Business is thriving, markets are growing and big things are happening. It’s good to see positive signs of growth in the industry.

As I sit here writing this, I’m preparing for one of the busiest times of the year here at TILE. The “tradeshow season” is about to commence — a period when industry events are hosted back-to-back and I am able to soak in all of the new products and trends for the upcoming year.

With The International Surface Event (TISE) in Las Vegas, NV, and Cevisama in Valencia, Spain, approaching at the end of January, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s evolved and what’s new. Nationally and internationally, the tile industry always has something new up its sleeve and I’m eager to explore what is in store for 2019. Learn more about TISE and Cevisama on pg. 49 and pg. 50 and check back in the March edition for my official reviews.

While looking forward to those events, I’ve had time to reflect back on some important events from 2018, such as Total Solutions Plus, which was recently hosted at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. At the annual networking conference, Scott Carothers of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, Lupe Ortiz of the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers program and Scott Conwell of the International Masonry Institute hosted an interactive presentation on Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs, which discussed the product’s properties, proper handling and safety recommendations, as well as installation materials and techniques — which are thoroughly detailed in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, ANSI A137.3 and ANSI A108.19. Read more about the event on pg. 47.

In this edition, we also focus on mosaic tile designs. We had the chance to speak with Pascal Bronner and Thomas Hillier of FleaFolly Architects in London, whose one-of-a-kind tile mural adorns the exterior of a building on Millennium Way. Commissioned as a public artwork, “A Pinch in Time” draws inspiration from the surrounding area and features 1,250 customized tiles. Flip to pg. 32 to learn more.

Back in the U.S., at P.S. 19 Marino P. Jeantet School in Queens, NY, a 440-square-foot mural was recently installed in the lobby as part of a schoolwide renovation, which features elements of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. A stone’s throw away, in Manhattan, a Maryland-based designer’s mosaic mural was installed in the Cupola on the rooftop of TheNoMad Hotel as part of Artaic and Bostik’s annual Design ‘N Gather competition. “It’s one thing to feel something in your head and create a visual for a space based on a narrative you personally feel is compelling,” said the designer, Kavitha Iyer. “To have a larger audience respond and understand the meaning organically in a way which makes it feel like it was always meant to be there, is the part which has been tremendous.”

We also touch on moisture-related issues in the Technical Focus on pg. 43. Senior director of technical services at Custom Building Products, Mike Micalizzi, discusses how to properly measure a substrate’s moisture vapor emission rate (MVER) to ensure a successful flooring installation. A range of new products can also be viewed on pg. 16.

Cheers to the start of a new year. I wish you all health, wealth and prosperity.



Heather Fiore