From the Editor / Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

From the Editor

January 1, 2007
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+


As we have discussed in past issues of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, consumers have become quite savvy in their tastes. Homeowners are selecting granite for their kitchen countertops and high-end products such as glass tile mosaics, porcelain or stone to be used for floors and walls throughout their living spaces. And to keep up with this demand, manufacturers of stone and tile collections are dedicating a significant amount of time to research and development.

In this issue of the magazine, some of the latest product lines on today’s market are showcased in the feature about trends in stone and tile, which begins on page 20. While some of the products are new, other examples shown of current trends are actually materials that have been around for years but are being used in new ways. For example, white marble - such as the material quarried in Carrara, Italy, and used by Michelangelo - is being seen more and more as the material of choice for countertops and vanities. And although marble has been used for surfaces in Europe for centuries, this has not always been the case in the U.S.

This is also true outside the residential arena. When designers and owners of commercial spaces are choosing a materials palette, they keep the tastes of their patrons and occupants in mind. And since consumers are more sophisticated these days, it is essential that the designs of offices, retail spaces and hospitality establishments reflect this level of quality.

Of course, function and durability are still concerns when designing high-trafficked commercial spaces, but modern technology now allows for practicality as well as beauty. For example, porcelain stone-look tiles create an elegant look, while also providing the strength needed to withstand wear and tear.

When you think about it, the evolution of stone and tile production boils down to supply and demand. As long as designers and consumers continue to seek high-end products with unique colors and finishes, manufacturers will continue to produce innovative product lines - resulting in an endless collection of fresh and exciting residential and commercial designs.

Jennifer Adams
Editor

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

November 2013 Stone Products Gallery

Take a look at some of the latest stone industry products.

THE MAGAZINE

Stone World Magazine

April 2014 stone world cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of Stone World, check out an extensive preview of Coverings 2014, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April. Also learn more about various types of limestone that were used to build private residences.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD_Spring2014_Cover.jpg

2014 Spring

This issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design includes our annual focus on Kitchen and Bath design

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Training Program

How formal is your training program for new employees?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How_To_Polish_&_Restore_Mar.gif
How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Italian Trade Commission Coverings exhibitor preview

Italian Trade Commission logo 2

The Italian Trade Commission is presenting a large group of the most innovative and internationally renowned Italian suppliers of dimensional natural stones. We hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us for a “genuine” espresso in booth N. 4045 and explore the exciting Italian natural stone resources offered by our exhibitors. Check out Italian stone producers exhibiting at Coverings 2014 here!

  

Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out stoneindustryeducation.com to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook logo Twitter  YouTube