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GIO’s Greatest Product Picks of the Year

It’s hard to believe we’re reaching the end of another year amidst a pandemic. Following a tumultuous 2020, as the world began to slowly adapt to and emerge from the pandemic, health and wellness became top priorities across the design industry, sustainability has become a bottom-line concern, and virtual technologies have become a more mainstream as a way of doing business. It’s been a tough couple of years — there have been highs and lows, and there are still many challenges being faced across the globe. But it’s clear the interior design industry is on a strong path to recovery, and the underlying sentiment is one of optimism, hope, recovery, and reinvention.

As this year comes to a close, we’d like to highlight our top 10 products of ’21. These lines all launched in 2021, and we feel they are representative of the “best of the best.” As always, feel free to reach out to us for complimentary samples (to the trade).

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We wish you all a healthy and happy new year! We’re so grateful for each and every one of you, for the dedication of our interior designers, and the persistence of our contractors. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your commitment to GIO.

 

 

Tile Trends: GIO Looks at Glass Tiles for Commercial Design

Glass tiles offer unique looks and unmatched shine compared with other materials for walls. Glass tile may even occasionally be used for floors in limited application for borders and accents. Glass tiles play with light like no other tile can. The reflected light can give the appearance of water, and that is just one reason glass tiles are a popular surfacing choice for bathrooms, swimming pools, and spas. While it may seem that glass tiles are delicate, they are actually tough enough to withstand the elements, making them suitable for adorning outdoor fountains, benches, and freestanding art installations in many climates and settings.

Beyond their beauty, glass tiles offer other advantages. They are resistant to mildew, allergens, and stains. These properties result in surfaces that are relatively simple to clean and maintain. What’s not love about glass tile?

GIO Tile offers a carefully curated selection of glass tile collections developed expressly for your commercial design projects. Here’s a look at our selections.

Vitro is a thoroughly modern line offered in an array of shimmering colors and is available as field tile or mini brick mosaics in both bright and frosted finishes.

Vitro wall tile

 

Our Crystal Glass collection is available in a range of earthen hues and is offered in random or stacked linear mosaics, brick mosaics, and 3″ x 12″ field tiles.

Crystal Glass by GIO

Stainless, Glass & Stone is the ideal blend of luster and land. These linear blend mosaics in a mixture of glass, stone, and stainless steel are available in eight stunning color palettes.

Stainless, glass and stone mosaics

This most modern take on Stained Glass is offered in both stacked and linear mosaics in seven gorgeous colorways.

Stained Glass mosaics

Go square or linear with this Stone & Glass mosaic collection in a range of colors inspired by nature.

Glass & Stone

The luminous glass of our Vein Glass collection is presented in eight cool color blends with chic striations that add in-vogue elegance to walls.

Vein-Glass

GIO is your gateway to beautifully designed, strategically selected collections of floor and wall tile sure to fit your demanding specification requirements and unique style. We look forward to working with you!

Yes, You Can Use Porcelain Tile in Industrial Style Interiors!

Modern industrial interior design is about exposing all that lies beneath to achieve raw, edgy style. The industrial-chic aesthetic, which really took hold in the late 2000s, is still going strong for commercial environments. The style celebrates humble materials, infusing spaces with a weathered, worn quality that resonates with many. The industrial look is a balancing act between form and function, allowing designers to juxtapose the raw with the refined in a way that results in a somewhat unfinished look that is at the same time cohesive and chic.

A Very Brief History of Industrial Interior Design

Abandoned industrial buildings such as urban warehouses, factories, and packing plants were the wellspring of modern industrial design. It was in the 1960s and 70s that artists living in Lower Manhattan and New England reclaimed these cavernous structures for their housing and studios. They were cheap digs, but better yet, with their innate character, high ceilings, and floods of light, they fostered creativity.

Eventually, old warehouses and factories went from hard-up artists’ shelters to being sought out by affluent urban professionals for housing as well as by commercial entities such as restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and retail boutiques. Distressed concrete or wood floors, exposed brick walls, aged pipes, and industrial lighting are the coveted hallmarks of these well-used and loved buildings. Part of the beauty of these old urban structures lies in the stories told by their imperfections.

Industrial Style Expands

The industrial interior design style has transcended its urban roots and the look can be found anywhere, even in the suburbs. The elements of industrial style are not difficult to embrace, and the look can be achieved without having to knock down walls to expose bricks or lay structural beams bare. Thanks to advanced porcelain tile design and manufacturing capabilities, we now have tile options that emulate materials like exposed brick and distressed concrete and wood – but with performance characteristics unrivaled by their ‘real’ counterparts. Here’s how GIO can help you get the look.

Exposed Brick Looks

Exposed brick walls in an interior space undeniably add character and raw charm. But if you aren’t fortunate to have brick walls waiting to be revealed, Brick and NEO_Brick are excellent alternatives for achieving the look. These lines offer the authentic appearance of brick with its versatile, urban character, with all the durability and easy maintenance of porcelain tile.

NEO_Brick wall tile —image of brick-look back wall in a bar
Neo_Brick in Bianco
BRICK by GIO in Smoke
BRICK by GIO in Smoke
BRICK by GIO
Brick by GIO in Rust

Concrete-Like Flooring

Concrete floors are a hallmark of many industrial buildings, and both our Fusion, and Progetto lines offer the look of concrete with superior durability unmatched by the real thing.

Gio Fusion porcelain tile
FUSION in Platinum
Progetto floor and wall tile by GIO
PROGETTO by GIO in Silver Grey

 

Distressed & Reclaimed Wood Looks

Wood floors also work well for industrial design themes. Vintage wood looks can add warmth to a contemporary industrial design providing a great contrast to the cool metallic elements you’ll find in industrial-style spaces. Capture the time-worn look aged or reclaimed wood floors with our durable and easy-to-maintain Barnwood, Provenza, Petrified, porcelain planks.

GIO Barnwood wood look tile in Bianco 6x24
BARNWOOD in Bianco

 

Provenza, Bianco 12x48 Rectified Field Tile
PROVENZA in Bianco

 

Petrified Floor & Wall Tile
PETRIFIED in Cobalt

 

Paintwood tile
PAINTWOOD in Vintage

 

Paintwood in "Bianco"
PAINTWOOD in Binaco

These are just some of our curated tile styles that you depend on to answer to the latest trends in commercial flooring design. GIO Tile brings you only the finest commercial-grade products, hand-picked from global sources based on our focused knowledge of what you need to transform commercial spaces. Contact us anytime – we’re here to work with you!