07 Jan
by Kennadie McDermott

Laredo is one of our new products this January! Laredo is a 3x12 matte Spanish hand pressed wall tile with slightly distressed edges. We are excited to introduce this product to our Studios Collection.

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Laredo Bianco

This wall tile can be used in virtually any space due to its neutral colors. Laredo comes in four colors - Bianco, Crema, Grigio and Noce.

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Laredo Crema

As seen above, this product can be used on shower walls or kitchen backsplashes. The possibilities with Laredo are endless.

Want a sneak peak of our second January launch product? Check out Victoria II here!

 

02 Jan
by Kennadie McDermott

Below is what we recommend as a general guideline for cleaning tile:

Make sure to remove any loose dirt and debris using a vacuum cleaner.
Clean only at arm’s length. This means that you clean as you go as opposed to spreading the cleaning solution and letting it set.

Apply the cleaning solution with hot water to the floors surface. Avoid any oil based and acidic cleaners.

Solution Option 1 : 1/4th cup vinegar with 2 Gallons of water
Solution Option 2 : All-purpose household cleaner
Solution Option 3 : Miracle Sealant Porcelain and Ceramic Tile Cleaner

Scrub the surface to remove the stain or dirt.

Ensure the surface is free of any cleaners and dry before you finish.

Cleaning

30 Dec
by Kennadie McDermott

Another year wrapping up – we cannot believe 2019 is almost over! Surface Art had an exciting year. We released 29 new products and had our first full year in our new facility in Kent, WA.

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Angelic, Merchandising Associate, helping put finishing touches on our Showroom

We completed our showroom in the spring and are proud of this new space. The museum like showroom really showcases our products.

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The Wood Look Tile and Luxury Vinyl display

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The Marble Look Grouted Panels Displays

We have over 200 grouted panels showcasing installations of our product. Additonally, full sized loose pieces of all tile fill the space and multiple deisgn tables are available to get creative and innovate.

Surface Art has loved being under one roof this entire year. All departments have been able to grow and improve processes together.

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Our 200,000 sqft Warehouse houses all our products

This year we switched over all our mosaic and bullnose fabrication to TNFW! This new partnership has allowed us to change our standard from a 3x12 bullnose to a 3x24 bullnose and create more mosaic patterns. TNFW is located in the far end of our facility which helps us ensure we always have stock of bullnose and tile mosaics.

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2x2 Mosaics coming hot off the press

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Freshly cut 3x24 bullnose stacked for drying after the edge has been painted to match the tile

In November, our Founder, Mike Stupfel was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Flooring Association Northwest. What a deserving recipient!

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Kevin Stupfel, SAI President and Mike Stupfel, SAI Founder

In December of this year, we announced a big change in how we launch new products. Previously, Surface Art had released product once a year in the summer, but now we have switched to launching 1-2 new products every month, starting in December with Mont Caro and Marfil! We are excited to keep Surface Art fresh and love the ability to showcase new product year-round.

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Retailers be sure to look out for our custom boxes for each monthly launch!

Finally, looking back on 2019 would not be complete without highlighting some of our favorite new product installs shared with us by our customers!

Navy parkside install

Featured here is Parkside Navy in the 2.5x8in rectangle installed by Noble Interiors. This is a high variation product that comes in 10 colors!

Porto Microsoft

Featured here is Porto Dot installed in Microsoft designed by SKB Architects. This black and white porcelain tile comes in 9 different patterns and is registered and embossed to give it a true mosaic look.

Nouveau backsplash

Nouveau Elongated Hex in Crema by Accent and Interiors. This beautiful mosaic is the perfect backsplash and a great alternative to glass!

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Wander Nero in the 5x6 Matte Hexagon Porcelain tile. A hand pressed tile - perfect for a custom look on the floor or wall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 Dec
by Kennadie McDermott

This month we launched two new products, Mont Caro and Marfil. These both are Spanish Impervious Porcelain tiles that come in 12x24, perfect size for either floor or wall applications. They both come in a 3x24BN and 2x2 mosaic – great for a shower pan or decorative accent.

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Marfil Grigio on left & Marfil Crema on right

Marfil comes in two beautiful colors, a neutral grey and a traditional cream. This classic look is a great subtle marble look with soft veins running through each piece to give it a natural appearance.

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Mont Caro Ash

Mont Caro is a sedimentary rock look that comes in three shades of grey. This look has bold movement throughout each piece giving it a fluid motion all together. The three beautiful shades of grey complement each other well and can be combined into one install for contrast.