March 6, 2013 by
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Joan Chan of Studio Chan Architecture transformed this Upper East Side Manhattan pre-war apartment into a crisp, clean and open space. The color scheme is rich and luxurious, but limited to a select palette. This creates a calming and harmonious visual interaction with this interior.
In the spacious kitchen, Complete Tile fabricated a custom kitchen countertop from Mother of Pearl Quartzite Stone. Natural quartzite has recently found a new love from designers and architects for countertops due to its extreme hardness but also its scratch & stain resistance.
The area between the kitchen and dining room features the same natural stone quartzite countertop and the custom cabinetry incorporates a display for fine china.
The open plan from the dining room creates an avenue for the family to interact with each other during meals and allows light to drench the space from all sides. The ceramic tile textures on the walls of the kitchen add a subtle effect to the space.
For the kitchen backsplash and walls throughout the area, Joan chose Our Milk White V#21 Ceramic Skinny Tile 1-1/2” x 10-1/2”. The glaze color of this tile has a wonderful subtle variation of sumptuous creamy white hues. The proportion of the thin long ceramic tile expands and elongates the space, while creating a calming horizontal direction to the eye.
This ceramic tile is hand-made in the USA, crafted by artisans. Its decidedly irregular surface and shape softens and counterbalances hard surfaces normally found in a kitchen, such as granite and stainless steel.
Notice the craftsmanship on the corners and details of the kitchen countertop.
For the kitchen floor, Complete Tile Collection furnished a warm grey limestone tile – Astor Blue Honed 16” x 16” which we custom cut to 8” x 16” in order to fit the proportions and concept of the space. While a limestone kitchen floor is not for every client, many choose to use this material. A little extra care is involved in maintaining limestone in a kitchen, but the natural elegance it presents is well worth the effort.
The kitchen island is made of the same Mother of Pearl Quartzite as the rest of the counter areas and is cut with a curved portion to facilitate movement and workflow within the space. The main sink and dishwasher are incorporated into the island.
The master bath was done in our Carrara Honed marble and is beautifully detailed. The transitions are absolutely impeccable and flawlessly planned. The shower ceiling has been tiled, which not only serves to unify and distinguish the shower area as its own space, but allows for the glass enclosure to fully close the space without creating a moisture issue if it were painted. One important area to note is where the glass shower enclosure meets the wall. A frame of Carrara Marble slab was created that serves as a delineation and solid definitive surface for the glass to adhere to cleanly.
A custom Carrara shower niche was created for ¾” slab and inset into the wall.
A simple and clean linear detail was incorporated using our Metro Liner in Basic Black Honed Marble. Notice how this liner intersects perfectly with the faucet controls on the wall.
The liner detail then passes under the second custom Carrara marble shower niche and aligns directly under the custom fabricated wainscot Cove Molding #5.
The bottom section of the marble niche even projects slightly forward to ground the floating rectangle in place.
The shower floor is made from slab and cut into an envelope pattern so it can be sloped towards the drain.
The corner area of the floor, where the base molding enclosure frame and shower curb meet is perfectly planned and executed. The main floor mosaic and linear border also integrate effortlessly.
The marble shower curb was custom fabricated into a dimensional profile with a cove detail to match the base molding, this serves to create an uninterrupted line. The floor shows our Custom Made Tight Joint Basketweave Carrara Claro Premium 2″ x 1-1/4″ Honed With 1/2″ Nero Dots. The mosaic is made with an extremely tight grout joint which makes for a more luxurious appearance with very little visible grout.
The wainscot Cove Molding #5 was custom made in 24” increments (instead of the standard 12”). When stone moldings are manufactured in longer lengths, the tile installer has fewer cuts to make. This serves to create a more intentional and custom look to the end result as there are less grout lines and segments. The important stone molding dividing the tile wall from the painted wall flows more distinctly.
A short corridor from the front door leads to the entry vestibule. For this space we created a custom colorway for one of our stone mosaic patterns. Our Empire Pattern Mosaic was made using polished Blanc Nuage Premium Onyx for the main field and Honed Astor Blue Limestone for the linear outline of the overlapping circles. Our stagger Stalks mosaic border was custom made in the same materials, which transitions the pattern to the Honed Astor Blue slab frame around the entire installation.
Our custom mosaic patterns are made by hand in the United States by a team of skilled artists. Each piece of mosaic in this pattern has been cut and clipped by hand to fit the planned detailing. It is the fit of the individual stone pieces in the detailing of mosaic pattern that differentiates a mass produced low quality mosaic from a high quality masterpiece such as this.
In this close-up, the planned detailing and precise hand fit aspect of the mosaic is evidenced. The background onyx pieces create their own subtle pattern within the context of the overall creation. The juxtaposition of the highly polished onyx with the gently honed limestone creates a subtly play on texture.
The guest bath was designed using our Vermeere Ceramic Tile Collection – True White Gloss 3” x 6” Subway Tile. The custom shower niche is fabricated from ¾” Thassos Premium Polished Marble and also set into the wall. The bathroom has an unmistakably clean and fresh appearance.
A White Thassos tub deck was created which rests atop a larger slab that composes the marble tub face.
The shower ceiling is also covered in white subway tile and the transition between the shower wall and ceiling is made graceful by the use of a ceramic tile molding. Our Vermeere Ceramics – Frame Rail Cap tile trim in True White Gloss was installed around the perimeter. A second custom Thassos shower niche was incorporated at a lower height.
Subway Tile bullnose trim creates a finished edge for the exposed terminating edge of the tiles. Notice that the tile molding has a special piece at the end point called a Straight Stop End. This molding piece serves to conclude the molding run in a clean manner.
The bathroom floor design shows our Opus Azul Mosaic Pattern in the Antique Tumbled finish. This mosaic is produced using 4 marble colors: Azul Celeste, Carrara, Thassos and Calacatta Gold.The pattern is modern, yet classic and the color blend is playfully sophisticated.
During production, the marble mosaic pieces are gently tumbled just the right amount to create a soft antiqued finish to the stone. They are then hand set on to a lightweight mesh and expertly blended by mosaic artists. The mosaic sheets then interlock with each other during installation to create a seamless floor.
The level of detail in this project was a joy to behold and our capabilities and products were used to the fullest by Studio Chan Architecture. Joan created a magnificent example of how bright and open a pre-war NYC apartment can be after talented space planning and clever material specifications.
December 17, 2012 by
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A separate shower room is certainly a treat to have, but how about a wet room with both shower and tub?
Designer Randy Florke surprised us with this Williamsburg Brooklyn penthouse master bath. Not only is there a great expansive main area with double vanity, a separate toilet room and ample linen closet space, but the glass enclosed wet room takes the project to a different level.
Complete Tile created 2 custom mosaic patterns designed by Graham Barr for the master bath. The wall mosaic is made from polished marble in our Kerylos pattern and resembles wallpaper. The vertical direction of the pattern was the perfect inspiration for Randy’s idea of having the mosaic run continuously from wall, to tub deck and the cascade down the tub face and terminate at the floor. This creates a completely unique and custom appearance to the design. Since the entire room is covered in stone mosaic, everything can get wet.
In the main area, the floor features our Mercator pattern mosaic and the effect of the marble blended with onyx is stunning. Our master mosaic craftspeople can create this pattern in a variety of color combinations.
In the second bath, we created a custom mosaic floor in our Sindarin pattern using a polished calacatta marble with very tight grout joints. These tight joints not only make the hand made mosaic look quite special, but also minimizes the appearance of dirt and wear in the grout joints as they are so thin. The walls feature our McIntones Ceramic – White Celadon Gloss 3″ x 12″ tile. The elongated proportion of the tile format creates a very sophisticated environment and the color variation of the tile glaze lends a human touch.
Quite a special project indeed, bravo Randy Florke!
October 3, 2012 by
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When choosing materials for the President of Marc Jacobs apparel’s personal townhouse, decorator Richard McGeehan turned to The Complete Tile Collection. Designing for a man like Robert Duffy is no simple task as Robert is an international taste-maker. For the luxurious kitchen, our Stone Tile Series was chosen and the colors: Carrara Claro Light and Midnight Azul Noir. Both are in a honed finish and laid in a checkerboard pattern. Since the kitchen is on a grand scale, a 16 ” x 16″ large format was chosen. These two stone colors are fine, careful selections of their respective broader stone categories.
The entire townhouse in the West Village NYC is a a tale of sophistication as evidenced by Richard McGeehan’s impeccable interior styling. The feature story starts on page 148 of the Oct 2012 issue of Architectural Digest Magazine and is well worth a look-see.
August 21, 2012 by
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For Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis, our Vermeere Ceramic Tile for the children’s bath and our McIntones Ceramic for her Kitchen were the perfect choice. The entire project can be viewed on Mathastewart.com.
From the website: In the kids’ bathroom, Alexis continued the use of terrazzo for the tub and chose cornflower-blue tile for the walls with longevity in mind. “It’s a cute color for kids, but they can grow up with it,” she says. “You don’t want to have to retile later because your kids’ bathroom is bubblegum pink with little flowers all over.”
Vermeere Ceramics Shown Below in Sweet Bluette Crackle 2″ x 4″
For the kitchen, our Mcintones Cermamic was selected in the color: Beige White 2″ x 4″
An avid cook, Alexis knew what she wanted in a kitchen. “Everything needed to be easy to clean but elegant at the same time,” she says.
The earthy stoneware glaze on the McIntones Tile creates a wonderful tension in juxtaposition with the rest of this sleek, modern kitchen. Thanks for choosing the Complete Tile Collection Alexis!
- NYC Pre-War Paradise Designed By Joan Chan AIA
- A VERY SPECIAL RECYCLED ALUMINUM TILE MASTER BATH BY DESIGNER BRADLEY BAYOU
- Fancy a Shower & Tub Wet Room? Designer Randy Florke Can Lend a Hand…..
- Feature Story In October’s Architectural Digest: Decorator Richard McGeehan Uses Complete Tile’s Stone Collection
- Alexis Stewart (Martha’s Daughter) Chooses Complete Tile For Her Personal Residence…