Versatility? ARTO is thy name.

One of the many cool things about working with ARTO is the diversity of products we make. We make a wide variety of colors and textures in both concrete and ceramic for just about any application.  This beautiful house in the Hollywood Hills is a great example.  The fireplace above features concrete 18×18 Buckle tiles in Read More

ARTO Featured on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and in Magnolia Market

Chip & Joanna Gaines have risen above the HGTV chaff to become a national sensation with their show “Fixer Upper”.  I walked into my local Target recently and they had just added a giant Magnolia Home section.  I understand they are going to end the show to focus on their local and national retailing efforts but Read More

Learning with ARTO – Pepperdine, USC, Scripps College

ARTO tiles can be found in hotels, estates, restaurants, retail stores, and even in prestigious universities.  The educational projects detailed below include a renovated library, a brand new academic building, and a restoration of historic residence halls. The common thread that binds these diverse projects is they are distinguished thanks to our vast selection of Read More

How a Hexagon Can Also Be a Chameleon

One of the fun things about ARTO tiles is that same tile can look wholly different in another color or texture.  The two kitchens below both use blends of  8″ Artillo Hexagons but with much different results.  Normandy Cream, as shown in the Bastide de Bonheur Residence, features a blend four ARTO colors (Artillo Cafe, Read More

Hands. Touching Hands. Reaching Out. Touching Tiles.  Touching You.

One of the coolest things about ARTO concrete tiles in this age of automation, robots, and killer drones is that every single tile is touched by multiple hands throughout the production process.  However we also utilize advanced technology like concrete admixtures and the Chameleon color batching system that can make thousands of colors at a Read More

The Versatility of Concrete – Normandy Cream Kitchen, Wine Room & Mud Room

ARTO has been using concrete as a medium since the early 1970’s.  While we love cool grey concrete in all its rough and tumble splendor we are also love how concrete can take on a wide range of other looks.  This beautiful house in Rancho Santa Fe is a case in point.  Artillo Hexagons in 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

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

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

The Importance of Proper Materials

Although tile is the most visible (and typically most expensive) component, it is just one part of the ultimate tile assembly.  We have been making our concrete and ceramic tiles for over 50 years so we know they work pretty well.  However, using the wrong mortar, grout, membrane, or other materials can result in cracking, Read More

Manufacturing Day 2017 – ARTO Factory Tour – Friday, October 6

Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) 2017 is a celebration of modern manufacturing organized by the National Association of Manufacturers. ARTO is proud to participate in this annual event featuring factory tours in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Design professionals, end users, neighbors and anyone interested in learning about local manufacturing are invited to tour the ARTO factory Read More

EPDs may become mandatory in California – ARTO is already ready to go

Claude Goguen is a good friend and colleague of ours from the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA).  He recently posted an article in Precast Magazine noting that environmental product declarations (EPDs) may soon become mandatory for California state government and university projects. The Buy Clean California Act (AB 262) would require state officials to take Read More

The Life of ARTO – Eating Out with ARTO (Concrete)

One of the things we love about working at ARTO is seeing our concrete tiles, brick veneer, and pavers installed all around Southern California and beyond.  We hope that our products handmade with love and passion bring joy to you as you enjoy your meals.     Read More