One of the best things about being a Blogger 19 member is the introductions to top-notch talent around the industry. One of those recent introductions by Paul Anater has come to beautiful fruition in this guest post by Bill Buyok of Avente Tile in Beverly Hills. Paul says Bill is The Guy to know in the West Coast tile industry, so who better to share his observations of Coverings, The tile industry show! Here are Bill's thoughts and pix. (Find a more complete bio at the end of the post, as usual!)
Thanks to Jamie Goldberg for giving me the opportunity to provide a guest post. I've been following Gold Notes for several years. I look here weekly to find out what is happening in the world of kitchen and bath design. I'm honored to be sharing tile trends from Coverings 2012, one of the largest stone and tile shows in North America. I'm Bill Buyok the owner of Avente Tile, a company that focuses exclusively on hand painted ceramic and cement tiles. Let me start by saying, I love tile. I'll be sharing trends and some of my personal favorites from the show.
Let There be ColorI've been attending Coverings for over a decade. It's a yearly pilgrimage for me. I'm a big proponent of color and pattern in design. One of my biggest frustrations has been the ubiquitous 'sea of beige and white' tile. Granted, these shows are focused on the larger players and they have to make products that sell well in the U.S. market. But, year after year I wanted to see something other than beige tiles. It happened this year. I saw something very different at Coverings 2012. I saw color! A lot of color! There was accent color, bold colors and a strong emphasis on patterns. Stone, cement, or ceramic tile in neutral colors were 'spiced up' with a punch of texture. Texture is a great way to add interest and depth, and it's a trend I like.
Mosaic by Hirsh Glass
Cement Tile by Aguayo
For the pattern addict who is seeking something unique in bold contemporary colors, go talk to Oscar & Izzy. They also premiered their new quarter design line, Organic Origins. Their style is fun, unabashed and original. I'm glad to see tile artisans embracing color. You can use just a few for a border or accent strip. Do a whole wall if you aren't afraid to pack a punch!
Arabesque 4 in Mission Red & Tuscan Mustard with Malibu Deco
Here's an example where East meets West in the world of tile and both provide color and texture. From Mexico, I liked Original Mission Tile's playful and colorful quail pattern in this new cement tile (left). From Japan, we find a soft palette that pays homage to texture as well (right).
Tiles get TextureI'm excited about the prevalence of texture in tile. Smaller studios and larger players are incorporating texture. I saw lacy patterns applied with water jets to onyx and dark stones. I found travertine and coral stone in relief with interlocking patterns. The best example I found was by Galrão Group from Portugal. They transform stone into textured landscapes that are absolutely captivating.
Galrão Group's Wave Stone Tile
I was very impressed with the line of cement tiles from Sabine Hill. The patterns are exquisite in their simplicity and the colors are interesting without being brash. Sabine Hill brings modern and organic designs to the tradition of cement tiles. And, the tiles do exhibit a sense of texture that I can't quite explain.
Sabine Hill Cement Tile - Weave Colorway 4
Tiles Get GreenerEco-friendly tiles were common at the show as manufacturers improve their tile-making processes and incorporate a higher percentage of recycled materials into a tile. There is a push to use local materials, when possible, to reduce greenhouse gases caused by transportation. I've seen improvements each year and it's a trend that will continue. I saw exterior tiles that allow for surface water drainage; but, my favorites were two new offerings from Wholesale Tile by Aguayo.
The first is Ecotile flooring that has a terrazzo-look. The tile face is a resin sealed composite and uses re-cycled mirrors, glass and building materials to achieve a terrazzo look. The tile back or body uses items like plastic bottles and tires. Ecotiles are design friendly as well. The made-to-order tiles allow designers to specify custom color blends similar to mosaic or field tile blends.
Ecotiles use Recycled Material
Fragments by Aguayo
Technology Puts a New Face on TileThe last five years have seen tremendous improvements in ink jet technology to decorate tiles. The technology to transfer photos or artwork to tile and maintain accurate color articulation in the glaze is here. I saw many vendors providing this service. The reproductions are astonishingly identical to the artwork. When I first attended Coverings, the "faux stone" tiles were garish. However, each year it gets more difficult (if not impossible) to distinguish tile from natural stone and wood. The real benefit is that you can have the look of wood but with the benefits of tile - great for wet locations like a bathroom.
Wood Tiles by Ceramiche Coem & Ceramica Fioranese
Ceramic Tiles with a Wood Plank Appearance
Photo Credit: Todd Vendituoli, The Building Blox
Tile - Always a ClassicTrends come and go and then come back again. Good design is always in style. And while it's nice to see something new, I feel grounded when I see classic styles executed well. This tile achieves just that! These exquisite tiles are made in the USA by ARTO Tile Studio. Job well done!
Hand Painted Spanish Floor Tile - A Classic!
Other Posts on Tile Trends from Coverings 2012Hope you enjoyed my insights on this year's event. And, if you are still thirsty, here's more buzz on what is hot (and not) at Coverings 2012.
- Tile from Around the World - Coverings 2012
- Color me happy our trends from Coverings 2012 in Orlando
- Coverings favorite finds: Mediterra Tile
About Bill Buyok and Avente Tile:
Avente Tile Talk is a weekly blog dedicated to the use, design and understanding of hand painted ceramic tile and cement tile. Bill Buyok is the blog's primary contributor and has been publishing Tile Talk since 2008. His passion is hand crafted cement tile and hand painted decorative ceramic tiles. He noticed that artisan tiles were not commonly available to the general public. In 2003, Bill started his company, Avente Tile, to retail and market artisan tile world-wide. Bill loves to talk tile and you can also find him sharing his passion on Twitter and Facebook.