In a few weeks, we’re headed to sunny Orlando to explore the latest in tile trends at Coverings 2023. With live installation demos, guided tours focused on timely topics such as sustainability and health and wellness, and talks (including a colour forecast by Pantone), the program affords no shortage of opportunities to learn about industry innovations.
Taking place April 18-21 at the Orange County Convention Centre, Coverings 2023 brings together nearly 1,000 exhibitors to showcase launches that reflect the design moment — from nature-inspired products to those with sensory splendour. And while the expo is the largest of its kind in North America, Coverings offers a global lens with exhibitors representing over 35 countries (including heavy hitters from Italy and Spain). Here, we round up eight collections we can’t wait to see on the show floor.
This stoneware tile collection by Italian manufacturer Ceramiche Supergres is one of many nature-inspired lines on view at Coverings 2023. Astrum is a contemporary interpretation of travertine, offering durability that rivals natural stone. With rich veining and subtle tonal transitions, the collection is available in four colourways and two sizes for versatility. And, its anti-slip, easy-to-maintain finish makes Astrum equally well-suited for indoors and outdoors.
Inspired by its namesake Cuban city, this collection by Spanish brand CEVICA S.L. revives the traditional colours and designs of cement tiles. Offered in solids, florals, and geometric patterns — in pastel hues of green, blue and sienna — the 20x20cm porcelain versions lend a distinct personality to any space. Due to its anti-slip properties, Habana is suitable for wall and floor applications, as shown here in solid Forest and patterned Dec.Code N6.
Designed by Ferruccio Laviani, Italian brand Lea Ceramiche‘s latest launch was a hit at Cersaie 2022. Inspired by the work of artists Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett, Pigmenti embraces a tactile quality through subtle colour variations, with its ultra-matte surface adding to the sense of depth. Twelve trendy, 70s-inspired earth tones comprise the colour palette, which can be mixed and matched in five standard sizes or more intricate mosaics. Pigmenti’s high-tech, ultra-thin 3.5mm slabs allow it to act as a second skin, which can be curved to cover interior and exterior walls, furnishings and architectural volumes.
Part of the Diesel Living collection, the eclectic Pluriball line is inspired by the sensory affect of bubble wrap. Available in a variety of shades, including vibrant cobalt and deep pink, the texture imbues the tiles with a sense of dimension. Each colourway can be enhanced with the addition of platinum or gold for a touch of glamour.
With its simple 5x15cm format, this porcelain tile collection by Spanish manufacturer WOW Design will be available in the U.S. in May. Rebels is offered in 9 glossy and matte colourways, from neutrals like Popcorn and Nero to bolder tones such as Terracotta and Mustard. Stacked vertically here in the shade Grey, the monochromatic application elevates the simplicity of the humble brick format. Rebels’ modularity, meanwhile, enables endless compositions, including patterns such as stripes, chevron and herringbone.
Shown here in Dare to be Emerald, one of 2023’s trendiest green hues, the artisanal Rok Candy line by California brand AlysEdwards gets its name from its production process. After being hand pressed into a ridged mold, these richly textured terracotta wall tiles are fired, hand-glazed, and re-fired to create a sugar crystal effect that lends the surface depth and crackle. The collection is available in a 15x15cm format with matching liners. Rok Candy’s organic sensibility is complemented by twelve soothing colourways.
Despite its name, the Small collection by Italian manufacturer La Fabbrica makes a big impact. Inspired by the majolica tradition, the collection boasts a hand-crafted quality that evokes the brushstrokes of a watercolour painting. The shiny glaze is offered in 12 colours (Sage and White are shown here) that can be arranged in over 100 patterns. Small is available in square, hexagonal and rectangular formats.
Made from 40 per cent recycled content, the Songbird collection by Florida Tile Inc. embodies yet another of 2023’s top tile trends: undulating surfaces. These subtle variations cause the glaze to pool in certain areas, giving the illusion that each tile was crafted by hand. Songbird’s irregular texture evokes the rippling of water to create a sense of calm — which is complemented by its palette of ten organic colourways (including Feathered Dark Green, shown here). Available in square and rectangular formats, the collection is suitable for interior applications in residential and commercial spaces.
From bold 70s colour to rich undulating textures, these standout collections exemplify the year’s top trends at North America’s largest tile and stone expo.