This year’s edition of the Natural Stone Show is looking to be the biggest and best yet, as it products and se

The Natural Stone Show has joined forces with Hard Surfaces this year, hosting a new and extended version of the well-established exhibition at the ExCeL in London from 30th

April - 2nd May.

In order to accommodate for the rise in demand for ceramics, porcelain and ultra-dense sintered stone, this year’s Natural Stone Show is co-locating with Hard Surfaces. The new exhibition will feature the large-format and tile format synthetic ‘stones’ available these days that have been encompassed by the stone industry.

Richard Bradbury, Managing Director of organisers QMJ Group, says the new exhibition complements the Natural Stone Show in line with the way the industry is working.

Richard said: “The Natural Stone Show is now in its 25th year and is established. It has more Stone Federation members exhibiting this time than ever before, reflecting industry support. Despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, the show has grown by 15% since last time, reflecting its strength as the key industry event for the market.”

A popular look in porcelain is that of white marble, although an industrial look is growing rapidly in popularity among the urban chic. It has the look of wood, iron and steel, concrete and other materials with a distressed, industrial appearance.

One of the companies offering such looks at ExCeL is Caesarstone, which is fighting hard to become the UK’s market leader in quartz, distributing its ranges from its warehouse in Enfield.

Another is CRL Stone, showing its complete range of more than 75 colours of Ceralsio ceramic and CRL Quartz surfaces. There will also be an area of the stand displaying the company’s extensive range tools and accessories.

Baked Earth offers natural, handmade terracotta tiles made in its family-owned factory, while Ceramiche Keope is thinking big with Emotions, a new range of extra-large porcelain stoneware slabs, including the new PLUS extra-large slip-resistant tiles specifically for indoor- outdoor applications to maintain the visual aesthetic and functional continuity between interiors and exteriors.

The CPD presentations for tiling and ceramics, which will be held throughout the event, go under the collective heading of: ‘Marrying Tradition to Innovation’, with presentations from: Mel Marquard, Managing Director of Grespania UK; Gary Drostle, Drostle Public Arts; James Hartwell of Vives Ceramica; Jules Archard of Domus; Jordi Gil from Rocersa; and Andreas Manero of TheSize Surfaces. They will explore and explain the latest developments in tiling and hard surfaces.

And in case you want to take a second look at the Tile Awards winners or did not attend the gala presentation

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this year, there is a gallery of Tile Award-winning projects. There is also a gallery of projects honoured in the Natural Stone Awards in December to inspire you and perhaps suggest new avenues for you to explore. And, yes, there will be a lot of natural stone to see as well, along with the machinery for processing it.

For art enthusiasts, there is the Mosaic Showcase in the Hard Surfaces show featuring the mosaics of Gary Drostle, Ivan Djidjev, Norma Vondee, Julie Fallon, Laura Symes, and Tracy Cartledge. In the Stone Show, there’s a new feature of the Sculptors’ Studio, featuring the carvings and lettering of artists of Carrie Horwood, Pippa Unwin, Mark Brooks, Lois Anderson and Jude Tucker.

The Natural Stone Show is always an exciting mixture of construction industry professionals, architects, designers and those from the trades, networking and exploring ideas. The addition of Hard Surfaces makes it an even more attractive proposition.

As well as the sheet materials and the machinery and tools for processing them, you will also be able to see the latest developments in adhesives, treatments and ancillary products.

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