Coverings, the largest stone and tile show in the U.S., will host a talent showcase at Chicago’s McCormick Place April 18 to 21. The Installation Design Showcase will feature four vignettes sponsored by The Home Depot: a retail boutique, a spa lobby, a clubhouse bar and lounge, and a boutique hotel lobby.
Talents include designer Alena Capra, principal of Alena Capra Designs, who is designing the retail boutique; Healing Environments, led by Susan El-Naggar, which will design the spa lobby; FGM Architects, led by Louise Kowalczyk and Raegan Porter, designing the clubhouse bar and lounge; and the design team from Architecture Is Fun, which is working on the boutique hotel lobby. Design teams are partnered with installers who hold Five Star Recognition from the National Tile Contractors Association and certification from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, and materials are being provided by Bellota, Lackmond, European Tile Masters, LATICRETE, MAPEI, Schluter Systems, TEC/H.B. Fuller, and USG.
“Being passionate about the tile industry manifests itself in many ways,” says Steven Coates, whose Welch Tile & Marble team is working on the clubhouse bar and lounge. “The Installation Design Showcase provides opportunities to reward, teach and support industry sustainability, and we look forward to networking and interacting with the talented participants as we advance our experiences and careers.”