Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event | Arts & Culture
The Italian retailer now open in Rockville, Maryland offers Versace and Bisazza tiles, among many others
Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, celebrated the opening of its first US showroom located at 725 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland this month. The Italo Ceramica team welcomed more than 120 design industry professionals, media and customers for a grand opening celebration with special guests Andrea Bacchini, North America Market Director for Imola Ceramica, Italo Ceramica’s partner, and artist Alexander Stefan, who exhibited his photography. Stefan also raffled off one of his works during the evening event.
The Italo Ceramica team includes: Enrique Escobar, Estegenet Aga, Michael Shaw, Ivan Diaz, Josh Warner, Magdalena VanBuskirk, Siarhei Stanislavovich, Roza Stanislavovich, Paul Abbott, Michelle Lee, Jason Disney, Anthony Scipio, Kelsey Wetherington, Alan Brown, Sara Stout, Caitlin Kelly, and Dina Reifel.
The grand opening celebration was sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design magazine and its publishing team of Susan Nixon, Shelley Golinsky and Emilia Philip, as well as Godiva chocolates. Guests included: TTR Sotheby’s David DeSantis, Wentworth, Inc.’s Bruce Wentworth, Andra Lion and Aryne Dragon, Case Design/Remodeling’s Valery Tessier, N2 Publishing’s Amanda and Andrew Fraser, J Maverick Design’s Josh and Alyssa Coleman, Architect Van Franke, Interior Designer Wendy Lloyd, Interior Designer Brian VanFleet, Designer/Builder John Petro, DC Design House’s Randie Reilly, Massage Therapist Bud Earley, and many more.
With a new 8,500-square-foot showroom, Italo Ceramica, which has been in business for 17 years, imports beautiful tiles from Italy and presents them on approximately 500 large format, 8’ x 5’ sliding panel displays with specially made LED lights to showcase the striking characteristics of each tile. Italo Ceramica’s staff also creates state-of-the-art 3D designs to assist customers in making final tile selections. Italo Ceramica’s adjoining 20,000-square-foot warehouse is stocked at all times, allowing same day delivery as well as by-the-piece returns.
Italo Ceramica’s beautiful, distinctive tiles include the Hall collection, which evokes motion, color and atmosphere through a textural surface created using digital technology. Italo Ceramica also carries exclusive Versace tiles as well as tiles from Bisazza. A collection of Bisazza glass wall mosaics is arranged in the Rockville showroom in a pictorial surface to depict the story of Endimione, a character in Greek mythology. Customers can also create their own personalized pictorial using glass mosaic tiles.
“We were thrilled to open our doors to the community and share our showroom filled with beautiful Italian tiles with guests during the opening celebration,” says Italo Ceramica General Manager Paul Abbott. "By applying our overseas experience to the American market, we’re excited to offer unique tile collections popular in Europe that we feel the American consumer will embrace. We are in a strong position as our US venture is a partnership with one of our suppliers, Imola Ceramica, which brings 186 years of expertise in Italian tiles as well as gives us access to favorable stock and pricing agreements."
For additional information, call 301.637.0026 or go to www.ItaloCeramica.com. The Rockville Showroom is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About Italo Ceramica
Italo Ceramica has been in business for 17 years with 36 showrooms internationally. The Rockville, Maryland location is the first foray into the US market with an 8,500-square-foot showroom and adjoining 20,000-square-foot warehouse. The Rockville showroom’s 15-member team from all over the world is extensively trained to describe what inspired the tile designs, why they look the way they do, how they are made and what they are made of. They study not only trends in the tile industry, but also in the fashion, industrial design, culinary arts and luxury industries. Italo Ceramica is built on providing high-quality products with competitive prices, low environmental impact, long lasting durability and timeless style. Excellent customer service is paramount to the Italo Ceramica brand.
Photos by Ben Droz