Crossville Looks at the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

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Pantone’s 2014 color of the year is Radiant Orchid, a mesmerizing choice with solid jewel tones that inspire daydreams of warm spring weather, blooming flowers, and amethyst sunsets. Surprisingly versatile, the color is able to be worn by both genders and is sure to work its way into makeup lines, runway fashion, and interior design in the new year.

89e8c4e7095c2c770a0feb123c1d9deaRadiant Orchid is a bold choice: it’s bright and captivating, but with enough cool, fuchsia undertones to not overwhelm the eye of the beholder.

Executive Director of Pantone, Leatrice Eiseman, says the color “inspires confidence and emanates great love, joy, and health. It’s a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Purple symbolizes mystery, creativity, and dignity. It’s also historically the color of royalty and an emblem of power. Ancient Rome, Egypt, and Persia all used purple on an imperial standard. The dyes were rare and expensive, and only the rich could afford the vibrant color. Today, of course, purple is substantially more accessible, and complementary to a number of other colors, including gold, teal, periwinkle gray, and canary yellow.

Here’s a peek at some Crossville products that blend with Radiant Orchid to create a lovely look that’s totally on trend…

Crossville Porcelain Tile - Glass Blox - Bright Solids Grape Sparkle

Crossville Porcelain Tile – Glass Blox – Bright Solids Grape Sparkle

Cross-Colors | Amethyst

Cross-Colors | Amethyst

Crossville Porcelain Tile - Glass Blox - Bright Solids Lilac Dew

Crossville Porcelain Tile – Glass Blox – Bright Solids Lilac Dew

Crossville Porcelain Tile - Argent Grapes of Wrath

Crossville Porcelain Tile – Argent Grapes of Wrath

Crossville Porcelain Tile - Glass Blox - Bright Solids Amethyst

Crossville Porcelain Tile – Glass Blox – Bright Solids Amethyst

Last year, Pantone selected Emerald as the Color of the Year for 2013, and Tango Tangerine for 2012. Each year, it’s fun to see how Pantone’s colorful declaration influences design. In 2014, perhaps Radiant Orchid will help purple reign!

Crossville Tile Partners with Louisville Tile of Knoxville for Labor of Love Project

Crossville and Louisville Tile of Knoxville Help Make a House a Home

The new Sertoma Center duplex in Knoxville, Tennessee is a residence designed specifically for adults with developmental disabilities. The facility gives people with unique challenges a place to call home. Crossville and distributor partner Louisville Tile of Knoxville had the honor of contributing tile to help make the space extra special for residents. The facility features Crossville tile in eight rooms, offering an appealing style and product performance to be a great solution for the long term.

IMG_0317Sertoma Center is an organization dedicating to serving adults with developmental disabilities by providing the highest quality of residential, vocational, and community services available. When the center started running low on physical space to serve all of their clients, the Labor of Love project was born. Local East Tennessee news station WBIR teamed up with the Homebuilders Association of Greater Knoxville and the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors to help the Sertoma Center build a new facility to house six of their residents. For the majority of the individuals served by the organization, Sertoma truly is a home – and a good one. Residents stay in houses in the area with round-the-clock care, and are taught basic life skills in a happy, fun-loving environment.

IMG_0322With the help of volunteers and donations of time, skills, and supplies, the Sertoma Center duplex reached completion and will be home to six adults by the end of the year. Members of the center and the six residents moving in toured the home for the first time on November 12.

IMG_0327Louisville Tile in Knoxville stepped up when they heard about the project and need for materials. Among the items donated were four of Crossville’s products:

EcoCycle Americana – Alamo
Cotto Americana – Red
Cotto Americana – Brown
Cotto Americana – Tan

These Crossville products are featured in two kitchens and six bathrooms.

IMG_0324For more information on the Sertoma Center, visit www.sertoma.com.

A #TileTuesday Special: Discover Reclamation Porcelain Tile Collection by Crossville

For today’s #TileTuesday tip, we’re offering you a special look at our latest product launch: Reclamation Porcelain Tile Collection by Crossville.

Cities speak in wood, stone and concrete, and Crossville listens…

Introducing Reclamation–the latest porcelain tile collection by Crossville and the brand’s first to be created with digital production technology. Reclamation is the essence of industrial chic. Its look is inspired by the revitalization of urban settings and materials–reclaiming the best of the past to bring character to today’s designs.

Reclamation Porcelain Tile by Crossville

The line’s four distinct colors—Whiskey Lullaby, Cotton Exchange, Steel City and Tobacco Road—are comprised of 16 different faces blended to capture a modern look with a hint of nostalgia. These hues are interpreted in substantial 12×24 and 24×24 sizes, along with a 6×24 etching accent that gives a nod to graffiti art and a bullnose option.

Reclamation Porcelain Tile By Crossville

Reclamation is manufactured in the U.S. with a minimum 4% recycled content and is GreenSquared certified. The line’s superior technical properties make it suitable for commercial and residential use on interior floors and walls, as well as exterior vertical surfaces. Its urban glam style is sure to bring an industrial evolution to contemporary decor. See more photos and detail shots on our Reclamation Pinterest board.

Reclamation by Crossville

Reclamation Porcelain Tile by Crossville

Thanks for celebrating #TileTuesday and the launch of this exciting new line! Look for more #TileTuesday inspiration next week, and learn more about Reclamation at crossvilleinc.com.

Crossville is the Tile of Choice for Dallas Love Field Modernization Project

Love Field, the iconic airport located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, serves more than seven million passengers each year. Widely known as the hub of Southwest Airlines, Love Field has served as a backdrop for the rise of affordable air travel in the U.S. for over 40 years of its nearly century-long history.

LFModThroughout the decades, Love Field has undergone a range of updates and expansions to accommodate its evolving operations. In 2009, the City of Dallas, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and Southwest Airlines collectively declared it was time for a complete overhaul and upgrade to the facility. The $519 million Love Field Modernization Project (LFMP) was launched in earnest, with a focus on green development and sustainable practices in design.

Work for the LFMP began in 2010, with plans to complete construction in phases through 2014. The full project will provide Love Field travelers with a remodeled main terminal, a new 20-gate concourse and ticketing wing, as well as an updated baggage claim area. The terminal is trimmed in size by approximately 25% yet provides more modern, efficient flow for travelers. In addition, the new design allows for more than double the amount of current airport concessions.

rendering of Love Field remodel

rendering of Love Field remodel

LEED-silverThe main terminal facility and new concourse are slated for LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, reflecting adherence to energy and environmental standards in building design and construction.

When it came time to select materials for this project, specifiers held to LEED requirements. Crossville’s Color Blox EC porcelain tile collection was chosen for its green properties, technical performance characteristics and aesthetic appeal for the design.

Crossville Color Blox EC Tile at Love Field

Color Blox EC contains a minimum 20% recycled content and is manufactured with Crossville’s Ecocycle process. The design team opted for the Sandbox colorway—a lighter tone to aid in light reflection, therefore allowing a reduced footcandle output and overall less energy usage.  Featured throughout the interior walls in the terminal, concourses and in the restrooms, the tile offers the style and durability needed for this high traffic, demanding environment—a modern touch for a new, inviting facility.

Crossville Color Blox EC at Dallas Love Field

In addition to its design appeal, sustainability and durability, Crossville’s Color Blox EC provides other benefits. Specifiers opted for Crossville’s Cross-Sheen finish for the tile used throughout the facility. Porcelain tile is easily cleaned and maintained without use of harsh chemicals and does not harbor bacteria, moisture or allergens, providing for a potentially healthier environment. However, the Cross-Sheen finish takes ease of cleaning and long term maintenance to another level, as it allows for simple removal of scuffs, stains and graffiti.

Overall, Crossville provided the solutions required for a cleaner, greener and LEED Silver Certified Love Field that will be enjoyed by millions of air travelers for years to come.

Love Field Renovation team members:

  • Owner: City of Dallas
  • Architecture and Interior Design: Corgan Associates Inc.
  • Distributor: Crossville Tile & Stone
  • General Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
  • Flooring Contractor: Alamo Tile & Stone, Sigma Marble Granite & Tile
  • Tile Manufacturer: Crossville Inc.

#TileTuesday Tip: Supersize Your Floors with Large Format Porcelain Panels

Once upon a time, the mention of “large format tiles” for the floor conjured images of 18″x18″ or 24″x24″ options. Today, as the porcelain panel category grows bigger (no pun intended!), the phrase “large format” can refer to pieces of tile measured in feet–not inches–to create sophisticated tile floors with minimal grout lines and maximum style.

Designers are already hot on the trend of large format, lean profile porcelain panels. The category launched with a focus on wall tiles, but now the industry is answering the need for big solutions for flooring. Seeking sleeker lines and clean looks, design pros have embraced these new options for their generous proportions and immense design capabilities. Porcelain panels for the floor expand installation options like never before.

Laminam by Crossville beautifully transitions from floor to wall seamlessly.

Laminam by Crossville makes a sleek transition from floor to wall.

A great example of large format porcelain panels for the floor is the new Laminam 5.6 line.  This new line offers two versatile sizes for floor installations: 1M x 3M (yes, that’s 3.3 feet x 9.8 feet) or 1M x 1M (3.3’ x 3.3’). In contrast to the ample outer dimensions, Laminam 5.6 panels are only 5.6mm in thickness. In addition to the design benefit of fewer grout lines, Laminam 5.6 panels can be installed directly over many substrates, making installation much faster with less renovation waste.

With the steadily growing popularity of large format tiles for walls, the addition of the floor panels allows for seamless design opportunities. For use in both commercial and residential projects, the large format panels provide an entirely new way to surface. Now, you can dream big and envision floor-to-wall tile unlike ever before.

Laminam by Crossville now for the floor

Laminam 5.6 by Crossville

Installation of Large Format Porcelain Panels Is Key

This new category of tile…and now its new application for flooring…is compelling the industry to define installation standards. Crossville’s technical team is working with tile contractors, distributors and retailers nationwide to educate the industry on best practices for installation. The “Laminam Training” YouTube channel is a go-to for tips and practical information on installing large format porcelain panels.

Discover the Design Possibilities for Floor & Wall

The looks that large format panels have to offer for floors and walls are vast and quite sophisticated–from sleek, modern design to quaint, traditional styles.

Laminam by Crossville for floors and walls

Check out the color combinations and technical specifications at Laminam by Crossville, and follow our Twitter feed (@crossvilleinc) for the latest in large format floor panels and other tile updates.

Look for another #TileTuesday Tip, coming your way next week!

Crossville Participates in Traditional Home® Napa Valley Showhouse At Charles Krug Winery

Traditional Home’s Napa Valley Showhouse Features Crossville Tile Collections
Renovation Highlights Peter Mondavi Jr.’s Home at Charles Krug Winery

Crossville Tile in Trad Home ShowhouseCrossville Inc. is a sponsor and product supplier for the second annual Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse. This year’s home, located at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Calif., is a century-old structure that has undergone a dramatic transformation. Designed by select designers from the local area, the showhouse represents a fresh take on Napa style and is open for public tours through November 17.

Crossville products are featured in the master and guest bathrooms of the home.

 

Master Bath Renovation by Ann Lowengart Interiors
Annie Lowengart designed the showhouse’s master bath featuring Crossville’s Wood Impressions and Virtue collections. Wood Impressions is used on both walls and the main floor of the space. The shower floor takes on the look of marble with Crossville’s Virtue collection.

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Crossville Tile in Trad Home Showhouse Crossville Tile in Trad Home Showhouse
Hall Bathroom Renovation by NV Design
Christine A. Teicheira and Lauren Tapper incorporated Crossville’s Virtue Collection on the floors and Retro Active on the walls. The look of the space is bright and transitional, incorporating fresh colors and a furniture-inspired sink console.

Crossville Tile in Trad Home ShowhouseCrossville Tile in Trad Home Showhouse“Most people know Crossville as a commercial brand. Our participation in the Napa Valley showhouse demonstrates that we’re great for residential use, as well,” explains Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing.

Crossville in Traditional Home Napa Valley ShowhouseProceeds from the event benefit the Napa Valley Film Festival. For more information, visit traditionalhome.com/napashowhouse.

45,000 Square Feet of Shades by Crossville at Klein High School – Houston, TX

Now that’s a classy cafeteria…thanks to a great design by Bay-IBI Architects & the Shades by Crossville porcelain tile collection!

Shades by Crossville porcelain tileOh that our school could’ve been this cool! Klein High School’s cafeteria in Houston, TX was recently renovated to modern standards of style and functionality. Crossville’s sophisticated Shades collection replaced 45,000 sq. ft of dated epoxy terrazzo, offering a fresh, upscale appearance as well as exceptional technical properties and eco-friendly recycled content.

Here’s what the team at Bay-IBI Architects of Houston shared about the installation:

“Staying true to its name, Shades brings an incredible tonal variation to our project.  Adding intrigue to the space without the use of bold colors,  the sleek, clean look of Shades helps the cafeteria look more modern. The various sizes the product is available in helped in creating a floor pattern to accommodate the cafeteria’s unique shape. Using most of the colors Shades offered, we were able to replace the original epoxy terrazzo flooring in the cafeteria.” 

Congratulations to the team on a project done well!

Design – Bay-IBI, Houston  |  Distributor – Crossville Tile & Stone  |  Installer – Hoffman Tile

Shades by Crossville

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