Ok, I’ll admit, when we were presented with the opportunity to attend Coverings 2013 in Atlanta I knew we couldn’t pass it up. I’ll also admit that I expected to be able to see everything I wanted to see in about 2 hours and spend the rest of the time enjoying the time to meet other industry professionals and exploring the city. I mean seriously, it’s just tile right? I could not have been more wrong! Over 900 vendors from over 50 countries took over the World Conference Center reminding us that we were the “Cabinet Company” in a world of Tile Connoisseurs. Our minds were blown and we barely had enough time in the three days we were at Coverings to check out all the amazing tile and stone. We have done our best to boil the three days down to our 5 top take aways from the show.
1. Wood style tile is getting more and more realistic and is here to stay.
As a conscientious kitchen and bath designer I took note of the trend watchers that were abuzz with this trend, but tile manufacturers have taken the realism and variation in this type of tile to a whole new level.
2. Large format tile
Large format tile keeps getting bigger and bigger. These tiles are anywhere from 24×12 to 120×60, yes I said 1 piece that is 10 feet x 5 feet (more about how that works in #5).
3. Sculpted/textured tile
Sculpted and textured tile add depth and art to any wall and have applications in both commercial and residential spaces. The intricate patterns that can be produced by these tiles is just stunning.
4. Glass tile is still hot and still progressing.
Glass tile is still a big trend, and while some prefer other materials, the vibrant colors, variant sizes and shapes and mixing of stone and metal tile with glass makes this product a contender for many residential and commercial spaces.
5. Resin infused porcelain tile
This was our favorite brand new product of the entire show. Fiandre has come up with a way to infuse a type of resin into their porcelain tile. This allows them to have huge format tile (the 120×60 we mentioned in #2), that can flex up to 1.5 inches in both directions. Yes, you read that right, 1.5 inches in either direction. The applications for this type of product are boundless and the way it looks is absolutely amazing.
So, whether it’s tile mimicking natural elements or literally bending the lines of tradition, Coverings proves that the industry is anything but boring. We are already looking forward to Coverings 2014 and seeing what innovations break through this next year.
*All photos taken/used with permission courtesy of Bedrosians, Fiandre, and Petra.
Nathan is the designer/project manager/contractor/resident sarcasm professional of the dynamic duo. He will make sure your renovation fits, functions, and that everyone has some fun during the process.