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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.

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“HomeGrown” custom glass mosaic facade created by Mosaico Boutique, winner of the CID 2023 Special Recognition Award for Glass Mosaic. Image source: Link


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.

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The Worlds We Speak — A New Mosaic Mural for LaGuardia Airport Terminal C, by N.Y. Tilemakers Flushing, the winner of the 2023 Cid Special Recognition Award for Ceramic Art Installation. Image source: Link


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Sunset at the Ranch, mosaic artwork created by Sarah Wanderey Mosaics, the winner of the 2023 CID Special Recognition Award for Artistic Use of Tile. Image source: Link


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.

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Religiously Detailed Historical Renovation, by J&R Tile, the winner of the 2023 CID Special Recognition Award for Historical Renovation. Image source: Link


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Torres Blancas Unit 1040, by STUDIO:NOJU, the winner of the 2023 CID Special Recognition Award for the International category. Image source: Link


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.

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Fly Fishing At Mt. Adams, by Custom Mosaic Creations, Inc. the winner of the 2023 Special Recognition Award for Stained Glass Mural. Image source: Link


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.

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Mansion in a Rockies, by LFT PROFFESSIONALS Inc. the winner of the 2023 CID Award in the Residential Ceramic Tile category. Image source: Link


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95 State Street Lobby, by KEPCO+ the winner of the 2023 CID Award in the Commercial Stone category. Image source: Link


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.

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Mountain Modern Boho, by Old World Stone Imports Flooring and Design, winner of the 2023 CID Award in the Residential Ceramic Tile category. Image source: Link


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.

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Casa MYM, by Estudio Numero 26, and Pastor y Gonzalez Arquitectocs, the winner of the 2023 CID Award in the International category. Image source: Link


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8 California Street, by Pennacchio Tile, Inc. the winner of the 2023 CID AWARD in the Commercial Ceramic Tile category. Image source: Link


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.

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The Best Of The Best At The Coverings 2023 Exhibit.

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The Best Of The Best At The Coverings 2023 Exhibit.

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The Best Of The Best At The Coverings 2023 Exhibit.

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The Best Of The Best At The Coverings 2023 Exhibit.

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The Best Of The Best At The Coverings 2023 Exhibit.


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31 Comments

  1. Renata Feyen
    May 7, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    I love that large wall with flowers. If you wouldn’t have told me it was a Mosaic, I wouldn’t have guessed.

  2. Sierra Loves
    May 8, 2023 at 9:03 am

    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

  3. Beth
    May 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    These are some of the most amazing mosaic works I’ve ever seen! I particularly love the Sunset at the Ranch backsplash.

  4. Nayna Kanabar
    May 8, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    Each and everyone of those mosaics look beautiful. The intricate patterns and designs are awesome. My favourite one is the floral one.

  5. Lavey
    May 9, 2023 at 4:44 am

    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.

  6. Sam Donnelly
    May 9, 2023 at 11:49 am

    These are all lovely, I do love the range of colours and finishings you can get

  7. Drue Rim
    May 9, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    My favorite of all is Old Mountain Boho. That could be a great view and esthetic pleasure of the bathroom room. What a thrill!

  8. West Bury
    May 9, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    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

  9. Reine
    May 9, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    I just came across the article you shared, and I must say, I’m impressed! Your insights on the best highlights from the Coverings 2023 exhibit were informative and engaging. I appreciate the time and effort you put into crafting this piece. Keep up the excellent work!

  10. Sonny
    May 9, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    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.

  11. Chelsea
    May 9, 2023 at 11:41 pm

    All those exhibits look so beautiful. I really like the white tile in that bathroom for the Residential category.

  12. Chelsea
    May 9, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    All those exhibits look so amazing. I really like that white tile in the bathroom of the Residental category.

  13. Jerom kik
    May 10, 2023 at 4:13 am

    It looks like a really great exhibition! I love the Fly Fishing at Mt. Adams mosaic, it is beautiful!

  14. Cris Angeles
    May 10, 2023 at 6:30 am

    Wow! Just wow! I loved all the design. This Exhibit will be surely successful.

  15. Ariana
    May 10, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Wow it’s really pretty, so many amazing things to see!

  16. Brianne
    May 10, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    These artists really take mosaics to the next level. These are absolutely amazing!

  17. Tammy
    May 10, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    That lobby is just absolutely incredible! The winners were totally deserving of their respective titles…their work and vision is outstanding!

  18. Laura
    May 10, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    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!!

  19. Julie Hadley
    May 11, 2023 at 3:06 am

    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

  20. Jenny
    May 11, 2023 at 5:25 am

    I have never heard of this exhibition before, it sounds like a great way to discover the latest trends.

  21. Marie Cris Angeles
    May 11, 2023 at 6:19 am

    This Exhibit will surely be amazing. Love all the designs, I want to see all the designs in person.

  22. Ted
    May 11, 2023 at 6:38 am

    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.

  23. Lyana Burt
    May 11, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    the exhibit looks amazing! I would love to visit it. SO much to explore and be tempted to use! perfect for business too.

  24. Angel Strunk
    May 12, 2023 at 9:09 am

    The bathroom mosaics are my favorite. You always have such beautiful photos. Very inspiring.

  25. Lyosha
    May 12, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    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

  26. Celina Dee
    May 12, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    The special recognition reward is the best. I really am amazed at the grandiosity of the mosaic art.

  27. Melissa Cushing
    May 13, 2023 at 10:44 am

    These designs are all breathtakingly beautiful and I have to admit I love that dark green tile floor above! Absolutely gorgeous!

  28. Zab Zaria
    May 14, 2023 at 9:07 am

    I am so impressed with how beautiful it is, there are so many things to see!

  29. Moon Dipa
    May 14, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    I loved reading about the top exhibitors and products featured at Coverings 2023! The article provided valuable insights into the latest trends and innovations in the tile and stone industry. Your writing style was engaging and informative, making it a pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing this fantastic coverage of the event!

  30. adriana
    May 15, 2023 at 10:51 am

    It looks incredible! So many fun things to see too!

  31. Claudia Krusch
    May 19, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    Those mosaic are amazing! Love the colors, they are beautiful!