Creating the perfect high traffic tile for Amsterdam Central Station
Tiling a high traffic area such as Amsterdam Central Station is a big challenge. Nonetheless, we were up for it. Joined by Merk X the Mosa team created a special floor tile that not only resembled the look and feel of the railway station but could accommodate the heavy flow of commuters too.
Jury of 3: Top Hospitality Designers Name Leading HD Products
Choosing design elements for hospitality projects requires, as Liam Neeson might say, “a particular set of skills.” Hospitality design has become a place where trends are set, and from which residential design borrows both great ideas and superb functionalities. Products destined for hotels, restaurants, spas and resorts must be beautiful and durable, must adhere to safety standards and must retain their good looks and workability under a punishing level of high traffic and an unrelenting maintenance schedule.
School of Hard Knocks: The 2 Best Tests for Minimizing Abrasion, Maximizing Hardness
A designer’s reputation may be only as enduring as their spaces. Considering the cost of renovations of any space, the materials used must be able to endure over time – often for decades. The American aesthetic, unlike that of Europe and some other global places which value a time-worn patina, prefers that finishes remain looking the same as the day they were installed. Sourcing porcelain that is wear-resistant is key to satisfying this requirement. Whether the concern is office areas with chair-drag, public high traffic areas or stair treads, using the right porcelain tile will mean a worry free installation. More important, however, is how well it will fare in terms of surface integrity. Abrasion and scratching can be gateway issues for bigger problems down the road.
Five places where porcelain tile is a better choice than natural stone
Natural stone is one of earth’s oldest building materials, used in stately homes and national monuments. In building tomorrow’s landmarks, architects and designers seek its timeless look. However, some of the most beautiful and desired stones such as limestone and sandstone are also the softest, most porous and problematic in the long term.
Choosing between glazed and unglazed porcelain tiles
Not all porcelain tile is the same. Understanding the different porcelain tile available, and how the manufacturing process impacts the tile’s durability is crucial in choosing the right tile for the right project.