#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.
And oh what an event it was!
The dazzling, dramatic masks of all teams were visually enchanting.
Screenshot 2014-02-20 12.56.08Here’s the Cannon & Crossville collaboration in finished form, modeled by Jennifer Curran.
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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


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.


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!

Surfaces 2014 Recap: Naturally Crossville

Crossville Kicks Off 2014 at Surfaces 2014 with New Lines & a Naturally Inspired Theme

Last week, we were live at the annual Surfaces Expo in Vegas, gathering with colleagues and customers to unveil a new collection and spotlight our recently launched lines. We also took the opportunity to tell new stories of our Laminam by Crossville brand and introduce the world to “Naturally Crossville”—our theme for 2014.

Uniquely American, Naturally Crossville

Naturally Crossville

Our theme for 2014, “Uniquely American, Naturally Crossville,” puts a spotlight on the many ways we live out our commitment to being green.

Crossville - Naturally!

It’s not always easy being green, but for Crossville, it’s the only way to be!

SpeakEasy by Crossville Debuts

Introducing SpeakEasy

SpeakEasy porcelain tile collection, featuring an elegant take on the look of weathered, barn wood planks, officially debuted at the show.

SpeakEasy gots lots of buzz at Surfaces

Easy to design with, easy to coordinate, easy to use for commercial or residential: SpeakEasy lives up to its name.

Everybody Enjoys the View of the New Sideview Collection

Sideview Glass Mosaics

People literally squealed with delight upon seeing Sideview in person at the show. The way these mosaics catch the light to shimmer and shine is squeal-worthy.

Sideview Mosaics delight the crowds

The brilliance of Sideview mosaic tiles is eye-catching. Paired with matte finish mosaics, the looks is leading edge and sophisticated.

Look What You Can Do with Laminam by Crossville

Laminam by Crossville - so versatile

“That’s Laminam?!” People paused to be awed by these fun feature walls showcasing Laminam by Crossville in clever patterns.

Look what you can do with Laminam

These designs, achieved by cutting panels with a basic glass cutter, prove just how versatile and creative Laminam by Crossville can be.

It was a great show thanks to the many fun, exciting products and messages we have to share. And just think: the year has only begun! We’re gearing up for an incredible 2014 that takes our product offerings and programs to new heights. Stay tuned for what comes next with Crossville, naturally!

All About Modernism Week: Crossville Tips

Are you as excited as we are for Modernism Week? From February 13-23, Modernism Week is celebrating the appreciation of mid-century architecture and design with a plethora of events, showcases, tours, and expositions to inspire and foster a love for all things Mid-century Modern. Whether you are an interior designer with a passion for all things contemporary or a curious onlooker, Modernism Week will woo and charm you with its A-list activities and events.


Christopher Kennedy Compound Features Crossville Tile

First and foremost is the crème de la crème: The Christopher Kennedy Compound. Tucked away in Palm Springs is the first ever Modernism Week Show House. The project is the namesake of its creator, Christopher Kennedy, the Palm Springs interior designer known for happy complement of the city’s Mid-century Modern architecture and classic American style. The home features the latest and greatest in modern design, including several Crossville products to create a versatile, durable, and flattering canvas to inspire and delight. For more information on which Crossville products are included, visit: Crossville Tile Featured in The Christopher Kennedy Compound at Modernism Week.

Once you’ve toured the Show House, your options for the week are wide and plentiful. We’ve compiled some events we think are particularly enticing below.

Illuminated Modern

Illuminated Modern

Illuminated Modern

Illuminated Modern is a free nightly exhibition along Palm Canyon Drive that showcases a specially curated selection of mid-century and contemporary buildings designed by prominent desert architects. The building exteriors will be illuminated with a variety of specialty lighting styles and artistic colors projected onto the structures revealing the name of the architect and year of construction.

Modern Mambo! After Dark
Kick-off Modernism Week at The Caliente Tropics Hotel, built in 1964 and the original home of the Congo Room in Palm Springs. The hotel will be transformed into a Mid-century Modern Mambo club designed by Socialize Palm Springs. You don’t want to miss this over-the-top tropical extravaganze with specialty cocktails, chocolate, and more surprises throughout the night.

14th Annual Modernism Show Preview Reception

14th Annual Modernism Show Preview Reception

14th Annual Modernism Show Preview Reception
Join fellow collectors and design enthusiasts at an elegant reception and get a sneak peak at the 14th Annual Modernism Show before it opens to the general public. Be the first to see and shop from this world-class collection of mid-century furniture, art, and object. The preview ticket includes complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, valet parking, and free daily admission to the Modernism Show.

Rockin’ The Gatsby
Drawing from Baz Luhrman’s hot cinematic rendition of “The Great Gatsby,” this show embodies all the glitz and glamour with a well-balanced mix of “Urban Roaring ‘20s” performed by a cast of ten with a live band.

Racquet Club Garden Villas - Palm Springs’ Newest Historic District

Racquet Club Garden Villas – Palm Springs’ Newest Historic District

Racquet Club Garden Villas – Palm Springs’ Newest Historic District
For the first time, the gates of Racquet Club Garden Villas open for a rare glimpse into the private enclave of 37 William F. Cody, FAIA, designed villas. The villas feature many of Cody’s trademark design elements: concrete block walls, large cantilevered roof overhangs, and floor-to-ceiling glass. These villas served as overflow to the adjacent Racquet Club, one of the most famous movie star retreats of all time, and so popular that some decided to stay, making the Racquet Club Garden Villas their home. As you meander along the stream that runs through the lush landscape and stroll around the spelndid Cody-designed main pool, imagine the Hollywood celebrities lounging and sipping on the famous “morning after” Bloody Mary and “Ol’ Blue Eyes” swimming in the private pool behind the walls of Paul Trousdale’s own villa.

Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo
Experience the innovation of prefab architecture and the largest local collection of new modern design for your home and everyday living. Numerous prefab homes and structures will be open for touring, while the massive Modern Living Expo tent will feature the latest in smart home technology, green products, solar energy, new modern furniture, and finishes. Architects and designers will answer questions and participate in various informative and thought-provoking seminars.

Magni Modernism
James Magni – who travels extensively searching for unique items – describes his design style as “Modern Globalism” and takes his cues from international influences, including French items from the 1930s and ‘40s, Asian elements, handcrafted African tribal pieces, and, most importantly, art. Join James Magni for a surprising conversation about how art, light, design, and spirituality have shaped and inspired his 25-year career.

Never Built Palm Springs

Never Built Palm Springs

Never Built Palm Springs
Take a tour of the Palm Springs that could have been. Our expert panel of architects, curators, historians, and preservationists present projects by legendary architects that never made it past the drawing board, and discuss the what-ifs and why-nots of one hundred years of Palm Springs development.

HGTV’s John Gidding Presents Modern Curb Appeal
From working the runway for Gucci to revamping neighborhoods on HGTV, John Gidding has seen and experienced the design world from a variety of unusual angles. With his design projects and HGTV series, John has learned to “kick boring to the curb!” Using as an example one of his most popular HGTV projects, the Jain residence, John demonstrates how he incorporated new programmatic requirements for the family, while reinvigorating the house with a freshness of spirit that it once exhibited as the neighborhood’s only modernist home.

Frey House II Tours

Frey House II Tours

Frey House II Tours
These 45-minute guided tours are a rare opportunity to see the residence of modernist architect Albert Frey. A limited number will enjoy this unique experience and gain insight into this modern master’s architectural sensibility. A shuttle van will transport participants and a cocktail reception is included with the last tour of the day.

Lost, Saved & Endangered

Join Gary Johns, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member, for a popular slide lecture on Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs. This entertaining and informative lecture is replete with amusing anecdotes and rarely seen vintage photographs.

Modernism Week Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours

Modernism Week Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours

Modernism Week Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours
The Modernism Week Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours are a comprehensive overview of the exteriors of Palm Springs’ finest architecture from a vantage point not often experienced – the upper deck of a modern double decker bus. The tours feature entire neighborhoods and areas of the city that have made Palm Springs world famous for architecture. Designed to be fun and enlightening, the tours feature the two predominate architectural styles of Palm Springs – Mid-century Modern and Desert Spanish.

Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Vintage Travel Trailer Show

Vintage Travel Trailer Show
Vintage travel trailers are all the rage at Modernism Week! Visit this incredible collection of authentic and beautifully restored trailers in a festive, outdoor showplace located directly behind the Hilton Palm Springs. Bring the whole family to tour the interiors of these amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage travel trailers. Owners from across the West will be on hand to talk about their trailer’s history, restoration, and travels. The show will also feature a variety of booths with a fun mix of gifts, art, and products for sale that relate to the Vintage Trailer lifestyle.

For a full list of events, visit Modernism Week 2014.