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From the Editor

September 1, 2007
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While glass tile has been around for many decades, it seems that its popularity has enjoyed a growth spurt in recent years -- especially glass mosaics. These shimmering tiles are being utilized for a range of applications in both residential and commercial settings, and their reflective quality is bringing depth and interest to all design styles.

An example of the eye-catching effects of glass tile can be found in the feature about the interior design of Masa Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN, which begins on page 40. The iridescent mosaic pieces create a focal “wave” wall in the entry area of the restaurant as well as dressing up the floor pattern and restroom vanity top. According to the project architect, the glimmering aesthetics of the tile make it appear as if the wall is actually moving. Of course, this project is just one illustration of the innovative designs in glass tile cropping up around the country.

And while modern technology has allowed for glass tile - as well as many other stone and tile products - to be mass produced with a high level of efficiency, it is interesting to know that time-tested traditional methods are still valued and used today. An article on glass tile manufacturing, which can be found on page 44 of this issue, explains the different processes of producing the various types of glass tile. It also explains how methods from long ago are still used to develop new products in the 21st century.

Although technological development is crucial to the evolution of stone and tile products, there is something to be said for craftsmanship. So it is refreshing to see that old and new methods of production are being combined to create the latest stone and tile collections, which offer inspiration for all types of design.

Jennifer Adams


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