Crossville Partners with D&B Tile Distributors and ID & Design International to Create Award-Winning Tile Garment for Recent IIDA South Florida ‘Design Mix’

CROSSVILLE, Tennessee – Crossville Inc., D&B Tile Distributors, and ID & Design International recently partnered to design and create a stunning runway dress constructed of Crossville tile for the annual IIDA South Florida Design Mix. The garment received the Best Use of Challenging Material Award at the event.

Design Mix is an exciting fashion show that pairs industry members with design firms in a team effort to fabricate a one-of-a-kind, unique wearable garments made of sponsors’ products. Non-industry judges evaluate the garments and present awards in various categories.

For this year’s Casino Royale-themed Design Mix, the talented design team sponsored by Crossville and D&B devised a bedazzling Bond Girl garment fashioned from luminous tile and mosaics from a range of Crossville collections.

An opulent high-rimmed collar was constructed with metallic linear stripes comprised of Crossville’s gauged porcelain tile panels.
Crossville’s Ebb & Flow glass mosaics were used to create a perfect Bond Girl bodice and headpiece.
The long flowing train was handmade with metallic quatrefoil shaped waterjet-cut tile and sparkling crystals.
Bejeweled wrist cuffs crafted from Crossville’s mirrored Sideview Glass tile.

“With so much talent between ID & Design International and D&B, it’s not surprising they did such an amazing job using our porcelain tile and glass mosaics. It’s really exciting to have landed a coveted award at the event,” said Robert Sutnick, Senior Architectural Representative for Crossville.

Proceeds from IIDA South Florida’s Design Mix go to support funding for interior design student awards and legislation advocacy efforts.

For more information on the Crossville products used for this event, visit crossvilleinc.com.

Find photos of the garment and event here: http://bit.ly/cvilledesignmix18

The role of the architect as communicator and collaborator on ceramic tile installations

Scott Conwell,
IMI Illinois Director

At Qualicer ‘18, XV World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality in Castellón, Spain in February, International Masonry Institute (IMI) Illinois Director Scott Conwell talked about the architect’s role in influencing quality through all stages of project delivery during a panel discussion with Spanish architects Alejandro Rubert and Angel Pritarch.

Read Conwell’s full paper on the topic, “The Role of the Architect as Communicator and Collaborator on Ceramic Tile Installations,” found at https://bit.ly/2EZVDxx, or enjoy highlights from his presentation below.


Throughout design and construction, the architect relies on material suppliers, standard-writing bodies, and labor organizations to ensure a successful tile project. 

Quality assurance through construction documents

Architects can establish quality assurance expectations at the beginning of a project with an informed approached to the preparation of construction documents, specifically, drawings and specifications. 

Drawings are quantitative. They show the dimensions of rooms to be tiled, and often include schedules that assign certain tile to certain rooms or spaces. Drawings should also address special conditions that require graphic clarification, like transitions and terminations of tile finishes.

Specifications are qualitative. They define the type of tile to be used on a project through proprietary information, physical properties, or performance characteristics.

At Qualicer ‘18, XV World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality in Castellón, Spain, IMI Illinois Director Scott Conwell talked about the architect’s role in influencing quality through all stages of project delivery during a panel discussion with Spanish architects Alejandro Rubert and Angel Pritarch.

Drawings and specifications should effectively communicate design intent to the installing contractor and define the quality of the work. 

With today’s fast-paced production schedules, it is not always feasible for architects to draw elevations of every room that receives tile, or to detail every special condition of the tile work. Instead, architects often rely on general notes, schedules, and referenced standards in the construction documents.

Used responsibly and with caution, references can be an effective way to ensure industry requirements are met. That said, many architects use references too liberally or too generally in an effort to save time. References should be limited to actual conditions on the project and be tied directly to the respective conditions using notes or schedules on the drawings. 

Qualification requirements and recommendations for labor

Selecting premium quality tile, setting materials, membranes, and grouts is also important to a project’s success. Good materials and design, however, are not enough on their own to guarantee success. The fate of a project also rests heavily on the skills of the contractor and installers.

Architects have a contractual duty to owners to deliver quality installations, which is why it is so critical to set qualifications for the contractor and tile installers in specifications.

Tile industry organizations in the United States have made strides to develop a unified set of qualification requirements for labor. Today, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation has cited Union Journeyman Tile Apprentice Programs, TCAA Trowel of Excellence certification, IMI Contractor College, and other industry programs as recommended qualification criteria (Such as CTEF Certified Tile Installers and NTCA Five Star Contractors – ed.). MasterSpec, a company aligned with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), uses similar language in their master guide specification.

One of the best indicators of a qualified installer is the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT Certifications), an industry-wide program that measures the skills of installers in seven distinct skill areas: large-format tile; membranes; mud floors; mud walls; shower receptors; gauged porcelain tiles and gauged porcelain tile slabs/panels; and grouts. Architects are advised to require ACT-certified installers on projects with a concentration of work in one or more of these high-skill areas.

Quality control during construction

Once the construction documents are complete and the tile work is awarded to the tile contractor, the project transitions into construction phase. During this phase, architects should offer quality control (QC) by enforcing and fulfilling the requirements for quality set forth in the design phase. During construction, the architect observes the work and oversees a variety of construction administration processes like reviewing submittals, reviewing substitution requests and other changes in work, and approving contractor payment requests.

Conwell said one of the best indicators of a qualified installer is the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT Certifications), an industry-wide program that measures the skills of installers in seven distinct skill areas.

During the construction phase, the architect’s primary role is reviewing the tile work in progress and checking it for conformity with design intent. If the architect developed the construction documents to a high level of completeness, precision, and consistency, it is unlikely that significant issues will arise in construction.

If essential information in the construction documents is unclear, contradictory, or incomplete, however, the architect is called on to make clarifications and to interpret design intent that should have already been clearly addressed. In this case, the architect must serve as an impartial arbiter between the owner and the contractor. For examples of how an architect may be called to resolve issues during construction, link to Conwell’s full paper here: https://bit.ly/2EZVDxx.

The specialized nature of ceramic tile assemblies requires architects to take on the role of communicators and collaborators throughout the design and construction process. All parties involved in a tile project are unified by the shared goal of quality installation.

IMI is committed to helping architects complete successful tile projects. It offers support through technical services and continuing education, and provides skilled, highly trained union labor to the tile market. View upcoming tile education opportunities for design professionals at http://imiweb.org/tmt/or contact IMI at http://imiweb.org/4-contact/ for more information.

Winning Design of Bostik Signature Spaces Competition To Be Unveiled as Permanent Centerpiece in Bellagio Lobby

 Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, will soon be announcing the winning design for its most recent edition of Bostik Signature Spaces. Designers throughout North America were encouraged to submit their most creative realizations of a waterjet cut-and-fabricated, round marble medallion to be installed in the main lobby of Las Vegas’ iconic Bellagio Hotel & Casino. The focal location of this 13’ diameter flooring masterpiece will be walked on /seen by over 20,000 hotel visitors every single day!

This latest event, entitled “The Art of Stone Flooring Design Contest,” welcomed more than 200 design submissions from flooring installation contractors, artists, interior designers and architects with expertise in commercial spaces. Registration was free, and the soon- to-be-announced Grand Winner could win a trip for two to Paris!  The winning creative project will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be celebrated in grand fashion at a VIP award ceremony and industry-networking event at the Hyde Bellagio Nightclub on the evening of May 3rd.

Bostik, the sole sponsor of this competition, is partnering with MGM Resorts International (the owner of the Bellagio), Creative Edge Master Shop (the waterjet firm producing the winning design), NTCA (National Tile Contractors Association) and Superior Tile (The Five Star Contractor to be installing the winning medallion).

According to Jim Belilove, President/Founder of Creative Edge Master Shop, “ This medallion will provide an enduring focal signature space for the Bellagio…. showing off the elegance of marble, and its combination with other architectural metals. Right now, I’m not going to give away very much information on the actual design to be unveiled. But, I can state that the medallion marks the signature “B” as well as the construction dates of this Las Vegas landmark. We have already been told it is a masterpiece quality, true work of art!”

Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development stated, “This is the fourth competition we’ve staged with our partners at MGM Resorts International in the last two years. In all of these, we’ve arranged for a permanent installation to take place in one of their key properties. Everybody involved wins. But in particular, those enthusiastic designers and tile and stone professionals who submit their designs have great opportunities to showcase their creative talents… and subsequently, receive well-deserved notoriety. Bostik builds strong bonding situations with much more than just its state-of-the-art specialty adhesive systems. Through programs such as Bostik Signature Spaces, we bring people together, and they build relationships that last for many years. That’s really strong bonding!”

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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 5,000 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Arkema. www.bostik.com/us

 

 

 

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.

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