Coverings 2018 Registration Now Open

Coverings has opened online registration for its 2018 show, taking place May 8 – 11 in Atlanta. Taking place in Atlanta for the first time in five years, the 2018 show will feature 1,100 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries and take over 450,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Georgia World Congress Center. Programming for Coverings 2018 will offer sessions for every category of tile and stone professionals, featuring more than 60 CEUs for attendees. Along with networking opportunities, the 2018 show will feature the latest in products, innovations, and live demonstrations.

“Coverings aims to not only highlight the inherent value of tile and stone materials—their adaptability, durability, low environmental impact and beauty—but also foster connections between industry professionals, to grow businesses and build lasting professional relationships,” said Alena Capra, Coverings industry ambassador. “We’re thrilled to make our return to Atlanta in May and to engage with the vibrant community of industry professionals that comprise this market.”

Coverings offers attendees the opportunity to register through their social channels and easily invite their network to participate in the show. Benefits of early registration include notice of key programs and access to conference information, promotions, and other exclusive opportunities, as well as discounted hotel and travel.

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Coverings Returns to Atlanta May 8-11, 2018

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, is returning to Atlanta for the first time since 2013. Coverings will be held May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The show features nearly 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracts thousands of architects, designers, builders, remodelers, fabricators, installers, retailers, and distributors.

Registration for Coverings is free and will open in late September. For more information please visit FOR YOUR CALENDAR

WHAT: Coverings is the largest global tile & stone exposition in North America, providing a stage for the most innovative products, tools, and machinery on the market. The show features nearly 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracts thousands of architects, designers, builders, remodelers, fabricators, installers, retailers, and distributors. The show is a resource for dynamic continuing education along with unparalleled networking opportunities, all for free.

WHEN: May 8-11, 2018

WHERE: Georgia World Congress Center — Atlanta, GA USA

REGISTRATION: Registration is free and will open in late September. For more information please visit

SPONSORS: 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.

PRESS CONTACTS: Sharp Communications, 212-829-0002

Kate Henderson, [email protected]

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COVERINGS 2018: Presentations Submission Deadline: Friday, Sept. 8th!

Reminder to Submit Presentations

Don’t hesitate to submit your presentations for the Coverings 2018 conference program!
Coverings invites thought-leaders to share fresh and innovative content that focuses on how to help professionals grow their businesses and enhance the industry at large.

Proposed programming ideas may include:
Cross-segment collaboration and best practices
Trends in products and design
Innovative business and project case studies;
Installation techniques and evolving industry technologies
Economic forecasting
Engaging the millennial generation
Health, safety and wellness
Submission Deadline
Proposals must be submitted for review by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 8, 2017.

CLICK HERE for more information or to submit a proposal:

Questions? Suggestions?
Have an idea for the 2018 conference program but don’t want to present? Email Michele Nebel Peake, [email protected]


Coverings (, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, invites conference presenters and industry leaders to submit educational proposals for the show’s 2018 Conference Program. Returning to Atlanta for the first time since 2013, Coverings will be held May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Lauded for its dynamic and engaging educational programs, Coverings invites thought-leaders to share fresh and innovative content that focuses on the latest, need-to-know information relating to cross-segment collaboration and best practices; trends in products and design; innovative business and project case studies; installation techniques and evolving industry technologies; economic forecasting; engaging the millennial generation; health, safety and wellness; and more. Proposed programming should focus on how to help professionals grow their businesses and enhance the industry at large and must be submitted for review by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 8, 2017. Proposals can be submitted online.

“Coverings offers a comprehensive conference program dedicated to educating and engaging professionals at all stages of their careers across numerous professional segments of the tile & stone industry,” said Michele Nebel Peake, VP, Conference Development at Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We take pride in providing a broad range of educational options and formats which creates an interactive learning experience, generates discussion, and provides our attendees with tools and knowledge that encourage professional success.”

Access to all education is FREE to registered Coverings exhibitors and attendees. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA and NKBA continuing education and applies for CEUs for ASID/IIDA through IDCEC.

The complete Coverings 2018 conference program will be revealed in January 2018 on

INSTALLATION DESIGN SHOWCASE – NTCA Five Star Members complete Tiny House Projects at IDS

The Installation Design Showcase at Coverings in April got a new spin this year. Usually, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Five Star Contractors collaborate with leading designers to install ceramic tile in vignettes on the show oor. Sadly, they are then demolished at the close of the show.

Not this year! Contractors and designers collaborated on designing and installing tile in functional tiny houses on the showroom floor, which are being reused after the show. Creative designs utilizing many types of tile were installed in the three tiny homes throughout the show, allowing attendees to see their progress.

The design was inspired by Dan Welch (whose company participated in this year’s IDS: Tiny House edition), who hauled a shipping container to Coverings ’16 in which to build his vignette. Then he drove his vignette home and has employed it for multiple uses back in Michigan.

All three installation companies have successfully completed the NTCA Five Star Contractor recognition program and employ installrs who have passed the Certified Tile Installer exam administered by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. “I love the opportunity to showcase the technical as well as artistic capabilities of our Five Star Contractors,” said NTCA Five Star Program Director Amber Fox.

In addition to the suppliers for the individual houses, iQ Power Tools, ETM, Lackmond, Schluter, and USG contributed tools, equip- ment and materials to the Tiny House effort.

Retro Bungalow Visalia Ceramic Tile, Kim Lewis

Visalia Ceramic Tile, from Visalia, Calif., – the nation’s 38th Five Star Contractor, worked with Kim Lewis, founder of Kim Lewis Designs (www.kimlewisdesigns. com), lead designer for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Lewis’ design evokes the nostalgia of a Palm Springs desert setting, with tile provided by various Ceramics of Italy manufacturers, including nostalgic pink tile and surfacing from Atlas Concorde and grey tile from The Ricchetti Group that evokes concrete, Lewis said. MAPEI contributed installation materials to the project.

Designer Kim Lewis (l.) speaks with Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra (c.) and Sam Bruce, project manager for Visalia Ceramic Tile

Lewis’ design evokes the nostalgia of a Palm Springs desert setting.










Ceramics of Italy manufacturers supplied tile and MAPEI supplied the setting materials.

This tiny home was built in Austin, Texas and driven to Orlando for the show.







Vitruvian Home J&R Tile, Inc., Nikki Vega

The Vitruvian tiny house, designed by Nikki Vega of bluetreehome, and installed by J & R Tile Inc., of San Antonio, was inspired by nature’s geometric forms, spe- cifically the spiral of the nautilus shell. The space, featuring tile by Crossville, Inc., was very detailed and required a lot of fabrication, made easier by Joel Guth and the equipment from iQ Power Tools, said J&R’s Erin Albrecht. ARDEX supplied setting materials.

“I’ve designed a few tiny homes and it’s really fun because you have to be really thoughtful with your design – every inch matters,” Vega said.

Crossville supplied the tile for the Vitruvian home – here Groove Glass was used to form the wall mosaic.

Erin Albrecht (l.) of J&R Tile, Inc., with Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra (c.), and designer Nikki Vega, discussing the inspiration for the Vitruvian Home

Multiple seating areas characterize the Vitruvian home. The countertop
is made of Laminam by Crossville gauged porcelain tile.











The oor is formed of Nest planked porcelain with arresting inset designs of Crossville marble-look tile from the Virtue line.

The Vitruvian bath, with Yin + Yang natural stone mosaic on the backsplash wall and Natural Inspirations in Bianco Statuario Polished, from the Kauri line of Laminam thin gauged porcelain tile.


















West Michigan House Welch Tile & Marble, Lauren Figueroa

The West Michigan House was designed by Lauren Figueroa of The Georgia Pear Interiors (, and installed by Welch Tile & Marble, both from the Grand Rapids area, which made it easier to collaborate. Figueroa – who is new to tile – used a large-format commercial Florim line throughout to make the space seem taller and bigger. LATICRETE supplied setting materials.

Florim large format commercial tile was used throughout the space. Figueroa spent a lot of time on the Florim website to familiarize herself with the products, noticing that their tile is often used in commercial settings and decided to use that in
the residential space. “I noticed they also used really giant tile for the whole entire space, and thought that might help it feel taller and longer…it made it ow really well,” she said.

Designer Lauren Figueroa(l.) describes her design for the West Michigan House as Alena Capra and Dan Welch look on.

Since they were both located in the Grand Rapids area, Figueroa and Welch collaborated on the house from the very beginning.

Commercial tile from Florim gave an expansive feel to the space.

Tile goes to the dogs at Coverings’ TCNA Art Tile Courtyard

(Orlando, FL) – At Coverings 2017, eighteen beautiful doghouses tiled by TCNA members were on display in the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard. These unique works of art were installed over custom-made Wedi doghouse forms donated by TCNA and Wedi.
After the show these doghouses were donated to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to assist them in their goal to provide compassionate and knowledgeable services for pets.
The following descriptions were provided by the companies/artists who tiled the dog houses.

AlysEdwards Tile & Stone
AlysEdwards hopes the pup getting this home can feel the love in this timeless and fundoghouse. This great little shelter is sealed with AlysEdward’s signature kiss, and features tile from AlysEdwards Feel, Gigi’s Groovy Glass, and Wanderlust Collections. It was designed by Kevin Sanchez from AlysEdwards and installed by the AlysEdwardsTile &  Stone sample department.




Bon Ton

Casa Ceramica

Cider Press Tile










Appomattox Tile Art
Appomattox’s doghouse features its new “Barre Banc” pattern introduced at Coverings

Created by artist Mary Anderson, owner of BonTon Designs, “Rescue Haven” has been fully encrusted in custom handmade tile exclusive to BonTon Designs. The petals and swirls were all hand-cut from wet clay and fired to their brilliant colors. The plaque that adorns the front door is from BonTon’s “TEXTiles”collection. The white and platinum field tile is all hand-rolled, fired, and broken to create this mosaic design.

Casa Ceramica
Casa Ceramica’s doghouse was designed and installed by its in-house design and installation team. The tiles and trim pieces are from their Mediterranean Tile Collection and are installed in a patchwork motif. The bones are made locally in Florida by an artist who produces Casa Ceramica’s custom tiles.

Cider Press Tile
Cider Press Tile’s doghouse features a whimsical fan-cut tile roof with pencil trim, brick style siding, and window shutters from its “Iron Age” collection. The tile colors showcased are Pecan, Indigo, New Moss, and Root Beer. The dog bowl is in Pecan and Root Beer, and dog bones are in Ivory. The doghouse was designed by Kenneth Walsh from Cider Press Tile and installed by Al Dibiccari from AD Tile in Marlborough NH.

Crossville, Inc.

Del Conca USA

Iconic Design Concepts

Lunada Bay Tile










Crossville, Inc.
Crossville’s doghouse design, “Ruffin’ It in Florida”, is the creation of interior designer Mickey Searcy, founder/owner of Interiors by Lawrence David of Sanford, FL. Searcy envisioned this pooch palace in beachy colors that are bright, yet earthy – a nod to the natural inspiration that abounds in the Sunshine State. Crossville’s colorful collections are an ideal covering for the doghouse, as tile is so popular and widely specified in FL residences.

Del Conca USA
Del Conca USA is proud to present its doghouse made with its new porcelain tile products. The bottom is made from their CANTINA series, which simulates rustic brick, and the corners are made with its special pieces of in and out corners. The roof features Del Conca’s wood look, Providence 8″ x 32″ Dark Wood.

Florim USA
Florim USA’s doghouse features Charleston Timber on the sides and back, Modern Stone Sand on the roof, and Galaxy Grigio Mosaic at the entry. The doghouse was tiled by Dave “Bear” Taylor at Bear Builds.

Iconic Design Concepts
Iconic Design Concepts used its 8″ x 8″ Silver Diamond Dust wall tiles for the doghouse sides. The roof features fiberglass/foam, walnut faux wood 18″ x 24″ wall panels and a custom-designed arch doorway in the shape of dog bones finished in Gold Diamond Dust. The concept and installation are by Lorne and Lynda Progosh, owners of Iconic Design Concepts.

Lunada Bay Tile
This pooch-friendly palace is clad in Tomei glass tiles etched with a custom design of tiny paw prints. The roof showcases a combination of Shinju Zen Garden ceramic and Lacquer ceramic mosaics. The eaves are illuminated with all-weather LEDs, lighting the way for four-legged friends come nightfall.


Shenfeld Studios


Syzygy Tile










Marazzi’s tile doghouse was inspired by its new Urban District™ collection. Influenced by the revitalization of downtown warehouse districts, the Urban District collection combines textures and colors to add bold character to any design style. A combination of wood, brick and concrete-look tile in light and neutral hues gives this doghouse a contemporary look with rustic charm. Featured products include Urban District MIX, a distressed 4″ x 28″ wood-look tile in Uptown white and Urban District BRX, a 4″ x 8″ realistic brick tile in Garden Cotto. The doghouse is trimmed in Marazzi’s new concrete-look series, Block in Beige.

Shenfeld Studio
Shenfeld Studio’s Craftsman Doghouse showcases its mosaic tiles used in various subway stations throughout the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The field tiles are from the various colors used in the production of Stickley tabletops. The designer and installer is Shenfeld Studio’s Tara Darjee.

StonePeak Ceramics
StonePeak decided on a “classic” doghouse look, using its Adamas collection in the color
Ruber. The Adamas series is a 4″ x 12″ wall tile that comes in 8 colors.

For Stonexchange, a thresholds, window sills and baseboards manufacturer, this was a
challenging but fun project to provide a future roof for a puppy. Stonexchange used its 5″ x 36″ Black Absolute double Hollywood bevel thresholds for the roof, 2″ x 36″ Crema Sahara Marfil thresholds for the walls, and 2″ x 36″ Pure White engineered stone thresholds for the nametag area. The doghouse was designed by Stonexchange’s Volkan Okay Yazici and installed by its warehouse team.

Syzygy Tile
Designed by New Mexico-based Syzygy’s staff, Syzygy’s doghouse was created to be a small space that is colorful, fun – whimsical.The roof features its 2″ Koi tiles, glazed in Reef, to create a shingled-roof effect. Small details like the simulated windows were added to give the doghouse a decidedly home-like feel.The walls of the house are Syzygy’s 1″ hexagons in a custom textured white glaze. The trim pieces are glazed in Mandarin Orange.

Florim USA

StonePeak Ceramics







Vitromex’s doghouse features a very simple but creative design that combines key products in their ceramic and porcelain portfolio. It consists of its Brooklyn ceramic series and Brenta porcelain series combined to create a modern, sophisticated look.

Wizard Enterprise

Wizard Enterprise
Wizard Enterprise’s doghouse features glazed thin brick tile from its Bison Brick series in
Glaze Matador. The doghouse was designed by Michael Meagher and installed by Lucio Mancia.

Wonder Porcelain

Wonder Porcelain
American Wonder Porcelain’s doghouse features an eclectic mix of the following products:
Arcadia waterjet mosaic in Taupe, Light Gray and Greige; Ranch Wood 6″ x 24″ matte in Warm Brown and Light Gray; Carrington 8″ x 8″ lappato in Ivory Blend and Blue Gray; and Mars Stone 3″x 6″ matte in Black. The doghouse was designed and installed by Haley Brandeberry and Robert Provin.


The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) recognized industry leaders at its fifth annual awards ceremony during Coverings 2017 in Orlando. Among the awards presented were the Five Star Contractor Grand Prize awards for both commercial and residential tile installation projects.

Submissions were judged based on project size, challenges involved, resolution of challenges, design and overall presentation. “When we are reviewing all the amazing submissions I feel immense pride in the proficiency in which our Five Star Contractors achieve. These projects are not only technically complex but artistically beautiful as well,” said NTCA Five Star Program Director Amber Fox.

“The Ratner Residence”

Heritage Marble and Tile of Mill Valley, California received the Five-Star Grand Prize for residential tile installation. The firm was tasked with the Ratner Residence, a project consisting of handmade glass made by Fireclay Tile of San Jose. The project was challenging in the fact that the install involved a curved wall, soaking tub and an integrated shower stall with a curbless application. With oversight from the homeowner, a qualified crew of CTI and ACT certified installers exceeded expectations.


US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings

The Five-Star Grand Prize for commercial tile installation was presented to Grazzini Brothers & Company of Eagan, Minnesota for the completion of their project, the 1.75 million square foot U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The installation incorporated 56 different types and sizes of tile, from the marble stairs, to the glass walls and porcelain plank flooring. Having multiple architects on a project this size gave crews the opportunity to showcase their skills from layout to install of different ideas and design under one roof.

Both Five Star winners were awarded $2,500 in prize money, sponsored by Daltile Corporation.

Coverings 2017 Opens to Enthusiastic Crowd, Unveils Stunning Tile and Stone Products

Orange County Mayor’s Office Declares Tile & Stone Days

(ORLANDO, FL – April 5, 2017) 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 Tuesday, April 4 for the official 2017 ribbon cutting ceremony. The show, which runs through Friday, 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.

Coverings continues to build on its strengths—there is so much that’s exciting this year, from the refreshed pavilion designs, conference content, tiny homes of the Installation Design Showcase, Byte sessions, to the aisles of impressive tile and stone products,” said Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “The value of attending Coverings multiplies with every turn on the show floor.”

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, Florida. 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.

Tile Industry Launches Inspiration and Education Initiative; Why Tile Debuts Here at Coverings




The tile industry has united in a marketing and education initiative designed to inspire consumers and provide information on all of tile’s benefits. The campaign, called Why TileSM, is being introduced to the industry here at Coverings.

Why Tile is an industry effort with input sought from various industry organizations including the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), the Tile Contractors Association of America, and the Tile Heritage Foundation (THF), in addition to manufacturers worldwide. Why Tile is coordinated by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

“We’re so pleased to give Why Tile a ‘friends and family’ introduction here at Coverings,” says Eric Astrachan, Executive Director, TCNA. “In developing Why Tile, we’ve had the pleasure of reaffirming everything that’s so wonderful about tile. With Why Tile, we’ll be delivering this messaging to consumers and to the A&D community as never before and in new and impactful ways – most notably, through the website, WhyTile.Com.” provides extensive messaging on the benefits of tile, centering on four main tenets: Design, Easy Care, Healthy Spaces, and Heritage. The site features an Inspiration Gallery; downloadable Project Guide, schematics, and maintenance tips; and a Test Your Tile IQ feature where users can take a simple 10-question quiz for a chance to win a prize.

“As with any website, WhyTile.Com will constantly evolve and provide a means for our audiences to derive inspiration and access planning resources – we want this to be both engaging and a helpful tool,” says Kathy Meyer, Marketing Director, TCNA. “We’re excited to get out there with Why Tile, and this is just the beginning of what I know will be a long and colorful story.”

“Developing Why Tile even to this nascent stage has been very rewarding, in that it is the culmination of the vision of such a diverse group coming together – including competitors, and folks who would normally never be around a table together – in a cooperative manner I’ve never seen in nearly 30 years in marketing and advertising,” says Julie Peck, Creative Director, TCNA. “We’re proud of the work we’ve done to date, and look forward to refining and

expanding upon it with the further input of our partners and the industry as it is introduced here at Coverings.”

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