It’s no secret to the interior design world that MTI bathtubs and sinks are top of the line. Between the elements of customization, detail, and innovative technology, MTI is our go-to when designing bathrooms.
Our very own Director of Design, Jana Williams, was lucky enough to be invited to the MTI factory and show house in Sugar Hill, GA for a three-day tub-testing experience like no other. The MTI show house is all about the southern charm experience, and even has a guest coordinator, Mary, who doubles as the resident chef for the lucky group. Adorned with antique furniture, reclaimed schoolhouse wood and reclaimed granite from the local mountains, the MTI home is truly the epitome of cozy southern living.
In the home, there are multiple bathrooms, each featuring two state-of-the-art MTI tubs and all of the necessities to make your bath experience top-notch, including tvs, candles, wine and luxurious towels. Each guest, typically comprised of designers and reps, brings a bathing suit and essentially tub-hops between the different style tubs in order to test each tub’s unique features first hand and educate themselves. One of Jana’s personal favorites included the heating element feature, a low-voltage mechanism which allows you to keep the tub warm at all times and even warm up towels on the edge of the tub.
When not testing tubs, Jana and the other MTI guests took a guided tour of the factories to learn more about the remarkable craftsmanship and creation process that goes into every MTI product. MTI consists of a two-part factory, including an Engineered Solid Stone (ESS) side and an acrylic side. Everyone watched in awe as the manufacturers heated up the acrylic and made a tub right in front of their eyes. The next day at the ESS side, the guests watched as powder was taken from one container and combined with resin from another container and poured into tub forms to be baked and set. It takes one person eight hours to hand-buff each tub to polished perfection with superfine sand paper before it’s checked by the quality control manager, who according to Jana, was a laser beam of perfection.
Every new concept at MTI is 3D printed until it’s absolutely perfect before a form is created, as it costs about $40,000 to make a form.
What’s most interesting about MTI is that who they are is represented in their quality, craftsmanship and perfection in their product.
– Jana Williams, Director of Design at Studio M
Jana left the MTI experience with an overwhelming amount of appreciation for what she had learned about MTI as a company and their incredible products. Learning more about new bath trends and technology inspired her imagination to run wild with design ideas to implement into Studio M projects. Besides the educational experience, Jana recalled fond memories of the relaxing down time spent hanging out with the other guests at the MTI house.
To learn more about MTI’s products and company, visit their website.