Crossville released a new porcelain tile collection inspired by the waxed wooden planks of early 20th Century jazz nightclubs.
“The collection has a very European feel,” Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing, says. “It looks like wood in buildings, cafes, and clubs that have stood the test of time.”
Ideal for high-traffic and wet areas, the tiles measure 8 by 48 inches—a format that allows the pieces to mimic wooden planks. The wood grain detail also goes a long way toward giving the product the appearance of a true wood floor. To complete the look, Crossville offers both mosaics, which are available in herringbone and 2x2 squares, and coordinating trim in cove bases and single bullnoses.
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For each piece in the collection, Crossville offers four colors: Louis, a light tan; Duke, a cool brown; Count, a light grey; and Billie, a dark grey. The color is not the only thing reminiscent of wood. On the tile planks, the company designed the boards to include the look of scuffs and subtle undulations that would come from chair legs and tapping feet acquired by aged hardwood with authentic patina.
Jazz Age planks in Louis
“We developed Jazz Age so that each detail on the tile planks tells a story,” Waldrep says. “You’ll see what appears to be wear from nightly dancing on the wood graining, and we mimicked the high-low sheen club floors get from waxing.”
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If a builder is looking for a more customized look, Crossville offers add-on sizes that include four widths and seven lengths. Additionally, builders can choose to have the tile unpolished for a more matte look, or they can add a special coating to protect against dirt build-up. Even without the add-on, the company maintains that the tile is “easy to clean, even in high traffic areas in commercial or residential settings,” unlike actual wood, which can wear over time.
The company recommends using the tiles on interior floors, walls, countertops, and exterior walls in residential and commercial applications.
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