Landmark Ceramics shows Frontier20 novelties at Coverings 2018

Frontier20, offers a unique porcelain paver experience for outdoor application

Frontier20 M.P.D project porcelain pavers

Landmark Ceramics’ Frontier20 introduced the Multi Pattern Design (M.P.D.) project, designed to allow combinations of multiple size patterns and therefore develop creative and original outdoor design solutions. M.P.D. project is available in two different versions: M.P.D. Big & M.P.D. Small.

 

 

 

 

Frontier20 also adds to its wonderful line four new stone-look items. These colors are inspired by a mix of the finest and most contemporary natural limestones, making it a unique collection, ideal for designing in a free and versatile manner.

Frontier20 stone colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frontier20 expands its selection with new sizes ranging from 12″x12″ to 24″x48″. Among those, two new wood looks in the highly demanded plank format 16”x48” have been added to satisfy the demand of the most accurate and attentive designers.

Frontier20 offers new sizes

Modomo announces the winners of its Coverings 18 promotion.

The company celebrates a successful launch of Modomo Tiles at Coverings 18.

Coconut Creek, FL, June 7, 2018 – Modomo is proud to announce a successful launch of the brand, Modomo, and the winners of Modomo’s door prizes at Coverings 18.  A trip for two to Italy was the first prize of the drawing. Second and third prizes were awarded also.

John and Kelly Naramore of Triangle Tile won Modomo Tile’s Trip to Italy at Coverings 18.

John and Kelli Naramore of Triangle Tile of Raleigh, NC are the proud winners of the Trip to Italy furnished by Modomo Tiles.  John and Kelly said, “We are so excited to be going to Italy. We couldn’t be happier than doing business with Modomo Tiles!”

Runners up included:  Louis Rutigliano of Classic Tile & Marble of NY, winner of the 2nd prize—a smartphone—and Paul Merola of Merola Tile NY, winner of the 3rd prize—an UHD 55” LED TV.

Scott Alpert, Modomo’s Managing Partner, is very pleased with the great success Coverings 18 was for Modomo’s official launch.  Scott said, “From being in the tile industry for almost 37 years, I was very pleased with the exposure and business Modomo received as a result of the show.”

Modomo is a U.S.-based holding company, run by industry veterans, providing the finest Italian tile to the U.S. and Canadian markets. Partnering with one of the most successful Italian tile manufacturers, Modomo is committed to providing beautiful collections and superior sales and training support together with aggressive pricing models.

 

 

Installation Experience: contrasting the results of skilled and qualified labor

The Installation Experience debuted this year at Coverings. Conceived by the NTCA and CTEF and spearheaded by CTEF’s Scott Carothers, NTCA’s Mark Heinlein and brought to life by scores of hardworking volunteers, it sought to demonstrate the quality difference between work done by qualified labor such at Certified Tile Installers or those with Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers credentials, and unskilled labor.

The Hall of Failures showed the results of installations done by unskilled labor.

Another example of failed installation in the Hall of Failures.

Bad lippage can result when installers don’t follow methods and standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “experience” was a self-guided journey through identical installations in the Hall of Failures and the Hall of Excellence that demonstrated the industry-approved ways to execute an installation and the results of an unskilled install. The comparison was supported by photographs.

Beautiful results from qualified labor.

Another example of an expertly-done installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installers and Regional Evaluators on hand to answer questions about the CTI and ACT exams.

Regional Evaluators, NTCA State Ambassadors and other volunteers answered questions about CTI and ACT exams.

CTEF’s Scott Carothers (R) answers questions from visitors to the Installation Experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers also participated in an install-off  called the CTI Challenge where they competed in time and skill while installing identical vignettes.

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers faced off to install a vignette in the Construction Zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Installation Experience concluded with the “At Home with Tile” theater where time-lapse video highlighting various construction stages immersed visitors with inspiring and educational projects, and visitors could view beautiful, functional room settings, with expertly installed tile.

Functional bathroom backsplash with Sideview glass from Crossville.

Cutaway view of a gauged porcelain tile panel install over existing brick.

Installation Experience Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

Designers, contractors collaborate on Installation Design Showcase Tiny House projects

The reprise of the Tiny House Installation Design Showcase for Coverings 18 featured three tiny houses that paired top designers and NTCA Five Star Contractors to develop and design the look and concept and bring it to life on the show floor.

The three tiny houses included:

Smart Modern Living – designed by Jeffrey Baker of Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs and installed by D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting. Clean lines and and open layout characterized the space. Estima Ceramica provided the tile and LATICRETE donated the setting materials and backerboards.

 

Jeffrey Baker (L) with Woody Sanders and Alena Capra at the Smart Modern Living tiny home.

 

The DW Sanders Tile & Stone crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxe Cottage – designed by Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installed by Visalia Ceramic Tile, the space is geared to the imagined needs of a young, retired couple seeking a luxurious mountainside getaway that features tile on walls, countertops, shelving and built furniture. Ceramics of Italy supplied tile, MAPEI donated setting materials and Schluter provided backerboards.

 

Visalia’s Sam Bruce with designer Brittney Ferren (C) and Alena Capra at the Luxe Cottage tiny home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Visalia Ceramic Tile crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CG Villa – is the signature contemporary tiny home designed by Rita Carson Guest, FASID, of Carson Guest. Installed by J&R Tile, the space features gauged porcelain tile panels to keep the weight — and the look of the space light and spacious. Crossville Inc., provided tile with installation materials from ARDEX and backer board from wedi.

Alena Capra with J&R Tile’s Erin Albrecht (C) and Rita Carson Guest at the CG Villa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For full details regarding the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, visit coverings.com/IDS.

 

NTCA Members Receive Prestigious Awards at Coverings 2018

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, announced the names of its members who were recent recipients of key industry awards at Coverings Installation and Design Awards (CID) Ceremony in Atlanta, GA.

The Coverings Rock Stars  – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. Since its conception, the program has recognized dozens of young leaders who have connected at Coverings through mentorship and networking opportunities. The program underscores Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities.

The three individuals recognized are strong supporters and members of the Association:

 

  • Triniti Vigil of J&R Tile, San Antonio, TX

 

      • Ceramic Tile Education Foundation – Certified Tile Installer Program Regional Evaluator
      • Bi-Lingual leader mentoring apprentices in J&R Tile’s Department of Labor approved program

 

  • Cameron Proctor of David Allen Company, Raleigh, NC

 

      • Project Manager for the David Allen Company at just age 34; recording over 2 million square feet of tile and stone projects
      • Both industry educator and student, continuously developing his and others’ technical expertise on a variety of products and projects

 

  • Jason McDaniel of Stoneman Construction LLC, Portland, OR

 

    • Nominated by a record 11 industry leaders for the Rock Star Award
    • Founder of Global Tile Posse Network; avid NTCA supporter and philanthropist with the Wounded Warrior Projects in Oregon

Four NTCA Members were among those selected as winners of the Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, which honors exceptional design and installation of tile and stone in the categories of residential stone, residential tile, commercial stone and commercial tile.

A panel of judges consisting of ​editors, designers and industry professionals evaluated ​all ​submissions​.​

The NTCA congratulates the following members for being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments:

  • Camarata Masonry Systems of Houston, TX –Commercial Stone Installation winner
  • California Tile Installers of Cupertino, CA – Grand Prize winner for Commercial Tile Installation
  • Columbia River Tile & Stone of Portland, OR –Residential Stone Installation winner
  • Tile Design by (Nadine) Edelstein of Seattle, WA –Residential Tile Installation winner

“On behalf of the board members and staff of the NTCA, we applaud all of the award winners, both seasoned veterans​ and ​those ‘​up​-​and​-​coming,​’​” stated Bart Bettiga​, NTCA’s Executive Director. “As our Association moves forward with its efforts to educate and train for the future, these accomplishments solidify what wonderful career accomplishments can be attained.”

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NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com.

 

Tile Heritage Foundation holds handprint mural workshop at Coverings

THF’s Shiela Menzies (yellow apron) assists (L to R) Elena Grant, Taffy Event Strategies, Stephanie Samulski, TCNA, Dan Lambert, Lambert Tile & Stone, and Dirk Sullivan from Hawthorne Tile.

NTCA’s James and Chris Woelfel of Artcraft Granite, Marble and Tile Co., craft their handprint tiles at the Global Monumental Handprint Tile Project at Coverings in May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making a handprint tile at the Tile Heritage Foundation (THF) booth for the mural that will eventually be installed at the new TCNA headquarters was “the most fun thing I did at Coverings this year,” said NTCA Chairman of the Board James Woelfel, Artcraft Granite, Tile and Marble, Mesa, Ariz.

Woelfel was not alone. Two hundred people in total stopped by the hand-print making station at Coverings to imprint hands, feet, emblems, logos, names, slogans and other personal expressions in soft clay tiles sponsored by Peter Mullins of the Stone Zone, purchased at discount through Mudfire Studio and Gallery  in Decatur, Ga.

The industry came together to support the event. Sponsors included: Taffy Event Strategies; TCNA, The Freeman Company; Highwater Clays; James Hardie Building Products; Merola Tile;  Joseph Lungren Consulting; Katia Tiles; Interceramic USA; Artfind Tiles; and Mary Yocum. NTCA, CTEF, TCNA, CTDA Clay Squared, Ironrock, Doty Tile promoted the event as well as THF and its board.

The Global Monumental Hand Print Mural project at Coverings raised sponsor funds of  $4,500 pre-event and $800 during the event itself. An additional $1,500 was realized from people contributing $25 per person onsite.

THF’s Shiela Menzies (l.) with TileLetter editor Lesley Goddin at the handprint tile station during Coverings.

“It was great fun for so many people,” said Sheila Menzies of THF. “ We want more people to do this at their own place of business. There are guidelines, but  it can be done anywhere in the country. Tile Heritage is happy to act as a consultant to anyone wanting to organize an event. Sponsorship is ongoing as well!”

Tile industry members also volunteered to aid and assist those making handprint tiles during the workshop. They included:

Jan Hohn, Hohn & Hohn, Inc.; Katia McGuirk, Katia Tiles; Tricia Metzner, Made in Mosaic; Nadine Edelstein, Tile Design by Edelstein; Karin Motawi, Wizard Enterprize; Andru Eron,  New York Tile Makers; Brigid O’Connor, – Artfind Tile; Joe Taylo, Tile Heritage; Sheila Menzies , Tile Heritage; David Patrick, Alchemy Materials; Lisa Danneker, Theresa King, Todd Kukral, Carol Mueller and Abby Cocos, all of- Sonoma Tilemakers; Martha Coursey,  House on the Hill Studio; and Katie Rossi, Angie Stanley, Tara Syslo of Merola Tile. Woody Sanders of DWS Tile & Stone, picked up the handprint tiles and delivered them to Interceramic.

Coverings Ambassador Alena Capra making her handprint tile.

A sample handprint tile. Visit Tile Heritage Foundation to learn where you can make your own at local workshops this summer and fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other workshops will take place around the country. One was  just completed in Doylestown, Pa. during the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Festival, organized by tile maker Kathy Casper of Mt. Laurel, NJ. It added 52 tiles to the total. One will be held at Aileen Barr studio in San Francisco on June 16. THF is planning a summer hand print workshop in the Healdsburg, Calif., area and fall workshops are planned by both Clay Squared to Infinity in Minneapolis, and by Nadine Edelstein, with Artisan Tile Northwest tile collaborative in the Seattle area. Stay tuned for details.

For more information, dealers and manufacturers can visit http://www.tileheritage.org/pdfs/Hand-print-Participation-Station-details.pdf and individuals can get details at http://www.tileheritage.org/pdfs/Hand-print-tile-details.pdf.

 

 

COVERINGS 2018 SHOW REFLECTS STRENGTH OF INDUSTRY

(ALEXANDRIA, VA – MAY 31, 2018) Coverings, the largest international tile & 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 with its return to Atlanta. Nearly 25,000 industry professionals attended the week-long expo from May 8-11, a 20 percent 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 at 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, Florida.

 

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About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association  (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2018 took place May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

Now Trending: Notable Looks from Tile of Spain Manufacturers at Coverings 2018

This year, tens of thousands of attendees from every facet of the design community happened upon the Spain Pavilion at Coverings 2018, where the term eye candy took on a whole new meaning.

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), exhibited a wide variety of new product innovations and trends from 85 Spanish tile manufacturers. Architects, designers and contractors alike emerged from Coverings equipped with a fresh take on what’s new in ceramics. As in years past, new tile trends emerged while others maintain their position in the arena.
Notable trends by Tile of Spain manufactures include:
Geometric Shapes. From hexagons to herringbone, geometric shapes are still going strong. Fading, by Harmony, is a comprehensive 20x20cm collection with interplay between overlapping patterns and finishes.
Intriguing geometric patterns awaken the senses with Oset’s Andorra Collection. This stone-inspired fish scale pattern design is frost resistant and ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
Mosaics are still a highly sought after format. The Allure Collection by Onix is a prime example of how combining sophisticated palettes with refined finishes creates design perfection.
One of the more prominent trends on the heels of Coverings is marble. Museum’snew Santana Collection exhibits a strong veined pattern on a restful background that lends surfaces a bold personality. Similarly, Inalco’s Azalai Collection emulates fine marble whose powerful intensity exudes elegance.
Natural looks are in abundance. Fanal’s Fusta series mimics the look of pressed wood chips; bringing a raw and natural look to floors and walls. The polished glazed porcelain is available in a 45x118cm format.
Maintaining its position in the arena is the wood look. Fine examples of trending wood looks can be seen in the Ceiba Collection from Cicogres as well as the Sonoma Collection from Pamesa. The beauty of wood reflected in ceramic tiles has a timeless prevalence.
The D’Anticatto Collection by Natucer brings a modern twist to old world charm. The warmth and comfort of each piece adds value to the highest standards of quality and its distinguished, enduring aesthetic. The rustic and slightly aged look gives depth and character to any space.
Finally, the Resort Collection by Vives solidifies that the cement look is here to stay. A perfect combination of industrial and refined, cement tiles have evolved to create more sophisticated visuals in both indoor and outdoor settings.
For press information and high-resolution images visit: http://bit.ly/TOSCoverings18
The 2018 Spanish Pavilion wass organized and sponsored by ASCER, the Professional Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers from Spain, and ICEX Spain Trade and Investment. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit tileofspainusa.com.
Connect with Tile of Spain on Facebook, Google+ and Instagram at TileofSpainUSA; and on Twitter and Pinterest at TileofSpain.

Trend-setting tiles, award-winning projects & more from Ceramics of Italy at Coverings + ICFF

Ceramics of Italy just wrapped up another successful edition of Coverings (May 8-11 in Atlanta) with a dynamic, tile-clad exhibit designed by e+i studio and hundreds of new tile and setting products from over 120 brands.
In case you missed the action, here are a few highlights:

If you have ICFF on your calendar this week, make sure to stop by the Ceramics of Italy Pavilion (booths 2219-2319) where 15 brands will showcase the latest trends in tile – from porcelain emulating terrazzo, marble and eucalyptus wood to new designer collections and outdoor tile.

NTCA Awards Night Special Guest: U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna, Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program smart home recipients

NTCA, Crossville, Inc., and MAPEI are all supporters of the program

One of the most moving moments of the NTCA Awards Night was the talk given by Sgt. Eric Hunter and his wife Kenna, who gave personal insight in to the transforming power of Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. specially-adapted smart homes.

U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna spoke about the importance of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E Program and its specially-adapted smart homes to restore independence and dignity to veterans injured in the line of duty.

Sgt. Hunter and Kenna spoke about the circumstances that surrounded the family’s need for a specially-adapted smart home, provided by the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program. NTCA, along with ceramic tile donor Crossville, Inc., and setting materials supplier MAPEI, have been supporters of this program.

Sgt. Hunter explained how after suffering injuries in the service of his country, he was denied assistance from other organizations because he wasn’t injured “enough” to qualify for assistance. A cut to his Social Security benefits increased the hardship the family was facing in a home that was inadequate for his special needs. He explained how the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E Program gave hope to him and his family, and how the specially-adapted smart home will allow him to regain independence and dignity.

While introducing Eric and Kenna Hunter, NTCA assistant executive director Jim Olson said, “These life-changing homes not only provide our injured veterans the opportunity to reclaim independence but also the families that have sacrificed alongside them.The recipients of the Foundation homes are deeply grateful for the support of the many sponsors and volunteers. Every one of them have hand signed a photo of their completed home and have sent them to us.”

He continued with the introduction, saying “ United States Army Sergeant Eric Hunter was first deployed to Iraq in 2010. While there, he connected on the internet with a girl from his hometown named Kenna, and they remained in contact throughout his deployment. On June 1st, 2011, Eric and Kenna married and she and her two children came to live with him in Kentucky.

“Eric’s second deployment in 2012 took him to Afghanistan,” he continued. “On May 31st, 2012, the day before Eric and Kenna’s one year anniversary, while patrolling his unit, Eric stepped on an improvised explosive device. Along with many other injuries, the bomb took his right leg and shattered his left. Eric was flown to three different hospitals before arriving at Walter Reed National Medical Center, where Kenna came to be at his side.

“Eric spent four years at Walter Reed where he has undergone 61 surgeries with the possibility of more to come as he still feels pain in his salvaged leg,” Olson added. “In December 2016, Eric and Kenna welcomed a new baby girl, making them a family of five. They currently reside in a non-handicap accessible rental in Marietta, GA. Since Eric cannot use his wheelchair in his home, he has to cope with being in pain while walking or scooting from room to room. The Gary Sinise Foundation is honored to provide the Hunters a specially adapted smart home to further enable this soldier and his family to move forward with their new life together. The NTCA is proud to be a part of this program and we are particularly honored that they are willing to say a few words to us tonight about the difference the Foundations supporters are making in their family’s life.”

View a video of Eric and Kenna’s remarks on the National Tile Contractors Association Facebook page here: Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna remarks at NTCA Awards Night

 

NTCA’s Bart Bettiga (l) and Jim Olson (r) with U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna. NTCA, along with MAPEI and Crossville, Inc., are all supporters of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program.

Jim Olson coordinates sponsors and assists in finding NTCA contractors to provide labor to install donated ceramic tile. For information on being involved in the program, contact Jim Olson at jim @tile-assn.com.

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