Design ‘N Gather 2018 Winning Mosaic to be Unveiled during BD/NY 2018

Sponsored by Bostik; initiated by Artaic, unveiling of the winning creation for Design ‘N Gather 2018, will take place at the NoMad Hotel in NYC on November 11th at a private VIP event within the Cupola, a New York City landmark which sits atop the hotel roof’s northwest corner. This winning design will be permanently installed right in the Cupola, as well.

In addition to being specified for the permanent installation, Bostik’s Dimension® RapidCure™ was also specified as the grout of choice for each of the DNG top 10 finalists’ designs, to be on display at Bostik’s BD/NY booth #861 throughout the entire Javits Center exposition. Prior to selecting the finalists, hundreds of submissions where received from talented artists, architects, and designers nationwide.

Ted Acworth, CEO and founder of Artaic, stated, “Designing a mosaic for the Cupola at The NoMad Hotel is particularly challenging due to the intricate measurements and shapes of the rooftop and walls. The final submissions captured the essence of the hotel—creative, elegant, and considerate to the unique historical and architectural elements that influence this landmark.”

The soon-to-be the winning mosaic will provide an elegant backdrop for Cupola guests to enjoy for years to come. The winning designer will receive a free trip for two to Paris, courtesy of the Bostik. “This is the fourth Design ‘N Gather we’ve underwritten,” declared Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “It’s important the A&D community is aware that no matter how beautiful, every glass mosaic project is only as good as its installation. Our Dimension® RapidCure™ not only offers the most optimal long-term performance characteristics… it contains 60% recycled glass content that actually allows light to pass through the grout joint and into the tile itself, creating a three-dimensional appearance in translucent glass tiles.”

Comprised of industry leaders and hospitality design experts, this year’s esteemed panel of judges included: Joanne Yong, Senior Vice President & Principal of Wilson Associates’ NY Studio; Jean-Gabriel Neukomm, Principal at JG NEUKOMM Architecture; Rob Polacek, Chief Creative Office at Puccini Group; Joyen Vakil, SVP of Design & Development for MGM; Jake Lamstein, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at The Sydell Group; Michelle Finn, President of Hospitality Media Group; Scott Banda, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Bostik and Ted Acworth, CEO and Founder of Artaic.

For additional details, including submission criteria, and competition rules, please visit

View the 10 finalists submissions and vote for your favorite! The DNG 2018: People’s Choice Award winner will be announced on November 11th at the Nomad Hotel. Review the 10 finalists’ submissions and CAST YOUR VOTE HERE!



2019 CERAMICS OF ITALY TILE COMPETITION – Deadline extended to February 6


Entry deadline extended to February 6, 2019


Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are proud to announce the official call for entries for the 2019 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Now in its 26th year, the annual awards program recognizes the outstanding work of top North American architects and designers who create imaginative spaces that incorporate the innovative technical and aesthetic qualities of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. Each year, an international jury of design experts reviews dozens of submissions from all over the continent and selects winners in four categories: residential, institutional, commercial and student.

After the successful introduction of a new student category in last year’s competition, with winners Raquel Raney and Brennan Broome from Florida International University, the jury will once again review submissions from design and architecture students who produce imaginative solutions using Italian ceramic tile. Individuals or groups of students are invited to submit their projects in the form of renderings, floor plans and sketches. Students must be enrolled in an accredited university in North America in order to be eligible.

In the three built categories – residential, institutional and commercial – projects can be domestic or international but must be designed by North America-based architects and designers, built or renovated between January 2014 and January 2019, and feature a significant amount of Italian ceramic or porcelain tile produced by Ceramics of Italy member companies. All styles and scales of projects will be considered – from multi-family housing and hospitality projects to outdoor spaces and façades. The jury’s official criteria includes: overall design of the project; aesthetic and technical quality of tile installation; degree to which the tile enhances the setting; and the project’s sustainable attributes.

Last year’s winners include: Studio Libeskind for their extensive use of self-cleaning and air-purifying tiles for a Berlin apartment building; a contemporary home that pays homage to its fire-stricken past by Ziger/Snead; and a prestigious Engineering School with a focus on sustainable design by ZAS Architects + Interiors.

Winners of the 2019 Tile Competition will be notified in March and officially announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference at Coverings – North America’s premier tile and stone tradeshow taking place in Orlando, FL from April 9-12, 2019. Built projects displaying the highest level of functionality, creativity, sustainability and aesthetic appeal are awarded a prize package that includes $3,000 cash, an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, FL for Coverings to present their project, plus a 5-day CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – with a delegation of top design media. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the contractor/distributor team involved in each winning project. The winning student entry will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando to present their project in front of a large audience of media, manufacturers and tile industry professionals at Coverings 2019.

The competition guidelines, online application and an archive of beautiful winning projects from the past 25 years can be found on the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition website, There is no fee to enter and multiple submissions are accepted.

 Deadline for entries, extended from February 1: February 6, 2019.


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Bosch to Give Away 2,000 Freak Two-in-One Impact Wrench/Impact Driver Power Tools in Freak ‘N’ CORE18V Contest

Contestants must submit video about why they want to change

their battery platform to advanced Bosch CORE18V


Mt. Prospect, Ill., Aug. 21, 2018 – If you’re in the market for a new power tool battery platform, Bosch has an opportunity for you. The Freak ‘N’ CORE18V Contest launching today gives entrants the chance to submit a video about why they need the new battery platform. Winners receive the Bosch CORE18V 6.3 Ah battery along with the company’s Freak two-in-one impact wrench/impact driver.

The Bosch CORE18V battery offers maximum power and performance while minimizing weight. The battery employs advanced Lithium-ion technology to deliver 80%  more power than previous generation Bosch batteries. The Freak impact driver features the socket ready all-in-one tool holder, which combines a 1/4″ hex and a 1/2″ drive into one tool for ultimate versatility. The all-in-one tool holder eliminates the need for users to own an impact wrench and impact driver, and also eliminates the need for socket adapters

“Bosch is committed to giving away 2,000 Freak impact drivers paired with the CORE18V 6.3 Ah battery,” said Roger Amrol, president, Bosch Power Tools North America. “Participants must enter the contest by posting a short video explaining ‘why I need a whole new Freak ‘n’ cordless platform.’ This is something new for the power tool industry, but speaks to the Busch culture of creativity and fun.”


Entrants must post a short video explaining why they need the new Bosch cordless platform using the hashtag #FreakNContest. The contest will end on September 14. Visit for rules and additional information; contest is open to U.S. residents.

The promotion dovetails with the Bosch CORE18V 4.0 Ah battery becoming available at Lowe’s in September. Winners of the Freak contest will be encouraged to post another video with their impact driver and CORE18V battery for a chance to win more prizes.

To learn more about the Bosch, the Freak impact wrench/driver or the CORE18V 6.3 Ah battery, visit or call 877-BOSCH-99. Check out for additional tips and videos.



Get your passports and PERMAT ready – Blanke is giving away three trips to Germany!

 Blanke Corporation’s parent company, Blanke GmBH & Co., is commemorating their 70th anniversary with a huge celebration on September 7, and we’re flying out three finalists to attend with us and spend a few days enjoying the sights and cuisines of Germany.

To enter, visit this link or click the “Permat Contest” tab on our Facebook page and share your best picture of your tile or stone installation that features BLANKE PERMAT!

There will be three total winners. One will be chosen at random, one by an impartial judge, and one winner will be chosen based on the number of votes received – so be sure to share your entry with everyone you can! Voting commences on 7/16/2018. Each winner may bring one guest of their choosing provided that guest is also involved in the tile industry.

We’re excited for this chance to show our fans how much we appreciate them and want the world to see the unyielding strength of BLANKE PERMAT.

For a full list of rules and eligibility, please read the full Terms & Conditions when entering the contest. Feel free to email us with any questions about this huge opportunity!