The Best Of The Best At The Coverings 2023 Exhibit
(4 min read) April is behind us and so is another marvelous Coverings exhibition. It was held from 18 to 21 April at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida. This natural stone conference and exhibition has been setting trends in the design world for years and 2023 is no different. This year’s Coverings featured over 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries and each of them brought something new and exquisite to the table.
Covering 2023 attracted hundreds of stone fabricators, retailers, distributors, contractors, builders, remodelers, and design and architectural professionals. Some were there to explore the latest trends, network with industry peers, source global products, and find solutions and new ways to grow their businesses. One thing all of the heavyweights and novices have in common is that all of them set the tone on what will be trending in the natural stone and tiles industry and design for the foreseeable future.
It was pretty clear at the beginning of the year that the focus of the natural stone as a design feature will be on dark colors and patterned designs, and that notion prevailed throughout the exhibit as well. Granite, quartz, and ceramic tiles will be sporting some inkier shades than usual, with a touch of fun textures to keep things interesting. From backsplashes to floors and countertops, dark hues will be all the rage this year.
However, although the exhibit did set some upcoming trends the focus was undoubtedly on sustainable designs and inclusivity. One of the most popular panels was Achieving Green Building Goals with Natural Stone which dealt with the Natural Stone industry’s efforts to lower impacts and be socially responsible, as well as with its continuous alignment with green building programs.
As a Block Talk session, Women in Stone’s Live Stone Chat worked as a direct expansion of their immensely successful virtual event series. The session brought out many new topics, focusing on leadership in a male-dominated industry. All attendees were eager to make new connections and learn more about the stone industry from a fresh point of view.
One of the discussions I personally found most interesting was held on the Fabricator Stage and it was called Managing a Family Business. It was quite a robust Q&A session with thoroughly competent parties tunning in to chat about why some family businesses fail, while others thrive and expand. Representatives of three different family businesses shared their experiences in the natural stone industry, talking about the best practices family-owned businesses should employ in order to succeed in the market.
This year just like the previous, CID award winners were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the installation and design of natural stone and ceramic tile for commercial and residential projects. All projects from all categories were judged by a panel of industry leaders and editors who evaluated submissions in different categorical designations. However, our personal favorites were those in special recognition categories, including Glass Mosaics and Stained Glass Murals. Don’t judge, We are allowed to be biased after it’s over.
In the end, we can only conclude that both the exposition and the conference were a huge success. If you are keen on being on top of industry trends and checking out some valuable educational resources then make sure to visit Covering 2024.
I love that large wall with flowers. If you wouldn’t have told me it was a Mosaic, I wouldn’t have guessed.
Wow… that’s really a great natural stone conference and exhibition to be at, so many nice displays at the exhibition to appreciate, thanks for sharing this. Cheers SiennyLovesDrawing
These are some of the most amazing mosaic works I’ve ever seen! I particularly love the Sunset at the Ranch backsplash.
Each and everyone of those mosaics look beautiful. The intricate patterns and designs are awesome. My favourite one is the floral one.
It’s always interesting to learn about new and exciting exhibits, and the Coverings 2023 exhibit sounds like it will be a great one. I appreciate you highlighting some of the best pieces and artists featured at the event.
These are all lovely, I do love the range of colours and finishings you can get
My favorite of all is Old Mountain Boho. That could be a great view and esthetic pleasure of the bathroom room. What a thrill!
So many beautiful examples of coverings here. I love the green floor tiles they’re such a lovely colour, and the side of that building is amazing. So much talent x
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Wowo ..love all the art covering shared in this post, lovely captures of each. Thanks for sharing this detailed info, enjoyed my read. Cheers. S.
All those exhibits look so beautiful. I really like the white tile in that bathroom for the Residential category.
All those exhibits look so amazing. I really like that white tile in the bathroom of the Residental category.
It looks like a really great exhibition! I love the Fly Fishing at Mt. Adams mosaic, it is beautiful!
Wow! Just wow! I loved all the design. This Exhibit will be surely successful.
Wow it’s really pretty, so many amazing things to see!
These artists really take mosaics to the next level. These are absolutely amazing!
That lobby is just absolutely incredible! The winners were totally deserving of their respective titles…their work and vision is outstanding!
Love so many of these! But that Sarah Wanderey Mosaics, I can see why it’s the winner of the 2023 CID Special Recognition Award for Artistic Use of Tile. So stunning!!
It is interesting to hear about the focus on natural stone design when so many people are adding colorful and quirky features to their homes. Sounds like a great exhibition though
I have never heard of this exhibition before, it sounds like a great way to discover the latest trends.
This Exhibit will surely be amazing. Love all the designs, I want to see all the designs in person.
Thank you for sharing the link to the Coverings 2023 exhibit. I was impressed by the exceptional quality and creativity of the showcased products. The innovative designs and use of sustainable materials were particularly noteworthy. It was a great experience to explore the best of the best in the tile and stone industry.
the exhibit looks amazing! I would love to visit it. SO much to explore and be tempted to use! perfect for business too.
The bathroom mosaics are my favorite. You always have such beautiful photos. Very inspiring.
the buidling itself looks amazing! Such a mosaics gem on its own. I am smitten. The other pieces and ideas are very inspiring as well. I can’t wait to remodel soon
These designs are all breathtakingly beautiful and I have to admit I love that dark green tile floor above! Absolutely gorgeous!
I am so impressed with how beautiful it is, there are so many things to see!
It looks incredible! So many fun things to see too!
Those mosaic are amazing! Love the colors, they are beautiful!