advancements in tile technology and manufacturing, we’re now creating wood-look tile collections that are immensely beautiful and convincing alternatives to the real thing. The colors, textures, finishes and sizes are very realistic–and the technical characteristics are all porcelain.

Wood-look collections like our SpeakEasy line are durable and so easy to maintain–often making them quite cost-effective. SpeakEasy is a great choice for commercial or residential interior installations, bringing the rich, rustic appearance of wood to areas where actual wood flooring would not be an option such as bathrooms, spas or in high traffic environments.

Another plus is the green element; no trees are harmed in the making of these collections. As a matter of fact, SpeakEasy and our other wood-look lines not only save trees, but they can act like trees, too—when finished in our optional Hydrotect coating. Hydrotect’s exterior formulation works with light to literally clean the air; the interior formula also offers antimicrobial, self-cleaning and air purifying properties. That advanced capability is a major game-changer for our industry…and for your design projects.

"Bank Roll" tile that looks like wood from Crossville's SpeakEasy Collection

Wood-look tile is not just for floors; it’s also a great alternative for vertical spaces, like this spectacular fireplace. From the Speakeasy Collection, Crossville’s “Bank Roll” offers a contemporary take on time-worn wood.

Crossville's wood-look tile, "Black Walnut" from the Wood Impressions collection.

A classic hardwood reinterpreted in porcelain. From Crossville’s Wood Impressions collection, “Black Walnut” is equally perfect for both commercial and residential settings.

"Tobacco Etchings" from Crossville's Reclamation Collection

Crossville’s Reclamation Collection is the essence of industrial chic. “Tobacco Etchings” embraces the spirit of reclaimed wood from America’s industrial past.

"Sidecar" from Crossville's SpeakEasy Collection.

From Crossville’s SpeakEasy Collection, “Sidecar” reinvents the look of reclaimed wood to create a timeless partner for even the most modern settings.

“Wood” you like to learn more? Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration by clicking here.

…And we’ll see you here again soon for another #TileTuesday feature!…

Crossville & Cannon Design, Chicago, Partner for IIDA – Illinois Chapter’s STITCH Masquerade

Screenshot 2014-02-20 12.52.25The Illinois chapter of the International Interior Design Association recently held its 9th annual STITCH Masquerade Ball. Each year, design firms partner with sponsors to create stunning masks centered on a common theme. This year’s event took participants to Broadway, figuratively of course, with the theme of the “The Great White Way.”

Crossville was honored to partner with world-renowned Cannon Design to create a stunning mask that artfully employed a range of our glamorous collections to embody Broadway.

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Here’s the team’s concept statement for the project:

“The City and the Golden Age of Broadway”
We celebrate the Golden Age of Broadway, with the Theatre itself taking center stage. The full experience of Broadway is created by layers of encounters with New York City as the set; walking through the streets surrounded by city lights in an unforgettable scene, ultimately arriving under the lights and excitement of the Theatre Marquee. The Architecture of the City invites the audience to partake in the Glitz and Glamour of the Great White Way, revealed and framed by the distinguished New York City skyline.
Materials used were
- Lamimam by Crossville: Filo: 3+ in Argento, Ghisa, Brina & Pece
- Crossville’s Sideview Glass: Gold – polished
- Crossville’s Glass Blox: Citrine 1×6 liner & Black Magic in .5” x 2” mosaic
- Crossville’s Urban Renewal: Liner bar to “hold” the mask
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Screenshot 2014-02-20 12.56.33The Cannon team worked diligently to invent a grand mask for the event.
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And oh what an event it was!
The dazzling, dramatic masks of all teams were visually enchanting.
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The team and model Jennifer Curran gathered for a photo to mark a fabulous, fun occasion that gave a gracious nod to The Great White Way.
Team Cannon+CrossvilleKudos to all who gave their talents and time to this wonderful event!
Until next year…!

Shades by Crossville Is a Beautifully Green Tile for Green House Market, Dallas

Shades by Crossville: Green Squared, Sustainable Tile Is A Perfect Choice for Dallas’ Green House Market

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Screenshot 2014-02-13 13.39.36Green House Market, a well-known food truck in the Dallas area and one of the first to make a move on the mobile dining scene, has opened its first brick and mortar location in NorthPark Center. Established with Dallas foodies for its farm-to-table fare, Green House’s first stationary location was met with great excitement. In addition to the yummy local cuisine you’ll find within the new Green House walls, you’ll also find Crossville’s Shades collection, providing a stylish canvas for the floor of this unique, urban eatery.

Green House Market

The new storefront occupies 3,300 square feet and sits on the second level of NorthPark Center with windows overlooking the CenterPark Garden. The space was designed with artful minimalism and natural materials by Buchanan Architecture firm. The design team selected Shades by Crossville as a perfect fit for the restaurant’s bright, airy, and modern atmosphere. The versatile porcelain stone collection complements monochromatic spaces  and plays up the contemporary touches of this Dallas gem. Manufactured with recycled content and Green Squared certified, Shades also harmonizes well with the Market’s “go green” ethos.

The well-designed space caters to guests dining in, young professionals lingering on the patio, or moms stopping for a quick snack for themselves and their families. Thanks to its durable porcelain body, Shades by Crossville will stand up to all the heavy foot traffic this instantly popular restaurant is sure to endure.

Green House MarketGreen House MarketGreen House MarketCould your next project benefit from some “Shades”? Visit our website for full product details and to request samples.

Green House Market Project Participants:

Architect – Buchanan Architecture (Dallas, TX)
Project Designer – James Ferrara (Dallas, TX)
Interior Design consultant – Tina Syring (Dallas, TX)
General Contractor – Benge General Contracting, LLC (Rowlett, TX)
Tile sub-contractor – Business Flooring (Ft Worth, TX)

Introducing SpeakEasy by Crossville – The Look of Barn Wood in Durable Porcelain Tile

SpeakEasy by Crossville Takes the Tile-That-Looks-Like-Wood Trend to A New Level

SpeakEasy by Crossville

Speak out, speak loud, speak easy… Make a bold statement in your design with SpeakEasy, Crossville’s latest porcelain tile collection that captures the look of rugged, real barn wood and fencing in elegantly executed, large format tile planks. SpeakEasy’s convincing interpretation of wood’s appearance and texture lets you go against the grain, using porcelain tile in place of hardwood without sacrificing the style you desire.

SpeakEasy by Crossville

The line’s five colors—Sidecar, Zoot Suit, Sweet Georgia Brown, Silver Screen and Bank Roll—mimic the look of stained timber in a r ange of tones. The plank sizes, available in 6×36, 8×36 and 12×36, enhance the wood-like effect. Work with a s ingle shade and size for a t ime-honored, traditional style, or mix colors and sizes for a custom installation that gives tradition a twist.

SpeakEasy in 5 Wood Stained Colors

 

SpeakEasy is made in the U.S.A. through Crossville’s EcoCycle Tile Process™, it contains a minimum of 4% third-party recycled content and is Green Squared Certified. It’s recommended for commercial and residential installations, including interior f loors and walls and exterior vertical surfaces. Anywhere you want to add depth, character and rugged elegance to your design…SpeakEasy.
See even more images over on our Facebook page! And please share your SpeakEasy projects with us anytime; comment here if you have an installation worth sharing!

Crossville Makes Guest Appearances at #KBIS2014

Crossville Makes Appearances at KBIS 2014

While we spent last week in Vegas at the Surfaces Expo, many of our colleagues and industry partners were prepping to head to Vegas this week for Design & Construction Week. For the first time ever, the International Builders Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show are occurring simultaneously to offer a power packed week showcasing a seemingly endless array of products and trends in design and building products (see our Pinterest board for highlights!).

Crossville Tile’s Presence at KBIS 2014

Though Crossville isn’t exhibiting with our own booth at the shows, we are present and beautifully accounted for in the midst of the excitement. We have contributed tile to complete vignettes at the TOTO USA and Wellborn Cabinet booths. These placements help share our products with large audiences that include influential designers and specifiers. And we love what the booth creators for TOTO and Wellborn have done with our products.

Crossville at TOTO USA’s Booth

We have a great partnership with TOTO, and that extends to the floor of the KBIS show. As TOTO showcases its innovations, we’re honored to be part of the story aesthetically and functionally.

Crossville part of TOTO booth

TOTO features a universal design bathroom at its #KBIS2014 booth. Our tile graces the walls as a demonstration shows how bathrooms can be designed for aging in place: the ultimate ‘form meets function.’

Modenus Founder Veronika Miller shared these images of Crossville collections at the TOTO booth.

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The Wellborn booth is beautifully designed, and Crossville products bring lots to the experience. Our collections paired with Wellborn’s latest cabinetry make for inviting spaces.

Crossville Tile at Wellborn

Virtue’s sophisticated, marble look comes to life in a mix of fun sizes and accents (L), and Reclamation gives inviting dimension to the flooring of a beautiful vignette (R).

Crossville's Modern Mythology at Wellborn Booth KBS 2014

Our Modern Mythology line graces the backsplash in this Wellborn vignette.

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Look for more of our insights and highlights from this exciting show! We’ll be posting more to our #KBIS2014 Pinterest board, as well as to our Facebook page, so stay tuned!