New AIA CES/IDCEC Course: “Concrete Possibilities: Designing with Encaustic and Concrete Tiles”

ARTO is proud to offer our new line of Indochine cement encaustic tiles, individually handcrafted in Vietnam.  Some might wonder if concrete includes cement then how does a concrete tile differ from a cement tile? Toward that end our newest AIA/IDCEC continuing education course has just been approved for architects and interior designers.  A full Read More

The Story of the Vanana and the Importance of Full Size Samples

Many years ago my dad and I had a brown VW camper van.  After some major body work my dad decided (unbeknownst to me) to paint it as well.  I returned home from school and found a bright canary yellow van in the driveway, visible from miles around.  It soon became known as the Vanana. Read More

ARTO Cladding – Facades

In Architecture, the facade of a building is often the most important aspect from a design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the building. From the engineering perspective of a building, the facade is also of great importance due to its impact on energy efficiency. ARTO team attended the Facades Los Read More

Ever wondered how your tile was made? Join us on an ARTO factory tour.

Although ARTO is unique for a number of reasons, maybe the number one reason is that we have been making handcrafted products in Southern California for over 50 years now. Arto (our founder) started in Culver City back in 1966 and moved to Gardena in 1999 when we outgrew our space.  Since then our factory Read More

How to Evaluate a Finished Tile Installation

Very much liked this article from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation.  Much useful information including the excerpt below. Evaluate the Finished Installation from a Normal Distance Perhaps the most important aspect for evaluating a finished installation is the viewing distance. It should be viewed for acceptability from a normal viewing distance, not a foot away or Read More

The Acid Test – Why We Love This Topical Sealer

Every box of ARTO tile notes that the installation is not finished until sealed.  While it is no doubt important to seal your (porous) concrete tile installation, sealers have always come with trade offs.  Penetrating sealers give a natural look but could be better at protecting against stains and scratching.  Topical sealers provide more protection Read More

Concrete Tile is “Movin’ On Up”

ARTO has made beautiful concrete tiles for decades but the perception lingered that concrete tiles were gray, basic, and utilitarian.  Since then, concrete has been recognized as a warm and versatile medium but it still surprises us old-timers to see this quote in a recent article in Los Angeles Magazine:  Then there are the label-conscious Read More

Sleeping with ARTO – The Hotel Californian

The Hotel Californian is the new center of the Santa Barbara waterfront incorporating the original 1925 Spanish Revival facade and featuring interiors by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.  Indochine cement tiles are featured throughout the rooms and public spaces along with concrete tile accents from our Artillo series. Read More