Atlas Concorde Featured Throughout Coconut Grove Condo Renovation
Lucille McKey, the owner of Business Interiors, Inc., focuses mainly on commercial projects. However, when she was presented with the opportunity to renovate a large condominium in the prestigious Yacht Harbour complex in Coconut Grove, she produced a magnificent living space using porcelain tile by Atlas Concorde from D&B Tile Distributors.
“I graduated from the Interior Design program at Miami-Dade College and was immediately hired by Business Interiors, Inc., a firm that I purchased just three years after I began working there. My office was on Ponce DeLeon in Coral Gables. I decided to pursue commercial design because I enjoy the problem solving and decision-making process. Also, it is more architecturally focused.
“My first major project was with the Coca Cola company. They needed a boardroom redesigned and completed in six weeks. Since then, I have worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies as well as many retail, educational, banking, and public spaces, law firms, and medical offices.
“This residential space was very satisfying because we gutted the entire unit. Al Pouza of CCJ Enterprises, Inc. was a general contractor on this project. He shared my philosophy, which was perfection throughout. With any remodeling project, problems always arise and have to be solved on the job. He fit that bill. I believe he was a tile contractor before becoming a general contractor. He is very particular about the tile. It shows off in this project because the attention to detail was wonderful.
“Carole Schafmeister, FCSI, was the D&B Architectural Rep on this project. Carole and I have worked together for at least 20 years. She is just one of those outstanding reps who is extremely knowledgeable. As a designer, I rely on that. We can’t know about all the new products. She is always able to tell me everything I need to know about tile and stone. If I needed a sample, she provided it. If I needed to meet a budget, she worked with me. I always go to her first for any tile or stone projects.
“When I was first introduced to porcelain tile, probably 20 years ago, I needed a product that was attractive and durable. It had to have low maintenance. Porcelain tile fit that requirement.
Every opportunity I have had to use it, I have. The product has improved over the years. This one looks exactly like marble but without the maintenance. This is all Atlas Concorde throughout. The walls in the bathroom are spectacular. The wave design just fits the area perfectly. It expands the look of the bathroom and is easy to maintain.
“I depended on Carole for all of this. She introduced me to D&B and everything they carry. I’ve also visited the Crossville factory in Tennessee. I was very impressed with that as well. I’m not brand conscious. You’ll find most designers are not. We are looking for something new and different and are attracted to a product that meets all specs, is affordable and durable. This Atlas Concorde is a beautiful tile and works very well in this unit. I was concerned about the delivery from Atlas from Italy, but we had no problem with the delivery schedule.
“Generally, I present at least two ideas for the owners. And more than likely there’s a budget. Sometimes that dictates the products I show. I love to talk about porcelain. It has been one of the best new products in 20 years.”
Founded in 1969, Atlas Concorde is the founder company of the Gruppo Concorde, ceramic tiles group with more than 2,500 employees. Since the very beginning, Atlas Concorde has proactively contributed to the evolution of ceramic tiles, introducing technological and aesthetic innovations that have become a point of reference for the entire industry. Atlas Concorde is a benchmark player in the entire tile industry and one of the most important and solid companies worldwide.
Its mission is to provide interior designers, architects and the most demanding customers with ceramic solutions suitable for every destination of use, ensuring an aesthetic appeal that is in line with market needs and, at the same time, combine them with excellent technical performance. In its forty years of activity, Atlas Concorde has been synonymous with strength, ethics, and reliability, with positive financial results since foundation. A veritable reality that, every year, wins the confidence and trust of over 2,700 customers in more than 100 countries.
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Photographs and article by G. Richard Booth