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MAR 2019

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Category: SOLID SURFACE Photos: Christi Nielsen FAYE NIELSEN, ALLIED ASID/NKBA THE NIELSEN COLLECTION — IRVING, TX Porcelanosa KRION Crystal White (island, perimeter, bar) Nielsen often turns to KRION solid surface products for her kitchen and bath projects, including this kitchen where 2cm- thick Crystal White is featured on the island and perimeter. The semi-circular bar at the edge of the kitchen features the same solid surface material, and although its curve is cut, it is seamless given its properties. The designer cites a number of reasons why the material is the perfect fit for the space, starting with its white coloration. "White is a great color for contemporary spaces," she says. "Plus, I needed something to lighten up the wall of dark onyx cabinets. The white countertops bring the whole space up to another level." The inclusion of crystalline particles that offer a slight shimmer adds to the material's appeal, as do its anti-bacterial, seamless and thermoformable qualities. "There is a bit of glam in every room in the house," she says, noting that it was renovated in its entirety. "There are also a lot of customized metal pieces throughout, and the backsplash in the kitchen is three-dimensional glass tile. The little sparkle in the countertop continues the theme of the house and gives the homeowner that little bit of bling she wanted." CEVISAMA Showcases Spanish Tile Style A dizzying array of tile was on display at the recent CEVISAMA, the International Fair for Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings held in Valencia, Spain. More than 540 exhibitors showcased a diverse selection of tile products at the event, spotlighting striking prints, vivid colors, metallic accents, unusual textural elements and more. The nearly endless cornucopia of tile offered a peek at what is hot right now in Spain – and what trends may be making their way stateside in 2019 and beyond. SMALL FORMAT TILES Although large-format tiles have been, well, big over the last few years, small-format wall and floor tiles saw a resurgence at CEVISAMA. Harmony showcased its Twinkle collection, which features 5.9" square tiles in a variety of vivid colors and prints and an option for one rounded corner, allowing for many differ- ent configurations. PRINTS Large-format porcelain tiles were everywhere at CEVISAMA, but some stood out from the rest thanks to the vivid patterns and prints they sported. Apavisa debuted its new Slabs Decors wall tile collection, which makes use of a cutting-edge multi- ple-firings technique – a high-temperature sinter for the body and a lower temperature for the glaze and finish, with the prints digitally applied – in order to add high-quality large-scale prints to the porcelain surfaces. — Autumn McGarr Photo: Twinkle Collection by Tile of Spain company Harmony Photo: Slabs collection by Tile of Spain company Apavisa 52 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2019 SURFACING PROFILES

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