This week we visited the Coverings trade show at McCormick Place to check out the latest in tile. We noticed two distinct trends: lots of manufacturers were embracing natural stone and neutral palettes, and another set were more geared toward high-tech tile. Interstyle's new Stratus line, for example, fuses screenprints onto both sides of a glass tile, giving it a layered appearance. At the Iris booth, we saw "manmade stone" that imitates natural processes by crushing tile particles and firing them to 3,000 degrees...
• 1 Stratus line from Interstyle
• 2 Stratus line from Interstyle
• 3 Stratus line from Interstyle
• 4 Stratus line from Interstyle
• 5 Italian tile from Iris
• 6 Italian tile from Iris
• 7 Italian tile from Iris
• 8 Manmade stone from Iris
• 9 Manmade stone from Iris
• 10 Manmade stone from Iris
Interstyle specializes in glass and ceramic tile. They have a showroom in New York and a number of distributors and dealers throughout the US.
Iris US is the American division of Italian manufacturer Iris Ceramica. They have a factory based in Tennessee, five US showrooms, and they work with several US distributors.
Photos: Sarah Coffey