Paul Revere Williams Becomes First Black Architect to Receive AIA Gold Medal (from Dezeen)

The American Institute of Architects has this year bestowed its highest honour on the late Paul Revere Williams, who is the first African American to receive the award.

Williams, who was born in California in 1894 and died in 1980, was also the first black architect to become a member of the AIA in 1923 and the first to be elected a fellow of the organisation in 1957.

Among the 3,000 buildings he designed during his five-decade career are the Palm Springs Tennis Center, created with A Quincy Jones; the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with William Pereira, Charles Luckman and Welton Becket; and private residences for entertainers like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney, Frank Sinatra and Barron Hilton. View this article at DEZEEN.


2 Promotional Offers from Ardex & ABC Stone

Buy 1 Pallet of X 77 – Get 2 Free Rolls of UI 740
Offer ends November 15th, 2016

ARDEX X 77
MICROTEC Fiber Reinforced Tile and Stone Mortar

Ideal for large format porcelain tile installations in the most demanding environments.

A smooth, creamy and easy to trowel polymer-modified mortar formulated with MICROTEC Technology with outstanding strength, flexibility and sag resistance. ARDEX X 77 is perfect solution for the most difficult installations in any environment including large format thin tile installations. The world’s most advanced tiling mortar!

    True 60-minute open time
    Unmatched sag resistance
    Unique creamy consistency; extremely easy to apply
    Ideal for high traffic areas and exterior facades
    Pot Life: 3 hours
    40 lb. (18 kg) and 20lb. (9 kg) bag; Gray and White
    Outstanding coverage: 110 sq. ft. (10.2 m²)

Product Sheet

ARDEX UI 740 FLEXBONE
Uncoupling Membrane

ARDEX UI 740 FLEXBONE is a high load-bearing uncoupling membrane ideal for large format tile in high traffic areas. The unique bone shape pattern with GripLock Technology delivers outstanding tensile bond strength. The system helps neutralize underlying substrate movement and supports and distributes heavy loads from above. Special high-performance felt helps provide vapor equalization. ARDEX UI 740 FLEXBONE can be used as a waterproof layer in bathrooms and wet areas.

    High load-bearing uncoupling membrane
    Ideal for large tile and stone in heavy traffic areas
    For use with porcelain, ceramic, quarry and natural stone tiles
    Helps prevent grout joint and tile damage from movement and deflection
    Higher shear and tensile bond strengths than comparable uncoupling membranes (independent tests at MPA Wiesbaden, Germany)
    Suitable as a waterproofing membrane
    For use in high stress areas, such as shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, etc.
    For use over wooden or concrete substrates
    Size and Coverage Available
    3 mm Uncoupling Mat – 39″ wide x 65.5′ long (1 m wide x 20 m long) roll
    Coverage of 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) per roll

Product Sheet


Buy 1 Pallet of X 5 – Get a Free Roll of UI 740
Offer ends November 15th, 2016

ARDEX X 5
Flexible Tile and Stone Mortar

The ideal everyday solution for the installation of large format tiles. A highly versatile, polymer modified mortar with an easy to apply creamy consistency ideal for setting all sizes of porcelain, ceramic, quarry, mosaic and most natural stone tile over common interior surfaces and exterior concrete and masonry surfaces.

ARDEX X 5 is also ideal for the setting of decoupling mats such as Schluter DITRA mats. For a rapid set installation of decoupling mats use ARDEX FB 9L Pourable ShearFlex Thin Set Mortar.

    Suitable for medium bed installations up to 3/4″ sq. notch trowel
    Very good sag resistance
    10 Year System
    One Warranty when used with ARDEX FLEXBONE Uncoupling Systems
    Working time: 15 to 20 minutes
    Open time: 10 minutes; Pot life: 3 hours
    40 lb (18 kg) bags; Gray and White
    Coverage: 80 sq.ft.

Product Sheet

ARDEX UI 740 FLEXBONE
Uncoupling Membrane

ARDEX UI 740 FLEXBONE is a high load-bearing uncoupling membrane ideal for large format tile in high traffic areas. The unique bone shape pattern with GripLock Technology delivers outstanding tensile bond strength. The system helps neutralize underlying substrate movement and supports and distributes heavy loads from above. Special high-performance felt helps provide vapor equalization. ARDEX UI 740 FLEXBONE can be used as a waterproof layer in bathrooms and wet areas.

    High load-bearing uncoupling membrane
    Ideal for large tile and stone in heavy traffic areas
    For use with porcelain, ceramic, quarry and natural stone tiles
    Helps prevent grout joint and tile damage from movement and deflection
    Higher shear and tensile bond strengths than comparable uncoupling membranes (independent tests at MPA Wiesbaden, Germany)
    Suitable as a waterproofing membrane
    For use in high stress areas, such as shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, etc.
    For use over wooden or concrete substrates
    Size and Coverage Available
    3 mm Uncoupling Mat – 39″ wide x 65.5′ long (1 m wide x 20 m long) roll
    Coverage of 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) per roll

Product Sheet

To learn more about Ardex, please visit abc-ardex.com.

LUXE Magazine and ABC Stone Celebrate Design in Brooklyn!

Known for its artistic and cultural diversity, Brooklyn has become a mecca for design of all types. From interiors and textiles, to jewelry and fashion, the borough brims with innovative and visionary professionals and we were thrilled to partner with our friends at LUXE to celebrate this inspirational community. On Wednesday, July 13th the who’s who of Brooklyn Design gathered at the ABC showroom. It was a truly beautiful evening. Check out the scene below.

ICFF NYC 2016: What’s New and What’s Next

ICFFICFF NYC 2016, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, centerpiece of NYCxDESIGN/Design Week, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design, took place from May 14th to the 17th, at the Javits Center in Hell’s Kitchen. This year the fair was attended by 33,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. ICFF has, in its nearly thirty years of existence, come to be renowned the world over as a spectacular presentation of high-end design, as well as a showcase for emerging voices in the A+D world.

For this year, the ICFF exhibition floor was expanded by 30%, from 2015, and the Fair featured exhibitions of over 150 new brands on two floors and over 165,000 net square feet. In addition to which there were panel discussions, including Design Trends: A Multi-Perspective View of the Year Ahead, moderated by Bill Indursky, founder of Design Life Network; and the prestigious ICFF Editors Awards, awarded to the best of the year’s design in 11 categories by a panel of judges which this year included Spencer Bailey of Surface Magazine, David Dick-Agnew of Azure, Amanda Dameron of Dwell, Annie Block of Interior Design, and Paul Makovsky of Metropolis.





See some of our favorite moments from the show:

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015

Whether you’re an industry professional or a design enthusiast looking for inspiration, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show— a four-day event featuring the best in home design from more than 400 brands— always has something amazing for you to see, learn, or even taste. Now in it’s 14th year, this experience in design is a wonderful world of inspiration. Here are some of our favorite moments from the show…

ABC Stone Presents “Radical Intent” at Gallery 151

ABC WORLDWIDE STONE PRESENTS:

RADICAL INTENT

Featuring: SEBASTIAN MARTORANA | BARBARA SEGAL | STEPHEN SHAHEEN | ALASDAIR THOMSON

ON VIEW TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH MARCH 28TH

A child’s first stuffed animal. The tarsal of a saint. A purse that costs as much as a car. Subjects of irrational reverence, they remind us of the precarious contingencies of our desires: what we really value are essences, not properties.

In a radical gesture, Duchamp declares a urinal to be Fountain. With radical intentionality, sculptors Sebastian Martorana, Barbara Segal, Stephen Shaheen and Alasdair Thomson anoint metamorphosed lumps of shells as Shirt, Canvas, Cinder Block, Bone. This is not a Chanel bag. Or is it? Both are crafted and craved for their symbolic capital. Yet there is something phenomenologically different when intention is invested through making, by an aggregate of thousands of decisions and an intense realization process requiring years of training. In an era where machines can produce simulacra in marble for anyone with an idea and a credit card, representation comes with new responsibilities—and new implications, when rendered by hand.

These four artists, whose honed skills seem avant-garde in a scene saturated with externalized modes of production, present confoundingly scrupulous works in marble. It is not virtuosity on display, but virtuosic carving in the service of a fierce intention. Objects of devotion pursued obsessively, fetishizations of fetishes, sculpted fetishistically.

Curated by Stephen Shaheen & Michael Namer

For more photos: http://on.fb.me/1IF0EMj
  • Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana

    Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana

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  • Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana
  • Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Details. Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Bones by Stephen Shaheen
  • Chanel No. 5 by Barbara Segal
  • First Steps by Alasdair Thomson
  • Birth Stone: Little Lamb by Sebastian Martorana
  • I Heart New York by Alasdair Thomson
  • Soft Steps: Baby Steps by Sebastian Martorana
  • Cinder Block by Sebastian Martorana
  • Cathedral Dress by Barbara Segal