Doors, Windows, Hardware
Floors, Walls, Ceilings,
Parks & Garden Fixtures
Lighting & Electrical
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Active Interest Media
The comprehensive resource for professionals involved in restoring old buildings or designing and constructing new buildings in traditional styles.
The comprehensive resource for professionals involved in residential restoration and renovation, as well as the design and construction of new homes built in traditional styles.
Targeted information about service providers in the field of building restoration and renovation, both commercial and residential.
A portal site that brings together information about building products and materials, including data on more than 5,000 manufacturers.
Traditional Product Galleries
Traditional Product Galleries is a micro site showcasing—in big, colorful photography—thousands of items tailored to the requirements of restoration and renovation projects and new designs done in a period style, both residential and commercial.
Traditional Building Portfolio
Traditional Building Portfolio is a micro site containing a world of information about traditional building and design, both commercial and residential. It includes hundreds of articles on design and building projects, leading architectural firms, topics of note to working professionals, and major awards programs, along with forums and blogs bearing the opinions of leaders in the field.
Active Interest Media's electronic newsletters provide a continuous stream of information on key topics in the world of traditional design and building: likely products and services for both commercial and residential projects; special in-depth reports on projects and important product categories; and a bevy of blogs providing fresh perspectives from leading figures in the field.
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The Palladio Awards Program
is designed to honor outstanding achievement in traditional design. The program recognizes individual designers, design teams, or both whose work enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment through creative interpretation or adaptation of design principles developed through 2,500 years of the Western architectural tradition.
The Traditional Building
Exhibition and Conference
World-class educational opportunities and a wide array of resources and products for professionals who work in the field of building restoration, renovation, and historically inspired new construction.
Ceramic Tile for Traditional Public Interiors
Included here are links to lists of suppliers that provide historically patterned ceramic tile for commercial spaces, along with studios that will duplicate custom antique tiles.
Click here for suppliers of tile
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Click here for suppliers of tile & stone flooring
Click here for suppliers of mosaics
Ceramic tile can be anything from a purely functional sanitary surface to a striking decorative material that establishes the style and mood of an entire space. For the Arts & Crafts and Spanish/Mediterranean styles, in particular, ceramic tile is one of the primary theme materials.
For the floors of public interiors, tile has a number of advantages that merit its consideration. For durability under foot traffic, moisture resistance and ease of cleaning, few materials can match up with tile. And because a wide variety of sizes, colors, textures, patterns and glazes are available, a tile floor can be a practical and key element in setting the tone and style of a public space. For the designer, a tile floor answers both the functional problem of durability and the aesthetic challenges of establishing a mood.
There are hundreds of tile-producing companies in the U.S., ranging from giant corporations to one-person studios. Most of these suppliers do not furnish historically appropriate tile, however. Noted in the links above are tile manufacturers that supply tiles appropriate for traditional settings, companies that have the ability to replicate historic patterns, or both.
Restoration work, of course, frequently poses the additional problem of matching historic tile. This is custom work -- and not inexpensive -- but several of the companies in these lists have extensive experience in reproducing specific tile patterns and glazes from antique samples. In addition, you'll also find artisans who are skilled in the ancient art of mosaics.