November 4, 2020

Porcelain Tiles from Crossville Inc. Encourage Designers to Think Big

The living room wall in this expansive Atlanta skyrise apartment features hidden doors skinned in Crossville’s Cava and Fokos collections. Photography by Fredrik Brauer.

A timeless material lauded for its delicate appearance and lasting durability, porcelain tiles are a versatile design piece seen in countless locales, from bustling commercial environments to upscale residential interiors.  With designers seeking out new ways to innovate with porcelain tile panels, the material is making its way onto building facades and even architectural sculptures. Offering panels measured by feet instead of inches, American porcelain tile manufacturer Crossville Inc. empowers architects and designers to create seamless, large-scale coverings from floor to ceiling.   

Crossville’s generously proportioned outer dimensions—3.3ft x 9.84ft to 1M x 3M—are ideal for covering expansive surface areas. Whether skinning a building’s exterior or creating the walls of a shower stall, these porcelain panels offer uninterrupted style with minimal grout lines. The panels’ lean profiles for 3mm for walls and 5.6mm for flooring are reinforced with a fiber mesh backing that makes the tiles shatterproof and amenable to custom cut-outs. Whether it’s achieving a consistent aesthetic for elevator banks across a hotel chain or hiding doors within a clad wall, Crossville’s panels enable designers to create new looks with a venerable material.

Crossville’s I Natural panels clad the exterior of Bhojwani Tower in Miami Beach, Florida. Photography by Dick Booth. 
Porcelain panels ease the process of designing a stunning shower, like the one in this modern Tennessee farmhouse. Photography courtesy of Crossville Inc.

The double-sided fireplace creates a welcoming space to unwind in this luxury apartment in the Houston area.
Photography courtesy of Crossville Inc. 
Crossville’s Calce and I Naturali panels add dimension to the soaring ceiling in the lobby of this downtown Los Angeles office building. Photography courtesy of Alta Construction. 

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