Laminam by Crossville Elevates the Elevator Lobbies in Philadelphia

Crossville’s Laminam Plays an Important Role in the Overall Design of IBC Headquarters

Independence Blue Cross Renovation

Crossville’s Laminam Filo was recently employed as an impressive skin for the towering elevator lobby walls at Philadelphia’s Independence Blue Cross (IBC) headquarters. The renovation of this iconic tower was significant in both size and scope, with the redesign of the 45 floors accounting for a total of 840,000 square feet!

“You don’t get a second chance to make a great first impression.” As with any corporate office, the lobby of IBC headquarters plays an important role in setting the tone for the entire corporate office. Not only is this expansive entry a stage setter for those entering the building, it’s also a first impression for passersby, as the front of the IBC lobby is composed almost entirely of windows. With consideration of the “outside-in” perspective, the project design team of Meyer Architecture + Interiors aimed to redesign the lobby to offer a true representation of the business within.

With towering ceilings, the lobby necessitated that the designers choose a material that was substantial in size yet visually interesting. The goal was to achieve a sophisticated, corporate feel balanced with an inviting, modern style. The material needed to be beautiful, durable, and reasonable to install. Enter Laminam, with its collection of large format, thin porcelain tile panel products. The design team chose Laminam’s Filo in the Mercurio color because the “chain mail” textured, metallic finish has a decidedly modern aesthetic and would communicate the idea that the business housed within is contemporary in its approach.

Because the project’s fast track didn’t allow for the demolition of the existing granite wall, the expansive Laminam panels were installed over the existing material. The ability to install the Laminam porcelain tile panels over the granite was a time saver and eliminated costs associated with demolition.

The expansive Laminam panels offered the size and style the space demanded, and the choice of Filo, with its intriguing juxtaposition of elegant porcelain and metal vanguard, yielded a stunning result with a stylistic edge and contemporary feel.

Crossville Color Talk: Tools for Identifying Colors and Creating Color Palettes

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Where do you turn when you’re looking for a refreshing new color palette for a room or a home remodel? Do you flip through magazines or head to your local paint store for color chips? Maybe you visit Pinterest or your favorite design blog. These methods are all wonderful for inspiration, but sometimes you may feel like you need more than just pretty pictures and paint chips. You need tools that can actually help you identify the right color and create the right color palette for your space.

Here are some of the best color apps and online color scheme generators we have found.

ColourLovers
ColourLovers is a vast site and creative online community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles. Explore existing color schemes or develop your own palette under the “Tools” section of the site. The site is free to use, but you can purchase fabric and prints made from the palettes and patterns you create.

myPANTONE
Pantone, the provider of global color systems, has come up with its very own app, myPANTONE. Capture and extract colors from pictures of your current space or inspiration and snap to the closest Pantone color.  Access over 13,000 colors and cross-reference Pantone color libraries, and compare with Pantone Fashion + Home, and numerous Pantone color guides. Easily create color palettes and share by email with friends, clients and vendors. This iPhone app is ideal for those who have specific needs for matching and coordinating Pantone libraries and is great for fashion and graphic design, in addition to interior design and decorating. Compatible with iPad and iPhone and iPod Touch, myPANTONE is available at the ITunes App Store. for $9.99

Color Capture
This simple (and free!) digital app from Benjamin Moore is a great tool for capturing color palettes you love while on the fly. You never know when or where you’ll find color inspiration – use the Color Capture app to snap a picture of anything that catches your eye and instantly find its color scheme match from a collection of more than 3,500 paint colors. Color Capture is compatible with IOS devices and Android and is available at the iTunes App Store.

Color 911®
The Color 911® app for iPad and iPhone and iPod Touch helps you create your own colors, select colors from inspiring themes by color expert Amy Wax (or from photos), combine colors to create your own palettes, organize colors into folders and share with designers, clients, friends or family. The app has more than 50 downloadable color themes, each with 42 different colors that work together. You can create your own color on the color wheel, select colors from the Internet or choose colors from your photo library –the choice of colors is endless. You can easily edit colors to adjust hue, saturation or brightness, as well as create a personal palette library and organize palettes in multiple folders with or without your notes. While Color 911 is an excellent interior design and decorating tool, it’s also perfect for fashion design, wardrobe selection, graphic and web design, and commercial and fine art. This app is compatible with IOS and is available for $4.99 at the ITunes App Store.

House Beautiful’s 500+ Favorite Paint Colors
Specifically for the iPad, the 500+ Favorite Paint Colors app is a comprehensive tool that gives information on 669 paint colors from the top quality paint manufacturers. You can choose a color to learn what other designers have done with it in the past to spark ideas and help you think more creatively. You can even fill the whole iPad screen for a giant color swatch—great for holding up against the wall to see what colors complement your choice and figuring which colors work in which rooms under different lighting conditions. Use the app’s “Color River” to browse paint colors, and sort by any combination of colors, spaces or moods. Compare up to four colors at a time and save them to your paint box. This app for iPad only is $4.99 at the iTunes App Store.

Chip It
Chip It is a free online gadget created by Sherwin-Williams that allows you to build a palette from any photo that you upload or find online. When you find an image of colors you love, just use the “chip it” button in your browser to create an instant palette that pulls from over 1500 Sherwin Williams paint colors – but you don’t have to be bound by their paint to enjoy playing with this fun color tool.

CSS Drive
This free online color palette generator is not connected to a paint brand. Just upload an image to CSS Drive to generate a color palette based on the image’s primary colors. This tool is useful for quickly grabbing colors within an image for inspiration.  Though developed for website designers, there is no reason you couldn’t use this nifty tool to develop an interior design color scheme.

Look for more on the quest for the right color in all our Crossville Color Talk posts, and be sure to check out our Pinterest boards to find inspirational, color Pinboards and ideas for great design.

Photo credit: Courtesy of  Nancy Muller. Click on image to view source.

Crossville is dedicated to being at the forefront of color trends in order to infuse them into our product development to bring you the latest styles in addition superior quality wrought from cutting-edge technologies. As we strive to be on-trend and fashion forward, we also understand that trend alone is not the driving force in color selection. To that end, we ensure the colors we select for our products are appropriate to each and every tile design, as well as the times.

#TileTuesday Special: Make a Fashion Statement with Ready to Wear Porcelain Stone Collection

Ready to Wear is Tailored for Everyday Style

In honor of #TileTuesday, we’re happy to announce our latest collection that brings touchable, everyday style to floors and walls.

Ready to Wear

Ready to Wear

  • Relaxed, yet refined
  • Effortlessly stylish
  • Ready to mix and match

Just like your favorite pair of jeans, this tile has style that can dress up or down to suit any look. Crossville’s Ready to Wear Porcelain Stone collection features a fabric-like texture translated in durable, calibrated porcelain field tiles. The warp and weft pattern of classic textiles is captured in eight smart-casual shades for effortless mix-and-match or chic monochromatic color schemes. 

Ready to Wear

Available in 12×24 calibrated field tiles complimented by 2×6 tiles, as well as bullnose trim, this collection is a fashionable fit for residential and commercial interior walls, floors and countertops, as well as exterior walls.

Ready to Wear

Ready to Wear

Made in the U.S.A. through Crossville’s EcoCycle Tile Process™, Ready to Wear contains a minimum 4% recycled content and is Green Squared Certified.

Ready to wear is green square certified

Check out this Ready to Wear video for even more inspiration and information on this “smart casual” new surface material!

For further information on Ready-to-Wear, visit our website.

Crossville Participates at IIDA South Florida’s Design Mix 2015 (#TileTuesday Special Edition)

Crossville Partners with D&B Tile Distributors and Britto Charette in the Creation of ‘Tile Garment’ for Design Mix 2015

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2015 marks our 13th year to participate in IIDA South Florida’s Design Mix. Design Mix is a unique runway fashion event featuring one-of-a-kind garments designed and created by interior design firms and constructed of sponsors’ building materials! Immensely creative designers think outside the box to create fashions that are nothing short of extraordinary. The funds raised by the event support the chapter’s education and charitable initiatives.

This year, Crossville and our distribution partner D&B Tile sponsored Britto Charette’s garment for the extravaganza. Britto Charette, based in Miami’s vibrant Wynwood community, is a luxury interior design firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial interiors. Known for keeping its fingers on the pulse of technology, fashion, architecture, and more, the Britto Charette team chose a very modern theme based an androgynous character, Queen Gene.

The design team used recycled content in addition to some of Crossville’s most elegant tiles to bring Queen Gene to life. Here are the sketches and official design statement:

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QUEEN GENE

Meet Gene, our Miami-Fab model, who likes to constantly bend the rules.Gene’s full name, originates from the word ‘Androgynous’. Gene is wearing a couture dress, featuring the most elegant tiles & recycled content from Crossville Tile.

The top jacket & bodice shape of the skirt, symbolizes the male-female, yin & yang, complexities and similarities of the sexes. The gorgeous white, black & metallic mosaic tiles that adorn Gene from tip to toe, nod to the past & future. Even her fierce heels, are embellished with mirror tile that reflect one’s true self.

The sub-structure of Gene’s skirt and purse is crafted from the recycled packaging, and all mesh mounted backing from Crossville’s tiles. The crossover & blurred lines of men women’s traits are mimicked in the fluidity of this dress. Gene’s masculine hairstyle, modern makeup & swagger of Annie Lenox & David Bowie’s androgynous vocals, comprise Queen Gene’s influences, that make Miami the city that flaunts & bends all the rules.

Here’s a look at Queen Gene, bending all the rules in a stunning couture dress comprised of Crossville tile and recycled content.

Queen Gene

 

Queen Gene Queen GeneThis is the fabulous purse fabricated from Crossville’s dazzling Sideview glass mosaics and recycled content.

Design Mix purse

A big thank you to the talented folks at Britto Charette for a job well done!

Britto Charette

And finally, here’s the  Design Mix 2015 Best of Show winner, submitted by the design firm ADC and sponsored by Kimball/Pradere.

Design Mix 2015 Winner

 

Congrats to IIDA South Florida for a great Design Mix 2015!

The Crossville EPD :: Enabling Projects to Net More LEED Credit

EPD logoAt Crossville, we believe in transparency: in providing clients with an accurate understanding of the company they’re working with as well as of the products they’re specifying. What’s more, we believe there is no better way to do that than by providing real, quantifiable (and third party verified!) information that tells the true, green story in cold, hard facts.

That’s why we invested in creating an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) specific to our business and practices.

What is an EPD? Think of it as the green building material equivalent of a nutrition label on packaged foods. EPDs are intended to provide comprehensive product data conveyed in a simple to understand format for people who must make specification decisions. EPDs are becoming increasingly important tools for specifiers seeking to wade through industry greenwashing to find materials that truly meet green requirements, particularly if seeking LEED certification. The value of an EPD rests in the fact that it assesses many environmental impact zones rather than considering a single attribute, like recycled content or embodied energy, providing specifiers with a way to judge like against like in quantifiable terms.

Our EPD—found here —covers all Crossville-made floor and wall tile products. The document was meticulously compiled over the course of almost two years and provided us the opportunity to fully assess our practices and products, documenting that they are on-track with standards for sustainable sourcing and manufacturing.

In addition, the Crossville EPD offers an added bonus for specifiers creating projects seeking LEED certification. More credit is given in LEED for company-specific EPDs than for industry participation, so projects that use Crossville-made tile automatically net more LEED credit than projects that use tile covered only by the industry-wide EPD created by the Tile Council of North America.

Learn even more about our green standards, practices, and products in the Sustainability section of our website by clicking here.

Crossville Color Talk :: What Is Color’s Role in Interior Design?

color swatches Color makes for great conversation. At Crossville,we’re constantly tracking the colors that are current and those that are to come. Popular palettes for residential and commercial design influence the colors we create for our porcelain tile and glass mosaic tile collections. Colors are the backdrops of daily lives.

That’s why we’re launching the “Crossville Color Talk” series. For our first installment, we’re looking at insights from Amy Wax, award winning architectural color consultant, author of Can’t Fail Color Schemes and creator of the Color 911 app.

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Amy Wax, award winning architectural color consultant

“Every color in a room makes a difference,” Amy stated during her recent presentation at Modenus Talks*, an event held in conjunction with KBIS 2015 and Design and Construction week in Las Vegas. We couldn’t agree more with this premise. But underlying this seemingly simple statement are layers of meaning and a number of questions: How do colors actually make a difference in residential design? Why are they important? How do we develop meaningful color palettes? What do color trends really mean and how important are they? How do you find the right color?

Amy had great answers for these questions in her discussion on the impact of color and why color matters.

1. Color matters. It creates an emotional bond with the home.
2. Color allows you to make different statements as you move through different areas of your home.
3. Color provides the opportunity to bring in elements of culture, increasing a client’s emotional tie to their space.
4. Color can be a reflection if your cultural identity.
5. Color nurtures in every single room.
6. Color tells the story of a room.
7. Color is a directional tool. It is not just decorative; it sets a purpose.
8. It’s important to choose color based on the usage of the room.
9. The right color may not be what’s trendy, but what appropriate for the design.
10. Use color to make a space personal.
11. Use color to create a sense of cleanliness and sanitary feel through contrast.
12. Color can set a boundary and make a safe space in interior design.
13. Color can make a room with a chore (like a laundry room) feel more inviting.
14. Use color to accentuate the architecture of the room.

And finally, probably one of the most important take-aways from Amy’s Modenus Talk: If you’re happy in a space, you’ll spend time in it.

In upcoming posts on Crossville Color Talk, we’re going to take a look at the latest color trends and tools for identifying colors and creating the right color palettes for your designs. Of course, you can always follow us on Pinterest to find inspirational color Pinboards and ideas for great design.

Look for more on the quest for the right color coming soon!

Photo Credit: Click on image to view source.

Crossville is dedicated to being at the forefront of color trends in order to infuse them into our product development to bring you the latest styles in addition superior quality wrought from cutting-edge technologies. As we strive to be on-trend and fashion forward, we also understand that trend alone is not the driving force in color selection. To that end, we ensure the colors we select for our products are appropriate to each and every tile design, as well as the times.

*A series of talks and fun challenges around subjects like business of design, design trends, technology in design and design that makes a difference. Click here to learn more about Modenus.

Crossville Looks at KBIS & IBS 2015: Happenings and Trends

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Wood-Mode custom cabinetry partnered with Susquehanna Service Dogs at KBIS2015. Wood-Mode hosted four service dogs and their handlers to demonstrate its newest lifestyle concept – the Pet Parlor.

The second annual Design and Construction Week in Vegas is currently in full swing and is bigger and better than ever in 2015, merging five events for a combined total of 3,750 exhibitors and more than 4.7 million net square feet of exhibits. While we are exhibiting at the Surfaces Expo, which begins today (more on that soon!), we’re also taking in, along with many of our colleagues and industry partners, the exhibits and events at the International Builders Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. It’s a power-packed week, with the shows occurring simultaneously to showcase a seemingly endless array of products and trends in design and building products (see our Pinterest board for highlights!). Here’s a look at the happenings and trends we’re seeing at KBIS & IBS 2015.

Technology Incorporated into Space Design

We’re impressed with the technology we’re seeing at KBIS & IBS 2015. Technology is no longer an afterthought or something to add later; it is more and more being incorporated into the space design of residential and commercial construction and renovations. Here are some tech favorites we discovered at the Vegas events.

Screenshot 2015-01-21 16.26.12The TechTop by LG Hausys won KBIS’s Best of Show. This is an innovative solution that embeds wireless charging technology into surface material. Charge your phone on any surface imaginable without tangling cables or hunting for outlets. Simply place the phone on the charging station embedded in HI-MACS® solid surface or Viatera® quartz surface and enjoy the benefits of wireless charging.

TopBrewer, by Scanonmat, is not just a coffee machine. The sleek stainless steel design is stunning and is designed to be built into any tabletop. With a simple touch of your smartphone or tablet the TopBrewer brews your favourite coffee drink. What’s more, the TopBrewer cleans all hoses with water after each cup. In addition to coffee drinks, the TopBrewer provides chilled drinking water, cold milk, hot water for tea – and steam (for the blanching of vegetables for instance). TopBrewer Kevo, by Kwikset is “the key evolved.” Available on Apple iOS and select Android 5.0, Lollipop devices, this eKey moves your physical key into the digital world to significantly improve your home access experience. Unlimited guest keys, which you can send to anyone, anywhere, anytime, are free. Kevo InSinkErator launched a new product category, the All-in-One kitchen tap, at KBIS2015. The 3N1 model of the All-in-One tap is the first of its kind in the North American market. The 3N1 provides the convenience of near-boiling water on demand from the same faucet that delivers both cool and hot tap water. 3N1 faucet

 Sparkle and Shine

Metallics and shocks of sparkle are definitely a trend at KBIS 2015. We’re seeing gold finishes on fixtures and hardware and stone surfaces mixed with sparkly metallic details. This quartz countertop from Cambria‘s new Coastal collection is sprinkled throughout with metallic flecks for just the right amount of sophisticated sparkle.

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Ellesmere from Cambria’s new Coastal Collection

Last year, gold and brass tones turned heads as new options. Now–in 2015, these finishes, typically in sophisticated, muted tones, are staples. Here are some products that represent the look beautifully.

ROHL Michael Berman Graceline™ C-Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet is a winner in the KBIS Best of Show awards.

ROHL Michael Berman Graceline™ C-Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet is a winner in the KBIS Best of Show awards.

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Metallic details abound at KBIS 2015. Our Sideview glass mosaic tiles with metallic detail are but one example of the metallic touches we’re seeing everywhere in Vegas this week. Metallic and glass tile

Gray Tones

Gray became the new beige a little while back, but it’s still solidly present and probably will be for some time because it is such a versatile neutral, working beautifully with all decorating styles and in all settings from traditional spaces with dark woods and classic elements to ultra modern spaces with sleek stainless steel, glass and lucite. Beautiful kitchen cabinetry in gray tones are making a strong statement at KBIS 2015: Gray Kitchen   Wellborn cabinets in gray

Tile Trends

Though Crossville isn’t exhibiting with our own booth at the shows, we are present and beautifully accounted for at the TOTO USA booth. These vignettes help share our products with large audiences that include influential designers and specifiers. And we love what the booth creator has done with our products.

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Hex tile

Velvet… Elvis (Thank You Very Much)

And finally, there’s velvet…specifically, Velvet Elvis, a look that is always trending in Las Vegas! Elvis Look for more of our insights and highlights from the exciting Surfaces Expo that’s happening now!