Filmore Clark: American Tile
In the October 2011 issue we're spotlighting all of our favorite American-made design. To lend a hand, we've asked Michael and Ruth Storc of the great site Design Patriot to share their top Made in the USA finds with us. Keep an eye out for a series of four posts from the duo.
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- Choosing tile for a remodel or renovation is tricky business and the right tile choice can undoubtably elevate a design to new heights.
The Portland Cement Company makes these tiles out of a proprietary concrete, which is cast in a wedge-shaped seven-inch-hexagon mold and left to dry overnight, then for a few weeks on a baking sheet.
- The 300,000-square-foot show floor at this year's Coverings (held April 17–20th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida) was filled with many stunning designs, but an…
- The hexagon has been long favored in design, most often implemented in tile. Here are examples from our design archives, plus our favorite products that celebrate the motif.
- Artisanal tile company Fireclay was at Coverings for the first time this year and exhibited their brand of glass and ceramic tile that's a treat to look at and boasts some mighty strong environmental…
- Our first stop on day one of our week of tile-mania at Cersaie was at the booth of tile manufacturer Trend, an Italian company that makes enamel, quartz, granite and glass tile.
Here's the gigantic splurge of the bunch; a compact, stylish bar from the Scandinavian designer Gesa Hansen, who bases her company and atelier, The Hansen Family, in Germany. But no matter—look at this thing! It's a hand-crafted solid oak trunk that opens to reveal a home bar, inspired by 19th century traveling trunks.
- Terrariums that defy gravity and cultivate offshoots of the unpredictable are what Lítill's latest project at Direktorenhaus in Berlin, Jette and Fabrik, is all about.