Technical Breakout: Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels: Design Revolution with Advanced Materials, New Standards and Qualified Installers 

Architects and Design professionals are embracing the wide array of design options currently being made available to them with gauged porcelain tile panels and slabs.  With improvements in the manufacturing process, porcelain tile can be confidently specified for indoor and outdoor use, in both residential and commercial settings.  It is important to understand all aspects of this new technology if you are writing a specification, including the essential use of qualified and trained installers.  Awareness of industry standards in these products and the appropriate code considerations is also important.  Case studies of successful projects will clearly stress the importance of collaboration between the architect and project owner, coupled with the distributor, contractor, and manufacturer.  

Steve Clem: Principal Architect at TVS Design

Steve has the remarkable ability to help people imagine more, deliver bold ideas and masterfully design them to the smallest detail. His vision, creativity, and leadership have produced beautifully crafted environments that create exceptional experiences, including the Kimball HQ and two showrooms, the Georgia Aquarium, the Woodruff Arts Center, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the United Parcel Service (UPS) Headquarters. Clem’s designs reflect his innate ability to employ imaginative, innovative solutions in the simplest and most elegant forms. He has mentored many young interior designers and architects to achieve their own success, and is recognized as a thought leader in the design industry. Clem’s 40-year career has been with only one firm – TVS Design – where his work has garnered more than 100 design awards. Steve holds the honor of being the 2017 ASID Designer of Distinction, the premier award for personal achievement and social consciousness in the interior design profession. In 2014, Steve was named a Fellow by the American Institute of Architects.