Four Coverings 2009 exhibitors were singled out for their booth designs, netting the show’s annual “Best Booth” Awards.
Refin took home the overall top prize. The space, designed by Bolognese architect Mario Cermasi, stressed the eco-responsible characteristics of Refin’s porcelain tiles, which feature 40% recycled content. Cermasi created an open environment defined by wall panels comprised of pressed wood chips with tile insets forming a bold geometric pattern. Other natural materials, including simple ottoman seating constructed of cardboard and a centerpiece artwork of bamboo shoots, were also incorporated.
Sicis capped its Coverings 2009 appearance with a “Best Booth” prize. The engaging translucent qualities of its designs were literally illuminated, used to decorate the globe-shaped lamps sitting on the floor plus suspended overhead. Several styles were treated like fashion, hung on hangers and displayed on racks, while the artistry of its murals added to the gallery effect.
Also taking home an award was Inalco, who brought a home environment feel to its space, showcasing several distinctive new products including “Class” and "Ginza."
Rounding out the wins, Etruria's compact 100-square-foot space featured clear floor panels in each of the four corners to allow a different new tile design to be exhibited. All four sides of the square-shaped core tower were used to display the company’s tiles.