The Ceramics of Italy pavilion at Coverings 2018.

Ceramics of Italy is all set to showcase thousands of products in the Italian Pavilion at this year’s edition of Coverings.

From 9th – 12th April, tile and stone exhibition Coverings will be taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Italian Pavilion will showcase a vast array of cutting-edge tile and installation products from Ceramics of Italy member companies. The pavilion, organised by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics), will also offer a delicious respite for attendees and more information about the industry in Ceramics of Italy’s central stand (Booth 1225), designed by e+i studio.

In the middle of the Italian Pavilion, attendees will find the Ceramics of Italy booth “Strada Dinamica” situated like an open piazza. The space serves as the perfect meeting point for attendees to network over coffee or take a break from the tradeshow floor. It also houses an information kiosk where visitors can learn more about exhibitors in the Italian Pavilion and initiatives the Italian industry is supporting to promote the benefits and use of ceramic and porcelain tiles, grouts and more.

At this year’s show, visitors can expect to find tiles ranging from 3-30mm thick, including a new 12mm thick tile specifically designed for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, tables and outdoor kitchens. Meanwhile, gauged porcelain tiles continue to grow in popularity, with designs ranging from hyper-realistic natural looks to dark florals and geometric patterns on wallpaper-like panels. Companies are also continuously expanding their systems of porcelain pavers, as tile is a natural fit for outdoor environments with its low water absorption rate and high breakage loads.

Ceramics of Italy is proud to support the Coverings Showcase for the eighth year in a row, which will be situated inside the new Installation & Design Experience (Booth 3538). Attendees are invited to visit the space throughout the show to see the vignette come to life and meet the design and installation teams to learn about their inspiration, process, challenges and best practices.

Representatives from Ceramics of Italy will participate in a number of talks and educational sessions on important topics for all industry professionals, from the latest tile trends to changes in the marketplace and transparency in materials and shipping.

The Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference will take place on Wednesday 10th April (4-5pm) in Room S210C. Members of the media are invited to attend and hear senior representatives from Confindustria Ceramica and the Italian Trade Agency discuss updates on the state of the industry and present the winners of the 2019 Tile Competition. Ceramics of Italy will honour a number of prestigious architecture and design firms from across Canada and the United States, as well as the winner of the student category.


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