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Luxury brands carpet show returns to Domotex asia/ChinaFloor

Shanghai, China—Domotex asia/ChinaFloor, Asia-Pacific’s most established trade show for the flooring industry, and Cover Magazine are set to host the second edition of the curated

Luxury Brands designer carpet showcase on March 20-22. The Luxury Brands exhibition and designer carpet collection has captured the industry’s attention and respect due to the quality of hand-made carpets and popularity of the international designers participating.

VIPs, invited guests and international journalists can visit the signature marquee in Hall-W5, presenting 16 renowned carpet design firms that are looking to indulge visitors with a variety of extravagant products. Each company will introduce two of their finest hand-made rugs with the goal of attracting buyers as well as industry professionals interested in collaborating on future design projects.

The internationally renowned designers from Europe, the Middle-East and North America joining the pavilion this year are: Amadi Carpets, Ariana Rugs, Art Resources, CC-Tapis Creative Matters, Edelgrund, French Accents, H.O.C. Design, Hossein Rezvani, Lila Valadan, New Moon, Rug Star, Samad, Tufenkian, Wool & Silk and Zollanvari.

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TISE excites with new features, education sessions

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16

By Lindsay Baillie


Las Vegas—The International Surface Event (TISE) is ushering in a host of new features for 2018, starting with the event’s new Monday-to-Thursday format. In addition to the earlier start, attendees can expect to see the latest products paired with off-site tours, updated education sessions and presentations as well as a new Media Village.

The TISE team works each year toward developing an event that achieves for attendees:

  1. A momentous and profitable experience;
  2. Products, resources, knowledge and connections that will benefit their businesses; and
  3. The first solution for their businesses to launch their year.

As Michelle Swayze, senior marketing manager, Informa, explained, “As the event continues to grow to more than 450,000 square feet of exhibits, products and services—800 exhibiting brands; more than 200 new exhibitors; the return of Shaw to the event and so much more— the TISE team has become more creative in offering the content, resources and partnerships the industry needs in innovative yet concise ways.”

The Design & Installation Showcase Hub, The Dish
At the 2018 event attendees will notice an update to the Trends Hub and the Installation Showcase, which have now merged into one location called the Design & Installation Showcase Hub, The Dish. Presenting on three stages—the Design Stage, the Product Demonstration Stage and the Installation Stage—attendees can visit each daily for hourly content regarding what’s new and on trend for products, installation and design.

The Design Stage will be curated by Scarlet Opus, a world-renowned design firm, and Housetipster, an innovative tech design company, to present a 360 design space in which attendees can take virtual tours via large touchscreens and/or virtual reality goggles. The Product Demonstration Stage will feature exhibitor-led demonstrations on the newest products in the industry, while the Installation Stage will present detailed how-to and best practices demonstrations for all types of installation techniques.

Media Village
The Media Village will be home to resources such as magazines, industry partners and associations that have connections and information for attendees. Those at the show can come to this area to meet founders and guiding forces in the industry as well as pick up complimentary magazines and gain knowledge.

Ignite education program
The TISE Ignite program is offering 55 sessions in targeted tracks for designers, architects, fabricators, contractors, installers, homebuilders, retailers, distributors and more. Of the 100 presenters, 25 are new to the 2018 program. All are leaders in their respective fields.

The program also includes several sessions to change the way attendees interact and engage with the educators and their peers. These sessions include: “What Stone Is This? Learn How to be a Rock Sleuth,” “Women in Stone Interactive Career Advancement Workshop,” “Fabricators Forum: Networking, Learning, Sharing” and “Take a Break from Tradition – #CleanYourShowroom.”

The Ignite education program will also cover a host of topics in surface design in 2018 from aging in place, wellness and health design to safety factors and the “sexiness” of quartz and luxury.

Off-site tours
Attendees can sign up for a designer home tour to Ascaya—a premier custom luxury estate home site with a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Valley. They can also go on a natural stone tour to Las Vegas Rock (LVR) Quarry and attend a special quarry-producers workshop.

Networking opportunities
Attendees will be able to connect and socialize at various events such as Canada Night, Emerging Professionals Happy Hour, Interactive Career Advancement Workshop, the VIP Distributor Lounge and more.

Las Vegas Market shuttle
TISE is partnering with the Las Vegas Market, which will offer a breadth of product offerings and inspiration for interior designers and retailers as well as expand the buying and sourcing possibilities. Buyers will have continuous shuttle service between the two exhibits—the World Market Center Las Vegas and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center—on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees will also have access to both events’ floors for the duration of both shows.


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Southeast Flooring Market: Specialty retailers find there’s value in regional show

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15

By Lindsay Baillie


Atlanta—The Southeast Flooring Market, now in its second year, was held Jan. 3-4 at the Cobb Galleria Centre here, exemplifying the importance of regional shows to the independent flooring retailer. Attended by 1,069 dealers from 19 states—a 52% increase from 2017—the market boasted 65 exhibitors showcasing both hard and soft surfaces.

The show was unofficially born to piggyback on Shaw and Mohawk’s Southeast regionals, the only time in which both are held in the same venue. In the past, smaller suppliers would show product in various meeting rooms throughout the convention center and adjoining hotel. But last year trade show company Market Maker Events was asked to come in and organize the smaller exhibitors in its own ballroom with Shaw and Mohawk as the bookends.

“The Cobb Galleria came to us and said, ‘This has grown past our ability to manage it,’” said Lori Kisner, managing partner, Market Maker Events. “Because of the proximity to Dalton, this has helped draw more exhibitors and attendees. It’s easier for someone to just drive down.”

Kisner and her team attribute the large number of attendees that made the trip this year to both old-school marketing initiatives and exhibitor outreach efforts. “We made over 8,000 telephone calls starting Nov. 1 and sent out two direct emails. We also reached out to the manufacturers and asked who they wanted to be there. We really pushed [the manufacturers] to invite their customers.”

When the dust settled, the market attracted attendees from Virginia to Florida and over to Louisiana. “As a by-product of our marketing we have a lot [of people] from Indiana, Michigan and a couple from Minnesota,” Kisner explained. “Our biggest pick-up is from North and South Carolina and Tennessee—because we we’re really focusing on those states.”

The Southeast Flooring Market saw growth not only in attendees but exhibitors as well, more than doubling the count of 28 in 2017. This number is only expected to increase in 2019, which is fine because in addition to another hall at its disposal, the show also has approximately 10,000 square feet it can occupy in its existing hall.

“We’re going to grow with this event,” Kisner stated. “We’re going to let it evolve to what it needs to. Our goal is for people to leave this event saying, ‘This was a great show.’”

While growth is certainly a goal, Kisner wants it to stay a Southeast show. However, she is interested in developing additional regional shows throughout the United States.

Attendees see the value
Veteran attendees took note of the event’s increased traffic. “I’ve watched the show grow from literally nothing,” said Sandy Mishkin, board of directors, CCA Global Partners. “I think this show is only going to get bigger and better.”

Eddie Brown, owner of My Little Store, a mom-and-pop store based in Crossville, Tenn., felt the show’s larger presence was a bit overwhelming. “It’s almost too much to see.” He attends the Southeast Flooring Market each year to meet with manufacturers his store is already doing business with. “We also enjoy seeing the other dealers and sharing best practices.”

For first-time attendee Rhonda Kennedy of Carol’s Interiors and Floors, Homosassa Spring, Fla., the Southeast Flooring Market provided an affordable, easy-to-get-to venue. Her store, which was destroyed by fire a couple of years ago, is preparing to reopen and she is looking to restock. “The show has been very informative. There is so much product to see.”

What sets this show apart from a national event, attendees say, is the amount of time attendees can spend with the vendors. “From the manufacturers I’ve spoken to, unlike at [national shows], you can spend a good amount of time talking with your customers,” Mishkin stated. “There’s more of an intimate atmosphere.”

While the Southeast Flooring Market might seem like a potential competitor for larger, more inclusive events such as Surfaces, Kisner suggested both events actually complement each other. “Regional shows can sometimes help national shows. You can’t look at them as competitors; you have to look at it as they can coexist. You have small retailers who are never going to make it to a national show. Being able to give them options helps.”



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Hannover Fairs USA to launch Domotex USA

Chicago—Hannover Fairs USA will debut Domotex USA, focused on the American residential flooring industry, from Feb. 28-March 2, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Domotex USA will consist of exhibition space, conferences and education, featuring flooring and flooring innovations.

Exhibitors will display the latest machine-made carpets, wall-to-wall carpeting, textile floor coverings, handmade rugs, resilient flooring, design flooring/luxury vinyl tile and laminate flooring, parquet and wood flooring, as well as application and installation technologies designed for the residential flooring marketplace.

“Many industry representatives have been asking us for years to launch the DOMOTEX brand in the North American market, as there has not been a flooring trade fair in the Eastern U.S. that demonstrates the quality and breadth of the world’s leading carpet and flooring show, the Domotex Hannover,” said Andreas Gruchow, member of the management board, Deutsche Messe AG, Hanover. “In addition, given the strong economy in the U.S., much is being invested in commercial real estate such as offices, hotels and shops. The number of residential properties is also growing considerably. These are good conditions for the sale of floor coverings in the United States.”

Domotex USA will be organized and managed by Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA), the U.S. subsidiary of Deutsche Messe. “With the introduction of Domotex in Atlanta, we will showcase residential flooring innovations from the center of North America’s floor covering marketplace, adding another vital Deutsche Messe event to our North American portfolio of shows,” said Larry Turner, president and CEO, Hannover Fairs USA.


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NeoCon East previews educational program

Hig-res-dark-blue_-NeoConEast-Philadelphia-Logo-blue-1Philadelphia—NeoCon East, billed as the Northeast’s premier commercial interiors design expo and conference, has provided an overview of the sessions that will take place during the event, scheduled to take place Nov. 15-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

“Our aim for the NeoCon East educational offering is to inform, spark conversation, and provide professionals across disciplines a way to effectively and efficiently earn valuable CEU credits in just two days,” said Monica DeBartolo, director of programming. “The 2017 assortment caters to varying levels of practice and covers everything from the application of psychology to built projects and architecting ecosystems that inspire innovation, to exploring livable space efficiency and best practices in designing for the federal government.”

In addition to market-ready solutions from hundreds of companies across sectors and valuable networking opportunities, this year’s conference program will round out what organizers call the “comprehensive NeoCon East experience.” The lineup includes over 25 CEUs offering insight into what’s next in workplace, healthcare, hospitality, government, education and beyond.

Anchoring the program will be keynote speakers: Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA, design director, TPG Architecture; Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP, managing director Perkins+Will, North Carolina Practice; David Insinga, AIA, chief architect, General Services Administration’s Public Building Service; and Alex Gilliam, founder, Public Workshop.

Seminars are $40 each when attendees register online before Nov. 10. After Nov. 10, all registration for seminars is on-site, subject to availability, at a fee of $50 each. Special discounts are available for students and government employees. The full list of seminars is available online at

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NeoCon East opens registration, presents keynotes

NeoConEastPhiladelphia, Pa.—Registration is now open for NeoCon East. Held Nov. 15-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, NeoCon East will feature nearly 200 companies with products across vertical markets such as workplace, healthcare, education, public space, hospitality, retail and government. Programming will include more than 25 CEU accredited seminars, as well as a group of keynotes.

The keynotes slated for this year include: Alex Gilliam, founder and director, Public Workshop; David Insinga, AIA, chief architect, U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service; Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA, studio design director at TPG Architecture; and Zena Howard, managing director at Perkins & Will, AIA, LEED AP.

“From varied backgrounds, the 2017 NeoCon East keynotes all share a common thread of inclusive, human-centered design for the greater good,” said Monica DeBartolo, director of programming, NeoCon East. “We are thrilled to showcase these inspirational thought leaders—four influencers over two days—at the 15th annual edition.”

Online registration is free and now available at CEU seminar registration will be available online Sept. 6.

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Coverings 2017 unveils tile, stone products to enthusiastic crowd

coveringsOrlando, Fla.—Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, made its highly anticipated return to the Orange County Convention Center yesterday. Representatives of the Orange County mayor’s office, Ceramics of Italy, Tile of Spain, Tile Council of North America, Ceramic Tile Distributor Association and National Tile Contractor Association gathered April 4 for the official 2017 ribbon cutting ceremony. The show, which runs through April 7, features new products from more than 1,100 exhibitors that span 430,000 net square feet of show floor space, and offers more than 70 educational sessions.

At the show’s ribbon cutting ceremony, Victoria P. Siplin, Orange County vice mayor, presented a declaration that named April 4-7, 2017 as Tile & Stone Days in Orange County, Fla. The mayor’s office recognized the influence of the show in the community by providing attendees the opportunity to learn about new and innovative products, gain knowledge from courses and provide networking opportunities to foster connections with peers. Representatives from the Coverings board joined Siplin to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

Further to the many striking booths, this year’s enhanced pavilions added to the buzz on the show floor. Tile of Spain introduced a new stand, branded the “Innovation Lab,” that serves as a multipurpose area and showcase of the many uses and installations of tile. Tile Council of North America’s pavilion has been updated to reflect the organization’s Why Tile campaign. The core areas of focus for the campaign—tile design, easy care, healthy spaces, and heritage—are integrated throughout the booth. The Ceramics of Italy pavilion provides a central gathering place for industry professionals to network, complete with Italian fare.


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Ceramic: Coverings to put the spotlight on latest trends, education

March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21

By Lindsay Baillie


Coverings, touted as the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, returns to Orlando with new features and a robust education program. Slated for April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, the show promises to deliver something for everyone.

Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 10.21.32 AMSome of the main points of interest for attendees include the show’s three pavilions—Spain, Italy and North America—a roster of impressive educational conference sessions, the new Installation Design Showcase and, of course, a bevy of new products on the show floor.

There will be plenty to keep Coverings’ attendees busy, according to industry ambassador Alena Capra. “There are an estimated 1,100 total exhibitors this year, representing over 40 countries across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space.”

Educational opportunities
In keeping with tradition, Coverings 2017 will host an abundance of conference sessions available to professionals serving the stone and tile industry. Over 65 conference sessions will be available during the show, with many offering CEUs.

“We have a robust conference program with sessions for all segments of our audience, including distributors, retailers, architects and designers, builders and remodelers, fabricators, contractors and installers,” said Jennifer Hoffman, president, Taffy Event Strategies. “We have sessions in Spanish for 2017 as well.”

New to the educational program are seminars regarding advanced contractor topics, a business topics track, contractor beginner-intermediate topics and the thin tile mini-track. These classes are open to all attendees.

New thrills
Coverings 2017 is offering three new features to complement its educational programming. “Elements new to Coverings 2017 include guided audio tours, a NASCAR racing experience and a reinvigorated social media lounge that will enhance the show by allowing attendees opportunities to further interact, explore and engage,” Capra said.

This year, Coverings is hosting four guided audio tours: Coverings 101 Overview Tour in English and Spanish, a Trends Tour, and an Installation Materials and Systems tour. These pre-recorded tours will be available via the official Coverings mobile app and provide insight into booths and pavilions.

The NASCAR racing experience provides attendees with the opportunity to find out what it is like to be a professional racecar driver. Drivers with the fastest simulator times each day will win two tickets to the NASCAR events of their choice. NTCA, Schlüter Systems and Laticrete are sponsoring the event.

Coverings Connect, the show’s refreshed social media lounge, allows attendees to relax, charge personal electronic devices or network. Coverings Connect will present a series of educational seminars called “Byte” sessions that have a digital focus. Some of the sessions include “LinkedIn Basics,” “Picture This: Instagram as a Customer Connection Tool” and “6 Cs to Social Media Success.” Additionally, a bar will be located in Coverings Connect from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., offering a happy hour for attendees to enjoy a beverage and make new connections.

Returning features
Many of the elements Coverings attendees have enjoyed from previous years will also be present at this year’s show. The popular Installation Design Showcase returns but with a twist. For 2017, this program will feature three tiny houses on site—a West Michigan house, a Retro Bungalow and the Vitruvian. NTCA Five Star Contractors and leading designers will partner together to showcase the synergy between design and installation. Each tiny house will highlight a different design aesthetic and feature tile and stone in a live installation.

Coverings will also host afternoon happy hours on the show floor from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. The bars will be located in the Tile Council of North America and Ceramic Tile Distributor’s Association booth, the Installation Design Showcase booth #458 and Coverings Connect booth #1568.

Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 10.23.41 AMAlso returning to the show are the Coverings Appreciation Days, which feature tailored guided tours of the show floor, lunch and focused education sessions, among other attractions. The 2017 Appreciation Day schedule is as follows: Builder & Remodeler Day, April 4; Architect & Designer Day, April 5; Contractor Days, April 5–6; and Fabricator Day, April 7.

The show will also offer both CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) and Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) testing, as well as Stone Fabricators Alliance demos. Lastly, the Live Demonstration Stage at booth #3135 and the Coverings Rock Star program will also return this year.

Product showcase
Exhibitors plan to showcase the latest tile and stone trends on the show floor. This includes a wide array of formats. “From a size perspective, we anticipate companies will introduce large slabs reaching up to 126 inches in length in a variety of materials,” said Shelly Halbert, director of product design, Dal-Tile. “On the opposite end of the spectrum, we will see smaller formats in handcrafted looks, including 8 x 8, 12 x 12 and 6 x 12 sizes.”

Donato Pompo, president of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, anticipates seeing a lot of wood plank porcelain tile, gauged porcelain tile/panels (thin tile panels) and ink jet reproductions of various types of stone. He explained that rectangle tiles are still popular as well as large module tiles. He also expects to see various types of decorative wall tiles.

Innovations in porcelain tile will also be on display. Style options run the gamut from marble looks, bright colors with unique textures, wood and metallic looks. “Porcelain tile panels are a significant development for the tile industry because of their size—measured in feet, not inches—and range of potential applications,” said Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing, Crossville. “These panels can be used in applications where traditional tile wouldn’t be an option. They can also be installed directly over previous tile or stone, eliminating the cost and labor involved in [demonstration] spaces, all while achieving big style with all the performance of porcelain.”

Emily Holle, director of trend and design, MSI, expects to see more wood looks and various sizes at the show. “This is an exciting trend that’s morphing and evolving quickly, with new styles constantly emerging and all types of edgy wood looks holding their own against the most traditional styles.”

While Emser is not exhibiting this year, Barbara Haaksma, vice president of marketing, plans to walk the show. She expects to see products that will build on existing trends. “Some of the looks we’re expecting are a continuation of the longer slabs. We’re going to see a lot when it comes to larger format tiles. We’re also expecting to see a lot more decorative tiles.”

Attendees will also be on the lookout for technological advances in design and performance. As Kristin Coleman, marketing representative for Ceramics of Italy, put it: “The capabilities of tile are expanding every year, moving from a flooring material decades ago to a truly versatile, high performance material that can be used to clad buildings, serve as kitchen and bathroom countertops, outdoor pavers and more.”

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Cersaie attracts 113,165 total visitors

BOLOGNA, ITALY—Cersaie has once again confirmed its world leadership position in the field of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishing trade fairs. After selling out all the floor space in the Bologna Exhibition Centre five months before the event (965 exhibitors from 31 countries, including 265 non-Italian companies), the show’s strength was further bolstered by its number of visitors. Continue reading Cersaie attracts 113,165 total visitors