Posted on

Coverings reflects strength of industry

Alexandria, Va.—Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, had over 1,100 exhibitors from all over the world and over 45 educational sessions at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Nearly 25,000 industry professionals attended the week-long expo from May 8-11, a 20% increase from 2013, the last time Coverings took place in Atlanta.

“The energy at the show this year was truly palpable,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ industry ambassador. “The increase in attendance from the last time the show was in Atlanta demonstrates Coverings critical role in the tile and stone industry as well as the market’s overall strength.”

Returning Coverings exhibitors noted the excitement on the show floor and the myriad of education and networking opportunities that took place during the show.

“The buzz at the show was electric this year,” said Tressa Samdal, director of marketing for Florida Tile. “It was great to get immediate feedback from designers, architects and dealers from around the world. Coverings offers one of the greatest opportunities to showcase new products to both our existing partners and potential customers.”

There was also plenty of excitement from the Ceramics of Italy pavilion, which impressed attendees with an array of tile products from its renowned manufacturers. “The atmosphere at Coverings 2018 was fantastic,” said Davide Saguatti, marketing director at Atlas Concorde. “We were so excited to tell the story behind our new products.”

Tau Ceramica, an exhibitor from the Tile of Spain pavilion, found Coverings to be an important destination for sales and networking. “We had a lot of good traffic from quality customers,” said Adam Ramirez, U.S. brand and sales manager, Tau Ceramica. “Coverings is truly a mecca for tile and stone, and there’s no better show to attend if you’re new to the industry.”

Coverings leadership was also pleased with the outcome of this year’s show. “We were delighted to return to Atlanta this year and to see the growth in show attendance since 2013,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The A&D, builder, remodeler and installer communities took full advantage of thousands of Coverings’ exhibitors and more than 45 educational sessions, as well as many new features at this year’s show, including the Quickfire Sessions, Orientation Theatre and the Happy Hour on Tuesday with extended show hours.”

Coverings 2019 will be held April 9-12 in Orlando, Fla.

Posted on

NTCA names winners of Five Star Contractor Project of the Year

Atlanta—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) named the winners of its sixth annual NTCA Five Star Contractor Project of the Year Awards at Coverings 2018 here. 

NTCA’s Five Star Contractor Awards were presented for both commercial and residential tile installations. Many submissions were received and judged via the following criteria: Scope (size of project), Complexity (challenges), Technical Soundness (resolution of challenges) and Design & Presentation (overall appearance, layout and artistic value).

This year’s judges included: Kent Klaser of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc., San Diego, Calif.; Gregory Mowat of Forensic Tile Consultants, San Diego, Calif.; Richard P. Goldberg of Professional Consultants International, LLC, Avon, Conn.

Sponsored by Daltile, NTCA Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Award winners received a custom plaque and were awarded two round-trip airfare tickets and a two-nights hotel stay in Atlanta for Coverings.

Christian Brothers Flooring & Interiors, Inc. of Lakeside, Calif., was the recipient of the NTCA Five Star Grand Prize Award for Commercial Project of the Year. The Mesa Commons installation in Irvine, Calif., resulted in a striking visual appearance, design and layout, and the complex environmental challenges overcome during construction are those a NTCA Five Star Contractor could solve easily with its specialized training.

Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc. of Visalia, Calif., was the recipient of the Five Star Grand Prize Award for Residential Project of the Year. Workmanship and artistic qualities brought the Hoffman Residence in Fresno, Calif., to life. A challenging mixture of both natural stone and ceramic presented the opportunity for Visalia to showcase its Five Star Contractor skills.

David Allen Company of Raleigh, N.C., was the recipient of the Five Star Grand Prize Award for Commercial Elite Project of the Year (over $1 million). Nearly 80,000 square feet of marble and tile were meticulously installed in the new Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Of the many complexities which presented themselves working in a metropolitan area, the narrow doorways offered a unique opportunity for this contractor to showcase its innovative thinking.

“We would like to thank our contest judges and sponsor for their support and, of course, all of the Five Star Contractor members who submitted incredible projects.” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of the NTCA. “Each of these winning installations, as well as the other submitted projects, clearly demonstrates the value of engaging an NTCA Five Star Contractor in such complex arenas.”

Posted on

Coverings: Latest tile, stone introductions hit all the right notes

May 14/21, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 24

By Mara Bollettieri

Coverings, billed as the largest international tile and stone event in North America, delivered as promised as attendees from near and far came to see the hottest and freshest trends in the industry. More than 1,100 vendors showcased their respective products across the vast showroom floor at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta

“It’s really about connections for anyone who attends,” said Alena Capra, Coverings industry ambassador. “You can meet new vendors, people you can partner with. It’s for tile installers, fabricators, retailers, distributors. Everyone wins because [the connections are] what the show is really about.”

With respect to trends, larger-format tiles, which were prominent throughout the show floor, continue to trend. While the larger format is overtaking the European market, the U.S. is still slowly absorbing the trend, explained Juan Molina, general manager of sales and marketing, Del Conca USA. However, larger tiles are now being used in certain high-volume metropolitan markets, such as Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, to create open spaces.

At the show, Del Conca USA highlighted its Alchimia porcelain stoneware collection, which is available in different sizes and colors—from 120 × 120 cm to 40 × 80 cm. “We are here every year and believe in the show,” Molina said. “This particular convention is the most important one in all of North America. It’s the best environment for customers in our industry to make good comparisons from one factory to another.”

Larger format tiles were also seen in the show’s tiny home displays. Many of the homes used formats as large as 48 x 48, which Capra referred to as a “super large format.” Capra noted that, “some of the homes only had six tiles throughout the whole house.”

While larger, thin-format tiles are currently on the rise, many were on display with more standardized sizes that are wider and not as tall, according to Diana Friedman, Novita Communications, Ceramics of Italy. “Along with that, we are seeing some companies that are doing thick tiles—20mm—but in actually smaller sizes,” she explained. “It’s a new way of showing these thick tiles.”

Wood is (still) good

Wood-look tiles are still holding strong in the marketplace as these visuals are finding their home both inside and outside. What’s more, wood-look tile is incorporating other tile trends such as thinner, longer formats.

“We’re seeing a couple of companies have thin wood looks,” Friedman explained. “We are seeing a 3 x 24-inch version that’s really nice and smooth—almost like a buttery wood, a leathery texture.”

Gianni Mattioli, president and CEO, Ragno USA, sees the importance of wood looks in the marketplace, although he explained it is probably leveling off. Ragno USA saw brisk traffic at its booth during the show, with many attendees stopping to look at wood visuals. To cater to this market, the manufacturer continues to introduce new wood finishes such as traditional and rustic wood looks.

Blast from the past

Honoring the past was an ongoing theme throughout this year’s show, as many exhibitors embraced old-fashioned designs and styles. According to Friedman, a lot of textured tiles with classic looks and ideas were on display in the Italian Pavilion, which displayed over 120 brands of Italian exhibitors.

A huge retro trend that a majority of companies displayed was terrazzo. “Terrazzo has been big and is getting even bigger,” Friedman stated. “We’re seeing a hyper-realized idea of this post-modern look, so there are a lot of colors, a lot of these pastel tones.” She explained that there is almost a “terrazzo inception” going on, where lots of companies are displaying tiles that have terrazzo within a terrazzo pattern.

“Ornamenta has a beautiful ombre tile, which is large and thin,” Friedman noted. “It’s called the Operae collection, and it has a stylized palm leaf motif. The company takes these hyper-realized, classic known elements and makes them bold and bright with a new take.”

Capra also noted the return of terrazzo as well as patchwork. “Terrazzo has been around for a long time in tile form,” she explained. “It has a batch of different benefits and features, so that’s a great option.” With respect to patchwork, “We definitely saw a lot of the patchwork-type look, whether it’s all consistent in black and white—and a lot of color as well, softer tones,” Capra said. “There were a lot of coordinating soft color tones that go with this patchwork—everything from bold geometric patterns to the more traditional-type looks.”

Color tile conquers

Many exhibitors and attendees commented on the usage of bright colors, blues and pastels at the show. As Beth Wickliffe, Clayton Tile, Greenville, S.C., told FCNews, “Anything with color—bright colors—is coming back. A lot more blues coming around—bright blues and navy—but grays are still around as well.”

Manufacturers, such as Marazzi, are tapping into this wide range of colors to create tile for all occasions. Marazzi’s popular line, Middleton Square, is full of bright, vibrant colors in 4 x 12 wall tiles with undulations, 3 x 12 and 6 x 6. “We’re getting a lot of good feedback that people want to move away from blacks, whites and grays,” said Ray Piña, Northeast regional sales manager.

Capra also emphasized the rise in color tile. “Something we noticed is a lot more color—a lot of bright color,” she said. “A lot of dark teals and aquas, different shades of blues, soft pinks and soft greens and yellows.”

One new trend that caught Capra’s eye is contrasting colored grout with neutral or colored tiles, such as gray tile with yellow grout, or turquoise grout with black and white tile. This style, she said, would work great for an accent wall as a kind of statement.

Technological advancements

Although many suppliers are feeling nostalgic what with the return to old-fashioned designs, many are also embracing technological advancements to create innovative tile, such as digital printing. For example, Refin Ceramics displayed its new line, Kasai, a collection that pays tribute to Japanese culture. The line is simple and made in three colors with various decorations inspired by Japan, according to Nick Schenetti, sales rep for the Northeast and Midwest American market, Refin Ceramics. Through the usage of digital printing on the tile, the company has created a tile that gives a look of burned wood.

Many show exhibitors are digitally printing their tiles to develop new styles. “There was also a lot of metallic gold veining on already digitally printed porcelain,” Capra said. “There was a lot of gold over existing design. People are playing with technology to go ahead and create new things.”

Texture has also played a huge role at this year’s show. “I noticed some pattern tile had some texture on it,” Capra added. “There was one with a cactus on it, and you could feel it. You’re seeing subtle textures to really strong textures, like 3D texture. With the advancement in technology, they are able to do that.”

Posted on

Coverings 2018 presents best booth awards

Atlanta—Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, has announced the winners of its 2018 Best Booth Awards. The program recognizes the standout booths based on their design, creativity, display of product, use of space and overall presentation. This year, an esteemed panel of judges selected five to win the coveted honor from more than 1,100 exhibitors, many of which showcased remarkable booth exhibits.  

“The booth displays feature an array of beautifully designed spaces that incorporate tile and stone on a variety of innovative displays,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “We congratulate this year’s winners, who all contributed to making Coverings one of the most beautiful expositions in the country.”

The Overall Best in Show honor was presented to Florim Ceramiche (Booth #1642), which earned praise for its distinctive design and use of space. The multi-level footprint of the booth showcases a unique portfolio of tile products.

Ornamenta (Booth #2717) was honored for best “Open Concept,” as the booth exterior features open sides, allowing visitors to view the tile products from multiple angles. The trendy fashion-forward pink hue of the booth complements the open design.

The best “Use of Storytelling” award went to Fiandre (Booth #7646), as the booth features a Sophisticated and Sustainable Hub of Design Trends theme. Inside, the multidimensional booth shows how the beautiful product translates throughout a fitness space from the lockers, to the showers, to the workout area.

Inalco (Booth #3331) earned the top spot in the “On Trend” category. The eye-catching booth displays a more contemporary statement with an electronic board displaying a stunning video about the brand.

The “Best Ambiance” honor went to Anatolia Tile & Stone Inc. (Booth #1019). The booth blends a wide range of materials that ties the space together with integrated lighting to create a welcoming atmosphere.

 

 

Posted on

Coverings honors young professionals in 2018 Rock Star program

Atlanta—Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, has announced its new honorees for the annual Rock Stars Emerging Leaders program. Now in its fourth year, the program underscores Coverings’ mission of supporting the continued growth and success of the industry through meaningful connections. Honorees were recognized for their achievements within the tile and stone industry during a Rock Star luncheon on the opening day of Coverings 2018, May 8.

“Coverings is thrilled to welcome this group of impressive industry professionals into the Rock Stars program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “We look forward to continued success for this exceptional group of talent and to witness the impactful contributions they will continue to offer the tile and stone industry.”

A committee of industry leaders reviewed an impressive field of candidate submissions shared by veteran colleagues to identify 12 outstanding inductees for the fourth class of Coverings Rock Stars. Representing a diverse array of industry professions, the 2018 honorees are:

  • Richard Anuszkiewicz, executive director, kitchen and bath division, Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects
  • David Benson, principal and vice president of sales, Architectural Ceramics
  • Kelly Bowen, sales consultant, Ceramic Technics
  • Amber Clore, principal and owner, A.Clore Interiors
  • John Kilfoyle, owner, United Marble Fabricators
  • Joe LaFauci, showroom manager, La Fauci Tile
  • Cari May, marketing manager, Coldspring
  • Jason McDaniel, owner and regional evaluator, StoneMan Construction
  • Nakul Patel, sales representative, MSI
  • Cameron Proctor, senior project manager, David Allen Co.
  • Amy Oakley, communications manager, Natural Stone Institute
  • Triniti Vigil CTI, ACT, director of evaluation and training, J&R Tile

This group will be recognized at Coverings by a special Rock Star ribbon on their badges. For more information, visit: coverings.com/content/Coverings-Rock-Stars.

 

Posted on

Crossville to host in-booth, show-wide education sessions at Coverings

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville will be offering unique education opportunities at the Coverings tradeshow, including informative sessions live at Booth #7654 as well as sessions offered as part of the show’s education schedule.

Crossville’s educational sessions will address the latest trends in commercial and residential design, as well as issues related to technical performance and installation. For anyone unable to attend in person, the sessions will be broadcast via Facebook Live. The following are the sessions that will be taking place at the show.

  • Mix It Up with Crossville—May 8, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Explore Crossville’s latest products and a colorfully coordinated strategy with Terri Marion.

  • Retro Active 2.0 Revealed—May 8, 3:00-3:15 p.m.

Crossville shares its latest line of tile and the ingredients that make this line so very special.

  • Now and Then: Bold Blends take on Tradition—May 9, 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Crossville hosts a panel discussion with designers Denise McGaha and Michelle Workman.

  • KBTribeChat: Tile Trends—May 9, 1:00 p.m.

A Twitter-based discussion for professionals in the kitchen and bath design industry.

  • The Technical Side of Bold Blends—May 9, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Crossville’s technical team gives you the know-how to work across tile lines.

  • Bold Blends: Influences in Commercial Design—May 10, 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Crossville hosts a panel discussion with designers Shelly Attila and Louise Labus Collins.

  • The Story of Porcelain Panels—May 10, 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Crossville’s Porcelain Panel Case Studies tell a whole new design story for tile.

Beyond the booth sessions
In addition to the in-booth sessions, members of the Crossville team are participating in Coverings education sessions throughout the show. Crossville’s VP of marketing, Lindsey Waldrep, will represent the North American pavilion in the Global Tile Trend panel discussion hosted by the show taking place on  May 9 at 9:30 a.m. in B309.

Noah Chitty, Crossville’s director of technical services, will be part of the following informational sessions focused on the latest in tile standards and the gauged porcelain tile panel category:

  • Understanding Tile Installation and Product Standards and How to Apply This to Your Installation Projects on May 8, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in B406
  • Gauged Porcelain Tile—Inside the Product and Installation Standards on May 10, 1:30-4:30 p.m. in B206.

Irene Williams, owner-principal of Crossville’s PR firm Msg2Mkt, will be talking about various social media tools for customer connections. These include:

  • Coverings Connect Byte Session: Pay to Place—Facebook Advertising on May 8, 12:30-1:00 p.m., and on May 10, 1:30-2:00 p.m. in the B-C Connector
  • Coverings Connect Byte Session: Pin to Win—Pinterest’s Power for Your Biz on May 8, 1:30-2:00 p.m. and on May 10, 12:30-1:00 p.m. in the B-C Connector
  • Coverings Connect Byte Session: Fireside Chat – Social Media for Business on May 9, 12:30-1:00 p.m. and on May 11, 12:00-12:30 p.m. in the B-C Connector
  • Coverings Connect Byte Session: Quick Tips to Conquer Content Marketing on May 9, 1:30-2:00 p.m. and on May 11, 11:00-11:30 a.m. in the B-C Connector

Attendees can register for free at coverings.com.

Posted on

Coverings 2018 to reprise tiny home theme for IDS

Arlington, Va.—Coverings’ninth annual Installation Design Showcase(IDS) will showcase tiny homes for the second year running, noting the continued interest in this design and building trend. Tapping leading designers and contractors to share their talent, the IDS exhibit will feature live tile and stone installations by certified installers with materials from industry-leading manufacturers. The exhibit will take place in Booth 8804 in Hall C of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, from May 8-11.

Following is a preview of the three tiny homes.

Smart modern living
Jeffrey Baker of Jeffery Bruce Baker Designs embraced a warm, modern style for his project, applying clean lines and an open-space layout concept to give the tiny home an open feel and maximize usable space.

“We used the combination of tile and finish materials not just as a decorative element, but as a way to express the architecture of the home,” Baker stated. “With unique applications, including a checkerboard of wood-like squares applied to columns within the home, tile had a major impact on the space and overall design.”

Installer Woody Sanders of DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting has been collaborating with Baker for nearly half a year to ensure a seamless installation within the tight space. The home will feature tile from Estime Ceramica.

Luxe cottage
Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry created a “luxe cottage” with her tiny home project. Drawing inspiration from the imagined needs of a young, retired couple seeking a mountainside getaway with all luxuries of home, she created a high-end, yet cozy, environment with accents like a fireplace, wine cooler and plants.

“Everything from furniture to fixtures has to be at an appropriate scale for such a small space,” Ferren said. “To that end, we’ve incorporated tile not only on the traditional floors and walls, but also on countertops, shelving and built furniture components of our space. Using different scaled, textured and colored tiles helped us accent design elements without enclosing the space or feeling cold.”

Sam Bruce of Visalia Ceramic Tile collaborated on the project from an installation perspective, marking the company’s second year participating in IDS. The installation team will work with tile from Ceramics of Italy.

CG villa
Rita Carson Guest, FASID of Carson Guest,has created a contemporary design leveraging neutral colors and light walls to make the space appear larger. The home uses lightweight, large tile panels as a creative solution for the mobile tiny home, where tight spaces and weight are a key consideration.

“Selecting finishes that will make the space appear larger is important when designing tiny homes or other small spaces,” Guest said. “We used tile as a starting point for our creation, building the design around the tile used for the walls, floors, shower and countertops.”

Erin Albrecht of J&R Tile will bring the design to life through its installation at IDS. The home will feature tile from Crossville USA.

Attendees are encouraged to visit and explore the homes, which will be featured on the show floor for the duration of Coverings. On May 10 at 3:00 p.m. attendees can meet with the designers and contractors for a one-hour interactive session deconstructing the design and installation of each project followed by a reception.

For more information, visit: coverings.com/IDS.

 

 

Posted on

Coverings 2018 conference programming

Arlington, Va.—On May 8-11, Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 45 sessions in the 2018 conference program. Speakers will share their knowledge and industry insights with attendees, with conference programing highlighting key topics for the tile and stone industry at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. With CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2018 will partner with industry leaders to present four featured sessions, as follows:

 

  • May 8, 8:30-9:30 a.m.: “Focusing on the Future: An In-Depth Look at the Leading Color and Design Trends.” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and director at Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, will provide clarification, inspiration and validation to the upcoming trends that will work best for businesses. Eiseman will also include helpful insights from her newest book, “The Complete Color Harmony,” Pantone edition.

 

  • May 8, 8:30-10 a.m.: “Town Hall Meeting I: What General Contractors and Specifiers Are Saying About the Stone and Tile Industry?” will discuss what general contractors and design professionals are saying about the stone and tile industry, and the impact on a successful product installation. Moderated by National Tile Contractors Association executive director Bart Bettiga and Natural Stone Institute CEO James Hieb.

 

  • May 9, 8-9 a.m.: “Town Hall Meeting II: Meeting General Contractor and Specifier Expectations,” a second town hall session hosted by Bart Bettiga and James Hieb, will discuss how to meet the expectations of general contractors and designers. Using the insight gained from the first town hall, this interactive session will include small group discussions designed to learn about partners’ thought processes.

 

  • May 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m.: “Developing Our Workforce: Engaging the Next Generation for the Tile and Stone Industry,” addresses the continuing labor shortage and skills gap within the industry, which has had a direct impact on the quality of installations as fewer qualified installers are available. Moderated by Gayle Silvey, associate director of the SkillsUSA Office of Education.

 

To learn about the full range of conference sessions at coverings, visit eventscribe.com/2018/Coverings/agenda.asp.

 

 

Posted on

Coverings 2017: What’s old is new again

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22

By Nadia Ramlakhan

 

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.33.33 AMOrlando—Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, returned to a familiar location earlier this month after being hosted in Chicago in 2016. Roughly 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries showcased the latest trends, technologies and styling techniques in their respective categories across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space.

According to many show veterans, Orlando is an attraction unto itself. “You see a lot of international people,” said Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing, Crossville. “They make it a family trip; everyone comes for the house of [Mickey Mouse].”

Alena Capra, Coverings industry ambassador, noted the difference in introductions on the show floor due to the surrounding areas. “It’s a big draw—people from all over the country and globe come here. But a lot of what we’re seeing is appealing to the markets here. We’re so close to the Bahamas and all of the islands that exhibitors are showing some pinks and blues with that tropical feel. You also see a lot of terrazzo, and that’s because people in South Florida restore terrazzo all day long. It’s original to a lot of the older homes.”

The location of the show wasn’t the only thing that made a comeback this year. Exhibitors and attendees alike agreed that some familiar looks were coming back into play on the show floor, albeit with a few new twists.

“Just like everything I always relate it to fashion,” Capra explained. “I’ve seen trends come full circle so many times; I think about clothes my mom wore and I’m wearing them today. It comes back but it changes each time. For example, subway tiles have never gone away but they keep changing. The classic shape remains.”

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.33.27 AMSome of these re-emerging trends include warmer tones and industrial looks. Crossville’s Notorious is just one example. The collection comes in six neutral colors, in a range of sizes from 24 x 36 to 3 x 15, and coordinates with the company’s Surfaces wood-look launch: Nest.

“It’s a neutral industry, but what I like here is it’s a nice mix of warm and cool,” Waldrep said. “There are many rustic, carved-into-concrete looks. Ours is very soft, very uniform. There are a couple of marks in it to really suggest concrete.”

Another resurging trend is the return of the traditional cotto look with a little variation. That was evident in Dal-Tile’s Ragno Epoca collection, which comes in three colors. Micah Hand, brand marketing manager at Marazzi, Ragno’s sister brand, called it the “perfect mix of old and new. We saw a lot of cotto in Cersaie, but we’re mixing it with a lot of modern, sleek designs. That’s where I see this coming back in an updated way.”

Hand added that accessories such as furniture or countertops also play a big role in using cotto. “We want to make sure designers and consumers understand how to utilize tile in different ways to achieve a more modern or urban look.”

Beyond flooring
Crossville’s Laminam for the wall also showcased a similar style. Calce is a new cotto look that comes in five colors while Cava is a new stone look available in three colors. Both are 1m x 3m porcelain tile panels. Waldrep noted that although its large panels have given popularity to the Laminam collection in the past, inkjet technologies have allowed the products to advance in visuals as well.

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.33.07 AM“It’s just a resurgence of retro, and I think part of it is everything has a cycle. Cotto is a classic look and it’s time for it to raise its head again. As technology moves ahead, we think about how and where we can apply it.”

MS International focused largely on wall offerings as well. “While there is no reason a floor tile can’t go on the wall, there are a lot of cool design elements you can create with a wall tile,” said Emily Holle, director of trend and design, national marketing. The company’s Dymo is an upgraded subway tile and incorporates texture into three all-white patterns: wavy tile, stripes and a flat body tile. The tiles come in 12 x 24 with creative 3-D effects. “So if you weren’t so risky and you just want to do a strip of accents you could. However, you can always do a full accent wall of one of these three-dimensional looks.”

Larger formats prevail
In keeping with the trend toward bigger sizes, Marazzi introduced a number of large format collections including Classentino Marble and Château Reserve. Classentino Marble features five natural marble looks in 12 x 24, 24 x 24 and 24 x 48. The polished collection coordinates with a classic weave mosaic while an elongated hexagon mosaic accents the matte finish. Château Reserve is a wood look series that comes in 6 x 48, 8 x 48 and 12 x 48 planks in five colors, with printing technologies being used to target glossy areas for a real wood look.

Outdoor applications
Many exhibitors at the show turned their focus to outdoor flooring options. Ragno introduced Real Stone Quartzite, a drastic, rustic stone look that comes in Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.33.38 AMtwo colors and gives consumers the ability to achieve a natural stone look outside with the durability, cleanability and easy maintenance of porcelain tile. Hand explained that more and more outdoor hospitality commercial spaces are using the 2cm thick paper because it’s easy to install in different areas. On the other hand, it can be used to transition straight from inside to a patio, backyard, etc.

Del Conca USA’s Due2 is also a 2cm thick porcelain tile, with anti-slip and weather-resistant features. Its natural, curved edges are made for quick and easy installations over grass, sand and gravel. It is also suitable for terraces or rooftops because it allows rainwater to flow below the flooring where it is collected on a waterproof membrane.

“Outdoor flooring is a big trend we’re starting to see in the industry,” said Melissa Weisberg, representative for Ceramics of Italy. “We’re seeing flooring not just around pools, but also flooring systems that allow for installation over grass, pebbles or rocks. It allows for more of an authentic feel.”

 

Posted on

TCNA members donate tiled doghouses to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 11.08.30 AMOrlando, Fla.—Eighteen members of Tile Council of North America (TCNA) will donate one-of-a-kind tiled doghouses to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando at Coverings 2017, here. The participating companies include: AlysEdwards Tile & Stone, Appomattox Tile Art, BonTon, Casa Ceramica, Cider Press Tile, Crossville, Del Conca USA, Florim USA, Iconic Design Concepts, Lunada Bay Tile, Marazzi, Shenfeld Studio, StonePeak Ceramics, Stonexchange, Syzygy Tile, Vitromex, Wizard Enterprise and Wonder Porcelain.

The forms used to make these doghouses were manufactured by Wedi and contributed by Wedi and TCNA.

“Each year at Coverings TCNA’s members selflessly give back to the local community through countless hours of designing and creating timeless works of art such as these doghouses,” said Eric Astrachan, TCNA executive director. “This year we are pleased to donate these incredible examples of the versatility and beauty of tile to the Pet Alliance to assist them in their mission to help Orlando-area pets. We are very happy to contribute with our members to such a worthy cause.”

During the show, the doghouses—along with some furry friends from Pet Alliance—will be on display in the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard, where a donation ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. on April 6.