MAPEI tile and stone installation products were used in the Installation Design Showcase at Coverings ’17 for the seventh year in a row. Since its inception in 2010, MAPEI has been a supporter and supplier of this ingenious program established by the National Tile Contractors Association.
The Installation Design Showcase allows tradeshow attendees to visit three vignettes that have been designed by selected architects. During the first days of the show, visitors see the tile being installed in the vignette. On Thursday afternoon, the NTCA hosts an “unveiling” that allows everyone to see the beautiful outcomes and listen to commentary by the designer and installers.
This year’s vignettes consist of three “tiny houses.” MAPEI provided MAPEI Ultralite™ Mortar and Ultracolor® Plus FA grout for Tiny House #2, which was a retro bungalow designed by Kim Lewis of Austin, Texas. Lewis was the lead designer for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and she is the founder of Kim Lewis Designs. The tiles for Tiny House #2 were provided by Ceramic Tiles of Italy, the sponsor of the retro bungalow.
Sustainability is a key tenet of Tiny Houses, and the mortar and grout used in this showcase have proven sustainability. MAPEI is the first installation systems manufacturer to have mortars and grouts certified by the Tile Council of North America’s Green Squared Certification Program for tile and installation products. These products have passed rigorous testing to prove that the products and the processes used to manufacture them are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
In past years, the vignettes from the Installation Design Showcase were torn down after the show, but the Tiny Houses will serve another sustainable purpose. After Coverings, they will be transported to the Orlando Lakefront RV park community, where they will be rented out to tourists as bed-and-breakfast spaces.
The trendy tiles used in the retro bungalow are supported by MAPEI’s sustainable products, which will help provide a long life for the bungalow.