June 2016: New Products – Coverings Edition

Yes, every single one of these products on the following pages was on display at the Coverings show. Many miles were walked on the show floor, by NTCA staff, so you didn’t have to. But, we couldn’t be everywhere. Did you see something at Coverings that blew you away with its beauty or functionality or ability to improve your business? Send a photo and a short blurb complete with website, and we’ll print it in an upcoming issue.
– Lesley Goddin, lesley@tile-assn.com

Tile

At ABK, the Italian manufacturer showed Aspen, a wood/stone look (pictured) and Now, a stone look in formats with soft, pillowed edges. www.abk.it
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Adex USA showed The Blue Ocean collection. The company offers beautiful decorative tile in subway,  arabesque, teardrop and pillow formats in gentle neutrals and classic black and white. www.adexusa.com
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Alcalagres is offering the same pattern in different thickness tiles to allow interior and exterior installation of the same design for a cohesive indoor/outdoor look. www.alcalagres.es/en
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At Aparici, Carpet (pictured) is inspired by an 18th century Belgian carpet; Aged is a 8” x 8” scrollwork design reminiscent of ancient tin or metalwork; and a 10” x 13” textured wall tile uses real silver particles to create its metallic glimmer. www.aparici.com/en
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Avenue Mosaic, a five-year old company based in New York, with a Cleveland warehouse, features the design genius of Michael Golden (pictured with his Aloha mosaic) to develop unique and high-end products for other brand distribution. Current distributors of Golden’s designs are Crossville and New Ravenna. Avenue Mosaics is now partnering with Dune, a Spanish Tile manufacturer, to help develop products to bring to market at the right price. Golden specializes in “multisaics” that allow the creation of a range of patterns using only one or two mosaic shapes. www.avenuemosaic.com
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Cerdomus showed Mowa, an aged wood-look line. Customers can order a box of mixed tones within strong, cold, honey, hot, white, walnut and soft palettes from this Italian factory. www.cerdomus.com
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Colorker’s Aqua Luna offers a marble aesthetic with a richly scrolled, textured and three dimensional deco. www.colorker.com
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At a show punctuated by neutrals, white, grey and black, Crossville showed its porcelain Color by Numbers line (pictured), a fresh pop of color. It also offered Satori, a large, thin tile in the Laminam by Crossville line and Oceanaire, a neutral porcelain that reflected the tranquil movement and color of ocean sands. www.crossvilleinc.com
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Emil launched Brick Design Paint, which corresponds to 90 Pantone colors in a painted brick aesthetic. www.emilceramica.it/en
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Equipe showed Magical 3, a line of hexagon shapes in black matte, metallic and a mother of pearl sheen. www.equipeceramicas.com
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Fanal displayed this Jazz Stone deco as part of the Albi line. This deco has a pleasing, subtle texture. www.fanal.com
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Fioranese took a new twist on the wood look, with a bleached, weathered approach in the porcelain Dekap. www.fioranese.it/en
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Firenze, a Porcelanite/Lamosa brand, showed Oxide with aged, weathered, oxidized effect and realistic metallic texture. www.firenzeworld.com
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Florida Tile debuted Span in 12” x 24” and 24” x 24” formats, rectified in four colors, inspired by Belgian Bluestone. Two finishes are available for indoors and two for outdoors; two mosaics complete the package, which also features Microban. www.floridatile.com
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Inalco showed its Calacatta Statuario porcelain slab in Satin finish porcelain slab in satin finish to illustrate the countertop/sink use of the heat-resistant, stain-resistant,  low maintenance material. It’s available in 5’ x 10’ with a new 40” x 8’ size for smaller spaces and floor formats as well. Thicknesses are 1/2” for counters, 6mm for walls and 10mm for floors. www.inalco.es/en
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Interceramic offers production in Mexico and a wall tile plant /company headquarters in Garland, Texas, producing high – density ceramic tile for residential use, similar in performance to porcelain, but at a value price. Shown is Burano, a vein-cut travertine look with Victorian mosaic (Interceramic manufactures its own mosaics) and the special Lumen FX, which adds a subtle glimmer along the vein lines for a luxurious effect. www.interceramic.com
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At La Fabbrica, the large slab AVA line of Italian-made porcelain showed book-matched Breccia graphics in a polished finish for an extremely authentic look. www.lafabbrica.it/en
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La Faenza, a brand from the Italian Imola Cooperative, has tribal and metallic decos for its Nirvana wood-look line, a fresh approach to lumber plank styling. www.lafaenzaceramica.com
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Landmark USA is a new brand from the Atlas Concorde Group with domestic production in Tennessee starting at the end of June. Its products are 100% porcelain, rectified, one caliber and one thickness. Shown is Attitude, an encaustic cement look. www.landmarkceramics.com
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Lunada Bay showed a new concrete line at Coverings, a result of a new plant in Oceanside, Calif. This 8” thick, strong,  satin-textured concrete pairs easily with many standard tiles. Here Contours Trifecta concrete pairs with Tozen Glow glass that uses real gold and silver leaf to give the glass a metallic shimmer. www.lunadabaytile.com
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Marazzi debuted the stunning Luminescence glass mosaic in eight pearlized colors. Available as 3” x 4” rectangles on 9” x 12” mesh mount, the surface is flat, but a concave bezel and hand-applied glaze creates a three-dimensional look. Back-buttering with white thinset fills in the bezel; glass grout enhances the final, high-end look. www.marazziusa.com
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At Mirage, Wooow is a carpet-effect tile that is being produced in the company’s Tennessee factory. It comes in 4 colors in 12” x 24” and 24” x 24” formats, with a nubby, woven carpet look. www.mirage.net
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Ornamenta showed the fabric-inspired Tartan line. www.ornamenta.com
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Peronda exhibited the Fashion Lab collaboration with architects, artists, photographers and other creative geniuses, which yields support for the artists and their projects from Peronda and fresh new ideas in tile design for the Spanish producer. Shown is Bowl, which offers a simple shape to create many patterns. www.peronda.com/en
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Ragno rolled out Bellacrete, an aged concrete look in glazed porcelain tile, with a fresco-style finish, in three colors. www.ragnousa.com
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At Rocersa, Ker Flex allows some flexibility in the 20 cm x 170 cm plank. This allows an installation offset of up to 50% due to the flexibility of the plank. www.rocersa.es
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Saloni’s Marmaria 3D wall tile shows three dimensional, tactile effects for walls. www.saloni.com/en
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StonePeak Ceramics offered Blende porcelain with a pleasing hatched texture. StonePeak is an Iris brand with production in Tennessee. www.stonepeakceramics.com
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Target Studio’s Unica line showed this colorful, novel take on the brick format. www.targetstudio.net
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Venus produces glazed porcelain wall and floor tile. Pictured is Petreas in Gobi Grey. www.venus-tiles.com
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Vitromex brings color, texture and a variety of sizes to a subway tile format in its Brooklyn line. www.vitromex.com
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Wonder Porcelain, located in Lebanon, Tennessee, has Michael Kephart as president, with Laurie Lyza running marketing. Several beautiful lines were on display, including Ancient Wood, Arcadia and Fabric Folio. www.wonderporcelain.com
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Stone

Antolini Luigi dazzled with its Precioustone collection of gorgeous natural stones cut so slim they could be illuminated from behind – like this natural agate, pictured. Also on display was the Haute Nature collection of original jewelry from the Lady A collection – designed by Alina Antolini and handmade in Italy from stones in Antolini’s Precioustone collection. www.antoliniusa.com
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Creative Edge Master Shop displayed new luxury gemstones: Bolivian Sodalite, Honeycomb Onyx, Nephrite Jade and Lapis Lazuli. www.creativeedgemastershop.com
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Gereme A. S. from Izmir, Turkey, showed amazing treatment of natural stone to achieve a range of unique effects. All stones are treated to never need sealing. Offered in the U.S. through Arch Design Tile & Stone. www.archdesigntile.com
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Soci’s silver concave herringbone in Turkish travertine was just one of the many natural stone and tile offerings the company had at the show. The company prides itself on offering fantastic design at affordable prices. Beautiful product is sourced from Spain, China, Turkey and Peru. www.sociinc.com
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Setting materials

ARDEX Flexbone high-performance uncoupling systems are German engineered. ARDEX UI 720 Flexbone floating uncoupling membrane (pictured) offers 100% true uncoupling and is perfect for frequently changed floors; ARDEX UI 740 Flexbone uncoupling membrane has maximum shear and tensile bond strengths, vapor pressure equalization and topside waterproofing. www.ardexamericas.com
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Custom Building Products introduced Speed Slope, a rapid-setting, sloping mortar for prefabricated showers and those installers who prefer mud bed work for showers. Speed Slope cures in 45 minutes – installers can put mud down, waterproof and flood test the same day. www.custombuildingproducts.com
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LATICRETE Tri-Lite mortar is the creamiest formulation the company has produced. The mortar can be used as a thinset, a LHT mortar that can be built to 3/4”, and is nonsag and nonslump. Made of a proprietary lightweight aggregate, it has a four-hour open time, designed for super large tile. www.laticrete.com
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MAPEI premiered rapid-setting Ultracolor® Plus FA.The fine aggregate makes it an all-in-one grout replacement for both sanded and unsanded grout, filling joints that range from 1/16” to 3/4”. MAPEI’s High-Hydrated Cement Technology (HCT™) eliminates common problems related to Portland-cement grout, such as color consistency and efflorescence and DropEffect™ technology reduces surface absorption to help repel water, dirt and grime. Made with 10% recycled content; Green Squared Certified. www.mapei.com
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Accessories/Sundries/Tools

IQ Power Tools vice president of research development and production, Paul Guth, demonstrating the iQTS244 – the world’s first dry-cut tile saw with integrated dust control. www.iqpowertools.com
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Miracle’s Levolution tile leveling system requires only one clip per corner, speeding and facilitating tile installation and tuning. Each clip incorporates an easy-to-use spacer, which comes in three sizes. The cap makes it easy to see the tile below, allowing precision tuning with a tensioning gun. Once tile is set, the spacer is cleanly and simply removed and the cap can be reused. www.miraclesealants.com
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Profilitec offers a wide range of profiles products and the Leveltec, unique lippage control system that features a one-handed, one-click operation. www.profilitec.com
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RTC Products debuted the Spin Doctor lippage control system, which enables the tile setter to spin down the cap – one handed – for precise leveling adjustment. Unique breakaway 1/16” and 1/8” spacer posts can be reused with a transparent anti-friction shield and easy-visibility cap. Breakaway posts can even be used as spacers or wall shims. www.RTCproducts.com
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TileRedi: Farrell Gerber, executive vice president of TileRedi, displaying latest Niche Display available for retailers, wholesalers and showrooms. www.tileredi.com
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Wedi: The Sanoasa Bench kit includes everything needed to create a beautiful shower bench at 35” and 47” wide: the base top which can be used as a curved or flat front,  side panels, sealant and mesh. www.wedicorp.com
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