Restaurant Development & Design

SEP-OCT 2018

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2 8 • S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T • S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 Surface O n t h e What trends are you seeing in restaurant walls and flooring these days? Amber Leigh Martinson: Some of the hottest trends we are seeing are seam- less spaces, marble and concrete looks, as well as mixed metals incorporated within a design space or even a single product. Because of this movement, there is a growing demand for extra-large porcelain slabs, which allow you to achieve this incred- ible style without sacrificing performance or blowing your budget. With fewer grout lines and the appearance of natural stone, porcelain slabs create seamless bathroom designs, high-impact amenity spaces, epic hospitality entrances and bring a "wow factor" to other areas, enhancing the guest experience, inside or out. This trend does not stop at interior design. You see this trend everywhere in the market, from of- fice supplies, furniture accents to phone cases and more. Stains and maintenance issues are a big problem with many materials, correct? ALM: While care and maintenance is usually a big concern when selecting products, extra-large format porcelain slabs have many benefits — one being a highly resistant surface. For instance, the Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces™ assortment from Daltile ® has little to no maintenance required. In addition to being very easy to clean and maintain, Panoramic has the lowest water absorption rate and is also resistant to heat, frost, chemicals, staining and scratching. What if there is a tight budget for the overall project? ALM: Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces slabs are one of the most versatile products Daltile offers by easily bringing the scale and style of authentic natural stone slab to projects where they may be cost or installation prohibitive. They can also be used in tile-over-tile applications — especially in restaurants/hotels — to provide a green cost savings by eliminating the tear-out of existing tile. Enjoy the versatility to install on walls, floors and countertops with a seamless aesthetic that harmonizes floor, wall and countertop patterns. How do Daltile's Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces™ differ from other products? ALM: Panoramic is manufactured using state-of-the-art equipment producing a high-quality hybrid pressed panel. Inventory is stocked at locations nationwide to make the product readily available for projects across the country, and we continuously expand the line with trend-setting designs and styles. Additionally, we offer FlexFit™ Size Solutions, a program offering the full Panoramic assortment in smaller, stocked sizes or the flexibility to custom cut-to-size these slabs to any shape or design. What are the end-user benefits in the FlexFit™ Size Solutions "One Slab Fits All" concept? ALM: Our goal in providing a "One Slab Fits All" solution is to allow for complete customization of the space. Our seven stocked, standard sizes offer popular modular sizes, readily available for time-sensitive projects while our custom cut-to- size capability allows designers the ability to transform a full slab into their unique artistic vision. Enhancing Walls, Floors and Countertops with Daltile A Q&A with Amber Leigh Martinson, Director of Marketing, Daltile A stylish look is achieved through the use of Daltile Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces™ Stonewall Coal on the bar countertop. Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces™ Titanium Grey brings a dramatic look to a high-traffic airport lounge.

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