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JUN 2019

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geometry teacher. So did tile with dimension- ality, sometimes in white on white for subtle drama, other times in playful color blocks. Two tile sizes showed up as trending: 24"x48" and 48"x48", especially for floor, but small tiles in the 6" to 10" range also trended strongly, especially in numerous retro series. Florim chose 8"x8" and 8"x10" for its Airtech paver line, most handsomely in London Black. Porcelain also showed off its versatility with countertop (including StonePeak's and Tau Ascale's built-in induction), sink, furniture, light fixture and shelving applications, as well as floor, wall and pavers. STONE COLD BEAUTY You could make the case that there's no finer artist than Mother Nature, but tile manufactur- ers are coming impressively close with their natural stone renderings in porcelain. These slabs are getting larger and more realistic with every show. Book-matching is now more widely available, to the delight of perfectionists every- where. While white marble looks continue to delight, many are warmed by gold tones (rather than cooled by grays). Dark stone inspirations showed up strongly, as well, but colorful exotics from around the world stole the show. Torrecid and Sicer, both suppliers to the tile industry, dazzled with vi- brant gemstone looks, Emilgroup's Level brand impressed with its exotic slabs and Florim thor- oughly delighted with its Tiffany-toned Etoile, inspired by a Brazilian stone. DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING Tennessee may be best known for its whiskey, country music and walking horses, but it's fast becoming a major global tile manufac- turing center. Throughout the tour, execu- tives from other countries – especially Italy – cited their U.S.-production facilities in the Volunteer State. Access to the huge and growing U.S. mar- ket, raw materials, interstate highway system and a "business-friendly environment" are cited as the reasons. It makes one wonder 1) whether there's a future for tile "tasting rooms" the way Napa and Sonoma have captured wine tourists and New England has lured leaf peepers, 2) whether there's also burgeoning Italian cuisine and cultural scenes in Tennessee, and 3) when will Coverings two-step up to Nashville? LAST WORDS Coverings 2020 will take place in New Orleans next year from April 20 through 23 (overlapping EuroCucina in Milan, but a much easier trip for North American international design enthusi- asts, especially West Coast types). Laissez les bon tiles roulez! If you don't want to wait that long, Cersaie, the massive Italian expo, takes place in Bologna from September 23 to the 27, TCNA is bringing a new tile show, to be called OB Expo, to Mexico City in October 2019, and Cevisama, Spain's major expo, runs from February 3 through 7 in Valencia. ▪ Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC is an independent design consultant in San Diego, the author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work and the New Bathroom Idea Book (Taunton Press), a design journalist, and NKBA Chapter Presenter. Her website is jamiegold.net. She was named one of Kitchen & Bath Design News' 50 top innovators in its inaugural list. Three trends show up in this one small-format, hex-shaped oxidized metallic tile. Tile makers got creative with blended looks. Monochromatic tiles with dimensionality trended . Exotic stone-inspired tiles delighted at Coverings. Large-format marbles were still a strong look, especially in dark tones. Photo: Fanal/A Tile of Spain member company Photo: Realonda/A Tile of Spain member company Photo: Florim/A Ceramics of Italy member company Photo: Level by Emilgroup/A Ceramics of Italy member company Photo: Sant'Agostino/A Ceramics of Italy member company June 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 35

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