Each year, TILE Magazine is afforded opportunities to travel to different tradeshows all over the world. Wherever we go, one thing remains the same: the tile industry never ceases to amaze us. Nationally and internationally, trends continue to grow and thrive. They even manage to intertwine, concocting innovative designs and ideas, which is a neat thing to see.

A couple of months ago, I attended The International Surface Event (TISE) in Las Vegas, NV, which is an annual tradition for our teams here at BNP Media. Alike last year, this edition showed serious signs of growth, from the jam-packed hallways to the bustling booths. Hosted at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, TISE welcomed around 2,000 visitors and 800 exhibitors, who introduced an array of new products that were on display everywhere you turned. It was good to see that things are prospering, especially after speaking with show organizers and attendees.

After TISE, I ventured almost 6,000 miles east to Valencia, Spain, to attend one of the largest international tradeshows for the tile industry, known as Cevisama, which is hosted annually at the Feria Valencia. Operating for more than 100 years, the international fair for ceramics, bathroom furnishings and natural stone products has established itself as one of the major industry events, and deservedly so. 

In this issue, we also touch on bathroom and shower installations. We spoke with design and installation professionals from all over the U.S. — from the East to West Coast and everywhere in between — about some commercial projects they’ve tackled and what products helped them achieve their goals. A creative couple of brothers from California, who have been crafting handmade tile designs for various clients for more than 20 years, helped a local design duo create their sixth cafe on the renowned Las Vegas strip at the Wynn Plaza Shops.

Not too far away in Wichita, KS, a talented team of installers tackled an intricate mosaic tile installation for a downtown YMCA. See how they successfully installed thousands of mosaics to create a colorful environment.

With North America’s largest tile and stone event, Coverings, right around the corner, I’m excited to see what’s in store. This year marks the show’s 30th anniversary and I’m sure it will be grand. Make sure to check back in our June edition for the full show review, but stay up-to-date with our live announcements on TILE’s Instagram page @heather_of_tilemagazine.



Heather Fiore