The second floor “Fendi” dining room, modestly named “A Touch of Glam” by designer Osirys Mendez, used Azulejera Alcorense’s ARA G series, 12”-by-24” porcelain tiles surrounded with matching ARA G 1”-by-24” frosted insert crystal listellos, illuminating the space with metallic shine.


Casa Décor ’06, an international producer of interior design exhibitions, unveiled its premiere U.S. show house in Miami in November. The exhibition renovated and transformed the historic Miami Women’s Club into a showcase of over 60 interior and exterior installations created by some of the world’s most noteworthy interior designers. More than 40,000 visitors crossed the threshold of the show house to admire the work of some of today’s most influential and noteworthy interior designers from around the globe.

Sponsoring Casa Decor Miami was ICEX (The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) and the Trade Commission of the Embassy of Spain in Miami, in collaboration with ASCER (The Spanish Associate of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers). Tile of Spain, a branded manufacturer encompassing 220 ceramic tile manufacturers, was honored to have had seven of their manufacturers hand-selected by Casa Decor’s designers to be featured in the many renovated rooms celebrating modern interior design. Those tile manufacturers chosen for the exhibition were: Azulejera Alcorense, Halcon Ceramicas, Onix, Porcelanosa, Roca, Rocersa and Tau Ceramica.

Themed 100 percent Ceramica, interior designer Teresa Sapey designed the 680 sq. ft. Tile of Spain “Media Room” as an exclusive promotional area to celebrate the creativity of ceramic tiles in interior design. The space took inspiration from traditional Spanish iconography, including flamenco, polka dots and Sevilliana dance and modernized them into design elements used to adorn the tile room. The floor tiles were especially unique in that they were created with a custom light red hue that is very difficult to produce.

It was the goal of Tile of Spain at Casa Décor to evoke the sense of creativity that ceramic tiles bring to interior design. Likewise, designers who chose to use ceramic tiles in their spaces were able to make use of the variety of ceramics available through Tile of Spain’s manufacturers, showing their creativity in bringing their rooms to life. It was evident through the spaces revealed at the Casa Décor opening in November that designers paid close attention to overall design appeal; how to make the boldest statement through ceramic tile design while incorporating the latest ceramic tile innovations. Many rooms featured dark wood inlay surrounding their bright floor tiles. Others included tiles resembling various metallics, adding sparkle to an entire floor and drawing people’s eyes down to the tile. There were also tiles that looked like dark woods, but with greater durability. When designing the 5th floor hallway, for instance, the wall stretching the entire length of the building was dressed in a floor to ceiling red tile mosaic, glimmering with small area lights mounted down the length of the hall. It was a mix of an enormous attention to detail, along with having the correct tools to get the job done, that Casa Decor was fluttered with praise by guests and became the huge success that it did.

Interior designer John Lozito uses high-tech porcelain tiles from Roca’s Artic series to create Casa Decor’s master bedroom. These large 24”-by-24” floor tiles are surrounded by dark wood panel inlay and have an unusual sheen that reflects light off of their crystal white finish.

An exclusive promotional area was also created by Tile of Spain to celebrate the creativity of ceramic tiles in interior design. Interior Designer Teresa Sapey designed the 680 sq. ft. Tile of Spain “Media Room” space. The space took inspiration from traditional Spanish iconography, including flamenco, polka dots and Sevilliana dance and modernized them into design elements used to adorn the tile room. Ceramic tiles are one of Sapey’s constant mediums, and by using them she demonstrates that the materials are constantly adopted by new design trends. Her hope for the Casa Décor media room was to convey the design creativity available with ceramic tiles. Waves of hanging mosaic tiles hung from the media room’s ceiling, symbolic of the flowing dress of a Sevillianan dancer. The floor tiles were also unique in that they were created with a light red hue that was not only custom, but very difficult to produce. Each of these unusual design elements successfully conveyed the room’s theme: 100% Ceramica. Sapey, who has a doctorate in Architecture and Fine Arts, combines both disciplines in all of her design work giving her a unique edge in the design world. As a result, she has created a hugely successful career with notoriety among the biggest names in design. Sapey had previously collaborated with Tile of Spain on Casa Decor Madrid.

When designing the Second floor “Fendi” dining room, “A Touch of Glam,” Designer Osirys Mendez chose to adorn the elaborately elegant room with an equally eye catching tile floor. The ARA G series, 12-by-24-inch porcelain tile was surrounded with matching ARA G 1 –by-24-inch frosted insert crystal listellos, illuminating the space with metallic shine. Azulejera Alcorense is one of the leading ceramic tile companies in Spain, and now, with their expansion into Miami, in the U.S. as well. They specialize in ceramic wall and floor tiles, and porcelain tiles.

Designers of the 1st, 2nd and 4th floors of Casa Decor chose Onix Mosaico to put their design stamp on the showhouse. These sparkling spaces boastfully employ glass mosaics in a multitude of uses. The first floor Bar & Lounge creatively takes the glass mosaic concept in a new direction by making the small glass tiles the surface for their bar and long side counter. The bar shimmers with opalescent white tiles contrasted by the counter in a deep black iridescent. Onix specializes in making glass mosaics and offers fourteen different product lines allowing for countless mosaic combinations. The tiles are made from 100 percent recycled glass.

Designers Santiago Bernal and Silvia Naziazeni utilized Onix’s Titanio 2 mosaic black tiles to create Studio 1, an urban-chic black and white studio apartment.

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) is the private organization whose primary objective is to support Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers and the industry as a whole by stewarding and promoting the Tile of Spain brand worldwide. A strong global leader in the industry, the Tile of Spain brand comprises 220 manufacturers concentrated primarily in the province of Castellon.

For more about tile produced in Spain, contact Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit www.spaintiles.info.