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CERAMICS OF ITALY ANNOUNCES 2020 TILE COMPETITION WINNERS AND FIRST EVER PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Commercial Winner

(New York, NY – April 2020) Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. After reviewing a record number of outstanding projects from all across North America, the international jury of design experts selected four winners and three honorable mentions. The chosen projects demonstrate creative use of Italian ceramic tile, representing all three built project categories – commercial, residential and institutional – and one student category. For the first time this year, the competition also featured a People’s Choice Award. Following a two-week period of public online voting, the honor was given to a multi-family housing project that garnered an overwhelming total of 396 public votes.

This year’s project submissions revealed an elevated degree of innovation and design, with inventive tile applications like countertops, custom furnishings, exterior façades, and bespoke feature walls. Joining the ranks of esteemed past winners like Gensler, Snøhetta, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and more, the 2020 Tile Competition winners were revealed during a virtual press conference hosted by Coverings on April 20, 2020 The winners will also be honored during an awards ceremony in Bologna, Italy at Cersaie – the world’s premier exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – taking place in the fall. In addition to this 5-day, CEU-accredited trip, built project winners will also receive a check for $2,000. The contractor and distributor teams involved with each winning project will be awarded an additional $1,000.

COMMERCIAL WINNER

Commercial Winner Garden City Shopping Center, Manitoba, Canada

Firm: Ruscio Studio
Project: Garden City Shopping Centre
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Tile Manufacturers: Alfalux; Casalgrande Padana
Distributor: Italbec
Contractor: Fabris & Watts

The Garden City Shopping Centre in Manitoba, Canada had not been renovated since 1989, so in 2017 Ruscio Studio was tasked with developing a sleek, contemporary new design that would stand the test of time. Through the use of floral upholstery, Canadian oak wood, and colorful lounge areas, the designers created a modern space that plays into the “garden” theme. Stone-look floor tiles byAlfalux Ceramiche were installed in various colorways and configurations throughout the mall, serving as a way to visually separate and connect different spaces. A uniform installation in the main aisles creates the appearance of wider corridors, while a patterned installation in the center court represents the convergence of shoppers as they flow from one aisle to the other. Finally, black Casalgrande Padana tiles were selected for the bathroom floors. Ruscio Studio was very careful to choose timeless, durable floor tiles that could withstand the next 20 years of heavy pedestrian traffic.

COMMERCIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: Design Continuum, Inc.
Project: Hotel Bennett
Location: Charleston, SC, United States
Tile Manufacturers: Ceramiche Caesar; Ceramiche Coem; Emilceramica; Florim; Marca Corona; Ceramiche Refin
Distributor: Ceramic Technics
Contractor: NTCA Five-Star Contractor, David Allen Company

Commercial Honorable Mention, Hotel Bennett, Charleston, S.C., installed by NTCA Five-Star Contractor David Allen Company

Adapted from the old Charleston County Library, Hotel Bennett is now a 175,000 square foot luxury hotel with 179 guest rooms and suites. The architects at Design Continuum, Inc. were challenged with designing a European-style space, imbuing it with historic charm inspired by several different time periods. To that effect, era-appropriate Italian tile is featured extensively throughout the building and amenities, each installation demonstrating superior craftsmanship and thoughtful design. Ceramiche Caesar tiles cover the rooftop pool deck and terraces, and floral Ceramiche Coem tiles decorate the floors of a French patisserie. Wood-effect tiles from Emilceramica andRefin Ceramicheadd warmth in the rooftop bar area, while stone-look Florimtiles are used throughout the public areas. Finally, a herringbone installation with marble-effect tiles from Marca Corona brings European glamor to the guest bathrooms and spa retail floor.

RESIDENTIAL WINNER

Firm: Bolivar Arquitectos
Project: M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herradura
Location: Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Tile Manufacturers: Florim; Provenza

Residential Winner, M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herraduraemodies, Monterrey, Mexico

Nestled in a picturesque valley in Monterrey, Mexico,M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herraduraembodies luxury to the max. The design by Bolivar Arquitectos is sleek and minimal, but clever contours and unexpected material choices make this single-family home extraordinary. The façade, which is clad in almost 13,000 square feet of quartzite-effect porcelain tiles from Provenza, has a jagged silhouette that mimics the topography of the surrounding mountains. Matching tiles are also carried through to the backyard terrace and pool area, and a mosaic version adorns the walls of an ellipse-shaped guest bathroom. In keeping with the muted, monochromatic color palette, the architect used gray marble and stone-effect tiles by Florim to cover the floors and walls throughout the interior spaces.

RESIDENTIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: STUDIOSC
Project: 426 Tompkins Ave
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Tile Manufacturers: Fioranese; Ceramiche Refin
Distributor: Highstyle Stone and Tile
Contractor: ABF Tile Installation

Residential Honorable Mention, 426 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn NY

STUDIOSC designed this multi-family residential building for a transforming neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. 426 Tompkins Ave is elegant and modern, distinguished by a vaulted entrance, double-height ceilings, and a bold choice of tile. The terrazzo-effect floor tiles by Fioranese serve as a visual focal point in the lobby and provide a sense of human scale to counteract the vertical space, which spans three stories. Paired with coordinated gray tiles from the same collection, the Fioranese tiles continue throughout the floors and walls of the lounge area, hallways, and recreation spaces for a stylish and cohesive design. In the apartment bathrooms, a fossil-inspired collection from Ceramiche Refin decorates the walls, floors, and shower ceilings.

INSTITUTIONAL WINNER

Firm: Perkins and Will
Project: NYC Healthcare Clinic
Location: New York, NY, United States
Tile Manufacturers: Laminam; Saime Ceramiche
Distributor: Nemo Tile; Stone Source
Contractor: Wilkstone

Institutional Winner, NYC Healthcare Clinic

This NYC Healthcare Clinic is an active outpatient facility located in a 25-story commercial building in Midtown Manhattan. Natural daylight permeates the public spaces, and views to the outside provide simple and efficient wayfinding in this bustling medical center. Through the use of Italian tile and smart architectural details, Perkins and Will designed a space that was unique to the neighborhood yet visually consistent with the client’s vast network of care centers. Gray, stone-effect tiles from Saime Ceramiche were specified for the lobby flooring, providing a hygienic, high-performance solution that is guaranteed to last a lifetime of heavy use. A striking feature wall installation, inspired by the local urban landscape, showcases large-format Laminam tiles in the recessed light niches.

INSTITUTIONAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: uoai architects
Project: Nathan Phillips Square Bicycle Station | Archive 513
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Tile Manufacturer: Lea Ceramiche
Distributor: Ciot
Contractor: Thin Tile Canada

Institutional Honorable Mention, Nathan Phillips Square Bicycle Station, Toronto, Canada

Situated one level beneath Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square Bicycle Station | Archive 513 is a key component in the revitalization of Canada’s largest city square. This subterranean facility provides 200 secure bicycle parking spaces, which are separated from the adjoining car parking garage by a panel of metal mesh. Challenged with creating a unique way to display archival materials from the 1958 New City Hall International Design Competition, uoai architects worked with Lea Ceramiche to produce 22 custom-printed, large-format ceramic slabs. These yellow, 3.5mm-thick tiles cover the walls inside the station’s two-story central vestibule, featuring excerpts from the 1958 competition brief and high-definition images of the original design proposals submitted by 513 international entrants. Using over 60 linear feet of digitally-printed ceramic, this project explores the intersections between contemporary urban infrastructure and a pivotal moment in Toronto’s modernist architectural history.

STUDENT WINNER

Entrants: Carolina Cardona, Gabriela Mesquita, Rachael Cowan, Mariapia Sierra
University: Florida International University (FIU)
Declared Major: Interior Architecture
Project: …sensuum spa
Tiles Used: Valentino by Ceramiche Piemme; Abitare la Ceramica; Rondine; Ceramiche Coem; Italgraniti

Student Winner…sensuum spa, Virgin Voyages cruise line

Conceived as an exclusive amenity on the Virgin Voyages cruise line, …sensuum spa is a holistic approach to wellness through an experience of the senses. It offers a pause in the midst of constant frenzy, represented through the use of curvilinear forms, natural materials and a serene color palette. FIU students Carolina Cardona, Gabriela Mesquita, Rachael Cowan and Mariapia Sierra imagined a thoughtful placement of Italian tile throughout the rooms, creating a restorative atmosphere for the guests. A rich onyx-look tile from Valentino by Ceramiche Piemme adorns the walls in the hammam and couples treatment rooms, complemented by a beige stone-effect tile by Ceramiche Coem. Rondine tiles line the pool, while 3D wall tiles from Italgraniti add textural interest. A stone-look tile by Abitare la Ceramica provides general flooring.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Firm: Vida Design
Project: The Rodney
Location: Portland, OR, United States
Tile Manufacturer: Appiani
Distributor: Statements Tile
Contractor: Floor Solutions

People’s Choice Winner, The Rodney, Portland, Oregon

Upon entering The Rodney, a high-end multi-family high-rise in Portland’s Pearl District, residents are greeted by a custom Appiani mosaic on the lobby floor. Working closely with their Statements Tile representative, the team at Vida Design was able to create their own mosaic that reflects Portland’s rich heritage and future growth. The one-of-a-kind installation is durable and slip resistant, creating a powerful visual impact that brings edge to a classy interior space.

Confindustria Ceramica honors Centura with 2020 North American Distributor Award

(Sassuolo, Italy—April 2020) This year, Ceramics of Italy is pleased to announce Centura Tile as the 2020 recipient of this coveted award. In light of the cancellation of the 2020 Coverings show in New Orleans due to COVID-19, the award was announced today at the virtual press conference on April 20 during Coverings Connected, the digital edition of the show, which will run April 20-23.  

Each year, Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) honors an exemplary North American tile distributor with the prestigious North American Distributor Award. The winner represents a company that not only has a rich history and sells a diverse array of Italian ceramic products but also demonstrates a deep passion and knowledge of their trade and a desire to build awareness around the lasting and superior quality of Italian-made design. Through this dedication, these distributors make the influential presence of Italian ceramic tile in North America what it is today.

Centura at night

A jury including members of the Confindustria Ceramica Board of Directors and representatives from Italian tile manufacturers carefully deliberated and selected Centura as this year’s winner based on the following criteria: consistency, exemplary service as an Italian tile importer and distributor, a high caliber corporate image, inclination towards Ceramics of Italy products in recognition of their innovative design and technical qualities, and fair trade practices in relation to Italian manufacturers. Centura represents a brand that lives and breathes a dedication to sharing ceramics with North America, coast to coast. Not only do they have many long standing relationships with Italian tile manufacturers that date back up to 30 years, they also plan annual trips with architects and designers to the factories/showrooms of Sassuolo, Italy; host frequent seminars promoting Italian tile; and produce their own publications, Centura Magazine and Centura Outdoor Tile Guide, which feature many Ceramics of Italy brands front and center. While the award will be announced virtually at Coverings Connected, it will be presented in person to Ross Keltie, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, at  Cersaie – the world’s largest international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – taking place in Bologna, Italy from September 28-October 2, 2020.

Centura was founded in 1933 in Toronto as Central Supply Company, and changed its name to Centura in the 1980s.

Centura was founded in 1933 in Toronto, Ontario by Don Cowie as Central Supply Company, and then changed to its current name in the 1980s. Since its founding over 80 years ago, Centura now has 13 locations and employs over 550 people across Canada, including Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax. The company is now co-owned by the Cowie family (Toronto), DelNet family (London) and the Maddalena family (Halifax). They have been carrying Italian products since the 1960s and today, ceramic tile makes up over 65% of the company’s sales.

Coverings Announces Installation & Design Award Winners for 2020

April 20, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, today announced the 18 projects receiving the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards for 2020. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects.

“We were truly impressed with all of the project submissions we received for this year’s CID Awards program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, LLC, the event management company for Coverings. “However, there were 18 projects that superbly demonstrated the versatility of tile and stone. Coverings is honored to award and recognize their creative and sophisticated applications of tile and stone, each of which showcases the latest industry advances and trends.”  

A panel of editors and industry leaders evaluated the project submissions. The submissions were based on tile and stone execution, original usage and overall design and purpose. Special recognition was given to those projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications.

Projects were awarded using eight categorical designations: Residential Tile Installation, Residential Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Tile Installation, Commercial Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation, and Commercial Stone Design. The CID Awards are sponsored by TileLetter, Tile Magazine and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine.

2020 CID Award winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:

2020 CID Award Winners: Design

Commercial Stone Design:

Redefining the Classic Brownstone
Materials Marketing
Chicago, Ill. 

Commercial Tile Design, Hospitality:

Mercado Little Spain
Juli Capella
New York, N.Y.

Commercial Tile Design:

Valley Plaza
Architecture Design Collaborative
Bakersfield, Calif. 

Residential Stone Design, Small:

Lux Modern Master Suite
Angela Todd Studios
Hood River, Ore. 

Residential Stone Design, Large:

One Man’s Home is Another Man’s Castle
Materials Marketing
Madison, Va.

Residential Tile Design, Large:

Ocean Reef
Armina Interiors
Ocean Reef Club, Fla. 

Residential Tile Design, Small:

New York Inspired Bathroom
Details Tile and Remodeling
McKinney, Texas

Residential Tile & Stone Design:

Bespoke Renovation
Empire Kitchen & Bath
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2020 CID Award Winners: Installation

Commercial Stone Installation:

Christ Cathedral
Carnevale & Lohr, Inc.
Garden Grove, Calif. 

Commercial Tile Installation:

Hotel Bennett
David Allen Company
Charleston, S.C. 

Hotel Bennett David Allen Company Charleston, S.C.

Residential Stone Installation:

Corte Madera Pool Grotto Heritage Marble & Tile Inc. Corte Madera, Calif.

Portland White House 
Columbia River Tile & Stone Inc.
Portland, Ore. 

Residential Tile Installation:

Corte Madera Pool Grotto
Heritage Marble & Tile Inc.
Corte Madera, Calif. 

2020 CID Award Special Recognitions

Innovation in Tile:

12×12 Porcelain Tile as Roof Tile
Ironstone Strong, Ltd.
Sunset, S.C. 

International:

Museo de las Colecciones Naturales
COR Asociados
Alicante, Spain

Artistic:

Hand-Cut Kachemak Bay Steam Shower Tierra Tile Homer, Alaska

Hand-Cut Kachemak Bay Steam Shower
Tierra Tile
Homer, Alaska

Artistic:

RiverHouse – Bring the Outside In
KatiaTiles
Point Pleasant, Pa. 

Artistic:

Six Beautiful Butterflies
Custom Mosaic Creations, Inc.
Silverton, Ore. 

Artisan Installation:

Hand Cut Octopus Mosaic
Tierra Tile
Homer, Alaska

Each 2020 CID Award winner received $2,000. The honorees will be celebrated with an awards ceremony at Coverings 2021 and have their projects displayed via a specially designed flipbook and video at coverings.com

The CID Awards judging panel included Chris Abbate, Novità Communications; Eric Astrachan, Tile Council of North America; Scott Carothers, Ceramic Tile Education Foundation; Kristin Coleman, Novità Communications; John Cox, Cox Tile; Kelly Doyle, Frank Advertising; Dean Horowitz, commARCH; Kathy Meyer, Tile Council of North America; Jennifer Quail, i+D; Jennifer Richinelli, BNP Media/Stone World; James Woelfel, Artcraft Granite, Marble and Tile Co.; and Dacia Woodworth, Natural Stone Institute.

Louisville Tile Distributors receive recognition at TSP

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) recognized long-time supporter Louisville Tile Distributors at Total Solutions Plus (TSP), held at the end of October in Nashville, Tenn.

During the TSP award ceremony, NTCA Executive Director Bart Bettiga presented Robert DeAngelis, President of Louisville Tile, with an award recognizing the distributor’s support of tile industry training and education programs.

Robert DeAngelis (l) with Bart Bettiga at the Total Solutions Plus award ceremony.

Robert DeAngelis (l) with Bart Bettiga at the Total Solutions Plus award ceremony.

Louisville Tile, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading distributor of tile installation products and sundry items for tile installers. Currently, the distributor has 13 showrooms, located in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

“NTCA realizes that without the support of distributors and manufacturers we would be limited in what we do to positively impact the industry,” Bettiga said. “It’s because of this reason we decided to thank and honor the leaders at Louisville Tile Distributors for their continued support of our programs.”

For several years, Louisville Tile has hosted and sponsored NTCA workshops at all of its locations. At many of these events, the distributor goes a step further by purchasing copies of the NTCA Reference Manual and the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation and the offering them to attendees. DeAngelis said he felt it was important that attendees left with these resources saying, “That puts the power of first-hand knowledge in their hands.”  

DeAngelis said while it was nice to be recognized for Louisville Tile’s efforts support NTCA, he felt in reality it was NTCA that was supporting Louisville Tile in its education efforts. Two years ago, Louisville Tile leaders decided that in addition to being a workshop sponsor, they would also sponsor and host NTCA Regional Training Programs in effort to expand the ways they provided specialized training to local installers and their customers. Louisville Tile even added an additional member to its team in order to be able to offer more training. “By adding Marc Mularoni –our Director of Technical Sales– as a full time technical person, we added a person with the dedicated ability to step up our educational offerings in partnership with NTCA, CTEF, and other industry resources,” DeAngelis said.

Bettiga offered the distributor his sincere thanks for its support and efforts over the years and hopes its example will encourage other distributors to do the same. “Louisville Tile offers us an example of the difference an independent distributor can make in the industry through its support of installer certification, training and education,” he remarked.

DeAngelis also commented about the importance of being an industry education sponsor. “Our business is driven by the tile installation trade and businesses,” DeAngelis noted.  “It is more than a contribution to our industry; it is a necessity for continued health, growth and improvement of the tile trades that support our industry.”

CERAMICS OF ITALY ANNOUNCES 2019 TILE COMPETITION WINNERS

(Orlando, FL—April 2019) Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. An international jury of design experts selected eight outstanding projects that demonstrate creative use of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile by North America based architecture and design firms and students. With a record number of high-quality submissions in three built categories – residential, commercial, institutional – and one student category, the jury ultimately selected five winners and three honorable mentions.

As the longest-running awards program of its kind, the Tile Competition has attracted submissions from some of the world’s most prestigious design firms over 26 years, including Gensler, Studio Libeskind and Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Joining these winners, the 2019 recipients were announced at Coverings – the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., last month.  The prize package for built project winners includes $3,000 cash and an expenses-paid CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – with a VIP delegation of North American specifiers and journalists. Contractor and distributor teams involved with each winning project were awarded a cash prize for their valued contribution.

 

COMMERCIAL WINNER

Firm: tvsdesign

Project: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Location: Atlanta, GA

Tiles: La Faenza; Casalgrande Padana; Marca Corona; Coem; Tagina

Distributor: Ceramic Technics; Walker Zanger; Associated Imports

Contractor: Spectra Flooring

With a goal to re-invent the guest experience and create a progressive, contemporary sporting environment, Mercedes-Benz called on tvsdesign to build an iconic sports stadium. The firm designed 100,000 square feet of space and specified high-performance Italian tile collections for the floors and walls throughout the building. Marca Corona’s Deluxe collection covers the floors in the Suntrust Club Exhibition Kitchen, while La Faenza’s Neoclassica tiles create a bold statement wall. Floors throughout the building are outfitted with Casalgrande Padana tiles from the Basaltina, Pietra di Sardegna and Metallica collections, and the Mercedes-Benz Club features Marca Corona’s Work floor tiles. Tagina’s DeTails collection adds a decorative element to the Delta Sky 360 club, and Coem’s Sequoie wood-look tiles are featured in the AMG Lounge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMERCIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design; Jill Greaves Design; Dialogue 38

Project: Walper Hotel

Location: Kitchener, Canada

Tiles: Casalgrande Padana; Edimax Astor; Atlas Concorde

Distributor: Stone Tile International

Contractor: Trisect Construction Corporation

Since 1893, the Walper Hotel has played a pivotal role in Kitchener’s social and cultural scene. Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Jill Greaves Design and Dialogue 38 set out to transform the Walper Hotel into a modern boutique hotel while preserving its historical details. The scale and nature of the project required high quality, resilient and uniform finishes, so Italian tile was chosen to provide a durable yet beautiful flooring solution in high traffic areas throughout the hotel. Dialogue 38 redesigned the hotel lobby using Atlas Concorde’s Marvel PRO mosaic decor. DA+D and Jill Greaves Design collaborated on a full refurbishment of the guest floors, introducing Edimax Astor’s Marmocer mosaics on the bathroom and shower floors, and Casalgrande Padana’s white Architecture tiles on the walls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESIDENTIAL WINNER

Firm: SWA Architecture

Project: 132-136 West Houston St.

Location: New York, NY

Tile Manufacturer: Florim

Distributor: Porcelain Source

Contractor: Ideal Tile of Brooklyn

SWA Architecture completed this eight story mixed-use residential building with six apartments in the heart of Soho. Furnished nearly floor to ceiling in Florim, this project demonstrates the true versatility of Italian tile. The building’s façade matches the neighborhood’s eclectic style, with ventilated porcelain slabs from Florim’s Matrice and B&W collections. Inside the lobby, Florim’s I Classici marble-look tiles cover the walkways. This collection is also featured on the floors and walls in the apartment bathrooms and showers. Florim’s Wooden Tile gives the impression of natural hardwood flooring, carried throughout the kitchens, bedrooms, halls and living spaces. Finally, the terraces are outfitted with Florim’s Industrial porcelain pavers for a durable outdoor flooring solution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESIDENTIAL WINNER

Firm: DI Group, INC.

Project: Valley Vista

Location: Encino, CA

Tiles: Supergres; Refin

Distributor: DI Group, INC.

DI Group, INC. was challenged with designing a residence that merged luxury and practicality in the affluent San Fernando Valley region. Dubbed Valley Vista, the home is illuminated by natural light, calling attention to the large open spaces covered in Italian tile. The bathrooms are clad almost entirely in tiles from Supergres’ Art collection and Ceramiche Refin’s Graffiti, Design Industry, Arte Pura and Plant collections, resulting in a consistent design aesthetic throughout the entire house. The kitchen, dining room, foyer and living room maintain this industrial-chic aesthetic with Ceramiche Refin’s Wide floor tiles. Supergres’s Travel and Stoneworks collections complete the design, serving as ventilated façades on the home’s exterior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESIDENTIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: Ajay Manthripragada

Project: Page House

Location: Berkeley, CA

Tile Manufacturer: Nuovocorso

Distributor: Import Tile

Contractor: Heritage Marble and Tile, a NTCA Five-Star Contractor

Ajay Manthripragada designed this modern cube-shaped residence in a mixed-use, industrial neighborhood in Berkeley, California. While the Page House is relatively small in footprint, measuring just 150 square meters, it is designed with maximum efficiency, taking full advantage of the outdoors as an extension of the living area. The exterior façade is a striking achievement, with seven stacked tiles from Nuovocorso’s Inimitabile collection covering three inhabitable levels: the ground floor, upper level and rooftop deck. The exterior tiles also absorb and retain heat energy for the house. The floors and walls in the  interior bathroom are clad in Nuovocorso’s Inimitabile tiles in a smaller format, beautifully tying the design together with the home’s exterior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTITUTIONAL WINNER

Firm: Snøhetta

Project: Central Public Library

Location: Calgary, AB, Canada

Tile: Casalgrande Padana

Distributor: Pro Tile Distributors

Contractor: Tate Raised Floor Inc.

Providing 240,000 sq. ft. of functional, flexible and beautifully-designed space, Snøhetta designed the Central Public Library for the Calgary community. As home to a physical collection of 450,000 books, more than 30 free community meeting areas, a performance hall, café, outdoor plazas and more, the Central Public Library required specific color, texture and exacting manufacturing standards for interior surfaces. Casalgrande Padana’s Cemento tiles met and exceeded all requirements for this project, adding a beautiful, minimalistic design for the floors throughout the building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTITUTIONAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: RDG Planning & Design

Project: Wake Forest University – Reynolds Gymnasium

Location: Winston-Salem, NC

Tile: Ceramiche Caesar

Distributor: Virginia Tile

Contractor: Shields, Inc.

RDG Planning & Design transformed the 60-year-old Reynold’s gymnasium at Wake Forest University into a new building with expanded and renovated facilities for Student Recreation and Wellness, Student Health Services, and Women’s Volleyball. Ceramiche Caesar’s Verse tiles were a major design element, offering several color, size and décor options for a dynamic design, as well as incredible durability in high-traffic areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT WINNER

Entrant: Aylin Askarihosseini

University: Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD)

Declared Major: Interior Design

Project: The Sweet Pastel Caffe

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Tiles: Marca Corona; Ermes-Aurelia; Abitare La Ceramica

The Sweet Pastel Caffe is a warm, colorful spot in the heart of rainy Vancouver, utilizing ceramic tiles with bold colors and varied designs to achieve the student’s inspired vision. Aylin Askarihosseini of VCAD specified Marca Corona’s Bold tiles in yellow, Ermes-Aurelia’s cement-look Soho tiles, and Abitare La Ceramica’s Novecento patchwork tiles for this vibrant cafe.

Dale Kempster: 2019 NTCA Tile Person of the Year

Dale Kempster, NTCA Tile Person of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla. — Dale Kempster of Schluter Systems has been recognized as the NTCA Tile Person of The Year during the NTCA Night Awards ceremony last week at Coverings ’19, held here.  This award is given annually to a contractor, distributor or manufacturer member who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the tile industry and has supported the mission and goals of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).

“I can’t think of a better person to receive this recognition,” said Marco Ludwig, CEO and President of Schluter Systems. “It’s truly a reflection of a lifetime’s dedication to the tile industry, and a unique passion that Dale has consistently brought to the industry every single day for over three decades. We’re extremely proud to have him on the Schluter team.”

One of the NTCA’s strategic initiatives is to create a stronger collaboration between international tile contractor associations in an effort to share and learn common best practices related to the proper installation of ceramic tile and natural stone.  Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the NTCA said, “In addition to being a member of the NTCA Technical Committee for many years, Dale has worked closely with NTCA Executive Committee members in our efforts to communicate with international tile contractor associations.  He was instrumental in having Schluter representatives in Germany take part in NTCA sessions presented at Qualicer 2018, an international technical conference held every two years in Castellon, Spain.  In addition, Dale has participated in two ground breaking international labor summits held the past two years at Cersaie in Bologna, Italy.”

Dale has also been instrumental in bringing NTCA and TTMAC (Terrazzo, Tile, Marble Association of Canada) representatives together to collaborate on the development of a Canadian version of the NTCA Reference Manual.  This collaboration has provided valuable information to the Canadian market on the prevention of tile installation job site failures and helped bring the standards for the two countries closer together.

Dale joined Schluter Systems 32 years ago as the company’s first full time employee in North America.  His early responsibilities with the company included receiving, shipping, answering phones, making sales calls, organizing and attending trade shows, working with architects and setting up new distributors.  Over the years he has gravitated toward his passion for the technical side of the business and has been active in industry associations for over 25 years, including being on the Board of Directors for TTMAC for more than 15 years.  He is currently Director of International Technical Network of North America where he contributes to industry standards and methods, and ensures that the interests of the tile industry are considered and represented appropriately in numerous associations and standards setting bodies.

 

 

COVERINGS INSTALLATION & DESIGN AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2019 WINNERS

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, today announced the 10 projects that received the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Projects were evaluated on their execution, original usage and overall design and purpose by a panel of industry experts, prominent editors and designers.

“We were amazed at the extraordinary project submissions the CID Awards garner, which truly demonstrates the versatility of tile and stone,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “As North America’s largest industry show, Coverings is honored to offer these annual awards to recognize the range of creative ingenuity and sophisticated applications that showcase the latest industry advancements.”

Winning projects were honored on April 10, in an award ceremony and reception at Coverings 2019 in Orlando Sponsored by TileLetter, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine, grand prize winners were awarded $3,000, while eight category winners received a $2,000 prize. All winners were provided with a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019, where their projects were featured on display.

2019 CID winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:

Special recognition awards included 55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC in Scottsdale for New Aging in Place shower; Ironstone Strong Ltd., of San Antonio for 12 x 12 porcelain tiles used as roofing shingles in the Innovation in Tile Category; Trish Metzner and Oscar Sosa of Philadelphia for the Fractured Fantasies Mosaic that involved creative professionals on both sides of the US/Mexico border; LATICRETE INTERNATIONAL for the Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital Stanford in the Institutional category; and Andru Eron and N.Y. Tilemakers for a mosaic mural for P.S. 19 in Brooklyn that included many elements from the 1964 World’s Fair that was held nearby.

Special Recognition: Aging in Place – 55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC

Special Recognition – Innovation in Tile, Ironstone Strong, Ltd.

Special Recognition Mosaic: Trish Metzner and Oscar Sosa for “Fractured Fantasties.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Recognition, Education: Andru Eron and N.Y. Tilemakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Recognition Institutional to LATICRETE INTERNATIONAL for the mosaics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

 

The 2019 CID Awards judging panel included Metropolis Managing Editor, Lila Allen; Stone World Managing Editor, Jennifer Richinelli; Tile Council of North America Executive Director, Eric Astrachan; Heritage Tile and Marble Owner and Founder, Martin Brookes; Chris Abbate and Kristin Coleman of Novità Communications, representing Ceramics of Italy; Lori Dolnick of Frank Advertising, representing Tile of Spain; Tile Council of North America Director of Marketing, Kathy Meyer; Artcraft Granite Marble and Tile Vice President James Woelfel; Natural Stone Institute Architect & Design Community Liaison, Dacia Woodworth and Designology Co*Operative Founder, Kadie Yale. Together, they selected winning projects demonstrating outstanding tile and stone applications.

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About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association  (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

Natural Stone Institute Announces Call for Entries for 2018 Industry Recognition Awards and Pinnacle Awards

Oberlin, OH, May 16, 2018— The Natural Stone Institute is pleased to announce that the call for entries for the 2018 Industry Recognition Awards is now open. Submissions for all awards are due Friday, July 20.

Natural Stone Institute members are invited to nominate colleagues for the following awards:

Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award pays tribute to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the natural stone industry.

Women in Stone Pioneer Award. Sponsored by TexaStone Quarries, this award recognizes a trailblazer within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women. The recipient’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable, and inspirational.

Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award. Sponsored by Polycor and Custom Building Products, this award was established to honor an individual whose craftsmanship in the natural stone industry stands out above all else.

Natural Stone Scholarship. Sponsored by Coldspring, Delaware Quarries, and the Natural Stone Foundation, this scholarship provides educational opportunities for aspiring stone professionals interested in furthering their careers within the natural stone industry.

Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. Sponsored by the Natural Stone Foundation, this scholarship provides a guided educational experience to one of three industry events to a woman showing a strong passion to grow their career within the stone industry.

For more information about these awards, including nomination forms and submission requirements, please visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/awards.

In addition, the call for entries for the 2018 Pinnacle Awards is now open. Submissions are due by Friday, July 20.

The Pinnacle Awards honor projects where beauty, creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone for commercial and residential applications.

Four new categories have been introduced this year, allowing for a broader range of natural stone craftsmanship to be showcased and honored. Pinnacle Awards will be given in the following seven categories:

  • Commercial Interior
  • Commercial Exterior
  • Renovation/Restoration
  • Residential Interior/Exterior—Single Family (New category)
  • Residential Interior/Exterior—Multi-Family (New category)
  • Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture (New category)
  • Public Landscapes/Parks/Memorials (New category)

A Grande Pinnacle Award (sponsored by Marmomac) will be presented to the best overall project. An award for the best use of Brazilian stone (sponsored by Vitoria Stone Fair) will also be available within each category. The Natural Stone Institute would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the Pinnacle Awards: MAPEI (Commercial Awards), GranQuartz (Residential Awards), and Coldspring (Renovation/Restoration Awards).

David Castellucci, Pinnacle Jury Committee Chair, commented: “I am pleased to announce the changes to the Pinnacle Award categories for 2018. Separating the residential awards into ‘single family’ and ‘multi-family’ extends the opportunity to participate both to small and medium sized shops and those who cater to larger volume clients. The new Public Landscapes an Architectural Carving categories open up the awards program to members who have not previously participated.”

The Pinnacle Awards are open to all Natural Stone Institute member companies, and will be recognized during the Natural Stone Institute Awards Celebration at TISE 2019. The winning projects will be displayed at TISE 2019 and promoted at other trade shows and in industry publications throughout the year.

For more information, including submission forms and a list of requirements, please visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/pinnacleawards.

 

Kathy Spanier Receives 2018 Women in Stone Pioneer Award

Oberlin, OH, February 20, 2018—Kathy Spanier, Director of Marketing for Coldspring in Cold Spring, MN, is the recipient of the 2018 Women in Stone Pioneer Award.

 For more than a decade, Spanier has made a powerful impact on the natural stone industry with her tireless efforts to position natural stone as a sustainable product within the building industry. She has been active in the Women in Stone initiative since its inception, and her vision and leadership were instrumental in creating the Women in Stone Mentorship Program. Getting involved is not a new concept to Spanier. Over the course of her 35 year marketing career she has continually assumed leadership roles in a number of industry associations.

 Brenda Edwards (TexaStone Quarries), recipient of the 2017 Women in Stone Pioneer Award, shares this about Spanier’s most recent accomplishments: “She has chaired the Sustainability Committee for the NSC 373 standard and gone far beyond the call of duty for that. She has also chaired the mentorship program for Women in Stone—she’s absolutely wonderful.” 2017 BSI President Daniel Wood (Lurvey Supply) commented: “Kathy has been a champion with sustainability efforts with stone and getting it positioned within all the green rating programs. We truly could not be where we are with our NSC 3737 standard without Kathy and her efforts.” Jane Bennett, Natural Stone Institute Executive Vice President, agrees: “She just took charge. That in itself is being a pioneer for the industry. Her leadership efforts were critical in advancing the NSC 373 standard.”

 Reflecting on this award, Spanier said: “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to receive this award! It’s an even greater honor to be placed in such a distinguished rank as last year’s honoree, Brenda Edwards, who has made a significant impact on the stone industry and Women in Stone. I would like to acknowledge the contributions and support given to me by my loving family, my remarkable friends in the stone industry, and my employer, Coldspring, that allowed me the opportunity to lead the efforts for the industry that led to this recognition.” 

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About the Natural Stone Institute

The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 countries. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.