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You belong here: the top 5 reasons to attend Coverings 2015

The scene at Coverings 2014 in Las Vegas. What will Coverings 2015 bring to Orlando?
Why should you attend Coverings 2015? Let us count the ways. From education to networking, and access to the world’s greatest tile and stone, there’s no shortage of reasons to check out this year’s show in Orlando.
Source the latest products and trends from more than 1,000 global exhibitors. As North America’s premier international trade fair and expo dedicated exclusively to tile and stone, Coverings attracts the world’s top manufacturers, including many who are breaking into the U.S. market for the very first time.
Improve the performance of every member of your team with numerous specialized training and education sessions—all FREE. Refine your skills and learn something new at The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation’s on-site installation certification courses, offering invaluable training for professionals. Want to see it live? The Live Installation Demonstration Stage offers you a close up “how-to” look at how top contracting pros handle a variety of challenging tile installations. Additionally, you can find Contractor Tours, Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers, and many other opportunities at the show to improve your skill set. 
Network with peers, suppliers and existing customers in one of Coverings’ many special programs. From the Coverings Insiders’ Tour, to the social media lounge, to wandering through the pavilions, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with other industry professionals. Coverings draws in a range of attendees – from students to seasoned all-stars and everyone in between. This year, get the inside scoop with Coverings Ambassador Alena Capra through a range of programs and networking opportunities.
Discover emerging products and trends—innovation belongs here. From pop art to prints, modern mosaics to metallics, Coverings is the place to see what 2015 has in store for tile and stone. Be on the look out for new designs, methods, manufacturing tools, and more.
Appreciate the work that you do and the community around you. Each year, the Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards honors the most superior designs of tile and stone, celebrating creativity and technical prowess in the use of tile and stone. This year, it could be you. New in 2015, Coverings has created “Appreciation Days”—individual celebrations for the many professional segments at Coverings–to facilitate enhanced learning and networking opportunities for attendees. Appreciation Days will feature tailored, guided tours of the show floor, lunch, focused education sessions, and more.
What’s your reason for attending Coverings 2015? We’ll see you in Orlando!

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Enter the third annual Architizer A+Awards

The Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES-Architects is a previous winner of the Architizer A+Awards.
Thinking of entering a project into the CID Awards at Coverings 2015? Your project could qualify for the Architizer A+Awards, too!

Architizer, the world’s largest platform for architecture and design, celebrates its 3rd Annual A+Awards with a call for submissions. Honoring the best architecture, spaces, and products across the globe, The A+Awards gets the world’s top products and projects in front of not just the design trade, but the people and brands investing in and advocating for great design. Submissions are open for 93 categories, including 11 new architecture categories and 33 new product categories.
In collaboration with partners The Wall Street Journal, WSJ. Magazine, the Webby Awards, Dwell, and Cool Hunting, the A+Awards reach 300+ jurors, 100,000 public voters, and dozens of media outlets across the globe. Additionally, the A+Awards give unprecedented exposure to hundreds of finalists, and 100+ winners.
Last year’s competition saw nearly 3,000 entries from 1,600 firms and brands across 100 countries. The judging process included evaluation by an esteemed panel of jurors– including luminaries from the architecture and design, media, art, technology, and fashion industries like Rockwell Group’s David Rockwell, Pinterest founder Evan Sharp, MoMA’s Paola Antonelli, and New York magazine’s Wendy Goodman–and 200,000 votes cast by the public. The 2014-2015 competition will see many returning jurors from previous years, and the addition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Beatrice Galilee, Airbnb founder Joe Gebbia, architect Sou Fujimoto, and Pentagram founder Michael Bierut.
A+Awards submission guidelines are available at architizerawards.com. The final deadline to submit projects and products for consideration is December 19, 2014. After jury and public voting take place, winners will be announced in April 2015 and recognized at the A+Awards Gala in New York City in May.
Best of luck! 

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Choosing your tile contractor

TILE: It’s the go-to finish when you’re looking for high fashion and high function. But you might not get either if you leave it to just anyone to install. Unlike plumbing, electrical, and structural masonry trades, tile installers and the tile contractors that employ them are not generally required to meet minimum trade craft criteria to be in business.
The difference between trained, experienced installers and inexperienced installers is noticeably reflected in their work, and the difference between a quality contractor and a deficient one is reflected in their service and business operations.
Together, contractor and installer transform your concept into reality. Whether you’re a design/build professional selecting tile contractors on a regular basis or a homeowner with a single tile project, it’s just not possible to overestimate the importance of finding qualified contractors and installers.

THE REPUTABLE TILE CONTRACTOR

Operates a legitimate business, with responsible business practices and a policy of standing behind their work.
Invests in continuing education necessary to stay up-to-date on current building codes, regulations, standards, and best practices.
On-the-job training is the most popular way to learn a construction trade, but formalized training is a must for ensuring correct installation methods are being taught to and used by installers on your project.
Carries all required business licenses and insurances, and doesn’t push liabilities for property damages or worker injuries onto others.
Does not misclassify workers to avoid paying into social security, unemployment, workers’ compensation, and other employee programs.
Has a traceable business location so customers can be sure post-installation questions and issues are addressed and resolved.
Has a track record for quality and service: Good contractors can easily produce references and verifiable documentation of their commitment to quality and service.

ARCHITECTS & SPECIFIERS
Include language in job specifications requiring qualified labor and enforce it with the GC. See the TCNA Handbook for a list of industry recognized prequalification programs for installers and contractors such as the CTEF Certified Tile Installer Program, the ACT (Advanced Certifications
for Tile Installers) Program, the NTCA 5-Star Contractor Program, and the TCAA Trowel of Excellence Program.

GENERAL CONTRACTORS
Deliver a quality tile installation by fulfilling contractor qualification requirements in job specifications. When not included, utilize internally developed qualifications. Require proof of qualifications to be included with all project bids. Thoroughly compare estimates from bidding contractors before awarding contracts. Often, higher estimates reflect better materials and additional necessary components and tasks, like substrate preparation and movement joints.

HOMEOWNERS
Don’t hesitate to ask contractors for proof of insurance, their license (where required), and their installation qualifications. Thoroughly interview bidding contractors and check several references. Utilize consumer resources available from your state on the internet and from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation.

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Enter to win Tile of Spain’s 2015 ‘Passport to Creativity’ contest

Looking for some inspiration? Last year’s winners sure showed us their creativity!
Want to find yourself eyeing the famous architecture of Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid? Tile of Spain wants you there too. Through their “Passport to Creativity” contest, Tile of Spain is offering up the opportunity for architects and interior designers to win a free trip to Spain.  Winners will participate in an architectural excursion where they will earn four CEU credits and a chance to visit Cevisama 2015, the International Ceramic Tile and Bath Furnishing Show in Valencia, Spain.
To enter architects and interior designers must submit a photo of themselves with Spanish tile. The tile can be a photo, a catalogue, or even a sample of Spanish tile. To get those creative juices flowing, you can download photos of Spanish tile from the Inspiration Gallery on Tile of Spain’s website. Be imaginative, creative, and most of all have fun!
The Tile of Spain 2015 Passport to Creativity Tour, running February 7th to 14th, 2015, includes time to explore beautiful Spain while experiencing its world-famous culture. From culinary arts to historical sites and attractions with architectural and design significance, there’s no end to the valuable experiences you will share on the tour. The trip also includes a guided visit to Cevisama 2015, factory and booth tours and an exclusive press conference. All participants will earn CEU credits.
For complete rules, and details on how to enter “Passport to Creativity”, please visit www.tileofspainusa.com/contest. Act quickly – entries will be accepted through December 1, 2014 and winners will be notified in the week of December 15, 2014. 

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2015 Coverings Installation & Design Awards now open for entries

Are you an architect, designer, builder, contractor, distributor, retailer and/or installer who’s done some amazing work with stone or tile? Then we want to hear from you! Coverings is on the hunt for submissions to its 2015 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, honoring the most superior designs and installations of tile and stone. The CID Awards celebrate creativity and technical prowess in the use of tile and stone in residential, commercial, international and sustainable projects. Sponsored by TileLetter and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, winners will be announced and honored at Coverings 2015, April 14-17, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
This year, the winners will be announced in a revamped ceremony and celebration called the CID Awards and Opening Night Celebration, which will take place on the first night of the show. This free event is open to all attendees, and will feature a presentation of the winners, live showcase of all the projects and a happy hour.
Submissions will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on execution and installation, original usage, and overall design and purpose, with special recognition given to those projects exemplifying stunning tile and stone. It’s not just fame and glory – Grand Prize winners of the Residential and Commercial categories will each receive $2,000 and a one night’s hotel stay in Orlando. Additional cash prizes will be awarded in each category.
What are you waiting for? Enter today: [sitelocation]Content/CID-Awards. Entries can be submitted digitally via an online portal at: 

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Ceramics of Italy: The hottest tile trends at Cersaie

At the end of September, the tile illuminati descended upon Bologna, Italy to attend what’s become known as the Milan furniture fair of ceramics. The 32nd edition of Cersaie proved to be a hotbed of inspiration, serving up a visual feast of pattern, color and geometry. With a close eye on the show, Ceramics of Italy rounded up their favorite trends from Cersaie 2014. Which of these trends do you think will have a presence at Coverings 2015?
BOOM. POP. WOW!
Among the abundance of graphic tiles at Cersaie, many companies turned to the world of comics and pop art to create playful collections of functional wall art. Imola and Ascot paid tribute to the kings of pop art, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring, while Del Conca presented animated characters from the popular Japanese manga series, Lupin the 3rd.

Tile tributes to the kings of pop art were all over Cersaie.
MARBLE 2.0
While some companies focused on luxurious white marble such as calacatta, carrara and statuario, others continued to expand their marble lines to include creamy tones of travertine and darker hues like Saint Laurent and Berimbau. In addition, novel shapes (hexagon and chevron), overlaid designs and three-dimensional surfaces (pillowed edges and linear folds) were added to the mix.

From luxurious to three-dimensional surfaces, tile makers brought marble into a new light.
HEXALOVE
In terms of shapes, it was undoubtedly the year of the hexagon (something Coverings Ambassador. Alena Capra, spotted during her trip too!). A far cry from traditional hexagonal tiling, this new crop includes macro and micro sizes, rhombille tiling effects, irregular cutouts, and encaustic, concrete, marble, wood and brick designs.
MODERN MOSAICS
Innovative mosaics were everywhere – from playing with the dimensions of traditional penny, hexagon and brick mosaics to introducing completely new formats such as linear, diamond and organic shaped tesserae.
CEMENTINE
The inherent charm and beauty of encaustic cement tiles from the turn of the 19th century inspired many collections at the fair. Putting a modern spin on the classic tiles, some were overlaid onto concrete, terra cotta and stone designs while others presented crisp or fading patterns.

A modern spin on classic cement tiles reminds us of 19th century architecture – or an M.C. Escher.
BLACK & WHITE
Although the entire color spectrum could be found at Cersaie – from dusty hues to vibrant pop colors – there was a significant return to classic black and white with added effects such as fading reliefs and op art graphics.
METALLIZED
Coinciding with the romanticism of industrial spaces, many companies showcased metallized tiles exhibiting the sheen of platinum and bronze or the weathered effects of rusted steel and oxidized copper.
NEU WOOD
The world’s forests are a continual source of inspiration for tile manufacturers who continue to explore new frontiers in ceramic wood. While some companies are inspired by the charming imperfections and character of rustic and recycled lumber, others are drawn to special techniques – such as charring – or adding a polished or glazed finish for a touch of sophistication and glamour.

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My trip to Spain

My trip to Spain was definitely one for the books, incredibly educational and so much fun! Thank you Tile of Spain!
After enjoying several days in Bologna, Italy at Cersaie, the second portion of my personal Tile Tour took me to several cities in Spain with Coverings co-sponsor, Tile of Spain, where I discovered new products, trends in manufacturing, tile research and some of the most iconic and historic tile designs I’ve ever seen. Check out the sights and scenes from my trip, and a little preview of what you can expect to see from Spanish exhibitors at Coverings 2015: 
Barcelona, Gaudi, and More Hexagon Tiles!
I had the chance to spend the weekend in Barcelona, and at top of my list was to tour all of the amazing Antoni Gaudi architecture around the city. The first thing I noticed as I wandered down Passeig de Gracia was the beautiful hexagon tiles that paved the street — one of the city’s tributes to Gaudi. The tiles are a replica of the original mosaics he produced. After seeing so many of this particular scale of hexagon tiles at Cersaie, it was interesting to note that the iconic pattern also reflects the historic architecture and design in Spain, thanks to Gaudi. Today, the style continues to be trending and very relevant in modern architecture and design. The hexagon is here to stay! 
During my explorations, I visited many of Gaudi’s great works — Park Guell, Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Familia, and Casa Milá. The way he incorporated ceramics into his installations—from structural to ornamental — was brilliant. Perhaps most impressive was the interior atrium of Casa Batlló, where there was a beautiful gradient of shades of blue ceramic tiles, several stories high. I had seen so much of his work in photos before, but nothing was like the experience of seeing it in person. The nearly 150-year-old architecture proves that tile can create a truly breathtaking design statement that stands the test of time. 

These amazing hexagonal tiles lined the streets of Barcelona as a tribute to Antoni Gaudi. I love that hexagon translates from historic architecture to modern design.
Castellón
After Barcelona, it was time to head to Castellón, where I spent the next two days touring tile factories, visiting the Instituto de Tecnologia Ceramica (ITC), and learning about the city and culture. 
During this portion of the trip, I had a wonderful host, Eva Pedrajas from ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association. A native of Castellon, she gave me a rich history of the area as well as the industry. Together we visited the factories of VIVES, NATUCER, and NEOLITH/The Size. It was interesting seeing first-hand the different types of manufacturing each factory used. To cite just a couple examples, NATUCER uses an extrusion process to manufacture their tiles. Extrusion manufacturing uses a wetter, more malleable clay which is forced through a mold to create its form, and then fired at high temperatures where as dry press manufacturing of tile presses the tile into its shape. This process allows them to create many of the unique, 3-Dimensional shapes of their products. The easiest way to picture the extrusion process is perhaps comparing it to how a cookie press works when baking. The dough gets put into the press, where you use a plate with the cutout of the shape you want, press the dough out to create the cookie form, and then cut it into size. They also use Roto Color technology (where tile designs are pressed into the tiles using large roller) like most tile manufacturers, so they can screen print extruded tile.  During my visit to the factory at Vives, they were producing beautiful wood porcelain tiles through digital printing process, one of the most innovative techniques in the modern manufacturing of ceramic tile.  
After a full day of tile factory touring we stopped for an alfresco lunch at the port of Castellón, where I had the most authentic paella I’ve ever tried!  
The ITC 
My second day in Castellón began with a visit to the Instituto de Tecnologia Ceramica, a facility that plays a key role in assisting with the needs of tile manufacturing companies in the Spanish Ceramic sector. Their lab and facilities conduct all sorts of product testing, as well as development and research to improve innovation and provide solutions to make superior products at an improved cost structure. The first portion of the visit we toured some of the labs and saw many of the different types of product testing and research they offer to Spanish ceramic companies. This included a demo in Pendulum slip testing, which was performed with a Pendulum, where a piece of rubber is mounted to the pendulum itself, and measurements are taken as it strikes the tile being tested to determine slip resistance. We also saw some of the other equipment used to test other slip resistance— one which interestingly included a treadmill on an incline, and a pair of sneakers sitting beside it. I wish I could have watched that test, as it looked quite intriguing! I also learned about how they can address any problems the manufacturing companies face and collaborate with them to generate new technology. This could include anything from new coatings and surface treatments to environmental technologies. The ITC also offers marketing consulting and extensive trend analysis for the companies they work with. 
This tour was very interesting to me as a designer because I was able to see all of the testing and technology that goes into not only creating safe tile products, but the most innovative products as well. In my sector of the industry we typically only see the end result of all of this, so I enjoyed seeing just how much research goes into creating the tiles I specify.

The sights and scenes of the tile factories in Castellón – it was meaningful and exciting to see how much work goes into the tiles I use everyday.
Last Stop…Valencia
After learning and seeing all of the fascinating things the ITC has to offer Spanish ceramic companies, there was one last stop…the city of Valencia. We took a quick train ride from Castellón, and the very first thing I noticed at the train station in Valencia was the exquisite mosaic tile ceiling. On my tour of the city, I saw a lot of the notable architecture and sampled some of the local cuisine.
My trip to Spain was absolutely truly educational. I enjoyed learning about the ceramic industry with Tile of Spain, seeing how the culture influences tile production and design, and all of the brilliant and historic uses of ceramics in the architecture. 
I must say my Tile Tours of Italy and Spain were incredible – and a special thanks to Tile of Spain and Ceramics of Italy for this memorable experience. I’m now looking forward to attending Total Solutions Plus in San Antonio, TX, and continuing to report back my experiences and insights from the tile and stone industries.

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Registration for Coverings 2015 exposition now open!

We are excited to announce that online registration for Coverings 2015 opens today. The show takes place in Orlando, Florida from April 14-17, 2015, signifying the return of the super show and conference to one of its most popular markets. We are anticipating more than 1,000 exhibitors representing over 35 countries across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space, in addition to a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations and networking opportunities – all at no cost. 
Early registration comes with plenty of benefits – from advance notice and access to conference events and sessions, contents and promotions, to insider opportunities that will quickly meet capacity. By registering, you will also be able to take advantage of discount travel and hotel packages arranged by Coverings with a variety of hotel partners, including: Avanti Resort, Courtyard by Marriott International Drive, Embassy Suites Orlando, Hampton Inn Orlando I Drive, Hilton Orlando, Homewood Suites by Hilton International Drive, Hyatt Place Orlando, Hyatt Regency Orlando, Residence Inn Orlando Convention Center, Rosen Centre Hotel, Rosen Plaza Hotel, Sonesta ES Suites Orlando, Springhill Suites Orlando Convention Center, Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa and Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard. You can view all of our travel partners here.
As the 2015 show approaches, we are eagerly looking forward to another exciting year of providing attendees access to the largest range of global tile and stone exhibitors, and the most extensive schedule of programming and educational offerings for all segments of the tile and stone industry.
Register for Coverings and reserve your hotel rooms today!

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My visit to Cersaie

Posing in front of some beautiful geometric designs at Cersaie 2014! Thank you Ceramics of Italy!
Recently I had the amazing opportunity as Industry Ambassador for Coverings 2015 to travel to Bologna, Italy and attend Cersaie 2014. I traveled with a group of 40 architects, designers and journalists from the United States and Canada, and Ceramics of Italy, a Coverings co-sponsor, hosted the trip. It was wonderful gathering with these talented individuals, and spending time at the show learning and discussing new trends and innovations in tile and stone. I enjoyed getting to know people from all over the country, and hearing different opinions and insights into what to expect for 2015. We also got a chance to do some fun things in Bologna, which included a visit to a vineyard, a balsamic vinegar tasting, a visit to the Marazzi tile factory, and some wonderful dinners where we enjoyed what Italy is known best for – the food!
This was my first time attending Cersaie, and I was amazed by everything the show had to offer. From new introductions to upcoming trends, check out my recap of the show in Italy, and my predictions for Coverings 2015:  
HEXAGONS:
The hexagon is such a beautiful, classic tile shape, and I loved seeing it not only in a larger scale, but how the shape has evolved into many different variations. Some of my favorites included wood hexagons, three dimensional printed patterns, and metallic hexagons (especially in gold!). The shape itself tends to be very classic and traditional, but with all of the variations of styles, the hexagon can be used in any design from sleek and modern to transitional to traditional. 

Hexagons have evolved from the classic rendition, and can be used in any design from sleek and modern to traditional.
WOOD-LOOK:
I am a big fan of wood-look porcelain tiles, and use them often in my designs. The evolution from basic wood plank tiles to those in some really stunning shapes, sizes and patterns has been amazing. At the show, the high-gloss wood plank tiles, which create a glass like appearance as flooring, definitely caught my eye. The patterned wood tiles were also quite stunning, with beautiful printed damask and striped overlays. Some of the newer shapes of wood, especially the hexagon trend, were prominent at Cersaie, giving a different spin on the traditional. I also spotted some great bullnose pieces for wood steps, large format slim tiles, and many versions for outdoor uses in pool areas. 

Wood-look porcelain tiles were a popular trend at Cersaie 2014, especially with the addition of high-gloss wood plank tiles.
WALLPAPER: 
Speaking of emulative tiles – another trend I spotted throughout the show was tiles with a wallpaper-like appearance. Wallpaper has made a comeback in the design world in the past few years, and now that it’s become a trend in tiles, that look can be carried into areas that may not be suitable for wallpaper (such as the bathroom and kitchen backsplash). While walking the show floor I spotted many beautiful patterns in a variety of glazes and metallics – they were all so stunning.

Wallpaper has made a comeback in design, and these wallpaper-like tiles make bringing wallpaper into the bathroom and kitchen easy. 

POP ART:
Pop Art-inspired tile is a surprising new trend I spotted at Cersaie. Notably, the Keith Haring prints from Ascot, which was the first collection in their Game of Fifteen series featuring 15 artists. Other notable pop art tiles included a collection from Imola in a variety of fun colors and three-dimensional patterns. I think these are a fun accent, and a great way to bring iconic art into tile design.

These Keith Haring prints from Ascot add the pop of pop art into your home design. 

FUN STUFF & MORE TRENDS:
Beyond these major trends, there were a few more that really stood out and I eagerly anticipate seeing more of at Coverings next year.

Metallics continue to resonate, especially in gold – a color that speaks to my own taste! 
Bold colors were found in interesting printed and dimensional tiles 
Grey emerged to be the most popular color scheme, but accent tiles also offered unconventional prints and colors. 
Endless options for large format, slim tiles and interesting applications on furnishings. 

During the trip to Bologna, our group had the opportunity to attend the Press Conference at the MAST museum in Bologna, and toured some exhibits while there. It was a beautifully designed space. We visited the Marazzi Factory in Italy, and were able to learn more about their history and viewed a large variety of products that they offer in the showroom. Touring the factory was very interesting, seeing how one of their large format floor tiles was made, from start to completion. It was the first in quite a few factory visits planned during my travels, so there are lots more to come.
On my final day, I had the chance to explore the city. We climbed to the top of one of the Two Towers, the Asinelli tower, which had breathtaking views of the city! I truly enjoyed my time in Bologna, attending Cersaie, meeting an amazing group of designers, architects and journalists. I’m looking forward to seeing what many of these exhibitors showcase at Coverings. 
After Italy, I visited the beautiful country of Spain! Stay tuned next week for my full recap from my trip with Tile of Spain, including trends and more!

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Introducing Alena Capra

Introducing Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. She couldn’t help but be drawn to this eye-popping tile design featuring the designs of artist Keith Haring.
We are thrilled to announce that we have enlisted Alena Capra to be the Coverings 2015 Industry Ambassador. In this newly created position, Alena will serve a critical role as a liaison between the Show and the design community. She will be sharing her tile and stone trend insights, reporting from industry events around the world, and meeting with trade associations and A+D firms leading up to the Show.
Alena brings more than 12 years of experience as a residential designer to the role, and is accredited through the National Kitchen and Bath Association as a Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bath Designer. Capra has shared her expertise as a speaker at various design shows around the country and as been published in media including USA Weekend, Florida Decor and more.  
Alena also has a long history with Coverings and its exhibitors, education and special programs. The last time that the Show was in Orlando, she was enlisted as a designer for the inaugural Installation Design Showcase, and she has continued to expand her role with the conference since.

Alena recently spotted tiles in a range of creative new styles at Cersaie 2014, where she joined Coverings Show owners Tile of Spain and Ceramics of Italy to see the latest industry trends.
We look forward to sharing her insights here on the Coverings Blog. Stay tuned here for the latest (including highlights from her recent design-spotting trips in Spain and Italy), and follow #Coverings2015 across her Twitter (@AlenaCapra), Instagram (@AlenaCapraDesign), Facebook and Pinterest.

Alena’s first interview as Industry Ambassador with Kemp Harr, of Floor Focus / Floor Daily.

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Can’t miss Spanish tile at Cersaie 14

This week, close to 90 ceramic wall and floor tile manufacturers from Spain will be at Cersaie to showcase their new collections. Here’s a deeper look at what you can expect from Tile of Spain manufacturers, such as Porcelanosa, Gayafores, Cevica, Rocersa, and Ceracasa at the show.
Matte Black Chic: Black matte pieces add a touch of masculine sophistication to any room. In this case, the Porcelanosa Antique series combines with honey-colored wood and white walls, to contrast textures and colors. The decorative motifs of the black tiles are subtle and barely noticeable.

Porcelanosa – Antique Series. Porcelain floor tile (23X23″) in black.
Cozy: A sure bet on classical pieces but redesigned for a 21st century space. Vitrified rectangular tiles mixed in four different white hues give this contemporary space a cozy and traditional feel.

Cevica – Antic Craquelé Series. Wall tiles are a combination of Antic White, Antic Medium White, Antic Dark White and Antic Grey (6X3″).
The new Rustic: Ceramic floor tiles in planks that resemble distressed wood, and in some cases look “worn down” give the sensation of a lived-in space. These pieces are perfect when paired with simple-lined decor and furniture.

Gayafores – Rovere Series. Ceramic floor tile in “distressed wood planks” (8X26″)
in honeyed hues.
Sweet and feminine: This delicate style is obtained by using very light beige and pale rose shades with a sprinkle of small vintage-inspired floral print wall tiles, hinting of French country style. The gold touches and antique elements such as wall moldings and shelves, emphasize romantic inspiration.

Rocersa – Wall tiles: Edén Series in ivory shade (10X30″) with decorative pieces. Edén-12 DEC-1 Ivory (10X30″) and trim pieces Udine Oro (1X10″). Ceramic Floor tile: Clown Moka Series (12.5X12.5″).
Classic Elegance: Floor tiles inspired by natural stones in very pure white and gray colors with high gloss provide serene elegance to any space. These ceramic pieces have such a strong personality that they become the stars of the room, emphasizing the owner’s personality.

Ceracasa – Absolute Series. Porcelain floor tiles in high gloss. Color: Sand (20X40″).
Coverings 2015 attendees can expect to see similarly exciting displays from the Tile of Spain manufacturers April 14-17 in Orlando, Florida.
Visiting Cersaie? Download the CERSAIE 14 App from Tile of Spain to make navigating the show easier.

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Nemo Tile Company wins top industry honor with 2014 Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award

Every year, for the past 24 years, the Italian tile industry has honored a distinguished North American distributor for their dedication to promoting ceramic tiles in the marketplace. After considering the work of hundreds of tile distributors, this year the 93-year-old family-owned business, Nemo Tile Company, joins this coveted list of award recipients. Continuously owned and operated for three generations by the Karlin family, Nemo Tile has distinguished itself as a leading resource for architects, designers and contractors, as well as a source of inspiration for homeowners and DIY enthusiasts through its four showrooms in New York. We sat down with Nemo Tile Company President, Matthew Karlin, to talk about the business of tile.

Nemo Tile has a rich company history. Could you outline the key steps in your company’s development?
Nemo began operation nearly 100 years ago. Since the company’s beginning in 1921, we have always been available to our clients. And now, with so many ways to connect, we still make it a point to always speak to them in person, and not rely solely on email. The personal connections, and accessibility, remain very important aspects of how we conduct business. We constantly listen to our clients, so we can better serve their needs and goals. Part of our mission is to always be looking for what’s new and the best performing in tile, to be fully responsive to our clients. We’re also committed to keeping the showrooms fresh, for trade as well as retail customers, so we change things out every week.

Who is your core client base and how has that changed over the years?
Anyone who wants tile is our valued client—from the specifier to the architect, developer, designer, hotelier, homeowner, contractor—that has never changed. People just get more creative on how to buy it, apply it, etc.
What differentiates your company from other tile distributors in the U.S.?
Nemo is a tile distributor, but we don’t just sell tile. Clients come to us for what our brand offers, including our commitment to the greater design community and our point of view about materials. Because of the amount of competition we have in our area, we constantly assess and adjust our business model not only to compete with other tile distributors but also other design-structured brands that cover surfaces, like carpet and casegoods. We compete with international design brands of every category for space in the libraries of A&D firms. This means Nemo must be as clear and convincing with our marketing as we are with our materials.

What steps have you taken to remain competitive in the marketplace?
We are placing a greater emphasis than ever before on our marketing strategy, how we represent ourselves and position the Nemo brand, to create a niche for our business.
What are some of the unique qualities that you associate with Italian tile?
Exceptional design and quality. Consumers still associate Italian products with style and fashion, and they make those same connections with Italian tile. These associations help consumers better understand and seek out the unique qualities of Italian tile. With beautiful fashion comes beautiful design comes beautiful tile.

Can you discuss some of the biggest trends and innovations that have changed the perception and value of ceramic tile in the eyes of consumers?
The embrace of design culture, and tile’s place in it. It’s amazing how much tile you see today in such a wide array of projects; even retail consumers are sharing their tile projects on platforms like Houzz and Pinterest. Both trade and retail consumers are looking for clean, simple materials. Less grout, more tile, which is to say, larger formats. Tile can be thinner, larger, and better performing than ever before, and it can go just about anywhere and look like anything. Tile has a lot more advantages than other materials; it’s just colder and louder.

Where do you see the tile industry heading in the next 5-10 years?
Where is our industry going in the next one to two years? Everything changes so fast nowadays, it’s almost impossible to make a prediction. Once upon a time, people would rely on data to predict where things are going. Now, because the economy changes so fast, along with everything else, we need always to be ready to respond. Both factories and distributors need to be prepared to change and act as quickly as the economy changes.

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Registration for Coverings 2015 Exposition Now Open!

We are excited to announce that online registration for Coverings 2015 opens today. The show takes place in Orlando, Florida from April 14-17, 2015, signifying the return of the super show and conference to one of its most popular markets. We are anticipating more than 1,000 exhibitors representing over 35 countries across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space, in addition to a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations and networking opportunities – all at no cost. 
Early registration comes with plenty of benefits – from advance notice and access to conference events and sessions, contents and promotions, to insider opportunities that will quickly meet capacity. By registering, you will also be able to take advantage of discount travel and hotel packages arranged by Coverings with a variety of hotel partners, including: Avanti Resort, Courtyard by Marriott International Drive, Embassy Suites Orlando, Hampton Inn Orlando I Drive, Hilton Orlando, Homewood Suites by Hilton International Drive, Hyatt Place Orlando, Hyatt Regency Orlando, Residence Inn Orlando Convention Center, Rosen Centre Hotel, Rosen Plaza Hotel, Sonesta ES Suites Orlando, Springhill Suites Orlando Convention Center, Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa and Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard. You can view all of our travel partners here.
As the 2015 show approaches, we are eagerly looking forward to another exciting year of providing attendees access to the largest range of global tile and stone exhibitors, and the most extensive schedule of programming and educational offerings for all segments of the tile and stone industry.
Register for Coverings and reserve your hotel rooms today! NEW 2015 LINK NEEDED

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Porcelain pavers: An outdoor flooring revolution

Mirage
As tile manufacturers explore new frontiers in ceramics, the industry is constantly creating novel solutions for flooring and covering. One of the most exciting developments is the arrival of 2cm thick porcelain tiles, which are starting to replace stone as the go-to solution for outdoor flooring.
The concept began to spark interest during Cersaie – the ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings show in Bologna, Italy – two years ago but has now spread like wildfire throughout the entire industry. Twice as thick as most tiles, they have the same benefits as regular porcelain – being frost-resistant, skid-resistant, durable and easy to clean – yet their incredibly high breakage loads (up to 2,000 pounds) creates the perfect solution for gardens, terraces and high traffic outdoor areas. The tiles can be dry laid onto grass, gravel, dirt and sand – or onto terraces and roofs using raised supports – without grout, adhesives or specialized workers, making installation incredibly easy. Moving beyond 24”x24” tiles that look like stone, companies are now offering these porcelain pavers in a variety of formats, designs, and trims, offering a complete system for designing outdoor spaces.
Mirage (shown above) was one of the first companies to introduce this super thick tile and now offers EVO_2/e with 10 of its collections including Norr (pictured), a new series of Nordic-inspired tiles featuring a minimal chromatic range and distinctively random pattern of pebbles.

Lastra
Lastra 20mm is available with five of Atlas Concorde’s collections inspired by natural materials such as stone, wood, and cement. The system includes a broad range of trims including swimming pool edges and grids, L-shaped elements and curbs, steps and parapets to meet any outdoor planning need. (Pictured: AXI)

Caesar
Caesar offers Aextra20 with seven of its collections ranging from tiles that look like saw cut wood to rough cut stone. The system consists of single-piece porcelain stoneware slabs, perfectly squared and rectified with an anti-slip surface, and four different installation systems to choose from.

Casa
Installing and maintaining a wooden deck becomes incredibly easy with Casa Dolce Casa’s Icon Outdoor series. The 2cm-thick rustic wood-look pavers come in two formats (24”x24” and 16”x48”), which can be dry-laid or installed onto fixed or adjustable supports with open joints allowing for rainwater drainage.

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Coverings 2015 – call for speakers & presentations

April will be here before you know it and Coverings is looking to YOU to make the 2015 Conference Program a success! Do you have experience and expertise in architecture, interior design, installation, fabrication, green building, retail sales, or distribution?
We invite you to submit one or more educational, NON-PROPRIETARY proposals focusing on the core themes of the conference:

Facilitating best practices in our professions and businesses
Advocating for the use of tile and stone in green building
Stimulating innovative and cutting-edge use of tile and stone
Visioning for the future of the industry – products, people, businesses
Integrating tile and stone with complementary products – fixtures, lighting, paint, cabinetry, etc. 

Click here to submit your proposal by September 5 and be considered as a presenter.
All sessions are free to registered Coverings attendees and exhibitors. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA and NKBA continuing education and applies for CEUs through IDCEC.
A limited number of session times are available. As a result, we are unable to accept all presentations. Selections will be made no later than November 10 and all submitters will be notified of their status by November 19.
Click here to submit your proposal or email questions to conference@coverings.com.

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Coverings sets its sights on Orlando!

We are very excited to bring Coverings 2015 and its spectacular array of products, conference programming, and many show floor features — all for FREE — to Orlando, Florida in 2015. With more than a dozen successful Coverings’ in the Orlando area over the years, next year is anticipated to be the largest show since 2009. The 2015 show is projected to have 23,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors across 400,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Coverings will be held April 14-17, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center.
What’s more, in anticipation of Coverings 2015, we have released a brand new new logo and creative campaign. Developed in partnership with Giona Maiarelli, creative director of Maiarelli Studio, the new creative features a series of overlapping, colorful square frames — a nod to the traditional shape of tile — that focus on people. “Coverings represents an important community of colleagues, clients and friends, and the design spotlights this as a critical foundation of the show,” Maiarelli said.
To learn more about Coverings and see its new look, visit coverings.com.

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Tile of Spain to present CEU on green sports facilities at 2014 Spain Experience

Calling all San Francisco area designers! Tile of Spain is presenting a special CEU this Sunday, July 27 as part of the Spain Experience Event organized by ICEX and LFP World Challenge. In addition to the CEU, The 2014 Spain Experience event will feature a product showcase and exhibits featuring innovative Spanish companies, such as Ceramicas Calaf, Levantina and The Size.  
The ‘Building Green Sports Facilities’ CEU seminar is being presented by Ryan Fasan, Tile of Spain Consultant. He will be joined by Mark Fenwick, the world-renowned sports facilities architect of Fenwick Iribarren Architects, Madrid, Spain.
WHEN: Sunday, July 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
WHERE: Regency Center | 1300 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
EVENT SCHEDULE:
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEU Presentation
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Culinary Degustation / Taste of Spain Lunch
CEU attendees also receive a FREE ticket to the 4:00 PM soccer match – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Atlético Madrid at Candlestick Park. Tickets for the game will be given to attendees during the Spain Experience events at the Regency. Transportation to the stadium is not included.
A limited number of seats are available. Click here to register by July 24.

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Reactions and takeaways from Coverings 2014

Jaime Derringer of Design Milk loved CR Studio 4’s funky retro tiles
There was so much to be inspired by at Coverings 2014 in Las Vegas – from innovative tile to beautiful stone to new and different surfacing products. We have really enjoyed seeing what others were struck by in the weeks following the show. Take a look:

Jaime Derringer of Design Milk’s 12 Favorite Tile Designs from Coverings 2014
 
Kitchen designer Jamie Gold’s Top Tile Products from Coverings 2014
 
The Design Tourist Karen LeBlanc’s Passport to Global Tile Trends from Coverings 2014
 
Interior designer Kerrie Kelly’s Top Stone and Tile Trends from Coverings 2014
 
Tabitha Sukhai of This Old House created a Tile Design Tumblr inspired by what she saw at Coverings 2014
 
Bill Buyok of Avente Tile’s Patterned Tiles are Power Play at Coverings 2014
 
Form Magazine’s piece on Coverings 2014 Installation & Design Awards Winner Riera de la Salut from Pol Femenias
 
Las Vegas Review Journal’s coverage of the Coverings 2014 Installation Design Showcase
 
Emilio Mussini talks Coverings 2014 on Las Vegas Morning Blend

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Final UNLV tiled benches revealed at Coverings 2014

UNLV School of Architecture student Logan Ziegler with Interior Design magazine’s Selina Yee and Carol Cisco on his bench at the UNLV Tiled Bench reception on April 29 at Coverings 2014.
One of the highlights of Coverings this year was the incredible series of tiled benches on display at the show. Each one was crafted by a UNLV School of Architecture student, and was built throughout the Winter/Spring Semester in a class entitled “Mediations on Making – Exploring Furniture Design” under the tutelage of Professor Jonathon Anderson. The course instructed students on how to design and tile the benches.
As part of their display at Coverings, the benches were part of a silent auction to benefit the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and UNLV. The generous winners were announced at the Coverings 25th Anniversary Party at the Hyde Bellagio on April 30. They are as follows:

“Weave Bench” by Andres Diaz was purchased by Suzy Saline

“Equipoise” by Andrew Martin was purchased by Suzy Saline
“Interstice” by Logan Ziegler was purchased by Suzy Saline
“Strada/Mod Bench” by Arely Lopez was purchased by Robert Harar

“Desert Plateau” by Brenda Tena was purchased by Sean Smith (ProSpec)

“Binoc” by John Gassaway was purchased by Sean Smith (ProSpec)

“Mesa” by Jamie Mitchell
We express our gratitude to Jonathon Anderson and his students for creating such beautiful benches, the winners for supporting CTEF and UNLV, and all of our generous sponsors for helping make this program a reality:
               
        

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Sights & sounds from Coverings 2014

It’s hard to believe that Coverings 2014 was over a month ago. It is so exciting each year to bring our industry together to see old friends, make new connections, and witness all of the incredible innovation in tile and stone around the world. As tile expert Ryan Fasan said on the show floor of Coverings, “Education and networking are so critical to our profession. There is no other avenue like this.”
Check out our “Sights & Sounds from Coverings 2014” video for a look back at highlights from the show and testimonials from your colleagues, partners and new friends. We think Bart Bettiga of the National Tile Contractors Association put it best when he said, “Coverings is truly the tile and stone show. We are one big family!”

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Tile trends from Coverings 2014

Tagina’s Dot to Dot Collection 
Innovation was abundant at Coverings 2014, with a bevy of new offerings in tile + stone that showcased remarkable technology, geometric shapes, bold colors, unique textures and materials, and a return to handcrafted artisan design. The broad array of introductions at this year’s show gave an insider look to what consumers will see in the market later this year.
Black & White, Metallic All Over
From decorative patterns to bold juxtaposition, the return to the classic black & white combination was a popular trend this year. Tagina paid homage to the pairing with a number of tile series dedicated to the hues, most notably its Dot to Dot collection of molded ceramic tiles in the shapes of X, O and squares. Each tile in the playful series is installed separately, allowing for unlimited variation in every application. Iberoceramica unveiled white body wall tiles in its B&W collection that features chrome accents to create a dramatic crosshatch raised pattern, in white on white and black on black color ways. Ornamenta introduced 9×9, a series of three decorative ceramic tile collections including Tangle, a range of square tiles with bold, linear, black and white patterns reminiscent of retro pop art. One of many manufacturers showing a metallic offering was Tau, which celebrated continued innovation with Energy, a new generation of metallic tiles full of strength and dynamism, an evolution of the Corten series, one of the most prestigious, well-recognized Tau ranges worldwide. Vidrepreur expanded its line of mosaics with Pearl, a collection of iridescent rounded glass tiles with several new colors featuring metallic accents.

Foss-Co’s Forest Inspired Collection
Evolution of the Wood Look
While the wood-inspired look for porcelain and ceramic tiles has been popular for more than a decade, new technology has enhanced this trend to the next generation. Numerous exhibitors showcased wood looks with intricate graining detail similar to hand carved, rustic and distressed planks. Lea Ceramiche partnered with Diego Grandi to introduce Type 32, a series of ultra thin, plank tiles that feature four different graphics inspired by French Herringbone floors, which overlap a variety of colors creating 32 unique offerings. Metropol introduced Fossil, aged plank tiles in beige, white and grey colors that reveal the earthiness of worn wood, yet create a sophisticated environment. Florim unveiled a number of wood looks including the colorfully striking Charleston series, an ode to the warm and rustic appeal of the South, composed of distressed, faded tiles that come in small planks and are installed at random. Illuminating the category was Foss-Co., which unveiled its Forest Inspired Collection of glass and veneer custom tiles that can be backlit to create a bright, amber-colored display.

41Zero42’s Mate Collection
Good Things Come in All Shapes and Sizes
It’s no longer hip to be square when it comes to tile. Inspired by Roman and Moorish patterns and geometric shapes, a variety of styles beyond the traditional are making a comeback. CR Studio 4 showcased its handcrafted clay tiles including Flying Garlic, an arabesque-style woven pattern encased in bronze. Betona introduced PopArt, a colorful collection of hexagon-shaped tiles, which each contain more than three recycled fluorescent bulbs. 41Zero42 offered a variety of shapes, including its Mate collection of neutrals in a hexagon shape and chevron patterned plank tiles.

Realonda Ceramica’s Kubik Collection
Added Dimension and Texture
Tile continued to jump off the walls with the evolution of 3-D design. From highly texturized materials and reliefs to tile that emanates the look of stacked stone this trend continues to flourish. Apavisa introduced Materia, a wall tile that mimics the soft movement of a wave with a varied relief throughout. Sicis revealed its tech-savvy side with Structura, a collection that features glass mosaic panels with shiny square tesserae in different sizes, thicknesses, shades and textures, for an intriguing multi-dimensional effect. Realonda Ceramica created a sophisticated patchwork look with Kubik, decorative glazed porcelain tiles using 3-D technology, adding dimension to walls for for both indoor and outdoor applications. Ceramica Sant’Agostino partnered with renowned architect Philippe Starck to create FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE by S+ARCK, which features a raised surface, allowing the joint to become a decorative element for modular design. Geo Design Direct unveiled Croc Skin, a textured square tile inspired by crocodile skin with an iridescent glaze adding a touch of glamour. Levantina nailed the leather look in large format panels with Techlam, a ceramic product with infinite possibilities for interior and exterior use including ventilated facades and flooring.

Waverly
Artisan Appeal
This year also saw a bevy of introductions inspired by the intricate shapes, detailed patterns and bright colors of old world artisans and hand-painted cement tiles. Using today’s inkjet and digital printing technology, the look and texture is more realistic than ever before. Aparici tapped the colorful aesthetic of the early 19th Century decorative artisans with Hydraulic, a series of porcelain tiles that comes in a variety colorful patterns, in natural, rectified and double fired formats. Waverly revealed its intricately cut marble tiles that featured gold overlaid on Calcutta marble in a detailed and stunning pattern, along with its custom etched marble mosaics that are inlayed with bronze, copper, gold and silver. Intermatex Groupo showcased a number of artisan-inspired mosaics including Marrakech, a glass mosaic wall tile inspired by the distinctive colorful patterns from the African nation. Using inkjet technology, the 30×30 tile has nine different patterns randomly laid underneath the translucent glass mosaic. Stone Impressions offered The Altalena Collection, inspired by the beautiful influences of ancient Spanish cities like Alhambra and Sevilla, the natural stone tile showcases rich, bold colors that exude a timeless feel. Created using an exclusive artist-developed process for hand printing, the collection has almost unlimited designs for natural stone.

Stones and More’s MossTile
Vibrant and Vertical
While wood and stone inspired many of the introductions this year, several exhibitors stood out with bright, bold hues and unique materials, particularly for wall applications. Fiandre’s Precious Stones use advanced printing technology to create stunning, 12-foot ceramic wall tiles that recreate the vibrant, swirled movement of precious stones including Blue Agate. Stones and More, a first-time Coverings exhibitor, unveiled MossTile – the first tiled wall installation covered in stabilized lichen, bringing the soft, serene feel of nature into homes, offices and hotels. Atlas Concorde tapped into the soft consistency with brushed resins with E-wall, an energetic collection of large format, and mini-brick options. ATEM introduced its punchy collection of porcelain and ceramic tiles to the U.S. market for the first time at Coverings. As Ukraine’s largest tile manufacturer, the company spotlighted its new line, Spain, a bold mix of images reminiscent of the culture and vitality of the country, accented with strong red hues and finished with a unique textured glaze.

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The Best Booths of Coverings 2014

Florim
While Coverings is a celebration of tile + stone, we can’t forget to acknowledge the show-stopping booth displays that our exhibitors create each year. Four exhibitors at this year’s show were honored with Coverings’ annual Best Booth Awards.
Florim, a perennial favorite known for its innovation and extensive product lines, took the Overall Best in Show award with its outstanding interpretation of an Italian outdoor villa designed by Paolo Porta. The structure, designed to reflect Florim’s headquarters, was designed using recycled materials and low-VOC paints, to reflect the company’s commitment to providing sustainable materials.

Torrecid
First-time exhibitor, Torrecid, earned a Best Booth ribbon for its creative design, inspired by a social club, with both indoor and outdoor spaces. Creating a relaxing, serene environment, the company considered its booth an ode to ceramic tile, showcasing the infinite design possibilities.

Atem
Another Coverings newcomer to earn a Best Booth ribbon was Atem, Ukraine’s largest tile manufacturer whose booth showcased a visually stunning display of its new line of porcelain and ceramic tile inspired by the culture and vitality of Spain.

Colorker
Colorker, a Spanish manufacturer and longtime Coverings exhibitor, redesigned its booth to reflect the company’s new marketing campaign called “Imagine Tile.” Small but striking, the booth welcomed visitors with an angular, architectural approach that featured its popular line of high-end, polished, marbleized tile.

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Video from Day 3 of Coverings 2014

On the third day of Coverings 2014 in Las Vegas, our video crew continues to walk the show floor, talking to the exhibitors who represent some of the greatest innovations in design and technology seen here at the show this year.

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Video from Day 2 of Coverings 2014

On the second day of Coverings 2014 in Las Vegas, our video crew walked the show floor talking to more exhibitors who represent some of the greatest innovations in design and technology seen here at the show this year.

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The third annual Coverings Installation & Design Awards winners announced

Grand Prize – Residential: ROBERT KERR architecture design, Inc.
Twelve outstanding tile and stone projects were recognized as part of the annual Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, a program that honors outstanding design and installation of tile and stone in residential, commercial, sustainable and international projects. An esteemed panel of notable editors and leading designers evaluated more than 100 submissions based on execution, original usage, and overall design and purpose, and gave special recognition to those projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications.
Two exceptional projects earned the Grand Prize – one for the residential category and one for the commercial category. The residential Grand Prize was awarded to Santa Monica-based ROBERT KERR architecture design for a beachfront home with expertly executed interior and exterior tile and stone applications. In the commercial category, the Grand Prize was awarded to Camarata Masonry Systems and PGAL for their impressive tile and stone restoration in the five-story atrium of a historical courthouse. All Grand Prize winners received $2,000 and a one-night hotel stay in Las Vegas during Coverings.

Grand Prize – Commercial: Camarata Masonry Systems and PGAL
In 2014, a new category emerged for the CID Awards, recognizing sustainable projects.  This year’s winning project was the Green House Building, an eight-story, single-phase office development in central Budapest, designed to achieve LEED Core & Shell Platinum certification, which is the highest accreditation level possible. With the goal of being the first project in Hungary to achieve this rigorous certification, White Arkitekter AB and DPi design Kft., utilized materials that were locally sourced and offered low environmental impact.
Below is the complete list of winners:
Winner, Grand Prize – Residential
Project:                             Silver Strand Beach House
Installer/Designer:       ROBERT KERR architecture design, Inc.
Winner, Grand Prize – Commercial
Project:                             Harris County 1910 Courthouse Renovation
Installer/Designer:       Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. and PGAL
Winner, Sustainability
Project:           Green House Building
Designer:       White Arkitekter AD and Dpi design Kft.
Winner, Residential Tile Design
Project:           Brooklyn House
Designer:       JNK Interiors
Winner, Commercial Tile Design
Project:           Paul H. Cocker Architecture Gallery, Ryerson University
Designer:       Gow Hastings Architects
Winner, Commercial Stone Design
Project:           Equinox Fitness Club, Chestnut Hill, MA
Designer:       Tribeca Stone
Winner, Residential Tile Installation
Project:           Violin Swimming Pool
Installer:         Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping
Winner, Residential Stone Installation
Project:           Sunnyside Avenue Master Bath
Installer:          Tarkus Tile, Inc.
Winner, Commercial Tile Installation
Project:           Frontier Elementary School, Edmond, OK
Installer:         Bentley Flooring
Winner, Commercial Stone Installation
Project:            Latter-Day Saints Temple, Calgary, Alberta
Installer:          KEPCO+
Winner, International Design
Project:           Remodeling Work on La Riera de la Salut
Designer:       Pol Feminas
Award, Community Project
Project:           Hidden Garden Steps
Designers:     Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher
To learn more about Coverings, and the twelve projects honored in the 2014 Coverings Installation & Design Awards program, please visit coverings.com/CID. The CID Awards are sponsored by TileLetter and TADA.

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