These pics came to me early this week( Monday ). I was floored ( no joke ) by the use of our Handcast Concrete Tiles The exterior facade is using our Eye of Felipe in Charley Brown LINK The Interior is Using Our Pattern 5B a blend of Eye of Felipe & San Felipe LINK
Did you get a Calendar in the mail last week? Our Dad Arto has been sending these puppies out for maybe 25 years or longer. We get calls from people saying they did not get their’s . Did you get yours ? NO. Register here http://www.artosurfaces.com/ to get on the list. Quick 15 second action video
When I said I was getting better pictures I did not know how much better they would be. Holy Molly ! This is built on our Handcrafted Quarry Clay Body. Click the Below Picture To See More Color Choices on our Handcrafted Quarry Clay Body.
Picture below is 12×12 Artillo Cotto Gold . Concrete Tile Handcrafted in Los Angeles. Our bread & butter. Everyday for many years, Thank you. Oh do not forget about the decos, we make those too. ( link is a glimpse of the future in the works )
I had a choice to stay in Chicago one day or head straight to Milwaukee. I picked Milwaukee. As I write I am glad I did. I will come back and do more exploring. I will still make the time for Chicago. Like most of my posts it is all about the pictures I will
Do not Worry The Sun Will Still Rise Tomorrow like it did today over the Pacific.. (Even if the Earth is Void of Life. / Joke / bad Joke but joke ) On a Serious note the world will still be turning. We still will have the choice to treat our Neighbor with Love & Respect.
David is Back in the studio. When I first met David he was working on Sculptures and has two permanent pieces in the Library at Texas Woman’s University . I do not have any quality pictures to share (yet ). While here he will be sculpting again as well as Painting. We invite you to his studio. 730
A change of Pace. Not just Tile but all the accessories to finish your Landscape Project. Shown below is our Roman Series in Color Charley Brown with texture Limestone. All that is missing from the project is pool coping and showing off our Curves ( Radius Pieces ). Well there is more to the series
My brother Vod recently scanned a treasure trove of old pictures. Since then when I present Arto Brick to folks that do not know our company culture I have started to share this picture. I mumble a few words and end with the fact that he, Arto our father has always been cool. Cool since the beginning of time.
Howdy All ! The hexagon is a timeless shape. Use by nature by Honey Bees and see in Volcanic Stone formations. Arto produces Hexgaons in #ConcreteTerraCotta & #HighFireTerraCotta in sizes from 4×4 to 14×14. The color options are over 100. The Pictures below are of Restaurant called Zinque I stumbled across on LA.Eater . They use three shade
Updated 10-17-16 The Coachella Collection has been available going on two years but never in the Price Book. The Coachella Collection in the new price book staring on Page 11 . Below are some of the Concept Boards We came up with . Do you have suggestions? Which ones do you have a project for or
Howdy ! Just a few shots of Texas. I did not snap a lot as I normally do but no excuses I found few that will do. Not In Order of visited but in order of how they uploaded . How I saw Austin, a lot of Building going on in a small space. Drive
I am on a road trip across Texas . In Houston as I write. Jennifer @ Alamo Stone took me to one her projects. Met Kurt on site . He wears shorts to work like myself. It made my day. Below are some cell phone pictures of one of the bathrooms. Using my favorite; 6×6
We discovered this project on Instagram. Instagram & Pinterest still a great place to find nuggets of creativity. At this time this DIYer is anonymous will be tracking her down to give her an Avocado Sandwich and Professional Pictures of her project. VERY COOL !!! Thank you for using our Tile ! OH what is the hack ?!:
Okay Real Quick ! Want to get on the list for next time send me a note [email protected] . A lot of our fisherman were first timers and had a blast. They were blessed with a Calm Sea and Fish ! This first picture is of George our sealer vendor . He was pleased to pick
The work of David Shipley is easy on the eyes yet challenging. We have enough success that we are going in two directions in order to scale his work . What I mean by scale is make it available to more people yet not lose the option of a Commission exclusively made for your project. Below is
My brother & I are in talks to build a program where one can use their hands, their imagination and improve their core. Interested drop a note in the mail. Below is from our Monday workout. https://www.instagram.com/p/BKRNooMhM64/
I often say to people that will listen which most of the time is just my kids “you cannot enjoy being lazy if you do not do hard work” or some variant. As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 is upon us and I see “never forget” almost every where I think there needs to be
Silk Road trade routes literally moved people, goods and cultures since the 2nd millennium BCE. In your mind’s eye picture it connecting Asia the Middle East, North Africa & Europe. Present day the Silk Road is what we live everyday as we acquire a Red Wine from Chile, Water from Fiji, a song from a band in Reykjavik , or
This past week was #FleetWeek in Los Angeles to be specific it was @ the Port Of Los Angeles / Ports of Call / Cruise Terminal. I am not a big fan of crowds & there was plenty of people at the event but the space was so big that my agoraphobia did not flare up. I
AKA Mighty Kitchen in Los Alamitos This is one of those projects that when you see it being built on the factory floor you say ” Wow that takes some guts”. I must say they pulled it off. I do not know the designer , I do not know much about this project look forward
The Design of Redbird, Robert Weimer Interviewed by Amy Knoll Fraser LINK TO STORY We are pleased to be in the running for AIA|LA People’s Choice Awards, 2106 Restaurant Design Awards! The highest recipient of votes in each category, as well as the Jury winners, will be announced in person at a ceremony on Saturday, June 25, 2016
What color is concrete? Thanks to Arto’s Chameleon Express color automation system by Davis Colors, Arto can make thousands of colors on demand. The Chameleon system is much like the paint tinting systems you see in paint stores, but is designed for concrete manufacturers. The Chameleon system blends liquid red, yellow and black iron oxide
http://s.heyo.com/2a84f2 Link to entry We want to see your Feet on the Floor. Enter the contest by either entering the URL of your image of a winning picture of Feet on the Floor from the internet or uploading your image. The image URL can be directly from your Facebook or Instagram account. Make it fun
It seems that my eyes have found more color in Brasília. Yes it is a Handsome Gray Concrete on the outside but look at the Color on the inside ( scroll down ) Before I began my internet travels of the Brazilian Capital my minds eye saw it as the Capital of Brutalism as well, gray.
I am hoping I make this type of post a regular feature. What is type of post? A post that highlights a regions’s architecture or particular building or space. I will come back to the definition and refine it as I write more of these “types of posts”. Okay guys, Brasília. What I know: built in the
Silk Road ( I like the sound of it ) Built on our High Fire Terra Cotta. This hand crafted tile is tough enough to be used in severe weather ( freezing ) wet areas or submerged & On Commercial floors. As you can see from the detail there is an unique beauty to it. Which would look
Howdy All, If you have met me you know that other than being tall, dark, thin, handsome with thick hair that I am excitable. These Cadmium Colors excite me and make me hungry. These ( Yellow, Orange & Red ) color are available on Dimensional Tile, Monrovia, Oleson & Studio bodies. ( scroll down 5 pictures in
7-19-16 It is official. The name for this collection is Kaleidoscope. I was surprised by how many said not to name it Alhambra or similar. The reasoning was that it would get lost in the sea of products of similar names and in turn not get discovered. A quick tally has the three most popular as Kaleidoscope,
Well Hello, On our secret menu is our ability to produce Fountain Components. The team can go into the archives bring out some classic work to fit to your project or bring us a paper napkin with your dream pool or fountain. On that note we can start with a napkin but the more you show
Howdy ! ( scroll down for pictures and the video if you are impatient ) This post comes to you a little late. I was in Alabama this past May. I usually like to post sooner than this so nothing escapes me. As it is now my mind is a Steel Sieve . Luckily I like
Howdy All, While we were sleeping Emily Henderson chronicled the remodel of her kitchen using our Tile on This project LINK TO FULL STORY ON HER SITE . What is great about the story is that First it looks great then second she has this feature where she calls out “Get the Look” & “Look For Less” we
Since I believe 2006 our family has been traveling up to 1 hour ( inside joke – a travel time of 1 hour to escape. escape is where you make it ) from our home to visit this escape from reality called Newport Beach. My favorite is to walk to Crystal Cove State Park on the
Antik Brick simple, rustic & elegant. Antik Brick adds value & charm to your project . Shown here in Color Used Red. Antik Brick is available in many colors which have been inspired by the indigenous bricks colors seen around the world. Antik Brick is 1/2″ thick ( known as brick veneer, brick tile or thin brick )
I hit the city and my team lost me. A bunch of us were descending on the city of Las Vegas for HD EXPO & others were left with less hands to run the show at Home. Long story short I was put out of action. All I could see through darkness of my
I had heard rumors about this project then the team @ European Marble & Granite sent me the link to it. Below are a few pictures I grabbed from the site highlighting our Compton Tile. Material: Concrete , Series: Impression, Item:Compton, Color: Sidewalk HT ( thank you to ) : City Home Collective
We remember the 1915 Armenian Genocide today and we acknowledge this date as the beginning of the systematic murder of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire on April 24th. Like all good things in nature we have multiplied to 8 million plus Armenians living around the world. The Armenian culture has grown stronger as
I just came back ( April 24 2016 ) from a 3600 mile trip to the Northwest United States ( Oregon , Washington & a little bit of Idaho ). Wow a secret part of the world. The clips below are of my ride on the famous cable car in San Francisco. I had a
Hotel Erwin a boutique hotel located in Venice California is a new ( to me ). http://www.hotelerwin.com/ This Space Designed by Lucinda Pace of http://www.conceptxl.com/ . Material: #HighFireTerraCotta || Series: #HandPainted || Collection: 2d Impressions || Design: Rings ( We also produced the Subway Tile & Sanitary Cove )
#ConcreteTerraCotta Handmade Hexagons ( French TerraCotta / Reclaimed TerraCotta ) For A French FarmhouseOn April 18, 2016 by armen
There is more to this home. In fact there are two homes on this property. What style is this Kitchen? I am calling it French Farm House. Send us a note if you have a different opinion. [email protected] Material: #ConcreteTerraCotta | Series: Artillo | Color : Crème Fraîche | Shape: Hexagon
On a road the next two weeks. While in Sacramento I missed a South or North when I entered information into the GPS. I am glad. I stumbled across this bridge ( FREEPORT BRIDGE ) by doing so. ( LOCATION / GOOGLE MAPS )
I am not sure brown is in but this period home wears it well. It is a calm space and as you scroll through the pictures you can see the color added by the hand painted decos adds charm. Material: #HighFireTerraCotta Series / Size: Oleson / 6×12 Color: Spanish Brown and opens to the outside.
The lead picture was sent in from customerASURFACE-DC.COM . The others are from Eater-DC . All I know is that the place looks great & I will order the Steak Frites when I am in town next time. Material: #HighFireTerraCottaMonrovia|| Series: Monrovia || Color: Gold Rush with Black & Blue
March 22nd 20016. We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate
Series: Monrovia Size: 12×12 Color(s) : Walnut Spice & Light Copper Material: #Glazed #HighFireTerraCotta ( #Ceramic ) The space achieved a classic Miami Look with tile that is #Handcrafted , Durable & Great for Interior & Exterior applications.
I am thinking of Creating a Table Top book of our products in Restaurants . An excuse to visit more eating establishments. Moving on The 2×8 Antik Brick in color Tuscan Mustard is showcased in this Hook Burger Location. They did nit use corners but the installer did a good job with what he had.
For the last 7 days I have been on the road driving east on the 10 then north on the 65. What I have developed are two contradictory views. America is big & America is Small. I have logged a lot of miles but yet America ( the 48 ) is a place where you can touch any
Howdy All. Is there a definitive book or website that defines the unique characteristics of Spanish Colonial Revival & Mission Revival if so send a note to [email protected] . I am going to call the one below a Mission Revival for now. The picket pattern below is from the Artillo Series. The Pattern is the
Do you follow @ARTOBRICK on #Instagram? Follow Here >https://www.instagram.com/artobrick/ Tile Pictured: Material: #ConcreteTerraCotta Series: Artillo Color: Tuscan Mustard Shape: San Felipe BY The Way what kind of dog is this? Picture Credit Goes To @morganmccollum1
We have some new tools Available for Dealers & Design Professionals. Request your Display Boards or Color Chips by emailing [email protected] New Chip Box For Premium & Classic colors in the #HighFireTerraCotta New Premium Color Palette Boutique Board for #HighFireTerraCotta This Conche / Fish Scale Pattern is in our #HighFireTerraCotta , Color: Coachella Blue
Two teams @ARTOBRICK got together to update & produce new Decos using our color ways from the Premium Color Palette. These glazes can be used in commercial , exterior , wet, flooring & freeze thaw conditions. YES! 8×8 & Hexagons Coming soon? What to be notified as they are released? [email protected] Do you have our premium
The source of these pictures is the designer www.rosabeltrandesign.com . She did a great job with the grout joints. I have a fondness of the big grout joint even though the world has moved away from it she nailed it. Also she lacquered up the floor. Even though it may actually not be lacquer it gives the impression of
This is a project in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles an old area relative to the city of LA’s which was founded 1781. One of the younger cities on the west coast of the Americas. When you (Dealers) come out for a factory tour we can add this to our itinerary when we tour the city.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Arto Brick Launches David Shipley Collection in Collaboration with Renowned Los Angeles Artist Los Angeles, CA, January 30, 2015 — Arto Brick, Southern California-based creators of hand-crafted tiles, brick veneer and pavers for residential, commercial and public applications, announces a unique collaboration with acclaimed local visual artist David Shipley. Since 1966, Arto
I had a different picture for today but on the way home yesterday ( the day before Tile Tuesday 1-24-16 ) I saw this. Sun, Sea & Catalina . I think it was between 59 & 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Picture Taken from Point Fermin
This set of pictures were found on the Web Here. ( Photo Credit ) It is of the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. You would know if your are dealer & had time for one of our City Tours. We working on getting more pictures of this project. What is in this project is our
Real Concrete Wall Tile ( sometimes called cement ) This 2×8 Thin Brick ( Shown in Early Gray ) is from our Artillo Series. This Kitchen is in Canada ( I think ), I have forgotten. In any case if this your project tell me I will give yo credit for it. It looks good
Well first I wish ( aspire) to tell better stories with pictures. Probably because pictures enter the brain quicker than the written word which is processed first then delivered by to the brain ( based on my studies ). By tradition ( put in motion by Arto & maybe his father as well back in
No need to add to this. All I can say is be grateful. Proclamation of Thanksgiving Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties,
Howdy All We have a new Internet friend that has listed us as a reference for #ConcreteTile . ConcreteNetwork.com We do not have an official Blog Roll ( is that term even used still ) so this post is our thank you . THANK YOU ConcreteNetwork.com & Peace
One of my favorite parts of social media is social learning. There is a treasure trove of information at your fingertips if you look, listen and absorb from the social community. I was on a couple chats with people who expressed that they don’t follow more than X amount of people with the implication that
The Coachella Collection Has Been Out for a Couple Months Now but this new display board that our Greg had us build is just incredible . Coachella in Arabesque Pattern 12 This pattern & color-way has the ROMANTIC name of “C” What would you call it?
available now Roman Concrete Wood Cladding looks and feels like Board Formed Concrete. available now! 1 inch Thickness Sizes; 3 1/2 x 24 , 6 x 24, 8 x 24, 3 1/2 x 36, 8 x 36 Popular Colors; Smoke , Sidewalk, Natural Gray, Antik Gray, Charcoal Gray, Early Gray
If you read through this site you know that I( armen ) love the Hexagon. Below is from Our Monrovia Series Monrovia is High Fire Terra Cotta which means it can go almost & is frost resistant. These color are done via the monocottura method.
On this, the anniversary Of our incorporation We send along these gifts To show you our appreciationWe do our best to serve you And be worthy of reliance We celebrate that service With our vendors and our clientsAlas, our celebration Is a little changed this year It’s the first time for our family Our founder
UL-Certified EPD for North American-Made Ceramic Tile Paves the Way for Points, Credits, and Compliance in Green ConstructionOn February 8, 2015 by armen
UL-Certified EPD for North American-Made Ceramic Tile Paves the Way for Points, Credits, and Compliance in Green Construction FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2014 The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for ceramic tile made in North America, certified by sustainability leader UL Environment, is now available for use by architects and specifiers seeking to satisfy
Saturday February 7th 2015 David Shipley Hexagons ! I was excited to see him Paint ( with ceramic glaze ) on a Hexagon Tile (I love the Hexagon) .I was even happier when I saw that it was not another geometric pattern . Request a quote [email protected] or 310-768-8500 (David welcomes commissions ) Tiles can be used on
Engagement in Vegas: #KBIS2015 by Lori @TranslationLady The week started off with coffee and a short flight to Vegas for Armen Alajian, of ARTO Brick. A convergence of designers, manufacturers, architects, bloggers and Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYs) bombarded the desert city with energy and passion for their work. Manning social back at headquarters in Southern California, I
Martin Luther King had a foundation of right & wrong based on the Gospel. His faith changed the United States of America. I thought about how to honor him & his faith with out being somber. I found the quote first then added the word “laughing” to my google search & these pictures popped up.
Artillo 3×5 Diamond shown here in Color Tres Gres is a hand cast concrete tile. The production process is similar to the production of hand cast terra cotta. Installed in the same method as well. This project was sold unsealed to the customer. The customer chose to use an invisible sealer also known as Penetrating or
ARTO BRICK is an Armenian run company. That means when you stop in for a factory tour if we do not tell you to get off the property we will give you a big smile and a cup of very strong coffee. What it also means is that Christmas is TODAY January 6th. A lot
I have been blessed to get to use my own tile before the age 75 in my own home. Often I see makers be the last to use the fruits of their own labor. Below are process shots of Corduroy Going up on my fireplace. The tile would no be suitable for floors based on
Mr Cabinet Care a fellow traveller on Twitter posted this short note on my travels of my first time to Italy. INTERNATIONAL EXHIBIT OF CERAMIC TILE & BATH, ITALY 2014 November 24, 2014 Many of our clients who upgrade their kitchen with beautiful cabinet refacing, often ask us about the latest tile trends and backsplash designs. After
An Ancient People A Tenacious People April 24th marks the beginning of one of those times that tested their tenacity. ( read more here ) It is the day the Ottomans began pogroms against the Armenian Citizens of the Ottoman Empire. Arto’s father was made an orphan & became a refugee during this time. Sincere Peace
Enter ARTO Brick Instagram/Twitter Photo Challenge in honor of Coverings 2014 in Las Vegas, NV April 29 – May 2, 2014 using hashtag: #artobrick plus the hashtag for the “Theme of the day” to win ARTO tile coasters We enjoy the conversation and thought this challenge would help us reach out to our
We will be opening up our showroom & factory to YOU. Stop in for an AIA or ASID CEU or just for a tour , food & a laugh Click the link below or to the right to reserve your spot! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arto-factory-tour-aiaasid-ceu-lunch-friday-january-31-tickets-8635510043?ref=ecal
New Years Day Tradition . ( my pop Arto started ) Got to work . Walk around . Open Doors. Run the water. Journal. Pray. Set goals for the business . This year I was directed to the most important thing. & my biggest weakness . Relationships. ( for those that follow, yes to cigar
When I am asked how much of our work is custom I say ” imagine us a bakery about 80% of the time we produce Glazed Donuts & 20 % of the time we make wedding cakes “. 20% is a lot but it can be more and with the NEW ECONOMY we think it
This post is originally from December 19 2013. Since then Arabesque Pattern 12 has become even more popular. This picture came in a few months ago. & the original question still stands below. What makes a tile, Color or Pattern ? Color or Pattern make a tile? both Below is the transformation of Arabesque Pattern 12.
2014 Price Book A new PRICE LIST will be distributed Early January with an effective date of February 1st Changes to The Price List Prices : specific items have price increase not the whole book Coverages : updated coverages to reflect field use still a suggestion & still sold per piece Items & Colors :
*** update found the link to the Exhibit. http://www.henriquefaria.com/exhibition?id=73 I have been sitting on these pics for a couple of weeks. Vic took the call and made it happen for the customer. It is an art exhibit at Looks good ! What do you think? There are more pics here https://www.facebook.com/ARTOBRICK What do you think?
It has been 4 almost 5 years since the release of what we call at the factory as “the big”. It is our brochure if you have not see it before here is a link to it . It was a big deal for us to produce it. The timing was perfect. It kept the wind
in the beginning when my father Mr Arto let me hit the road to start promoting the company i chased the big guys & gals of tile & brick. i was looking to get my father’s company picked. getting picked would bring first fame then fortune. i am glad i failed at getting the company
I used this title instead of the scientific name Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) update. It is replacing the old test COF. What is the difference? The bottom line is more accuracy and less human input in the test. The result will be in a number that relates to how slippery or not a floor
When there are hard days just remember your blessed if you can choose them. What if surfing was your job? Same waves, different day. The risk of skin cancer. The falling. Sand in your socks. The people hassling you for your spot on the wave. The pressure to do more sets. The other guys at
Howdy Coverings 2013 Attendees & the Curious! Below is the starter package, provided free of charge when the following is completed within thirty days of receipt of display boards. A PO# is submitted for display boards Boards are hung up on store walls Pictures of staff in front of boards, taken inside your showroom List of
Architects and design professionals are invited to tour the ARTO factory complex in Gardena, CA and attend our AIA course: “The Beautiful Face of Concrete: Using Precast Tile, Pavers, and Wall Veneer for Historic Restoration and Renovation” on Friday, January 25. There is no charge for the tour or the course and it is a great
I started out from birth in the business with a romantic view of it. Along the way I was bombarded with events and people that said I was ridiculous for it. Sometimes you need reassurance that being odd is what got you to the dance. Here is Seth’s view “ridiculous is the new remarkable”
Howdy All, We just sent a few truck loads of overruns to Habitat Greater Los Angeles (Located in Gardena http://habitatla.org/restore/location-and-hours/) We hope to bring back the old Boneyard Program we had while we were located in West Los Angeles but till then pick them up over the REstore
Howdy Guys Beto from the Western Quarry factory is working on a project. He produced these wonderful Low Relief Handmade Glazed Tiles. I am not sure what period they are from or what the romantic name is for them but they are good looking. The ones shown are glazed & fired with the Western Quarry
Armen Alajian also recently attended Committee Week for the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) The NPCA represents manufacturers of diverse precast products ranging from septic tanks and utility boxes to decorative wall panels and architectural details. Armen is an active member of the Sustainability Committee which is responsible for developing standards to minimize the
Our Tag Line is “Rustic Elegance” it has started to become small as we have grown at least to me. It still works but it comes across narrow. When I read this Post from Seth it clarified what we meant many years ago. I may revisit the tag line again but in the mean time
ARTO Technical Director William Love recently attended Committee Week for the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) The NPCA represents manufacturers of diverse precast products ranging from septic tanks and utility boxes to decorative wall panels and architectural details. William serves as Chairman of both the Building Product Committee and the Architectural Subcommittee in order to
(Concierge)(order desk) / AKA Director of First Impressions Reports to COO Supports Order Desk Supports Shipping The Work; Answer Phones Answer Questions Regarding Orders (Answers Available in NS). Answer Product & Price Questions (retail only) using ARTO websites. Direct calls to appropriate person or take message when no answers available on WEB or NESTUITE. Other
Since I was 18 , 23 years ago now I have been coming in to ARTO on New Years Day.I come in for some corny reasons. I open the doors and turn on the water something about new air and water mostly hokum. But I do a few things that are not. I reflect, write, pray, look
Howdy I am very excited about the new site that the ARTO art department put together in house. It reminds me of the old days of working with Dream Weaver and guessing how to put a site together not very pretty but boy did the personal touch work. The new site goes back to our