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Contemporary Stone & Tile Design promotes the benefits of natural stone and ceramic tile to a readership of architects, interior designers, specifiers and consumers. Its pages feature a wealth of architectural photography depicting stone in a variety of applications -- from residential kitchens and bathrooms to major commercial projects. Practical tips and commentary on stone and tile design are included, featuring interviews with architects and designers from the world's leading firms.

Winter 2021

Volume: 28 Issue: 1 8.62 MB (PDF) Updated: January 20th, 2021

On July 16, 2015 a tragic domestic terrorist attack on five military personnel occurred in Chattanooga, TN. In honor of the deceased, Houston artists Shane Albritton and Norman Lee of RE:site Studio designed the "Wreath of Honor" -- featuring a palette of Texas limestone and Tennessee flagstone. The artwork and landscape was created to respectfully acknowledge the sacrifice of the Fallen Five and their families and to address both the tragic and heroic acts that occurred on that fatal date at the U.S. Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC). To learn more about the meaning of the memorial, as well as its stone construction, turn to the story beginning on page 30. Stone Suppliers/Fabricators: Escobedo Group, Austin, TX (Texas limestone); Majestic Stone, Chattanooga, TN (flagstone).

Fall 2020

Volume: 27 Issue: 4 8.61 MB (PDF) Updated: September 26th, 2020

A sleek elegant vibe was achieved in the remodel of a New York City apartment with 6- x 39-inch wood-look porcelain floor tile from Ceramiche Vallelunga & Co's Opus collection running throughout the main living space. In the kitchen, the soft, whitewashed, gray tones of the flooring pair well with a dramatic waterfall countertop fabricated from Super White quartzite with a thickness of 3cm. The quartzite and porcelain floor tile are complemented by an off-set, beveled, mini-brick-shaped 2- x 2-inch marble tile for the main backsplash and an antique beveled mirror tile in an elongated hexagon shape for the backsplash of the bar area. Design by Alena Capra Designs of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Photo by Alan Barry Photography. Turn to page 6 for the full story.

Summer 2020

Volume: 27 Issue: 3 9.01 MB (PDF) Updated: July 20th, 2020

Artist Brad J Goldberg was commissioned to create a visually engaging entrance at two separate corners of the Spring Creek Nature Area in Richardson, TX. The design consists of two portal sculptures made from Kenoran Sage granite with cut-outs in the shape of a leaf that form the portals, which collectively are named "Sylvan Portals." Long seat walls "ground" the sculptures into the landscape and granite seating elements in the shape of leaves provide users of the nature area with a place to rest. Installation by Dee Brown Inc. of Richardson, TX. Stone supplied by Coldspring, Cold Spring, MN. Cover photo was taken by Nathan Shands. Story begins on page 16.

Spring 2020

Volume: 27 Issue: 2 9.37 MB (PDF) Updated: April 7th, 2020

Stone and tile continue to play an important role in both residential and commercial applications. With such an assortment of sizes, colors, shapes and textures, these highly sought-after products meet the requirements for both form and function in all types of design styles. And to ensure that a stone or tile design looks exquisite, a successful installation is crucial. Using a proper spacing and leveling system is important. To learn more about what proper steps need to be taken in an installation, turn to page 38. Photo courtesy of Rust-Oleum.

Winter 2020

Volume: 27 Issue: 1 13.65 MB (PDF) Updated: January 10th, 2020

Large porcelain slabs are becoming a favorite for a variety of applications, including floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. With technology allowing for authentic looks of natural material, such as veining and grains, the design possibilities are limitless. The book-matched slabs from Daltile's Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces XL create a stunning focal point in this hotel lobby. To learn about more trends in hospitality design, turn to page 24

Fall 2019

Volume: 26 Issue: 4 13.67 MB (PDF) Updated: September 17th, 2019

The Valley Vista Residence is clad almost entirely in Italian Porcelain Tile. The designers specified several collections to cover 9,000 square feet of bathroom floors and walls, as well as the floors in the kitchen, dining room, foyer and living spaces. To learn more about the project turn to page 22.

Summer 2019

Volume: 26 Issue: 3 18.98 MB (PDF) Updated: June 22nd, 2019

New life was brought back to Miller Park in Chattanooga, TN, with a revitalization project that included using 500 square feet of Tennessee gray sandstone provided by Majestic Stone. The center attraction of the outdoor public space is a stone outcropping featuring large sandstone pieces averaging 5 x 5 feet in size and having thicknesses of 6 to 7 inches. To learn more about the park's transformation, read the full story beginning on page 16.

Spring 2019

Volume: 26 Issue: 2 15.95 MB (PDF) Updated: April 1st, 2019

Vermont slate was used for the new Peter J. King Family Foundation Leadership Center for the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America to withstand the weather and to become a historical landmark. See the story on page 32

Winter 2019

Volume: 26 Issue: 1 11.54 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Tile design trends continuously change in kitchen and bath applications. In the story beginning on page 26, we take a look at the rise of popularity of different tiles, including the colors, pat- terns, shapes and sizes that are favored today. As the cover photo illustrates, it is not uncommon to see contrasting products, such as hexagonal wall tiles paired with large wood-look floor planks, to make for a stylish design. Photo courtesy of The Tile Doctor.

Fall 2018

Volume: 25 Issue: 4 14.36 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Located on a unique piece of land in Dallas, TX, a residential home, which is often used for entertaining, features Leuders limestone and Ozark Blue from Arkansas. To learn more about how the use of natural stone tied the residence to its natural surroundings, turn to the story beginning on page 12.

Summer 2018

Volume: 25 Issue: 3 14.87 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Located outside San Antonio, TX, the Piebald Ranch uses Sis- terdale limestone and Lueders limestone to create a unique ranch headquarters that fully embraces the outdoors and large open public spaces. To read about the story, see page 10 of this issue.

Spring 2018

Volume: 25 Issue: 2 14.73 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Jackson & McElhaney Architects transformed a vacant lot in Austin, TX, to the Pioneer Bank headquarters using Lueders limestone. According to the architects, the Roughback Lueders creates the dominate field stone covering the majority of masonry veneered walls. To read more about this story, see page 18.

Winter 2018

Volume: 25 Issue: 1 15.87 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

For the recent renovation of a master bath in a townhouse on the Eastside of Manhattan, a unique custom-fabricated floating structure creates a focal point in the space. The built-in vanity top and backsplash of the floating sinks feature White Thassos marble, which was also employed in 12- x 24-inch format in the tub and shower area. Further adding interest in the room is a mosaic sunburst floor pattern. Design by Charles Rabinovitch Architects, Riverdale, NY. Story begins on page 20.

Fall 2017

Volume: 24 Issue: 4 11.93 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Case Study House #26 in San Rafael, CA, is a one-of-a-kind home built in 1963 in the San Francisco Bay area. Designed by architect Beverley David Thorne, it was an experimental project to build a steel-framed house on a steeply sloping site. The current owner and architect, Cord Struckmann, recently remodeled the interior of the residence, selecting 24- x 48-inch porcelain tile from the Concrete line by Gigacer for the floor- ing throughout the living space. The tile provided durability, while also a contemporary aesthetic. Read more about Case Study House #26's interior renovation, beginning on page 26. Photo by Rob Jordan.

Summer 2017

Volume: 24 Issue: 3 15.51 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Featuring elevated dining options, spa-quality showers, private sleeping pods and laundry service, the United Polaris lounge at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL, features Calacatta marble, Turkish limestone and quartzite. The 12,000-square-foot lounge featured stone pieces from 29 linear feet to 4- x 24-inch sizes. Story begins on page 26.

Spring 2017

Volume: 24 Issue: 2 13.12 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Recently, a 900-square-foot area in what formerly had been a retail space within a historic building in Oakland, CA, was transformed to be the second location for Modern Coffee. A distinct feature of the coffee shop's design is the flooring, comprising black-and-white patterned 8- x 8-inch tiles from Granada Tile's Echo collection in the deco, Cluny. Further adding interest to the space is the accent wall behind the counter, featuring white glossy subway tiles from Dal-Tile, with the word "coffee" inscribed on top in bright red lettering. Photo by Misha Bruk. Design by Arcsine of Oakland, CA. Story begins on page 14.

Winter 2017

Volume: 24 Issue: 1 15.26 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Homeowner and design consultant Karen Press wanted to update her kitchen to a material that would be durable for her family and clients. The 650-square-foot kitchen features seven slabs of Estatuario from Neolith's Classtone collection. The material was also book-matched under her oven hood to become the focal point of the kitchen. Story begins on page 26.

Fall 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 4 37.93 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Dekton by Cosentino contributed to the chic design of the trendy restaurant, 51fifteen Cuisine and Cocktails located in Houston, TX, inside a Saks Fifth Avenue. According to designer Nina Magon, Saks Fifth Avenue is an iconic store and they wanted to exemplify its iconic style in the design of the new restaurant. They wanted to make a design statement in Houston, as well as represent timeless design with a modern twist. Photo courtesy of Julie Soefer. Story begins on page 14.

Summer 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 3 19.65 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

A lush living environment was created for a private residence in Arizona with an extensive palette of natural stone. Corton Beige limestone, which was quarried in Egypt, is featured as 2- x 2-foot floor tiles throughout interior and exterior spaces. The use of stone in the home's luxurious design reflects its mountainous surroundings. Design by Swaback Partners pllc of Scottsdale, AZ. Photo by Bill Timmerman. Story begins on page 22.

Spring 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 2 31.17 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

The design objective for a residential remodel in Boca Raton, FL, was to create two contemporary bathrooms in tones of neutral gray and white. In the guest bath, porcelain wall and floor tile from Casalgrande Padana's Metalwood series was employed -- complemented by accents of glass mosaic tiles from Glazzio Tiles and a Silestone quartz vanity top. This is just one of several kitchen and bath as well as quartz projects featured in this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design. Design by Alena Capra, CKD, CBD, of Alena Capra Designs, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Story begins on page 40.

Winter 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 1 39.64 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

Hill Country limestone played a significant role in creating the aesthetic of a Tuscan farmhouse for a private residence in Boerne, TX. According to the homeowner, the native limestone, which was cut into random sizes, was chosen for its locale and because it best matched the stone from the Val D'Orcia region of Tuscany. Photo courtesy of 360 Architecture. Story begins on page 34.

Fall 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 4 35.31 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

In the kitchen of a private residence in Philadelphia, PA, a 12-foot- long countertop fabricated from Crossville's Laminam I Naturali collection in Calacatta d'Oro with a polished finish is center stage. The countertop has a 3-foot-long waterfall edge, which extends all the way to the floor, creating a dramatic effect. Laminam is one of several types of Ultra Compact Surfaces featured in this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design. Photo courtesy of Crossville, Inc. Design by Millennium Builders, Philadelphia, PA. Story begins on page 18

Summer 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 3 26.25 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

The homeowners of a private residence in Newport Beach, CA, desired an Old World Italian style for their new home. An extensive selection of stone -- supplied by Walker Zanger of Sun Valley, CA -- was chosen to create a luxurious Tuscan atmosphere throughout the home's interior and exterior design. Woodridge quartzite pavers are used outside the 8,000-square-foot house, adding to its Italian charm. To read more about the California residence, turn to page 30. Photo by Alan Bynder

Spring 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 2 19.79 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

A set of antique Moroccan doors with subtle turquoise undertones set the tone for the Moroccan-inspired theme of the master bathroom in this Texan residence. Handmade, glazed turquoise ceramic tiles from Mexico in a 4- x 4-inch format were paired with dark gray large-format porcelain floor tiles. Additionally, granite vanity tops and tub surround finish the look of the space. Design by CG&S Design-Build, Austin, TX. Photo courtesy of Tommy Kile.

Winter 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 1 14.23 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

For the third floor terrace at the AKA Beverly Hills Hotel, a tranquil and elegant atmosphere was achieved with natural stone. A focal point of the outdoor space is a fountain built of Bluestone -- supplied by Sepulveda Building Materials. The stone is characterized by shades of blues and browns, and the size of each piece ranges from 2 to 5 inches. Story begins on page 32.

Fall 2014

Volume: 20 Issue: 4 19.40 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

A private residence in Hancock Park, a historic and affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA, incorporates Asian-influenced decor and an Italian vibe that encompasses the Southern California lifestyle with a palette of Italian tile. In the master bathroom, 10- x 60-inch and 30- x 60-inch tiles from the Design Industry collection in "Raw Light" were used on the walls, 30- x 60-inch tiles from the Design Industry collection in "Raw Light" were used on the floors and 10- x 60-inch tiles from the Larix collection in "Natural" were used on the shower wall and floor. Co-design by D.I Group, Inc. and Adeet Madan Home Design, both of Beverly Hills, CA. Story begins on page 24.

Summer 2014

Volume: 20 Issue: 3 18.24 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
The Stoneway Collection from Naxos offers the aesthetic of natural stone with the durability of porcelain. The large-format tile can be used for both floor and wall applications. Stoneway is just one of the many tile and stone product lines that were on display at Coverings 2014, which took place this past spring in Las Vegas, NV. Other new product introductions can be found in the Coverings Product Review, beginning on page 10 of this issue.

Spring 2014

Volume: 20 Issue: 2 20.89 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
Anna Marie Fanelli of Floor & Decor in Tenafly, NJ, recently completed work on three bathrooms for a home in northern New Jersey, which is featured in the DIY Network series "Rev. Run's Renovation." In the bathroom of oldest son, Diggy, 12- x 24-inch Serenissisma Silver Travertini polished porcelain floor tile is paired with Design Positive 8- x 20-inch Blanc Blanc Brilliant porcelain wall tile. An accent is added with 1/2- x 12-inch Mugwort gray stone pencil trim pieces, which encase Starry Night stone and glass mosaics. The vanity top is made of white Carr- ara marble. Stone and tile supplied by Floor & Decor, Tenafly, NJ. Photo by Marisa Pellegrini Photography. Story begins on page 24.

Winter 2014

Volume: 20 Issue: 1 23.30 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
Held this past fall in Bologna, Italy, Cersaie, the Italian tile exhibition, once again offered an array of high-quality tile products. Wood-look porcelain tile continues to grow in popularity, and tile manufacturers are taking it up a notch with grains, textures and colors that look remarkably authentic. Pictured is the Seawood Collection by Tile of Spain- branded manufacturer Peronda. Story begins on page 10.

Fall 2013

Volume: 19 Issue: 4 20.85 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
For the kitchen of a private residence in Alpine, NJ, 12- x 24-inch porcelain floor tile from Casa Dolce Casa's Velvet Collection in the color "Oyster" is complemented by granite countertops with a double-bullnose edge. Further bringing elegance to the kitchen design is an intricately detailed custom tile backsplash. Design by Anna Marie Fanelli of Floor & Decor in Tenafly, NJ. Photo by Marisa Pellegrini Photography. Story begins on page 32.

Summer 2013

Volume: 19 Issue: 3 21.13 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
The Downtown Collection by ABK, pictured in the color "Ash," provides a durable surface for outdoor applications such as a patio, while offering an aesthetic of a combination of stone and cement. Look for more innovations in the Coverings Product Review that begins on page 8 of this issue.

Spring 2013

Volume: 19 Issue: 2 32.00 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
For a master bath renovation in a home in Austin, TX, 5- x 24-inch wood-look porcelain floor tiles from the Atlantic Collection by EGE Seramik was paired with Gold Green quartzite wall tiles to create an Asian-inspired design. Design by CG&S Design/Build, Austin, TX. Photo Paul Finkel. To read more about this bathroom remodel as well as other innovative uses of stone and tile in kitchen and bath design, turn to page 20.

Winter 2013

Volume: 19 Issue: 1 19.41 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace feature wall is the showcase of the sunken living room that was created in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN. The fireplace is comprised of Virginia Mist granite slabs, and the same material was used as flooring throughout the public spaces of the hotel, which was recently renovated. Design by Stonehill & Taylor, New York, NY. Photo by Peter Peirce. Story begins on page 14.

Fall 2012

Volume: 18 Issue: 4 26.81 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
A crisp elegant look is achieved in this kitchen design with Calacatta marble countertops accompanied by a backsplash made of the same material in a subway tile format. To balance the polished marble countertops, porcelain floor tiles with a weathered wood look bring a hint of rustic charm to the space. A subtle floor design was created by laying the planks in a herringbone pattern. Design by Christopher Grubb of Arch-Interiors design group, inc. For an extensive look at Grubb's portfolio, turn to the one-on-one designer interview beginning on page 32.

Summer 2012

Volume: 18 Issue: 3 23.30 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
A total of 375 square feet of custom handmade tile was employed throughout a private residence in Decatur, MI. The homeowner was seeking a "blast of color" for the floor design in the home's foyer and hallway, and ultimately, a vivid and unique pattern was achieved with varying tile shapes and sizes. Design by Colleen Crawley. Tiles manufactured
by Motawi Tileworks of Ann Arbor, MI. Story begins on page 14.

Spring 2012

Volume: 18 Issue: 2 28.74 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
A combination of travertine and mosaic tile was selected to create an Asian-inspired master bath -- designed by Chris Boyce of Ancora Stone in Elm Grove, WI. The shower wall consists of 12- x 24-inch travertine tile with a brushed finish and the same material in 3- x 6-inch subway tile format forms the tub surround. Contrast is added with Medici Mosaics' Nova Roma Collection Amalfi Matchstick tile. To read more about this project as well as other kitchen and bath designs, turn to page 16. Photo by Nick Collura - Collura Creative LLC/www.nickcollura.com

Winter 2012

Volume: 18 Issue: 1 39.47 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
Italian travertine defines both the exterior and interior design of the Aston Martin showroom in Troy, MI. The British-based automobile manufacturer of exclusive high-end cars worked with a design team from Cityscape Architects of Novi, MI, to create its first U.S. location, which served as the prototype for a total of 16 stores throughout the U.S. The 1- x 1-meter travertine panels feature a honed finish. Story begins on page 36

Fall 2011

Volume: 17 Issue: 4 48.23 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
A fresh look was created for the remodel of a guest bath in a home in Pinecrest, FL with a feature wall clad in aqua-colored glass mosaic tiles, which resemble the shades of the ocean. The tiny rectangular-shaped tiles are a contrast to the light- colored St. Croix stone floor tiles. Design by DEN Architecture of Miami, FL. Stone supplied by Opus Stone of Miami, FL. This project is one of several in this issue that showcase the use of mosaics in design. Story begins on page 14.

Summer 2011

Volume: 17 Issue: 3 45.27 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

A recent redesign of the Custom Comfort Mattress showroom in Beverly Hills, CA, included the addition of a "wave" wall formed by Modono glass tile. The 3- x 3-inch glass tiles were installed without grout in order to let as much light into the edges as possible -- creating a surface that reflects the changing daylight. Designer: Roth Design Group Ltd., Los Angeles, CA; Tile Manufacturer: Modono Glass, Rochester, NY. Story begins on page 24. issue.

Spring 2011

Volume: 17 Issue: 2 51.05 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
This edition of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design focuses on the use of stone and tile in kitchen and bath design. The tile featured on the cover is an example of the many textured products that are on the market today that can add depth and personality to a space. The 3-x 9-inch gunmetal-colored ceramic tile were handmade and feature a raised oblong pattern in the middle. The tile was supplied by Heath Ceramics of Los Angeles, CA. Design by CG&S Design-Build in Austin, TX. Photo by Thomas McConnell. An entire feature on kitchen and bath design can be found on page 24.

Winter 2011

Volume: 17 Issue: 1 26.62 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
Custom tile brings dimension and whimsy to the interior of D'Espresso, an espresso bar located in New York City. Inspired by the neighboring Bryant Public Library, the imagery is created by a pattern of 18 different 16- x 16-inch tiles that repeat 36 times across the surface. The custom tiles run along the floor, up the 15-foot wall and across the ceiling. This project is one of several featured in a focus on Interiors in this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design. Design by nemaworkshop, New York, NY. Tile manufactured by Imagine Tile, New York, NY. Story begins on page 28

Fall 2010

Volume: 16 Issue: 4 86.06 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
The sustainable remodel of this kitchen in Austin, TX, involved replacing laminate countertops with slabs of Vetrazzo recycled glass, which was manufactured by Polycor Inc. of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Complementing the brightly colored flecks of glass found in the Vetrazzo is a feature wall comprised of recycled mosaic glass tile that had been originally used for a pool design. Design by Harris Welker Architects, Austin, TX. Photo courtesy ©2010 Holly Williams Photography. Story begins on page 20.

Summer 2010

Volume: 16 Issue: 3 26.62 MB (PDF) Updated: March 22nd, 2019

On The Cover
The exterior facade of a private residence in Austin, TX, features random cut pieces of local sandstone, which was supplied by Howard Pierce & Sons of Austin, TX. The warm natural hues of the stone fit well with the home's natural surroundings. Design by James D. LaRue Architecture/Design, Austin TX. Photo ©Coles Hairston/Courtesy of Through the Lens Mgt. Story begins on page 20.