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Thinking BIGGER

To toast the Midwest's first porcelain slab showroom, Tile By Design invited members of NARI and the NKBA for a night of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, conversation, and education!


Guests viewed freestanding slab displays, a kitchen countertop and work tables fabricated from porcelain slabs, and newly remodeled main and studio showrooms.

Slab Showroom

"This is an exciting time for our industry because we are now able to offer our clients integrated design solutions," said Dan Emmel, president of TXD; "Not just wall and floor tiles, but countertops, wall panels, art tiles and panels, furniture, and landscaping pavers, too.  We believe we have created a destination showroom, featuring products with superior aesthetics and superior performance!"


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Studio showroom debutStudio Debut Party

Metro architects and designers attended Tile By Design's Studio Showroom Debut Sept. 11, 2013. An addition to TxD's main showroom in Plymouth, the Studio launches the latest collections of the most innovative designers in tile and stone.

"The Studio is unique in the Twin Cities, providing a selection that is just not available anywhere else," said Dan Emmel, president of TxD. "Bold, artistic, contemporary — the Studio visitor sees tile in a new light and enters into a new frame of mind, finding an environment where absolutely unique projects can be created," said Emmel.

ShowroomRemodel"This showroom project was fun from the word 'go,' when we decided to expand on our main showroom art gallery concept," said TxD Sales Manager Marie Schuster. "The new collections take inspiration from plywood, graffiti, textiles, origami, pop-art and even traditional ceramic styles, transforming them by twists in color, texture and magnitude. We're finding that our clients are having fun, too."

Earth trainEarthtrain

Forward on Climate, the largest rally against climate change in U.S. history, occurred on the National Mall in Washington D.C., Feb. 17, 2013. Tile By Design President Dan Emmel joined 300 other Minnesotans, who represented, the Sierra Club and several other environmental organizations. Conveyance to the nation's capital was on Amtrak's first ever Earth Train and total attendance at the rally was estimated at 35,000.

"Years from now, our children will not be asking us about the fiscal cliff or sequestration," Emmel said. "They will be asking us what we did when our ice caps melted."

Bill McKibben, a noted climate change author and founder of, announced the rally at a Minneapolis event last November. His recent article in Rolling Stone, "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," sent an urgent wakeup call even to those who have paid close attention to the growing alarms of climate science.

"The building and construction industries have made incredible progress on environmental issues, but we still have a long way to go," said Emmel. "We have acted as individuals and organizations, but we especially need more political action. In the end, we are all passengers on the Earth Train. Let's keep it on the rails."


Expanding on square one

TxD joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program dedicated to the reduction of the environmental impact associated with conventional electricity use. TxD has utilized wind power for 100 percent of its electricity since 2006.

“Originally, we supported green power because it furthered our existing organizational practices, reinforced the environmental and health benefits of the products we sell and was simply the right thing to do,” said Dan Emmel, TxD president. “It turned out to be a keystone for us, helping us to build and strengthen our business and community relationships and to expand our commitments — from sustainable business practices to sustainable lifestyles. By adding company support for gardening, tree planting, community agriculture, home energy audits, etc., we continue to increase work partner participation and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Emmel. “Green power is really a commitment to our future, people and planet. Business and industry must play a leadership role.”


All of us at TxD want you to know how much we value your trust and confidence. Our firm has helped the community by giving time, talent or donations to the following organizations:

American Red Cross, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, March of Dimes, Goodwill Easter Seals Minnesota, Special Olympics Minnesota, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Outreach, Ronald McDonald House, The Jeremiah Program, Rebuilding Together of the Twin Cities, Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, MN SNAP, Twin Cities Public Television, United Way, Smile Network, IIDA Northland Chapter Charity Project, Red Door Art Gallery, Second Harvest Heartland, the Poverty Exhibit, NFL Alumni Caring for Kids, Sierra Club, Emergency Food Shelf Network, Midwest Special Services, Inc. and MN350 (