May 29, 2015 by
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Nestled in the quiet exclusive enclave of Sutton Place Manhattan in a building rich with historical significance, architect Carl Hribar creates a stunning residence. Featuring 2 master bathrooms, one His and one Hers, each detailed with the perfect balance of bold patterns and refined elegance. This project is both an accomplishment of bespoke design and the ultimate in luxurious living.
In Her master bath, Carl enlivened the walls by using our Tiepolo Tileworks 6” x 6” Damask Pattern ceramic tile in Walnut with a Cobalt wash. In a proprietary multi-step glazing process, the pattern is actually screen printed on this tile by hand and a translucent wash of cobalt glaze is applied in the final stage.
In order to create an element which didn’t compete with the bold wall pattern, Carl chose Blanc Nuage Premium Polished Onyx for the vanity top, shower curb and custom base moldings. The onyx vanity has a built up edge detail of two ¾ inch slab layers.
Below, we illustrate the shower niche, which Carl carefully planned so that the outer edge of the frame aligns with the grout line of the surrounding tiles. A ¼ round trim molding was used to transition the 90 degree edges surrounding the niche.
The triangular shower seat creates a wonderful geometric aspect to the interior shower space. A 3/8 inch square custom mosaic was created for the shower and bathroom floors. The tiny pieces of 3/8 inch mosaic juxtaposed with the larger adjacent slab elements creates an impression pertinent to the precious quality of the Onyx. The mosaic was created from a coordinated tile lot of the same Blanc Nuage Premium Onyx as was used in the surrounding details. The Onyx base molding was designed in an impressive 8”high profile in custom lengths of 24” which gives the molding an elongated proportion, balancing its height. The beautiful details all intersect flawlessly as Carl meticulously designed.
In His master bath, the color palette becomes more masculine yet as a whole retains a refined impression. Carl aslo chose a tile from our Tiepolo Tileworks ceramic series which happened to be our latest size introduction of 4 x 6 inch in the color Dove. This hand made tile has a sculptural surface and its glaze reminds us of a gentle watercolor painting. Lavora Blue limestone in ¾ inch honed was used for the vanity, shower curb and also incorporated into the custom mosaic floor.
Carl designed a dual purpose area in the shower by combining the bench into a large niche and adding a stone shelf. The corners surrounding the niche were transitioned by using bullnose tile. The Lavora Blue limestone shower seat has a wonderful notch detail and strong proportions which anchor it within the space.
The top of the ceramic tile installation was finished with our Custom Molding # 5 in Calacatta polished marble set approximately 6 inches lower than the ceiling. The remaining top wall space and ceiling were then painted in a coordinating color, this technique of installing a molding lower than the ceiling solves a constant design problem: accounting for a ceiling which is never straight. If one were to tile straight up to the ceiling, there will invariably be a line of cut tile which may sometimes even result in a narrow sliver of tiles. By finishing the tile lower, one can retain the visual comfort of a full tile terminating at the top of the install.
Carl selected our Byzantine pattern custom mosaic in a three material colorway: Blanc Nuage Premium Onyx, Calacatta honed marble and the Lavora Blue honed limestone. The pronounced pattern and contrasting color palette of the mosaic create a definitive statement of design intent for this bathroom environment.
The foyer, which is the access point to many other areas, required a floor which served to both anchor the space and draw the visitor around the perimeter visually. The round shape of the gently illuminated soffit in the ceiling is also reflected in the round shape of the Greek Key border.
An additional thin linear border of 2 rows forms a square around the outermost area of the foyer. The entire mosaic was custom made to fit the floor space and hand clipped using Crema Macon polished limestone. The borders were also hand clipped using Mons Green polished marble.
Architects such as Carl Hribar, have the confidence and design ability to use materials in ways that are original or seen infrequently. A mosaic pattern such as the one below creates an unexpected yet pleasant visual surprise when used as a kitchen floor. The precision and tight grout joints of our custom mosaics allows for their use in a kitchen. Our Castello pattern mosaic shown below uses the following components: Bardiglio honed marble, Sheva gold honed limestone and River Cream honed marble.
The light filled guest bath contains the perfect color palette for such a bright room. The walls feature White Whisp polished Marble in a 3 x 6 inch subway tile. For the vanity top, tub deck and sill, Blanc Nuage Premium polished Onyx was chosen. The floor is a custom made mosaic pattern using Blanc polished Onyx with a Regency polished Marble dot.
This guest bath also incorporates the technique of finishing the wall tile installation below the ceiling line with our Custom Molding #5 in White Whisp polished Marble.
This project is a wonderful illustration of unique individual multi-space designs within a project, which still maintain cohesive integrity through the use of materials, visual techniques and spatial planning. Carl Hribar demonstrates his design prowess in this fascinating creation.
February 13, 2015 by
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A sprawling dream kitchen with loads of light and heavenly white custom cabinets. Designer Sarah Robertson of Studio Dearborne created this inviting space using our Vermeere Ceramic Collection as the pop color Sweet Bluette Crackle in the backsplash areas and a ceramic herringbone mosaic feature panel behind the range. The mosaic panel is framed using our ceramic Small Tube Liner molding.
The kitchen island countertop is custom fabricated from White Carrara Polished marble with a special double thickness edge detail.
Sarah’s attention to detail and her ability to create luxury through carefully orchestrated functionality (check out the customized built in paper towel holder) is an impressive element reflected throughout the project.
Click on the image below to see more of this expertly executed project…..
August 15, 2014 by
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The glazes in this collection show the richness in subtle levels of slightly varying saturation. Random edges of individual tiles will have a gentle darker tone. This is not an obvious difference, but a delicate and important element. The surface of the tile also has miniscule undulating irregularities that still maintain a refined and finished appearance.
With a reasonable price point and elegant trim options, the Stuccio Ceramic Collection is an excellent design option. The tile sizes range from 3″ x 6″ Subway, 6″ x 6″ square, and large 4″ x 8″ rectangles.
This series is a general stock item and ready for shipping to your jobsite.
August 8, 2014 by
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Porcelain tile manufacturing has finally arrived at a point where even an expert can’t tell the difference between real wood and our new tile collection. Manufactured using Full High Definition Digital Technology, we were blown away by the realistic color, texture and pattern of the Stelate Porcelain Wood tile plank collection. The design was inspired by gently weathered wood, however it retains a modern, progressive feel.
The colors pair well with large format white tiles as well as natural stone. Available in 2 unusually long sizes: 6 x 48 in. and 8 x 48 in. Unlike traditional wood floors, this porcelain tile never needs refinishing, is highly scratch and stain resistant, not to mention water and frost resistant. This means that Stelate tile can be used for almost any surface, such as kitchens, bathrooms, showers, living rooms, dining rooms bedrooms and exterior areas.
Another stocked tile for easy specification and shipment.
July 21, 2014 by
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Designers have always loved the distinctly handmade quality of our classic Zumi series. We kept the same interest in the surface and incredible color formations through the glass, but in the new Zumi Structured series the edges are more smooth and straight. The artistry is still evident and the edges are still made to be unique. The surface of the mosaic retains its undulations and striations which create so much interest and character to the tile.
Certain tile colors in the collection are made from 70% recycled glass content. The Zumi Structured series is a stocked tile ready for shipment.
- Ceramic Moldings
- Ceramic Tile
- Custom Mosaic
- Dimesional Ceramics
- Glass Mosiac
- Glass Tile
- Granite Quartzite
- Metal Mosaic Tile
- Mosaic Pattern
- Natural Stone
- Porcelain Tile
- Retail Stores
- Stained Glass Mosaic
- Stelate Porcelain Wood Tile
- Stuccio Ceramic Series
- Subway Tile
- Zumi Structured Glass Mosaic