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SURFACES 2011 Products: Day 3

SURFACES 2011 Products: Day 3

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    Crossville

    Crossville
    Color by Numbers is a wall tile program that includes 16 neutral and saturated colors with coordinating wall paint from Benjamin Moore’s Aura line, and floor tile from the company’s own Color Blox Collection. Color by Numbers wall tile is available in glazed gloss and satin finishes in three sizes. www.crossvilleinc.com.

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    Cutinator

    Cutinator
    Keep your saws for cutting laminate or engineered wood floors. The Cutinator does not generate noise or dust, and it’s portable and ready for use anywhere. Plus, it does not require power—just elbow grease. This version weighs 17 pounds and cuts cork tiles, vinyl flooring, vinyl composite tile, and rubber. www.cutinator.com.

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    Daltile

    Daltile
    Quartz slab is not only good for your countertops. It can be made into wall tiles as well. Geo Flecks interior wall tiles measure 1/2-inch thick and come in 14 colors and various sizes. www.daltile.com.

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    Imperial Wholesale

    Imperial Wholesale
    Yes, we know this is not a flooring product, but it just had to get a mention. The tile and stone wholesaler is offering a line of tubs that have been carved from a single block of Mexican travertine or onyx. The all-custom piece weighs about a ton and comes in four colors. www.imperialwholesale.com.

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    Marme Canada

    Marme Canada
    One can picture the Bubbles Bianco Carrara tile lining the walls of a shower stall or kitchen backsplash—or pretty much anywhere near water. The tile comes as polished marble pieces mounted on a 12-inch-by-12-inch mesh. www.marmecanada.com.

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    Teka Parquet

    Teka Parquet
    It seems parquet flooring, that big-city mainstay in pre-war housing and NBA floors, is back. But now manufacturers are doing it in a variety of ways and with better finishes. Numerous companies showed what can be done with an old product. www.tekaparquet.com.

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    Tile Redi

    Tile Redi
    You need to create a niche, but you don’t want to frame one in. No sweat. This prefab niche is ready to accept tile and offers leak-proof protection. The box simply installs on the studs and is ready to go. It comes in several styles and sizes. www.tileredi.com.

Las Vegas—Now that SURFACES 2011 and StonExpo/Marmomacc have ended, it’s a good time to reflect on the general trends that were evident on the show floor.

For one thing, wood floors remain as popular as ever, but manufacturers are looking to the past for inspiration, showing such styles as parquet flooring and wide-plank products. Wide planks are almost impossible to get these days, plus the boards have a tendency to warp. But manufacturers have solved that problem with engineered flooring that is more stable and offers the same look.

Another trend, which has been hot for some time, is mosaic tiles made from a variety of media on one sheet. Manufacturers are using remnant pieces to construct sheets that feature marble, metal, glass, and even wood. These products offer a different way to spice up a backsplash.

And finally, the European influence in ceramic tile cannot be overstated. Styles and looks that started in Italy and Spain, such as large formats, bright colors, and ceramic that looks like real wood, have migrated to the U.S. in a big way. One manufacturer rep says she expects this will continue for the foreseeable future.

Here are some cool flooring (and non-flooring) products from the final day of the show.