The largest global tile and stone exhibition in North America returned to Atlanta, GA, this year. For its 29th edition, the show was hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center from May 8 to 11, 2018, where it welcomed more than 1,100 exhibitors.
Below is just a glimpse of some new products TILE observed during the four-day event.
ABK has turned to the varied aesthetics of concrete for inspiration in the new Lab325 collection, offered in three different surfaces. Lab325 links the number 325, the code for the cement powder widely used to make concrete, with the concept of a laboratory as a melting pot of ideas and creative experimentation.
Gorgeous porcelain tiles and mosaics offer a world of choices in the new Floor collection. On-trend geometric shapes in Solid White, Bone or Black are complemented with ceramic dots available in six coordinating shades. The mix and match shapes and colors offer ease in creating a customized look.
Timberbrook captivates with the appeal of reclaimed barnwood that’s been given new life in a durable porcelain tile. A naturally distressed wood look is captured perfectly with richly blended colors on a unique plank size. The result is rustic elegance for a modern farmhouse design.
Bring a touch of warmth and comfort to any room with Ardex Flexbone® Heat In-Floor Heating Systems — the design innovation of the Flexbone® Heat Uncoupling Membrane, German engineered high-performance, energy-efficient heating cables and three thermostat choices, including a Smart Wi-Fi enabled thermostat.
Bedrosians Tile & Stone
Kahakai™, meaning beach in Hawaiian, is a special order glass mosaic collection inspired by the shimmering colors of the beautiful sands and reflections of Hawaii. Its 10 color blends and four versatile patterns evoke a casual elegance and will bring warmth and a little shine to your home.
Zenith is a new porcelain tile collection prepared specifically for the U.S. market. The tiles in the collection are offered in a variety of sizes, including 6 x 36, 32 x 32, 24 x 48 inches, and a 16- x 46-inch format for walls.
Class Wood is a new wood-effect porcelain stoneware series with delicate and homogeneous colors. It creates a harmonious dialogue with the light and colors of the setting. The tiles are offered in a range of colors, and are resistant to impacts, abrasion, scratches, weather agents, fire, stains and chemicals.
Palladiana is a collection of colored body, rectified, monocaliber porcelain tiles, designed for floors and walls. Available in four colors and two standard formats — 60 x 60 and 60 x 120 cm — the 10 1/2-mm-thick tiles incorporate six different designs. Three decorative options are also available.
Project Evolution is a new porcelain stoneware series composed of extra-large slabs. The 120- x 240- and 120- x 120-cm panels encompass all types of industrialized looks, and are offered in an extended palette of 36 colors. Two additional formats, 160 x 320 and 160 x 160 cm, are also available.
Convergence offers the look of end-grain wood captured in jewel tones and cast in polished glass mosaics. The new wall line comes in eight vibrant colors. The 4- x 4-inch mosaics, mesh-mounted on 12- x 12-inch sheets, are suitable for interior wet or dry applications in commercial or residential settings.
Custom Building Products
Fusion Pro® Single Component® Grout combines ease of use with stain resistance and color consistency in one unique product. Its enhanced formula is now easier to spread and clean. Fusion Pro® is ready-to-use right from the bucket with no mixing and no waste.
Del Conca USA
This series was inspired by the evolving modern design culture, while paying homage to the classic elements that are considered timeless. Modern + Classics, a commercial line, offers a fresh perspective. This standalone series was created with the intent that all collections offered can work together to design a space.
Dune encompasses a certain soul and symbolism with its newest collection, Minimal Chic. Composed of two series: Emporio, stone finish, and Factory, cement finish, each design in the collection is inspired by the work of minimalist style artists.
Antwerp is a sophisticated, glazed porcelain tile collection characterized by an exquisite matte finish. Available in four earth tones — Beige, Brown, Grey and Anthracite — and two sizes, the product has been designed to appear as a mixture of concrete and natural stone.
Woodland, the third new series with a wooden appearance, stands out amongst wood-look ceramic tiles for its elegant and contemporary original decorative appeal, designed for both floors and walls. Woodland is composed of two standards formats — 8 x 8 and 4 x 12 inches — with graphic variation.
The Eminent Woods porcelain collection emulates the extraordinary process of wood fossilization. The ancient wood-look finish is described as rich, vivid brushstrokes of color that contrast amid a white background. The collection is available in two detail-rich colors in glossy finishes, Eminent Brown and Eminent Gray.
The old-fashioned warmth of aged wooden floors is brought to life in Raft, the porcelain stoneware series. The new line is available in a 20- x 120-cm “board” option. It offers four warm shades that complement the typical timber veining and knots created in the tiles.
Castle is a new and original collection that catches the strong and defined character of the veins of an Indian marble. Contemporary colors interpret the nature of marble in an innovative way. The collection, available in natural and lappato finishes, is versatile and perfect to personalize residential and commercial spaces.
The new floor heating system, Strata_Heat, consists of the world’s first heat conductive thinset additive, an innovative high performance floor heating wire, an uncoupling mat and a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat. In addition to minimizing floor heat up and cycle time, Strata_Heat features a smart-focused design that’s compatible with home automation devices.
Lunada Bay Tile
Shinju Mirai brings together unconnected elements in art and architecture to create refined, transformative designs. The Japanese-inspired collection of ceramic tiles comes in four patterns. Tiles measure 3 ½ x 9 ½ inches, are available in five colors, and can be used indoors and outdoors.
Acquerello is inspired by water painting, featuring the painter’s entire color palette on 30- x 30-cm tiles. Delicate hues — Ivory and Grey Blue — are blended on porcelain stoneware to give the material new delicacy. The collection is available in three sizes, with two additional decorative options.
Mapeguard WP 200 is a thin and flexible, two-sided, nonwoven, polypropylene fabric, used for both waterproofing and crack isolation under ceramic, porcelain and stone tiles. The laminated fabric webbing is designed to anchor the membrane to the substrate and tiles to the membrane using the bonded thinset method.
Possessing the look of a blended limestone, Bella Vista™ delivers a transitional design to any space. Take your space to the mesmerizing Italian countryside with majestic views of natural beauty with this classic look. Large-format sizes, complementary mosaics and a modern color palette combine for a contemporary essence.
The new Waterfalls series showcases a unique generation of never-before-seen stone graphics. Made in the U.S., Waterfalls porcelain floor tiles are offered in three colors — White Water, River Rush and Niagara Crush — and in three sizes: 12 x 24, 8 x 48 and 24 x 48 inches.
The 710 Dustless Premium Set Plus features new, innovative and patented Dustless Technology (DLT™) from ParexUSA. The premium grade thinset was designed for installing porcelain, ceramic and stone tile on walls or floors in commercial or residential applications. Its innovative Dustless Technology produces approximately 80% less dust than ordinary thinsets.
Diamond is a new mosaic tile collection, inspired by the century-old, tin-plated glass mosaic windows found in cathedrals from the Middle Age to the Art Deco period. Diamond allows the mosaic to leave its tradition in favor of essential and elegant geometrical forms.
M S International, Inc. (MSI)
Soft creamy tones swirl together in harmony in Praia Crema Arterra Porcelain Pavers. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, install these tiles to create stunning floors throughout residential and commercial properties where a low maintenance, easy-to-clean and durable material is needed. Two colors are offered — Crema and Grey.
ECB® crack isolation membrane is designed for use under floor surfaces that require protection from structural movement. ECB® protects the finished floor by reducing reflective cracking and delamination between the substrate and floor surface, protecting for up to 3/8 inch lateral substrate movement. ECB® exceeds ANSI A118.12 for crack isolation membranes.
Grand HD Marina is a new porcelain tile collection that mimics the look of natural wood. Offered in two colors — Whales Brown and Monaco Grey — the 10-mm-thick tiles offer a range of wood-look effects in a variety of finishes.
The Tuscan SeamClip TruSpace is an all-in-one tool, made in the U.S. that brings the tiles into alignment and set the grout spacing without the need for additional grout spacers. The clips hold the tiles in place until they are set, then easily snap off, leaving a level tile surface.
Floortec™ is a high-performance, durable uncoupling membrane. Its key features include round-shaped mortar columns for maximum load support; “lay-flat” technology to minimize curling; translucence to monitor thinset coverage; a textured surface for stronger thinset adhesion allowing chalk lines to “hold;” and a round-shaped surface configuration for better overall workability.
Proshower System is an integral shower drain system. Its low profile and modular drain, combined with interchangeable grids, make it a desirable solution. The Drain Base is available in two options — Proshower Base Drain and Proshower Base Drain Eco — accompanied by the Proshower Panel and Proshower Profiles.
User-friendly QFloors business software is ideal for hard surface flooring dealers. It offers superior inventory tracking, the ease of electronically transferring information (product catalogs and price lists) and time-saving features like automatically converting square feet to the next full carton quantity. QFloors software works for retail, new construction, commercial, multi-family housing and distribution, and has versions for every size business.
Compose delectable designs with the mellow, monochromatic sequence of Aura Dolce™. Aura Dolce™ harmonizes with soft, contemporary colors in a satin finish. Five colors — Meringue, Frost, Latte, Cinnamon and Blue Ice — bring a soothing essence into any room.
The TZ tile cutter is a 3,306-lb. maximum power and breaker mechanism, exclusive and patented. Specifically designed to work with large-format tiles, the TZ tile cutter is available in four different models. It is compatible with formats of up to 61 inches (straight cut) or 43 x 43 inches diagonally.
Bernini is a collection inspired by travertine marble. With a careful reproduction of calcium carbonate deposits, this collection is designed to highlight the material properties of sedimentary rock. The play of both gloss and matte finishes gives these ceramics a natural look resulting in a perfectly balanced design structure.
The Florida collection was inspired by a distinctive, natural wood look. It incorporates very sharp, modern lines and is available in four colors — Beige, Blue, Grey and White. Florida is offered in one standard size, 8 x 48 inches (20 x 120 cm), with alternative finishes.
The new Schluter®-Kerdi-Board Kit was designed to build waterproof walls or an acrylic shower base. It includes eight pieces of 1/2-inch-thick Kerdi-Board, which are each 48 x 38 inches, two tubes of Kerdi-Fix, a 4 1/2-inch mixing valve seal, a 3/4-inch pipe seal and a 1/2-inch pipe seal.
New 12-mm-thick 320- x 160-cm slabs round off the extensive Ascale range, with a wide choice of colors. The range includes monochrome models, two different-colored cement effects, two white marble looks, two marble looks with gold veins, a stone-effect, and a spectacular model emulating weathered steel.
The new USG Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ features wrapped edges which are formed smooth with a proprietary poly-propylene fabric and are square-cut. The backerboard’s reinforced proprietary edge reduces screw spinout and crumbling during installation, offering an improved, water-durable tile base for use in tub and shower area construction.
The Duquesa collection is now offering its most beloved tile designs in cement. Spanish for “duchess,” the Duquesa™ Cement collection adds the durable nature of cement to four timeless patterns — Alba, Fatima, Fez and Jasmine — for a broader range of application options that enrich the aesthetic of any space.
Simplify your next electric floor heating installation with HeatMatrix™, the easy-to-install uncoupling membrane from SunTouch®. This flexible underlayment offers multiple wire-spacing options, minimal rollback memory, compatibility with modified thinset, and built-in evaporative tunnels to prevent mold formation below the membrane.
The new Larix collection reflects an inspiration from natural elements and is offered in a myriad of sizes. Inspired by a love of design, the collection keeps in mind modern trends specified by the professional and selected by the consumer.
The next edition of Coverings will be held from April 9 to 12, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com.