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JUN 2019

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If you were aiming to spot the country's hottest tile trends, you would have found Coverings 2019 a target-rich environment. Billing itself as North America's largest tile and stone show, the annual event showed the industry's best at Orlando's convention center in April. Though the title sponsors are the Tile Council of North America (which includes a ro- bust Mexican tile industry presence), Ceramics of Italy and Tile of Spain, there were tile mak- ers large and small from around the world rep- resented, as well. Turkey, Brazil, Japan, China and Portugal all brought their tile companies (though, sadly, not their media kits). Shown here are some of the top trends seen around this year's show floor. Look for them in a showroom near you soon. RETRO REBOUND In the "everything old is new again" category, numerous historic styles are getting updates and revivals. Terrazzo is one of those, with strong interpretations in color and neutrals throughout the show. Cement looks are still trending, and part of a related graphic/ small-format trend, as well. Hexagon and rhombus shapes were heavily represented in the graphic and small-format categories. History was revisited with art deco and tin tile inspirations, and subway tile got fresh looks in artisanal textures and a variety of sizes. Mid-century modern made a stylish appear- ance, too, with interesting patterns, especially Sant'Agostino's Appiani, and glass block looks from Iris U.S.'s partnership with Diesel Living. Herringbone patterns were also widely seen, especially in stone and wood styles. BOTANICAL INSPIRATIONS Plant looks grew into a mini-trend this year, with colorful leaves reminiscent of retro wall- paper from Cotto D'Este, monochromatic dimensional carvings from Lunada Bay Tile and vintage florals from Appomattox Tile Art Company, among others. ENDURING WOOD Wood looks show no sign of going away, and also embraced a bit of retro with parquet inspi- rations showing up in numerous lines. Overall, brands continue to vie for most realistic with new textures, and for most affordable with competitive pricing and production processes. MATERIAL MATTERS Along with wood, concrete and natural stone looks continue to dominate. Metallics and glass showed up widely, too. The metallics ranged Trends Reported from Coverings 2019 BY JAMIE GOLD, CKD, CAPS, MCTWC A wealth of tile trends were evident at the recent Coverings show, from retro and botanical inspirations to unusual shapes and realistic-looking stone renderings. Historic styles, like deco and subway, were popular trends. Retro looks trended strongly this year. (far right) Terrazzo had a strong presence at the show. Photo: Cotto D'Este/A Tile Council of North America member company Photo: Vives/A Tile of Spain member company Photo: Iris U.S./A Tile Council of North America member company 32 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 TREND SPOTTING

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