Oceanside Glasstile 2016 Year in Review: New Products, Acquisitions and Philanthropy

2016 was a game changer for the art glass and glass tile industries. In addition to five amazing product releases, Oceanside Glasstile completed asset acquisitions of two art glass companies that had closed their doors. By acquiring the equipment, product formulas and knowledge of how to produce art glass we all get to see the art glass industry live on and flourish. In addition to product and company growth, the Oceanside Glasstile team was excited to serve our community as the Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers cycling and volunteer team at Padres Pedal the Cause. Scroll down to read more about the exciting 2016 Oceanside Glasstile milestones.

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5 Product Releases

Every year we look forward to dazzling designers, architects, builders and installers with new products. We spend months, sometimes years, perfecting the right design and product quality for each release. Here are the products we introduced to the market in 2016.

1. The Kinship Collection in partnership with Island Stone

Anchored in beach culture and driven by a passion to create unique, beautiful designs, Island Stone and Oceanside Glasstile paired the best of their offerings to create a stunning combination of premium stone and jewel-like glass. The collection uses four of Island Stone’s natural products: grey sandstone, mint sandstone, silver quartzite and white marble in combination with complimenting glass tiles. Read more about the collection here. Order a sample by choosing your favorite pattern and colors on our Blend Tool and then filling out our Sample Request Form.

2. Three Antique Mirror Colors for the Devotion Collection: Helios, Astral and Nocturne

The Devotion Collection is no stranger to bold color, glittering movement and intricate details. On crafting the collection, Oceanside Glasstile Designer Cathy Aroz comments “I really love working with the antique mirrors. Each color shines its own personality into the design. Some patterns need just a touch of mirror to bring a little fire to the project while others can go bolder and bigger, creating an element of drama that will literally take your breath away.” To complement the existing pallets, Cathy added Nocturne, Helios and Astral for truly creative and courageous designers. Read more about the collection here. Order a sample by choosing your favorite pattern and colors on our Blend Tool and then filling out our Sample Request Form.

3. Scallop Pattern for the Devotion Collection

Creatively adapted from the shape of sea scapes and seashells, Oceanside Glasstile released the Scallop Pattern for the Devotion Collection to expand design options for art glass lovers. This fun pattern allows one to highlight traditional Devotion Collection colors with a border of intriguing color or reflection. Use our Blend Tool to blend your own colors into this fabulous pattern. Request a sample of your favorite Pattern and Color combination here.

4. Three glass tile colors plus three blends for the Muse, Tessera, Facets, Casa California and Elevations Collections: Nalu, Kai and Koa plus Puna, Kalani and Mauna

Created with the intention of expanding our glass color palette to facilitate the creation of seamless gradients, these three new colors were also used to create three new blends. Inspired by the calm Hawaiian shores, each color and blend name reflects the beauty of Hawaii’s natural elements that can be transported into any design project for a calming, nature driven effect. Read about the origin behind the names here. Craft your own tile pattern and color combination on our Blend Tool, then request a sample of it here.

5. Repose Pattern created for Muse and Tessera Collections

Oceanside Glasstile thoughtfully crafted the Repose Pattern as a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Architecture movement. Simply stunning, this pattern has everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t. The Repose Pattern can be adapted into a liner or combined with iridescent colors to create brilliant hues that radiate a humble beauty. Read more about this versatile pattern and see inspiration photos here. Create your own Repose Pattern color combination on our Blend Tool and then request a sample of your creation with our Sample Request Form.

2 Art Glass Acquisitions

In 2016 two art glass manufacturing companies decided to close their doors: Spectrum Art Glass and Uroboros. As an art glass customer, Oceanside Glasstile wondered how we would be able to continue our Devotion Collection without the beautiful glass produced by these companies. In a serendipitous turn of events, Oceanside Glasstile was able to purchase the assets of these companies to carry on their legacy as the new manufacturer and supplier of the same high quality glass that artists need to craft stunning art pieces. Read our art glass manufacturing updates here.

 

$41,153.11 Raised for Cancer Research

Each year the Oceanside Glasstile staff participates in the Padres Pedal the Cause cycling fundraiser as the Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers to raise funds for cancer research in San Diego. 100% of the Oceanside Glasstile staff participated as volunteers or cyclists and 100% of the money we raised went directly to cancer research programs. In 2016 we rode for Myer and the Super Boy Crew. Thank you to David Fatula, our Technical Services Manager for leading our team and organizing this amazing effort. Want to help us raise more money for cancer research in 2017? Send an email to techservices@glasstile.com and we will add you to our notification email that will be sent in the fall prior to the event.

Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to look through our 2016 milestones. All of this would not have been possible without you. We look forward to a bright 2017!

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It’s a Dog’s Life: Fabulous Habits of Oceanside Glasstile Pets

They are cute and cuddly and always willing to listen. At Oceanside Glasstile we are fortunate to work at a corporate office that allows our well behaved furry friends to join us at our desks. Today on #dressupyourpetday we celebrate the dogs of Oceanside Glasstile. From wearing bandanas to whole outfits, we cherish our hard-working, lovable pets!

The dogs at Oceanside Glasstile…

 

 

Simply stunning. Responsibly made. Bringing joy to your journey. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Oceanside Glasstile is the world’s leader in luxury glass manufacturing used for glass tile and art glass. Learn more about our products, sustainable practices and community involvement at glasstile.com. 

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7 Stunning Steamy Spas in Snowy Wonderlands

Watching a small, delicate, personal cloud form in front of your lips from a cold weather exhale is enchanting, but long winter nights can tempt one to dream of warmer days. Merge your favorite ski bunny tendencies with hot memories by enveloping yourself in one of these seven steamy spas at luxury resorts, onsens and chalets around the world.

Transport yourself mentally, or physically, to one of these top global geothermal getaways while daydreaming of how to transform your own sanctuary into a relaxing water sanctuary.

 1. Septième Ciel, Verbier, Switzerland

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Translated from French to “Seventh Heaven”, Septieme Ciel presents guests with an ethereal escape from the ordinary for an intimate group. This exclusive chalet only sleeps 12 and offers guests a hot tub with one of the world’s most breathtaking views. Imagine hitting the slopes all day then arriving home to this view from this hot tub. Reservations available here through Luxury Ski Chalets.

Pool tile inspiration: This is a wood-heavy retreat with a classic round hot tub adorned with a white and blue water line. Recreate this look by using a unique pattern with a classic blue like Sapphire or use a blend like Crystals or Indigo to evoke the beauty of a snowy skyline. Also, ask your landscape architect or pool builder to slope the edges of the hot tub and wrap the edge with tile instead of truncating it with coping; this will create a relaxing recline and smooth edge around the spa. Explore more tile colors and blends for water applications here.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Crystals blend, Indigo blend and Sapphire non-iridescent.

Photo source On The Snow.

 

 2. Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, Laugarvatn, Iceland

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Branded as the “Icelandic fountain of wellness,” this retreat is one of several geothermal hot springs in the area. Enjoy one bath or take an organized tour to experience multiple oases. Bonus, this luxurious icy retreat also offers freshly baked goods from their own bakery and local kitchen. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: Recreate the clean lines and authentic rustic feel of this rejuvenating retreat with larger format patterns like those from our Elevations and Casa California collections combined with a smaller mosaic water line in 7/8” by 7/8” to create a sense of refined detail. Go with a subdued, water complimenting color choice for the entire pool while using a fun color like Incense on waterfalls and water features to maximize nighttime light reflections to create a magical hue in your own warm water retreat.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Nalu (new color!) matte, Pacific non-iridescent or go bold with Incense iridescent.

Photo source Laugarvatn Fontana image gallery.

 

 3. The Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort, Valdidentro, Sondrio, Italy

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Situated close to the Alps, visitors relax in the heat of these Italian baths after enjoying the ski slopes or hiking through the nearby Stelvio National park. Reservations available here; use google translate if you need help with your Italian.

Pool tile inspiration: This Italian escape features a vanishing edge pool and multiple spas. Adorn your hot tub or pool with blue or teal hue mosaics to highlight the refreshing effect of clear water. Adorn water features, water walls next to concrete coping or waterscape walls with Pewter to create the beautiful light and dark juxtaposition look of a luxurious water retreat.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Tide iridescent, Oasis from our Blue line and Pewter.

Photo source QC Terme Bagni di Bormio website.

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 4. Glenwood Hot Springs, Vail, Colorado

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Located between Aspen and Vail, Glenwood Hot Springs has served visitors since 1988. Boasting the world’s largest hot springs pool, this mountain retreat’s healing waters beckon travels from across the globe. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: The classic American beauty of this resort and prominent brick walls pair well with simple hues or soft blends. The resort creatively has directional arrows on the floor of the pool to indicate the direction of lap swims within each lane; create this look with Clear, Satin or White arrows among Aqua tiles along the pool floor.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Clear iridescent, Aqua non-iridescent and Escape blend.

Photo source Glenwood Hot Springs Resort website.

 

5. Tekapo Springs Hot Pools, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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Not only relaxing but fun, Tekapo Springs offers a skating rink, tube park, waterslide and star gazing in addition to their relaxing day spa services. Pair your next New Zealand escape with this water refuge for a luxurious getaway. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: Recreate the relaxed, fun feeling of this southern hemisphere retreat by pairing a light or classic color with an adventurous glittering hue. Working with a shallow pool or spa? Tiling an entire pool or spa with a rich color like Sapphire creates the perception of depth.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Fleet Blue iridescent, Sapphire non-iridescent and Peacock iridescent.

Photo source Tekapo Springs Hot Pools.

 

6. Tsurunoyu Hot Springs, Tsurunoyu, Japan

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This Japanese onsen (or hot spring as they are known in the U.S.) is a hidden gem down a dirt road in Nyutou. Visits to the four pools located here date back to 1638. Rooms are available at this location along with local sansei (mountain vegetable) cuisine. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: Smokey whites, greys and blues capitalize on the calming, magical effect of such a revered historical space. Make water glitter with the addition of a dynamic blend that uses iridescent and non-iridescent mosaics.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Satin, Pacific non-iridescent, Cypress Bay blend.

Photo source Tsurunoyu website.

 

7. Aquadome Spa, Langenfeld, Austria

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Complete with underwater music and lights, relaxing in one of these luxurious modern pools is an activity to add to your bucket list. Classified as a wellness spa, the Aquadome sits nestled in a valley of the Alps. You can attend the spa for a single day, or use it during your stay at the hotel. Reservations available here.

Pool tile inspiration: Leverage white hues with a hint of calming earth tones of beige or light brown on the waterline to highlight the effects of naturally occurring snowy slope colors. Use aqua or a dynamic blend throughout the pool to highlight the calming color of the healing water. Book an appointment at one of our authorized distributors to choose tile suitable for your own thermal escape.

Glass tile colors shown in Muse 7/8” by 7/8” from left to right: Aqua non-iridescent, Breathe blend, and Puna blend (a new blend using colors released in Winter 2016, read about the meaning behind the name here).

Aquadome photo source here. Check out the serene, snowy slopes and relaxing luxury spa venue via Aquadome’s live webcams here.

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If our new Hawaiian inspired colors had a soundtrack…

Let the fresh feeling of the new year sink in a little deeper as you listen to this soothing Hawaiian Music Instrumental Playlist. Allow this relaxing melody to transport you to a place of serenity while checking out this design inspiration gif featuring Hawaiian scenes, new glass tile colors, design vignettes and creative glass tile color blends.

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Curious about the meaning behind the names for our new colors and blends? Check out our product release blog “New Colors Bring Home Island Vibes.”

Simply stunning. Responsibly made. Bringing joy to your journey. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Oceanside Glasstile is the world’s leader in luxury glass manufacturing used for glass tile and art glass. Learn more about our products, sustainable practices and community involvement at glasstile.com. 

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Get Fresh in the New Year with Vibrant Green Hues Inspired by Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Burgeoning holiday cheer climaxes with anticipation of a new year, a fresh start and a renewed enthusiasm for life. No color is more appropriate to highlight this sentiment of aspirational growth like the snapping fresh color of natural green. It buds, it moves, it blossoms into nourishing food, protective shade, and living beauty. In 2017 we look forward to possibility and the benefits that abound from nurturing that which grows. To celebrate this symbolism, we highlight images that reflect the emotion featured in Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017 video for their new color Greenery.

“It’s very bold and I think it makes for a great accent color, either as a wall, an accessory, or better yet, as the name suggests, as some actual ‘greenery’. We have a large palette of colors with which to create the perfect backdrop; whether layered with additional color or as a neutral canvas that will highlight your ‘greenery’ of choice.” – Oceanside Glasstile Lead Designer, Cathy Aroz.

Click an image in the gallery below to read its description and learn more about who we are as a company and tickle your imagination with ideas for your next design project. From greenery adorned glass tile walls, to recycled glass, to Taylor’s awesome green hair, at Oceanside Glasstile we invite you to join us in welcoming the new year with open arms, an open mind and a renewed sense of optimism. Tag your green tile inspiration @OceansideGlasstile #greenery for your chance to be featured on our Instagram.

 

 

Image descriptions by row, top to bottom:

Clean LEED home: Green is more than a state of mind, it is an action, a lifestyle. Gorgeous LEED homes show off the elegance of sustainably sourced materials to manifest a personal sanctuary. In this kitchen, we see Oceanside Glasstile Geologie Collection, Merge Offset pattern with colors Silver Shine Slate and Tahoe Matte. Photograph by Jim Brady.

A fresh take on white subway tiles: This linear wall of white adorned with a natural sprig of bamboo leaves tells the story of classic design with renewed relevance. Oceanside Glasstile’s Casa California collection in 2″ x 8″ Intro in color Silk with iridescent finish. Photographer Chipper Hatter.

Green green glass: This whimsically patterned glass is a sheet of art glass manufactured to be cut into any shape to add dynamism to any space via tile or a handcrafted artist creation. Featured here is the color Living Green, part of our Devotion collection.

Showered with Jade-ation: Pops of green glass dazzle the eye in this freshly placed shower tile feature column. Incorporating pieces of the Devotion line Jade-ation color, design firm A Kinder Space leverages creative details to design timeless interiors.

Butterflies dancing on the wall: This warm brown wall with creative shapes is our Devotion collection Mariposa pattern in colors Haute, Enchanted and Grey Blue. Designer Cathy Aroz, photographer Chipper Hatter.

Bold is beautiful: Bathroom walls will never be boring with Elevations collection 1.25″ x 5″ Mini Extrados. Featured here in color Dove Iridescent, the Oceanside Glasstile Elevations collection has a variety of tactile engaging feature tiles.

White wall tile in mixed mediums: Accompanied by a cheery little vase of invigorating colors, this Kinship wall features the color Essence in the Unison pattern. Photograph by Chipper Hatter.

Color highlights in SoCal LEED home: Oceanside Glasstile was delighted to be part of a LEED certified residential property in Southern California, the Hermosa Green Idea Home. When undergoing a remodel, the eco-conscious family decided to turn their home remodel project into a case study for the world to learn more about what it takes to create a clean, energy efficient home and the lifestyle benefits surrounding their daily efforts!

We are obsessed with dogs: At Oceanside Glasstile we are allowed to have our well-behaved pups in the office with us! Here we see Lead Designer Cathy Aroz’s canine friend Trudy next to a luscious array of New Year’s spirits in front of a wall covered in the Casa California collection 4″ Flat Hexagons in the colors Infinite Iridescent and Infinite Matte. Photograph by Chipper Hatter.

More green green glass: A slight variation of green, this Jade-ation color of Devotion plays on warm and cool notes of green creating a multi-layered effect on every sheet.

Classic white mini subways: A blue countertop is a creative compliment to these fun Tessera collection 1″x 2″ pattern mini subways in color White Non-Iridescent. Photograph by Chipper Hatter.

Our people make our company awesome: Taylor works on the Oceanside Glasstile marketing team. Her spirit is as bright and lovely as her creative green hair. We love her creativity, dedication, and can-do attitude! Thank you Taylor for making our Carlsbad headquarters office brighter!

See the green glass shine: We hold the future of our planet. Each year at Oceanside Glasstile, we use over 2 million pounds of post-consumer, recycled glass in our product as a way to ensure old becomes new and nothing goes to waste. We record the levels of recycled product in each of our colors. Check out our glass tile recycled percentages chart here.

Wise words by Leatrice Eisman: The Pantone Color Institute Executive Director comments on the inspiration behind the 2017 color of the year, Greenery. Quote image taken from Pantone’s color of the year webpage found here.

Super Boy Turns 6: In this photo is David Fatula, our Technical Services Manager, presenting a cupcake to an amazing boy named Myer. Myer is a cancer patient battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Our company cycling team, the Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers, raised money to support Myer via the 2016 San Diego Padres Pedal the Cause because we believe in giving back to our community and helping those who need it most.

May your 2017 be filled with hope, with joyful adventure, with renewed excitement and blossoming opportunities. We hope that you find creative inspiration for your next home project here, whether it be a complete home remodel, a kitchen backsplash update, or a bathroom shower refresh. From our Oceanside Glasstile family to yours, may you have a vibrant New Year!

Simply stunning. Responsibly made. Bringing joy to your journey. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Oceanside Glasstile is the world’s leader in luxury glass manufacturing used for glass tile and art glass. Learn more about our products, sustainable practices and community involvement at glasstile.com

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Thanksgiving’s Essential Ingredient

Thanksgiving Table by @Fancy_Tables on Instagram

Thanksgiving Table by @Fancy_Tables on Instagram

Fresh linens perfectly adorned with fall festive heirlooms and a trimmed, mouthwatering Turkey are but an accessory to the most essential Thanksgiving ingredient: you! The relationships, new and old, we foster throughout our lives always prove to be more rewarding than any home decor or menu item. This Thanksgiving we are thankful for the people who join us, and those who we wish could join us, at our table for a joyful meal.

At Oceanside Glasstile, people are at the heart of our business. Starting with our amazing staff, and extending out to our customers, we value the talents, quirks and passions of each individual in our community. We strive to create responsibly made, beautiful products that will bring joy to your personal journey! This season we want to share with you some of the joyful moments we experienced with our community this year:

Philanthropy Events

We value the volunteer efforts of our amazing staff. This year 100% of our Oceanside Glasstile team participated in Padres Pedal The Cause as riders and volunteers.

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Industry Partner Visits

We are humbled by the warm embrace of new industry partners as we completed our Spectrum art glass asset acquisition. Here is a group photo of some Spectrum employees mingled with the Oceanside Glasstile team during their latest visit.

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Distributor Fun

We are impressed by the amazing business partnerships we have formed with our distributors and dealers. This photo was taken during this year’s customer Seminar where distributors from around the country came to party, learn and visit our factory.

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International Trips

We are excited about our international opportunities and embrace our international company culture. Oceanside Glasstile supplies glass tile for projects all over the world! In this photo you see the American, Mexican and Oceanside Glasstile flags flying proudly in front of our factory in Mexico.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for you and your role in our community. We look forward to cultivating our relationship with you and hope that we can make your journey a little more joyful. May your Thanksgiving be filled with the warmth of friends and family!

-The Oceanside Glasstile Team

 

Oceanside Glasstile Lightens Up This Spring

New Colors Create Infinite Possibilities

 Carlsbad, Calif. – Immediate Release – This May Oceanside Glasstile is playing with subtle hues for their Spring Launch 2015. Following up the warm reception from last fall’s launch of “newtrals”, Oceanside Glasstile introduces three new translucent glass colors to their palette – Infinite, Sandbar, and Silverlight – as well as three new blends – Cosmopolitan, Champagne, and Magnetic.

The muted palette – a sandy beach where ocean skies meet the silver horizon – evokes peace and well being. “We’re opening up new design possibilities to create flowing gradients and tonal variations within the ‘lighter is lovelier’ trend,” shares Johnny Marckx, Executive Vice President. Infinitely customizable – relax with some play time on our blend tools. These friendly gems could make an appearance in your next project. Available in three finishes – Iridescent, Non-Iridescent, and Matte – Silverlight, Infinite, and Sandbar are the translucent neutrals you’ve been looking for.

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These same colors also inspired three new blends. Cosmopolitan is a modernists dream with its soft grey palette; while Magnetic plays up the blue undertones in the coolest of greys. Champagne’s effervescent warmth is like its namesake captured in glass. Cathy Aroz, Design + Merchandising Visionary calls the new blends “subtle, sophisticated, and classic” – a perfect addition to your installation.

           Cosmopolitan                                  Magnetic                               Champagne

All Color needs Form, so we included a new (well, old) shape to the Muse mosaic collection. This character is a six-sided chameleon – Hexagon in all its classic glory is finding new interpretations in the modern meets retro movement. Now that it’s back to claim its rightful place at the pattern party, we wanted to put our color into this simple and joyful motif.

Oceanside Glasstile’s Muse collection gains a new pattern with the release of a clean edge 1-5/8” Hexagon. While the Tessera collection’s rustic edge 1 ¾” Hexagon has been a staple of the Oceanside Glasstile catalog, the new Muse Hexagon brings a refreshing take on this versatile shape. Johnny Marckx, Executive Vice President shared the inspiration behind the Muse Hexagon “it brings balanced proportions with a scale that works in a variety of applications”. Available in any color or blend, Oceanside Glasstile’s Muse Hexagon is the perfect touch of refinement for any residential or commercial project.

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Muse Hexagon in Atmosphere

Recycling is in the DNA of Oceanside Glasstile. Each year they melt more than 2 million pounds of post-consumer bottle glass. The result – a gem-like substance crafted into stunning glass tile. They continuously strive for improvements in energy efficiency, and maintain a closed loop manufacturing process where they re-melt all of their own glass trimmings. Manufacturing innovative products with a sustainable process is an important business value, but . . . that’s just where the fun begins. Encouraged by the leadership of the company, Oceanside Glasstile employees support all kinds of causes both near and far. Embracing social responsibility, they find joy in restoring orphanages, building schools, planting new trees and collaborating with the generation of tomorrow. Both home and commercial designs will get a dose of good vibes when they incorporate this environmentally-aware, socially-responsible product into their work-in-progress.

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Tessera Pave in Mica

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