24 April 2010
Posted by Paul Anater at 7:33 AM
Last weekend found me at KBIS and this Wednesday and Thursday will find me in Orlando for Coverings, another enormous trade show and conference, only this time it's for the international tile and stone industries. I swear to you, a walk through the Coverings show will make you never set foot in a home center tile aisle again.
I love this show and since it's not open to the public, I'll do my best to bring back and share some of the wonders available from around the world starting on Friday.
Though tile is thought to be a Greek invention, it reaches its highest expression today in Italy. A consortium of Italian tile manufacturers is known collectively as Ceramic Tiles of Italy. The 50+ manufacturers represented in the Ceramic Tiles of Italy pavilion will be the highlight of the show. Innovations and tile trends start in Italy and work outward and in a lot of ways, seeing the glorious offerings at Coverings is a chance to look into the future. What I see next week is what I'll be specifying within a year and it's always great to see what's ahead. It's a lot like couture now that I'm thinking about it. Only without runways or hysterics.
Here are some highlight of what I'll see.
If you can't make it to Coverings next week, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will also be at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York from May 15th to the 18th.