Versatility? ARTO is thy name.

ARTO offers a wide range of colors and textures in both concrete and ceramic tiles 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 Early Gray while the backsplash below is highlighted by 6×6 Compton tiles in Natural Gray. Stair risers Read More

Exploding Tiles in Singapore Highlight Importance of Grout & Movement Joints

We have written before about the need to always include grout and movement joints when installing tiles.  These stories from Singapore highlight what can go wrong if you don’t. Singapore: Residents terror-stricken after floor tiles ‘explode’ at HDB flats Reports of tiles popping and cracking in flats across Singapore Weather may be one of several factors behind ‘popping’ 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

ARTO Tiles in The Most Romantic Restaurants In The World (Cecconi’s South Beach)

Architectural Digest just released a list of The Most Romantic Restaurants in the World.  We were pleased to see that Cecconi’s South Beach was recognized as it features ARTO 12×12 Oleson tiles in Walnut Spice and Copper high fired glazes  The Oleson tiles are individually handcrafted yet they are freeze thaw resistant and meet the most Read More

(Entry) Monumental Achievement

In a nod to its agricultural heritage, the City of Camarillo (in Ventura County, CA) uses a bougainvillea motif in its logo and public art.  Painted or printed bougainville images were used on earlier entry monuments but the city wanted a more polished look for its newest examples. The landscape architects contacted ARTO to explore a custom 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

Sleeping with ARTO – The Santa Barbara Inn

ARTO handcrafted terracotta tile made in Southern California perfectly complements the Santa Barbara lifestyle.  After an exhaustive search the owners were initially unable to find the classic yellow terracotta tiles envisioned for the lobby.  However they eventually found ARTO through our local distributor Buena Tile and selected 16×16 Oleson tiles in Yellowstone.  As you can 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