2014’s Institutional Winner goes to Morgan Hall at Temple University for its beautiful and creative use of Italian tile.
Have you used Italian tile in a recent design? Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission are now accepting entries for the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Now in its third decade, the annual awards program honors the work of North American architects and designers who create exceptional spaces using Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. It celebrates the pairing of inspiring design ideas with products from leading manufacturers to create spaces that are well appointed, versatile, timeless, and sustainable.
For its 22nd edition, North America-based architects and interior designers are invited to submit new or renovated, domestic and international projects in the institutional, residential, and commercial/hospitality categories that have been completed between January 2010 and January 2015. From residences designed with decorative ceramics to corporate offices utilizing the energy-saving benefits of porcelain facades, Ceramics of Italy is looking for all types of projects using Italian ceramics. An international jury of design experts will evaluate the projects based on their creativity, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, selecting one winner in each category.
If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than the Residential Winner from 2014: 355 Mansfield by D.I. Group.
Winners will be announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference during Coverings in Orlando, Florida from April 14 – April 17, 2015, where the winning architects and designers will be invited to present their projects. Each category winner will receive a cash prize of $4,000 plus a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to explore the historic city and attend Cersaie—the world’s largest exhibition for ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings—with a handpicked delegation of colleagues and design journalists from across North America. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning contractor/tile distributor team in each category.
The Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is completely digital and free to enter. The online application, guidelines, and an inspiring archive of winning projects from the past 21 years are available on the competition’s official website, http://www.tilecompetition.com. Deadline for entries: January 16, 2015. And don’t forget – your entry could qualify for the CID Awards, too