(ALEXANDRIA, VA — April 12, 2016) Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, will arrive in Chicago in April to showcase stunning and cutting-edge products from international exhibitors whose innovations are setting industry trends. Over the four-day exhibition at McCormick place, taking place April 18-21, exhibitors representing more than 40 countries will share the newest and most exciting introductions to the tile and stone market.
“The tile industry is evolving and introducing new material, and the place to see it all is Coverings. Attracting thousands of architects, designers, builders, remodelers, distributors, retailers, installers, contractors and fabricators, this is truly a must-see show,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ Industry Ambassador. “In my second year as the Coverings Industry Ambassador, I’m thrilled to witness the exciting new trends coming to the floor for a second time, as well as the educational conference programs and certification courses.”
Here is a preview of the products Coverings’ exhibitors will display at the 2016 show. To learn more about these and other exhibitor introductions, and to register to attend Coverings for free, visit www.coverings.com.
What’s new in tile and stone…
Appiani (Booth 2619) will showcase Memorie, blending architecture, design, and art through the ancient tradition of mosaic. Twelve colorways, each featuring an intricate arrangement of 0.5”x0.5” units in 3 colors, are mixed and matched to create twelve 12”x12” geometric compositions. The decorative designs create distinguishable flooring for both indoor and outdoor uses.
American Marazzi Tile (Booth 1201) will tout Urban District BRX, which is inspired by Chicago’s own historic bricks and provides an urban industrial look to any space. The style was created by the revitalization of urban, downtown districts and embraces the old and the new and the combination rough and smooth effects.
Azteca (Booth 608) will feature its Smart Lux Collection, a large format tile in a glossy finish that is unique to this collection. The collection’s exceptional design makes it a perfect accompaniment to metallic finishes.
Azulev, S.A.U (Booth 1014) will reveal Evoque, a series that embodies nature. Regenerating diverse wood finishes, such as white-washed or aged, in porcelain permits this series to be in both rustic and urban settings.
Ceramica Saloni, S.A. (Booth 601) will highlight the new Marmaria collection, which is inspired by the gentle contrasts and colors of different types of marbles. Offering a skillful blend of marble’s classic purity, the collection’s rich variety of decorative options is perfect for creating exquisitely elegant settings of eye-catching beauty.
Ceramicas Aparici, S.A. (Booth 1021) will take the wraps off of Carpet, a series that features two tonalities – Vestige and Sand – inspired by the influence warm and decorative rooms have on a room. For floor and wall, Carpet can be used as floor or wall surfacing in kitchen, bathroom and living rooms alike.
Ceramiche Ascot SpA (Booth 1707) will continue highlighting tile as an objet d’art with Game of Fifteen: Boris Tellegen. The second contemporary artist to be featured in this series, Dutch artist Boris Tellegen’s patterns in different levels of relief in white and black is inspired by the notion of a phony chaos within controlled order.
Ceramiche Refin SpA (Booth 2020) will showcase Labryinth. Designed by Giulio Iacchetti, the collection takes on geometric shapes, oriented in an angled, mirrored design, taking the flatness out of the tile and elevating a 2D material to the third dimension.
Ceramiche Supergres (Booth 2315) will reveal Flavour, a collection of five creative colors: Milk, Apple, Berry, Cherry and Nut. These five shades, along with their smooth or textured glossy surfaces, are perfect for kitchen and bath applications and creating bright and inviting spaces.
Crossville Inc. (Booth 7306) will exhibit Oceanaire, a porcelain tile collection designed to capture the appearance of sea and sand-swept natural stone. The line is notable for its multidirectional striations interpreted in five gradient color options and a range of versatile size options.
Edimax (Booth 2526) will showcase Texture, its new collection of porcelain tiles inspired by the idea of artistic and cultural expression. Displaying different values in light and shading, these tiles convey a strong design that elevates ceramic to something somewhat surprising, with swirling yet subtle patterns.
Equipe Ceramicas, S.L. (Booth 405) will reveal a new collection, Brick, recalling the look of the walls in open brickwork typical of a number of cities worldwide, with a hand-crafted feel that reflects the industrial development of cities such as Berlin, New York and London.
Halcon Ceramicas, S.A. (Booth 417) will bring its Antica Series, which is inspired by real stones and varies from piece to piece for a natural feel. The tiles are available in four colors: cream, nut, pearl and gray.
Imola (Booth 1726) will exhibit Shades – a collection featuring a range of colors inspired by nature in the Mediterranean, from aquatic blues and greens to a sunset-inspired golden yellow. These bold colors allow the collection to stand out in any room.
Interceramic (Booth 7320) will introduce BASOLE, which features the character of handcrafted cotto tiles combined with the modern elegance of stained concrete. A warm, earthy color palette brings out the natural attributes of the collection, complimented with highlights of rust and mineral wear. A soft matte finish combined with a slightly weathered structure add handcrafted feel. The latest generation digital technology enhances the unique details and traces of time that make each piece one of a kind. BASOLE offers 20”x20” and 12”x24” field tile, and a unique 12”x14” geometric mosaic that will add a touch of surprise to any design.
Keraben Grupo S.A. (Booth 938) will present its new Wall Brick collection, offering an appearance inspired by restored brick walls. The collection, which is available in six colors and a 30x90cm size, not only has special charm but it is also adaptable to a range of decorative aesthetics, including rustic, modern or retro-industrial. The flexibility and warmth of this collection makes the perfect wall tile for lounges, rest areas, bathrooms, kitchens or living rooms.
La Fabbrica SpA (Booth 1245) will wow with Copacabana. Inspired by its namesake Brazilian Copacabana seafront, these porcelain tiles draw from winding Basalt and Calcite trails. Striking juxtapositions of dark and light featured in the stone create a bold look, which is ideal for sophisticated contemporary interiors. The tiles come in either a natural or shiny finish.
Lunada Bay Tile (Booth 8000) will showcase its new Concrete series. Teaming up with Mike Taylor, a notable engineer, the collection is made up of both flat field and three-dimensional tiles that can be used in a kitchen backsplash or shower application.
Natucer, S.L. (Booth 617) will tout the Chevron Concrete series, inspired by cement in two different geometric forms: the hexagon and chevron. The collection comes with different reliefs, allowing for different decorative styles.
Ornamenta (Booth 1645) will showcase Paper, a collection of porcelain tiles that, due to a special glaze, act like a chalkboard and elevates tile by giving it a utilitarian function meant to inspire creativity. With a design modeled after grid paper, Paper is available in three colors: gray, white and black.
Realonda, S.A. (Booth 623) will introduce Manhattan, a gorgeous, rustic wall tile with an industrial brick feel. It can be used indoors and outdoors and comes in a matte finish. Available in eight colors, the collection is also frost resistant.
StoneImpressions (Booth 8224) will exhibit its Alston Collection, which is hand-printed on Carrara 5” Hexagons and is offered in 4 different designs and varying colors. Every StoneImpressions design is printed on the highest quality of stone and the Alston Collection is customizable by color and layout.
What’s new in tools and installation materials…
Ardex (Booth 7539) will highlight its FLEXBONE® Uncoupling Membrane ideal for large format tile in high traffic areas. The unique bon shape pattern with GripLock Technology delivers outstanding tensile bond strength.
Loxcreen Flooring Group (Booth 8043) will bring its PROVA-FLEX HEAT® a new membrane that boasts the ultimate versatility in the tile underlayment with heating cable capabilities.
Nuheat (Booth 8237) will bring its SIGNATURE WiFi Thermostat, which works with Nest. This is the world’s first electric radiant floor heating system to step into the world of home automation.
Pearl Abrasive (Booth 1667) will exhibit the Tuscan SeamClip, the world’s first one-piece tile edge leveling system that virtually eliminates lippage on a variety of gauged tiles.
TEC/H.B. Fuller Construction Products (Booth 7739) will showcase the Tec In-Floor Heat System – a customizable floor warming system that fits any space.
View the complete list of Coverings exhibitors at coverings.com/exhibitorlist. Register to attend Coverings for free at coverings.com/register.
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Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.
The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.
Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by National Trade Productions.
Coverings 2016 takes place April 18-21 in McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-706-8257.