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John Henshaw Architect Inc. was invited to participate this year in Taste of Life’s 2015 Luxury Home Design Show held at the Vancouver Convention Center. They were partnered up with Teragon Developments and Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre and designed a master ensuite spa like environment.
They use the following Julian Tile products for the shower booth:
- GW412 – 4x12 Classic White Glossy $4.17 sqf
- LGICWOO - Cerwood 6x23.5 White Oak $7.49 sqf (being phased out)
In mid September this year, before the tile show “Cersaie” in Bologna , Italy our Julian Managers, Buyers, and many friends in the tile business (from Canada, USA and Italy) gathered on the spectacular vineyards of our partner, Joe Giusti, for a tour of his new Giusti Wine Headquarters and also of the vineyards themselves – all in Northern Italy near Venice.
Giusti currently holds 75 hectares of vineyards there and his newest acquisition is the Abbazia Property on gentle rolling hills of the “Montello” overlooking the town and church steeple.
The property grows grapes (which were being harvested as we toured) and also a number of beautiful chestnut trees dropping their ripe fruit (Marroni) to the ground, ready for roasting. The property is historic landmark and at the top of one of the hills sits the ruins of a 11th Century Abby called L’Abbazia di Sant’Eustachio. On Saturday, September 20th Julian held a party for 110 for all our friends and family on the terrace of the Abbazia property where we enjoyed great food , wine and live music – all topped off with fireworks. What a night! Special thanks to Rodney Clark of Rodney’s Oyster House (Eamon, Matt and Jennifer too) for getting the East Coast lobsters, oysters and clams to Italy in time for the party and for preparing everything just right!!
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From the Ground Up
A Canadian tiling company illustrates that its foundation is just as important as its products.
by Veronica Boodham
Whether in a newly built, purchased or renovated home, the flooring is just as important as the mood-inducing paint colour, decorative furniture or any other part of interior design associated with creating a room’s welcoming ambiance. By providing detailed decor from the ground up, it can transform any home into “your home.”
To help build the ultimate dream home, Julian Tile offers innovative flooring and wall tiling products that provide some of the best in trends and technology.
“Technology is important because we like to carry a quality product. We want to offer our customers something different and something really beautiful,” says Rose Baldo, a customer service specialist at Julian Tile.
In its 34th year in the tiling industry, Julian Tile is a leader as a supplier and wholesale distributor of ceramic and stone tile in Western Canada. With its main warehouse and head office located in Burnaby, B.C., the company also has showrooms in their office branches in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. The company is growing with a new distribution centre, head office and showroom scheduled to open later this year in Langley, B.C.
“Because we are a wholesaler, we have people [such as] designers and architects that come in [as well as] builders who will bring their customers to our showroom. We have fully trained staff… Most of them come from a design background, so they are qualified and capable of assisting people with selections,” she says.
The company’s collections of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles include products from around the world. However, Baldo says that most of their products tend to come from Italy, to help the company stay on top of the most up-to-date styles and technology.
Some of the most innovative products available at Julian Tile include their larger-sized formats for flooring and wall tiles, architecturally sound yet visually appealing mosaic patterns, as well as environmentally friendly products that are ideal for families.
The company’s Arenaria Series consists of porcelain tiles for floors and walls that feature Microban technology. With anti-microbial product protection, the tiles, which are produced from 40 per cent recycled ceramic content, help prevent the growth of bacteria on tiles.
“Microban is a world leader in micro-bacterial technology. They actually manufacture this right into the production process and it blocks the action of bacteria. When you have children playing on a floor, the bacteria do not grow on this tile,” says Baldo.
In addition to offering products with the latest advancements in technology, the company offers an assortment of tiles that are on trend with the leading designs and styles in home decor. The Slimtech line of Italian porcelain tiles maintains the trend of minimalistic decor, with clean lines and simple designs offered among the variety of styles. The Slimtech line also provides a large format of tiles that are only 3 millimetres thick, with versatility to work as both floor and wall tile.
“You have these sheets on the wall or floor, of minimal stone-look tile, without a lot of grout lines, so esthetically it’s very pleasing, very sleek and contemporary,” she says.
For people who are looking for more “design” in interior design, the company offers a variety of patterns. Mosaics are making a strong comeback, says Baldo, with micro-mosaics, metal mosaics and even murals that can be created with the company’s products.
“For the last several years, mosaics have been evolving. It used to be that mosaics were a bad word. In the ’90s, nobody would think of doing a mosaic… But it has evolved and evolved over the last 10 years to the point that there are micro-mosaics, patterns and glass mosaics,” says Baldo.
Working with Mosaico Piu, an Italian mosaics company, Julian Tile also provides custom-made mosaics, allowing a photograph, design or image to be reproduced through mosaics in any desired size.
Julian Tile’s leading digital technology provides customers with options that maintain the look of stone tiles, without the maintenance often associated with it.
“They take photographs of real stone and they can reproduce those into the tile. When you look at a tile, you virtually cannot tell it apart from real stone. You have to be almost an expert and go up to it and touch it and say, ‘Okay, wait a minute, what is this?’” says Baldo. “From the front, the visual part of it, you cannot tell. Some of it looks like marble, some of it looks like travertine [stone], some of it looks like basalt stone. It’s unbelievable what they can do. It’s really fabulous, and gives people the option.
Another trend has been the undulating design on walls, to help create a wave effect. The company’s Evolve/Motion Series provides an assortment in both glossy and matte finishes.
“They are simple in colour but there is texture to it; a wave in motion or raised pattern cut into the material which is becoming popular too,” says Baldo, adding that large format rectangular-shaped tile and linear vein looks remain a strong trend.
By providing a wide range of innovative products, it is no surprise that Julian Tile’s team of experts can help anyone from designers and seasoned professionals to the average homeowner with their tile selections.
To help inspire ideas for decor, Julian Tile has also implemented a blog on their website to provide suggestions with installation photos and helpful tips in short videos.
“It’s growing and it’s really interesting because sometimes a person may ask, ‘How do you install this?’ and we can say, ‘Go to the blog and you can see a little video on the installation.’ A picture is worth a thousand words; they can click on our blog and have a look,” explains Baldo. “We try to showcase some of our designers and some of the bigger projects they do, because I think sometimes people need to see some of the other projects that others are doing and say, ‘Wow, look at this,’ it’s really great for us… Everyone needs inspiration at times. Even the most seasoned designer will be asking for some inspiration at times and that’s what we try to offer.”
Julian Tile is building a major distribution centre in Langley, BC. Here are some images of the site that will accommodate warehouse, offices, order desk and natural stone/porcelain tile show room.
Julian Tile is excited to be participating in the inaugural Residential Construction Industry Conference Trade show April 26 & 27th at Edmonton Expo Centre (Northlands). This event, organized by the Canadian Home Builders Association will bring together the residential construction industry with technical sessions and exhibits. See you there!
We had a great number of people interested in our new products at Buildex in Vancouver. Thank you all for visiting us and for the great feedback.
Attention: Maria Magagnin and Greg Guidotti
Uptown - Shopping Center Project - Phase 1
It is with great pleasure that we provide professional reference to Julian Tile Inc. of Burnaby, British Columbia.
Julian Tile Inc. proved to be an excellent partner for Harlan-Stone Let.'s Tile installation project at Phase 1 of the Uptown development in Victoria BC.
Julian Tile Inc. supplied the majority of the porcelain and ceramic tile installed on site, and in so doing, served our needs on this project in an organized and direct manner at all stages; from initial bidding steps through to project completion.
All material orders were delivered as ordered, in timely fashion, and with strong communication between their sales, shipping, and financial departments.
In summary, we would gladly welcome any opportunity to work with Julian Tile Inc, on future projects.
Joerg Transchel President/Owner of Harlan-Stone Ltd.
Today is the first day of inventory here at Julian Tile Head Office in Burnaby. To keep the energy high, we prepared a special lunch. Here is the Recipe: