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A Look at What’s New at GIO Tile

In our mission to offer our customers the latest in sophisticated and innovative tile products,  we’ve added some exciting new floor and wall tile collections to the GIO line-up. Reflecting global trends for natural stone looks, geometrics, textures, large formats, modern subways, and wood looks, our newest product lines offer commercial designers a range of versatile, on-trend surface materials to take their designs from great to extraordinary.

We’re proud to continuously offer a range of on-trend tile products to transform your commercial design projects.

GEOMETRY PENNYROUND COLLECTION

Pennyround tiles are a classic option that first graced many kitchens and bathrooms in the early 1900s. But they’re making a big comeback in the contemporary tile world. Once a classic, always a classic. Our new Geometry Pennyround offers elegant pennyround selections in a range of colors, styles, and finishes for your every design whimsy.

GIO Geometry Pennyround Collection, glossy black on wall with open shelves
Geometry Pennyround in Standard Glossy, Black Bright

CEMENTO

Modern design themes require modern materials. Concrete look tiles offer the contemporary design element that you’re looking for, but with the easy maintenance and durability of hard-wearing porcelain. Our Cemento collection for floors and walls is a “concrete” solution for modern commercial design with big sizes, versatile hues, and sophisticated details (including a patterned decor option).

GIO Cemento, Silver 12x24 Rectified Decor
Cemento in Silver 12×24 Rectified Decor

UMBER

A classic wood-look tile is the preferred choice (over real wood) for demanding commercial applications. Wood-look porcelain tiles have become a staple in both commercial and residential interiors, and our new Umber porcelain planks in four fresh tones (and with an exterior option!) will provide the warm, real wood appearance you and your clients desire, without the maintenance and costly upkeep of the real thing.

GIO Umber, Bianco 8x 48 Rectified umber
Umber in Bianco 8x 48 Rectified umber

NAXOS

Ah, the beloved subway tile…but this time with a twist. Our Naxos is a fresh take on the classic style, providing a subtly beveled Old World style with a handcrafted look.  Six glossy hues in a long, lean format for walls make this handsome line a standout in the subway category.

GIO Naxos, Grey 3x16 Wall Tile bathroom room scene
Naxos in Grey 3×16

Matera

Bold stone style inspires this enduring porcelain line. Matera offers the earth-inspired look and feel of natural stone, but with all t of porcelain’s advantages that you know and love. Matera is offered in a range of diverse sizes, including mosaics and trims, and comes in four distinctive hues.

GIO Matera, Anthracite 24x48 Rectified
Matera in Anthracite 24×48 Rectified

 

CARDOSA

Inspired by Italy’s Pietra Del Cardoso, a blue-grey sandstone that is quarried in Italy’s Apuan Alps, our Cardosa collection interprets this stone’s sophisticated style in generous porcelain tile sizes and three authentically detailed colors. Cardoso is earthen elegance epitomized for modern design.

GIO Cardoso, Grey 24x48 Rectified
Cardoso in Grey 24×48 Rectified

HEX_FRAME

Our Hex_Frame offers the popular look of concrete combined with everyone’s favorite hexagonal shape  (click here to read why humans are drawn to hex shapes).  Big, bold hexes (with framed options) make for a powerhouse collection.

GIO Hex_Frame, Graphite 7x8 Hexagon Framed Decor
Hex_Frame, Graphite 7×8 Hexagon Framed Decor Hex

 

Gio 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!

 

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.

 

 

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!