Tiles - Mostly, it is...
Sep. 11th, 2009
02:22 am - Tiles
As a design material, I very much like porcelain; the beauty, longevity, variation, flexibility, it's almost fantastic. As a thing that I have to pick just one family out of umpty-zillion to go with for a room, (or a few rooms), and then stick with for, potentially decades, it gives me a feeling somewhat like being thirsty and drinking something thick and viscous through a really long and narrow straw, from a little cup on the other side of the room, over something you don't want to drip anything on. You can see it coming, you know it'll be so good when it gets to you, but you're a little breathless from the effort, and you really want to get it right because if you don't you'll be stuck with the consequences.
Then there's the whole shopping experience where, beyond how well what you actually end up getting fits your application, how you feel about it has so much to do with how good the staff are, how well you can communicate what you're looking for, how much and how useful the information the displays have available is, how much your budget is vs. what you might want to do, what pieces you can get within your timeframe, and it goes on. It's probably not surprising how much more I enjoy the part where I'm on the computer looking at and comparing designs, technical specifications, standards, and prices, than I do the part where I'm walking around the showroom looking at the prospect of haggling.
Here are a few of the things I'm looking at: Networks, Ec(c)lettica, E-motion, Habitat, Glamour, Sense, Ecowood, and because it's a flash site and I can't link to specific lines, Grespania. And here are some of the places: Olympia and Centura.
While I'm on the subject, if anyone's interested in about three wheelbarrows or part thereof of formerly ~ 1' x 2' to 2' x 4' ~ 1" natural finish greenish grey paving stone, they're free for the taking (or claiming for shipping/mailing) until such time as they go to Mississauga get recycled into road-fill or whatever. I don't know natural stone, but they're kind of slate or limestone looking. The pieces vary in size from mostly whole slabs to chips, with most being roughly triangular or trapezoidal in the 1' range. I have heard of freecycle, and a couple of things like them, but I don't really feel like dealing with more strangers at the moment. I do know that people on this list have lots of interests I don't know about, so it is conceivable that for one or more of you, cheap or free rocks, even if some of them have got some mortar on them, would be of some use.