Levantina presents its innovative surfaces for architecture at [email protected] London

Europe’s leading event for industry audiences acts as a framework for presenting the most innovative products in the fields of design and construction.

Novelda / London, 26 January 2017. Levantina, an international company based in Alicante (Spain) and a pacesetter in the Natural Stone sector, returns to this year’s [email protected] in London, an innovative exhibition concept that brings together a large number of architects and interior designers to learn first-hand about the latest innovations in construction materials.

For years London has been one of the main global hubs for architecture, home to leading architecture firms that design and prescribe architecture projects worldwide. This is why [email protected] in the British capital is so important: the large number of industry professionals that gather there.

Levantina is part of the select group of participating companies that are presenting their latest releases. The Spanish company possesses a very extensive portfolio of decorative solutions in marble, granite and porcelain. One of its new products is Crema Marfil Coto® Tile, in which highly-regarded cream marble extracted from one of their quarries in the province of Alicante reaches its highest expression through an innovative 91×61 cm format and a minimum thickness of 1.2 cm. Thanks to its size, this Natural Stone tile can be installed directly on the existing surface without the need for building works, making it an ideal natural product for reforms and renovations.

Levantina also presents its new product and design innovation: Techlam® Blaze Dark, a 3×1-m porcelain panel with a stunning appearance decorated in dark hues. Techlam® Blaze Dark brings a very special nuance to the most glamorous spaces. Its black colour with soft worn details, directly inspired in classic industrial-style materials (aged leather, polished concrete, etc.), creates magnificent floors that enhance the furniture from any era or style.

Levantina completes its collection of products with a wide range of natural stones. The company has succeeded in renewing and updating a legendary material with exceptional qualities that place it at the cutting edge of the highest decorative requirements. The collection is made up of over 200 products spanning marble, granite, limestone and sandstone, slate and travertine, all elegant and sophisticated. For lovers of innovation, Levantina offers its Techlam® porcelain surface in a broad range of colours.

Coverings CID Awards entry deadline extended to Monday, January 23

 The Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Projects are judged on design and installation excellence, giving special recognition to unusual, creative and innovative uses of stone and tile.
Farley Residence, Grand Prize Stone Winner 2016,
Designed by Carson Guest, Inc.
Installed by Marmi Natural Stone
To show off your outstanding work and give you the recognition you deserve by featuring your work at Coverings, including a display on the new 2017 CID digital video wall, you must submit your entry for free to be a part of it! Projects must have been completed within the past two years (January 2015 – December 2016). Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged!
Lincoln Park Steps, Grand Prize Tile Winner 2016
Designed by Aileen Barr
Installed by Doty Tile and Snyder Tile


  • $2,500 plus a one-night hotel stay in Orlando will be awarded to the installer and designer of both residential and commercial tile and stone projects

​In addition, winners will be:

  • Invited to attend the coveted VIP Press Dinner
  • Invited to participate in a conference session where projects will be discussed
  • Featured on the new CID digital video wall and on meter boards at Coverings

ENTER BY MONDAY, JANUARY 23:Have your work recognized at the premier international tile and stone event! There is no cost to submit projects, but in order to win a CID Award you must be present at Coverings 2017 in Orlando, Florida to accept your award. Visit Coverings CID Awards submissions for more information and to enter.

2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition: Deadline extended to January 13, 2017

The deadline for the 2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has officially been extended to January 13, 2017.
All North America-based architects and designers who have used Italian ceramic or porcelain tile within the past five years are eligible to submit their projects in the residential, commercial and institutional categories. Prizes include $3,000, a trip to Bologna, Italy for a CEU-accredited trip to Cersaie and a trip to Orlando to present their project at Coverings. For more details, visit tilecompetition.com.
Gensler: 2016 Commercial Winner

Daltile Announces 2016 Interior Design Scholarship Winner

DALLAS (November 10, 2016) – Daltile, in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, is excited to announce Kristina Tribell as the winner of the fifth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship. During NeoCon East 2016 in Philadelphia, Tribell was presented with a $10,000 scholarship to continue her education in the field of interior design.

daltilesamplesday1-4“On behalf of Daltile and the ASID Foundation, we are excited to announce and celebrate Kristina as the 2016 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship grand prize winner,” said Kim Albrecht, senior brand marketing manager for Daltile. “This year we had more than 120 entries from some of the most talented students across the country, showcasing the exemplary work created by the next generation of interior designers. Daltile is honored to be part of the scholarship program, investing in the future of the design profession.”

This year’s design challenge, titled “Design Inspired by Nature,” was to redesign a hotel lobby using key biophilic design principles, demonstrating how thoughtful design, creativity, and Daltile products can come together to create a beautiful, welcoming, and impactful space.

Graduating in spring 2017 from the Art Institute of Houston, Tribell has always been passionate about art and design. She first learned about the scholarship contest during an interior design association event, and a few weeks later, after visiting a Daltile expo in Houston, became inspired by the products and immediately started working on her submission. Tribell chose the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston as her project location, redesigning the lobby to incorporate biophilic influences. Using Daltile collections, including Marble Attaché™ and Saddle Brook™ Glazed Porcelain, Tribell reinvented the space to be more calming, a stark contrast from the bustling city outside of the hotel lobby doors.

img_5023“The ASID Foundation is excited to partner with Daltile to honor students, like Kristina Tribell, with scholarships to help them pursue their goals in the field of interior design,” said Susan Wiggins, senior strategic advisor, ASID Foundation. “The ASID Foundation believes in the future of the interior design industry and supports scholarships and educational opportunities that will prepare and propel the next generation of interior designers to reach their full potential. The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship enables us to encourage young designers to further hone their design skills and aesthetic.”

The grand prize winner and three finalists were selected by Daltile and the ASID Foundation with the help of a panel of industry experts, including Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, and Catie Ryan, senior project manager at Terrapin Bright Green. This year’s top scholarship recipients are:

  • Grand Prize: $10,000 Scholarship Winner: Kristina Tribell, The Art Institute of Houston
  • First Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Ali Guymon, Utah State University
  • Second Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Ben Roghaar, Utah State University
  • Third Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Charlotte Jolly, Indiana University

New for 2016, Daltile and the ASID Foundation awarded the school or university with the highest number of completed entries with a $10,000 grant for their interior design program. This year, Utah State University was presented with the grant and had 37 students from the university submit projects for consideration.

For more information, visit www.daltile.com and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

About Daltile

Daltile is an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and metal tile products, as well as natural stone tile and slab 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.

About the ASID Foundation

As the leading interior design organization, the American Society of Interior Designers is dedicated to advancing the profession of interior design. The ASID Foundation supports endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety, and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships, and education. ASID Foundation initiatives include Transform, an applied research grant program, and partnerships with The 1+ program and the National Building Museum. Learn more at asidfoundation.org.

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and humancentric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at asid.org.

Coverings 2017 Seeks Tile and Stone Projects for 2017 Installation and Design Awards

coveringsCoverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, has opened its Call for Entries for the 2017 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. Available to architects, designers, installers, and contractors, the CID Awards honor outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial environments.

New to this year’s awards program: Winners will be invited to discuss their project as part of the show’s conference program. Projects will also be displayed on a video wall and on signage throughout the exhibition floor, showcasing the work to the thousands of attendees. Prize-winning project teams, including each installer and designer, will receive $2,500 and a one-night stay in Orlando.

“There is nothing quite like seeing how the mastery of design and installation can come together to create truly astounding applications of tile and stone—the CID Awards put the spotlight on these projects and the talented teams behind each beautiful space,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “Furthermore, the awards illustrate the enduring and infinite design styles achieved by today’s tile and stone products.”

An independent panel of judges will evaluate entries based on excellence in execution and installation; inspiring and original use of tile or stone; and overall design and purpose of the project. Projects will be assessed on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship, and outstanding use of materials. Emphasis will be placed on projects featuring an original or unusual use of materials, incorporating innovative technology, or combining aesthetics with function in an interesting way. Winning categories will include Residential and Commercial, and based on the submissions received, may extend to International, Artistic Use of Tile/Stone, Institutional, Community Project and more.

Projects must have been completed within the past two years (January 2015—December 2016). Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged, and there is no fee to enter. Entrants should submit through Coverings’ online portal before the deadline of January 6, 2017.

The CID Awards are sponsored by TileLetter and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design.



About Coverings

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

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

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Blog: coverings.com/blog

2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Now Open

unnamedThe 2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has officially launched! Now in its 24th year, the annual awards program invites North America-based architects and designers to submit their most innovative and sustainable projects from the past five years that take advantage of the excellent technical and aesthetic qualities of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. Projects that predominantly feature Italian tile – newly built or renovated, domestic or international – will be evaluated by an international jury of design experts in the residentialinstitutional and commercial categories.

One grand prize winner in each category will be honored with a rich awards package including: $3,000; a trip to Coverings, North America’s premier tile and stone trade show in Orlando; and a CEU-accredited trip to Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of tile and bathroom furnishings in Bologna, Italy – with a delegation of architects, designers and design media. A handful of honorable mentions will be selected and the winning contractor/distributor teams will also be rewarded. For more details, please see the press release.

To see examples of exceptional submissions, check out last year’s winning projects below.

Deadline: January 6, 2017 | www.tilecompetition.com


Commercial Winner: Gensler – Kaye Scholer Headquarters (New York, NY)


Institutional Winner: ARK – UJA Federation Community Complex (Vaughan, Canada)


Residential Winner: Shinberg.Levinas Architects – Turnberry Residence (Rosslyn-Arlington, VA)

Bostik and Artaic Team Up with Microsoft to Stage Interactive Designer Workshop

bostiklogoBostik, Inc. (bostik-us.com), a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, and Artaic Innovative Mosaic, (artaic.com) creator of architectural mosaics using its patented American robotic production, co-hosted a state-of-the-art interactive workshop for key members of Boston’s A&D Community on October 6th.

Taking place at the Prudential Plaza Microsoft Store in Boston’s Back Bay, guests included 20 top architects and designers psyched to learn about creating mosaic murals using the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4.After being introduced to/being updated on Artaic’s robotic production process, which is driven by the firm’s patented Tessera™ software and also, learning about Bostik’s state-of-the-art Dimension® Rapidcure™ glass-filled grout, each of the attendees were given a specific assignment.  Working with a Surface Pro 4 pre-downloaded with Tessera™ software, they were tasked to create their vision of a mosaic mural apropos for a Microsoft Store. And, they were asked to specify complementary Dimension® grout (which is offered via Tessera™) for their respective designs, as well.


Scott Banda; Winner Samantha Clarke; Dr. Ted Acworth. Presentation of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for best mosaic design created using Tessera™ software.

“This was an exhilarating experience,” beamed Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Many of our guests, but not all, knew a bit about Artaic’s unique offerings and their tie-in with Bostik. They were also eager to create designs using the new Surface Pro laptop/tablet. To sweeten the pie and get our guests really ‘into it,’ we held a small competition. Each designer’s creation was to be judged not only by the Artaic/Bostik team, but also by each of the enthusiastic attendees. The winner would receive a brand new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 courtesy of Bostik. Needless to say, these designers were all focused!”

Samantha Clarke, Senior Associate at MDS / Miller Dyer Spears, Boston-based architecture, planning and interior design firm, was the winner, coming up with a whimsical mosaic mural rendition of a 1970’s Bill Gates photo.  She stated via e-mail the following day, “Great night! Thanks for hosting a wonderfully educational and fun event last night, and
 I’m enjoying my new tablet as I write.”

This high-energy, highly successful event would not have been possible without the partnership of Eliza Mulcahy, Community Development Specialist at the Microsoft Prudential Plaza Store.

Bostik's Scott Banda addressing A&D group at Microsoft store workshop.

Bostik’s Scott Banda addressing A&D group at Microsoft store workshop.

“Together, Artaic and our partner, Bostik, are on a mission,” stated Dr. Ted Acworth, President/Founder of Artaic and inventor of Tessera™ software. “We want to resurrect the ancient art of mosaic mural design, for which the demand has greatly diminished over the years. That is a major reason why we developed our computer-driven, robotic production process. To see how thrilled our guests were designing, most for the first time, using our software, incorporating Bostik’s Dimension®… and all working on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4… was absolutely awesome! Bostik and Artaic want our ‘mosaic mission’ to be a meaningful and fun experience for all involved. Our October 6th workshop was an indication of that, and much more.”

After the workshop was over, Bostik hosted a high-energy hospitality event for all attendees at the nearby Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Scott Banda added, “Together, we want to engage the design community in learning about futuristic, efficient and one-of-a-kind solutions its members can now offer their clientele. Furthermore, together with Artaic, we plan to bring back mosaic design, which for a myriad of reasons, is seldom specified… or, for that matter, even considered any more. Already we’re seeing positive results… and our Microsoft workshop event was a perfect example of that re-vitalized interest!”

About Bostik, Inc.

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, they have been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape people’s daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of $1.63 billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Arkema. Visit bostik.com/us for more information.

About Artaic

Artaic designs and fabricates custom, award-winning tile-work. Combining modern technologies with an established art form, Artaic modernizes the creation of architecturally compelling mosaics. Through fast design iterations, free sampling and robotic production in the USA, the process of customization is made as simple and painless as purchasing stock products. Artaic’s Tessera™ software enables their skilled design team to easily collaborate with the robotic manufacturing systems, easing the creation of modern mosaics by increasing design flexibility and decreasing lead times and costs. Artaic’s Mass-Customization technologies enable the production of any size project, from small to large-scale production. For more information, visit www.artaic.com.

Tile of Spain’s “Passport To Creativity” Contest Now Open for Entries

Tile of Spain contest

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), is now accepting entries for the fifth annual “Passport to Creativity” contest.


The contest gives architects and interior designers an opportunity to enter to win a free trip to Spain. Winners will participate in a February 2017 architectural excursion where they will earn CEU credits and have a chance to visit Cevisama 2017, the International Ceramic Tile and Bath Furnishing Show in Valencia, Spain.


Passport to Creativity has been a popular contest amongst architects and designers for the past five years,” states Rocamador Rubio Gomez, representative for Tile of Spain. “The submission process allows for these talented individuals to be creative, while also sparking design ideas for future projects. We are looking forward to see what creative entries we receive this year!”


To enter, Tile of Spain asks architects and interior designers to be creative and submit a picture of themselves with Spanish Tile. The tile can be a photo, a catalog or even a sample of Spanish Tile. Photos can be downloaded from the Inspiration Gallery at tileofspainusa.com. Be imaginative, and have fun!


The Tile of Spain 2017 Passport to Creativity Tour, running February 19th to 24th, 2017, includes time to explore beautiful Spain while experiencing its world-famous culture including the culinary arts, historical sites and attractions with architectural and design significance. The trip also includes a guided visit to Cevisama 2017, factory and booth tours and an exclusive press conference. All participants will earn CEU credits.


For complete rules, and details on how to enter “Passport to Creativity”, please visit www.tileofspainusa.com/contest. Entries will be accepted through November 30, 2016.

Stay connected with Tile of Spain on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram for up-to-date information about Spanish tile manufacturers and ceramic trends.


David Allen Company Presents 20th Annual Design School Scholarship

Accompanied by College of Design Dean Hoversten, Robert Roberson (on right), David Allen Company’s Chairman, presents the 2016 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Student Amanda Fuller.

Accompanied by College of Design Dean Hoversten, Robert Roberson (on right), David Allen Company’s Chairman, presents the 2016 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Student Amanda Fuller.

For the past 20 years David Allen Company has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to a gifted and promising architectural student at the North Carolina State University College of Architecture. The Dean of the college makes the selection to either a graduate or an undergraduate student.

Robert Roberson, Chairman, presented the 2016 award to Amanda Fuller, who has been identified by the Design School faculty as a promising leader in architecture.

David Allen Company has a long history of promoting the use of tile, marble, granite, natural stone, and terrazzo through its relationship with and support of architectural and design schools.  With offices in Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Columbia SC; Birmingham, AL and South Florida, the company is celebrating its 96nd year in 2016.

Bostik Sponsors Architect’s Book-Signing Event in Toronto


Dr. Ted Acworth, Artaic; Dee Dee Eustace Taylor, Taylor Hannah Architect, Inc., Scott Banda, Bostik

Bostik, Inc. (bostik.com/us) one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants graciously sponsored a major book-signing event on September 28th. On a rooftop deck in the chic Yorkville section of Toronto, a formidable and enthusiastic crowd, which included a major cross-section of the “who’s who” of Canadian architecture, joined to celebrate well-known architect/interior designer Dee Eustace Taylor, Principal of Taylor Hannah Architect, Inc., who unveiled her new book, DEE DEE RULES: NYC LIFE, LOVE AND DESIGN. In it, the author shares 365 Design Rules as she humorously and without filters, journals her daily life over the course of a magical year living in New York City. With over 75 images of Dee Dee’s architecture / interior design projects, the book balances the hot topics of Life, Love and Design, while inspiring readers endlessly to “love designing your life.”

“We were pleased to sponsor the event,” exclaimed Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Dee Dee’s firm not only regularly specifies Bostik products… she was our at-show spokesperson both at HD Expo in Las Vegas and the AIA Convention in Philadelphia. She is currently helping us better address a genre she knows so well: the North American Architectural & Design Community.”

Bruce Kuwabara, KPMB Architects; Dee Dee Eustace Taylor, Taylor Hannah Architect; Scott Banda, Bostik

Bruce Kuwabara, KPMB Architects; Dee Dee Eustace Taylor, Taylor Hannah Architect; Scott Banda, Bostik

Dr. Ted Acworth, President/CEO of Artaic Innovative Mosaic, Bostik’s marketing partner, added, “This beautiful evening proved to not only be a great tribute to Dee Dee… the networking opportunities were amazing. A great deal of state-of-the-art architectural project work comes from our neighbors up north.  A number of key Canadian architectural movers-and-shakers were in attendance. Overall, the event couldn’t have been better!”

About Bostik, Inc.

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, they have been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape people’s daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of $1.63 billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Arkema. Visit bostik.com/us for more information.

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