10 Jun
by Joey Grable
rectified, modern, simple, urban contemporary, a la mode, basalt, urban linear, mid-century

The simplicity of an Urban Contemporary tile keeps a look modern and timeless. Contemporary tiles use clean lines and are typically rectified. A rectified tile is manufactured to have perfect 90-degree edges. All sides are uniform, precise and straight. This precision allows for smaller grout lines which gives a more continuous, refined look. Another advantage to having a rectified tile is the ability to cut the tile in half. A non-rectified tile is unable to be cut in half due their pressed edges with have softer corners. Therefore, if the tile was to be cut in half, the difference in the sides would become very apparent.

Contemporary tiles do not have much color variance between each tile. Additionally, there is not a lot of movement in the design, like there is in a Marble or Travertine look.

alamode mushroom pol room

An example of a contemporary look is our A LA MODE line, which is simple in color. This line comes honed, which is a matte finish, or polished.

basalt sand room

Another example of an urban contemporary tile is Basalt. This porcelain tile has clean lines and bears well with a Cement or Midcentury tile.

If you are wanting to create a smooth, and continuous look then a contemporary tile is perfect for your space. Contemporary looks are extremely popular in commercial spaces, but in recent years have grown in popularity in residential areas as well.

03 Jun
by Joey Grable

Luxury vinyl tile and porcelain are excellent alternatives to natural wood when you are searching for a more durable material while still achieving a great wood look. The Surface Art showroom has an entire display dedicated to these wood looks. This display contains 15 double-sided wings showcasing 30 installed LVT and porcelain panels. It is reminiscent of the poster displays you find at comic shops, bookstores and craft stores, only ours highlights the best vinyl plank and wood-look porcelain in a conveniently mounted display.


Each side of a wing contains a different product and signage indicating all product specifics from color, shape, size, and technical information.

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The numbering system for our Wood Display works very similarly to how we utilize our tile display sliders (link to KB15 usage article). Each side of a wing has a number associated. This number is found in the top right corner of the panel’s signage. Beneath the wings are 20 drawers that pull out to view individual product samples.

Once you find a panel you like, note the number on the signage. Next, find the same number on the pull-out drawer below. Inside the drawer, you will find all the color variations for the associated product installed up above.

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