Recycling Effort Exceeds Expectations at SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2012

Being “green” is no longer a trend or fad – it’s a way of life. This was dramatically demonstrated last week at the recently completed SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas (S2). For the first time, S2 partnered with Mountain Re-Source Center and Tile Partners for Humanity on a recycling
initiative focused on post-show product donations at the close of the three-day event, held January 24-26 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The outstanding results of this inaugural program
speak for themselves and exceeded all expectations.

Mountain Re-Source Center solicited all S2 exhibitors prior to and during the show. The participating exhibitors were very generous, offering approximately 200,000 square feet of material which filled three 50-foot semitrailers to capacity. The total tonnage was about 120,000 pounds. The loads were delivered back to Gridley, California and Gassaway, West Virginia, to serve multiple families and community improvement efforts presently underway. Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity also partnered with one donor and collected a beautiful floor that will stay and benefit a local Las Vegas project.

S2 exhibitors were thrilled to be part of such an important and impactful program. Both small and large
companies actively participated with some of the major donations coming from …
* Beaulieu (9,000 square feet of carpet)
* Mannington Mills (9,000 square feet of flooring)
* Home Legend (5,400 square feet of flooring)
* Nature Flooring (3,500 square feet of flooring)
* Pergo (2,800 square feet of flooring)
* U.S. Floors (2,500 square feet of flooring)

Due to the extreme success, exhibitor participation and effective coordination by Mountain Re-Source Center on the SURFACES | StonExpo/ Marmomacc Americas show, there’s no question this initiative will become an annual event mainstay. Allyson Venugopal, Mountain Re-Source Center’s networking director, heard nothing but positive, encouraging remarks during the effort. “Among the many comments we heard, numerous companies admitted that this type of program is right in line with their business’ green policies. Knowing their products would bypass the landfill and instead benefit others clearly inspired a feeling of pride. The possibilities are limitless on how we can all work together to help communities and neighbors in need,” Venugopal shared, “and we are thankful to Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Freeman Companies and all of the S2 participating exhibitors for making this possible.”

Dana Teague, Group Director, Hanley Wood Exhibitions added, “Our shared S2 accomplishment is only amplified by the thought that its success could result in even more community involvement and corporate participation outside of the show. About 75% of the exhibitors participating indicated they wanted to discuss future donations! We are grateful to have had this opportunity, to all our exhibitors, and to Mountain Re-Source Center and Tile Partners for Humanity for all their work, coordination and volunteers. We will most definitely plan for this initiative in 2013.”

Additionally, the Mandalay Bay was successful in recycling 80% of the remaining materials left in both the Bayside and Shorelines Exhibit Halls (including residual cardboard, aluminum, paper, plastics, pallets, etc.).

For more information regarding the Mountain Re-Source Center and Tile Partners for Humanity, visit their websites at www.mountainre-source.org and www.tpfh.com. All donations are tax deductible.

Save the Date
The momentum is already building for SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2013, scheduled for January 29-January 31 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada USA. For more information on SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, visit us at www.Surfaces.com or www.StonExpo.com or follow us at @Surfaces_Show and @StonExpo.

About Sponsors and Endorsers
The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the floor covering industry’s largest advocacy organization representing floor covering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America. The WFCA is a recognized leader in marketing research, industry certification programs, and operates the premier consumer flooring web site, www.wfca.org, providing unbiased information about every type of floor covering and connecting customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floor covering industry and consumers. For more information about the WFCA, visit www.wfca-pro.org.

StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas’ Official Sponsors are the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Natural Stone Council. The mission of the MIA is to promote the use of natural stone and be the world’s most authoritative natural stone information resource. Membership in the association is worldwide and includes over 2,000 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers—all committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics.

The Natural Stone Council, home of the Genuine Stone® brand, is the leader in the stone industry that represents the major associations who are committed to promotion and education of the industry and general public on the value and benefits of natural stone. Supporting member associations include: Allied Stone Industries, American Monument Association, Building Stone Institute, Canadian Stone Association, Elberton Granite Association, Marble Institute of America, National Building Granite Quarries Association, National Granite Manufacturers Association and Natural Stone Alliance.

StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas official endorsers are Marmomacc, Allied Stone Industries and The Concrete Countertop Institute.

About Veronafiere
Veronafiere (Verona Trade Fair Company) is Italy’s most important direct organizer of trade shows and among the top organizers in Europe. Founded in 1898, Veronafiere now focuses on economic sectors of primary importance to the Italian economy, including stone (Marmomacc), construction (Samoter), and wine (Vinitaly). Veronafiere conducts or hosts 37 trade shows a year in Verona and 11 abroad. Annual turnover in 2007 was more than $110M.

Marmomacc is the global leader in natural and engineered stone materials and related technologies and design. Samoter is one of Europe’s major exhibitions of construction equipment and earth-moving machinery. Vinitaly is the largest wine trade show in the world. All three are owned and organized by Veronafiere.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood is comprised of four platforms: Business Media, which publishes more than 30 magazines, featuring Builder, Remodeling and Architect magazine, along with related Web sites, e-newsletters, and conferences; Exhibitions, which produces marquee events such as World of Concrete, bringing residential and commercial construction professionals face-to-face with manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and service providers, and also manages events in other industries; Market Intelligence, which collects and aggregates proprietary data sets that capture hundreds of pieces of profile and material information about housing developments in more than 75 housing markets; and Marketing, which plans, creates, and executes strategic and integrated marketing solutions for its clients. Visit www.hanleywood.com.

Waters Edge Launches Fluid, Easy to Navigate, New Website

Iowa-based Waters Edge, a state-of-the-art waterjet cutting, design and fabrication company, well known for murals and medallions produced with waterjet-cut hard surface materials, has recently launched a new website. The site highlights the company’s commitment to offering quality waterjet work, and the many benefits gleaned by incorporating this computer-driven, totally green process.

Waters Edge has a great opportunity to connect with members of the
architectural & design communities,” explained Jason Schaum, Business Development at Waters Edge. “We’re pleased that our redesigned website offers insight into our firm’s services in a user-friendly format. It’s important that visitors to our new website are made aware of the fact that anything that can be drawn can be reproduced using hard surface materials with our waterjet-cutting technology. And, these images can last virtually forever. For example, a corporate logo focally positioned within a tile or stone floor can waterjet-cut from the exact same products, and not only will blend in beautifully with the surrounding field tile… but also will last just as long as the entire floor does.”

The waterjet process itself consists of a computer-driven arm delivering a high pressure/high velocity stream of water capable of cutting through dense materials such as granite, glass, porcelain and stone. All cutting is “saved to disk” – meaning perfectly cut repeat work is always immediately available as long as the same types of original materials are available. No other cutting process is as precise for one, one hundred, or one thousand cut pieces.

Waterjet technology is quickly becoming a go-to resource, in particular for the creative specifier. Waters Edge has brought a new energy to this field. The new website presents an effective venue of accessing materials which explain the waterjet process, high-quality designs and examples of the creative procedure, and specific examples of work done with various methods and hard surface materials such as ceramic, stone, porcelain and mosaics.

All of this and more can be accessed by simply logging on to www.watersedge1.com. Or, call 319 752 8844 or email [email protected]

Daltile Debuts New Website

DALLAS (February 1, 2012) – Daltile has re-launched its website – www.daltile.com, the newest addition to the company’s expanding suite of digital tools that provide professionals and savvy consumers alike with easily accessible information and inspiration for tile and natural stone designs in both residential and commercial applications. Daltile’s new website enhancements map to the company’s overarching commitment to aid in the customer’s product selection process as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“At Daltile, we are constantly re-evaluating our current technologies and applying new enhancements where it makes sense for our customers,” said David P. Warren, Digital Marketing Manager, Dal-Tile Corporation. “Our new website is a direct response to our customers’ need for easy access to information, greater efficiency and real time design support, and has been redesigned to meet those needs with a new upgrades and features that offer simplified browsing and enhanced functionality.”

Highlights of the site renovation include the combination of all of Daltile’s breadth of product categories into one website for ease of finding the ‘right’ product visitors, detailed information pages designed to make it easy for visitors to quickly find the information they are looking for in one place, as well as an advanced product search tool set, allowing customers to fine tune their search results by series, product types, applications, colors sizes and more.

The new website also features a product Inspiration Gallery, which aggregates the creative visions inspired by Daltile products, offering a beautiful portfolio of room scenes that will trigger imaginative design and, ultimately, execution. Here users can browse through a categorized gallery of rooms and products with the ability to filter the room scenes by room type, product type or series and obtain room scene product information.

One of the most exciting features of the new website is the new Tile & Stone Visualizer which is a visualization tool for the viewing any product in any room that the visitor would like. This new visualization tool allows for the user to select a room type and specific image to place any of Daltile’s products on any surface. This includes the ability for a user to upload their own room scene, select a surface to lay tile and then apply that tile. Topping off the skinning of the surface, a specific grout from one of Daltile’s grout suppliers may be applied to the surface.

All of the capabilities from the past Daltile.com site are still available, but easier to navigate then ever before, including resources such as care and maintenance information, warranty details, architectural tools and dealer and distributor locator tools for those ready to purchase. Additionally, the site features LEED® tools with enhanced search methods to help customers find important product information that will help them obtain LEED® Credits.

To view Daltile’s new website, visit http://www.daltile.com.

Levantina Announces Photo Contest Winners and Contest Extension

Dallas, Texas-(January 23, 2012) – Levantina, a worldwide leader in the natural stone industry, launched a Customer Photo Contest in October 2011 and announced winners for November and December. The contest, which has been extended through February 2012, asks participants to submit completed project photos of materials purchased from one of the Levantina showrooms in Atlanta, Chicago or Dallas.
The contest winners included November winner Denise Piaschyk from DLP Interiors for her photo of kitchen countertops. Denise and her clients were looking for granite with bold movement and color to add richness and punch to their contemporary kitchen. They found all of those traits in the Barricato granite purchase from Levantina Dallas and her photo captured the material beautifully.

Denise Piaschyk from DLP Interiors was the November winner for this Barricato granite purchased from Levantina Dallas.


December Customer Photo Contest winner was Thomas Signature Homes for the outstanding shot of the material in their kitchen photo. Thomas Signature Homes, 2011 ARC Custom Home Builder of the Year, used Santa Cecilia Oro on the counters and island in their newest custom kitchen. This house is located in Dallas and the merchandise was purchased at the Levantina Dallas location.

Thomas Signature Homes was the December winner for this Santa Cecilia Oro granite for a custom kitchen, purchased at Levantina Dallas.


“I was so impressed by the quality of the entries we received in this contest and it was a pleasure to review such beautiful pictures of our material used in amazing settings,” said David Garcia, Levantina USA Manager
Through this contest, Levantina is inviting our customers to show how they turned a purchase of natural stone into something extraordinary. Winners received a $100 gift card for their project photo using a material purchased from Levantina. To enter the contest, participants must submit photos to [email protected] Along with the photograph, the following information is needed: description of photo, name of photographer, what material was used & what Levantina location it was purchased at, where is the project located & some little about the project.
The photo contest continues until February 2012.

About Levantina
Levantina is a worldwide leader in the Natural Stone industry. Being leaders of the largest world reserve of marble and dominating the latest technologies of extraction, industrialization and selection of Natural Stone, allows Levantina to offer a wide range of products including marble, granite, limestone, onyx, travertine and slate. Levantina has an extensive global presence and directly owns & operates 63 quarries globally including the industry’s most popular product, Crema Marfil. Levantina also has 9 strategically located high tech factories 40 distribution centers, 35 stone centers and over 1,700 employees worldwide. Levantina USA has showrooms located in Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago. For more information, visit www.levantina.com

SURFACES Awards Six Companies in the First Annual Best of SURFACES Competition

Dal-Tile President John Turner Jr. and Senior Marketing Director Lori Kirk-Rolley accept the award for best booth design at Surfaces

With more than 600 exhibiting companies from all over the world introducing their newest products to more than 25,000 attendees, singling out six companies to take top prize in the Best of SURFACES proved to be a difficult task; however, at the end of the first day of SURFACES, six companies and their products were selected and awarded the top honor.

The Best of SURFACES awards were presented in the following categories: Best Booth Design (<1200 sq. ft.), Best Booth Design (>1200 sq. ft.), Innovation, Style and Design, Sustainability and Technology. Floor Covering News, the official publication sponsor of the Best of SURFACES award, was tasked with judging the more than 115 submissions for the awards.

“We appreciate the effort put forth by all our judges, who initially were tasked with narrowing the entrants in each category to a manageable number by the start of SURFACES,” said Steve Feldman, Publisher/Editorial Director, Floor Covering News. “The many judges were asked to select their top five in each category from all the submissions. The five most popular selections in each category made it on to the final round, where we selected four judges to view each finalist live on the first day of SURFACES. We then convened at our booth at the close of the day, where the judges openly discussed their opinions with each other for the first time. From these discussions emerged the winners of each category.”

The winners were:
• Best Booth Design (<1200 sq. ft.) – Homerwood Premium Hardwood
Flooring
• Best Booth Design (>1200 sq.ft.) – Dal-Tile
• Innovation – “Elevations” by Raskin Floors
• Style & Design – St. Moritz, Emser Tile
• Sustainability – Eco-Dimensions Bamboo Wall Panels, Architectural
Systems, Inc.
• Technology – Kleenwrap Commercial
“Style, design and quality represent the cornerstones of Daltile products,” said Lori-Kirk Rolley, Senior Marketing Director, Dal-Tile Corporation. “With our booth, we strive to capture all of these attributes. We are honored by this recognition, and hope our product selections and room vignettes inspired booth visitors to design with confidence.” “We were honored to be recognized with the Best of SURFACES award for the sustainability of Eco-Dimensions Bamboo Wall Panels,” said Ron Jackson, CEO, Architectural Systems. “The panels are the perfect addition to our inspirational and sustainable family of WHAT’S NEXT® in materials at ASI.”

“SURFACES was a tremendous success for us this year and we are excited to be recognized by Floor Covering News for our Style and Design Award for our new St. Moritz porcelain line, says Bob Baldocchi, Director of Marketing at Emser Tile. “The focus for our show this year was new products, and we proudly displayed in excess of 50 new products and collections to our customers.” “We were thrilled to be a part of the first Best of SURFACES,” added Feldman. “We look forward to working with SURFACES in the future in continuing to make it one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards the industry has to bestow.” For more information on the products honored with the Best of SURFACES award, please contact:

SURFACES 2013 will be held January 29-31 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV and will again co-locate with StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. Exhibits will be open Tuesday – Thursday and the Education Program opens Monday, January 28 and goes through Thursday. For more information on SURFACES, visit us at www.Surfaces.com , find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the floor covering industry’s largest advocacy organization representing floor covering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America. The WFCA is a recognized leader in marketing research, industry certification programs, and operates the premier consumer flooring web site, www.wfca.org, providing unbiased information about every type of floor covering and connecting customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floor covering industry and consumers. For more information about the WFCA, visit www.wfca-pro.org.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood is comprised of four platforms: Business Media, which publishes more than 30 magazines, featuring Builder, Remodeling and Architect magazine, along with related Web sites, e-newsletters, and conferences; Exhibitions, which produces marquee events such as World of Concrete, bringing residential and commercial construction professionals face-to-face with manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and service providers, and also manages events in other industries; Market Intelligence, which collects and aggregates proprietary data sets that capture hundreds of pieces of profile and material information about housing developments in more than 75 housing markets; and Marketing, which plans, creates, and executes strategic and integrated marketing solutions for its clients. Visit www.hanleywood.com.

Ronald Allen Busse Receives 2011 MIA Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement

Ronald Allen Busse, who spent over 50 years in the natural stone industry, has been awarded the 2011 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Marble Institute of America (MIA). Busse accepted the award at the annual MIA Awards Luncheon held during StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Ronald Allen Busse

Busse began his career in the stone industry in 1951 when he started working for Tennessee Marble. Busse recalls his first days in our industry, “When I started at Tennessee Marble, I was about as low as you can get in the business; I did a little janitorial work. I was what they called a mill clerk. I was mainly a runner from the main office to the mill office. And, then as things progressed, I got into shipping and a lot of other things.”

Wherever they sent Busse, he had tremendous eagerness, curiosity, and a large capacity for learning. He learned the rudiments of drafting, which he more fully developed when Tennessee Marble sent him to night school at the University of Tennessee to learn architectural drafting.

Eventually promoted to plant superintendent, Busse stayed with Tennessee Marble, which had been acquired by the Georgia Marble Company until 1962. He then joined the Ultra Marble Company (now New Mexico Travertine, Inc.) which is just outside of Albuquerque, NM. From 1967 to 1970 he worked for Vermont Marble in Texas, as well as Vermont, and in 1970 he joined McHarg Tile and Marble; a Fort Worth fabricator. In 1975, Busse started his own fabricating company, Busse Marble Company, in Smithfield, Texas. Beginning with just two guys in the shop, Busse Marble eventually grew into a firm of 75 fabricators and installers.

Ron Busse first became involved in MIA in 1960, and later in his career put the same passion into his work for the association as he did learning the business itself. Ron first became a member of the MIA Board of Directors in 1979, and served as secretary in 1980. In 1986, he was elected treasurer and in 1987 moved up to vice president. He assumed the position of MIA President in 1988.

Busse was very involved in the creation and publication of both volumes of MIA’s Dimension Stones of the World; a major association undertaking to organize, secure, test, photograph and then publish examples of available dimension stones. The reference books were made available to the stone industry, to architects, and others in the design community. The “color plate books” as they became known, are still being sold through the MIA bookstore. By serving as an author and technical advisor, he played an important role in the updating of MIA’s Dimension Stone Design Manual, Volume IV. He served the MIA in the additional capacity of Technical Director from 1990 to 1995, and when Vince Migliore, for whom MIA’s lifetime achievement award is named, passed away suddenly in 2003, Ron Busse was pressed into service in January 2004 until a permanent replacement was hired.

In looking back at a career that spanned more than sixty years in the stone business, Busse, simply says, “I wanted to be better all the time.” The MIA Board of Directors, over 16 members from around the world, and executive staff salute Ronald Allen Busse for his tremendous career and thank him for his years of service to the natural stone industry and the MIA.

About the Marble Institute of America
For over 65 years the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has been the world’s leading information resource and advocate for the natural dimension stone industry. MIA members include marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and other natural stone producers and quarriers, fabricators, installers, distributors, and contractors around the world.

Ken Madison joins LATICRETE as National Account Manager, Lowe’s

Ken Madison---National Accounts Manager

LATICRETE, a global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry, has announced today the appointment of Ken Madison to the position of National Account Manager, Lowe’s. Based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Madison will report to Ken Barnum, LATICRETE Director of Home Center Sales.

Madison has worked in the home center channel for nearly a decade in both sales and marketing capacities. He comes to LATICRETE from Franke, a domestic manufacturer of kitchen sinks. Prior to being at Franke, Ken spent three years with Briggs & Stratton. He has an extensive background in dealing with Lowe’s and Lowe’s reporting systems.

“We’re excited to have Ken on board,” stated Barnum. “He’s an experienced sales professional with extensive knowledge of the home center business. We know he’ll make a strong contribution to the team.”

LATICRETE International, Inc. is a US-based, family-owned global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry. LATICRETE® products are produced and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of low VOC sustainable products independently certified by GREENGUARD. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SpectraLOCK®, Hydro Ban® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com

USG Announces The Winners Of “Fiberock and Win” Promotion

USG has announced the winners of its “Fiberock and Win” promotion. The event, which ran from August through November 2011, generated more than 2,000 participants for its instant win game, as well as more than 2,500 contractor/distributor entries who vied for a chance to win one of four grand prizes, including a gas grill, Miter saw, hi-definition TV or a $500 Visa gift card.

“The overall goal of the promotion was to give back to the contractor community, as well as help increase awareness of the vast network of USG Fiberock distributors,” USG noted.

The winners of the grand prizes are:

  • Contractor: Robert Mills, Elite Floor Covering, Auburn, WA ($500 Visa card).
  • Distributor Counter Rep: Tony Porterfield, The Cronin Co., Kent, WA ($500 Visa Card).

David Allen Co. Presents Multiple Sclerosis Society With $54,686 Check

David Allen Company presented The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter with a donation of $54,686 yesterday. These are from the proceeds of their golf tournament that was held at Heritage Hunt Golf Course on October 7, 2011. These funds will be invested directly into the community to support local families affected by MS.

L-R – Susan Allen DAC, Lesley Dean DAC, Kathy Halcomb DAC, Kate Shifflet- MS, Chris Broullire – NMS Chapter President, Philip Halcomb- Sr. VP David Allen

Daltile Announces Winner of The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation at Surfaces 2012

Sarah Garcia (l.),winner of the inaugural Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation, shown with Daltile senior marketing director Lori Kirk Rolley. As the grand-prize winner of the competition, Garcia received a $10,000 scholarship at Surfaces 2012 to continue her education in the field of interior design.


DALLAS (January 25, 2012)– Daltile, in conjunction with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, is pleased to announce Sarah Garcia as the winner of the inaugural Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation. As the grand-prize winner of the competition, Garcia was presented with a $10,000 scholarship at Surfaces 2012 to continue her education in the field of interior design. Sarah’s winning design was on display at Surfaces 2012, where she was present as Daltile’s guest of honor.

“On behalf of Dal-Tile Corporation and the ASID Foundation, we congratulate Sarah Garcia on winning the Daltile Interior Design Competition,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director of Daltile. “Choosing the winning entries was a daunting challenge, but we feel confident that Miss Garcia, the runners up and merit winners, are the best of what the next generation of interior designers has to offer.”

Winners of the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship presented by the ASID Foundation were selected by a panel of industry experts, including Kirk-Rolley, Donna Vining, FASID, RID, CAPS, Lori Carroll, a professional Member of the ASID and member of the International Interior Design Association and Robert Nieminen, Editor of Interiors & Sources. In addition to the grand-prize winner, $5,000 scholarships were awarded to the first-, second- and third-prize winners, and $2,500 scholarships were given to each of the ten merit award winners. All 14 winning entries will be on display at Daltile’s booth at Surfaces.

“Through the competition, we challenged students to design a space using Daltile products, inspired by an artistic movement or a specific work of art,” said Kirk-Rolley. “The response was tremendous, drawing over 300 entries from across the United States, with artistic inspiration as varied as the designs themselves,” Kirk-Rolley said.

Garcia, a senior at Sacramento State University, was inspired by postmodern design in her entry, a concept for a Nike Retail space. It used Greek architecture to play off the heritage of the Nike brand, and create a sense of movement and fluidity in the space. Garcia cleverly used a variety of Daltile products, including one of Daltile’s newest products, SlimLite™ Panels in Oyster and Smoke and Ebony. Additional selections, including Identity™ and Fabrique™, two ColorBody™ Porcelains, as well as a variety of natural stone products, were chosen to showcase the Nike brand and create visibility for the space within a high-traffic retail environment. These products allowed Garcia to achieve an aesthetically pleasing, yet functional space that incorporated a number of design elements, including color, texture, dimensions and innovative use of materials.

“Sarah Garcia’s winning entry expressed a cohesive design statement in the concept and execution, featuring a variety of colors and textures that were well-coordinated and helped achieve a contemporary effect using an impressive number of Daltile products,” said Robert Nieminen, editor of Interiors & Sources. “Her design also expressed a clear connection to the postmodern genre that she selected as the inspiration for her design.”

Daltile is currently in the planning stages for the 2012-2013 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, again partnering with the ASID Foundations. The upcoming competition will continue to challenge students to push the design envelope and prepare them for the critical thinking and competitive nature of the world of interior design.

For more information on the 2011 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship presented by the ASID Foundation, and to view this year’s winners, please visit http://daltile.strutta.com/.

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