NTCA Five Star Contractors showcase creativity at Coverings’ Installation Design Showcase

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, will have its Five Star Contractors participating in the Installation Design Showcase – featuring “tiny houses,” during Coverings 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Showcase will be located at booth 8804, Hall C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Installation Design Showcase is a must-see at Coverings. The Showcase will feature three tiny houses each highlighting a different design aesthetic. Three NTCA Five Star Contractors will collaborate with top designers, exhibiting synergy between beautiful design and exceptional installation.

This year’s Three Tiny Houses will have tile installed by the following NTCA Five Star Contractors:

CG Villa – Installation by J&R Tile of San Antonio, TX.

“We are proud to feature our staff of professional certified and advanced certified installers for the second year in a row,” stated Erin Albrecht, chief operations officer of J&R. “Being a part of this Showcase allows us to demonstrate industry-standard techniques via qualified labor installations. We look forward to show how crucial experience, attention to detail, and being centered and balanced is imperative on such a complex project.  Substrate prep and movement joints are so essential for a moving small space, such as a Tiny Home. We at J&R pride ourselves on our field personnel having the ability to communicate and educate owners and architects. Problems solve themselves when you pride yourself on execution of design intent with a highly skilled, educated staff that shares the same vision and core values.”

J&R’s Erin Albrecht (l.) with Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra during the reveal of the 2017 IDS Tiny House project.

Luxe Cottage – Installation by Visalia Ceramic Tile of Visalia, CA

Sam Bruce, president of Visalia (also participating for a second year) commented, “There are many aspects to the tile industry, starting from manufacturing, distribution, sales, design, products and tools.  Each leads to the final installation process. The Installation Design Showcase covers each step of this procedure. In particular, it allows us to exhibit the importance of creating a relationship with the designer. As an installer, our job is to bring a designer’s vision to reality through a quality tile installation using the right methods and standards. Clearly, we need to listen in order to best understand what the designer is trying to achieve. At times, we must educate designers so they understand these methods and standards, as well.  When this sort of teamwork happens, solutions are created which lead to successful projects.”

During the 2017 IDS Tiny House reveal, Alena Capra (c) interviews designer Kim Lewis (l) and Visalia Ceramic Tile’s Sam Bruce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Modern Living – Installation by DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting Inc. of Marietta, GA

Woody Sanders, founder of D.W. Sanders commented, “The Installation Design Showcase offers the construction industry as a whole and the tile industry, in particular, to witness newly developed methods of installation and techniques now entering the market. This sparks discussion to interface with peers of how the products would be used in their markets. Furthermore, it places a spotlight on qualified tile contractors to showcase their talented employees.”

Each of these installation companies has successfully completed the NTCA Five Star Contractor recognition program and employs installers certified by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. “Without question, we love the opportunity to showcase the technical as well as artistic capabilities of our Five Star Contractors,” said NTCA Five Star Program Director Amber Fox.

“The tile industry believes strongly in the quality of workmanship offered by NTCA Five Star Contractors,” continued Bart Bettiga, executive director of the NTCA. “Many manufacturers recommend Five Star contractors to their customers on extremely challenging projects. This Showcase brings these type of complex projects to real world scenarios; giving attendees the opportunity to interact with the contractors and observe the installations from beginning to end.”

To obtain Five Star status, contractors must be a member of NTCA, and complete an application process that includes submitting examples of work, reviews and recommendations from peers and customers and proven commitment to service, quality, safety and superior job performance. Five Star Contractors are also required to certify a minimum of 10 percent of their installers through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Certified Tile Installer program or have completed a three-year apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Labor.

ITALIAN TRADITION AND LEGACY AT COVERINGS 2018

 

 Ceramics of Italy Showcases Innovative Design, Sustainable Initiatives

and 25 Years of Inspiring Projects in Atlanta, GA

 

(Atlanta, GA – April 2018) From May 8-11, 2018, Ceramics of Italy will bring an impressive contingent to Atlanta for the 29th edition of Coverings – the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America. Organized by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) with support from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Ceramics of Italy pavilion will feature 76 booths with over 120 member brands introducing new collections that demonstrate impressive advancements in technology with a thoughtful focus on design trends.

Returning for another year, the beloved Ceramics of Italy central stand, Strada Dinamica, will continue to serve as the focal point for the pavilion with an information hub and authentic Italian cafe. Ceramics of Italy will also participate in several educational sessions and commemorate the history of Italian tile in North America with a special event and film honoring the 25th anniversary of the Tile Competition. With a focus on tradition while celebrating the past and simultaneously looking towards the future, the Italian Pavilion promises to lead in exciting new products and innovations during the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strada Dinamica

Strada Dinamica, the Ceramics of Italy booth located in Hall B3, 1630, is modeled after a busy urban sidewalk and includes benches, standing communal tables and two large kiosks, which house a cafe, coffee bar and information desk. Designed by New York firm e+i studio, the swooping, wave-like motions and organic curvature throughout the space create an inviting, modernist aesthetic reminiscent of Italian futurism. Several members companies contributed products to bring the Italian streetscape to life including Florim, whose Magnum Oversize collection demonstrates the versatility of thin porcelain slabs, and Lea Ceramiche whose large format floor tiles are set on a raised flooring system by Newfloor Srl Raised Floors. Fila Surface Care Solutions also provided cleaning products for the booth. Conveying a sense of motion and natural flow, the booth welcomes visitors to step up and explore the space while learning more about the Italian tile industry. Ceramics of Italy’s beloved culinary partner, Spuntino Catering will continue serving a taste of la dolce vita in Strada Dinamica throughout the show.

 

Trends and Innovations

The Italian pavilion will be full of inspiration and innovation this year, as dozens of Italian brands exhibit their latest collections, highlighting their extensive understanding of architects’ and designers’ needs. Modern developments such as large format tiles continue to be popular with more options in 6mm ultra thin and large collections that range from metal to stone and marble designs. Outdoor pavers and exterior cladding tiles will also demonstrate the holistic approach to product design that many Italian companies share. Companies also continue to expand upon popular trends like terrazzo and nostalgia-inspired tiles while others experiment with new techniques to create painted effects and combine categories of materials such as marble and wood looks in one design. Digital printing advancements will be seen as patterns become more intricate and colors become richer, with wallpaper-like effects achieved in a tile format. Examples of these advancements include botanical inspired motifs and weathered looks perfected to capture the natural passage of time. The variety of trends shown within the pavilion are sure to impress and inspire visitors at the show. Visitors are encouraged to follow the distinguishable “Made in Italy” trademark throughout the show to find products of superior quality and environmental responsibility.

 

Installation Design Showcase “Tiny Home Edition”

For the ninth consecutive year, Ceramics of Italy is a proud sponsor of the Installation Design Showcase (IDS) – an interactive exhibit and initiative that aims to pair Italian ceramics in tandem with creative design and expert installation. This year, Coverings partnered with Bear Tiny Homes; a Georgia-based company that builds tiny homes focused on accessibility. Ceramics of Italy is working with designers from Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installers from Visalia Ceramic Tile to bring a luxe cottage concept to life. A wide range of Italian products will be used throughout the space, from wood-look planks to tiles rich in texture, culminating in an intimate, rustic-modern escape. Member companies generously provided tiles for the installation while MAPEI supplied the grout. The Tiny Home will be open throughout the show for visitors to see the space come together in real-time. To celebrate the finished product, attendees are invited to attend IDS: Deconstructed (Thursday, May 10 at 3pm) in Hall C, Booth 8804 to explore the completed home and ask questions from the design and installation team.

 

Special Events & Seminars

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Tile Competition, Ceramics of Italy will organize a special event on May 9 at 12:30pm in Room B401 titled “Ceramics of Italy Celebrates 25 Years of Design”. Architects, designers and tile industry professionals are invited to attend a private Italian lunch and exclusive first look of the film Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy, directed by Francesca Molteni and architectural historian Fulvio Irace, featuring projects and interviews from notable architects throughout North America. Afterwards, Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor at Interior Design, will moderate a discussion on Italian tile and its role in thoughtfully conceived architecture and design with guest speakers from Studio Libeskind, Ziger/Snead Architects, ZAS Architects and others. The afternoon will conclude with a guided walking tour of the Ceramics of Italy Pavilion where over 120 Italian brands will demonstrate the latest trends and innovations in tile. Interested participants can register at bit.ly/CeramicsOfItaly25 and on-site in the Ceramics of Italy booth.

As thought leaders in the industry, representatives from Ceramics of Italy will participate in several educational sessions that are part of the show’s extensive conference program.

  • On Wednesday, May 9 at 8am in Room B312, experts including Andrea Contri, Sustainability Manager at Confindustria Ceramica, will present “Health, Safety, Environment, Design: Specifying Tile in Today’s Sustainability Landscape.” The session will provide an in-depth look at how the industry can combine sustainability messaging and various specification tools into a package.
  • Afterwards, at 9:30am in Room B309, Cristina Faedi, Manager of Promotional Activities for Ceramics of Italy, will discuss “Global Tile Trends” which covers material innovations, creative applications and how they can transform the installation of tile.
  • Donato Grosser, MBA, President of D. Grosser and Associates, Ltd., together with Santo Torcivia, President, Marketing Insights, LLC, will break down the ceramic tile marketplace, providing attendees with valuable insight and guidance to be a competitive company in a lecture called “How Ceramic Tile Has and Is Forecast to Compete with Other Products”. Taking place at 3pm on Wednesday, May 9 in Room B308, the industry experts will share the drivers of growth and how ceramic tile compares to other products such as LVT and wood by sales history, room application, price point, market segment and other essential factors.

This year, the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference will take place on Wednesday, May 9 (4-5pm) in Room B208. Members of the media are invited to attend and hear senior representatives from the Italian ceramics industry discuss trends and updates on the state of the industry and present the winners of the 2018 Tile Competition. Celebrating a historic milestone, Ceramics of Italy will honor a number of prestigious architecture and design firms from across Canada and the United States as well as the winners of the new student category. Following the press conference, Ceramics of Italy will screen the world premiere of Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy and honor the 2018 recipient of the coveted Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award, which celebrates the close connection between Italian tile manufacturers and their valued North American partners.

 

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Ceramics of Italy is the trademark for Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware, that are members of Confindustria Ceramica. For more information visit www.ceramica.info or follow Ceramics of Italy on Facebook (@CeramicsOfItalyNA) and YouTube (@LaCeramicaItaliana) as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (@CeramicsOfItaly).

Bostik Products Showcased at Material Connexion

Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, announced that three of its specialty materials have been selected to be showcased at Material Connexion. This participation is part of a ramped-up strategy focused on large scale, commercial project work.

Headquartered in New York City, Material Connexion is the world’s leading specialty materials library and consultancy, curated by a global team of “materials scientists” focused to help creative professionals discover inspiration for their next design idea.

“We offer the architect and design community a multitude of innovative installation systems that are truly improving building construction methods,” declared Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “We’re delighted these innovations are being showcased at Material Connexion, which is a recognized source of architecturally-endorsed products… located in the epicenter of world design, New York City.”

The three Bostik products being showcased are….

  • Dimension® RapidCure™ Glass-Filled Grout is a patented, water-based formula that contains reflective, recycled, micro-glass beads, and a translucent, urethane binder that reflect light and allow it to pass through grout joints and into the tile itself. This creates a variety of aesthetic effects, including unique three- dimensional properties within clear glass tile installations.
  • Bosti-Set™ Gauged Porcelain Panel Adhesive & Sound Reduction Membrane, is a single-component, revolutionary specialty building adhesive, which has re-defined how to install thin porcelain tile panels. Projects that specify gauged porcelain panels can now be installed within half the time with less material and labor. Additional benefits include; built-in sound abatement, vibration resistance, and crack protection. This adhesive also contains Bostik’s proprietary, Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology which is made of recycled rubber particles which helps ensure a proper adhesive membrane thickness is maintained behind the tile and improves acoustic performance.
  • Ultra-Set® SingleStep2™ High Performance Adhesive, Moisture Control & Sound Reduction Membrane is a single component adhesive that is most commonly specified in high rise, residential tower construction. It too contains Bostik’s proprietary Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology. This breakthrough installation offers the ultimate in sound protection and greatly speeds the flooring installation process by eliminating the need to install cork or rubber sound reduction underlayment products.

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About Bostik, Inc. 
Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €1.6 billion, the company employs 4,900 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Arkema. www.bostik.com/us

 

 

The American Society of Interior Designers Announces Student Award Winners

(March 22, 2018 – Washington, D.C.) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce the internship winners of the 2018 ASID Student Portfolio Competition (SPC) and the winners of the 2018 ASID Student Chapter Awards (SCA). The winners were recognized at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit in Los Angeles on February 25, 2018.

“ASID is dedicated to supporting and recognizing the outstanding achievements of interior design students,” said ASID CEO, Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID. “The top student portfolios exhibited a depth in concept that was carried throughout the design solutions from sketch to space to detail. Strong communicators both visually and verbally, the SPC finalists were required to interview with members of the judging panel as part of the internship award process, a strong differentiator between the SPC and other student design competitions. It was a challenge to select this years SPC and SCA winners, a compelling indicator of a bright future for the interior design industry.”

2018 ASID Student Portfolio Competition Winners
(L to R) Min Q Chung, Student ASID, New York School of Interior Design; Rachel Snow, Student ASID, Auburn University; Khadeine Ali, Student ASID, Savannah College of Art and Design; Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, CEO, ASID; Luke McLindon, Student ASID, Savannah College of Art and Design; Kaylen Parker, Student ASID, The University of Texas at Austin; Briana Guin, Student ASID, Auburn University; Fei Liu, Student ASID, New York School of Interior Design; Xingying Du, Student ASID, Pratt Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASID Student Portfolio Competition

In its third year, The ASID Student Portfolio Competition generates the best collection of student design projects in the nation. Submissions are evaluated on conceptual thought, content of work submitted, and the student’s record of achievement. Judging includes two rounds of online reviews and one round of finalist interviews at SCALE. The 2018 experience culminated at SCALE, where finalists presented their portfolios to a panel of judges in the hope of securing a 2018 internship with Benjamin Moore, Gensler, HKS Architects, HOK, Humanscale, ICRAVE, Perkins+Will, or Studio O+A,

The 2018 SPC panel of judges included Priscilla Ghaznavi, director, Color and Design, Benjamin Moore; Peggy Lee, NCIDQ, CID, associate, Interior Design, Gensler; Jennifer Kostad, ASID, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, vice president, director of Interior Architecture, HKS Architects; Clay Pendergrast, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, director of Interior Design, HOK; Jon Harrington, A&D manager California, Humanscale; Elizabeth Von Lehe, Allied ASID, director, ICRAVE; Kate Magee, ASID, LEED Green Associate, Interior Project designer, Perkins+Will; and Dan Kretchmer, director of Projects, Studio O+A.

Each one of the SPC internship winners received a $2100 scholarship from the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, in addition to their 2018 internship.

Internship Winner: Benjamin Moore

Xingying Du, Student ASID: Pratt Institute

Internship Winner: Gensler   

Fei Liu, Student ASID: New York School of Interior Design

Internship Winner: HKS   

Minkyoo Chung, Student ASID:  New York School of Interior Design                             Internship Winner: HOK

Luke McLindon, Student ASID:  Savannah College of Art and Design

Internship Winner: Humanscale

Khadeine Ali, Student ASID: Savannah College of Art and Design

Internship Winner: ICRAVE

Briana Guin, Student ASID:  Auburn University

Internship Winner: Perkins+Will

Rachael Snow, Student ASID: Auburn University

Internship Winner: Studio O+A

Kaylen Parker, Student ASID: University of Texas at Austin

 

ASID Student Chapter Awards                                           

The ASID Student Chapter Awards recognize achievement among ASID student chapters and the leaders who enrich the ASID student member experience.

The 2018 SCA panel of judges included Kelsey Kees, ASID, LEED AP, Interior Designer, SFCS Architects; and AJ Paron-Wildes, Allied ASID, National A&D manager, Allsteel.

The ASID Student Chapter of the Year award recognizes a single ASID student chapter that has provided exceptional service to its student members, professional associates, and community.

2018 Winner: Auburn University

 

The ASID Student Volunteer of the Year Award

The ASID Student Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the dedication and leadership of an outstanding ASID student chapter leader.

2018 Winner: Nicole Perry, Student ASID, Past-President, UCLA Extension

Learn more at asid.org.

 

Daltile’s Mari Anne Randall Serves as Panelist During Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center Wellness Showcase

WASHINGTON – March 27, 2018 – As a part of a Wellness Showcase at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center, Daltile’s Mari Anne Randall, LEED AP, director of market innovation for the commercial sector, participated in an expert panel discussing wellness and health in workplace designs. The event, inspired by the 2017 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, Presented by the ASID Foundation, which challenged students to reimagine the Innovation Center, welcomed the D.C.-area architectural and design community to celebrate wellness and evolution of office design.

In addition to Randall, the panel at the Wellness Design Showcase consisted of an impressive line up of experts, including Susan Chung, Ph.D., senior associate, research, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Brinda Sen Gupta, deputy director of the Booz Allen Innovation Center, and Andy Yeh, LEED AP, principal, FOX Architects. Moderated by Susan Wiggins, CAE, Hon. IDC, senior strategic advisor, ASID. The experts took the stage to discuss their take on the industry’s growing interest and request to integrate healthy living and wellness concepts into the workplace.

“At Daltile, we are committed to supplying our customers with the products they need to meet the increasingly important building certifications, such as LEED, Fitwel and WELL,” said Randall. “Understanding that the inherent benefits of tile align with wellness design, such as tile being free of harmful pollutants, we feel that it is important for us to have a voice in the conversation and further promote why tile should be considered for these designs.”

“As a manufacturer, we are striving to create products that meet the needs of office occupants, without sacrificing style and beauty, which also positively impacts employees and performance. For example, our Stepwise™ technology increases slip-resistance of tile, allowing for the same tile be used in interior and exterior applications, creating continuous, flowing design between two spaces,” noted Randall. “Through the Wellness Showcase and our participation on the panel, we were able to provide our perspective while hearing from others in the industry. It was exciting to celebrate the future of workplace design and participate in an open discussion with like-minded professionals.”

For more information about Daltile and its breadth of tile, natural stone and countertop offerings, please visit www.daltile.com.

 

About Daltile

Daltile is the industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass and metal tile as well as natural stone, large-format slab and countertop products. Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slab yards and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers. Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs. For more information, visit daltile.com and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

 

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MARAZZI PRESENTS NEW PRODUCTS TO DESIGNERS AT GENSLER EVENT

Dallas, TX – March 26, 2018 – Marazzi’s newest products received enthusiastic reception from Gensler designers and architects recently during an event held at the Gensler Washington, D.C. office.  Gensler is self-described as “an integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm — 5000+ professionals networked across 44 offices.” The D.C. Gensler office that hosted the tradeshow employs approximately 400 team members, all of whom were invited to the event for purposes of showcasing some of the best and brightest products offered by trusted vendor partners.

Marazzi’s Lonnie Nortman and Williams Pontel presenting the latest Marazzi products during Gensler’s recent vendor event.

“Gensler’s D.C. office caters to very cosmopolitan needs,” said Lonnie Nortman, architectural representative, Marazzi.  “As a design-driven brand, Marazzi is a perfect fit for those needs.”

“The D.C. Gensler office also covers several market segments:  healthcare, multi-family, corporate, and government,” added Nortman.  “Marazzi nicely meets this need, because our products cross-over all market segments.”

Curator of the event was Brian Haave of Ginsler.

 

About Marazzi

With a bold vision for the future, Marazzi built the first Italian-owned ceramic manufacturing plant in the U.S. in 1982, assuring domestic access to world-renowned technology and style.  Manufacturing a vast array of quality tile products, including porcelains, glazed ceramics, glass mosaics, natural stones and metallics, the brand continues to evolve for the savvy homeowner and designer.  Bold, daring and occasionally over the top, Marazzi provides captivating designs that integrate Italian style into exciting and imaginative environments. For more information, visit marazzitile.com and follow Marazzi on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

 

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Crossville Is Exclusive Tile Supplier at Gensler’s New Hotel Design Lab in San Francisco

Interactive Space Showcases a Range of Designs for the Evolving Hospitality Industry

San Francisco, California / Crossville, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. recently announced its partnership as the exclusive tile supplier for the new Hotel Design Lab in San Francisco, Calif. An innovative collaboration in hospitality design, the Hotel Design Lab is a project of the Newport Beach office of Gensler, the internationally renowned architecture and design firm. Hotel Design Lab features Crossville tile collections throughout vignettes in the 5,000 square foot space.

Hotel Design Lab is a collaborative space located in the heart of San Francisco’s design district providing members of the hospitality community a permanent place to gather for learning, networking, and building professional relationships. The lab’s craftsmanship, innovation, and technology put the spotlight on the works of leading designers, manufacturers, and artists through functional hotel vignettes. As the nature of hospitality evolves to include options far beyond traditional hotel environments of decades past, Hotel Design Lab features representations of modern lodging with a focus on designing these spaces for aesthetic appeal and high performance for commercial use.

“The hospitality industry is changing rapidly and dramatically with the increased popularity of new lodging alternatives such as short term rentals, hostels, and boutique hotels. No matter the nature of a hospitality space, great design is imperative. That’s why it’s an honor to partner with Gensler in the Hotel Design Lab on this really innovative project,” says Melissa Marney, regional sales manager with Crossville. “We’re sparking new ideas with the people who make decisions about hospitality design.”

Crossville joins a lineup of other fine vendors for this project (see full list by clicking here). The Crossville tile selections featured include:
* Fireplace surround and wall — Crossville’s Filo gauged porcelain tile panels in the Argento color were installed for a clean look with fewer grout lines in addition to capturing a neutral yet bold color scheme. The large -format gauged porcelain tile panels provided the streamlined modern look for the fireplace surround
* Boutique bath floor — With sandstone-texture and striations, Crossville’s Moonstruck Collection in Juno flows elegantly in the boutique bath perfectly complementing the warm wood tones of the vanity.
* Boutique corner bath floor — Porcelain tile displayed in distinct concrete visuals make a stunning impression with Crossville’s Notorious Collection in Femme Fatale in the corner bath. Sized in the modular 24” x 36”, this urban bath incorporates the modern chic styling of concrete with the top-notch performance specifications that only tile can deliver.
* Hostel (upstairs bath vignette) — Capturing the look of rich, urban styles, Crossville’s gauged porcelain tile panels in Oxide, Bianco, highlights the walls of the upstairs bath providing a glimmer of weathered metal in the soft white tones in the large format thin gauge tiles. The floors are a custom-designed mosaic pattern featuring Crossville’s Argent and Virtue collections.

Lorraine Francis, Lorraine Francis AIA, LEED BD+C, Gensler’s regional director of hospitality interiors, states: “This was an amazing opportunity to partner with other hospitality industry leaders to provide an innovative venue for new gathering events and great design. We are honored to be part of this collaboration!”

“Our collaboration in HDL exemplifies our commitment to bold designs and the interior design community. There is no better way to inspire the design community about our product advantages than to showcase them in application,” summarizes Marney.

For more information on Hotel Design Lab, visit hoteldesignlaboratory.com. For more information on Crossville products, visit crossvilleinc.com.

About Crossville, Inc.
Founded in 1986, Crossville Inc. is a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of award-winning tile collections for residential and contract applications. Its headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Crossville, Tennessee. Crossville, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Curran Group, a privately held holding company renowned for its core values of family, respect, partnership, integrity, and improvement.

An industry innovator, Crossville is the first U.S. tile manufacturer to achieve the following:
– production of large format tile on site,
– manufacturing of tile with certified recycled content,
– development the Tile Take-Back® Program for recycling fired porcelain tile,
– attaining of certification for waste recycling programs,
– earning of TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines,
– distribution of a complete line of porcelain tile panels (Laminam by Crossville), and
– designation as a net consumer of waste in the domestic tile industry.

For more information on Crossville, visit crossvilleinc.com.

Tile of Spain Awards announced; Trans-Hitos exhibit on display at Cevisama

2017 marked the 16th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards. The panel of judges was comprised of world-renowned architects Iñaki Ábalos (Chair), Ángela García Paredes, Ricardo Bak Gordon, Víctor Navarro, Moisés Puente, Martín Azúa and Ramón Monfort. The judges met on November 24th, 2017 in Castellón to decide the winners who were then presented with their prizes at Cevisama 2018.
Bodega Mont-Ras, Tile of Spain Awards Winner

A winery in Mont-Ras (Baix Empordà, Girona), was named the winner in the Architecture category. The remodeling of three stations on the L9  metro line in Barcelona received first prize in the Interior Design category. For the Final Degree Project, the award went to a residents’ center and tourist information office in Granada’s El Albaicín district.Due to the high standard of the entries, the judges awarded several special mentions in all three categories. Winning projects, images, plans and descriptions are available here: www.tileofspainawards.com.
Trans-Hitos Exhibit
Trans-Hitos 2018 was presented under the theme “Cycles.” Cycles refers to a fresh way of understanding architecture by suggesting that what has been learned in past years will have a great significance in driving a modern view of architecture that thinks about people and seeks to solve their problems by prioritizing user needs.
Rendering of the 2018 Trans-Hitos Exhibit

These exhibitions included the “Celosía,” or Lattice, masterpiece by Elena Oleaza and Louis Sicard, winners of the Trans-Hito competition. A collaboration with the Design School at Harvard University was also featured, as well as a project by Wesam Asali, winner of the 2017 ASCER Awards in the PFC Category. An additional space was dedicated to the exposition of projects from the School of Ceramics and winning projects of the XVI Premios Cerámica (Ceramic Awards). More information on the 2018 Trans-Hitos exhibit is available here: http://bit.ly/TransHitos2018

On display at Cevisama: Ceramic Tectonics Tile Grid Shell, developed by Material Processes and Systems (MaP+S) Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

The installation explores the structural capabilities of thin, large format ceramic tiles

Developed by researchers and students from the Material Processes and Systems (MaP+S) Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Ceramic Tectonics: Tile Grid Shell explores the structural capabilities of thin, large format ceramic tiles – a product commonly used as an interior surface finish or exterior cladding.

Structural applications such as the Harvard grid shell are emerging as new applications for tiles, challenging age-old perceptions of ceramic as surface finish. Ceramic Tectonics asks the question; can a product typically experienced as a two-dimensional surface also define and enclose a three-dimensional space?

Fabricated from un-reinforced 6mm thick ceramic tile, the catenary form of this triangular, self-supporting grid shell is designed to minimize internal stresses and efficiently span between three points of support. The structure’s 30 ceramic ribs form a novel structural pattern of triangles and hexagons, and are a world-wide first system of this kind constructed from ceramics. The notched connections between structural ribs accommodate for a novel assembly sequence that eliminates the need for mechanical connections between intersecting ribs, and allows each rib to be installed vertically from above.

The project team developed a computational approach to generate the geometry of the pavilion, discretize the form into individual components, accommodate for assembly tolerances, and generate the toolpath geometry for each component. This digital workflow enabled the project team to quickly adjust assembly tolerances and component dimensions during the design and prototyping phase.

With a maximum interior height of 2.48m, and a span of 6m between supports, the structure includes approximately 13.5sqm of occupiable interior space. It consists of 462 unique elements ranging from 82 – 181cm in length. The structural depth of each element ranges from 20 – 31cm and is determined by its location within the structure. The ceramic elements measure 107.22sqm in total area. In total, the structure weighs approximately 1,662 kg.



Trans-Hitos: Cycles

In 2018 CEVISAMA again hosted a new Trans-Hitos, Ceramics for Architecture Exhibition at the Trade Fair facilities, in Valencia, Spain, coinciding with the major sectoral show for the global ceramic industry. Trans/Hitos featured again, across 600 m2 of the Level 2 pavilion crossover, surprising installations in which ceramics play the star role, this time under the generic slogan “Cycles”, always aimed at communicating, in a transgressive and innovative mode, advanced and as yet relatively unfamiliar uses of a ceramic material that performs far more than just hygienic functions or acts simply as a surface covering.

The Trans/Hitos slogan “Cycles” refers to a fresh way of understanding architecture by providing a glimpse of a different cycle, suggesting that what has been learned in the last few years will have a great significance in driving an architecture that thinks about people and seeks to solve their problems. This explains the boom of citizen participation processes, which attempt to prioritize user needs, or the ever more frequent social architecture designs that usually respond to an immediate need, caused by some type of crisis, or to political or environmental issues. All this is framed within a sustainability context, in which regeneration and reusability will play an important role in this new phase. The recovery, both of spaces and of materials, leads us towards an architecture in which tradition will coexist with other such innovative aspects in the world of architecture as the circular economy.

Director: Professor Martin Bechthold
Project Manager: Zach Seibold
Design Research: Yonghwan Kim, Olga Mesa, Milena Stavric
Coordinator: ITC – Javier Mira

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NEOCON 50 – June 11-13, 2018 – announces marquee presentations celebrating 50 years of tomorrow’s design

(Chicago, IL – February 2018) Plans are well underway for the milestone 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry, June 11-13, at The Mart in Chicago. A banner lineup of programming is on tap from some of the preeminent, influential names in design and beyond.
The show will feature two marquee presentations on opening day: to kick off the show there will be a presentation led by Gensler Founder, Art Gensler, in conversation with IIDA’s Cheryl Durst, then in the afternoon there will be a panel led by Interior Design Editor-in-Chief, Cindy Allen. There will also be in-depth talks from Editor-in-Chief of Wired, Nick Thompson, as well as Founder and Design Principal of Ross Barney Architects, Carol Ross Barney.
The program is rounded out by over 100 CEU seminars, which will inform and offer a glimpse of what’s next on the horizon in the world of commercial design.
Monica DeBartolo, Director of Programming, NeoCon remarks, “The individuals headlining the 2018 conference program are more than just “design influencers.” They are champions for the public good, creating and advocating for user-focused, sustainable built environments for a better future. Complemented by a rich and varied CEU seminar offering, NeoCon 2018 will deliver an exceptional educational experience as we celebrate 50 years of tomorrow’s design.”
Registration is now open for NeoCon’s four marquee presentations:

Art Gensler

Cheryl Durst

Unanticipated Opportunities: A Conversation between Art Gensler and Cheryl Durst
Art Gensler, Founder, Gensler
Presented by Aspecta by Metroflor and IIDA
Monday, June 11
8am in the NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
To be the best entrepreneur, you must trust your gut, take risks, and embrace opportunity by interacting with chance encounters and keeping a constant eye on what could be. It is astonishing how often unanticipated opportunities happen and the amazing places they will take us. Art Gensler will sit down with Cheryl Durst, IIDA executive vice president and CEO, to share some of the unanticipated opportunities that have helped shape his career.
Art Gensler founded Gensler, the global architecture, design, planning and strategic consulting firm in 1965. From an office of three people in San Francisco, the firm has grown into one of the world’s leading architecture and design groups, with 5,000 people in 46 global locations. Gensler teams provide expertise in 20 practice areas – including workplace, retail, hospitality, education, brand design, and aviation & transportation – to international clients that span a wide range of industries. The firm is known for their design of many iconic interior and architectural projects around the globe, such as the Shanghai Tower. Gensler is recognized as the number one architectural firm in the country and for the past 30 consecutive years has been selected as the Most Admired Firm by its industry peers.

Cindy Allen

She Said, She Said: Extraordinary Women in Design

Moderated by Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design
Monday, June 11
2pm in the NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
In honor of NeoCon’s 50th edition, Interior Design Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen shines a bright light on those who dared to enter the boys’ club of architecture and design, voicing their struggles and victories. Now, as they lead some of the world’s most prodigious firms, we hear their vision for the future. This percipient panel honors all women in design. Panelists to be announced.
One of the most influential advocates for the design industry, Cindy Allen marked her 17-year anniversary as Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design in 2018. Since her editorship began in 2001, Allen has established herself as a force in elevating the profession’s importance and exposure—acting as an ambassador and fervent supporter of interior designers, architects, and product designers, while providing a platform and vehicle of growth for the design industry.
Across the years, Allen has received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the New York School of Interior Design, the Circle of Excellence Award from IFDA, the Alpha Award by Alpha Workshops (of which she serves on the board), and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Leadership Award. Allen is also Chairman of the national board of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), a role passed on to her by David Rockwell.
Under Allen’s direction, the Interior Design platform is always evolving to best celebrate the designer and their process. From inspiration to final project or product, with Allen, the designer is always the star.

Nicholas Thompson

The Wired Future

Nick Thompson, Editor in Chief, Wired
Presented by ASID
Tuesday, June 12
8am in the NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. And no one’s more equipped to tell it than Nicholas Thompson. A veteran editor, he revolutionized The New Yorker’s online platform and transformed the magazine. Now, as the editor-in-chief of Wired, he’s working at the forefront of digital innovation—championing tech’s role in making the world a better place.
Nicholas Thompson is staking out a bold, optimistic vision for covering, and responding to, the changing realm of digital culture. From artificial intelligence to entertainment, privacy to social media, ethics to war, Thompson leads the news cycle—and in talks, he champions the ways tech can enhance our lives.Thompson served previously as a senior editor at Wired from 2005–2010. There, he edited both National Magazine Award-nominated writing and “The Great Escape,” the story that became the feature film Argo. Thompson has also played a pivotal role with The New Yorker—first as senior editor, then as editor of the magazine’s digital platform, where he helped re-design the website, launch the New Yorker app, spark an eight-fold increase in monthly readers, and quadruple the number of new digital subscribers each month. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War.

Carol Ross Barney

Future Cities-Creating Livable Environments

Carol Ross Barney, Founder and Design Principal, Ross Barney Architects
Presented by AIA Chicago
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9:30am in the NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
Presented by AIA Chicago
Carol Ross Barney’s keynote will focus on “Future Cities-Creating Livable Environments.” In order to live sustainably, and efficiently, designers are going to have to make cities more livable.  Carol will talk about her experiences with projects that transform the cityscape; from the Chicago Riverwalk, to transit stations, to public places that delight and excite.
Honored with more than 100 design awards, Carol Ross Barney has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981.  Her projects vary in type and scale but uphold a deep commitment to the role architecture plays in life quality.  This has manifest itself in spaces that transition urban dwellers from point A to point B and enrich the metropolitan experience; to buildings that are environmental stewards, showcasing sustainability in an overtly compelling way; to spaces that inspire young children and the brightest minds of tomorrow to learn, invent and break boundaries.
NeoCon is open to trade, media, C-Suite executives and other industry-related professionals. The NeoCon 2018 website and complimentary registration is live at www.neocon.com. On-site registration: $40. Marquee/Keynote presentations: Free. CEU seminar details and registration will be available March 6.
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