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Coverings seeks stone and tile projects for 2012 Installation & Design Awards

Alexandria, VA—A superior installation magnifies the real beauty of tile and stone. And, it is superior installations—along with the contractors and designers who’ve collaborated on them—that will be honored with the Coverings Installation and Design Awards. The presentation will be the crowning event of the 2012 Coverings Tile & Stone Exposition and Conference, April 17-20, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Continue reading Coverings seeks stone and tile projects for 2012 Installation & Design Awards

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New York-based design firm wins Ceramics of Italy design challenge

NEW YORK—Every year at Coverings attendees flock to the Italian pavilion. In a new twist, next year the 3,000-square-foot pavilion will be transformed into a striking topography-inspired piazza as envisioned by e+i studio. The architecture and design firm based here was selected as the winner of the Ceramics of Italy Exhibit Design Challenge and will design the next Ceramics of Italy pavilion at the fair in April. Continue reading New York-based design firm wins Ceramics of Italy design challenge

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Hunter Douglas launches ‘Celebrate the Season’ event

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J.—The Hunter Douglas “Celebrate the Season” fall sales event is designed to tap into consumers’ desire to make their homes more beautiful and safer for the fall season, as well as for holiday gatherings, while providing another opportunity for the company’s aligned dealers to close larger and more profitable sales. Continue reading Hunter Douglas launches ‘Celebrate the Season’ event

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Laticrete sponsors 2011 CTEF installer program

Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete has contributed as one of the top-sponsors or “Signature Level” partners for the 2011 Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) testing program. In addition to financial support, Laticrete will make material donations for specific CTEF host testing sites, as well as making Laticrete technical sales representatives available in each region as the installer testing program makes it way around the country. The CTEF provides the only certified tile installer program with a nationally recognized set of standards that includes testing the hands-on skills of each end-user along with a written evaluation to produce a verifiable CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI). Continue reading Laticrete sponsors 2011 CTEF installer program

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Installation design showcase returns to Coverings 2011

LAS VEGAS—A designer’s vision for using tile and stone in a project is only as good as the installer’s workmanship.

That industry axiom will be well illustrated during Coverings 2011, March 14 to 17, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center here with the presentation of the Installation Design Showcase. A combined live- action demonstration and exhibit, the showcase will feature conceptual bath vignettes by three leading designers, and their creations will take shape in full view of Coverings attendees as some of the most experienced tile contractors working today ply their skills to the installation. Continue reading Installation design showcase returns to Coverings 2011

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Coverings 2011 to offer array of seminar sessions

LAS VEGAS—Options abound for distributors and retailers when it comes to the lineup of conference sessions at Coverings 2011. The international tile and stone show, scheduled for March 14 to 17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center here, is offering a schedule of more than 70 seminar sessions with nearly half designed for those in the sales and distribution segments of the industry. Coverings 2011 is free to attend, and that no-cost policy extends to all educational programming. Continue reading Coverings 2011 to offer array of seminar sessions

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Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

ORLANDO, FLA.—The use of state-of-the-art technology to create innovative products has become standard practice in ceramic tile. And late last month Coverings 2010 served as the industry’s showplace for innovation, texture, style, color and education.

“We felt the momentum, energy and buzz of a show that, much like the world, is coming back from a really tough 2009,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of National Trade Productions (NTP), manager of Coverings. “We had many new programs we believe helped do that. The show was up 5% in attendance with 23,500 attendees, and up [about the same amount] in space as well.”

In a sign that the economy might be finally beginning to rebound, there were nearly 160 new exhibitors at this year’s show. “The fact that the number of first-time exhibitors nearly quadrupled from last year is irrefutable evidence that the show is an invaluable opportunity for both exhibitors and attendees.” Continue reading Coverings: Ceramic segment invigorated with innovation, style

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Didn't go to Coverings? Here's what you missed:

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The industry’s premier tile and stone market is more than an array of the world’s top manufacturers and importers displaying their latest products and services, Coverings offers a multi-track conference program, which is all free, geared to educate different sectors of the industry—from designers and distributors to retailers and installers/contractors—and all points in between, noted Jennifer Hoff, president of client events for National Trade Productions, which manages and produces Coverings.

Hoff briefed FCNews on some of the educational programs being offered to attendees this year, noting they are a reflection of the types of classes provided every year. Continue reading Didn't go to Coverings? Here's what you missed: