Ceramic Industry

Tile of Spain Showcases Innovative, Sustainable and Creative Solutions at AIA 2012 National Convention

July 2, 2012
Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 200 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), recently participated in the AIA 2012 National Convention, May 17-19 in Washington, D.C. At the Tile of Spain information and exhibition booth, attendees could see advanced ceramic tile technology, sustainable design options, and diverse architectural concepts. During the three-day exhibition, the Tile of Spain brand featured bold new innovations such as voluminous large-format tile for building facades that appear to curve and ripple; tile with high amounts of recycled content for eco-friendly building; ceramic tile that replicate the look of aged, weathered and distressed wood; and much more.
Tile of Spain displayed the newest products and technical information geared toward the architectural community from prominent Spanish ceramic companies, including:
  • APAVISA’s Archconcept series, a new indoor/outdoor ceramic collection that provides dramatic volume to vertical surfaces with shapes like hexagons with a center bump and square panels with raised and folded corners. The tiles are created with stone, metal and cement finishes that have updated traditional porcelain finishes. 
  • AZULEJOS PLAZA’s Ecowood series of Eco-Logik tile, which features more than 85% of its components coming from recycled materials and gives the appearance of stained wood floors with all the durability and strength of ceramic tile. It’s available in four colors and can be used indoors and outdoors. Other tile series featured include Valley Front and Liberty. 
  • AZULEV’s Deserto tile, which recreates the look of natural slate in a 17.7 x 26 format. It is available in gray and black and accent pieces include Décor Fusion in blue or orange. The Enigma collection merges the minimal aspects of cement with subtle intrusions of stone into a colored body porcelain tile. It is available in four colors (white, beige, graffitto and gray) and created with digital technology and high-tech applications. Other tiles featured include Tecnica and Estilo. 
  • GRESPANIA’s Coverlam series, a laminated and rectified porcelain stoneware tile manufactured using an innovative production process that has reduced the tile’s thickness to 3.5 mm. The large-format, lightweight tile have all the same strength, impermeability and durability of thicker tile. Other tile featured include Numancia and Meteor. 
  • KERABEN, which presents new sizes, colors and finishes to its current Stone Studio Brancato collection, an interpretation of natural stones through large format ceramic tile available in shades of black, graphite, gray, mocha, light brown, and cream. 
  • LAND’s Portland collection, which has the appearance of a real concrete, is high-technical porcelain and is suitable for high transit areas. Notable products include Portland Grey Lappato, a porcelain floor tile and Portland Mosaic 3D, a porcelain wall tile. 
  • NATUCER’s Life Arq collection, which provides innovative ceramic wall and floor tile solutions, including a special tri-dimensional wall tile, producing a 3D bamboo effect. The 3D tile offer many creative designs and architectural applications. Another tile featured is Casella, a colorful hexagon mosaic in bright colors including blues, reds, browns, greens and purples. 
  • PERONDA’s Banksy series is a rectified porcelain tile from the museum collection. The design inspiration is from graffiti and references street art from New York and inspirational graffiti artists, such as Banksy. The timber series is inspired by aged wood, recreating the look of natural deterioration such as salting and oxidization. Created using the latest printing technology, the tile can also be customized with text and decoration inspired by the industrial stamps and symbols used on wood. 
  • PORCELANOSA’s Calacata, Ona and Madison tile. Calacata is rich wall and floor porcelain tile with varied graining that recreates the natural look of marble. Ona is a ceramic wall tile with the look and feeling of running water with a 3D effect. Madison is a three-dimensional wall tile in white, silver, gold and black. The Urbatek series of unglazed porcelain floor tile is rectified, extremely firm, hard and durable. It is available in 12 colors ranging from pure white and black to finishes that emulate naturally formed stone. 
  • ROCA’s Pietro Nero is a rectified, double-pressed, through-body porcelain with a dazzling face and natural-looking design. It is also available in lapato. Other tile featured include Calypso and Zen series of tile. 
  • SALONI’s new 30 x 90 format of white-body porcelain wall tile come in a range of patterns to customize settings and create unique designs, including the look of leather with the Laca series or the appearance of glass in the Lumina series. Other tile featured include Extrem, Contempora, Fusion and Gradual. 
  • TAU’s newest offerings include its Onice and Kemberg tile. Tau S3 Group’s Technical Ceramic Wall is a system where any technology can be seamlessly hidden behind a beautifully tiled wall. The Technical Ceramic Wall is a vertical extension of a removable floor behind which all wiring and fittings for appliances, devices and electrical equipment is concealed. 
For more information, phone (305) 446-4387 or visit www.tileofspainusa.com.