Lunada Bay Tile Unveils Unique, Elegant New Shapes for Luce Glass Mosaic Collection


(Harbor City, CA, November 30, 2017) A vivid interplay of color and shape comes alive in the latest additions to Lunada Bay Tile’s Luce glass mosaic tile collection. With semi-opaque glass and playful forms, new Feather, Fin, Clipper, and Hex shapes shimmer in the light, much like the sun glittering across moving water. As light bounces off the surface, the mosaics absorb and reflect nuances of the colors around them.

Three of the new shapes are distinctive in form: Feather features the wispy silhouette of its namesake; it takes on different interpretations, from the look of waves to the reflection of roof tiles, depending on its orientation and viewpoint. Fin offers a flirty tilt on traditional geometry, with an elongated, asymmetric shape reminiscent of bamboo. Clipper also plays with traditional rectilinear forms; its crisp, clipped end combines into bold visuals appearing to be both random and organized. As each shape’s unique pattern and texture combine with variegated color blends, an elegant flow emerges across the wall or floor that evokes the feel of sunlight on water. The fourth shape, 2” Hex, expresses these same effects in an ever-popular polygon form.

“In an industry accustomed to playing with pattern rather than shape, Fin, Feather, and Clipper stand out for their unique look and their dramatic interaction with light,” says Feras Irikat, director of design and marketing for Lunada Bay Tile. “The pearlescent water-like effect is soothing yet contemporary, ideal for setting a relaxing tone in the bath or infusing modern luxury in the kitchen.”

Twelve hues are available in Pearl or Silk finishes. Offerings comprise light, neutral tones (Moonlit, Zephyr, Elevation, and Sugar Cake); lush-terrain-inspired mid-tones (Bamboo Garden, Aurora, and Earthy); aquatic tones (Aero, Mineral Springs, and Intrigue); and darker hues (Mettle and Sani).

The tiles can be used for residential or commercial walls, including backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, and shower enclosures, in addition to light-traffic flooring.

About Lunada Bay Tile
Lunada Bay Tile creates handcrafted glass, ceramic, pewter, stone, and wood tile with an emphasis on artistic simplicity, texture, and color. Inspired by the aura of Southern California coastal living, Lunada Bay Tile takes a distinct approach to designing products with a philosophy that blends traditional craftsmanship and modern influences. Artisans use specialized techniques to create unique effects that capture the imagination and reflect the way people want to live. To learn more about Lunada Bay Tile and view the entire product line visit www.LunadaBayTile.com or call 310-257-1300.

Latest Emser Tile Collections Bring Color and Movement to the Wall

Emser Tile, a leading designer, marketer and producer of the world’s finest tile and natural stone, introduces two glazed ceramic wall tile collections inspired by the subtle shifts and
movement of color.

Emser’s Ombre in Gray

Ombre:
An avant-garde expression of a classic subway tile, the series creates a luminous effect
on the wall, fading from a bright center to a darkened edge. Available in a 6” x 12” size,
Ombre includes four tinted neutrals: White, Ivory, Silver and Taupe — and two saturated
accent colors: Graphite and Blue, to transform residential and commercial interiors, from
compelling shower walls to contemporary fireplace facades.

Emser’s Craft

Craft:
A crisp, contemporary approach to wall design, Craft is an intriguing statement tile in a 3”x 12”size. Classic neutrals take on an undulating glossy finish for a refreshing complement to any décor in residential and commercial environments. Shadow and light are reflected across horizontal panels to encourage movement along a surface, making this collection especially suited for large accent walls.
Additionally, each collection:
• Carries a glossy finish to enhance color variation
• Contributes to LEED v4 certification
• Improves indoor air quality with zero VOC emissions
To view these new tile series, visit emser.com/products/ombre and emser.com/products/craft.

 

American Wonder Porcelain Launches New Series, Shore Porcelain

Lebanon, TN  – American Wonder Porcelain is excited to announce the launch a new porcelain series, Shore, produced in its Lebanon, TN factory.

This new product’s visual incorporates a subtle graphic that simulates the soft texture of waves receding from a shoreline, with a modern color palette of neutral tones in a popular 12×24 size with an accompanying 4×12 bullnose.

American Wonder Porcelain, Shore, in light gray

Michael Kephart, President of American Wonder Porcelain, believes “this series enters the marketplace as an excellent option for an understated stone look, at a great price.”

Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Greg Burch, stated “Shore offers versatility and can be used in conjunction with contemporary or traditional designs, and provides great value.”

Shore is one of the first products produced in the 500,000-square foot plant that began full operations in June of this year. It is one of many products American Wonder Porcelain plans to launch that will put Lebanon, TN, on the map as an area for innovation in the tile industry.

All products produced in the plant, including Shore, will be certified by the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency and will be tested by the Tile Council of North America to ensure they meet or exceed defined standards in all performance categories.

 

About Wonder Porcelain, LLC

Wonder Porcelain Group, LLC, parent company for American Wonder Porcelain, is an American company with international roots and is the U.S. division of one of the largest and most financially stable tile companies in the world. Wonder Porcelain, a proud member of the TCNA (Tile Council of North America) and the CTDA (Ceramic Tile Distributor Association), is committed to the future of the tile industry in the United States and believes future growth depends upon increasing domestic manufacturing, adopting new techniques and continued research and development.

 

 

 

DEWALT® Launches Jobsite WiFi Access Points

TOWSON, MD (November 30, 2017) – DEWALT® launches its Jobsite WiFi Access Points (DCT100) which are Made in the USA with global materials. First announced in May 2017 at ENR FutureTech, where leading construction teams learn about today’s innovative applications of technology, DEWALT Jobsite WiFi Access Points are built to withstand tough construction site conditions.

DEWALT Jobsite Wifi Access Point

Reliable internet access is a necessity on residential and commercial construction sites large and small. DEWALT Jobsite WiFi Access Points utilize the user’s existing ISP to provide jobsite wireless internet coverage. With an operating temperature of -4°F to 122°F, the Access Points are IP67 rated to protect against dust and water submersion. In addition, the Jobsite WiFi mobile app, coming soon, will provide detailed steps to guide users through the simple setup process without requiring a technician. With both vertical and horizontal mounting options, DEWALT Jobsite WiFi Access Points can be installed to a user’s optimal orientation on a carabiner, anchor, tripod, or wall mount (not included). As the jobsite changes and progresses, the DEWALT Jobsite WiFi Access Points self-heal and adapt, retaining connectivity on site and helping to keep users connected to their data.

DEWALT Jobsite WiFi Access Points provide increased productivity and profitability* by providing access to 3D models, construction software, RFI’s, change orders, punch lists, collaboration tools, and photo documentation. Each Access Point operates off of 120V AC power and provides WPA2 encryption via SSL interfaces for security.  For more information, visit dewalt.com/jobsitewifi.

 

*Based on actual case study findings.

 

 

Voguebay products well received at Total Solutions Plus: big sizes are in!

Voguebay had a successful Total Solutions was this year, being a Table Top exhibitor and seeing new faces and longstanding customers.
The company reports its products were very well received and it was encouraged by the product selection. From talking with distributors and clients, a few things stood out:
  • Big is in! Bigger tiles are everywhere and Voguebay is on track with a variety of size options from 16×16, 16×32, 32×32, 12×36, 24×36, & even a 30×60 tile!
  • 3D is more popular than ever. Voguebay’s range of 3D porcelains and a variety of mosaic options from glass, marble, to porcelain are available for a wide range of applications.
  • In an online world, service is still key. Voguebay now have reps spread all over the U.S., ready to provide the top notch service.

The company also is showing its four new lines of Italian porcelain, suitable for a variety of installations

  • Backstage features a contemporary concrete design with three different finishes for any application
  • Riviera is unrectified and available in a 16×24 to give a classic Italian tile look for the floor
  • Marblesque features stellar marble patterns and builds on the industry’s need for large tiles with sizes up to 30×60
  • Skystone enhances the natural beauty of limestone in a porcelain range available with a number of sizes and finishes to suit any taste
All the new porcelains lines are rated for commercial use.

Voguebay Marblesque

Mid-America Tile debuts Kronos for creative outdoor use

Kronos, from Mid-America Tile, is suitable for permanent flooring over existing hard surfaces such as terraces, pathways, swimming pool surrounds and rooftop decks.

Since the tiles can be installed on hard surfaces, such as concrete, sand and gravel screed, they offer endless opportunities for creative landscape design in both domestic and commercial settings.

Find out more at http://www.midamericatile.com.

Kronos Texwood grey (2)

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETE Ⓡ STONETECH Ⓡ

LATICRETE Ⓡ STONETECH Ⓡ surface care products are reliable, high performing and thoroughly tested, giving today’s savvy stone and tile professionals a competitive edge. Depending on the surface, natural stone, tile, grout and masonry can vary in porosity. PROTECT with a select range of STONETECH natural-look sealers in water-based or solvent-based solutions made for a range of porosity and surface types. CLEAN with specialized daily and heavy duty cleaning solutions designed for various tile and stone challenges. TRANSFORM with all-in-one enhancing sealers that protect and darken or add shine and restoration products that restore scratched or stained surfaces to a desired finish. To learn more about the STONETECH product line, please visit www.laticrete.com/stonetech.

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETE ® HYDRO BAN® Board

LATICRETE® HYDRO BAN® Board is a lightweight, easy to install, ready to tile wall board designed for bonded tile or stone installations. It is made with a waterproof high-density extruded polystyrene core and a waterproof membrane on both sides to give triple protection from water and vapor intrusion. Available in thicknesses from ¼” to 2” HYDRO BAN Board can be used on walls, floors, ceilings and in many installations requiring dimensionally sound and stable substrates as well as in steam rooms and steam showers. HYDRO BAN Board does not contain cement, fiberglass or paper products and will not cause itching or create messy cement debris during installation. No tab washers are required for floor and wall installations when using HYDRO BAN Board Screws.

HYDRO BAN Board carries the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty and can be installed over wood or metal studded walls, masonry, brick and concrete. For more information visit, www.laticrete.com.

Bosch GWS18V-45C 18V EC Brushless 4-1/2 in. Angle Grinder Has Day-to-Day Power in a Package That’s Connected Ready

Powerhouse cordless grinder includes advanced safety features as well

The Bosch GWS18V-45C 18V EC Brushless Connected-Ready 4-1/2 in. Angle Grinder delivers the convenience of cordless grinder operation with advanced user control. The grinder features an EC brushless motor that offers maximum efficiency and low maintenance, plus connected-ready capability that delivers next-generation control like maintenance review and performance notifications.

The Bosch GWS18V-45C grinder delivers outstanding performance, including metal cutting, thanks to the powerful EC Brushless motor design. This Bosch-exclusive design provides greater runtime and more power than similar cordless grinders with brushed motors. That means professionals can rely on a cordless grinder that delivers 10,000 no-load rpm, but doesn’t forego power in favor of maneuverability.

The grinder offers plug-in connected-ready capability by supplying an interface that works with the optional Bosch GCY30-4 Bluetooth® connectivity module. It provides next-generation user control by interfacing with the free Bosch Toolbox app on a mobile phone. Users can customize the grinder, changing the speed of the soft-start function, setting the brightness of the LED and receiving battery charge and KickBack Control status updates.

The grinder’s advanced electronics provide features including drop control, which shuts the tool off if dropped, and KickBack Control that shuts down the grinder’s motor should the tool become jammed. The grinder also has restart protection to prevent accidental start-up during battery insertion. Soft-start technology reduces start-up torque to ease into cuts.

“The Bosch GWS18V-45C grinder offers users the power they demand with additional safety and connectivity capabilities,” said Mike Iezzi, product manager, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “In the grinder market, it’s not enough to have just great power or outstanding maneuverability alone. A great tool brings both to the table and that’s what the GWS18V-45C does.”

The grinder features a two-position Vibration Control side handle, which provides greater control than previous generation Bosch cordless grinders. It also makes operation of the grinder less fatiguing for the user. The side handle can switch from left to right for additional control and a slim soft-grip design provides additional user comfort.

To learn more about the Bosch Bosch GWS18V-45C angle grinder or to find a local dealer, visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99. Check out www.bethepro.com for additional tips and videos.

Bringing its Tile Offering to the Next Level: Artaic Launches New Product Line and Dealer Network with Acquisition of Terraferma

Artaic-Innovative Mosaic, designers and fabricators of custom, award-winning mosaic tile-work produced by its proprietary robots, has broadened its capabilities… again.

According to Dr. Ted Acworth, CEO Founder of Artaic, “We are pleased to announce that Artaic has acquired all assets of Terraferma USA, a firm specializing in large mosaic projects fashioned with high quality glazed porcelain and vitreous glass, and managed by seasoned tile industry professionals.”

Terraferma will maintain a separate identity under the Artaic company brand; President Emilio Garello becomes President of Terraferma by Artaic, while Terraferma’s founder, Gianni Meneghini, will assist Artaic as a strategic advisor.

By adding “Terraferma by Artaic,” Acworth’s firm is now able to offer a foundational running line – ideal for projects that demand sizable volumes of high-quality tile at competitive pricing. These new materials can be specified as “field tile” to be positioned alongside Artaic custom mosaic works throughout an entire construction project. Or, in conjunction with Artaic’s existing, comprehensive collection of stunning designs. “For years Artaic has been known for the beautiful centerpiece murals in a commercial or residential design, such as hotel lobbies”, says Acworth, “and now we can efficiently handle 500 hotel bathrooms as well.”

The addition of Terraferma also opens up the dealer/distributor channel to Artaic, and gets its custom mosaic solution work and design collections even more solidly entrenched into that arena.

“Terraferma delivers Artaic deep roots in the international mosaic tile market via its industry veterans,” Acworth continued. “Emilio and Gianni were looking to partner with an innovative mosaic provider. Specifically, one which could take their company to the next level in terms of design style and support and help them more aggressively expand a growing dealer network.  Together we will advance a shared commitment to exceptional quality, service and value. So, whether it’s fresh design collections, stunning custom work or unique running patterns at high volume, Terraferma by Artaic will deliver.

“We’ve hired all Terraferma’s staff members and will continue to operate the warehouse and production facility in Miami,” Acworth shared. “Our ultimate goal is frankly, to become the primary source synonymous with the word ‘mosaics.’  This acquisition brings Artaic closer to that objective, as we now offer virtually any solution relative to requests for the highest quality mosaic tile projects.”

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