Coverings Showcase

Oh, you know. It’s a full-scale, high end, spa-like bathroom, installed from the subfloor up in just a matter of days and with hundreds of people watching every move in real time. No biggie!

Yeah, right.

The Crossville-sponsored Installation Design Showcase, an opulent master bathroom envisioned by renowned Orlando interior designer Anne Rue, proved to be quite the big deal at Coverings 2015. This space was one of several vignettes built on site at the trade show to put a spotlight on the convergence of great interior design and skilled tile installation. Anne Rue’s stunning design was brought into being thanks to the talented, experienced installers of Frank Canto’s Canto Tile and Stone of Riverview, Florida. The result of the combined teams’ efforts: a premier example of Crossville products in finest, must luxurious form.

The Crossville master bath featured products in unique applications—from Laminam porcelain tile panels skinning shower stall walls to the sparkly Sideview glass mosaics creating a profusion of glamour throughout the “his and hers” design. The space was a head turner—dramatic, inviting, elegant, and just a little indulgent—and a dream for those of us who truly love tile.

Both Rue and the Canto team were relatively new to the use of large format porcelain tile panels, and thoughtful consideration went into the project to exemplify this unique product’s best applications and proper installation. Always committed to leading in installation education, Crossville’s team was present and accounted for throughout the project process to offer guindance, answer questions, and help to ensure all went well.

Thanks to this experience, Anne Rue became a fan of the large format porcelain tile panels. She often designs for hospitality and immediately appreciated the advantages this product category offers.

“Regular tile is 3/8 of an inch thick and stone is up to a half an inch thick. The Laminam collections are just 3 mm for walls, and floor tile is 5.6 mm thick,” Rue explains. “This means it can easily be installed over existing floors and existing wall tile!”

Rue states that she is seeing designer specify these collections in both commercial and residential settings. “It’s so versatile; I use on both walls and for flooring. I can create lots of designs using the material because of its large scale.”

She also loves the minimal grout lines that are innate in porcelain tile panel installations. “I don’t see any limitations with this product type.”

Certainly, the design possibilities were limitless for the Installation Design Showcase, thanks to the vision, talent, knowledge, and skills of the interior design and installation teams. When Crossville products land in the hands of true professionals, the results are spectacular.

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