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GIO’s New Product Review

What a year it has been! As we near the one-year mark of when the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, we can look back on how we have experienced so many changes in the design and construction industry. Trade shows have gone virtual, digital presentations are the norm, and the non-residential construction industry is not without its challenges.

But while the new construction market for buildings is expected to be weaker this year, the good news is that the retrofit market promises to be a good deal stronger. Many existing commercial and institutional facilities need significant modifications to accommodate a post-pandemic staff and client base  (much of this activity is not included in the construction spending figures). And, according to AIA, there’s also likely to be “considerable pent-up demand for nonresidential space” in the near future.

In spite of the shut-downs and continuation of this pandemic, we at GIO are grateful to have been able to adapt to the changing market. We’ve continued bringing you innovative new floor and wall tile collections throughout 2020, and we are still going strong in 2021. Just in the past three months, we’ve launched more than a half dozen new lines! Here’s a look at what’s new at GIO.

REALE

The subtle look of veined marble crossed with classic stone visuals, REALE inkjet glazed porcelain tile for floors and walls is offered in chalky hues and a range of sizes (including mosaic and bullnose trim) — ideal for mix-and-matching.

GIO-Reale, Noce, 12x24
Reale in Noce, 12×24

 

PROVENZA

Elegantly rugged Provenza will stand the test of time. These amply sized 12″ x 48″ inkjet rectified porcelain planks for floors and walls echo true wood’s story with worn, weathered details in the varied tones of aged bark.

Provenza, Bianco 12x48 Rectified Field Tile
Provenza in Bianco, 12×48 Rectified Field Tile

 

MARMI_TREND

Offering lush interpretations of beloved marbles, our versatile Marmi_Trend collection offers popular subways and sexy hexes, 3D linear decos, and more. This elegant and edgy marble look porcelain tile line is perfect for both floors and walls.

Marmi_Trend in Statuary Hex Field Tile
Marmi_Trend in Statuary Hex Field Tile

 

Brick_Mood

Brook_Mood is a trendy porcelain line featuring a handmade effect and stacked with options. The glazed porcelain line for floors and walls line is offered in 2×10 tiles, five hues, and two finishes, glossy and matte.

GIO-brick_mood,-Black-2x10-Glossy-and-Matte-Field-Tile room scene
Brick_Mood in Black, 2×10 Glossy and Matte Field Tile

 

COLORI

This colorful collection of porcelain primary hues offers the ultimate palette with a spectrum of options. Colori is colored body porcelain for floors and walls, offered in both unglazed and polished finishes and a range of sizes including mosaic and bullnose trim.

Colori floor tile, Red 24x24 Matte Rectified
Colori in Red, 24×24 Matte Rectified

 

ELEMENT

A color body, unglazed porcelain tile in must-have neutrals in solid tones, rectified sizes, and anti-slip surface. Element for floors and walls gives you all the essentials with endless potential.

GIO Element, Dark Grey 6 x 24 Rectified
Element in Dark Grey, 6 x 24 Rectified

REX

A stunning vein-cut, onyx look interpreted in powerful porcelain. Rex is an inkjet, rectified glazed porcelain in polished or matte finishes, offered in 24×48 tiles, four lush neutrals, and a gorgeous bookmatch option.

GIO-Rex,-Black-24-x-48-Polished-and-Rectified-Bookmatch-Field-Tile
Rex in Black, 24 x 48 Polished and Rectified Bookmatch Field Tile

 

We hope you have enjoyed this highlight of our latest and greatest. 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!

#ihavethisthingwithterrazzo – GIO Answers the Terrazzo Trend

 

TERRAZZO DECOMIX
GIO Terrazzo, in Deco Mix

In 2017, when Pinterest searches for terrazzo increased 316 percent, Pinterest suggested the Italian flooring option would be a major trend in 2018. Indeed, the prediction was spot-on, with authentic terrazzo flooring making a big come-back to become one of the hottest flooring trends of the year. It wasn’t long before digital printing techniques enabled tile manufacturers to create realistic (and much less costly) porcelain look-alikes of the composite material. But terrazzo looks weren’t relegated to flooring.

As the terrazzo trend exploded, the look spread beyond flooring to include furniture, luggage, dinnerware, fabrics, wallpaper, you name it…terrazzo is now everywhere. A quick hashtag search on Instagram reveals nearly a half-million hits for #terrazzo. Search on Pinterest, and you will be rewarded with seemingly infinite scrolling of terrazzo looks.

Handmade terrazzo bisque pieces, photo courtesy of Good Hearted Woman, Denver, Colorado (found on Instagram)
Terrazo pillow on Zazzle marketplace by designer Maria Pribytkina (found on Pinterest)

What is Terrazzo?

Traditionally featuring a medley of marble chips, terrazzo is a costly and laborious dying art. Terrazzo originated several hundred years ago in the Mediterranean region. Back then, terrazzo, which is the Italian word for “terrace,” was made by pressing marble or other stone chips into the surface of natural clay and then sealing it with goat’s milk for a mosaic look. Eventually, cement replaced clay, and bits of glass and painted tile found their way into the surface.

Today, most of the terrazzo installed includes resin, polymers, and epoxy. Natural stone chips, such as marble, quartz, and granite are top choices for a terrazzo finish, but you’ll find other types of aggregate such as glass pebbles, synthetic chips, and silica bits. While stunning in looks, durable, and relatively easy to maintain, authentic terrazzo is extremely labor-intensive to create and install, making it one of the most expensive types of flooring available.

How is Terrazzo Made?

To give you an idea of the labor (and mess!) involved, here are the basic steps for creating a terrazzo floor:

    1. The existing flooring is removed, and the concrete surface is roughed-up to ensure the terrazzo mixture will adhere. Cracks are filled in, and a leveling compound is applied if the substrate isn’t flat.
    2. If you’ve opted for a design, the pattern will be transferred to the substrate using metal strips to separate each section of the design.
    3. Next, a sandy cement base is applied, and while it’s still wet, the terrazzo mixture is spread on top and leveled out (one section at a time). At this point, extra bits of aggregate may be sprinkled on top and smoothed into the surface.
    4. As the mixture hardens, the surface is compressed and flattened with a heavy roller.
    5. Once the terrazzo mixture has completely cured ( at least 48 hours), a large grinder is used to smooth the top. It’s a messy, dusty process because the stone and cement are ground into a fine powder.
    6. Tiny pinholes on the surface are filled with a pigmented slurry.
    7. For the final step, the terrazzo surface is brought to a gleaming shine with a polisher that uses very fine diamond-grit pads to give the floor a glossy, smooth finish.

With all these laborious steps, it’s no wonder that real terrazzo is so costly. Porcelain terrazzo-look tiles are a beautiful (and typically more affordable) alternative for floors and walls, offering superior performance, lower maintenance, (heavily soiled terrazzo should be cleaned with a buffing machine, but no need for that with porcelain tile alternatives!), and better slip-resistance (newly installed and polished terrazzo floors are very slippery).

Check out Terrazzo by GIO, available in two finishes and a range of colors and styles — Aggregate, Fleck, and Deco Mix.

Terrazzo by GIO Floor and Wall Tile
Terrazzo, Anthracite Matte Rectified 24 x24
GIO Terrazzo in Aggregate Dark Grey
GIO Terrazzo in Aggregate Light Grey
GIO Terrazzo in Aggregate Light Grey

 

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!

GIO Looks at Commercial Tile Trends for Walls

As one of the most sanitary surfacing choices available, ceramic tiles—including the exceptionally high-performing porcelain tile category—are the unequivocally right choice in a post-COVID world, especially in a commercial environment. When it comes to commercial surfacing, tile is truly a no-brainer for floors, and it should be for walls as well. The advantages of tile over paint, wallpaper, wood, brick, and many other materials for walls in commercial settings are many.

Aside from being hygienic, porcelain tiles are extremely durable, easy to clean and maintain, fireproof, and resistant to fading, moisture, and odors. Tile is also environmentally friendly because it emits no VOCs, doesn’t require the use of caustic cleaners, and doesn’t require the destruction of other natural resources like wood or plant material.

And as for the cost compared to these other materials? When you consider the life cycle, long-term performance, durability, and easy maintenance of tile over paint, wallpaper, and the like, tile is actually very cost-effective in the long haul. So what’s not love about tile for walls? Tile design has come a very long way from the bland commercial looks of the old days.  When you factor in the extraordinary array of colors, patterns, and designs available that rival the detail of many traditional wall covering materials, there is absolutely nothing not to love about tile for walls.

Here’s a look at some of our tile styles for achieving fashion-forward looks with the performance characteristics your commercial design projects demand.

Rich, Indulgent Colors

Make a statement on a wall or any vertical surface with vibrant, bold hues, like these selections from m our Rombo, Hex_Leonis, Moda, and Retro, collections.

ROMBO by GIO in Cobalt
HEX_LEONIS floor and wall tile-cropped
HEX_LEONIS by GIO in Blue
Moda Ceramic Floor and wall Tile by GIO
MODA by GIO in Red, Orange, Pink, & White in standard bright finish and Decoria finish.
RETRO by GIO Tile
RETRO by GIO in Turquoise

Subway Tiles with a Twist

There’s no denying that subway tile is still a classic. But as with many classics, it’s often a new twist given to the “expected” that makes the designs endure. Here’s a look at some of our fun and exciting takes on subway tile: Arté, Rivel, Pigment, Barista, Handmade, and Argille.

Arte Wall Tile
ARTÉ in Bianco
ARTE in Colbalt
ARTÉ  in Cobalt installation at Pin & Proper, Atlanta, designed by Place Maker Design.
RIVEL by GIO Wall Tile
RIVEL by GIO in Bianco
Pigment Floor and Wall Tile
PIGMENT by GIO in Navy
Barista Wall Tile
BARISTA by GIO in Ivory and Dove Grey
HANDMADE by GIO in Bronze
Handmade by GIO on wall at Focus Design
HANDMADE installation at Focus Deisgn
Argille subway tile for floor and wall
ARGILLE by GIO in Anthracite

3D ILLUSIONS

Thanks to the Art Deco revival going on now, this three-dimensional geometric surface trend has resurfaced. This form of trompe l’oeil is not new — it’s been around since Greek and Roman times — but it has experienced waves of popularity throughout history. Our Canvas collection in Cube or Polygon mosaics and our Rombo collection answer to this trend to create big wow factors in both retro and modern design schemes.

Canvas Floor and Wall Tile polygon light mix mosaic
Canvas by GIO in Polygon Dark Mix
CANVAS installation at Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers, designed by Occupied Renovations
GIO Canvas polygon dark mix on feature wall
CANVAS installation at Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers, designed by Occupied Renovations

 

Rombo tile
ROMBO by GIO in Sky
ROMBO wall tile by GIO in Grigio
ROMBO by GIO in Grigio
ROMBO by GIO installation
Rombo by GIO installation in Cobalt
Rombo by GIO installation in Cobalt

“Artsy” Wood Looks

Wood-look tiles have become so realistic since they first arrived on the scene that even touching them often does not reveal their porcelain secret. And while we still love a traditional wood look, tile designers are reimagining and designing new wood looks to bring us artful, edgy renditions that offer the back-to-nature warmth we crave with something new and unexpected. Here’s a look at our Harmony, Char, and Neolith collections that go beyond the realistic and traditional.

Harmony Floor and Wall Tile
HARMONY by GIO in Blue
Char floor and wall tile by GIO
CHAR by GIO in Auburn
NEOLITH by GIO Floor & Wall Tile
NELOTH by GIO in Argent

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of our commercial-grade tile products for walls! Click here to see all our collections suitable for vertical surfaces. Samples for these lines, in addition to all our tile collections, are available free to the trade. Contact us anytime – we’re here to work with you!