Printable Brochure of our Cement Tile

Of course there is no way we can keep a printed catalog current since our number of patterns grows so fast, but here is a printable brochure for a nice overview of cement tile.

Today we found out that our tile is to be included in an article in London’s Financial Time’s House + Home section. It is printed in 26 countries and has a readership of over 2 million ! Can’t wait to see it.

Do I need a Designer?

I read a nice post on the KSL Interiors blog. She gives such valid information on how hiring a designer can really benefit a client.

Today, after dealing with the most difficult contractor I have ever had to work with, I remembered why I am great at my job. There is a real value in a designer far beyond aesthetics. We know how to work with trades: contractors, architects and suppliers to make your environment look better than you could ever envision on your own.

She continues on to list her favorite reasons to hire a designer, including their expertise, the price benefits you can realize through their business connections, and the headaches they can prevent by handling all of the third parties for you.

We know from experience that a designer will remember things like trim pieces. We know that they have software to do a proper layout and determine the correct number of tile to order. We also know that they have done their homework before they call and generally have most decisions made before they inquire about buying our tile. We love designers. I have no doubt that the above list of reasons to hire an interior designer is 100% valid. On major renovation work…for gosh sakes, HIRE A DESIGNER.

Faith in Mankind

Last week I was flying back from Knoxville. While chatting with my seat mate he mentioned that he traveled in his work. I asked him if he ever went thru John Wayne Airport in Santa Monica, CA. I told him that we had some tile in a nice restaurant there that I would LOVE to get some photos of. Because of airport security, only people with a boarding pass can get behind security to take photos in airport terminals. Plus Santa Monica is a l-o-n-g way from Alabama and I don’t know anyone there. Name of restaurant is Javi’s…a spin-off from a popular group of restaurants in CA called Javier’s.

Low and behold, a fellow in a seat in front of us turned around and told me that he had never been thru John Wayne Airport but was going there the next week and would be happy to take some photos for us. Amazing !! His name is Adam Rankin and we are so grateful for the photos he sent us last night. “Will miracles never cease!” …have no idea where this saying came from, maybe it is Biblical. You hear it in the South. Thanks Adam !!!

The tile here is a custom color combo designed by Yoshiko Tojo
FLEX DESIGNS, INC. Los Angeles, CA 90014

They used a wider grout line than is the usual, but it doesn’t interfere with this bold design. Javi’s is located between Gates 13 & 14 in the Delta Terminal at John Wayne Airport, Santa Monica, CA.

‘Round the World

From Marrakesh to Alabama to Australia !

A portion of our in-stock Surf “Aqua” made in Marrakesh was delivered to a client in Australia. They tiled their patio and sent us these photos as they are quite pleased. Note the curved steps into the house. It always looks nice when cement tile floors are trimmed out in cement tile skirtings, baseboards, bullnose or as in these steps, completed in appropriate materials. Our clients love their patio :o)

Versatility of Cement Tile

Some people are drawn to cement tile for the historic patterns and old world charm. Others appreciate the wide open design options. I can’t think of any durable surface with such capacity for custom artistic expression. A well known honors college in Florida wanted a tile design based on their school logo. New College of Sarasota has a logo with swirls of wind heading our in all four directions. This logo was adapted by school personnel and the architect for a two-tile pattern.

The resulting cement tile was used in a 10″ size on the exterior of the new admin building and a blue version was used in lobby areas. Just think how hotel and restaurant logos could be modified to make wonderful tile patterns for installations unique to the location. Contact us for your own custom tile based on your drawings or favorite motif.

We have some in-stock tile of the New College pattern in reverse.We call it “Tradewinds” and it is in our warehouse and ready to ship. This is a 10″ tile so it is an economical choice too. We think it is a perfect pattern for a patio or sunroom.

Tile Designs Based on Textiles

We had never heard of Kuba cloth when Stu Neyland submitted his new designs for his super cool collection of cement tile. We just knew it was a great floor tile design. Turns out that Stu and his wife Suzie have a collection of authentic Kuba cloth. Several pieces are framed and hanging above their fireplace and Stu had used them as inspiration for his tile design.

One wonderful aspect of Stu’s Kuba tile is that one can lay the tile in any orientation and the resulting pattern looks different depending on your choices.

Read more about The Stu Neyland Collection of cement tiles and see the Kuba  tiles in various colorways.

More and more designers are becoming aware of African Kuba cloth.
To make Kuba cloth the Kuba people of the Congo cut and weave dyed pieces of raffia. The several different sub-groups of the Kuba people have unique ways to make their fabric. Many of the patterns are arranged to have meanings. And what a handsome floor tile it makes !