The 2009 event sprawled approximately 550,000 square feet, of which 57% was occupied by ceramic tile displays. It also drew close to 13,000 foreign visitors, who came to Cevisama to view the latest tile trends.
Innovation was clearly evident when touring the exhibition halls. Tile of Spain-branded manufacturers as well as foreign tile manufacturers outdid themselves with numerous tile lines that consisted of a range of textured surfaces. Recalling the look of everything from fabrics to hardwood planks to natural stone, many of the tile pieces offered an authentic look and feel.
Glitz and shimmering effects were also a reoccurring theme throughout the show floor. It is apparent that metallic tile continues to grow in popularity, and the selection of formats and finishes further expands each year. Offered for both floor and wall applications, metallics are now available in large formats as well as small mosaics - making them ideal for almost any design. And while the sheen of metallics can be attention grabbing, these tiles are also offered in a matte finish for those designs that require a more subdued look.
Additionally, geometric shapes and raised patterns were on display throughout the exhibition - illustrating how tiles have depth and can bring a room to life with their textures and colors. Whether for a commercial or residential application, these fresh tile designs can add flare and inspire a unique style in any space.
While walking the exhibition halls, it also was apparent that tile manufacturers are developing new products with the environment in mind. In an age where green building is at the forefront, it is important that new products hitting the market are environmentally friendly, and judging by some of the new introductions at this year’s show, it is evident that tile manufacturers realize this.
Here is just a sampling of the many intriguing products that were launched at Cevisama 2009: