CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2019 CERAMICS OF ITALY TILE COMPETITION

 

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, www.tilecompetition.com. 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 www.ceramica.info. For instant updates on Ceramics of Italy, connect with the industry on Facebook www.facebook.com/CeramicsOfItalyNA or Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @CeramicsOfItaly.

 

In memory: Alexander Peter Tarr, CSI, CDT, March 9, 1941- October 15,2018

Al Tarr

 

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Al attended Purdue University after graduating from high school. While in college he enlisted and served in the United States Air Force from 1960-64.  After completing his service, he moved to Arizona.

Al found his passion in the construction specification industry with MAPEI Corporation for tile and flooring installations.  Al could spice up the presentation of products with clever and entertaining ways that you’d never forget. For instance, once Al wore a giant chef’s hat to talk about the chemistry in grout!

Al worked at MAPEI from the mid-80s to 2000, after which he took the specifying reins and marched all over the USA with Noble Company as Western Region Architectural Manager. He spent nine years there until his retirement to his longtime Scottsdale residence.

The CSI board, with Al Tarr (center right) in 1996-97.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Construction Specification Institute (CSI) was big part of his life, and Al was the life of the party at annual conferences and conventions.  He always stayed to the last at the events and was a great host.  He welcomed many new members, and served a stint as President of the Phoenix Chapter. He was consistently available there to lend a hand, or at least an opinion.

 

 

Al Tarr as the Lone Ranger in 2007

Al Tarr “cutting up” with Pamela Jackson circa 1996-97.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al was feisty to the end but passed away peacefully on October 15, 2018 with many friends having visited in the last days.

Al is survived by his sister, Judith (Tarr) Mattei and her husband Frank, nephew Russel Mattei, grandniece Ashley, niece Deborah Kolber and grandnephews Kolby and Kory, as well as many cousins and lifelong friends.

Al wishes to spend eternity in his favorite beautiful place in Sedona, so his ashes will be spread at West Fork at a later date.

Al Tarr, 2017

A memorial reception will be held on Tuesday, November 6th from 3:00-6:00 at The Reference Library, 99 E Virginia Ave., #140, Phoenix, AZ  85004. Please RSVP to:  602-258-7499. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Funeral Home Angels Cremation & Burial 422 W McClellan, Mesa AZ  85201, to help offset funeral expenses. Contact: Pamela Jackson at [email protected].

In addition, Pamela is collecting stories and photos for a presentation to be made at the reception. Please send photos and stories to her at the email above.

 

 

MODOMO Tiles opens North Carolina warehouse; has presence at TSP

US/Italian tile manufacturer Modomo announces the opening of its state-side warehouse with over 250 SKU’s available, ranging from 2″x2″ mosaics to 24″x48″ color body and rectified porcelain tiles.  Managing Partner, Scott Alpert, says: “It has been a big undertaking to customize and manufacture Italian porcelain tiles to the American taste and lifestyle–we are now ready!”  The company believes in partnering with customers vertically and looks to become the industrial partner that clients need by increasing value via:
  • Helping customers create specifications via Brand Ambassadors and Trainers.
  • Providing a complete range of merchandising fitting customer needs.
  • Providing complete range of sizes appropriate for ALL US markets.
  • Providing natural, polished, and exterior finishes in same series.
MODOMO Tiles hopes will have a presence at Total Solutions Plus at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine Texas, Booth #11, during the Monday evening Tabletop Event from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. www.modomotiles.com

David Allen Company presents 22nd Annual Design School Scholarship

 

For the past 22 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 of David Allen Company, presented the 2018-2019 award to Forough Mofidi, a Graduate Architectural Student, who has been identified by the Design School Dean and 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, South Florida, and Charlotte, NC, the company is celebrating its 99th year in 2019.

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Accompanied by College of Design Dean Hoversten (R), Robert Roberson (L), David Allen Company’s Chairman, presents the 2018-2019 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Student, Forough Mofidi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neolith Announces Fifth Annual International Design Competition

The new edition of the design competition highlights contemporary surfacing applications by architects, interior designers, builders, remodelers, students, and fabricators.

Castellón, Spain (2018) – TheSize, manufacturer of sintered stone brand Neolith, has announced its fifth annual international design competition. This global competition – with three submission categories is open now through November 11, 2018. It highlights creativity and innovation of designs incorporating Neolith surfacing by architects, interior designers, builders, remodelers, students, and fabricators.

For each category, a team of industry judges will focus on the proposal’s originality, presentation creativity, technical complexity, variety of Neolith applications, quality before-and-after images, and the degree of environmental sensitivity in the project. The grand prize for each category includes an all-inclusive trip to the famed Salone del Mobile Milano show in April 2019 valued at approximately $5,000.  Winners will be announced on December 20, 2018 via Neolith’s website and social media channels.

My Neolith Project 2019

My Neolith Project” is open to design professionals that have recently developed a contemporary, residential design project incorporating Neolith in multiple applications, such as façades, flooring, cladding, kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, swimming pools and more. The project should also highlight today’s modern design trends such as use of mixed materials, neutral elements and soft lines. To be eligible, the project must have been completed between 2015-2018, outside of Spain.

Neolith New Talents – Contemporary Neolith Homes

This year’s “Neolith New Talents” is open to architecture, design and interior design students enrolled in at least one class from 2017-2019. Neolith is challenging participants to virtually design a contemporary-style home meeting design trends such as: a mix of materials, neutral elements, and soft lines.

Students will design different rooms in the home without limitations on budget. Successful projects will integrate Neolith through different applications and atmospheres such as dining rooms, bedrooms, or outdoor areas while considering Neolith slabs available to them.

Top Fabricator of the Year

The Top Fabricator of the Year category recognizes the most meticulous and labor-intensive projects made by fabricators with Neolith slabs.

Projects will be evaluated as “little great works of art” that are technically complicated and require outstanding knowledge, ingenuity and the skills to produce them. To participate, projects must be completed between 2015-2018, outside of Spain.

For more information on the design competition and application forms, visit www.neolith.com and click on the “Highlights” section, then “Contests.” For specific questions on the My Neolith Project and Top Fabricator of the Year categories, e-mail [email protected]. For specific questions on the Neolith New Talents category, e-mail [email protected].

Neolith products are available in the U.S. and worldwide through a large network of distributors. For a location near you or to learn more, visit Neolith at www.neolith.com.

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN TO ATTEND COVERINGS 2019 IN ORLANDO

 

 

 

 

 

(ARLINGTON, VA—October 2, 2018) Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has opened registration for its 2019 show. Coverings highlights the latest in tile & stone products from around the world and provides insights into industry trends with a wide range of exhibits and education, while facilitating quality connections through onsite networking events. Returning to the Orlando, Florida market, Coverings 2019 will be held April 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center and is open to all industry professionals at no cost. Prospective attendees can register now at coverings.com/register.

Coverings 2019 will include more than 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries and feature the latest in innovations, trends, and live demonstrations. Attendees will have the chance to attend free education sessions, many offering CEUs, with planned topics including: project case studies, economic forecasts, industry trends, labor shortages and solutions, installation demos and cross-segment collaboration.

Programming caters to all tile and stone professionals, with insights relevant to architects and designers, builders and remodelers, contractors & installers, fabricators, retailers, and distributors.

“Coverings is proud to provide free access to top industry experts and products from around the globe,” comments Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “As we continue our annual showcase of the latest in tile & stone materials, installation techniques and design trends, we’re excited to welcome industry professionals of all backgrounds with robust new programming and product introductions.”

Attendees who commit in advance will receive notice of key programs, access to conference information, promotions and other exclusive opportunities. As Orlando is traditionally one of the show’s most popular markets, early registrants are also encouraged to look into accommodations and are offered discounted hotel stays through Coverings hotel partners at https://www.coverings.com/hotels/. You can find discounted airfare and attractions at https://www.coverings.com/travel/.

To learn more about Coverings, please visit coverings.com.

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

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

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

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

COVERINGS CALLS FOR TOP PROJECTS & EMERGING LEADERS IN TILE & STONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ARLINGTON, VA—October 18, 2018) Coverings, the largest international tile &stone show in North America, is now accepting submissions for both the 2019 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and 2019 Rock Stars Awards. Both programs honor the best and brightest within tile and stone, underscoring Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry.

“Coverings is proud to build awareness for — and foster relationships with — the best in the business by highlighting inspiring projects and young leaders,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The CID and Rock Stars Awards continue to showcase the incredible work and talent within the tile and stone industry.”

Coverings Installation and Design Awards

The CID Awards recognize outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals are eligible to submit through the Coverings online portal at https://www.coverings.com/cid-awards/ before 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday December 17, 2018. The 2019 submission categories include tile installation, tile design, stone installation and stone design for both residential and commercial projects. It’s free to enter, and multiple entries are encouraged.

Projects are evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship and use of materials, and must have been completed within the past two years. A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding project, which showcases excellence in both design and installation. Eight category winners will each receive a prize of $2,000. All winners will receive a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019 and will have their work featured on display at the show.

The CID awards are sponsored by the following publications: TileLetter, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine.

Rock Stars Awards

Now entering its fifth year, Coverings’ Rock Stars Awards has recognized dozens of emerging industry leaders and is now accepting submissions for 2019. All candidates must be nominated by a colleague within the industry. Eligible nominees must be 35 or younger and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association, or manufacturer. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST Monday, December 17.

Rock Stars submission forms and full criteria can be found here. https://www.coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars/

Rock Stars candidates are reviewed by a committee of industry leaders and selected honorees will be celebrated at the annual Coverings Rock Stars Awards Luncheon. Further accolades for 2019 Rock Stars include a free one-night hotel stay in Orlando, inclusion in Coverings press releases, a special Rock Star badge ribbon and a year-long feature on the Coverings website. 2018 Rock Star winners can be found here https://www.coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars/.

To learn more about either award program, please visit coverings.com.

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

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

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

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

Tile of Spain Manufacturers Preview Cutting-Edge Trends for 2019 at CERSAIE

Tile of Spain manufacturers returned once again to Italy for CERSAIE, the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. The annual 5-day event invited industry professionals to explore international manufacturers at The Europa Auditorium in Bologna.

As one of the major world powers in ceramic tile production and export, Spain is a regular participant in the show. Over 90 Spanish ceramic manufacturers showcased their latest collections as a preview of what is to come for the 2019 year.

 

A Return to Geometry 

Aparici, Tango

A growing trend is to look beyond structure and function when it comes to floors and walls and think decorative.

In 2019, ceramic tiles with geometric designs will play a major role in visual design of virtually every room. Inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 20s and 30s, these geometric shapes create attractive spaces and sophisticated environments while being sensitive to the nostalgia of the past eras.

Up-ing the Color 

Gayafores, Kaleido

 

Doses of color that shy away from the traditional monochromatic hues convert floors and walls into the absolute protagonist of the room.

These new tonalities are capable of completely transforming design by giving the allusion of a larger space while also playing on the reflections of natural light. For 2019 there are no favorite colors, but a commitment to a combination of all colors in the pursuit for more daring designs and stylistic experimentation.

Playing with textures 

Ceramica Gomez, Zante

So long are the days of matte finishes. In 2019, we will see different textures and reliefs introduced in order to enhance the aesthetics of floors and walls. Weathered, high-gloss, volumetric, rugged and embossed finishes break the strict functionality of the material and turn ceramic tile into works of art.

A Classic Bet 

Baldocer, Hannover


Collections that are based on elements from the past will still remain popular in 2019. Marble inspired ceramics that are seen year after year lend a sense of purity and infinitude. This year though, manufacturers have also lost their fear of dark tones and are releasing collections in black, green and gray hues for a more dramatic and sophisticated feel. 

The classically traditional Terrazzo inspired ceramics will also remain strong in 2019, but reinvents itself by experimenting with different colors, shapes and sizes to suit every project. 

Emser Tile Supports Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief

This is the company’s second Red Cross contribution this year, dedicated to Southeastern rebuilding

 

LOS ANGELES – In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Emser Tile (www.emser.com) has made a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross. This donation supports local humanitarian services and programs in the Florida Panhandle area.

The Los Angeles-based tile and stone company operates six showrooms and service centers. It recently opened a Florida distribution center to service thousands of valued customers and partners in the Florida region.

This marks the company’s second American Red Cross donation this year. Its first donation was following Hurricane Florence in September.

“The resilience of these communities shines in this time of devastation,” shared Carl Delia, president of Emser Tile. “Emser Tile is dedicated to supporting the families who have been impacted as they begin to rebuild.”

 

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.
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