The Italian pavilion at Coverings 2008 is the best place to see the top new tile introductions under one roof. From metallic colors to glamorous patterns to innovative formats, the space will be a showcase for trendsetting new products from Italy.
Organic SolutionsSustainability and a green lifestyle top the list of today’s architects, designers and even end-consumers. In itself, tile is an innately sustainable surface and therefore an ideal choice. Italian manufacturers adhere to strict production guidelines - many of which are recipients of the prestigious European Eco-label. Tiles that are made in Italy combine technical benefits with appealing aesthetics. One of the most popular options available on the market is afaux bois(false wood) tile, which not only lasts a lifetime, but also helps to preserve the outdoors. These tiles are available in elongated planks, squares and chevrons. The offerings also include basket weave textures, knotty pines mixed with metallic and wood replicas available in any hue from the color chart.
The Italians are also sponsoring seminars across the country to spread the message about the benefits of using tile for ventilated wall façades - a cost-effective and energy-saving answer to exterior cladding.