Ceramic Tiles of Italy (CTI) and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) have a long-standing partnership and a shared mission to educate architects, designers, contractors, developers and tile specifiers about new products and cutting-edge installation techniques.
The two industry leaders are working
together to present a series of seminars across the country designed to help the
industry “keep up with the latest advances in technology and design,” CTI says.
The traveling program, called “Beyond the Surface: The Skinny on Italian Tile,” will feature CEU accredited sessions from
industry experts and an opportunity for attendees to see what’s new in the
The first stop on the tour is a
world-renowned educational facility, the campus of Taliesin West in Scottsdale,
AZ. The event, scheduled for February 16, 2010 from 4p.m. to 8 p.m., begins
with a tour of the award-winning Mod.Fab project, which was designed and
constructed by students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture to
accommodate visiting faculty, lecturers and architects.
The project, which was recognized in
the Residential Category as the winner of the 2009 Ceramic Tiles of Italy
Design Competition, will be used to showcase the versatile, functional and
sustainable attributes of Italian tile. In addition to the project, it’s also a
chance for nearby Arizona-based tile dealers to show their wares with tabletop
displays featuring collections from leading Italian manufacturers. This portion
of the program will be followed by two CEU accredited sessions including:
Transformed by Tile: Design Trends that are Reshaping the
Jen Renzi, design journalist and author
New technological breakthroughs and formats, from oversized
to ultra-thin, are changing the way architects/designers specify tile. Jen
Renzi, author of
The Art of Tileand freelance design
writer for Interior Design, Surface, and the New York Times Style Magazine will
talk about these products and why they are reshaping residential and commercial
interiors. Several Arizona projects, six of which have received the Ceramic
Tiles of Italy Design Competition Award in the past ten years, will be included
to highlight the products’ region-specific and technical advantages. She will
also address decorative design trends as well as the sustainable attributes of
tile and how they can contribute to LEED certification and eco-conscious goals.
Installation and Specification of Large Format Tile
Presented by Gerald Sloan and Michael Whistler, NTCA
Leading tile manufacturers continue to produce
beautiful and innovative ceramic and porcelain tile, with a consistent trend
towards larger format tiles in a variety of shapes, sizes and thicknesses.
Sloan and Whistler will demonstrate proper application techniques to help the
audience understand the challenges the installation professional faces on most
projects and be equipped with the knowledge and understanding of how to
properly specify the materials, creating an installation that will last.
Other stops on the tour include New York and Los Angeles. Upcoming
dates and additional program details will be announced at a later date.
NTCA, CTI to offer CEU-accredited program
January 28, 2010