Ceramic Tiles of Italy will once again participate in the AIA Convention & Expo. The exhibit will showcase an array of new products and serve as a source for information on Italian tile.

The Ceramic Tiles of Italy central exhibit at Coverings is always a hub of activity. This year, the booth, designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, will be covered in a hand-selected range of metallic Italian tiles.

Following the success of the 25th Anniversary of Cersaie, the Italians are taking the show on the road, making stops in Orlando, Chicago, Boston and New York. Coverings 2008 marks the beginning of a number of high-profile U.S. events for Ceramic Tiles of Italy including the AIA Convention, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and NeoCon.

Coverings, set for April 29-May 2 in Orlando, FL, jumpstarts the spring/summer tradeshow circuit for Ceramic Tiles of Italy. With close to 90 participating Italian manufacturers, the Italian Pavilion will be alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of this magnificent country. Show attendees will be blown away by the endless array of new products, cutting edge innovations and of course tasty treats in almost every Italian booth. In the center of all the hype is the popular piazza, designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects. This year, the tile-clad space will be shimmering with metallic hues, a tribute to this ever-growing trend. The Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition award exhibition and the Italians’ ever-popular raffle promotion are just the icing on the cake. Look for the AprilTile of Italy Columnfor more detailed information on the show.

AIA National Convention and Design Expo
In addition to Ceramic Tiles of Italy’s well-designed institutional booth, the Italians are bringing their sustainable message to the AIA community at large by sponsoring a seminar during the association’s annual convention and Design Expo, May 15-17, in Boston, MA. Entitled, “A Fresh Approach to Educational Planning & Design: Design/Cost Impact of Innovative Exterior/Interior Porcelain Applications on Educational Facilities,” the presentation will be led by award-winning contemporary architect Richard Fleishman. He will discuss the materials and methods used to create two state-of-the-art educational centers using energy-saving, large-scale porcelain cladding. Fleishman will also explore cost saving analysis comparing masonry, pre-cast concrete with metal stud and tile and the design impact of material selection. The seminar is scheduled for Saturday May 17 at 7 am.

The Italians are making not one, but two visits to the Northeast this May. Overlapping a day with the AIA Convention, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, also known as ICFF, is the premier U.S. tradeshow for all disciplines of modern design. This is the first time that Ceramic Tiles of Italy will be exhibiting at the show. Their state-of-the-art booth will serve as a clearinghouse for information on Italian tile. Visitors will be able to pick-up promotional materials and speak with staff about the innovative uses of tile. The Italians are looking forward to the opportunity to be part of this iconic event, set for May 17-20, 2008, in New York, NY.

Things continue to heat up for Ceramic Tiles of Italy in June as they touch down in Chicago for NeoCon, June 9-11. They will once again present a design-forward informational booth at the ASCTEX pavilion. Plus, plans are in the works for two inspiring and educational seminars.

There is always something cooking when it comes to the Italians. To stay up-to-date with Ceramic Tiles of Italy in the U.S., visit www.italiantiles.com, the gateway to Italian ceramic tile industry.