Neolith porcelain counter by The Size. Photo courtesy of Tile of Spain and The Size.
Two manufacturers represented by Florida-based
Tile of Spain
2012 KBCulture Awards
for innovation in ceramics.
won in the Surfacing category for its
porcelain slabs, a 5/16-inch-thick product that can be ordered up to 145 inches long. Such a great flexibility in length allows for vast stretches of counter free of joints and seams. Additionally, the porcelain is heat and scratch resistant and is available in a range of bright and neutral colors. "The thinness of the material contradicts its categorization as a 'slab' surfacing," states KBCulture founder Leslie Clagett. "It's more like a 'sheet'. Installers should appreciate the lightness of the product - it's so much easier to lift and move than stone contours. It gives an especially modern look with an undermount sink."
Eco-Logik floor tile by Plaza Cerámicas. Photo courtesy of Tile of Spain and Plaza Cerámicas.
porcelain floor tile by
received an honorable mention in the Tile category thanks to its sustainable manufacturing practices and performance; it's produced from 85 percent recycled material and is non-porous, slip-resistant, and durable. Eco-Logik also boasts a 25-year warranty for residential use that proves the manufacturer's confidence in the tile's performance. Tile of Spain represents 200 ceramic tile manufacturers all belonging to the
Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers' Association
(ASCER), while KBCulture is an online review of international products, places, and perspectives central to kitchen and bath design.