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Ceramics of Italy Extends Tile Competition Deadline

Posted on 17 January 2020 by cradmin

Ceramics of Italy has announced a deadline extension for the 2020 Tile Competition. The Tile Competition is now accepting Commercial, Residential, Institutional and Student project submissions until Friday, January 31, 2020.

Now in its 27th year, this annual competition awards top architects, designers and students for their impressive work and creative use of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2015 and January 2020 are eligible for entry in the residential, commercial and institutional categories. Students must be enrolled at an accredited university in North America to be eligible.

Winners will be notified in March and announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference in New Orleans at Coverings 2020 (April 20-23). Built project winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Coverings, $2,000 cash, plus a 5-day CEU trip to Bologna, Italy for Cersaie 2020. Public voting for the first-ever People’s Choice Award will begin on February 3.

Visit bit.ly/TileCompetition_Submit for more information or to submit a project.

You may also be interested in this article: Neolith Announces Design Competition Winners

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Coverings Announces Charitable Initiatives at the 2019 Show

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Coverings Announces Charitable Initiatives at the 2019 Show

Posted on 27 March 2019 by cradmin

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone exhibition and conference in North America, will give back to the local community through a range of charitable initiatives at this year’s show in Orlando, Florida. Continuing its tradition of supporting the host city, Coverings will partner with both Clean the World and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

“Coverings wouldn’t be possible without the support of our host cities, so it’s incredibly important that we give back to the communities that welcome us each year,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the management company for Coverings. “With so many industry professionals gathering in one place, we are honored to band together to benefit the area and build even deeper connections here.”

For a second year, Coverings will continue its partnership with Clean the World, assembling and providing hygiene kits for veterans’ associations in the Orlando area. Participants, including the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Tile of Spain, Ceramics of Italy and Coverings exhibitors Mapei and Florida Tile, will meet on Monday, April 8 for Coverings’ official service event, assembling kits onsite with daily items like toothpaste, shampoo, toothbrushes, lotion, Chapstick and more. The group hopes to double the output of last year’s initiative, with the aim of creating 1,600 kits for distribution to local veterans and will include handwritten notes within each kit as a thank you to those who have served their country.

“We’re excited to bring the initiative to Orlando and build on the success of Clean the World’s 2018 partnership with Coverings in Atlanta,” said NTCA Executive Director Bart Bettiga. “This joint service event brings the industry together for a truly positive and energizing start to the show, while generating immediate impact for those who have served our country living in our host city.”

Coverings 2019 also marks a continuation of the show’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity. In collaboration with both Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka and Freeman – the general service contractor for the show – Coverings will donate tile and building materials to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes for those in need. The three organizations will work together during show breakdown to identify and collect usable tile, stone and other products from exhibitor booths.

Additionally, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and 21 of its members will continue their generous support for Orlando-area pets through TCNA’s tiled doghouse program at Coverings 2019. Showcasing tile’s versatility and style, participating members will design and build custom tiled doghouses. During the show these one-of-a-kind, handmade creations will be on display at the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard (Booth #4209), where attendees can see the craftsmanship firsthand and meet furry friends from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. A donation ceremony will be held in the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th.

“We’re honored to bring the tiled doghouse program back to Coverings as a creative and charitable way to showcase the beauty and versatility of tile,” said Kathy Meyer, TCNA director of marketing. “We invite Coverings attendees to visit the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard to see these incredible works of art generously provided by our members, meet the dedicated volunteers from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, and learn more about how this program benefits pets in the local community.”

Coverings returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando April 9-12, showing the latest and greatest from more than 1,100 exhibitors. For more information, and to register to attend, visit coverings.com.

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Seven Top Tile Trends From Cersaie 2018

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Seven Top Tile Trends From Cersaie 2018

Posted on 13 December 2018 by cradmin

Each year, more than 100,000 designers, installers and dealers travel to Bologna, Italy, for Cersaie, the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, where they learn about new products and technologies in the tile industry. Following are seven of the top tile trends from the 36th annual Cersaie tradeshow.

SYSTEMS

Tile manufacturers in Italy have been expanding the definition of their product, offering specifiers an entire suite of surfacing tools around a single idea. At first, it was a range of colors, finishes and sizes as well as complementing decors and trims. Now, many suppliers are expanding their offered thicknesses with tiles ranging from 3-30mm including a new 12mm porcelain tile specifically designed for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, tables and outdoor kitchens.

Examples: Ariana Bath Design, Atlas Concorde Atlas Plan, Blustyle Yosemite, Emilgroup Level, FLORIM stone, Gigacer Pietre, Keope Plus, La Fabbrica, Ca’ Foscari, Lea Bio Select, Mirage Esprit 2.0, Panaria Context, Serenissima Magistra, Sicis Vetrite and Supergres Stoorm.

 

TILE PLAY

When projects call for playfulness, Italian tile answers in full. Producers are continuously experimenting with color, size and patterns to create one-of-a-kind surfacing for architects and designers. They also offer tailor made solutions like Ornamenta’s ability to print large porcelain slabs in any Pantone color.

Additional examples: ABK Wide&Style Dark Edition, Appiani Denim, Atlas Concorde Boost, Caesar Core, Ceramica Francesco di Maio Puntini, Del Conca Sorrentina, Fioranese Liquida, Fuoriformato Tropik, Gardenia Orchidea Make, Gigacer Avantime, Leonardo Ashima, Marazzi D_Segni, Rondine Swing, Mosaico+ Diamond, Naxos Lumiere, Tonalite Joyful, and Unica Remix.

 

LUNAR MARBLE

Italian tile producers are scouring quarries throughout the world to find obscure marble full of color and character or digitally manipulating the look of natural stone to create something that is out-of-this-world. For Sicis’ ever-evolving Vetrite collection, 13 gemstones are captured and amplified in between sheets of glass to create lunar-like landscapes for the Gem Glass line. Meanwhile, Refin Stardust combines the nebulous veining of alabaster with elegant metallic surface effects to create a line of porcelain tiles inspired by the nighttime sky.

Other examples: Atlas Concorde Marvel Edge, Ava Preziosi, Casalgrande Padana Onici, Ceramiche Piemme Majestic Valentino, Cercom To Be, Cotto d’Este Vanity, Edilgres I’m Italian Marble, Emilceramica Tele di Marmo, Fire Transalp, Fondovalle Shards, Imola The Room, Italgraniti Mega, LaFaenza Bianca, Lea Delight, Marazzi Grande, Novabell Imperial Michelangelo, Panaria Eternity Zero.3, Rex Etoile di Rex, Stile Italia Extra, and Supergres Purity of Marble.

 

THE BLUES

Blue is one of the hottest hues for tile this year, offering a revitalizing pop of color to a variety of interiors. Some, like Cedit’s Rilievi sculptural ceramic wallcoverings, are the kind of blue associated with contemporary artists Yves Klein and Frida Kahlo. Others, like Refin Creos and Provenza Vulcanika, invoke the feeling of a vacation on the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Additional examples: Appiani Denim, Casa Dolce Casa Artwork, Ceramica Colli Fes, Ceramica Francesco di Maio Blu Ponti, Ceramica Sant’Agostino Vita, Ce.Vi. Ceramica Vietrese Happy Days, Cerasarda OT07026, Cir Miami, Fap Pat, Level Raku, Made+39 Acquerello, Tonalite Provenzale and Vogue Dekorami.

 

BIG PATTERNS

Patterns are now being rendered on big porcelain slabs with minimal grout lines to create an alluring effect of wallpaper with the technical benefits of ceramic. Some suppliers are even marketing their products as ceramic wallpaper, offering an expansive catalog of digitally printed patterns. One example is ABK who introduced Dark Edition as a collection inspired by the Gothic side of nature. Another company is Fuoriformato, which offers an explosion of color and pattern on large ceramic surfaces that can also be used as furnishing elements.

Additional examples: 14oraitaliana Tahiti, Casalgrande Padana Onici, Fioranese Liquida, Keope Eclectic, Mirage Bottega, Ornamenta Operae, Panaria Even, Rondine Swing, Stile Italia Extra, Unica Garden, and Vallelunga Sospiri.

 

NEW SURFACES

Tile producers have completely upped the ante in terms of surface design, which can be seen in dozens of new finishes and textures designed for aesthetics and functionality. Two collections that demonstrate this trend include Ceramica Sant’Agostino Lakewood, which combines oiled wood planks with a hand planed surface, and Vallelunga Cava, which has a marble design and satin finish.

Additional examples: 14oraitaliana Slice, Campani Divinae, Bardelli Pittorica, Coem Moonstone, Decoratori Bassanesi Tartan, Cerdisa Espirit, Cir Paris, Ergon Woodtouch, Fap Lumina, Imola Blue Savoy, Italgraniti Icône Bleu, Made +39 Cube, Marazzi Eclettica, Marca Corona Arkistone, Piemme Shades, Supergres Met-All and Viva Yaki.

 

TRADITION

Italian tile manufacturers are finding creative ways to make the old feel new again. Mixed and matched patterns, like those of 14oraitaliana’s Folk and Ceramica Sant’Agostino’s Vita collections, evoke the imagery and vibrant colors of Italy’s most famous and beloved territories. Fioranese’s Liquida slabs resemble 1950’s-style wallpaper, while the earthy tones and textured surfaces of Provenza’s Terraquea collection recall traditional terracotta ware. Designed with nostalgic sentiments, each of these collections combine the aesthetic and cultural qualities of the past with the technological innovations of today.

Other examples: ABK Dark Edition, Ceramica Colli Fes, Ceramica Vietri Antico Mediterranea, Cerasarda OT07026, Cir Miami, Faetano Sorrentina, LaFabbrica Space, Marca Corona Ossidi, Rondine Swing, Serenissima Magistra, Tonalite Aquarel, and Unica Pece.

 

Many of these and other new tile lines available in the U.S. market will be showcased at Coverings – North America’s preeminent event for the ceramic tile industry – taking place April 9-12, 2019 in Orlando, Fla. The next edition of Cersaie is scheduled for September 23-27, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

Read the full report in Microsoft Word format here.

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