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Connecting the Tile and Stone Industry at Coverings 2013 photogrAphy: erinn WALdo (1), LAgniAppe studio (2), courtesy cciMoLA (3) exhibition: coverings Thousands gather to learn the latest floor covering trends 1 More than 900 exhibitors drew thousands of attendees to the georgia World congress center in early May for coverings (1). Among the many floor covering options on display were Luigi Antolini’s precious stone slabs and surfaces (2). cooperativa ceramica d’imola, north America (ccimola) won coverings 2013 best in show for its booth design (3). 2 Coverings 2013 brought more than 20,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors from 50-plus countries to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta in early May to showcase the newest in ceramic tile and natural stone. Coverings has become the largest exposition of its kind in the United States, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Artistic Tile’s Joshua Levinson gave a presentation on the industry’s technological growth, an evolution echoed in the products on the show floor. Advances in digital inkjet printing technology inspired many porcelain tiles mimicking stone, fabric, leather, metal, and most popularly, wood. Companies such as Ceramica Aparici, Italgraniti, and Mirage capitalized on the trend, suggesting use of these wood-mimicking patterns outdoors. This year’s exposition emphasized other trends in tile, including using thinner porcelain tiles and larger formats, as speaker Jen Renzi, author of The Art of Tile, discussed in a conference session. One such 48 3 product is the 6 millimeter-thick porcelain ceramic wall panel from StonePeak, which is available in 5-foot by 10-foot panels. Also appearing frequently at the show were antibacterial and self-cleaning tiles, such as Crossville, Inc.’s Hydrotect, which contribute to creating a healthy environment. Coverings’ contest, PROJECT: Green, recognized six projects that inspire environmental stewardship, and hosted an accompanying roundtable discussion. Live installation demonstrations followed, revealing techniques for handling challenging installations. Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola, North America (CCImola), an Italian ceramic and porcelain tile manufacturer, won Coverings 2013 Best in Show for its booth design, presented by Confindustria Ceramica. Designed by Alessandro Bucci Architetti, CCImola’s booth defined its brand while giving a nod to Italian heritage in tile making. —Erinn Waldo may 2013

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Contract - May 2013
Industry News
Columnist: Attending NeoCon® to Enhance the Knowledge Base of You and Your Client
Exhibition: GlobalShop 2013
Exhibition: Coverings 2013
Exhibition: Salone Internazionale de Mobile
Product Focus: Midcentury Made Modern
Product Focus: Uninterrupted Workflow
NeoCon® preview
BBC North
Paul Hastings Atlanta
3M Headquarters
Federal Center South Building 1202
Atlassian II
An interview with Vijay Kumar, author of 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization
Designers Select: Office
Ad Index
Commentary: On MoMA’s Plans for its Modern Neighbor

Contract - May 2013