Here are some of the highlights and new products I was able to see on the Tile Council of North America media tile tour:
Crossville had several new product introductions, but the company's Ultimetal tile, which won a Coverings Select award, stood out above the rest. The tile incorporates a metal mesh texture and gives a hint of metallic sheen. It is also extremely versatile, as shown in the Liberty Bell depiction to the left.
Trikeenan's tiles resemble glazed bricks, which is extremely fitting since the product incorporates up to 40 percent post-consumer recycled brick. The tile has a brilliant finish which reflects light, causing the tile color to change depending on the viewing angle.
Porcelainite Lamosa had a very unique looking porcelain tile, called Strauss Tech, that resembled natural marble patterns. The blue and white (also comes in blue and gold) has the feel of dutch tradition with a modern edge. Tiny specks of reflective metallics and extra oomph and luxury to a piece that is suitable for lower price points.
Florida Tile showcased several looks-like-stone tiles that utilized ink jet technology. Their HDP (High Definition Porcelain) Series features three lines–Quartez, Travertine, and Marble–with over 300 different face patterns to ensure that the tiles do not repeat.
At the Vitromex booth, focus was on sustainability and the return to nature. Four dancing models were poised at each corner, dressed to represent the four elements–earth, wind, fire, and water. The Mexican tile company states that in line with its current green initiative, it will plant a tree for every person who visits Vitromex.com and fills out the online form.