Valencia, Spain—In the 1960s, Bob Dylan sang about boots of Spanish leather, but in the 21st century, praises are being sung for Spanish ceramics and tiles. The 31st edition of Cevisama attracted approximately 70,000 visitors from 78 countries to shop the latest stone, ceramic, and sanitary ware and building and design solutions from 673 exhibitors. Armando Ibáñez, president of Cevisama, noted that nearly 25% of the visitors were from international markets. Continue reading Cevisama 2013: Cool character, nostalgic updates define ceramics
The following is an interview I conducted on tour with Tile of Spain‘s Reign in Spain design competition. This FCNews blog post is a first-hand look at what is important to today’s designers and architects.
WE ARE FAMILY: When executives at Shaw say they want their retail customers to feel part of the family, it’s no joke. At its SFN convention in Orlando, Fla., the mill not only hosted dealers from more than 830 retail stores, there were over 725 children in attendance, making it one of the largest of its kind the industry has seen. While the company certainly catered to the needs of its retailers, it looked like executives were having more fun watching the kids run around the exhibit hall and evening receptions interacting with all games and activities set up specifically for their entertainment. As Randy Merritt, president, said, “We loving having the children here. SFN is 14 years old and many of the people now working the floor were once doing the playing. We’ve watched them grow up and get involved in the family business.” Continue reading Al's column
I recently had the honor of taking part in ASCER’s Reign in Spain trip to several cities in Spain, culminating at Cevisama, the world’s second largest trade fair for all things tile. Quite literally, it was all things, from building facades to drainage systems to bookshelves. Look for additional posts about the trip and the show to come in the very near future. Continue reading Keraben shows us how it's done
CORAL GABLES, FLA.—Four architects and interior designers interested in utilizing tile in their work will have the opportunity to visit Spain and participate in Cevisama, the world’s second largest ceramic show, thanks to the second annual “Reign in Spain A&D Tour.”
Sponsored by the Trade Commission of Spain and Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association, the program is a week-long architectural junket visiting various regions of the country along with Cevisama, which takes place Feb. 8 to 11 in Valencia. Continue reading ‘Reign in Spain’ contest launched