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GIO Looks At What’s In For Outside Design: Thick Porcelain Pavers

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Tile manufacturers world-wide are constantly pushing the envelope and exploring new frontiers in ceramics. The quest for creating novel flooring and covering solutions has led to industry game-changers such as digital inkjet printing to replicate just about any look, and large format, thin porcelain panels. One of the most exciting recent developments in the tile industry is the advent of 20mm thick porcelain pavers, which are starting to replace stone as the go-to solution for outdoor flooring.

Twice as thick as most tiles, porcelain pavers have the same benefits as regular porcelain – slip resistant, extremely durable, frost resistant and easy to clean – but advances in technology have given these thick tiles incredibly high breakage loads, making them perfect for both major commercial and residential exterior projects. They’re suitable for gardens, terraces, roof decks, plazas, walkways and all high-traffic outdoor areas. Here are some advantages to using porcelain pavers over natural stone.

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The single layer of load-bearing porcelain is designed for use in conjunction with raised pedestals and deck support systems, as well as direct installation over grass, sand, gravel, and standard mortar installations, allowing for unparalleled flexibility in design applications.

natural_slate_biancoEasier Transport and Installation
Due to their comparatively lighter weight, porcelain pavers are easier to transport and install, saving both time and money. Porcelain pavers are ideal for high rise applications, because they can be transported in service elevators.

Due_Part_01Superior Durability
High-tech manufacturing processes result in a porcelain tile of unique strength and hardness that is extremely resistant to external abrasion. Completely nonporous, porcelain pavers will not stain and require no sealing.  Superior wear resistance combined with extremely high slip resistance insure a durable floor area that is safe wet or dry.

Our new GIO Thick 1.0 collection of porcelain pavers boasts an outstanding combination of qualities. Available in 20 natural stone and wood looks, GIO_Thick 1.0 is suitable for direct laying over grass, sand, gravel, and standard substrates.

GIO Thick 1.0 Porcelain Pavers

4 Reasons To Consider Stainless Steel Tile In Your Commercial Installations

Stainless-steelA staple of commercial kitchens, durable stainless steel offers a bright and easy-to-maintain surface and is available in a range of colors and textures, including shiny or matte finishes. Stainless steel tiles have proven to be a great option for commercial kitchens for some time, yet they continue to grow in popularity as a stylish and practical material for a range of uses. Here’s a look at why stainless steel tiles are perpetually popular—and why you might want to consider them for your commercial design projects.

1.The Look

Ultra-modern and sleek, bold and industrial, perhaps even “futuristic,” stainless steel tiles are the essence of modern minimalism. The look these tiles can bring to commercial spaces is decidedly contemporary, but don’t think stainless tile should be reserved for strictly ultra-modern interiors. Even more traditional interiors can benefit from the metallic touch. Long used in commercial kitchens and baths (and for good reason), stainless steel tiles can be used to create striking focal points like fireplaces and fountains and for larger applications such as walls and ceilings.

Steel Bar and Grill
Steel Bar &  Grill in Sydney is a one-of-a-kind steel inspired atmospheres with a blend of polished stainless steel mesh and tiles, silver-gray timber and polished concrete walls.
Clad inside and out with stainless steel tiles, the Dream Hotel in New York is a shiny celebration of metal as a creative construction material.
Clad inside and out with stainless steel tiles, the Dream Hotel in New York is a shiny celebration of metal as a creative construction material.

Aside from the fabulous look and design flexibility stainless tiles offer, there are a number of practical reasons for using them in your commercial settings.

2. Extremely Durable

Stainless steel tiles are resistant to rust and the corrosive effects of food spatter, and because they are non-porous, they will not absorb liquid stains. They don’t break easily and will hold up well over the years, providing a great return on the initial investment.

3. Minimal Maintenance

The easy-to-clean nature of stainless steel tiles makes them an obvious and sanitary choice for commercial spaces such as restaurants and hospitals. Additionally, no special cleaning solutions are required – simply wipe them clean with some disinfectant and a damp rag. Fingerprints can be easily eliminated by wiping with a clean, lint-free piece of cloth.

4. Easy Installation

The tiles can be easily installed with a tile adhesive, saving valuable time and labor. If it is necessary to cut the tiles to fit a certain area, the installer will have to use a circular saw with a blade that has been designed to cut metal.

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GIO brings you a carefully curated selection of tile and stone products developed expressly for your commercial design projects. Our looks cover a range of styles in porcelain, glass and stainless steel to transform commercial spaces. From retail and restaurants to hospitals and hospitality, we’ve assembled an assortment of collections in styles befitting the gamut of spaces you may be called to design.

The Zig and the Zag on Herringbone and Chevron: The Trend Continues

Herringbone FloorWith the craze for geometric patterns and hard lines at full tilt in 2014, it’s safe to say that the popularity of herringbone and chevron designs that emerged in recent years is still going strong. These sophisticated zigzag patterns have been making quite a splash both in the fashion and interior design worlds in the last few years and are still being used everywhere, including floors, walls, fabrics and even furniture. With visually striking geometric lines, herringbone and chevron patterns are unique decorative features, adding lively dimension to any space.

A Little Chevron History

The chevron pattern in art has been around for a while, dating back to ancient Greek pottery carvings from about 1800 BC. Fast forward a few thousand years and the chevron begins to appear in symbols of heraldry (like coat of arms), and later becoming a badge or insignia of rank used by military forces and police.

The Art Deco Movement of the 1920’s and 30’s, with its emphasis on symmetrical, geometric forms, brought the chevron pattern to the forefront and the zigzag exploded again in the 60’s and 70’s when fashion designer Pierre Cardin and the Italian design house of Missoni made it an integral part of their fashion collections.

Today, the chevron probably pattern owes its popularity to Target: in 2011, the retailer launched an affordable line of Missoni fashions which sold out in less than 24 hours and the Target.com site crashed many times. Many believe that was the real taking off point for the chevron/zigzag look.

A Little Herringbone History

Named for its resemblance to the skeleton of the herring fish, the herringbone pattern can be traced back to the Egyptian textiles and metalwork, having been discovered in the textiles and jewelry of ancient Egyptian kings. Around 500 BC, Rome began to build an expansive road system, called the Viae Publicae, to move people and products efficiently throughout the vast Roman Empire. The herringbone pattern was used in the road construction, as the interlocking pattern created a very resilient paving pattern. Over the years, nearly 50,000 miles of Roman roadways were created using this system. Herringbone has Celtic roots too: horsehair herringbone cloth dating back to around 600 B.C. has been found in Ireland, which explains why the pattern is still a traditional choice for tweed.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, many of the construction techniques of classical antiquity were lost and forgotten. Herringbone resurfaced again during the European Renaissance, becoming a desired architectural feature and soon after, the pattern gained relevance and became a choice for parquet floors.

Chevron vs Herringbone

A herringbone pattern is really just made up of interlocking chevrons. The difference is all in the zig and the zag:

Chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern. The “pieces” are the exact same length and create a perfectly straight line on both sides.


At first glance, herringbone is very similar to chevron, but instead of the ends lining up with one another, one end overlaps the edge of the other, creating an entirely different look.



Whether it’s herringbone or chevron as your pattern of choice, these urbane geometric patterns are a perfect way to liven up any space. Despite the ancient roots and classic rectangular shapes, these exquisite zigzags are dynamic, distinctive and still relevant even in today’s most contemporary designs.

Many of the tile collections by GIO offer lean, plank-sized tiles that can be used to create beautiful and timeless chevron and herringbone patterned floors and walls. Let us help you take your designs not just from good to great—but from great to extraordinary. We’re here to work with you and would love to hear from you!