COVERINGS 2017 EXHIBITORS SERVING UP NEW TILE & STONE PRODUCTS

Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, will return to Orlando next month to showcase cutting-edge product innovations and emerging trends in the marketplace. When the industry gathers at the Orange County Convention Center, April 4-7, attendees will be impressed by the array of new product introductions presented by over 1,000 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries.

“While the industry continues to produce innovative new materials for architects, designers, builders, remodelers, distributors, retailers, installers, contractors and fabricators, Coverings remains the venue where everyone can find what they’re looking for,” said Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “In addition to seeing thousands of new products, the show offers incredible opportunities to further your education and grow your network. Coverings celebrates all segments of the industry, with important takeaways for each and every attendee.”
Here is a preview of the products Coverings’ exhibitors will display at the 2017 show. To learn more about these and other exhibitor introductions, and to register to attend Coverings for free, visit www.coverings.com.

 

What’s new in tile and stone…

  • ABK Group (Booth 1211) will showcase their Alpes porcelain tile collection, which combines the decorative quality of various stones from the south of France to create an elegant and original look.
  • American Wonder Porcelain (Booth 2605) will feature Fabric Folio, their new sophisticated interpretation of a fabric-cement blended look.
  • Aparici’s (Booth 4619) Bondi Collection revives encaustic, Mediterranean tiles with a new smoother finish and anti-slip rating.
  • Azulev Grupo (Booth 4800) will reveal its SLIMRECT product, an innovative 25×65 format, slim tile available in a rectified finish.
  • Ceramiche Piemme (Booth 1207) will tout its Bits & Pieces collection in which Gordon Gordon Guillaumier reinterprets terrazzo flooring with square and irregular polygonal shapes.
  • Cir (Booth 828) will highlight the Mat collection, a group of minimalist matte porcelain tiles in a variety of shapes from hexagonal, square to rectangular.
  • Crossville’s (Booth 2600) Nest offers a soothing, neutral color palette, all with the sophisticated clean graining of premium wood species like Olive and American Oak.
  • Equipe Ceramicas (Booth 4600) will showcase its URBAN collection, an aged cement finish of porcelain stoneware available in five distinct colors.
  • Firenze (Booth 3122) will highlight Oxide, porcelain tile that dresses modern projects by accentuating walls with a metallic touch, giving personality to the space by following the industrial design trend.
  • Florida Tile’s (Booth 3717) Glamour creates an allure and sophistication of timeless Hollywood with porcelain floor and ceramic wall tiles that add an element of drama to any space.
  • Fondovalle (Booth 1732) will take the wraps off of the Dream collection, inspired by the natural weft of linen, providing a natural and refined look that draws connections to traditional textiles.
  • GAYAFORES (Booth 4602) will feature Osaka, inspired by Japanese minimalism with soft, pure and minimal lines that enhance the neutrality of cold tones.
  • Grespania (Booth 5222) will showcase new products in the Coverlam range, innovative products made from natural raw materials with exceptional mechanical and aesthetic properties that surpass conventional tiling materials.
  • Ironrock/Metropolitan Ceramics (Booth 3022) will feature Royal Thin Brick, which is kiln fired and tumbled thin brick made from locally sourced and recycled clay and shale.
  • Italgraniti Group (Booth 811) will tout Mega, a collection of rectified porcelain tile, available in large format slabs that allow unbroken tiled surfaces.
  • Lunada Bay Tile (Booth 3700) will launch Namibia, a series of sculptural, three-dimensional Japanese ceramics that emulate the rise and fall of the desert namesake.
  • Marca Corona (Booth 2003) introduces 4D, which brings thickness, movement, dynamism and richness to wall tiles, available in wood, stone and marble looks to create infinite possibilities.
  • Natucer (Booth 5220) will feature DYNAMIC, a collection of 3D wall tiles that offer innovative solutions in design and architecture by creating constant movement in the wall that changes according to perspective and light.
  • NOVOGRES (Booth 5427) will reveal its HABITAT SERIES, a white body wall tile reminiscent of aged brick.
  • Peronda (Booth 5208) will showcase Museum, a collection of luxurious tiles that emulate the sophistication and elegance of the most exotic marbles.
  • Saloni’s (Booth 5215) Eternal Collection is based on a fresh approach on marble, with finishes and textures that reproduce the natural beauty of stone.
  • Sicis (Booth 1203) will showcase Vetrite, a unique collection in which the company’s iconic fabrics are sandwiched between large format glass tiles to create lustrous and reflective tiles suitable for a wide range of applications.
  • StonePeak Ceramics, Inc. (Booth 2610) will introduce it’s Classic 2.0 collection, one of three stylish new series that StonePeak will be introducing this Spring.
  • Supergres (Booth 2108) will highlight Purity of Marble, a collection of porcelain stoneware floor and white body tiles that reflect its namesake. The tile will be available in three color schemes – Statuario, Lasa and Calacatta.
  • Unica (Booth 1441) will tout Woodlines, a unique take on wood, inspired by offcuts and the cross graining of plywood, creating graphic patterns that transform porcelain tile.

 

What’s new in tools and installation materials…

  • Bostik (Booth 4422) will reveal Hydroment Vivid, a cement-based grout that offers consistent color technology with enhanced stain protection.
  • Lackmond Products (Booth 4319) will feature its B+BTec Tile Cutters, manual models engineered with a hardened lightweight aluminum base plate that offers the operator a direct view of the scoring wheel and cutting line.
  • LATICRETE (Booth 3131) will showcase its HYDRO BAN BOARD, a lightweight construction panel designed for use in bonded tile or stone installations.
  • Prova by MD Pro (Booth 3832) unveils its PROVA LINEAR system for tiled showers, which features a unique modular pan and extension system that allows for complete versatility when building out any desired shower base size and drain placements.
  • Schlüter Systems (Booth 2822) will introduce DITRA-HEAT-DUO, which combines sound control and a thermal break that optimizes electric floor heating over concrete substrates.
  • Tile Redi (Booth 4025) will highlight its Redi Trench Barrier Free Shower Pan, a one-piece, pre-pitched shower pan with an integrated roll-in entrance, built in splash walls and an integrated trench drain.

View the complete list of Coverings exhibitors at coverings.com/exhibitorlist. Register to attend Coverings for free at coverings.com/register.

COVERINGS 2017 TO FEATURE TINY HOMES DURING INSTALLATION DESIGN SHOWCASE

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature a new display at the 8th annual Coverings Installation Design Showcase (IDS). National Tile Contractors Association Five Star Contractors will collaborate with leading designers to install tile in tiny houses on the showroom floor. Creative designs utilizing many types of tile will be installed in the three tiny homes throughout the show, allowing attendees to see their progress. All three installation companies have successfully completed the NTCA Five Star Contractor recognition program and employ installers who have passed the Certified Tile Installer exam administered by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. The design and installation teams will be supported by industry-leading tile and installation material manufacturers to complete the project. Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Dan Welch, Welch Tile

Dan Welch of Welch Tile and Marble will collaborate with Michigan designer Lauren Figueroa of The Georgia Pear Interiors to install materials provided by Florim USA to complete their project, the West Michigan House, with installation materials provided by LATICRETE. Welch Tile provides tile and marble installation services to a plethora of markets, including healthcare, education, hospitality, industrial, entertainment, residential and corporate facilities.

 

 

 

Sam Bruce, Visalia Tile

Visalia Ceramic Tile will work with Kim Lewis, founder of Kim Lewis Designs. Tile for their Retro Bungalow will be provided by Ceramics of Italy, and MAPEI will contribute installation materials to the project. Sam Bruce is the project manager for Visalia Tile, who specializes in both commercial and residential installation. They are based in Visalia, Calif., and have been licensed and bonded since 1985. Visalia tile is also recognized by NTCA as the nation’s 38th Five Star Tile Contractor.

 

 

Erin Albrecht, J&R Tile

Erin Albrecht of J & R Tile Inc. will be paired with Nikki Vega of bluetreehome. Crossville Tile will furnish tile and ARDEX will contribute the setting materials to make The Vitruvian tiny house come together. J & R Tile prides itself in being a Five Star commercial contractor in Central Texas, and has provided installation services for commercial, healthcare, education, historical, religious and government entities. Founded over 30 years ago with a focus on education and certification, the company is committed to installation excellence.

The IDS exhibits will be available for viewing during Coverings on the show floor, giving attendees the opportunity to visit and explore the tiny homes. On Thursday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. attendees will be invited to meet with the designers and contractors for a one-hour interactive session discussing the design and installation of each project.

Unlike in years past, when the IDS projects would be torn down and deposited in a landfill, these Tiny Homes will be transported to a vibrant community in Orlando, and will be made available for purchase. A local builder in the Orlando community is collaborating with Coverings show management to make this a smooth transition.

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 2017 takes place April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

About NTCA

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.

30 Openings available for CTI test at Coverings; Registration fee reduced during the show

Are you – or someone you know – ready to become a Certified Tile Installer (CTI)?

CTEF is making it easy for you to add this credential to your business. At at Coverings17 in Orlando, Florida, there are 30 openings over three days for the hands-on test. Choose between Tuesday, April 4, Wednesday, April 5 or Thursday, April 6.

In addition, during Coverings 17, you can register for the CTI exam for only $295 — that’s a $200 savings over the standard $495 exam fee.

To learn more about the CTI program, click on Becoming a Certified Tile Installer: What’s Involved?

The future of the tile industry depends on having trusted professionals who are nationally recognized as qualified labor. Sign up today – and invite a colleague — to become part of the future!

Register here:http://bit.ly/2nxqNro.

 

COVERINGS 2017 ENGAGES INDUSTRY LEADERS FOR COMPREHENSIVE SCHEDULE OF CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 65 sessions in the 2017 conference program. Distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and cutting-edge industry information with Coverings attendees. The conference program will highlight the most pressing topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the show from April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The conference sessions build upon Coverings’ dedication to providing world-class education with content tailored to each attendee segment: architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers, and Spanish-speaking attendees.  New for 2017, Coverings will offer contractor advanced business topics, contractor beginner-intermediate and the thin tile mini-track. The conference is open to all attendees and, with many CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring unmatched and invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2017 will present 10 featured sessions highlighting various topics from industry leaders. To learn about the full range of conference sessions at coverings visit Coverings.com/conference.

 

Featured Sessions:

Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America, Eric Astrachan, will moderate the panel “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices” with participants Stephanie Samulski of TCNA, Martin Howard EVP of David Allen Company, Inc., Kevin Fox, Owner of Fox Ceramic Tile, Inc., and Chuck Muehlbauer, Technical Director, MSI + BSI. Focusing on the ever-changing industry standards and guidelines, the panel will provide attendees an overview of the most critical recent changes to better specify, sell, bid and install tile and stone.

Tuesday, April 4, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and Director at Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, will share insights on the origin of color trends, understanding upcoming trends and assist attendees in determining the best choices to make when specifying with color palettes in her session titled, “Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends.”

Tuesday, April 4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design magazine, will sit down with Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects, Denise Cherry of Assembly Design, Jennifer Kolstad of Interior Architects and DB Kim, Hospitality Designer for “Design: A Global Affair.” As much of designers’ work took place overseas during the economic downturn, this conversation  will center around the global influence on current design trends within the U.S. and address tile and stone within these current trends.

Tuesday, April 4, 3 – 4 p.m

President and Owner of Stone Trends International, Vince Marazita, will discuss the state of the stone industry in his session “Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective.” Focusing on information, sourcing, marketing and application trends in the stone industry over the last year, topics will include international sourcing channels for natural stone, how stone is used in interior and exterior architecture and design, and an overview of testing criteria for designing with natural stone.

Wednesday, April 5, 8 – 9 a.m.

Presented by Contract Magazine, Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, will hold a fireside chat with Todd-Avery Lenahan, Founder of TAL-Studio. This intimate conversation will focus on the power of design, Lenahan ’s experiences, and the influences which led to his current creative vision and how he successfully authors and implements design standards for global brands.

Wednesday April 5, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Joann Gonchar, Senior Editor of Architectural Record, will highlight addressing extreme weather events and sea level rise in her panel “Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions.” Joined by Ramiro Diaz, Waggoner & Ball; Douglas Pierce, Perkins + Will; and Reinaldo Borges, Borges Architects + Associates; the team of experts will discuss what types of infrastructure are suited for different climates, explain the differences between hard infrastructure and green infrastructure and address challenges around flood protection and building codes.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

In his session titled, “Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!TM” David Sarkus, MS, CSP, Speaker, Consultant and Coach will dive into strategies and tactics that assist in achieving zero-incident workspaces for years of sustainable success.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Moderator Stacy Garcia, Founder of StacyGarcia, Inc., will lead the panel “What’s Trending in Hospitality?” along with panelists Malcolm Berg, EoA, Inc.; Justin Colombik, Puccini Group; Glen Coben, Glen & Co Architecture. This group of industry professionals will share key information on how to stay ahead of the competition and create spaces that authentically speak to the consumer when it comes to hospitality design.

Thursday, April 6, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Randy Fiser, will be the Keynote speaker for the Keynote and Cocktails event hosted by ASID and Interior Design Magazine. In his session, “Design, Health and Wellness in the Workplace” he will discuss how our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our behaviors, decisions, and overall health and wellness. To further the discussion, there will be a reception immediately following with ASID and Interior Design in the Destination Lounge.

Thursday, April 6, 5 – 5:30 p.m. Reception 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Owner and President of Dionco, Inc., Jim Dion, will present ideas and strategies to enhance customer engagement in the retail environment both online and offline in the session “What’s Next in Customer Engagement – More Than Ten Ideas Your Customers Will ‘Like’ and ‘Love’ You For.

Friday, April 7, 10 – 11 a.m.

D&B Tile Distributors to offer reimbursement for CTI test and hotel fees at Coverings

 

 

Due to D&B Tile Distributors’ commitment to professional installation and the industry-recognized Certified Tile Installer (CTI) exam that validates tile installers’ skills, the Florida-based distributor will support its customers who are looking to take the exam at the Coverings show, to be held April 4-7 in Orlando, Fla.The distributor will pay the $295 registration fee for the test and one-night’s stay in a hotel for the installer.

The fee is usually $495 to take the test, but due to a NTCA sponsorship, the fee is $295 for anyone taking the exam at Coverings.

D&B urges its installer customers to take the CTI exam to get the recognition they deserve, and demonstrate to customers that their companies can deliver high-quality tile work correctly the first time. The exam consists of a written test that can be taken online at home and the hands-on test that being offered close to home at Coverings  in Orlando, Fla.,  When both are passed, the installer becomes a CTI and receives a nationally-recognized, industry-backed certificate that consumers trust when selecting a tile installer, as well as a CTI wallet card and logos to use in marketing and signage on trucks, hats, shirts, email and more.

In addition to the distinction of being a CTI, those who pass the exams receive $1,500 in manufacturer’s coupons and are prominently listed and hot-linked on the CTEF website by city and state, and are listed as a CTI in their distributor’s showroom list. CTEF also provides customer brochures that demonstrate the value of hiring a CTI.

Installers can take the CTI exam if they have a minimum of two years experience as a full-time lead installer doing better quality work, and the ability to review written plans, do prep, layout, cutting and fitting, installation, sealant and detail the project without assistance.

To register for the test taking place during Coverings ’17 from April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., visit www.ceramictilefoundation.org.

For more information on D&B’s reimbursement program for its customers who are taking the CTI exam, visit http://bit.ly/2lEVSZW or www.dbtile.com.

D&B Tile Distributor president Harold Yarborough is intent on doing all he can to facilitate the taking of the test for his customers, by reimbursing registration fee and one-night hotel room charges . “They don’t have to pass —  they just need to take the test!” he said, making it a nearly risk-free proposition for interested installers. To file for reimbursements, just email hotel and registration receipts to Yarborough at [email protected]

Mediterranea to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary at Coverings 2017 in Orlando

Mediterranea will introduce several all-new porcelain tile series at Coverings 2017 in Orlando. Coverings is the largest ceramic tile exhibition in the United States, and Mediterranea will host a customer celebration at the event to mark the occasion.

Doral, FL (PRWEB) February 27, 2017 — Mediterranea, a leading manufacturer of trend-setting porcelain tile, is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. The company is welcoming all of its customers and friends in the tile industry to celebrate with them at Coverings, to be held April 4-7 in Orlando, FL.

Founded in Miami in 1987 by Michael Mariutto, Mediterranea has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the worldwide leaders in porcelain tile design. In the mid-1990’s, the company launched the groundbreaking series Tuscania, one of the very first tile series to be designed with Roto-Color technology, which was revolutionary at the time for vastly increasing diverse graphics in tile design.

In its earlier years, Mediterranea partnered with factories in four continents to produce tile worldwide. From Italy to Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and the United States, Mediterranea’s factory partnerships distinguished the company from its competition, and provided a global manufacturing footprint to suit the architectural and design needs of its U.S. client base. Today, Mediterranea still partners with leading factories Serenissima (Italy) and EGE (Turkey) to produce tile series for U.S. importation.

In 2006, the Mediterranea brand was merged together with Stonepeak and the Iris/Fiandre Group of companies, expanding Mediterranea’s production capacity, and technological innovation. “Joining forces with the Iris/Fiandre family of companies gave Mediterranea resources and support from one of the world’s leading tile manufacturers”, said Mariutto. “Fiandre and the Minozzi family have provided Mediterranea the tools to grow and further innovate, leading to the development of industry-leading designs.”

Today, as design has transitioned into high-definition inkjet technology, Mediterranea has continued to lead the way with its trademarked Dynamic HD Imaging design process — delivering distinctive looks, aimed squarely at the U.S. market. Many of the series designed with this technology are legends in the industry – including American Naturals, Boardwalk, Marmol Collection, Touch, and including the groundbreaking 2016 introduction, Martha’s Vineyard, which introduced 12” x 48” wood-look planks for the first time. The new QUANTUM brand brings the world of large-format porcelain panels into the company’s portfolio, featuring sizes up to 5’ x 10’, and making possible an entirely new range of design possibilities.

Mediterranea will kick off its 30th anniversary celebration with a special reception for customers and friends April 5 at the Coverings exhibition at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, booth 3300, from
3:30-5:30pm.

Italians Makes a Splash at Coverings 2017

(Orlando, FL – March 3, 2017) From April 4-7, 2017, Ceramics of Italy will bring one of the largest international contingents to Orlando for the 28th edition of Coverings – the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America. Organized by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) with support from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Ceramics of Italy pavilion will feature 76 booths and over 100 brands introducing the latest designs and technical innovations in tile and installation products. Returning for a second year, the Ceramics of Italy central stand, Strada Dinamica, serves as an industry information hub and authentic Italian cafe, bringing a fresh look and energy to the show.

Ceramics of Italy Pavilion

Strada Dinamica, the central booth and heart of the Italian ceramics industry at Coverings (booth 1222) is designed by the New York architecture and design firm e+i studio. Italian for “dynamic street” the space is modeled after a lively streetscape with landscaped benches, standing communal tables and two kiosks housing a cafe, coffee bar and information desk. The space will host lunch with authentic Italian pasta served daily by Ceramics of Italy’s long-running culinary partner, Sputino Catering. Designed to inspire, nearly all of the surfaces are clad in Italian tile, from the thin, large porcelain slabs from Florim’s Magnum Oversize collection covering the benches, tables and countertops to the thick, large-format floor tiles from Lea Ceramiche that are set on a raised flooring system by Newfloor. With its essentially Italian neighborhood vibe, Strada Dinamica is the perfect place to pick up the latest copy of Cer magazine and take a break from the busy tradeshow floor.

Surrounding the Ceramics of Italy space, Italian manufacturers will showcase the latest design concepts and technical advancements in tile and adhesives in the Ceramics of Italy pavilion. From artisanal ceramics, high-end mosaics and ceramic-porcelain hybrids to oversized porcelain slabs, antibacterial grouts and easy laying floor systems, hundreds of innovative products will be shown. This year, textured textile & wood-look designs, matte blacks & deep blue hues, 3D & large-format tiles and rustic styles invigorated with a modern touch are expected to dominate the show floor. Visitors are encouraged to follow the distinguishable “Made in Italy” trademark throughout the show to find products of superior quality and environmental responsibility.

Launching in the US market at Coverings, Ceramics of Italy is proud to announce the “Italians Make the Difference” ad campaign. The campaign emphasizes the dedicated and passionate people such as Davide, Marco, Giordano, Loretta, Gianluca and Roberto that work hard to ensure that Italian ceramics are the finest in the world. Only the very best manufacturers of Italian ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware are entitled to use the Ceramics of Italy logo which certifies Italian quality, design and style. Coverings attendees are invited to share their love for Italian ceramics by taking their picture in the Ceramics of Italy photo booth located between Fincibec (booth 2117) and Energie Ker (booth 2112).

Installation Design Showcase “Tiny Home Edition”

For the eighth consecutive year, Ceramics of Italy will participate in the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, an initiative that allows the association to highlight the vast and extensive uses of Italian ceramics in tandem with creative design and expert installation. This year for the first time, Coverings partnered with Orlando Lakefront – a tiny home and RV community in College Park, FL – to create small spaces that will be moved to the tiny home community at the show’s conclusion.

Ceramics of Italy’s display is designed by tiny home expert Kim Lewis (formerly a designer on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and FYI’s “Tiny House Nation”), who has developed a modern retro bungalow concept titled “Palm Springs.” Ceramics of Italy products will bring the concept to life with colorful, three-dimensional and marble-look tiles by Atlas Concorde and tiles with naturalistic motifs from Gruppo Ricchetti brands (Cisa and Cerdisa) that will be installed in the space in real-time. Visitors will be able to observe the step-by-step construction by the NTCA Five Star team of contractors from Visalia Ceramic Tile through a spacious double front door that will open out to a deck, bringing the display to life throughout the show. All installation materials have been generously donated by Coverings sponsor USG and sustainable grout has been provided by Mapei. At the IDS Reveal and Reception (Thursday, April 6th at 3:00 PM), the Installation Design Showcase team will present the project and invite attendees to explore the space and ask questions. You can visit Ceramics of Italy’s IDS display throughout the duration of the show at booth 458 A.

Events

Following the success of previous years, Ceramics of Italy will host a special Coverings VIP Tour, offerings specifiers an insider’s look at the Italian ceramic tile industry. On Tuesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, registered industry professionals will be treated to an authentic Italian lunch, a special goodie bag and a trend presentation in room S310A, followed by a guided walking tour of the Ceramics of Italy Pavilion. Interested industry professionals can register at bit.ly/coveringsvip. They will also be entered into a drawing to win a trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings.

The Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference will take place on Wednesday, April 5 from 4:30-5:30 PM in room S210C, where representatives from the association will discuss the state of the industry and present the winners of the 2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Afterwards, Ceramics of Italy will host its annual Serata Italiana and honor the 2017 recipient of the coveted Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award, which celebrates the close connection between Italian tile manufacturers and their valued North American partners.

Representatives from Ceramics of Italy will also participate in the robust conference program at Coverings. Cristina Faedi from Confindustria Ceramica along with other industry experts will lead a lively discussion called “Trends in Tile: Moving Forward” on April 4 from 1:30-2:30 PM on how tile trends have changed and where they’ll go next. Additionally, sustainability experts including Confindustria Ceramica’s Andrea Contri will lead a discussion called “Health, Safety, Environment, Design: Selling Tile Sustainability” on April 7 from 8:30-9:30 AM on today’s architectural demands and perceptions associated with greener, healthier products, and how the inherent sustainability properties of tile, promoted in combination with leading industry environmental standards and certifications, make tile an easy sell to clients and customers.

Mediterranea to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary at Coverings 2017 in Orlando

Mediterranea will introduce several all-new porcelain tile series at Coverings 2017 in Orlando. Coverings is the largest ceramic tile exhibition in the United States, and Mediterranea will host a customer celebration at the event to mark the occasion.

Doral, FL (PRWEB) February 27, 2017 — Mediterranea, a leading manufacturer of trend-setting porcelain tile, is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. The company is welcoming all of its customers and friends in the tile industry to celebrate with them at Coverings, to be held April 4-7 in Orlando, FL.

Founded in Miami in 1987 by Michael Mariutto, Mediterranea has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the worldwide leaders in porcelain tile design. In the mid-1990’s, the company launched the groundbreaking series Tuscania, one of the very first tile series to be designed with Roto-Color technology, which was revolutionary at the time for vastly increasing diverse graphics in tile design.In its earlier years, Mediterranea partnered with factories in four continents to produce tile worldwide. From Italy to Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and the United States, Mediterranea’s factory partnerships distinguished the company from its competition, and provided a global manufacturing footprint to suit the architectural and design needs of its U.S. client base. Today, Mediterranea still partners with leading factories Serenissima (Italy) and EGE (Turkey) to produce tile series for U.S. importation.

In 2006, the Mediterranea brand was merged together with Stonepeak and the Iris/Fiandre Group of companies, expanding Mediterranea’s production capacity, and technological innovation. “Joining forces with the Iris/Fiandre family of companies gave Mediterranea resources and support from one of the world’s leading tile manufacturers”, said Mariutto. “Fiandre and the Minozzi family have provided Mediterranea the tools to grow and further innovate, leading to the development of industry-leading designs.”

Today, as design has transitioned into high-definition inkjet technology, Mediterranea has continued to lead the way with its trademarked Dynamic HD Imaging design process — delivering distinctive looks, aimed squarely at the U.S. market. Many of the series designed with this technology are legends in the industry – including American Naturals, Boardwalk, Marmol Collection, Touch, and including the groundbreaking 2016 introduction, Martha’s Vineyard, which introduced 12” x 48” wood-look planks for the first time. The new QUANTUM brand brings the world of large-format porcelain panels into the company’s portfolio, featuring sizes up to 5’ x 10’, and making possible an entirely new range of design possibilities.

Mediterranea will kick off its 30th anniversary celebration with a special reception for customers and friends April 5 at the Coverings exhibition at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, booth 3300, from 3:30-5:30pm.

Coverings sponsors IIDA Georgia Chapter b.o.b Awards on National Tile Day

Coverings was a sponsor of the IIDA-Georgia Chapter b.o.b Awards. Coverings ’18 will be in Atlanta.

Even though Coverings ’17 has not yet started, Coverings is already looking ahead to Coverings ’18, which will be in Atlanta, Ga. So it made sense that Coverings was one of the sponsors of  the IIDA – Georgia Chapter b.o.b (Best of the Best) Design Awards on February 23,  which also happened to be National Tile Day.

Elena Grant of Coverings management company Taffy Event Strategies, and Becky Serbin, NTCA training and education coordinator, represented Coverings at the event which drew over 700 attendees from firms across metro Atlanta.  This event highlighted work that was completed over the previous year in a variety of categories including hospitality, sustainability, education, small firm, large firm, and multi-family.

NTCA’s Becky Serbin (left) and Taffy Event Strategies’ Elena Grant, representing Coverings attended the awards event.

Attendees had a lot of questions about Coverings, and were excited to hear that it would be in Atlanta next year.  Some were well aware of Tile Council of North America (TCNA)and National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) because they had used the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation, and the NTCA Reference Manual on previous projects to get the tile installation they wanted.

For more information about the IIDA -Georgia Chapter b.o.b. Awards, visit http://www.iidageorgia.org/index.php?route=index/page/bob.

The IIDA-Georgia Chapter b.o.b. Awards took place on February 23, National Tile Day.

National Tile Day is celebrated with online events

February 23, 2017, henceforth to be known as the first ever National Tile Day, was celebrated by a range of online events and social media exposure leading up to the day.

National Tile Day was originated by Coverings to help raise awareness of the benefits and beauty tile offers consumers. This effort is a lead-up to TCNA’s major Why Tile campaign, which will be announced at Coverings.

Coverings issued an overview of the trends attendees will witness at the Coverings show: Black & White; Deep Blue Sea; Three Dimensional; Textile Inspirations; Stone Look; Wood Look; Geometric; Industrial; and Brick by Brick. View the trends here: http://tileletter.com/2017/02/national-tile-day-tile-trends-overview-twitterview-and-facebook-livestream-planned-for-today/

Metropolis Magazine hosted a Twitterview moderated by Paul Makovsky, editorial and brand director. Makovsky interviewed Christina Faedi from Ceramics of Italy, Ryan Fasan from Tile of Spain, Kim Lewis from Kim Lewis Designs and Alena Capra of Alena Capra Designs, who is also the Coverings Industry Ambassador, about tile use in design. Julie Peck from Tile Council of North America weighed in on some of the more technical issues facing the industry, including EPDs and LEED certification for tile products and setting materials. Members of the A&D community chimed in with comments about trends and style directions for tile in the coming year. Use #tiletoday on Twitter to view Twitterview comments.

Interior Design Magazine’s Allie Weiss (l.) with Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador, discuss tile trends that attendees will see at Coverings in April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior Design Magazine site editor Allie Weiss interviewed Alena Capra about five of the main trends that attendees will see at Coverings, with Alena showing samples of trends from domestic and global manufacturers. See the archived Facebook livestream here. https://www.facebook.com/InteriorDesignMagazine/videos/10154405831818157/

The barbershop at Clemson Football Facility is just one of many areas where tile with 3/8″ grout joints was installed. This wood-look plank tile will offer ease of maintenance.

Later in the day, Eric Astrachan, Bill Griese and Tile Council of North America staff toured the Clemson Football Operations Complex, a $55 million building currently pending LEED Silver Certification. The facility used 30,000 sq. ft. of tile and 4,000 sq. ft. of thin brick to achieve a look of timeless design and architecture throughout.  TCNA is located nearby, and jumped at the chance to “get a first-hand look at innovative uses of our members’ products,” said Eric Astrachan, TCNA executive director. View the tour here. https://www.facebook.com/TileCouncil/videos/1210938252294923/

Various members of the tile industry commemorated the day with special posts and tweets on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, with the  #nationaltileday and #tiletoday.

Coverings takes place April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. All registration and conference sessions are free. Find out more and register at www.coverings.com.

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