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Well, here I am; another tile show, another city, another country!

This time it is Coverings, Orlando, USA.

And, as ever, Coverings provides the wow factor.  Cersaie in Bologna may lead the way in tile trends and innovation, Cevisama in Valencia is unsurpassed when it comes to UK-centric wall tiles; and Revestir in Sao Paolo has the wow factor in terms of Latin American flair and 3D chic; but Coverings is the very model of a professional trade show. One huge hall, excellent access, top notch signage and plentiful flight connections and hotels make visiting the show a dream.

But the show itself is no slouch.  This year there is just so much to admire: from USA-based artisanal tile manufacturers, exquisite natural stone, installation materials, and a truly impressive array of world-class tile collections.  As tile production has blossomed in the USA – and this year will see a plethora of impressive new production units coming on line Stateside – Coverings, it seems to me, has gone from strength to strength.  Today the local producers can really stand toe-to-toe with the best European manufacturers.  And as most of the top global tile brands are exhibiting at Orlando, the event is inspiration packed.

It is also great to see Original Style and British Ceramic Tile flying the Union Jack in these turbulent times for foreign trade.

And, of course, Coverings continues to really deliver when it comes to added value events.  It is early days but I have already sat in on sessions covering changes to the American tile fixing bible, and Leatrice Eismann‘s superb presentation of colour trends.  More on both of these in later posts.

It is worth coming to this show for these seminars and round-table sessions on their own.  The programme is packed with installation advice, retailing tips, trend analysis, project portfolios and more.  This year, on-line retailing and social media feature prominently.  I have already gate-crashed a meeting between three leading US style bloggers and the show’s organisers, and have learnt so much about blogging it is not true … so expect a truly energised Tile Addict in the days, weeks and months ahead.

But at the end of the day, for most visitors, Coverings is all about the tiles.  So here are some fine examples.  For my first post I have chosen Bloom, Curves, Dunes and Wave: plus Circle, Link, Pinwheel and Trio by Nicole Rodriguez: part of an impressive portfolio of decorative cement tiles displayed by Aguayo Tiles.  This is a funky twist on the encaustic and geometric trend realised with total creative assurance.  Impressive!

I will be adding more in the days ahead, if the jet-lag doesn’t get the best of me.

A new post by Joe Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, April 2017.

Further coverage of the design trends at Cevisama, Revestir and Coverings 2017 can be found in Tile & Stone Journal May 2017, Pages 48-65, or online.

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