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.

Technically Speaking: Crossville’s Technical Services Leaders to Speak, Instruct at Surfaces Expo 2014

Crossville Talks Tech Spec & Installation Solutions at Surfaces 2014

Crossville products not only reflect the latest trends in porcelain tile design; they also Bolby and Chitty of Crossville's Technical Services Teamexemplify the latest in technical standards and specifications. We have renowned technical experts on staff to ensure every product we develop hits…or exceeds…the mark for performance and quality.

Next week at the annual Surfaces Expo, Technical Services Executive Director Tim Bolby and Technical Services Director Noah Chitty will lead sessions to educate attendees on key technical issues and applications. If you’ll be at the show, please mark your calendar to experience Crossville’s technical knowledge and know-how firsthand.

Grout Residues: Causes, Prevention, and Solutions / Featuring Noah Chitty

Tuesday, 1/28 – 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., South Seas H (Level 3)     Even a perfect tile or stone installation can be ruined by grout haze or residue under certain conditions. This seminar will explain why these problems occur with all sorts of porcelain tile, whether glazed, polished, wood grain, or clefted and what solutions are available.

Understanding Thin Tile Installations / Featuring Noah Chitty with Tim Bolby

Wednesday, 1/29 – 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., South Seas B (Level 3)     This seminar will explore the special application challenges applicable to producing sound, durable installations with tiles of reduced thickness and lighter weight. Our Laminam by Crossville line will be the example product for the session. Noah Chitty will present alongside Mapei’s Dr. Neil McMurdie and European Tile Masters’ Ben Szell, with Tim Bolby to assist.

Laminam by Crossville Products in Presentations

Our Laminam by Crossville collections will be featured in the following presentations during the Surfaces Expo:

  • Custom Building Products Thin Panel Tile Installation Demonstrations     Tuesday, 1/28 and Wednesday, 1/29 – 2:30 to 3 p.m., Main Stage in Exhibit Hall
  • Alpha Professional Tools Thin Panel Tile Tools Demonstrations     Daily during exhibit hall hours, Booth B826

Crossville Booth B3613 at Surfaces Expo 2014

Crossville Surfaces Booth B3613

Of course, the Crossville booth will be a hub of activity as we showcase our latest lines and debut exciting new options. Our team, including Tim Bolby and Noah Chitty, will be on hand at the booth to answer questions and offer insights on any of the trends and topics you need to learn about.

 

 

Crossville Tile Featured in The Christopher Kennedy Compound at Modernism Week

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Tucked away in Palm Springs is the first ever Modernism Week Show House, also known as The Christopher Kennedy Compound. The project is the namesake of its creator, Christopher Kennedy, the Palm Springs interior designer known for his unique brand of luxurious modernism that’s a happy complement to the city’s mid-century modern architecture and classic American style.

Given New York has the Kips Bay Decorator Show House and Beverly Hills has the Greystone Show House, Kennedy thought it high time for Palm Springs to have its own show home. With a vision of celebrating the Palm Springs legacy, Kennedy partnered with Luxe Interiors + Design, a leading national luxury design magazine, and a team of A-list designers to create an iconic Palm Springs experience in only a few months time.

The home features some of the latest, greatest materials in modern design, including several Crossville products that serve as versatile, durable, and flattering elements to the home’s mid-century sensibilities. Throughout the luxe dwelling, Crossville products are lovely additions to this creative, collaborative project.

Sideview Glass
sideviewglass
Sideview Glass is a collection of multi-beveled glass tile with a modern touch, a perfect accessory for any space needing a dash of glamor. Naturally, this makes for a happy pairing with a mid-century modern design project.

Shades
shades
With sophisticated, urban colors, Shades is a versatile porcelain stone that is as intriguing in monochromatic designs as it it is in mix-and-match patterns that blend the line’s range of hues.

Virtue
virtue
Virtue captures the best qualities of the world’s purest white marbles in a durable, porcelain tile body. The elegant line features subtle, graceful veining and a clean look that’s equal parts classic and contemporary.

Origins
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Made of recycled glass, Origins Glass mosaics require fewer raw materials to be used in production. With a fashion-forward color palette and plenty of options to choose from, Origins fits right in with the aesthetics of The Christopher Kennedy Compound.

Retro Activeretroactive

Retro Active is a collection of versatile colors and size. As the name implies, this is an excellent modern element to include in iconic Palm Springs designs.

FILO 3+
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FILO 3+ is part of our Laminam by Crossville brand. Filo’s large format, lean profile panels are ideal for skinning surfaces in lasting style.

The Christopher Kennedy Compound will be revealed in February during Modernism Week. For more information on the project, visit The Christopher Kennedy Compound website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for ongoing updates.

#TileTuesday: Tile for Schools & Universities Is Always a Class Act

The halls of learning are high traffic areas. That’s why porcelain tile is an excellent surfacing choice for educational environments. Porcelain tile’s technical properties make the grade across campus—from class rooms and common areas to administrative offices and cafeterias. Always on the quest for surfaces that are high in durability and low in maintenance requirements, school product specifiers turn to porcelain tile to create installations that are as practical and lasting as they are beautiful.

The University of Alabama Bryant Denny Stadium featuring Crossville's EcoCycle and Color Blox Collections.

The University of Alabama Bryant Denny Stadium featuring Crossville’s EcoCycle and Color Blox Collections.

A beautiful mixture of Crossville's Buenos Aires Mood collection highlights this open hallway space at Cumberland College.

A beautiful mixture of Crossville’s Buenos Aires Mood collection highlights this open hallway space at Cumberland College.

Crossville offers a wide range of products ideal for educational institutions, including versatile Laminam by Crossville collections that bring large format, lean profile panels to walls and floors. Our Cross-Sheen finish is an excellent solution for schools that need a ready defense against graffiti, scuffs and stains. And our Hydrotect coating offers anti-microbial, self-cleaning and air purifying properties to keep schools cleaner and healthier.

45,000 square feet of Shades porcelain tile stands up to the students of Klein High School in Houston, TX.

45,000 square feet of Shades porcelain tile stands up to the students of Klein High School in Houston, TX.

West Virginia University's logo captured beautifully in Crossville's Wood Impressions collection.

West Virginia University’s logo captured beautifully in Crossville’s Wood Impressions collection.

Crossville's Wood Impressions featured in one of the cafeterias at Husson University in Maine.

Crossville’s Wood Impressions featured in one of the cafeterias at Husson University in Maine.

Laminam by Crossville as the wainscotting in Lynn University's cafeteria.

Laminam by Crossville as the wainscotting in Lynn University’s cafeteria.

Want more ideas on tile solutions that will make the grade for your educational institution design projects? See even more inspiring installations in our online gallery, and be sure to follow our Twitter feed for ongoing updates, product launches and design news.

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

#TileTuesday Special: Have You Seen the New Sideview Glass Collection?

Sideview Multi-beveled Glass Mosaic Tile Collection is Jewelry for Your Walls

In honor of yet another #TileTuesday, we’re turning the spotlight on our latest glass mosaic collection: Sideview Glass. This line has real razzle-dazzle for commercial and residential applications.

Sideview Glass by Crossville

This unique collection is inspired by design elements of the art deco period, featuring multi-beveling on metallic-look mosaics. The dimensional effects of the beveling enhance reflection of light, providing an opulent, upscale look for wall installations.

Sideview by Crossville

The collection comes in four metallic colors—tungsten, silver, gold and copper—each offered in high sheen and frosted finishes. The 3”x3” mosaics are mesh-mounted on 12”x12” sheets, allowing for ease of installation. Additionally, Sideview comes in a 3”x12” border and a 1⅛”x6” liner. These accent pieces can be integrated into wall designs as finishing trims for Sideview’s sheet mosaics or mixed with other tile products or surfacing materials to create stylish accents.

Sideview Mosaics by Crossville

Sideview is recommended for interior walls or covered exterior wall applications in commercial and residential settings. It’s an attention grabber…a great option for a touch of glam.

Sideview by Crossville See more views of Sideview over on our Facebook page!

Our Argent Collections is an Interiors & Sources Readers’ Choice Winner

Crossville Wins Readers Choice Award from Interiors & Sources MagazineA category win for our Argent collection in Interiors & Sources Magazine‘s Readers’ Choice awards is a colorful way to close out 2013!

That’s right! Our Argent collection, 20 colors strong and filled with endless design possibilities, is the top choice of readers in the Tile & Stone category in this annual honoring of top products in interior design.

Launched midyear 2013, Argent heralded Crossville’s return to color. The line features a rainbow of saturated, versatile hues, as well as a palette of neutral selections ideal for complementing the brights to create custom patterns.

Crossville Argent Collection 20 Colors

 

The line offers immense possibilities for commercial and residential installations with its colorful options. We’re honored that Interiors & Sources discerning readers voted the collection their favorite for 2013. We’re excited to see what designers do with the line in the new year, as well.

Crossville Argent Collection

Crossville Argent Collection

Crossville Argent CollectionGet the full scoop on the Argent Collection by visiting the product page on our website and see all of the 2013 Readers’ Choice winners on Interiors & Sources website.