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Coverings opens with renewed optimism, bevy of activities

Coverings Show Floor 1Las Vegas—Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Coverings’ first day started strong, with a renewed optimism shared both on the show floor and throughout the day’s numerous activities at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Welcoming a new era for Coverings, the show opened with the introduction of its new creative campaign and logo by Maiarelli Studio during the annual ribbon cutting ceremony.   Continue reading Coverings opens with renewed optimism, bevy of activities

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Ceramics of Italy to hold press conferences at Coverings

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 1.26.04 PMLas Vegas — Ceramics of Italy said it would hold two press conferences during Coverings later this month. On April 29 at 3 p.m., Ceramics of Italy will hold a joint press conference with CTDA to announce a progressive new initiative on Good Phytosanitary Practices. Then on April 30 at 4 p.m., representatives from the Italian ceramics industry will discuss the state of the industry and reveal the winners of the 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition during the annual International Press Conference.

During the April 29 press conference, in room S224, representatives from both associations will give a short presentation on the elements of the groundbreaking program and how it will affect shipping procedures for participating manufacturers.

During the April 30 press conference, in room S224, leading figures in the Italian ceramics industry will present information on the state of the industry and current promotional plans as well as an overview of design trends and recent technical achievements.

The highly anticipated announcement of the winners of the 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition will also be made at this time. Representatives from the winning architecture and design firms including DI Group, Corgan Associates and MGA Partners will present their residential, commercial and institutional projects and receive a check for $4,000 and an award plaque to commemorate their achievement. The prize package also includes a free trip to Bologna, Italy, to attend Cersaie Sept. 22-26. The winning firms’ partners in excellence—the distributors and contractors involved in each project—will also receive a check recognizing their achievement.

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Coverings enjoys strong showing

Numbers up for tile, stone show

By Louis Iannaco

Volume 26/Number 26; May 13/20, 2013

From left, NTP’s Karin Fendrich was happy with the final tallies for Coverings 2013 in Atlanta; StonePeak Ceramic’s Brian Edgmon poses in front of Plane, the company’s porcelain floor and wall panel, and Florida Tile’s Sean Cilona enjoyed the reception the mill’s Magnolia and Time/2.0 lines received at the show.

Atlanta—While exhibitors at Coverings may have had trepidations heading into the annual tile and stone show’s first-time venue here, the experience turned out to be a positive one as the traffic was steady and, more importantly, the impressive amount of orders that were placed. Show officials who tallied the numbers toward the event’s closing were happy with the outcome.

“The city of Atlanta told us leading into the show that compared to other geographic regions, attendees in Atlanta register late, so we kept being told, ‘They’ll come, but they’ll come late,’” said Karin Fendrich, COO of National Trade Productions (NTP), which runs Coverings. Continue reading Coverings enjoys strong showing

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Mosaic Tile wins 2013 North American Distributor Award

Vittorio Borelli, left, vice president of promotional activities for Confindustria Ceramica, presented James Igoe, general manager of Mosaic Tile Company, with the 2013 North American Distributor Award.

After considering the work of hundreds of leading tile distributors across the United States and Canada, Ceramics of Italy is pleased to recognize Mosaic Tile Company as the recipient of the 2013 Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award. The award is annually presented at Coverings to a prominent North American distributor in appreciation of its dedication to the promotion of Italian ceramic tiles in the marketplace. This year, Mosaic Tile Company, a valued partner for the past 40-plus years, joins this hall of fame list of distributors. With ten showroom locations on the East Coast, the company has distinguished itself as a leading resource for colorful, design-driven, large-format and eco-friendly tile. Continue reading Mosaic Tile wins 2013 North American Distributor Award

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Coverings: First trip to Atlanta proves successful

Volume 26/Number 25; April 29/May 6, 2013

by Lou Iannaco

Atlanta—Spending most of its recent history in Orlando, Fla., many had concerns about how the 2013 edition of Coverings, the largest domestic tile and stone show, would fare with its change of venue. As it turned out, the main concern was not so much Atlanta itself, but the facility in which the event took place. Continue reading Coverings: First trip to Atlanta proves successful

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Tile & stone show set to make Atlanta debut

By Louis Iannaco

Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013

Coverings 2013 is sure to be the most exciting tile and stone super show ever, noted show director Karin Fendrich of National Trade Productions (NTP), the management company for Coverings, as the biggest tile and stone market in the U.S. comes to Atlanta for the first time in its 20-plus year history.

Coverings is on track to have more than 900 exhibitors from over 50 countries when it opens at the Georgia World Congress Center on April 29, running through May 2. “There is no fee to visit the show,” she explained. “And unlike many other events, there is no charge to attend the nearly 70 educational sessions, either. Continue reading Tile & stone show set to make Atlanta debut

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Design experts Rockwell, Allen to speak at Coverings

Volume 26/Number 21; March 4/11, 2013

Alexandria, Va.—Legendary designer David Rockwell and visionary editor Cindy Allen will highlight a list of expert speakers during Coverings 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center, April 29 to May 2, as the tile and stone event comes to Atlanta for the first time.

Rockwell is the founder and CEO of the world-renowned Rockwell Group. Noted for his work on the renovation of New York’s Grand Central Terminal for which he received the Presidential Design Award, Rockwell has been inducted into Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame, named to Architectural Digest’s AD 100 and received wide recognition throughout the design community. Continue reading Design experts Rockwell, Allen to speak at Coverings

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Coverings 2013 speakers named, tile trends, color directions and more at conference

Legendary designer David Rockwell and visionary editor Cindy Allen will deliver an insightful and inspirational presentation at Coverings 2013 on Wednesday, May 1, as The Ultimate Tile + Stone Experience comes to Atlanta for the first time.

Rockwell is the Founder and CEO, Rockwell Group, an award winning, cross-disciplinary architecture and design practice, headquartered in New York with offices in Madrid and Shanghai. Noted for his work on the renovation of New York’s Grand Central Terminal for which he received the Presidential Design Award, he has been inducted into Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame, named to Architectural Digest’s AD 100 and received wide recognition throughout the design community. Continue reading Coverings 2013 speakers named, tile trends, color directions and more at conference

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Al’s column

By FCNews staff

Volume 26/Number 20; February 18/25, 2013

GROWTH RINGS: Congratulations go out to the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), National Trade Productions (NTP) and Hanley Wood. Each have been recognized by Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine for their annual markets as being either among the Top 50 fastest-growing shows in 2012 or one of the publication’s Executive Gold 100 honorees for Largest Shows of 2011 (the top shows for 2012 will not be announced until later this year). NTP’s Coverings and Hanley Wood’s Surfaces were among the Gold 100, while NWFA’s Wood Expo, along with Coverings, were named as finalists in the 2012 fastest-growing shows. TSE will announce the order of winners during its annual Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, May 8 to 10 in Chicago. Continue reading Al’s column

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NTCA to hold first annual Awards Night

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) will celebrate with its members and associate partners in a special awards program at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, in conjunction with Coverings. Immediately after the show closes its exhibit hall, the NTCA will hold its first annual awards event, honoring its yearly Tile Person of the Year and the Joe A. Tarver Lifetime achievement award for service to the industry. In addition, the Tile Council of North America will recognize their Tile Person of the Year, and for the first time ever, the NTCA will recognize its Five Star Contractor Members with the Grand Prize for Commercial and Residential Projects. Each recipient will receive $2,500 for installation excellence. Continue reading NTCA to hold first annual Awards Night