Trends in Tile: High-Tech Processes

Trends in Tile: High-Tech Processes

Sarah Coffey
Apr 23, 2009
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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

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