LAS VEGAS—What was on every Coverings top 10 must-see list? The Installation Design Showcase, a live installation exhibit of “tiny homes,” designed by renowned designers and installed by National Tile Contractors Association five-star contractors. During this year’s expo, three designer-contractor teams partnered with industry manufacturers to design, install, and present three different tiny home concepts, Smart Modern Living, Luxe Cottage, and CG Villa. All installation was done within the few days prior and of the show so that attendees could watch as the work progressed and the final unveiling.
Sam Bruce and his team from Visalia Ceramic Tile partnered with Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry to bring to life the Luxe Cottage. With tile from Ceramics of Italy member, Del Conca, Ferren aimed to elevate the rustic mountain getaway aesthetic by using neutral and fabric-feel tile throughout her design. Ferren gave the space a seamless, finished look by using the same collection throughout the space, but in different colors. The design also called for Schluter trim throughout the design, even on elements that weren’t tile. Ferren created interest in the space by using tile in unexpected places, including accent banding, shelving, furniture, and window casings. In terms of the installation, Bruce attributed the project’s success to the flexibility of the team, who had backup plans even for their backup plans. Teamwork also played an important role in the installation, especially in such close quarters.