Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

S2: Surfaces + StonExpo 2011


This week we headed to Las Vegas for S2, a combination the Surfaces and StonExpo trade shows. We walked miles through the exhibition spaces at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and here present the favorites of what we saw.

Among the rows and rows of solid and engineered hardwood, cork, bamboo, and tile flooring at Surfaces, the laminates...
Also in inhaus's Urban Loft collection is Wine & Pine, mimicking the look of repurposed wine barrels.
Texture was definitely trending on the show floor, seen in examples such as this granite covering by M. S....
Voguebay's Watercube glass tiles were among a range of tiles taking on a three-dimensional nature at the show.
Recycled glass surfaces have become huge in the countertop market and the origins of the colored bits are a favorite...
Etruscan Green from Curava boasts flecks of salvaged terra cotta in its mix.
Wools of New Zealand collaborated with a number of companies making use of Kiwi fibers to highlight the export.
A number of exhibitors at the shows featured the hidden materials that make surfaces stick.
BASF also highlighted behind-the-scenes products such as its adhesives.
The bark of a cork tree regenerates every nine years, making cork an excellent source of sustainable flooring.
Another trend spotted at the show, were materials that take on the appearance of other materials.
Also from Daltile was Terrace, a line of porcelain floor and wall tiles created to give the illusion of hardwood and...