Crossville has launched the Story Teller porcelain tile collection. This wood-look collection captures the graining effect achieved through the antique art of cerusing with modern digital technology to provide a mirrored, light-and-dark woodgrain appearance. Cerusing is a 16th-century contrasting technique developed to highlight the graining of wood, yet its stunning effects are as current today as when they were first discovered.
“Story Teller has a key story to tell. Apart from being a beautiful and realistic wood in porcelain tile, it also works as four-color pairs. These are light and dark versions of tones inspired by cerusing and reverse cerusing,” explains Scott Jones, Crossville director of product development. “If a designer wanted, Story Teller offers built-in coordination for wall-to-floor or floor-to-floor transitions.”
Each of Story Teller’s four pairs of colorways—Satiric and Serious, Falsity and Fact, Villain and Hero, and Evil and Good—is designed to reflect pale and deepened tonalities generated by cerusing. The contrasts offer visual transitions between floors and walls and strike a balance in design.
Story Teller comes in a 6-by-48-in. plank tile size. Designers may also incorporate the collection’s standard 2-by-2-in. square mosaic or the 1-by-6-in. brick mosaic to add interest to a design. The covebase and bullnose trim finish installations in style.
Responsibly manufactured in the U.S., Story Teller is suitable for interior floors and walls and covered exterior walls. It’s a certified porcelain product and GreenSquared certified.