Crossville Collections Featured in Winning Vignette at HI Connect

HI Connect Bathroom Vignette

Crossville was one of the sponsors of Dallas design firm Seifert Murphy’s on-site luxury bathroom vignette at HIConnect® Design, a convention for hospitality decision makers recently held in Nashville, TN. 

HIConnect is an immersive event for the Screenshot 2015-03-27 10.22.00hospitality industry, bringing attendees together to see exhibitions, experience real “vignette” hospitality environments, and join in conversation with peers such as industry owners, developers, top lodging executives, franchisors, franchisees, suppliers and design professionals.

The vignette displays were a highlight of the show, as these actual room installations told the best stories about the market’s latest product options and design trends. Our products were put to great use in Seifert Murphy’s inventive luxury bathroom vignette. Our Sideview Glass Mosaic Tile collection sparkled as it covered the entire feature wall behind the freestanding tub. Yin+Yang added rich sophistication in a herringbone pattern on the bathroom floor, and sleek Laminam panels elevated the toilet nook with modern, simple style. The submission proved to be popular with the invitation-only attendees, as it won the People’s Choice award for Best Bathroom! 

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Here’s a look at the unique installation featuring Crossville collections.

On the Floor:  Linear 3″ x12″ planks from Crossville’s Yin + Yang natural stone collection graces the floor of this sumptuous bathroom. The herringbone-patterned combination of sleek “Black Dragon” and earthy “Tea Garden” creates a harmonious backdrop that sets the stage for this sophisticated space.Yin + Yang floor

HI Connect Bathroom Vignette

Up and Over/ Wall Surfaces: The sink wall is decked in opulent style with Yin + Yang’s Blank Dragon in 1/2″ x 2″ mosaic.

Sink surround in Yin + Yang Black Dragon mosaic

Focal Point:  Richly faceted metallic mosaics from Crossville’s Sideview collection in Tungsten (polished finish) adorn the shower wall, creating a dazzling focal point of art deco grandeur.

Sideview Glass collection on shower wall

HI Connect Bathroom Vignette

A Great Look for the Nook:  The large metallic panels of Crossville’s Laminam Filo in Argento, with its intriguing, chain-mail texture, gives a true stylistic edge to the wet wall.

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Kudos to the design team at Seifert Murphy, as well as to our fellow sponsors, for creating such a stunning vignette that earned the “Best Bathroom” honors!

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#TileTuesday Special: Take One Giant Leap In Your Design With Moonstruck Porcelain Stone Collection

New Line Has Out of This World Looks & Down to Earth Features

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our newest collection, Moonstruck. This inventive line of porcelain tile converges celestial beauty and earthly sensibility for a look that’s large, linear, and luxurious.

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The sandstone textures and directional veining recall both ancient native rock formations and untouched celestial surfaces, creating a sweeping, sophisticated effect.

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Moonstruck makes a grandiose statement with generous 12 x 24 and 18 x 36 sizes that are sure to turn heads. Choose from five colors in both honed and unpolished finishes or mix and mingle colors and finishes to create your own, out of this world surface aesthetic.

Moonstruck Colors

Choose from the crisp, ice-white of Juno, the clean bright tone of Luna, the versatile cool hue of Cosmos, the subtle, nuanced gray of Gemini or the smokey sophistication of Apollo.

Moonstruck is not only big on style and performance, it’s very kind to our planet because it’s manufactured with our third-party certified, sustainable processes. You don’t have to go out of this world to make good choices for this planet.

Moonstruck brings fearless style and graceful movement to any space’s mission!

Laminam by Crossville Elevates the Elevator Lobbies in Philadelphia

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

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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.

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  • 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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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.