COVERINGS 2014 OFFERS MULTIPLE CONFERENCE SESSIONS FOR ARCHITECTS AND INTERIOR DESIGNERS, MANY WITH CEUS

Coverings 25Coverings 2014, the tile + stone industry’s largest international exposition in North America, offers an exceptionally wide-ranging conference program comprising more than 80 free sessions, many aimed specifically at architects and designers with the added benefit of CEU credit. Coverings returns to Las Vegas for its 25th Anniversary, April 29–May 2, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with the education program beginning April 28 — adding a fifth day of conference programming. 

In addition to the more than 900 exhibitors, architects and designers often cite the free CEU credits and conference sessions, which are categorized by professional experience ranging from novice to corporate leader, as a primary reason for attending the tile + stone super show. Coverings is an AIA/CES Provider, an NKBA CEU Provider Partner and is IDCEC approved. For the complete list of IDCEC and AIA approved sessions, please visit coverings.com/education.

In addition to the Keynote and Featured Speakers previously announced—including Lauren Rottet, president of Rottet Studio; Randy Fiser, chief executive officer of ASID; and Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute—other conference topics of particular interest to the architecture and design community include best sustainability practices for tile and stone; guidance to getting your projects published in the new digital age; and how advancement in technology and production is resulting in never-before available tile, stone and glass. For the first time ever, Interior Design magazine will offer an Editorial Portfolio Review, giving architects and designers the coveted opportunity for a one-on-one meeting to showcase their latest projects.

Here are the details to some of these not-to-be-missed sessions:

·       Luxury Appointments Elevate Bath Projects into Lucrative Profit Centers. Internationally acclaimed interior designer Christopher Grubb advises that passion for a luxurious bath experience has gone mainstream, elevating the bathroom to one of the most intricately designed and unique rooms in any project. Recognizing that it literally pays to take notice of this trend, Grubb shares how to inject the bath with those special and sophisticated details that resonate with consumers. Leave armed with the applicable knowledge you’ll need to implement an unforgettable bath experience in virtually any setting. Tuesday, April 29, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

·       Interior Design Magazine Editorial Portfolio Review. Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design magazine, will be accepting one-on-one appointments with architects and designers to provide feedback from the magazine’s point of view. Participants are encouraged to bring digital portfolios of projects that are no more than a year old and have not yet been published to reference during the 10-minute session. Printed photography also accepted. Participants must reserve their spot in advance by registering at coverings.com. Tuesday, April 29, 2–4 p.m.

·       Case Study of Development of National Food Chain Specification for Material Selection, Design Methodologies and Construction Techniques. Writing a quality specification for a project is a challenge. Writing one for a national restaurant chain is even more daunting. It takes a complete collaborative effort. Scott Conwell of the International Masonry Institute shares his case study with attendees, including product selection, writing the specification, consulting with experts, mockups, and implementation of the spec. Wednesday, April 30, 8:30–10 a.m.

·       Specification 2.0 – Harnessing the Full Potential of Tile in Modern Specs. Tile expert Ryan Fasan notes that the modern age of ceramic tile began around 1970—and since then, the innovations in aesthetics and quality have jumped by leaps and bounds. The presentation will explore the four types of tile, production techniques, an easy rule of thumb for providing simple language to explain choices to clients easily, and select the optimal tile for every job. Wednesday, April 30, 9:15–10:15 a.m.

·       Man Made Natural: Insights Into the Authenticity of Materials. In the world of materials, “real” is good and “fake” is bad, right? In the age of tree plantations, engineered lumber and bio board, what exactly does “natural” mean now? And are natural materials always a better choice than manufactured ones? Grace Jeffers, editor of the forthcoming The New Materials Handbook, will explore these and other issues that influence our decisions to choose natural or synthetic materials. Learn surprising truths about materials and confront their preconceptions and, ultimately, become more educated in specifying materials. Wednesday, April 30, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

·       Get me on TV! Television producer Nicola Lees will present the ins and outs of getting on TV, from auditioning as a host or guest designer to an existing show to pitching your own show to a network. Lees has over 15 years of experience in pitching and developing reality shows, including home design/makeover shows, for a variety of networks. Wednesday, April 30, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

·       What’s Hot in Hospitality Design? Deputy Editor of Interior Design magazine Edie Cohen presents the next dimension in hospitality public and private spaces. A panel of experts will help you stay ahead of the game with information on what’s new, what’s hot, and what will be the next big thing in hospitality. Wednesday, April 30, 2:45­–3:45 p.m.

·       Social Media for Architects and Designers. A full lineup of experts including Steven Thomson, content director for Architizer; Tabitha Sukhai, digital engagement and social media for This Old House; and Kerrie Kelly, designer and blogger of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab; joined by moderator Arpi Nalbandian, editor of PRO Installer magazine, will present best practices for using social media to make a difference for your business. Thursday, May 1, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

·       Get Published. How do you go about getting your projects published in a digital age? Our panel of influential editors—Architectural Record’s Sheila Kim, Dwell’s Diana Budds, and Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer—will share how to best present your work to them and the publishing (print and online) industries. The panel will be moderated by Metropolis editorial director Paul Makovsky. Thursday, May 1, 1:30–2:30 p.m.  

·       Universal Design. When applied to housing, “Universal Design” is the practice of designing for both marketability and usability to the greatest extent possible for everyone, regardless of their age or status in life. A universal result has to look good and work well. This session, presented by speakers Daniel Huard, USGBC Nevada; Jason McNeeley, Hansgrohe; Gary Jewell, G.W. Jewell Construction, and moderator Richard Duncan, Mace Universal Design Institute, will showcase products and designs that appeal to households of all ages an add value when compared to otherwise equivalent approaches. Thursday, May 1, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

·       Trends in Tile. Presented by Chris Abbate, Novità Communications, and Ryan Fasan, Professional Attention to Tile Installations, this session will examine advancements in cutting-edge digital technology and the revival of artisanal processes that have collided to transform both the look and application of tile, creating limitless opportunities for designers—and opening up new channels for customization. Super thin, super thick, super small, super sized—the very format that tile comes in has been pushed to extremes, expanding how and where tile can be installed. Thursday, May 1, 2:45­­­–3:45 p.m.

Learn about all of the conference sessions tailored to architects and designers by clicking here. Register to attend Coverings for free at coverings.com/register.

Coverings: a look back

coverings_lookbackBy Joe Tarver, NTCA executive director emeritus, and Bart Bettiga, NTCA executive director

 

tile_expoThe first International Tile Exposition in Anaheim, Calif., in 1990 marked the beginning of the coming together of the players in the domestic and foreign tile industries. Over the years it has successfully weathered a shaky and contentious start to set new records of tile and stone usage in the United States, far beyond anyone’s expectations.

In the early years there existed an environment of tense and strained negotiations and meetings among the players – National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), Tile Council of North America (TCNA), Italian and Spanish tile manufacturer associations – compounded by language and cultural differences that made it difficult at times to fully and clearly understand exactly what each of the joint venture partners needed or expected. The challenge was how to slice the pie so that each partner could exist and financially continue its programs and activities to grow the industry. Ultimately people got to know each other, friends were made, trust was gained and the mere logic that everyone had to work together to reach goals was realized. Technology improved communications and language barriers lessened.

Coverings history-the early years

Cvgs_lookback-1From the rain-flooded tents of the first International Tile Exposition (ITE) to the present time, the evolution of the show has been quite an accomplishment. Early on, NTCA provided tile setting contests on the show floor to appeal to contractor attendance. It had a good foundation to do so – its annual Convention and Exposition was the largest available to the tile, stone and allied products industries, including an international audience – for 39 years prior to the mergers that heralded the existence of Coverings.

Negotiations with CTDA, beginning in 1986, resulted in a merger known as “Tile Expo.” The Association of Tile, Terrazzo, Marble Contractors and Affiliates (ATTMCA) – as NTCA was then known – insisted on the inclusion of Tile Council of America (TCA) in the negotiations and they became an owner of Tile Expo when the new entity was formed.

The first Tile Expo was held in November 1987 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. ATTMCA already had planned, confirmed and scheduled a show at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando in April 1987 – attendance at both shows was exceptional. Two additional Tile Expos were held, one in 1988 in San Francisco and one in 1989 in Dallas.

Discussions with the Europeans for a possible merger of Tile Expo with World Exposition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings began in November 1987 in Orlando. The first full meeting was held at Assopiastrelle (the Italian tile manufacturers’ association) in Italy, on July 1, 1988.

cvgs-2“I attended that meeting with David Knox, president of CTDA,” said Joe Tarver, executive director emeritus of NTCA, who was secretariat to the joint venture for five years as well as chairman in 1992 and 2000. “After a contentious beginning, enough progress was made for a second meeting at Tile Expo in July 1988. A third meeting in New York, September 26-27, 1988 resulted in a signed contract.”

The fourth and final meeting of the principals of the industry’s five major trade associations, Assopiastrelle, ASCER (Association of Tile Manufacturers of Spain), NTCA, CTDA and TCA, was held in Atlanta on August 1, 1989, and the agreement signed in New York was ratified.

The first International Tile Exposition was held June 7-9,1990 in Anaheim, but because the convention center was not completed on time, show management had to erect huge tents to accommodate the overwhelming numbers of exhibitors. Unseasonable rain flooded the tents and made conditions generally miserable for exhibitors and attendees, yet the show was considered a huge success.

The annual meetings continued under the name of International Tile Exposition until 1993. Subsequent meetings were called International Tile And Stone Expositions (ITSE) until 1997 when the current name of Coverings was adopted.

Because of cultural differences and tile and stone installation differences in Europe (there were virtually no contractors there) and the United States, our contractor association was hardly recognized as an entity and held in low esteem during the early negotiations.

“Through the ATTMCA’s negotiating skills and persistent interjection of the importance of tile contractors to the U.S tile industry, we persevered and convinced our European partners that we belonged at the table and would play a major role in the success of our joint venture,” Tarver said. “The importance of our association and its contributions to the success of Coverings is readily recognized and acknowledged among all of the partners today. I’m proud to count a great number of people from Italy, Spain and other European countries among my good friends.”

Coverings today

cvgs-4Now celebrating its 25th year, Coverings continues to be the driving force for tile and stone sales in North America. Perhaps equally as important have been the free educational programs offered at the show since its inception. This remains a core strategy for the Coverings Board of Directors, and has positively impacted the industry in many ways.

Bart Bettiga has been the executive director of the NTCA since 2002, and has served as show chairman in 2005 and 2010. He cites increased activity on the show floor as one of the most positive developments in recent years to the show.

cvgs-3“We followed up the early tile-setting contests with an installation stage, with TCNA (formerly TCA) members and NTCA trainers educating attendees on the latest products and installation techniques. Following on that line, we developed new programs like the Installation Design Showcase and Contractor Days to offer more show-floor excitement. I truly believe these programs have been instrumental in creating a more valuable experience, resulting in repeat attendance to the show.”

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ProSpec Selects UNLV Design Project as its Charitable Platform at Coverings 2014

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ProSpec®, a leading provider of surface preparation systems, tile and stone installation systems and concrete repair and restoration products, is excited to announce its partnership with Coverings as the sole sponsor of tile setting materials for the University of Nevada,  Las Vegas (UNLV), School of Architecture design tiling course – “Mediations on Making– Exploring Furniture Design.”

The course instructs students and future designers on the use of tile medium as a source of furniture design and includes a focus on tile installation best practices, specifically around furniture design.  Each student will design a bench using tile and stone as its only source material and a jury will select six for construction.  The benches will be displayed on the show floor during Coverings for everyone to enjoy these wonderful works of art and will then be part of a silent auction during the show to benefit the Ceramic Tile Education Fund (CTEF) and UNLV.  

ProSpec is sponsoring a seventh bench to be constructed, allowing an additional student designer the opportunity to see their design come to life and become part of the ProSpec booth during Coverings.

ProSpec is dedicated to its support of industry education, the Coverings bench project and future tile designers by providing them with valuable, first-hand resources for their class project. As a 2014 sponsor of CTEF, ProSpec is excited that the proceeds of the silent auction will support CTEF and its  mission of professional tile installation through training, education and certification.

“We are deeply committed to the tile industry and thrilled to be part of this design project,” said Sean Smith, director of strategic growth for ProSpec.  “Our team will provide hands-on instruction of proper tile system design and application best practices and guide the students throughout the process toward a successful project.”

ProSpec PermaFlex 500 was selected for this project because of its superior flexibility, bond strength and durability. ProColor Sanded Tile Grout combined with ProColor StainGuard Grout Additive will be the grout used on the project.  ProColor StainGuard Grout Additive provides effortless protection for grouts against stain, mold and mildew.  This easy-to-use combination will provide beautiful grout joints without the need to seal the grout.  It will ensure the benches remain picturesque and able to withstand the elements of Mother Nature for years to come.

“These students are the future designers and installers of our trade and we’re thrilled to be able to provide them with the guidance and support needed to help make them successful professionals.  We hope others see inspiration through this project and it encourages them to join the industry,” added Smith. 

For more information about the Coverings bench project and to follow along on the journey the students are undertaking, visit ProSpec.com or the Coverings Blog for periodic updates on this initiative.

 

ProSpec provides architects, engineers and commercial/residential construction contractors with the finest in professionally specified construction products that include surface preparation systems, tile and stone installation systems and concrete repair and restoration products.  The ProSpec brand is a registered trademark of Bonsal American, Inc., an Oldcastlecompany.  Bonsal American is part of the Oldcastle Architectural division within Oldcastle. Additional information is available by calling

1-800-334-0784 or online at prospec.com. 

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Visit the booth at Coverings, #5098, to learn more about ProSpec packaged tile and stone installation products, concrete restoration and repair products, and flooring/surface preparation products. 

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Coverings Installation Design Showcase to Celebrate Leading Installation and Design Talent

Attendees of Coverings, the largest international tile + stone exposition and conference, will see firsthand the visions of four Las Vegas-area design teams come to life during the show’s Installation Design Showcase. In its fifth year, the live-action demonstration and exhibit will pair representatives from regional design organizations with industry-leading tile + stone manufacturers and installers to create full-scale, conceptual vignettes, in full view of Coverings attendees, as the show celebrates its 25th Anniversary, from April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Designers Foreman Rogers and Allison Isaacs from tvsdesign Atlanta take showgoers on a tour of their vignette at Coverings 2013

Designers Foreman Rogers and Allison Isaacs from tvsdesign Atlanta take showgoers on a tour of their vignette at Coverings 2013

The four designers spearheading each vignette represent the following regional organizations: the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); the California Central/Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); the Nevada Chapter of United States Green Building Council (USGBC); and the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Department of Architecture (UNLV). An installer with Five Star Recognition from the National Tile Contractors Association and certification from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation will execute the vision of each team by expertly managing the high-quality materials supplied by Coverings exhibitors. Installation materials will be supplied by MAPEI, TEK and LATICRETE; tools will be supplied by Dewalt, European Tile Masters, Pearl Abrasive and Tuscan Leveling System; and backerboard will be provided by USG.

The 2014 Installation Design Showcase will produce four compelling spaces including an indoor courtyard, bar, retail space and a sustainable, accessible bath, all of which will showcase tile + stone materials and installation techniques in unique and advanced applications.

Indoor Courtyard
Led by designer Jonathon Anderson, Assistant Professor of Architecture at UNLV, the team representing the UNLV Department of Architecture will bring the outdoors inside in this vignette, with the creation an indoor courtyard composed of materials designed to evoke nature indoors in a clean, contemporary, monochromatic design. Crossville has supplied material from their large-format, thin porcelain panel line, Laminam, to create an oversized fireplace with the innovative 3mm-thick panel. Visual and technical complexity will be added to the design by more than 1,000 individually pre-cut-to-size pieces of tile to create an intricate gradient pattern. Installer Martin Brookes, of Heritage Marble Masonry & Tile, said he looks forward to working with these materials, and welcomes the opportunity to perform and illustrate industry standards under the constraints of time and the added pressure of a live audience.

Retail Space
Tile + stone will be the focal point of a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the retail environment envisioned by Eric Roberts of SH-Architecture, who represents the Las Vegas Chapter of AIA and his firm along with colleagues Dennis Panars and Jeni Panars. Porcelain manufacturer, Florim, will supply materials from its Pier and Galaxy product lines, both durable, rugged materials designed for use in commercial or residential spaces. The Gems line will be used to add a complementary sense of artistic movement and excitement, and all three products will be incorporated into the walls, shelving, displays, and point-of-sale areas of the space. According to Robert Herman of Superior Tile and Stone, the company prides itself on the quality of its installation techniques, and the Installation Design Showcase serves as an ideal platform to demonstrate the processes that go into high-quality tile + stone installations.

Bar
Designer Stephen Leon, participating on behalf of the ASID Central California-Nevada Chapter, will create a vision of a bar unlike any other. Leon’s vision will feature tall obelisks in dark hues surrounding a bar composed of materials that create the appearance of exotic onyx with a glowing effect. Complementary stone treatments will create swirling patterns on the floors and walls to add visual drama and excitement. Large format panels from StonePeak’s Plane product line will be used in various sizes, up to 5-foot by 10-foot, throughout the installation.

“Participating in the Installation Design Showcase allows our team of installers to work with a local designer to execute their vision live on the Coverings floor,” said installer Elizabeth Lambert of Lambert Tile & Stone. “It’s fun and challenging to watch it all come alive with our installation team stopping to answer the questions that always come from the show attendees on how and why we are using certain installation methods.”

Sustainable, Accessible Bathroom
The USGBC Nevada Chapter will present an open concept bathroom to showcase the marriage of universal access and sustainable design practices in a warm, contemporary, natural space, envisioned by Chapter President, Daniel Huard. Three-time Installation Design Showcase participant, James Woefel of Artcraft Granite, Marble, & Tile Co., will use tiles provided by Ceramics of Italy featuring eco-conscious attributes that are sustainable from start to finish. The visual centerpiece of the installation is an anchoring band tiled with Lea Ceramiche’s “Lines and Waves” collection, designed by Patrick Norguet. Furthering the incorporation of universal access standards, the floor design calls for the tiles of various sizes to be laid on a diagonal—a technique that is used to help visually impaired individuals navigate the space by feeling the grout lines between the tiles. The design will mimic the color gradient of sand along a shoreline.

“The 2014 Installation Design Showcase represents the first year in which we’ve engaged local design associations to participate,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “As the showcase progresses, the participating designers, manufacturers and installers masterfully demonstrate how the marriage of design and installation is critical to create an amazing result.”

The four vignettes will be open for the duration of the exposition and conference for all attendees to enjoy. Coverings will host a full tour with presentations by the designers and installers detailing each vignette on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception to follow. This free program and reception is open to all attendees, though it is suggested to pre-register while registering to attend the show at coverings.com/register.

For full details regarding the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, please visit coverings.com/IDS. Follow along with the designers, manufacturers and installers as the Installation Design Showcase approaches by using the hashtag #CoveringsIDS across all social media platforms.

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Coverings 2014 – Installation Track Seminars

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Here’s a first peek at the Coverings conference program offerings that are targeted specifically to installers and contractors, with several sessions presented pre-show on Monday, April 28. For full course descriptions and room assignments, visit www.coverings.com.

This year’s Coverings will take place from April 29-May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Monday, April 28
1-2 pm
Sealing Tile, Grout and Natural Stone: True or False
– Joe Salvo, Miracle Sealants & Abrasives

2:15-4:15 pm

NTCA Presents Live Hands-On Demonstration to Today’s Installation Challenges
– Gerald Sloan, Michael Whistler, NTCA

 

Tuesday, April 29
12:30-2 pm

Thin Tile and Trends in Design and Processes
– Eric Astrachan, TCNA

1:45-2:45 pm

Barrier Free Shower Installation – Art Mintie, Maria Oliveira, LATICRETE International, Inc.

Budgeting for Tile Contractors 101: Forecasting and Budgeting for Success
– Dan Welch, Bob Woodward, Welch Tile & Marble

3-4 pm

Concrete and Wood Substrates: Considerations for Specification, Product Selection and Installation
– Richard P. Goldberg AIA, CSI, NCARB, Professional Consultants International

Low Hanging Fruit: The Five Easiest Ways to Supercharge Your Digital Marketing Strategy – Ken Tarwood, LATICRETE International, Inc.

4:15 -5:15 pm

Shower Installations:
Best Practices
– Gerald Sloan, Michael Whistler, NTCA

 

Wednesday, April 30
8 -10 am

The New Rules of Relationship Marketing
– Jon Goldman,
Brand Launcher

8:30-10 am

Case study of Development of National Food Chain Specification for Material Selection, Design Methodologies and Construction Techniques
– Scott Conwell, International Masonry Institute

2:45-3:45 pm

Large Porcelain Panel Installations for Floors and Walls – Tom Plaskota, TEC/H.B. Fuller Construction Products

The Not So Secret Sauce: Nine Key Steps for Business Success – Wally Adamchik, Firestarter Speaking and Consulting

 

Thursday, May 1
8 – 9 am

Rules of the Game: How Contractors Can Use ANSI, TCNA Handbook and NTCA Reference Manual to Improve their Business and Their Profit
– Chris Walker, David Allen Company; James Woelfel, Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co.; Nyle Wadford, Neuse Tile Service

9:15-10:15 am

Business Training Strategies
on the Internet
– Wally Adamchik, Firestarter Speaking and Consulting

1:30-2:30 pm

Estimating for Advantage
– Mike Clancy, Fails Management Institute

Understanding Thin Tile Installation
– Dr. Neil McMurdie, MAPEI Corporation

2:45-3:45 pm

How to Maximize the Manufacturer Relationship
– Elton Mayfield, ER Marketing

Utilizing Technology in the Field to Improve Performance for Contractors
– Martin Howard, David Allen Company

 

Friday, May 2
8 -10 am

Restorative Cleaning and Maintenance of Natural Stone and Tile & Grout
– Bryan Thompson, Sapphire Scientific

COVERINGS 2014 KICKS OFF TILE + STONE PHOTO SWEEPSTAKES

cid small wCoverings 2014, the largest international tile and stone exposition, this week launched an online photography contest to honor the inspiring tile and stone installations, artwork, buildings and structures found around us everyday.  The social media-driven sweepstakes also serves to commemorate Coverings’ 25th year, with two Grand Prize Winners earning a trip to Las Vegas during the show, which takes place April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Coverings invites participants to upload their favorite photo of tile + stone, with an explanation of where they shot the image and the hashtag #Coverings25 in its caption. The self-shot photos can be submitted via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our brand new Instagram, and there is no limit to the number submitted – in fact, the more photos the participants enter, the more chances there are to win. Photo entries can be submitted until March 28.

The Grand Prize Winners will be selected to win a trip to Las Vegas to attend Coverings 2014 and a seat at a special VIP dinner with some of the most prominent leaders in the tile + stone industry. Additionally, Coverings also will give away smaller prizes every other week for the duration of the contest to recognize impressive entries as they are received. Winners for the weekly prizing will be chosen at random from all entries. Participants are encouraged to enter across all platforms to increase their chances to win.

“As we prepare for the show’s 25th Anniversary, we’re looking forward to highlighting how tile and stone impacts our lives everyday,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “Tile and stone continues to have the unique ability to transform the look of interiors and exteriors with rich textures, color, warmth and fluidity that few other products can replicate. We’re excited to see what inspires our exhibitors, attendees and fans as we all prepare for this year’s show.”

Learn more about Coverings’ Tile + Stone Photo Sweepstakes, and register for the 2014 show for free at coverings.com.

Coverings Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow
Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2014
Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings
Instagram:
instagram.com/CoveringsShow
YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367
Google +: google.com/+Coverings
Blog:
coverings.com/blog

About Coverings
In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 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 70 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 National Trade Productions.

Coverings 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.

COVERINGS AND UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE DEVELOP TILE DESIGN COURSE

unlv covCoverings, the largest international tile and stone exposition and conference, has partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Architecture, to develop a course that will investigate the use of tile as a medium for furniture design. Through a 13-week series of lectures and workshops, students enrolled in “Mediations on Making – Exploring Furniture Design” will learn about the factors involved in designing furniture, opportunities and constraints of tile, design visualization and presentation, construction and installation drawings, and fabrication processes. The course also will include a competition where each student will design a conceptual drawing of a bench using tile and stone as its source material.  A jury will select six concepts for students to fabricate and display at Coverings, from April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“This is an excellent opportunity to create a dialogue between students and the tile industry as a working collaboration,” said Jonathon Anderson, course director and assistant professor at the UNLV School of Architecture. “It also will expose our talented students to the many usages of tile, enhance their knowledge of furniture design and fabrication, and gain real-world exposure to the exhibition of prototypes.”

“Mediations on Making – Exploring Furniture Design” is supported by a number of leading manufacturers, which will be providing students with high-quality materials and real-world training. Arizona Tile will be providing tile for the program, Bonsal/Prospec and wedi will supply installation and structural materials. The National Tile Contractors Association, as well as Bonsal/Prospec, also will provide certified trainers to educate students on the fabrication and application processes.

“The partnership between Coverings and UNLV to develop this unique opportunity for students to partner with leading manufacturers, fabricators and installers in the tile and stone industry, will greatly enhance their knowledge and skillset for their future design careers,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “This program also highlights Coverings’ commitment to industry education and expanding the knowledge to emerging talent that tile and stone are surfaces with unbridled design potential.”

The six finalist benches will be displayed on the Coverings show floor for the duration of the exposition and conference for all attendees to enjoy. During the Coverings 25th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday, April 30, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the benches in a silent auction that will benefit the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and a charity of UNLV’s choice.

Coverings Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow
Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2014
Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings
YouTube:
youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367
Google+:
google.com/+Coverings
Blog: coverings.com/blog

About Coverings
In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 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 70 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 National Trade Productions.

Coverings 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.

COVERINGS CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2014

Coverings 25Twenty-five years ago, the tile and stone industry in the United States was gaining momentum and needed a single, cohesive venue for distributors, retailers, contractors, installers and specifiers to see the finest examples of new tile production available in North America. The solution: Coverings, the first U.S. tile and stone exposition and conference, was founded not only to showcase new products, tools and machinery, but also to provide networking opportunities, training and education on an array of topics from design trends to installation techniques and certification programs.

Next year, Coverings will celebrate its 25th Anniversary from April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show will host an official Anniversary “After-Hours” Party on Wednesday, April 30 from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. at a Las Vegas nightclub to celebrate this important milestone. The special event will feature an open bar, music, networking and reminiscing. Exhibitors and distributors can purchase up to 10 tickets to share with customers. Tickets are $60 each, and can be purchased upon show registration at www.coverings.com. Additionally, Coverings attendees will receive a 25th Anniversary commemorative collectible at the show.

Coverings Comes of Age

The first iteration of Coverings took place in 1990 in Anaheim, California, when Tile Expo and The World Exposition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings merged, creating The International Tile Exposition, which later became the International Tile and Stone Exhibition and eventually Coverings. By all accounts the show was a huge achievement, met with enthusiasm and excitement from the first several hundred exhibitors. The inaugural show also accomplished something no one in the industry had been able to do — unite five industry associations under one umbrella: 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).

“It seems nearly impossible that it has been 25 years since my first show,” said Inma Roca, Coverings Board Member and representative from Tile of Spain. “The show unquestionably hit the mark — finally there was a trade show, and not just an industry conference format event, in North America.”

Since that first show, Coverings has become overwhelmingly the largest and most important international platform for the tile and stone industry in the U.S., with more than 900 exhibitors, more than 70 conference sessions and a myriad of networking events annually — all for free.   

“When I look back and see how Coverings has progressed over the years, these words by Peter Drucker come to mind: ‘Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision,’” said Luciano Galassini, Coverings Board Member and Deputy Director General of Confindustria Ceramica. “By joining forces with other tile associations and creating a tradeshow run by the industry, we’ve been able to transform the tile market in the U.S. Many things have changed over 25 years, but the show continues to be the best tool for promoting tile in America among distributors, contractors, specifiers and consumers.”

Coverings Catapults Industry Growth

The growth of Coverings, however, has come with limitations. While Anaheim proved to be a popular venue in the show’s early years, the sheer size of Coverings restricts the locations where it can take place, which currently includes convention centers in Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta and Chicago.

“Each year, we seek to produce a show that is more outstanding, impactful and memorable than the last,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “Coverings exhibitors continually showcase outstanding products and inventive booths with international flair, like no other trade show in the United States. Paired with the most comprehensive educational track and numerous networking opportunities, Coverings continues to provide the platform that the industry relies on to thrive and continue its success all year long.”

The show’s owners attribute the growth of the industry to the success of Coverings. In fact, tile consumption has catapulted in the U.S. market from 977 million square feet in 1988 to 3.3 billion square feet at the industry’s peak in 2006, according to U.S. tile consumption data from the Tile Council of North America. During that same time, the industry has witnessed a revolution in technology and design, all taking place at Coverings. From the institution of rectified tiles in 1993 to the introduction of large format tiles in 1998 and inkjet technology gaining popularity around 2003, nearly every aspect of the industry has evolved.

“Since inception, Coverings has been about people and education—and over the years, the show has only improved,” said Svend Hovmand, Coverings Board Member and representative of the Tile Council of North America. “Coverings has evolved to showcase truly impressive booths, brilliant products, live installation demonstrations, and equally important—our educational track. As tile and stone have become essential to the overall architecture and design of many spaces, Coverings remains critical to fulfilling industry demand.”

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About Coverings
In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 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 70 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 National Trade Productions.

Coverings 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.

 

First Installers Pass ACT Certification at Coverings

by Bart Bettiga

CTI_cvgs13ACT Certification has been given to the first eight professional installers. Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers – ACT– addresses four technically-challenging installation areas of current importance:  Large Format Tile Installation and Substrate Preparation, Mudwork, Shower Pans and Membranes. A specific certification demonstrates the installer’s skill and knowledge in each of these four segments.

The eight professional installers passed all four certifications under the watchful eye of thousands of attendees at Coverings, the leading tile and stone show in the United States. Because the program was in the developmental phase when the show was held in Atlanta in April, they just recently completed the online written test that comprises 25% of the certification score.

The eight installers with this special honor are:
Brent Monroe – Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Company: Mesa, Arizona
Tyler Nequist – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan
Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California
Dan Welch – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan
Gavin Collier – Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co.: Palos Heights, Illinois
Bill Dumas – Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trainer: Livermore, California
Eric Manzaroli – Artisan Tile, Inc.: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Terrance Trame – Trendell Consulting, LLC: Clayton, Michigan

Partners in the development initiative are: Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), representing IUBAC signatory tile contractors; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); International Masonry Institute (IMI), which provides professional and technical training for union masonry contractors; and National Tile Contractors Association, with membership open to all tile contracting companies. Tile Council of North America (TCNA) manufacturer members companies are contributing to development of the modules and tests.

For more information on this developing program visit our new website at www.tilecertifications.com.

2014 COVERINGS INSTALLATION AND DESIGN AWARDS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

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The 2014 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards, honoring the best achievements in outstanding design and installation of tile and stone, is now open for entries. Open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers and installers, the CID Awards celebrate creativity and technical know-how in the use of tile and stone in residential, commercial, international and sustainable projects. Sponsored by TileLetter and TADA magazines, winning projects will be honored during Coverings 2014, the largest international tile and stone exposition and conference, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary from April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

New to the 2014 CID Awards is the addition of a Sustainability category for recognition of tile and stone projects that place a premium on innovative, sustainable design. This new category replaces the PROJECT: Green program that recognized these projects in years prior. Additionally, a new online portal simplifies the process of entering projects for consideration in the 2014 CID Awards.

“One of the highlights of Coverings is celebrating and honoring unique projects that exhibit the highest levels of creativity, craftsmanship and outstanding use of materials,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “We anticipate even more outstanding projects than ever before, especially with the new program updates we’ve implemented.” 

An independent panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on execution and installation, original usage, and overall design and purpose, with special recognition given to those projects exemplifying stunning tile and stone. The Grand Prize winners of the Residential and Commercial categories will each receive $2,000 and a one night’s hotel stay in Las Vegas. Additional cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Winners must be present at the CID Awards Reception & Ceremony at April 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. If winners are unable to attend, the project will be disqualified with a new winner awarded (note: does not apply to international projects).

To obtain entry forms for paper entries, or further details on the program, go to www.coverings.com/CID. Entries can be submitted digitally via an online portal at: www.conferenceabstracts.com/CID2014.htm.

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