The Tie That Binds: Crossville Shares a Common Thread for the Cure Story

Crossville Supports Common ThreadInterior Designer Diane Sharp was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer in November 2012. Over the course of the following seven months, she underwent a lumpectomy, followed by a double mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments. The treatments lasted for four-and-a-half months, and Sharp characterizes those as some of the hardest days of her journey, “It was a pretty dark time, a time when you reassess everything in your life. You’re isolated because you don’t want to be out and about, and you’re not feeling well.”

It was during those difficult months that one of Sharp’s professional connections turned out to be a tie to a unique resource that would be helpful as she endured struggles related to her cancer diagnosis and treatment. Just prior to diagnosis, Sharp resigned her position at Sisson Design Group, but she continued in her role as a design instructor at a local college. In the process of assembling a product showcase for her students, Sharp contacted Crossville architectural sales representative Monica Farley, and it was through Farley that she learned about The Common Thread for the Cure.

Crossville Supports Common Thread for the CureThe Common Thread for the Cure, a non-profit organization, was established to unite the furnishings and interior design industry in the battle against breast cancer. Common Thread offers Helping Hand Grants to those who are, or whose immediate families are, affiliated with the furnishings industry and currently battling breast cancer. The support the grants provide is practical, resulting in tangible, meaningful ways that industry peers can show their care and concern for colleagues who are in times of crisis. Crossville is a year-round supporter and sponsor of the organization, offering a percentage of its sales of Glass Blox and Origins Glass tile collections to support the cause.

Inspired by the information Farley shared, Sharp applied for a grant to help with the costs associated with lost wages, medical supplies, and prostheses. She shared her story through the Common Thread website application process and, shortly thereafter, received an email informing her that she had been awarded a grant. Says Sharp, “Just knowing that the furnishings industry has an organization like this is so heartening. It really touched me.”

Crossville Supports Common Thread for the Cure

Interior Designer and Common Thread Helping Hands Grant Recipient Diane Sharp (L), pictured with Crossville A&D Representative Monica Farley

Sharp is eager to tell her story in hopes of expanding awareness so that the Common Thread might serve as a lifeline for more professionals in the industry. From her own experience, she explains that often, by the point at which cancer patients are undergoing treatment, they have resigned from their jobs and are out of contact with the outside world. Therefore, it is imperative that individuals learn about Common Thread before it is needed. “If you don’t know about it before your diagnosis, you aren’t likely to hear about it when you need it the most,” she explains.

Today, Sharp is cancer free and grateful for the assistance, both financial and emotional, that Common Thread provided, “The program was such a surprise, so unexpected. It really touched me,” she says.

For Sharp, the Common Thread truly became a tie that binds.

For more information about The Common Thread for the Cure, to apply for a grant, or to donate to the organization, visit the website.

Crossville Supports Common Thread for The Cure

With Crossville Cross-Sheen®, Graffiti Is Gone at Interactive Event in Denver


While graffiti has existed since ancient times and is considered an urban art form (with often stunning results), painting property without the property owner’s consent is typically regarded as defacement and vandalism. Facility owners are constantly looking for solutions to keep their surfaces as clean and clear as they were when originally constructed.

Enter Crossville’s Cross-Sheen®, our proprietary, integrated finish that makes it simple to remove graffiti, stains, and scuffs from Crossville porcelain tile products installed on exterior and interior walls, as well as interior flooring.

To demonstrate Cross-Sheen’s powerful capabilities, we recently joined with Design Materials, our distribution partner in Denver, to host an event for the local A&D community. At the interactive gathering, a local graffiti artist was invited to create his graffiti art on panels of Crossville tiles integrated with Cross-Sheen. The artist used spray paint and markers, and once his creations were complete, our own Joe Hartzell’s work began, as he wowed the crowd by removing the graffiti art from the tiles using a common cleaning product and a little elbow grease.

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Graffiti, gone! The event proved that tile protected with Cross-Sheen is not the most desirable canvas for graffiti artists!

See more pics from the event on our Facebook album.

Check out this video to learn you can rise above the great graffiti challenge and protect the investment in your facility’s aesthetics with Cross-Sheen®.

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#TileTuesday Special: An Ode to Laminam by Crossville’s I Metalli

A Celebration of a Truly Innovative Surfacing Solution…

and An Invitation for Your Vote!

I Metalli from Laminam by Crossville

I Metalli Best of Year Interior Design Magazine Entrant
I Metalli
is part of Laminam by Crossville’s lineup of spectacular porcelain tile panel collections. This stand out product has been turning heads since it was first introduced in the marketplace, and the buzz just keeps growing, as the product is now an entrant in Interior Design Magazine‘s prestigious Best of Year Awards. With the convincing detail and texture of aged, oxidized diamond plate and available in convincing interpretations of iron, brass, copper, and bronze, I Metalli is big on industrial chic appeal and ideal for creating urban ambience in a wide range of potential applications.

I Metalli Laminam by Crossville

With generous outer dimensions (measured in feet, not inches!) and surprisingly lean profile (just millimeters in thickness!), I Metalli takes “large format” tile to a whole new level, forging a sophisticated link between urban industry and modern luxury. I Metalli is created to skin surfaces in nearly seamless style. Its use on walls creates a striking appearance that is fashion forward and timeless all at once. The textural and color nuances are undeniably striking and all but unparalleled in the world of tile.
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Voting is now open for Interior Design Magazine‘s Best of Year Awards and our new Laminam I Metalli is a strong contender in the Wallcovering: Treatments (including Tile and Stone) category. If you’re a professional in the architectural or interior design community, cast your vote here. Voting ends Friday, Oct 16, 2015, so act quickly to give I Metalli your nod of support.

Of course, you can really show your support for I Metalli by specifying it for your next project. Get full product details by clicking here.

Stayed tuned to our social media channels for updates on the Best of Year competition!

Crossville Takes a Look at the Triangle Trend in Interior Design

Groove Glass Composite

Interior designers know that shapes and patterns are absolutely key to adding visual interest to any space. Geometric shapes, with their pops of visual interest and eye-catching dimension, seem to be just about everywhere these days–from upholstery and wall covering to furniture and, yes, tile! While this trend toward the geometric encompasses all manner of lines, angles, and curves, we’re noting a rising popularity in the versatile triangle shape. Triangular designs are hot, giving the spaces they adorn a most modern and polished look.

Across product categories and brands, we’re seeing design lovers taking fresh angles on triangles. Here are just a few examples (find even more on our Pinterest board!).

Crossville looks at the triangle trend

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Never one to trail behind in the trends, Crossville recently released its new Groove Glass collection with its ode to the triangle in a vivid selection of mosaics inspired by the tunes and tones that always get things moving and shaking. Conga, Jitterbug, Jive, Swing, and Vogue are colorful–triangular–glass mosaic blends that are sure to make any space an instant hit!

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Groove Glass in Swing

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To learn more about this Groove-y collection, click here to visit our website. And for more triangular inspiration, click here to head over to our Pinterest board!

A Renovated Florida Marina Takes the LEED with Crossville Tile Collections


LEED GOLDLocated in the historic and fashionable Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Dinner Key Marina is Florida’s largest wet-slip marina facility with spaces for 582 boats. The marina now boasts a stunning new LEED Gold Certified dockmaster facility which houses offices, showers and lockers and we at Crossville are honored that this exceptional multi-functional facility features lots of tile throughout, and it’s all Crossville!

Originally an island, Dinner Key was connected to the mainland in 1914 by filling in the intervening space. It has been said that the name was derived from the fact that the island was a convenient place to stop to eat while traveling by boat between the mouth of the Miami River and Snapper Creek south of Miami. Dinner Key’s rich history includes being the location of International Pan American Airport and home to its famed flying boats (the Clippers), that symbolized Pan Am in the 1930s and 40s.

The dock master facility at Dinner Key Marina was designed by MC Harry & Associates, a Miami based architectural and engineering firm with a long history of providing award winning planning and design services to a variety of government agencies and public institutions.  The tile was provided by D&B Tile Distributors, the exclusive distributor for Crossville Tile in South Florida.

Because everything in the marina office building would need to be designed for slip resistance, as well as long-term heavy public use, the design team chose Crossville’s CrossColors in two colors and in several special finishes, CrossTread, CrossSlate and CrossSheen. CrossTread has a cross hatch pattern across the top and is available in 8 x 8 tiles. CrossSlate, available in available in 6×6, 8×8, and 12×12, has the texture of stone. CrossSheen is an anti-graffiti finish and was used on the bathroom walls.

Here’s a look at this beautiful facility! 

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Check out our Facebook album to see more great photos of the Dinner Key Marina dockmaster facility and learn more about the story at the D&B Tile blog.

Introducing Groove Glass Wall Tile Collection by Crossville

Crossville Groove Glass for Residential Installations

Groove Glass by CrossvilleIt’s time to get moving! Our new Groove Glass wall tile collection has launched, and designers are already jiving with its versatile, sleek, contemporary appeal.

We created this line for design in its extremes–light to dark, traditional to modern. The eight field tile colors, available in a generous range of sizes, put the “fun” in fundamental thanks to the innate qualities that come with the glass tile body. There’s so much light reflection and movement to inspire unique design grooves!

Groove Glass by Crossville in 8 Versatile Field Tile Colors for Walls

These colors can be accented with our five on-trend, triangular mosaic blends. These are the hues designers can use for elevating spaces in courageous style.

Groove Glass Comes in 5 Mosaic Blends

The design possibilities aren’t just endless and endlessly exciting. Imagine creative installations for interior walls in residential and commercial settings.



Discover all the product details and see more photo inspiration on our website. Just click here to starting moving with the groove!


A Real Win-Win: Crossville Earns Top Two Honors in This Year’s GreenStep Awards

Crossville Wins GreenStep Awards

Floor Covering Weekly’s GreenStep Awards is an annual event that recognizes achievements in sustainability and environmental stewardship within the flooring industry. This year, Crossville earned a “win, win” that’s also a real “win-win” for our industry and the environment, as we took top honors in two categories in the competition.

  • Tile Take BackPractice/Process Award for our innovative Crossville  Tile Take-Back Program® and its positive results in the industry
  • Promotion Award for our 2104 Sustainability Report and subsequent communications program to share news of the report with our industry

Research Engineer Chris Lombardo represented Crossville at the GreenStep Awards ceremony, held in Dalton and attended by Floor Covering Weekly staff and flooring industry representatives from far and wide.

Chris Lombardo, Crossville Research Engineer--holding our two awards at today's ceremony

Chris Lombardo, Crossville Research Engineer–holding our two awards at today’s ceremony

GreenStep awards are based on votes cast by a distinguished judging panel comprised of the following leaders in the flooring industry.

GreenStep Awards panel of Judges

We take great pride in this industry-wide recognition, as we continue to innovate ways to manufacture responsibly while creating leading edge tile designs.

Thanks to all our distribution partners, customers, colleagues, and team members for continued support of our green initiatives! 

Crossville is committed to being green