As fall approaches, for many of us it means an end to vacations and the overall summer environment. The hectic pace picks up with children and school activities, business travel — and for those of us in the tile industry — trade shows and other industry events.

In a few weeks, Cersaie — one of the largest annual international tile exhibitions — will be held in Bologna, Italy. This is an important show where numerous product introductions take place. In this issue, we bring you a small preview of what to expect at Cersaie (page 44), and you should look for a more in-depth view from inside the exhibition halls in our next edition. Our TILE staff will be in Bologna to witness all the latest innovations first-hand, and we will be excited to report back to all of our readers. 

Another significant industry event, Total Solutions PLUS, is scheduled in October. A joint conference between the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), Total Solutions PLUS brings tile industry members together to discuss the latest issues affecting them today as well as providing a full educational program — covering everything from technical methods to management tips. The conference also includes a “Table Tops” exhibition, where attendees can view the latest tile, installation and maintenance products, and interact with manufacturers.

As the editor of TILE, I receive many press releases introducing new products. One common thread that I am seeing is that many manufacturers — both of tile and installation/maintenance products — are developing with the environment in mind. As you read this issue of TILE, you will notice there is an underlying theme of green building and sustainability. While one of our Installation Case Studies about an apartment renovation in Trump Plaza in Manhattan (page 18) features tile with recycled content in its design, another describes a unique bathroom renovation at the John C. Kluczynski Building in Chicago (page 30) where the original porcelain toilets and sinks were recycled to make new wall and floor tile. U.S. tile manufacturer Crossville, Inc. worked with designer David Kite of Cannon Design to create a recycled tile line consisting of the original pieces of the porcelain toilets and sinks that were installed in 1974. I would say that this takes the concept of sustainable design to an entirely new level.

In our Trend Report on “Green and sustainable tile,” beginning on page 34 of this issue, we cover various aspects of the green building movement — from how architects and designers approach sustainable designs to environmentally friendly practices tile manufacturers are using in their production process. While some might feel that “green” has become a buzz word, it really is here to stay.

If you have been a subscriber to TILE for a while, you might be noticing that the magazine has slowly been making a transition over the last year. We hope that you are finding the content interesting and useful, and look to TILE as an industry source. We welcome any input from our readers, so please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at with any questions or suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.