Announcing the Pantone Color of the Year 2019: PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone
that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge


Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.


In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Leatrice Eiseman Quote.

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.

Pantone living coral

About Pantone Color of the Year

For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design.

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

About The Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. Through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, and color consulting, the Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy.

For more information on the Pantone Color of the Year, visit

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!





26th Edition Recognizes Exemplary Use of Italian Ceramic Tile

in North American Architecture and Design


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: February 1, 2019.


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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 on the ceramic tile sector, visit For instant updates on Ceramics of Italy, connect with the industry on Facebook or Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @CeramicsOfItaly.


LATICRETE updates its Architectural Guidebook

LATICRETE recently launched updates to its Architectural Guidebook. The Architectural Guidebook helps users create custom specifications for over 100 types of installations in just a few steps, based on industry methods as well as LATICRETE specific methods.
Product segments covered in the new Architectural Guidebook include: Tile & Stone Installation Systems (TSIS); Masonry Veneer Installation Systems (MVIS); LATICRETE SUPERCAP; STONETECH sealers; SPARTACOTE; and HYDRO BAN Shower Pans.
Users can also find links to applicable product data sheets, safety data sheets (SDS), Health Product Declarations (HPD), Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), UL GreenGuard Gold certificates and technical data sheets (TDS). Submittal package details in .pdf and .dwg (CAD) format are available. For the first time, Building Information Modeling (BIM) in .rvt (Revit) format is available for the majority of methods.


Dallas, TX – August 30, 2018 – Marazzi recently served as co-sponsor of a Chicago A&D event attended by over 500 designers, architects, and builder members of the IIDA’s (Commercial Interior Design Association) Illinois chapter.  The 14th annual event was hosted in conjunction with Marazzi distributor AO Midwest and the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council).  Attendees were treated to a boat cruise on the majestic Spirit of Chicago, as the yacht cruised by the picturesque Chicago skyline.











“Marazzi was proud to be a sponsor of such a wonderful event,” said Ed Maddalena, regional sales manager, Marazzi.  “Marazzi is a strong product match for the commercial designers, architects, and builders in attendance. These target audiences are always excited about Marazzi products that bring Italian heritage and design flair to any project.  Marazzi’s newest summer launch products have received enthusiastic reception from these professionals who are excited about the fresh, bold designs they can now incorporate into their upcoming projects.”

“As a design-driven brand, Marazzi is a perfect fit for our designer, architect, and builder customers,” said Craig Campbell, president, AO Midwest.


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 and follow Marazzi on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.


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The 25th anniversary of the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica and the Italian Trade Agency, was an immense success, attracting inspiring and innovative projects from designers and architects throughout North America. Ultimately, four winners and three honorable mentions were selected among the steep competition by an international jury of design industry experts across four categories: residential, commercial, institutional, and a newly introduced student category. Each of the finalists demonstrated how Italian tile plays an important role in the realization of thoughtfully conceived interior design and architecture.

As a way of honoring the past, present, and future of the competition, Ceramics of Italy also created a film directed by Francesca Molteni and architectural historian Fulvio Irace. Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy tells the story of the competition from its inception in 1994 to present day, featuring dozens of inspiring projects and interviews with architects Daniel Libeskind, Jennifer Carpenter and Michael P. Johnson.


Following are the winners:


Firm: Studio Libeskind

Project: Sapphire

Location: Berlin, Germany

Tile Manufacturer: Casalgrande Padana

Distributor: Casalgrande Padana

Contractor: Medicke Metallbau GmbH, NL Berlin


The Sapphire project involved building 73 desirable, 1-4 bedroom apartments on a plot less than half an acre, whilst promoting new technologies and sustainability. One of the most important design elements were the tiles used to cover 2,600 sq. m. of the building’s exterior. The three dimensional, geometric, patterned stoneware tile was a signature design feature for this project. Designed by Daniel Libeskind for Casalgrande Padana, the Fractile tiles are technologically advanced to self-clean and aid in air purification. The tiles were also used on the balcony wall creating a continuous surface extending from the building’s façade. Around 3,600 tiles were used in the project. The Fractile series continues on the building’s interior, through the bathrooms, resulting in a vibrant metallic finish for the floors and the shower walls.



Firm: Kay Green Design

Project: Venetian Isle Clubhouse

Location: Windermere, FL

Tile Manufacturer: Floor Gres, Ergon, Marca Corona

Distributor: Ceramic Technics

Contractor: Martin’s Flooring

The Venetian Isle Clubhouse is a multi-family community clubhouse in Windermere, Florida that is an elegant entertaining space for all ages. Tiles from Floor Gres and Ergon were used throughout the space due to their high quality, yet resilient surfacing. The  project  was   inspired by the city of Venice, therefore Italian tile was naturally the most authentic choice. The designer also felt confident that  tile from Italian companies would ensure a  high  level  of  quality and aesthetic  that she was seeking for the project. Floor Gres’s Floor Tech tiles were used as the main overall floor tile while Marca Corona’s Terra collection was used for the vanity wall in the restroom and Ergon Elegance Engineered Stone was used as a floor mosaic.



Firm: Ziger/Snead Architects*

Project: Baltimore Slate House

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Tile Manufacturer: Imola Ceramica

Distributor: Conestoga Tile

Contractor: Custom Concepts by Greenwalt

Setting Materials: MAPEI

*2009 Residential Honorable Mention

The Slate House is a contemporary retreat that respects nature and the legacy of the vast and densely wooded site. The 7,000 sq ft building was destroyed by a recent house fire, however the design team set out to reconnect the site to the existing contextual environment. The design embodies an archetypal gable form, a geometric extrusion that is both reductive and minimal that yields cathedral ceilings. Tiles from Imola Ceramica Concrete Project were selected for all of the flooring throughout the home, and Mapei products were used for the setting materials. It was chosen due to the seamlessly transitional ability to use same product inside and outside and support the  architectural vision to blur the interior and exterior spaces. Italian tile was selected due to its quality and the large format size options which were needed for the design of this private home.



Firm: DI Group

Project: Norwich

Location: West Hollywood, CA

Tile Manufacturer: Refin

Distributor: DI Group

Contractor: Darmont Construction Corporation

The Norwich proiect is a contemporary family home in West Hollywood, California, made up of open communal spaces ideal for entertaining and family life. With lots of windows allowing for natural light throughout the space, light colored neutral tiles were used to reflect the light and translate the openness of the interior across the flooring. Three tile collections from Refin (District, Larix and Barrique) were used in the interior and exterior of the home demonstrating the versatile properties of Italian tile.



Firm: ZAS Architects + Interiors

Project: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University

Location: North York, Ontario

Tile Manufacturer: ABK

Distributor: Division 9

Contractor: Gem Campbell Terrazzo & Tile Inc.

Setting Materials: MAPEI

For the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University, the client wanted to demonstrate sustainable building practices, while utilizing the advantages of an existing campus energy system. The project has been registered with the CaGBC and has targeted LEED Gold certification along with Toronto Green Standard Tier 2. ABK Downtown tiles were used on the ground floor, throughout the corridors and in the social spaces with MAPEI products completing the space as the setting materials. Tiles were also installed in assembly and exhibition spaces, as well as the student café and the orientation room. Although polished concrete was considered for the project, porcelain tile was chosen in the end due to its durability, low porosity and stain resistant properties. Italian tile provided a clean, simple and contemporary look matching that of natural concrete but captured tonal and pattern variation achieved through the latest technology.



Firm: O’Brien & Keane

Project: Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Tile Manufacturer: Provenza, Ergon

Distributor: Architectural Ceramics

Contractor: David Allen Company

Setting Materials: MAPEI

The design for the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral builds on the heritage of classical sacred architecture arranged in a cruciform layout, with the main axis of the building placed in an east to west orientation. The building is approximately 43,000 square feet and has a seating capacity of over 2,000 people. The main building announces the design theme and introduces classical order. The client wanted to focus on environmentally conscious and resilient materials for the project, therefore Italian porcelain tile was chosen as an ideal material for sustainable building. Beautiful tiles from Provenza Q-Stone as well as Ergon’s Silverstone and Back2Back collections were used on the floor throughout the Nave, Transepts and Narthe. Various products from Mapei were used as setting materials including grouts, sealants and self-leveling underlayment. Additional benefits of tile that were a consideration when selecting a flooring material were the low water absorption due to its compact and non-porous structure.



Entrant: Raquel Raney and Brennan Broome

University Name: Florida International University

Declared Major: Interior Architecture

Project: Dover Street Market

Location: Miami, FL

Tile Manufacturer: Atlas Concorde, Ceramica Vogue, Ornamenta

The Dover Street Market offers an environment where the classic, elegance of art and fashion collide with an industrial aesthetic. The use of ceramic and porcelain tile, as pictured in the renderings, allows for the desired aesthetic to be achieved, while using cost-effective and environmentally-friendly materials that will hold their integrity for many years. The variety of colors, patterns and textures of ceramic tiles, create endless opportunities for juxtaposition of the industrial-like materials with polished, sophisticated surfaces. A mix of collections from Atlas Concorde, Ceramica Vogue and Ornamenta were selected to complement the interior design. Due to its consistency and composition, tile is one of the most durable floor materials and lasts much longer than traditional glazed tile, making it a great selection for a high traffic retail store.


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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 or follow Ceramics of Italy on Facebook (@CeramicsOfItalyNA) and YouTube (@LaCeramicaItaliana) as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (@CeramicsOfItaly).

Call for entries for the latest edition of ASCER’s Tile of Spain Awards

ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association) has announced the seventeenth edition of its Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project. The magnificent panel of judges is made up of internationally-acclaimed professionals working in the architecture and design sectors. The Tile of Spain Awards are intended to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture as well as interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad) and are sponsored by Weber-Saint Gobain, the Port Authority of Valencia, Bankinter and CESCE.

Architecture: First prize to “Bodega Mont-Ras” by Jorge Vidal Tomás and Víctor Rahola

Chairing the panel is the Argentinean architect Jorge Silvetti, founder of the prestigious “Machado and Silvetti Associates” studio based in Buenos Aires and Boston, and Dean of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) between 1995 and 2002. Worthy of mention is the fact that ASCER collaborates with the GSD through the Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments.

He is joined on the panel of judges by Elías Torres; Portuguese architect Ricardo Carvalho; Jordi Garcés, a partner at the Garcés-de Seta-Bonet studio, winner of the Interior Design category at the previous edition of the Tile of Spain Awards; and Ramón Monfort, from the Castellón College of Architects.

Interior design
Interior Design First prize: Three metro stations on Barcelona’s L9 line, by Garcés – de Seta – Bonet Arquitectes.

Entries for the 17th Edition of the Tile of Spain Awards may be submitted from now until 24th October 2018.

The Awards have a prize fund of 39,000 euruos ($45,766) distributed in three categories. The two main categories are Architecture and Interior Design, each with a cash prize of 17,000 euros ($19,949). The panel of judges are also entitled to give special mentions in either category. The third category is the Final Degree Project, targeting students of Architecture, and has a cash prize of 5,000 euros ($5,867). Entrants from both Spain and abroad are entitled to take part in all three categories. Full details of the 17th edition, the rules and candidate registration forms are available at

Degree Project First prize: ‘A Landscape Garden: restoration of the area around the Zirí Wall in the El Albaicín district of Granada. A new Residents’ Centre and Tourist Information Office’ by Rafael López-Toribio Moreno, a student at the Granada School of Architecture.

Winner of the architecture prize at the latest edition of the Tile of Spain Awards was the project for a winery in Mont-Ras by Jorge Vidal and Víctor Rahola; first prize in the Interior Design category went to the project entitled “Three Metro Stations on Barcelona’s L9 line”, by the Garcés – de Seta- Bonet Studio. Images, blueprints and reports of last year’s winning projects can be downloaded from the Awards’ website.

About the panel of judges

Jorge Silvetti was born in Buenos Aires. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires before going on to undertake a period of postgraduate study at the University of California, Berkley, where he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Architecture. In 1985 he founded “Machado and Silvetti Associates” in partnership with Rodolfo Machado, carrying out a large number of award winning projects and works in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. The studio operates from its offices in Boston and Buenos Aires.
In addition to his professional practice, since Silvetti has been a faculty member at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He has also taught at the University of California (Berkeley), ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), the University of Palermo (Sicily) and at Nihon University (Tokyo). He is the author and editor of numerous books and journals on issues relating to the Theory, Critique and History of Architecture. In addition, he was a member of the panel of judges for the Pritzker Architecture Prize between 1996 and 2004, and also a judge for the Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin American Architecture in the year 2000.

Elías Torres studied architecture at the Barcelona School of Architecture, qualifying as an architect in 1968. In 1993 he was awarded a PhD. He is a founding partner of the “José Antonio Martínez Lapeña & Elías Torres Tur Architects” studio, which received Spain’s National Prize for Architecture in 2016.

José Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres Tur work from their Barcelona studio, where they have designed highly-acclaimed public and private projects, many of which have received FAD Architecture Awards. Examples include the Vil·la Cecília Gardens in Barcelona (1986); the Móra d’Ebre Regional Hospital in Tarragona (1988); and apartment buildings in Barcelona’s Olympic Village. Other major projects include the restoration of Park Gu¨ell in Barcelona; the escalators at La Granja in Toledo; the terrace and photovoltaic pergolas at the Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona; and the renovation of the Alameda de Hércules Walk in Seville.

Ricardo Carvalho, is a Portuguese architect and co-founder with Joana Vilhena of the “RCJV Architects” studio in Lisbon. They have designed public and private projects including hotels, schools, apartment blocks and museums. Their work has been featured in a range of international publications and presented at congresses in Europe, Canada, China, Japan, Israel and Latin America. Work carried out by the studio has been featured at international exhibitions such as “OVERLAPPPINGS. Six Portuguese Architecture Studios” held at the RIBA in London (2009); “Portugal Convida” at the FAD, Barcelona (2010); “Tradition is Innovation” at the Ozone Design Center in Tokyo (2011); and “Lisbon Ground” at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012). In 2015 they were nominated for the Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Prize.

Jordi Garcés, qualified as an architect in 1970 after completing his studies at the Barcelona School of Architecture. He received a PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1987 and since 1975 has been a Projects lecturer at the Barcelona School of Architecture and a guest lecturer since 1975 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. Highlights of his numerous works include the Picasso Museum in Barcelona; the Navarra Museum of Art in Pamplona; the Valle de Hebrón Olympic Pavilion in Barcelona; the Plaza Hotel in Barcelona; the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in Tenerife; and the headquarters of the Francisco Godia Foundation in Barcelona. The studio received first prize in the Interior Design category at the last edition of the Tile of Spain Awards for a project entitled “Three Metro Stations on Barcelona’s L9 line, which also earned its designers a FAD Award in 2016.
In 2011 he formed a partnership with Daria de Seta and Anna Bonet, marking the start of a new phase characterised by international commissions and tenders, providing a means of integration and continuity for Jordi Garcés’ already firmly consolidated trajectory. They have been awarded tenders for ambitious international projects such as the New Port Terminal in Syracuse, Sicily; the renovation and extension of the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg, the new annex building for the Picasso Museum in Barcelona; and the recently completed studio for artist Arranz-Bravo.

Belén Moneo is an architect and co-founder of Moneo Brock. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Visual Arts and obtained a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP. Belén Moneo and Jeff Brock formed Moneo Brock in 1993 in New York, the firm is now located in Madrid and it is an international architectural, planning and design firm of versatile professionals committed to the identification and implementation of sustainable solutions.

Mario Ruiz, graduated in Industrial Design from Barcelona’s prestigious Elisava Design School. He started his independent professional career in 1995 opening his own studio in Barcelona. Due to his skill and multidisciplinary experience in such diverse fields he has won the confidence of more than 120 leading companies in the world (Australia, the United States, Sweden, France, Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain). Mario Ruiz’s work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Europe and Japan and he has been acknowledged with more than 40 important awards. In 2016 he received the prestigious National Design Prize, given by the King of Spain, Felipe VI and the Ministry of Economy. He is also the recipient of Delta de Plata prizes, awarded by Barcelona’s ADI-FAD (Association for Industrial Design). In Europe and the US, meanwhile, he has received numerous plaudits from Red Dot, IF, Design Plus, and the Wallpaper Awards.
From 1992 until 2002, Mario Ruiz was Professor of Industrial Projects at the Eina and Elisava design schools in Barcelona. He has given numerous lectures in Tokyo, Singapore, New York, Dubai, London, and Chicago.

Ramón Monfort is a founding member of the Ceramic Design Centre, President of the Castellón Region College of Architects and Dean of the Comunidad Valenciana Official College of Architects. He boasts long-standing experience in the sector, and his trajectory has been marked by his commitment to social and sustainable values. He has received accolades for projects such as the Peñíscola Convention Centre or the Canem Gallery in Castellón.

At previous editions of the awards, the panels have been chaired by many other leading professionals including Iñaki Ábalos, Emilio Tuñón, Manuel Gallego, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Alberto Campo Baeza, Gonçalo Byrne, William J.R. Curtis, Terence Riley, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Luís Moreno Mansilla, Patxi Mangado, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, Mathías Klotz, Benedetta Tagliabue and Víctor López Cotelo.

Calendar and submission of entries
Closing date for entries: 24th October 2018.
Rules and candidate registration:


DALLAS (July 16, 2018)American Olean (AO) recently partnered with its distributor Gulf Tile & Cabinetry to teach a group of Florida designers and photographers what ceramic tile can do from an artistic and design perspective and how digital printing is greatly enhancing the visuals possible in tile.  The presentation was held at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida and included a continuing education unit, further discussion about digital printing, and a social networking hour for photographers and design professionals.

“We want American Olean to be a major player in new designs, not just commodity products,” said Williams Pontel, commercial sales manager for American Olean.  “We are now including products in our line to really catch the attention of designers. Some of the new products that we are proudest of are achieved through our Reveal Imaging digital printing technology.  It was exciting today to educate these designers on what tile can mean to their designs and artistry.”

“New tiles such American Olean’s Union, Scene, and Theoretical feature graphic effects, texture, or interesting 3-D elements,” added Pontel.  “These products show the potential of what you can do with digital printing. They really catch people’s attention when they are walking through a space.”

To learn more about American Olean and its latest product launches, please visit


About American Olean

Since 1923, American Olean has been offering an extensive array of quality tile products.  Through an appealing selection and a trusted network of industry professionals, American Olean empowers the creative visions of residential and commercial design and construction.  For more information, visit and follow American Olean on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest.


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Cersaie presents the 2018 edition of the show September 24-28 in renovated Bologna exhibition center

A presentation press conference for Cersaie 2018 organized during the spring in Milan focused on some of the key features of this 36th edition of the annual show, due to be held in Bologna from September 24-28. In particular, the floor space is almost fully booked, two brand new halls will be opened specially for the occasion, and a packed program of initiatives will be held both in the exhibition center and in the city. The fair will include the majority of Ceramics of Italy members, who will launch new products at the show

The meeting saw the participation of Emilio Mussini, Chairman of the Confindustria Ceramica Promotional Activities and Trade Fairs Commission, Gianni di Gregorio from the eponymous architecture practice, Giovanni Giuliani from BolognaFiere, Angelo dall’Aglio, curator of the exhibition, and Elena Vai from Bologna Design Week. The event was also attended by Aurelio Galfetti, one of the most respected figures in the world of contemporary architecture.

“With six months to go before the show opens, Cersaie 2018 is almost completely sold out,” said Emilio Mussini. “We are delighted with this result as it speaks volumes about the quality and value of the show. ”The Building Dwelling Thinking program, he continued, will feature a series of high-profile conferences, including the ninth keynote lecture given by a Pritzker Prize winning architect. Further highlights include the new location of the Press Cafés (the event where editors from interior design magazines discuss themes of topical interest with guests) in the Media Village (Services Centere) and the event entitled “Cersaie designs your home” which offers a free consulting service for home renovation.

Gianni di Gregorio is the lead architect of the team tasked with renovating the Bologna exhibition center. “In the 1960s, the Bologna exhibition center was transformed by architects Benevolo, Giura Longo and Melograni in keeping with the new international spirit of the times,” he said. “Our project aimed to use a repeatable modular system to connect the existing exhibition spaces and routes to the new halls, which stand out for their large translucent surfaces and soft, diffused daytime lighting. The itineraries themselves become urban spaces that perform all exhibition functions, while the single-span halls allow for the maximum flexibility in terms of set-up and use of multilevel stands.”

“Cersaie 2018 will be the very first show to be held in the two new Halls 29 and 30, which will be devoted specifically to bathroom furnishings,” said Giovanni Giuliani, operations director of BolognaFiere. “These exhibition areas mark the first step in a complex redevelopment program for the entire exhibition center.” According to the works schedule, the new Hall 37 will be built in 2020 and will be located on the site of the current external area 48 alongside a new logistics area. This will be followed 24 months later by renovation of the Piazza Costituzione and Nord entrances and opening of the new Hall 38 to the public, and finally renovation of current Hall 35 in 2024. “Smart technology will be one of the key features of the new Bologna Exhibition Center and will have a positive impact on both visitor experience and the day-to-day management of individual shows.”

For several years Cersaie has been organizing a thematic exhibition. After exploring themes of dock redevelopment, transport venues and light/cinema, this year’s initiative curated by architect Angelo dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli will discuss the theme of music. “The years from 1976 to 1983 were particularly fertile in terms of music and popular culture,” noted Angelo dall’Aglio. “The coexistence and proliferation of very different genres made those years an inexhaustible source of inspiration.” The exhibition will extend over a space of 700 square metres in the brand new hall 30 and will explore the concept of “music for spaces”, where iconic images from the period will be used in different residential and urban settings.

The conference program will also include a number of notable architects, highlighted by the award-winning British architect and designer Lord Richard Rogers, 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, who will present the Keynote Lecture on September 25.

For the fourth year running, Cersaie will be partnering with Bologna Design Week to organize the week-long events devoted to ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings in the Bologna city center. Elena Vai, creative director of BDW, commented, “This annual event promotes design culture and takes stock of the role of design as a tool for innovation in the ongoing process of sustainable and participatory cultural transformation, and brings together the worlds of creativity, education, hospitality, well-being and production for a week.” Five days of previews, exhibitions, workshops, competitions, screenings and guided tours will be held in historic buildings, art galleries, deconsecrated churches, showrooms and other venues, transforming the way participants perceive the city center. On Wednesday  September 26, it will be the turn of Design Night, which until midnight will engage with the public through a series of innovative itineraries and special openings.

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Designers, contractors collaborate on Installation Design Showcase Tiny House projects

The reprise of the Tiny House Installation Design Showcase for Coverings 18 featured three tiny houses that paired top designers and NTCA Five Star Contractors to develop and design the look and concept and bring it to life on the show floor.

The three tiny houses included:

Smart Modern Living – designed by Jeffrey Baker of Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs and installed by D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting. Clean lines and and open layout characterized the space. Estima Ceramica provided the tile and LATICRETE donated the setting materials and backerboards.


Jeffrey Baker (L) with Woody Sanders and Alena Capra at the Smart Modern Living tiny home.


The DW Sanders Tile & Stone crew.








Luxe Cottage – designed by Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installed by Visalia Ceramic Tile, the space is geared to the imagined needs of a young, retired couple seeking a luxurious mountainside getaway that features tile on walls, countertops, shelving and built furniture. Ceramics of Italy supplied tile, MAPEI donated setting materials and Schluter provided backerboards.


Visalia’s Sam Bruce with designer Brittney Ferren (C) and Alena Capra at the Luxe Cottage tiny home.















The Visalia Ceramic Tile crew.



























CG Villa – is the signature contemporary tiny home designed by Rita Carson Guest, FASID, of Carson Guest. Installed by J&R Tile, the space features gauged porcelain tile panels to keep the weight — and the look of the space light and spacious. Crossville Inc., provided tile with installation materials from ARDEX and backer board from wedi.

Alena Capra with J&R Tile’s Erin Albrecht (C) and Rita Carson Guest at the CG Villa.



















































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