Exterior Engineering and Enigma Variations

Installation at Enigma, Barcelona by Neolith
Installation at Enigma, Barcelona by Neolith

This year’s Natural Stone Show will be joined at ExCeL, London, by a new sister show: Hard Surfaces. From 30th April to 2nd May 2019, buyers will be presented with a powerful line up of ceramic, porcelain, conglomerate, ultra compact, and natural stone surface solutions, making this a must-visit event for retailers, distributors, contractors, and specifiers alike. Barriers between natural stone and ceramics in the tile sector have long since broken down. And, with the advent of larger format porcelains, sintered ultra-compact surfaces and new diamond tooling to work them, the barrier has also broken down in the worktop, and furniture sectors.  This combined event reflects the realities of the marketplace, and alongside an impressive array of exhibitors, offers visitors an expertly-curated set of value-adding seminars and talks on many different aspects of the solid surface market.

Dry laid tile installation by Rocersa
Dry laid tile installation by Rocersa

Wednesday 1st May 2019 will see a series of talks organised and Chaired by Diary of a Tile Addict’s Joe Simpson. These sessions are free to attend. To guarantee your seat use the link below.

Pedestal tile installation by Rocersa
Pedestal tile installation by Rocersa

On Wednesday 1st May from 14.45 to 15.15pm Rocersa will explain why thick porcelain is now the preferred surface for patios, terraces, and urban landscapes. At the recent Cevisama exhibition, Rocersa – already the world-leader in 20mm porcelain tiles – unveiled DDS. Currently the only European tile manufacturer using this highly-advanced power-based technology, this session will offer Hard Surfaces’ visitors with the very first look at a production technology that represents a step-change in the design and technical performance of 20mm exterior porcelain tiles.  As well as presenting several eye-catching new ranges, this session will consider practical considerations such as water absorption; stain and chemical resistance; suitability for high traffic areas; maintenance; frost- and fire-resistance; slip-resistance, and durability. It will show why 20mm porcelain is now the architect’s material of choice for delivering today’s inside/out design philosophy. More at: http://www.rocersa.ovh/en/

The final session, held from 15.15 to 16.00pm, will cover one of the most incredible tile installations ever attempted. Enigma Variations will demonstrate how bespoke sintered stone slabs from Neolith provided the perfect backdrop for the outstanding culinary creations of one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, Albert Adrià. The Enigma restaurant in Barcelona is Adrià’s latest gastronomic expression. Combining kitchen, cellar, and cocktail bar, Enigma is labyrinth of 700 sq. metres created by the RCR architectural studio, and designed to surrounding the diner in an atmosphere of mystery. This interior explored the outer-limits of the remarkable design versatility of Neolith to deliver one of the most remarkable projects of recent years. Attendees can expect a visual treat and will leave this session full of admiration for the exacting planning required to deliver a project of this complexity, and also fired up by the limitless design potential of sintered stone. More at: http://www.thesize.es/en/

Both sessions are free to attend in South Gallery Room 6, accessed from the back of the Hard Surfaces Show. Guarantee your seat at: https://eventdata.uk/Forms/Form.aspx?FormRef=HSS49Visitor&TrackingCode=HSWedsConf

More at: https://www.stoneshow.co.uk

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