In keeping with the building momentum at Coverings 2010, the winners of Coverings Select were announced on April 28 via a published flyer distributed to expo exhibitors and attendees. The inaugural Coverings Select competition, which aims to honor new and innovative products introduced to the industry since the close of Coverings 2009, recognized products in multiple categories, including Artisan Tile/Stone, Mosaic Tile, Glass Tile, Porcelain/Ceramic Tile Floor, Porcelain/Ceramic Tile Wall, and Other – Marketing Tool. (Scroll to end for product images and details.)
Yoga Tile Collection by B.A. Schmidt Arts and Egg & Dart Grande by Syzygy Tileworks won honors in the Artisan Tile/Stone category, while Avani by Oceanside Glasstile and La Concha Tiles by Sonite Collection topped the Mosaic Tile category. Oceanside Glasstile also captured the only recognition for Glass Tile with its Muse line. Among the Porcelain/Ceramic categories, Mauk by Lea North America stood out for Walls, and Crossville’s Ultimetal Collection and the Caesar Collection by Stonepeak Ceramics took laurels for Flooring. Light Stone Wall Neocantera by Neocantera Board S.A. De C.V. won Natural Stone, while Shine Artificial Stone was recognized for its NISA Jade stone product.
Pierre Habitat Next-Generation Spec Tool by Polycor Inc. won the Other – Marketing Tool category. FreeStyle Linear Drain System by Noble Company and Smart Spacer by Smart Spacer both received honors as Installation Materials Systems. The Equipment/Machinery winner is Legend CT by Samich USA.
All winning entries will be featured on the Coverings Web site and in an upcoming issue of Contract magazine.
All products were judged on April 27 by a panel of industry professionals on attributes of quality, versatility, design, and sustainability. Judges include: Chris Abbate, Ceramic Tiles of Italy; Eric Astrachan, Tile Council of North America; Kelly Betts, interior designer for HOK Architects; Cathy Carver, principal interior designer for Walt Disney Imagineering; Amanda Eden, Tile of Spain; Angela Hinton, L2 Studios; Stacy Straczynski, associate editor of Contract magazine; and Julie Volosin, vice president of HKS Architects, Inc.
Coverings, an annual expo that hosts tile and stone exhibitors from more than 50 countries, is sponsored by ASCER (Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association of Spain), Confindustria Ceramica (Italian Association of Ceramics), Tile Council of North America (TCNA), Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), and National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA). The next event will be held in March 2011 in Las Vegas.