Arpi on Tile
Latest in Tile and Stone Set for Coverings 2022
Where the symbiotic relationship of art, design, fabrication, and installation meet
Unique Marble from Provenza
Tile Trend: Bas Relief
Gleeze by Ragno Ceramiche
By Arpi Nalbandian Tileometry
Tile in all its various formats has never lost its allure. For millennia, this sustainable product continues to withstand the tests of time, taste, and natural disasters. Be it intricate hand-cut mosaics, terra-cotta tiles, encaustic tiles and hand-made ceramic panels that adorn structures through the ages, tile has remained a constant within global architectural and design/decorative uses. At Coverings 2022 (set for April 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas), attendees will witness the latest advancements within the tile-producing and tile installation industries. In addition to trend-setting tile and stone applications, it should be noted that health and wellness benefits have gained well-deserved recognition ,as the materials help bring a clean, hygienic, and serene atmosphere to fruition. Thankfully, hammams (the forebearers of spas) in old-world countries lead the inspiration and reestablishment of our ancestors’ multifaceted understanding of calming our minds, bodies, and souls. Enjoy a few glimpses of several new trend-setting tile designs, as we take a look at some of Coverings 2022’s events highlights.
Tile Trend: Polarized Marble
Macchia Vecchia by Museum
Tile Trend: Golden Arches
Fan Mix by Natucer
The latest and most-essential industry updates are part of Coverings’ stage line-up for 2022 – all delivered by tile and stone industry leaders. Included are live “how-to” classes, trends and solutions, the latest innovations in products and techniques, and more. Installation Innovation Stage: Formerly known as the Installation Demonstration Stage, these live demonstrations allow attendees to see exactly how to install a wide variety of new products and learn techniques to make tile and stone installation more successful. Each day, pros will provide education about new materials, industry standards, methods, and best practices for delivering superior tile installation. As one of the most popular features at Coverings, demonstrations will be delivered by both National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) staff and Tile Council of North America (TCNA) members. Experience Stage: New for 2022; attendees will learn from industry experts about three important areas: wellness and environment, timeless luxury, and outdoor living. These short, engaging presentations are designed to provide information, ideas, and inspiration for upcoming projects. Trends and Solutions Stage: Here’s a great opportunity to see and hear about the latest product trends and solutions in the tile and stone industry. Exhibitors and industry professionals will share the latest innovations as they reveal trend-setting shapes, sizes, materials, and timely installation methods.
Tile Trend: Murals
Art Deco (shown in Black Spritz Natural) by Aparici
Tile Trend: Crisp & Clean
Verse from Keraben Group
CID and Rock Stars
The Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards bestow recognition for outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. An independent panel of judges assessed each submitted project on creativity, craftsmanship, and use of materials. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 5, as part of a networking happy hour. The Coverings Rock Stars – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. Since its conception, dozens of young leaders have connected at Coverings through mentorship and networking opportunities. Winners will be honored on Tuesday, April 5, as part of a Young Professionals afternoon that includes an education session, networking happy hour, and ceremony.
Tile Trend: Shapes and Scales
Frey Hexmark Mosaic by Iris US
Tile Trend: Baroque
Mystic by Ceramica Sant’Agostino
Peer-to-Peer Learning: The Coverings Lounge
Where can you network and learn from industry peers while enjoying a well-deserved happy hour that features prize giveaways? The Coverings Lounge!
Focused on three important areas — wellness and environment, timeless luxury, and outdoor living — the on-the-show-floor area will feature presentations, displays and education with a focus on ceramic tile and its relevant market trends.
As always, make sure to check the website (www.coverings.com) for updates on all schedules.
And, of course, there’s the expo itself, where hundreds of exhibitors from across the globe offer the latest in goods and services for tile and stone distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders, remodelers, and installers. For more information or to register, please visit coverings.com. I’ll see you on the show floor!
All photos courtesy Coverings
Tile Trend: Warm Stones
GoldenBay by Lamosa USA