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June 26, 2012

American Marazzi Tile

Project: Maplewood Mall

Location: St. Paul, MN

Design Team: RSP Architects, Minneapolis, MN

General Contractor: Pepper Construction, Indianapolis, IN

Contractor: Grazzini Brothers & Co., Eagan, MN

Marazzi Distributor: Tile x Design, Plymouth, MN

Over 100,000 square feet of Marazzi Architectural’s SistemN porcelain stoneware in three colors: Sabbia Matte, Fango Matte, Nero Polished, and two finishes: matte and polished, was specified by RSP Architects to dramatically update the Maplewood Mall — an enclosed super-shopping center in the Twin Cities area. The tiles measured 12 x 24 inches.

Aside from the bold, large-format size, the tile is both abrasion- and frost-resistant, meets ADA guidelines for slip resistance and contains 45% pre- consumer recycled content. The absence of VOCs and allergen- and mold-inhibiting features were particularly appealing relative to indoor air quality from the mall’s customer relations viewpoint.

Exceptional teamwork among all parties involved with the renovation resulted in effectively meeting the pre-holiday shopping kick-off deadline.



Project: Euro Cucina

Location: Milan, Italy

At Euro Cucina, Caesarstone showcased a remarkable and fully functional kitchen in “White Crocodile,” which is gleaming white with an embossed, textured surface — part of the company’s Motivo line. At the heart of the kitchen was a massive 30-foot-long island equipped with touch-screen functionality which allowed for the three countertop surfaces and 12 massive drawers to slide open — revealing more space and other functional aspects of the kitchen. Behind the island was the custom cabinetry made up of nine sliding doors all covered in White Crocodile.

The kitchen accomplished so much more than simply functional yet elegant design. The technology built into the kitchen was truly innovative. With the press of a button you could reveal the sink and stove, as well as create a bar on the other side. All the drawers and cabinets were covered with White Crocodile.


Carmel Stone Imports

Project: Jeff and Carroll Johnson Residence/Master Bath Remodel

Location: Corral de Tierra, CA

Contractor: Iron Wood Builders

Slab Fabrication: CTM Stone & Tile Crafts

Tile Installation Design: Doane at Carmel Stone Imports

Carmel Stone Imports supplied approximately 120 square feet of stone for a recent master bath remodel of a Californian private residence. Calacatta Gold book-matched slabs with a thickness of 2 cm were employed in the shower with honed Calacatta Gold 3- x 12-, 6- x 12- and 12- x 24-inch tiles and a Venetian basket-weave shower pan. The floor is comprised of 18- x 18-inch Calacatta Gold tiles with Benjamin Grey dots complemented by vanities made of Benjamin Grey slabs with a thickness of 2 cm.

A decorative accent is formed with 7/8- x 7/8-inch mosaics from the “Muse” collection by Oceanside Glasstile and “Crescendo” pattern in “Twilight Eclipse.”


Hirsch Glass

Project: Cosmopolitan 

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Hirsch Glass recently supplied 380,000 to 400,000 square feet of its MI0087 ¾- x ¾-inch mosaics to be used for shower walls in 2,995 guest rooms of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The hotel sought the company out to create a custom color and size. All Hirsch Glass products have unique patterns and colors embedded throughout the glass, creating a truly three-dimensional appearance. With the aid of a patented manufacturing process, the company is able to mix multi-colored glass at its molten state. As a result, the glass is produced in a wide variety of color depths and appearances. From classic to contemporary, simple to sophisticated, Hirsch Glass collections provide a wide range of colors, sizes, formats and textures that allow designers the freedom to create any atmosphere.


Rookwood Pottery Co.

Project: High-rise Condominium/Kitchen Remodel

Location: Hyde Park, OH

“Tanga Peel” from Rookwood Pottery Co. was selected for the backsplash of a kitchen remodel in a high-rise condominium located in Hyde Park, OH. The complete kitchen remodel involved opening up the kitchen so that the backsplash is visual from the dining and living areas. The client has an extensive contemporary collection of paintings and artwork and wanted to incorporate the colors from the artwork into the kitchen backsplash. The vivid glazes chosen in the backsplash were inspired by the artwork that lives throughout the dining room and living room.



Project: Private Residence/Master Bath

Location: San Francisco, CA

Designer/Builder: Nova Designs + Builds, San Francisco, CA

Stone Distributor: Galleria Tile, San Francisco, CA

Carrara marble thin “bricks” with varying splitface and smooth surface finishes by Voguebay were chosen to bring a high-quality feel to the master bath of an upscale residence in the Upper Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. The Carrara marble pieces originally measured 24 x 6 inches, and were pre-matted and fabricated with delicate ½- x 12-inch tiles.  They were also given alternating splitfaced and honed finishes to bring motion and movement to the space.

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