Last week, I attended Coverings 2015, a large tile and stone tradeshow in Orlando, Florida. Attendees explored the show floor over a span of four days and approximately 1,000 companies from over 40 countries exhibited their products.
The show included a number of speakers and keynote sessions, including keynote speaker Joey Shimoda, FIIDA, FAIA, Contract’s 2013 Designer of the Year. I was thrilled to introduce Shimoda at his keynote session and announce some of his career accomplishments. He spoke about his design inspirations, completed projects, and his first carpet line, which will be introduced at NeoCon in June.
The annual Best Booth Awards took place at the show and four exhibitors received awards for their creative booth designs. The Overall Best in Show award went to Stonepeak. Stonepeak’s booth included four “houses” that reflected four personalities—energy, relax, knowledge, and creativity—and showcased brightly colored tile.
Saloni Ceramica was honored for integrating tile with lighting and furniture.
Unicom Starker was honored for creating clean line and a fencing effect to showcase its ceramic tile collections.
Atolini Luigi was honored for incorporating a backlit stone display in its booth design.
The tradeshow also featured a large number of new tile and stone products for both residential and commercial environments. There was an overall theme of products named after well-known New York cities and neighborhoods, such as Manhattan, Tribeca, Chelsea, and the Hamptons.
The New York collection of porcelain tiles from Texas-based Verve Ceramics includes five colorways named after memorable New York areas—New York Broadway, New York Freedom, New York Madison, New York Park, and New York Tribeca. The tiles are available in three sizes—12 inches by 12 inches, 20 inches by 20 inches, and 16 inches by 24 inches—and come in three trim options.
Italy-based Settecento has three new New York-themed ceramic tile collections—Chelsea, New Yorker, and Hamptons—and they all mimic the look and pattern of brick walls. Hamptons and New Yorker come in seven colors, while Chelsea is available in six colors.
There were also some unique, playful, and creative ideas that stood out during the show. Italy-based Lea Ceramiche and HOK created Nest, a series of irregular-shaped ceramic wall tiles that fit together like a puzzle. Inspired by the shape of PacMan, Nest allows the viewer to explore a variety of patterns.
Italy-based Ornamenta and eyewear brand Italia created Quindicidecimi, a collection of glazed tiles made from handmade porcelain stoneware clays. The design is digitally printed onto the tiles, which is a new popular trend in the stone and tile world. Quindicidecimi measures 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall and is available in five colors and seven motifs. The tiles are also available in a variety of designs, including sunglass print, digital camouflage, pinstripe, and a map print.
Italy-based Ceramiche Ascot showcased Game of Fifteen, a new tile series that will feature 15 contemporary artists. The first collection of ceramic wall tiles (pictured below) is dedicated to pop artist Keith Haring. The tiles are available in three sizes—8 inches by 8 inches, 8 inches by 24 inches, and 32 inches by 32 inches—and two finishes, matte and lux. Game of Fifteen also comes in 13 individual patterns and one larger composition.
More highlights and trends from the show will be featured in the May issue of Contract magazine.