Casalgrande Padana's Diamonte

Immediately following the AIA National Convention and Expo in New Orleans (May 12-14), Ceramic Tiles of Italy will head northeast to New York for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) from May 14-17, 2011. Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics), the Ceramic Tiles of Italy pavilion (#1632) will feature vignettes from 11 manufacturers, many exhibiting for the first time at ICFF.

“We are excited to be back for a third year in a row. The fair gives our members the chance to present their latest introductions to the top designers and architects in the industry,” says Franco Manfredini, chairman of Confindustria Ceramica. The 11 Italian tile companies participating in the pavilion, which include: Appiani, Atlas Concorde, Casalgrande Padana, FAP, Giovanni de Maio, Impronta Ceramiche, Imola, Mirage, Petracer’s, Rondine, and Vogue will come equipped with a modern mix of design-driven collections to match the aesthetic of the discerning attendees.

Aniello Musella, Trade Commissioner and Executive Director for the USA, adds, “It is great to have a fair like this in our back yard. Our Ceramic Tile Department is based in New York and is here to serve as a clearinghouse for information for the Italian tile industry as well as a major link between Italian manufacturers and the North American market. A tradeshow like ICFF is an important opportunity for Italy to communicate and connect with the American design community.”

In addition to the pavilion, Italian manufacturers including Lea North America (booth 1248) and Mutina (booth 2026). This year, internationally renowned designer Patricia Urquiola will at the booth on Saturday, May 14 to talk about her ongoing collaboration with the Italian tile manufacturer and her latest work in the world of porcelain.

Lastly, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will be out and about town with its 3rd annual citywide promotion with participating tile dealers. From May 13-21, 12 tile showrooms will be offering special incentives as well as deals on Italian porcelain and ceramic collections to the tri-state A&D community and their savvy customers. Just look for the "Ceramic Tiles of Italy Sold Here" flags dispersed around Manhattan.

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