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Sustainable Tile, Expert Installation Make for Spa Lobby by Healing Environments

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2021 12:15:00 PM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Ceramic tile is infinitely versatile. It is also sustainable. And, in the case of the Spa Lobby created during Coverings16 Installation Design Showcase, it is also the stuff of healing environments that engage all five senses. That's thanks to inspired design from Healing Environments and expert tile installers.

In this article, we connect with Susan El-Naggar, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate. co-founder with her husband Tarik El-Naggar, AIA, of architecture and interior design firm, Healing Environments to learn more about the experience of bringing together inspired design with expert tile installation.

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Wood Plank Tile Creates Fun Vibe for Architecture is Fun’s Hotel Lobby

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Close collaboration between design and tile installation teams matters intensely as we are discovering from connecting with the Coverings Design Installation Showcase participants. In the case of Architecture is Fun's Boutique Hotel X Lobby, it also makes for a fun and playful environment given the bold use of wood plank tile in a herringbone pattern.

>> Synergy Between Ceramic Tile Installation and Design? Critical Says Alena Capra

>> When Expert Tile Installers and Designer Create a Retail Space at Coverings16

>> Thin Tile Installation Expertise Creates Clubhouse Bar & Lounge

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Thin Tile Installation Expertise Creates Clubhouse Bar & Lounge

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Thin porcelain tile in large-size panels enables beautiful installations. However, gauged porcelain tile panels or slabs - as thin porcelain tile is now known as - requires specialized knowledge and expertise as you will learn from this interview with Dan Welch, President, Welch Tile and Stone, a second-generation tile, stone, and terrazzo installation company based in Kent City, Michigan.

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Expert Tile Installers and Designer Create a Retail Space at Coverings

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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During Coverings, the largest tile & stone exhibition in North America, the best and most expert tile installers collaborate with the most talented architects and designers to demonstrate what's possible in a tile installation. Depending on the venue, that process unfolds over the few days of the show.

During Coverings 2016, Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Company, a third-generation family business, teamed up with Designer Alena Capra, principal of Alena Capra Designs and the Coverings Industry Ambassador, to create a magnificent retail space for the Installation Design Showcase (IDS).

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How Do You Celebrate National Tile Day?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Are You Inspired by Tile?

We are and that's why we're excited to join in on the National Tile Day celebrations by sharing with you highlights from current tile trends.

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Tile Installation and Design Must Work Together Says Alena Capra

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Ceramic tile installation and design must work together.

In fact, as designer Alena Capra, principal of Alena Capra Designs and the Coverings Industry Ambassador, explains it's critical. There must be synergy between the two. She should know given her  involvement in the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, how frequently she features tile in her designs, and her long association with Coverings.

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Tips for Specifying Tile, Stone & Glass for Kitchen & Bath Installations

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps, Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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Have you wondered what goes into specifying ceramic tile, stone and glass for kitchen and bath installations - especially if you want those installations to be successful? That's what Scott Carothers focused on in his NKBA presentation, using stunning installation examples.

Here's a summary with highlights and the actual presentation included at the end of the article.

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Register for Coverings Connected: August 26

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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Have you registered for your August dose of Coverings Connected? If not, time to do so! It takes place August 26, 2020, and includes three outstanding presentations.

More details below.

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Access Fundamentals of Thin Bed Knowledge at No Cost

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 4, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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Have you heard? CTEF's “Fundamentals of Thin-Bed Knowledge” - otherwise known as the FTBK Guide - is now available at no cost to anyone associated with the tile industry. That's right no cost.

Furthermore, if you'd like to use your newly-found tile industry knowledge from this guide to complete an online test, you can earn a Certificate of Completion as a Fundamentals of Thin-Bed Knowledge industry professional for a $99 fee.

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Qualified Labor Matters to Kitchen and Bath Design: NKBA Webinar Series

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 28, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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When it comes to successfully completing kitchen and bath installations, Qualified Labor matters. It helps ensure that the tile installation will perform as expected and look as designed for years to come in spaces that demand a great deal from proper performance. 

Given how demanding these spaces are, there's tremendous benefit to ensuring that designers and installers collaborate as Dan Hecox showed us in Dan Hecox Inspires Designers, Tile Installers to Aspire to Higher Standards. The more designers understand the requirements of tile installations that perform and the better tile installers communicate with designers, the more likely success is all around.

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