USG and Infinity Drain Partnership Blends Elegance with Smart Shower System Design

Complete waterproof system for tiled shower installations is a one-stop shop for designers and installers alike

USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), a leading building materials manufacturer, today announces a new partnership with Infinity Drain and unveils the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System. This completely waterproofed, linear drain shower system is easier and faster to install than traditional shower construction. Together, the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System pairs high-performance USG Durock™ Brand Shower System components with decorative linear drains from Infinity Drain. This innovative system offers architects, designers and contractors one complete waterproof shower installation made easy.

“Our partnership with Infinity Drain is a testament to USG’s commitment to delivering products that help our customers build faster, smarter and with peace of mind,” said Scott Crandall, senior manager, North American sales and product development, USG. “This new addition to the USG portfolio allows for a one-stop solution—architects, designers and contractors can turn to USG for all their tile and flooring needs.”

“USG brings expertise in delivering innovative solutions, which complement our drain offerings. This partnership is a natural fit,” said Jonathan Brill, president, Infinity Drain. “It’s an industry bench mark for installation that will allow professionals to install our products quickly, easily and confidently.”

With traditional mud bed shower construction, there are several steps needed to form a consistent pitch or perfectly flat substrate. From mixing and forming screeds to pulling the mortar, it can take up to three days to install a shower bed. The USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System offers a bonded waterproofing system made for tiled shower installations that eliminates many traditional application challenges.

The USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System is comprised of:

USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Linear Drain Kit

Decorative linear grates that are available in four finishes—satin stainless, polished stainless, satin bronze and oil-rubbed bronze—with adjustable feet to match tile thickness
Pitched channel, channel support, hair strainer and lift-out key included
Integrated waterproofing membrane
USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower Floor

For use with the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Linear Drain Kit
High density foam that installs more easily than conventional shower bases made of dry pack mortar
Optimal two percent sloped design that is available in three sizes

USG Durock™ Brand UltraLight Foam Tile Backerboard (Wall)

Strong, lightweight, waterproof and vapor retardant
Rugged facer on extruded foam core
Cuts easily, is dust free and fastens without washers

USG Durock™ Brand Waterproofing Membrane and Accessories

Pliable and durable waterproofing membrane
Minimizes build up at seams
Resistant to tears and low permeability rating makes it ideal for wet areas, including continuous-use steam showers

The USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System will be introduced in Orlando, Florida, at Coverings 2017 in booth 4222. Subsequent regional expansion will follow.

For more information about the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System, visit usgid.com.

Stone Trends – TRENDS 2016

Following is a sampling of trending stone products. Booth numbers for companies exhibiting at Coverings are included.

Ann Sacks

Ann Sacks introduces three gorgeous collections from the internationally known designer Kelly Wearstler. Her global luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and sophisticated soulful vibe pioneered by the celebrated interior designer. Wearstler has a signature style that juxtaposes raw with refined, melds color, sophistication and spirited spontaneity, and seamlessly blends diverse periods of furniture under one roof. Drawing upon Wearstler’s affinity for repetition and relaxed, painted geometric patterns, Liaison (shown) by Kelly Wearstler for ANN SACKS features the designer’s signature graphic striations and black and white motifs in embossed, textural designs that are at once spirited and sophisticated. Also in the collection are the ceramics Maven, and the textural Tableau. www.annsacks.com

Artistic Tile

The company has recently launched several new products. Using the centuries-old Aquaforte etching technique, Siam features an art deco motif in a golden metallic wall tile. Artisans created Orly hand-textured limestone while hammering white bronze metal onto the face. When complete, the four metal-clad corners fuse in a sunburst, contrasting the Noir limestone background. Lumina is also handmade, featuring silver metal wrapped around stone with hand-worked rays hammered into the surface. Lumina is part of Artistic Tile’s Grand Tour Collection, which also features Castello, a stone tile reminiscent of the studded trunks that accompanied European nobles on their adventures. www.artistictile.com

Bedrosians

Classic, elegant, and comfortable, Modern Farmhouse style is all about keeping things simple and organic. Top a barn-inspired island with Bedrosians Calacatta Oro marble and matching kitchen backsplash to bring neutral tones and enhance the vibrancy of the home, or achieve a luxurious and timeless look with a Calacatta Oro marble bathroom countertop. www.bedrosians.com

Daltile

Composed of 99% post-industrial recycled natural stone, Daltile’s Lithoverde marble and limestone slabs give designers a unique, linear design that can satisfy environmentally conscious customers without sacrificing style. Beyond the LEED and SCS certification perks, the modern, linear graphics created with classic stone provide a striking option for countertops, walls and tub surrounds. Stocked slabs come in White Carrara and Gris du Marais and two sizes. Special orders available in two additional colors:Crema d’ Orcia and Pietra d’Avola as well as a 1.4cm thickness. The collection will be available in Spring 2016. www.daltile.com

Island Stone
Booth #8511

Melding the top selling appeal of the Strip claddings with a modern spin on the trendy Chevron and Herringbone designs, Cross Strips transform a surface into a mesmerizing stone façade. This original, 30 degree angle design comes as two-part meshed back tile that interlocks to zigzag across a wall. The inherent hue variations of natural stones accent the unique pattern creating a sophisticated appearance, subtle yet distinctively different from classic linear stone walls. Cross Strips are a natural choice for interior feature walls and fireplaces, but are also an exterior option both for commercial and residential applications. www.islandstone.com

Levantina
Booth #1043

People who love tile large formats have new options when choosing Crema Marfil Coto natural marble. With new formats such as 36” x 24” x 1/2” and 36” x 18” x 1/2” to round off the current range, these sizes make it possible to design original settings with style, ideal for creating large settings with fewer joints and a matchlessly uniform look. Formats can also be mixed for a custom look, on-trend settings and unique interior spaces. www.levantina.com

The Tile Shop

The Strato Bianco Marble Collection is part of The Tile Shop’s stone collection, Rush River Stone. Only found on small island of the coast of Turkey, this unique marble features black and grey striations on a creamy white background. This “Zebra Stripe” look is available in several sizes with multiple trim options. www.tileshop.com

Walker Zanger
Booth #4851

Decorative influences from Moorish Spain mingle with Venetian Gothic and Medieval Egyptian, echoing the mélange created by the eons of cultural overlap in the ancient Mediterranean world. Working from historical sources, each design was stripped down to its graphic essence and rebuilt in contemporary colorways and scales. Each pattern in Villa d’Oro, like Tangier, pictured here, is cut and assembled from stones sourced in a variety of Mediterranean countries, creating new decorative art to enliven your modern surroundings. www.walkerzanger.com