ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Attendees of Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, will witness four unique interpretations of bath design come to life during the show's annual Installation Design Showcase. In its sixth year, the live-action demonstration and exhibit will pair talented designers with industry-leading tile and stone manufacturers and master installers to create full-scale conceptual vignettes in full view of Coverings attendees, when the show returns to Orlando, FL, from April 14-17, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center.

The 2015 Installation Design Showcase (IDS) will focus specifically on bath design, resulting in four compelling spaces representing different market segments, including a residential master bath, a boutique hotel bath and two interpretations of resort bath spaces. These vignettes will demonstrate the diverse ways tile and stone materials and advanced installation techniques can influence the look, feel and performance of a bath space.

Design teams led by representatives from Anne Rue Interiors, tvsdesign and HHCP will be paired with installers who hold Five Star Recognition from the National Tile Contractors Association and certification from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation to execute each vision. For the first time in IDS history, one of the spaces has been fully designed by the tile contractor and tile manufacturer. Installation materials will be supplied by TEC/H.B. Fuller Construction Products Inc., Laticrete and Mapei; tools will be supplied by A.T.R. Leveling, Bellota/Corona, Montolit, Rubi Tools USA and Russo Trading, Co.; and backerboard will be provided by USG Corp. John Cox of Cox Tile and Stone has played a critical role as technical consultant for the showcase.

"The 2015 Showcase is the culmination of many hours of coordinated efforts and intense planning to overcome the obstacles and challenges encountered when strategizing the build-out of four different installations over the course of only five days," said John Cox. "The contractors chosen represent the best of the best in our profession, and it has been so exciting working with the installation companies, suppliers, and designers to create a memorable, innovative, and inspirational exhibit that everyone is sure to enjoy. I am honored to take part in this event for the past six years, as both an installer and technical consultant."

Master Bathroom

The residential master bath envisioned by Anne Rue of Anne Rue Interiors will put a modern spin on classic Hollywood glamour with a black, white and gold color palette combined with a variety of Crossville products that emulate natural stone. Virtue, a porcelain stone series that captures the beauty of natural white marble, will be used as flooring, while Yin + Yang hexagon stone tiles in Dragon Black will create visual interest as the shower floor. To increase the "glam-factor," Crossville's Sideview Glass mosaic tiles in high-polish gold will be used for high-impact accents.

Over the course of his 45-year career, Frank Canto of Canto Tile and Stone has witnessed firsthand the continuously advancing products and installation processes in the tile and stone industry. He and his team are excited to take on the challenge of installing thin, large format porcelain tile in a horizontal application and applying their ability to adapt to the unique nuances of every project to create customized results.

Boutique Hotel Bath

Patricia Richey of tvsdesign has designed a boutique bathroom that combines modern and classic elements to create an unexpected space that encapsulates the one-of-a-kind aesthetics experienced at luxury boutique hotels. The extravagant bathing area features a walk-in shower in the center with an adjacent platform highlighting a classic clawfoot tub, surrounded by bookend his-and-her vanity walls. The design incorporates Plane – Stonepeak's large-format product line of upscale, natural stone-inspired porcelain tile panels.

The subtle vein pattern in the Plane slabs creates an opportunity for installer Rodney Owen of C.C. Owen Tile Company to showcase the advanced technical skills required to cut and bookmatch the quarter inch-thick large-format panels on a bias to create a folded, 3D appearance for the back wall.

Resort Bath

Lead designer Diana Chase, representing HHCP, has created a serene, tranquil resort experience that promotes relaxation and well-being by incorporating soothing colors and diverse textures of wood, stone and smooth porcelain. Tile products from Ceramics of Italy will be featured in the space, including white gloss and matte tiles from Marca Corona's "Different" collection to create variation in reflective surfaces; "Sine Die" by NovaBell stone-look mosaics in the shower and behind the sinks to add an additional layer of natural texture in the neutral palette; Ceramiche Rex "Taiga" wood tiles in a chevron pattern donated by Specialty Tile Products on the floor and in a plank installation on the walls; Cotto D'Este Kerlite large format thin tiles from the "Exedra" series on the elevated floor and countertops; and both the vanity and shower areas will be framed with an overhang clad in La Roche stone-look tiles from Florim.

"The Installation Design Showcase is unlike any project I have ever taken on," said first-time participant Greg Michael, President of Michael's Custom Tile, Inc and installer of the resort bath space. "The opportunity to work with emerging products and to execute cutting-edge features, like linear drains, in a live, interactive setting is challenging, but I am looking forward to the final results being unveiled."

5-Star Resort Bath

The 5-Star Resort Bath design team is utilizing a variety of products from Florim USA to craft a resort bath environment that illustrates how durable materials, a key consideration in hospitality settings, need not detract from the sophisticated design aesthetic required by 5-Star properties. For example, Charleston -- a rustic and stylishly distressed multicolor wood-look, 3- x 36-inch tile -- will be applied to the walls to create a wainscoting effect. In addition, tiles from the Mansion line, inspired by the elegant stone that built French castles, will cover the floors, counters and shower bench to offset the rustic look of the walls.

Installer and Project Manager Cameron Proctor, who is representing long-time Installation Design Showcase participant David Allen Company, is eager to take on the unique challenge of using Florim's tile on virtually every surface in the space, from counters to casings and trims, and to have the opportunity to spotlight the degree of skill necessary to create a successful space in front of industry peers.

"The 2015 Installation Design Showcase will bring together all facets of the tile and stone industry to emphasize the vital roles each play in every installation," said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. "By focusing solely on bath environments, the 2015 Showcase will reveal how careful product selection and skilled installation can transform seemingly similar spaces into distinctively varied environments."

The four vignettes will be open for the duration of the exposition and conference for all attendees to enjoy. On Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra will host "Installation Design Showcase Deconstructed," during which the designers and installers will discuss the types of tiles selected and the thought-processes behind the designs and exceptional installation techniques. A cocktail reception will immediately follow. This free program and reception is open to all attendees, though it is suggested to pre-register to attend the show at coverings.com/register.

For full details regarding the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, please visit coverings.com/IDS. Follow along with the designers, manufacturers and installers as the Installation Design Showcase progresses by using the hashtag #CoveringsIDS across all social media platforms.