Looking Toward 2020
Another year has seemingly flew by and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. I can’t believe we’re already wrapping up 2019. Sometimes I wish time would just slow down, but I’m also eager to see what new things 2020 has in store.
In addition to the continued efforts to tackle global warming and its detrimental effects on our society, the upcoming leap year will also mark the next presidential election, as well as the planned launch of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission to study the habitability of Mars in preparation for future human missions. Big things are happening.
As I begin to prepare for next year, which is only a couple of months away, I’m given time to reflect on everything that has happened over the last year. At the end of September, I returned from Cersaie, the largest international exhibition for ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, which is held annually in Bologna, Italy. This year’s edition welcomed more than 112,000 professionals from all over the world, as well as 900 exhibitors — the largest contingent of companies the show has ever hosted. To view some of the top tile trends I observed, head over to page 18.
I was also fortunate enough to attend Marmomac, the largest international exhibition of stone design and technology, for the second year. It was a good chance for me to see how tile products are competing with their natural stone counterparts. The evolution of technology has allowed for tile replications that are almost exactly like the real thing, which is quite fascinating to see. For years now, tile manufacturers have been imitating natural stones — incorporating real-life textures and defects — to offer a sustainable alternative, which only continues to flourish.
Not too long ago, I returned from Nashville, TN, where I attended Total Solutions Plus, the annual networking event for the tile industry. Head over to page 24 to see some of the new products that were introduced during the interactive, three-day event.
The next thing on my agenda is The International Surface Event (TISE), which is scheduled to take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, in late January 2020. As one of the leading national tile and stone events of the year, this trade show is always a marker to signify the start of the 2020 season for tile professionals. If you happen to see me roaming the show floor, feel free to stop me. I would love to hear what you think and what we here at TILE Magazine can do to make your reading experience that much better.
You can also follow my live feed from industry events on Instagram at @heather_of_tilemagazine. Until then, I hope you all have a happy and healthy end of the year.
Heather Fiore, Editor