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The Art of Ceramics: Innovations with Tile of Spain

Last week Artful Kitchens hit the road again for a mini-trip to my hometown, Miami.  I was excited to re-connect with some of the great people I met earlier this year on my visit to the Cevisama tradeshow (if you missed that, you can read about it here) with Tile of Spain.  I was not disappointed!

Mingling before the big Tile of Spain event held at the Miami Architectural
Mingling before the big Tile of Spain event held at the Miami Architectural & Design Center. Photo courtesy of Frank Advertising.

Ceramic Solutions-Innovations Pushing Boundaries of Design was held at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design, presented by Tile of Spain.  Several of the big Spanish tile companies were also on hand showing their wares and I’m happy to report that their innovative products are readily available to us here in South Florida and other parts of the US.

Congress Centre Peñíscola, Spain
This Congress Centre, located in Spain, exemplifies the structural use of ceramic tile. It is composed of ceramic pieces hung from a lightweight metal bar and bracket structure.

The big “takeaway” of the evening, besides seeing my peeps,  was hearing Dr. Martin Bechthold, Professor, Harvard GSD,  talk tile from a historical and architectural point of view.  Clay has been used in the arts since ancient times and  ceramic tile has a long history as a covering, or finish material. Now new technologies are utilizing ceramic tile architecturally and structurally!

 Venus of Dolní Věstonice
This is the oldest known ceramic article in the world. Found in what is now Czech Republic, it dates back to 29,000-25,000 BCE. It is made of clay and fired at low temperature. Her name is Venus of Dolní Věstonice. Astonishing!

Next up was Tile of Spain Consultant Ryan Fasan who gave us an overview of the latest tile trends along with solid knowledge that is so useful in helping me to educate clients on the best products.  

Porcelain tile by Inalco is now being used in large formats for counter tops.
Porcelain tile by Inalco is now being used in large formats for counter tops.

The sleek thin look of large format porcelain for counter tops is a current favorite of mine.  Can you blame me?  Consider it as an option if you’re looking for a contemporary Euro vibe in your kitchen.

Well of course I would love this digitally printed mosaic tile from Alto Glass!
Well of course I would love this digitally printed mosaic tile from Alto Glass!

Breakthroughs in digital ink jet printing on tile allow for infinite possibilities.  Tile can also be used to cool or heat your home due to their thermo dynamic properties.

Ronique Gibson Stagetecture Gloria Sollecito Artful Kitchens
Chilling with my blog pal Ronique Gibson of Stagetecture, the evening’s moderator. Photo courtesy of Frank Advertising.

It’s just like Tile of Spain to round out the experience with a literal taste of Spain!  We enjoyed tapas, a traditional paella and Spanish wine.

paella Tile of Spain
This delicious authentic Spanish paella rounded out the evening!

 

Tile of Spain is the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER).

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Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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