Orlando, Fla.—Tile Council of North America, Inc. (TCNA) members donated unique, handcrafted tiled doghouses to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando here at Coverings 2021. The participating companies include: American Wonder Porcelain, Anthology, Casa Ceramic, Crossville, Inc. and Del Conca USA.
According to the company, the forms used to make these doghouses were custom manufactured by Wedi Corp. and contributed by Wedi and TCNA (booth 3233).
“We are grateful to our members for creating these gorgeous works of art, which demonstrate another creative way tile can be used to beautify a space,” said Kathy Meyer, TCNA marketing director. “The doghouses provide us an opportunity to help support the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and their numerous programs that benefit pets in the Orlando area.”
Angela Miedema, Pet Alliance direct of operations, added, “Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is appreciative to again be chosen by TCNA as their charity partner for this project. Support from TCNA and its members in this truly creative undertaking will allow us to continue to provide for the needs of the thousands of shelter pets that come to us each year. We are very thankful for their commitment to helping homeless pets.”
During Coverings 2021, the doghouses were displayed in TCNA’s booth, where a donation ceremony was held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 8.
The following descriptions were provided by the companies and artists who tiled the doghouses:
American Wonder Porcelain (booth 5845)
The theme of the American Wonder Porcelain doghouse is “Canine in Chief,” which is fit for any president. Tiled in Polar Style Porcelain, the house features White PS01 24 x 24 polished field tile on the body and Wonder’s 2 x 4 brick joint mosaic from the same series on the roof. The tile was installed by Paul Magyar and Kaylee Ledford added the presidential details.
Anthology (booth 3048)
Creating a luxury home for our favorite four-legged family members was the inspiration for Anthology’s 2021 doghouse.
The pawprints, roof and front of this dream doghouse were made from recycled glass, inkjet-printed to resemble Carrara marble. These blend beautifully with the luxurious, glossy white outer walls. The back of the doghouse is accented with Anthology’s classic royal gem mosaics, which give this puppy palace an unforgettable elegance.
Our best friends deserve the finest roofs over their heads and this special doghouse was made with lots of love from Anthology, a company that adores animals.
Casa Ceramica (booth 3230)
Casa Ceramica’s doghouse was designed and installed by their team of in-house designers, using hand-painted tiles from their classic Mediterranean Collection.
4 x 4 classic Moorish-design tiles decorate the sides of the doghouse, while the roof features handmade subway tiles to create a more transitional feel. The front fascia is decorated with handmade 2 x 2 Mediterranean tile inserts along with a custom fleur-de-lys relief. Casa Ceramica’s classic handmade dog bones add a final playful touch.
Crossville, Inc. (booth 2547)
Crossville’s doghouse showcases its colorful Cursive mosaic wall tile collection in Oxblood, Soft Teal, Iris and Goldenrod.
The custom pattern was made with Crossville’s exclusive Cursive Pattern Visualizer, a digital design tool that makes it easy to create fun looks.
Del Conca USA (booth 1446)
Del Conca USA’s doghouse features tile from its Nature marble collection.
The body of the house is constructed with Calacatta Gold, a marble with a beautiful, creamy white background and golden veins of various sizes.
The roof is finished with Dolomite marble, a surface that represents the Italian “Zebrino marble,” rich in movement with refined linear veins.