David Allen Company presents 23rd Annual Design School Scholarship

For the past 23 years David Allen Company has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to gifted and promising architectural students 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.

Accompanied by Ankit Ghasi (right), a David Allen Company Leader, presents the 2019-2020 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Students, Jasmyn Byrd (on right) and Maya Miller.

Accompanied by Ankit Ghasi (right), a David Allen Company Leader, presents the 2019-2020 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Students, Jasmyn Byrd (on right) and Maya Miller.

Ankit Ghasi, a David Allen Company Leader, presented the 2019-2020 award to Jasmyn Byrd and Maya Miller, Graduate Architectural Students, 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, Atlanta, GA and South Florida, NC, the company is celebrating its 100th year in 2020.

A&D firm bases quality control plan on the benefits of natural materials

Humans spend 90% of their lives indoors. This means the architectural design profession must create interior environments with purpose, and specify materials that allow these environments to positively interact and impact the world around us today and for the future.

As architects and designers, we are challenged to be current with design strategies, and rigorous in the material specifications for our projects. The assemblage of planes that define space are constant and required. The cladding of these planes sets the stage as the foreground, middle ground and background of the spatial composition. 

Natural materials shine in QC process 

The choice of natural materials with which to clad interior and exterior design elements can reflect the integrity of the environment-conscious design strategy.

The choice of natural materials with which to clad interior and exterior design elements can reflect the integrity of the environment-conscious design strategy.
Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.

Since its inception, NANO’s motivating philosophy behind its success is one of spatial relationships based upon a series of scales. This philosophy is performed by an analytical study of context and perspective, which translates into thinking of any project as encompassing not only the most removed, observable viewpoint, but also the minutest detail. 

We approach each project at not only the scale of the city, the block, and the street, but also at the level of the smallest essentials – the joint, the reveal, and the grain. In the process of developing a project, no scale holds supremacy, but must inform one another to construct the overall design concept. Building upon our philosophy, we have instituted a quality control assurance program for all material specifications on our projects. This evaluates the product for its life cycle costs and environmental indoor quality, as well as its recyclable effects on the environment.

NANO’s quality control assurance program evaluates products for their life cycle costs, environmental indoor quality as well as their recyclable effects on the environment. Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.

As we have designed both commercial and residential spaces in the last several years, natural materials have excelled in our quality control process. Several of their sustainability factors include: durability over time; positive alignment with the environment; resilience to fluctuating temperature and solar conditions. Stone and tile are the oldest materials in the world and have proven their longevity over the centuries, containing natural minerals such as carbon carbonate and silicon dioxide, which comprise 59% of the earth’s crust. This is important to NANO‘s quality control assurance plan, because of their relevance to interior spaces and their contribution to current design longevity, in addition to the ease of long-term maintenance for the client. Typically our new and returning clients want upgrades to their facilities every seven to 10 years. If the design is intentional, usually our clients want a refresh, leaving the materiality of the stone or tile as a constant within the space to work with for the refresh. 

We began NANO’s in-house quality control process three years ago and have built upon this process with every project that we design. Lately, our residential clients have become very interested about LEED materials and how their houses can become “honest healthy houses” utilizing the LEED residential certification requirements. Even if they decide not to pursue the LEED certification, we use this process as a goal for products and materials selection. The process then becomes a team-building exercise that allows the client to participate in and positively contribute to the design and ecosystem they inhabit. Most of our clients are genuinely concerned with their immediate and global environment, wanting to facilitate change where possible. 

The cost of stone and tile compared to plastic-based products is more expensive in most cases, but the proven sustainability and reduced impact of tile on the environment shows that it’s worth the cost and pays for itself over time. Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.

Educating the client

NANO encourages an “open forum” of communication between the client and the design team. But the dialogue can be difficult when architects/designers educate clients concerning sustainable stone and tile qualities compared to price and aesthetic. In recent years the dialogue has become easier, thanks to the amount of quantitative data on life cycle costs and environmental effects of plastic materials and plastic-based material floorings such as LVT. The cost of stone and tile compared to plastic-based products is more expensive in most cases, but emphasizing the proven sustainability and reduced impact of tile on the environment shows that it’s worth the cost and pays for itself over time. 

Qualified installers produce accurate installations

Another partnership that is essential in the architectural design profession is that of the material supplier and a qualified installer. We work with several preferred suppliers and rely on qualified licensed installers, who have completed an industry-recognized certification program to perform the proper installation of the spaces we design and specify. A well-performing professional installation is the best outcome, and can only happen with a licensed, certified installer. NANO will only work with licensed, certified tile contractors that have the training and knowledge for the systems we specify. 

The best outcome and well-performing professional installation can only happen with a licensed, certified installer. Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.

Within the Gulf Coast region, moisture, humidity and mold are serious and costly issues. When stone and tile are installed incorrectly, or waterproofing membranes not properly sealed, the damage to adjoining spaces, design features, and the structure of the building can be devastating for clients. To achieve a successful, code-complaint building and prevent the majority of litigation for most projects, it’s essential to adhere to local and federal building codes, the IBC 2015, ADAAG, and Tile Council of North America (TCNA) installation guidelines. Licensed, certified tile installers with full knowledge of codes and installation requirements are critical team members for any successful project. 

NANO has set goals for our future designs by initiating our own quality control assurance program for material specifications as it pertains to LEED qualifications, well performance life cycle costs, and environmentally-safe products, while creating performative spaces for the future. Architecture is a generative process for all team members – including clients – as we educate and execute the design. 

As stone and tile are formed from catalyst materials that create the outer crust of the earth, it is only natural that they lead the future in sustainability and environmentally cohesive products for our global ecosystem on Earth. Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.

When designing intentionally and specifying materials consciously, the project becomes a complete system that supports the inhabitable environment and protects the external environment or habitat. The choice of natural materials with which to clad interior and exterior design elements can reflect the integrity of the environment-conscious design strategy. As stone and tile are formed from catalyst materials that create the outer crust of the earth, it is only natural that they lead the future in sustainability and environmentally cohesive products for our global ecosystem on Earth.



Dallas, TX – June 25, 2019 – Daltile is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new partnership with celebrity Kristin Cavallari.  Cavallari is a well-known actress, designer, mother, and entrepreneur with a strong social following. Cavallari will become the new face and spokesperson of the Daltile brand as well as a key component in the brand’s new overarching marketing campaign that spotlights the fashion-forward products under its portfolio.  By heightening the end-consumers’ awareness that Daltile offers on-trend, style-driven products, the brand will further set its partners up for increased success in selling more Daltile products.

Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari

“Daltile understands the importance of providing consumers with a vast array of selections to choose from — because every person has a unique way of verbalizing their individual style within their designs,” said Thorn-Brooks, vice president of marketing for Dal-Tile Corporation, parent company of the Daltile brand.  “Daltile offers a breadth and depth of product that is unmatched in the industry and includes all of the latest ‘fashion-based, on-trend products’ that today’s consumers are looking for. From tile and mosaics to extra-large slab, countertops, and roofing tile, Daltile has it all.”

“As the new face and spokesperson for Daltile, Cavallari is a perfect fit for the brand as she is the embodiment of style and fashion paired with a strong desire to have everything she designs represent her personal uniqueness,” added Thorn-Brooks.

“Everything that I do reflects who I am and my personal style,” said celebrity Kristin Cavallari.  “Whether I am designing my home, my retail space, or my office, it’s really important to me to create something that represents who I am.  Partnering with Daltile is a great match, because Daltile is all about self-expression and allowing you to be creative and bring your vision to life.  Plus, I am crazy about home décor. What better partner for that interest? With a massive assortment of design-driven products that combine function and fashion, Daltile offers me endless possibilities to innovate, showcase my creativity, and express my personal style in any project I take on.”

2019 Ceramics of Italy Spring-Summer Tile Trend Report


Ceramics of Italy announces its Spring-Summer Tile Trend Report. These top trends were culled after reviewing hundreds of new products from Italian tile producers at Coverings in Orlando and ICFF in New York. From humble to opulent designs and inlaid wood to skinny formats, the following six themes demonstrate the expanding versatility of ceramic tile and how Italians lead the way in design and innovation. These products from Ceramics of Italy member companies are now available in the North American market for all types of residential and commercial projects. See below or visit the Ceramics of Italy Product Gallery for more inspiration!



While some designers prefer large format tiles to minimize grout lines and create a large, seamless surface, there’s been a recent swing in the other direction to emphasize the tile’s shape. Skinny format tiles offer the perfect opportunity to create a playful composition.

Skinny tiles

Skinny tiles
















Clockwise from top left: Appiani Regolo, Made+39 Shift, Ceramica Bardelli Pittorica, Marca Corona Lagom



Inlay is one of the oldest decoration techniques in the book, gracing the floors and furniture of wealthy estates for centuries. Now with advanced digital printing technology, everyone can have instant access to the charm of inlaid wood and parquet flooring for a fraction of the price.

Inlaid wood

Inlaid wood
















Clockwise from top left: Ariana Storm, Lea Ceramiche Bioselect, Sant’Agostino Primewood



Ceramic tile is an inherently humble material. It’s created from the earth and designed to last but can also be returned to the earth at the end of its life. With these collections, Italian companies pay homage to the beauty of imperfection and humble materials found in nature.

Humble materials

Humble materials















Clockwise from top: Ceramiche Refin Creos, Del Conca Boutique, Coem Moonstone



On the other end of the spectrum are tiles that exude opulence. From rare and dreamy marble to high gloss ceramic emulating semi-transparent glass, all of these collections add a touch of glamour while possessing the functional benefits of ceramic and porcelain.


















Clockwise from top left: LaFaenza Bianco, Versace Ceramics Marble, Fondovalle MyTop



Tiles come in every hue and tone found under the sun, but muted colors have recently taken the tile industry by storm. While vivid colors have their place, the subdued chroma of pale pink or sage green allows for designers to apply entire fields of color to a space.

Muted colors

Muted colors
















Clockwise from top left: Casalgrande Padana Opus, Ceramica Vogue Materia, Blustyle Country, Decoratori Bassanesi Tartan



Lines can do miraculous things to a room: create movement, add height, or at the very least generate visual interest. It’s no wonder that companies are using this essential element to create striped patterns, metallic inserts, linear mosaics and more.


















Clockwise from top left: Emilceramica Tele di Marmo Reloaded, Dom Ceramiche Pura Alta, Decoratori Bassanesi Segments, Ceramica Fioranese Passepartout


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

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


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


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

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

Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Leatrice Eiseman Quote.

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

Pantone living coral

About Pantone Color of the Year

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

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

About The Pantone Color Institute

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

For more information on the Pantone Color of the Year, visit https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019.

Design ‘N Gather 2018 Winning Mosaic to be Unveiled during BD/NY 2018

Sponsored by Bostik; initiated by Artaic, unveiling of the winning creation for Design ‘N Gather 2018, will take place at the NoMad Hotel in NYC on November 11th at a private VIP event within the Cupola, a New York City landmark which sits atop the hotel roof’s northwest corner. This winning design will be permanently installed right in the Cupola, as well.

In addition to being specified for the permanent installation, Bostik’s Dimension® RapidCure™ was also specified as the grout of choice for each of the DNG top 10 finalists’ designs, to be on display at Bostik’s BD/NY booth #861 throughout the entire Javits Center exposition. Prior to selecting the finalists, hundreds of submissions where received from talented artists, architects, and designers nationwide.

Ted Acworth, CEO and founder of Artaic, stated, “Designing a mosaic for the Cupola at The NoMad Hotel is particularly challenging due to the intricate measurements and shapes of the rooftop and walls. The final submissions captured the essence of the hotel—creative, elegant, and considerate to the unique historical and architectural elements that influence this landmark.”

The soon-to-be the winning mosaic will provide an elegant backdrop for Cupola guests to enjoy for years to come. The winning designer will receive a free trip for two to Paris, courtesy of the Bostik. “This is the fourth Design ‘N Gather we’ve underwritten,” declared Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “It’s important the A&D community is aware that no matter how beautiful, every glass mosaic project is only as good as its installation. Our Dimension® RapidCure™ not only offers the most optimal long-term performance characteristics… it contains 60% recycled glass content that actually allows light to pass through the grout joint and into the tile itself, creating a three-dimensional appearance in translucent glass tiles.”

Comprised of industry leaders and hospitality design experts, this year’s esteemed panel of judges included: Joanne Yong, Senior Vice President & Principal of Wilson Associates’ NY Studio; Jean-Gabriel Neukomm, Principal at JG NEUKOMM Architecture; Rob Polacek, Chief Creative Office at Puccini Group; Joyen Vakil, SVP of Design & Development for MGM; Jake Lamstein, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at The Sydell Group; Michelle Finn, President of Hospitality Media Group; Scott Banda, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Bostik and Ted Acworth, CEO and Founder of Artaic.

For additional details, including submission criteria, and competition rules, please visit designngather.com

View the 10 finalists submissions and vote for your favorite! The DNG 2018: People’s Choice Award winner will be announced on November 11th at the Nomad Hotel. Review the 10 finalists’ submissions and CAST YOUR VOTE HERE!



2019 CERAMICS OF ITALY TILE COMPETITION – Deadline extended to February 6


Entry deadline extended to February 6, 2019


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, extended from February 1: February 6, 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.


LATICRETE updates its Architectural Guidebook

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


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











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

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


About Marazzi

With a bold vision for the future, Marazzi built the first Italian-owned ceramic manufacturing plant in the U.S. in 1982, assuring domestic access to world-renowned technology and style.  Manufacturing a vast array of quality tile products, including porcelains, glazed ceramics, glass mosaics, natural stones and metallics, the brand continues to evolve for the savvy homeowner and designer.  Bold, daring and occasionally over the top, Marazzi provides captivating designs that integrate Italian style into exciting and imaginative environments. For more information, visit marazzitile.com and follow Marazzi on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.


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

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


Following are the winners:


Firm: Studio Libeskind

Project: Sapphire

Location: Berlin, Germany

Tile Manufacturer: Casalgrande Padana

Distributor: Casalgrande Padana

Contractor: Medicke Metallbau GmbH, NL Berlin


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



Firm: Kay Green Design

Project: Venetian Isle Clubhouse

Location: Windermere, FL

Tile Manufacturer: Floor Gres, Ergon, Marca Corona

Distributor: Ceramic Technics

Contractor: Martin’s Flooring

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



Firm: Ziger/Snead Architects*

Project: Baltimore Slate House

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Tile Manufacturer: Imola Ceramica

Distributor: Conestoga Tile

Contractor: Custom Concepts by Greenwalt

Setting Materials: MAPEI

*2009 Residential Honorable Mention

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



Firm: DI Group

Project: Norwich

Location: West Hollywood, CA

Tile Manufacturer: Refin

Distributor: DI Group

Contractor: Darmont Construction Corporation

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



Firm: ZAS Architects + Interiors

Project: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University

Location: North York, Ontario

Tile Manufacturer: ABK

Distributor: Division 9

Contractor: Gem Campbell Terrazzo & Tile Inc.

Setting Materials: MAPEI

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



Firm: O’Brien & Keane

Project: Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Tile Manufacturer: Provenza, Ergon

Distributor: Architectural Ceramics

Contractor: David Allen Company

Setting Materials: MAPEI

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



Entrant: Raquel Raney and Brennan Broome

University Name: Florida International University

Declared Major: Interior Architecture

Project: Dover Street Market

Location: Miami, FL

Tile Manufacturer: Atlas Concorde, Ceramica Vogue, Ornamenta

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


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Ceramics of Italy is the trademark for Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware, that are members of Confindustria Ceramica. For more information visit ceramica.info or follow Ceramics of Italy on Facebook (@CeramicsOfItalyNA) and YouTube (@LaCeramicaItaliana) as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (@CeramicsOfItaly).

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