Fifth Annual Coverings Installation & Design (Cid) Awards Recognize Excellence In Tile And Stone Projects

(Chicago, IL—APRIL 19, 2016) Fifteen outstanding projects demonstrating spectacular craftsmanship and creativity in the use of tile and stone materials were recognized in the fifth annual Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. An independent panel of judges, comprised of notable industry writers, leading designers, installation experts, and representatives from Ceramics of Italy, the Tile Council of North America, Tile of Spain and National Tile Contractors Association, utilized a blind judging format to evaluate each submissions’ technical execution and installation, and the inspired and original use of materials in the design’s aesthetic. The winning projects were honored, and $20,000 of award money was distributed, during the 2016 CID Awards & Opening Night Celebration on Monday, April 18 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
“The entries received for the 2016 Coverings Installation & Design Awards program were impressive and illustrative of the incredible range of creative and technical talents found in the tile and stone industry,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “Coverings extends its congratulations and thanks to all of the honorees recognized for their continued commitment to incorporating incredible degrees of innovation and skill in their work.”
Two remarkable projects were awarded Grand Prize honors – one for outstanding use of stone materials and one for outstanding use of tile materials. The Stone Grand Prize was awarded to Carson Guest Inc. and Marmi Natural Stone for their work on The Farley Residence in Duluth, GA. Grand prize honors in the tile category were awarded to Doty Tile, Snyder Tile, and Aileen Bar for the Lincoln Park Tiled Stairway project in San Francisco, CA. All Grand Prize winners received $2,000 and a one-night hotel stay in Chicago during Coverings.
The Farley Residence project, completed by Carson Guest Inc. and Marmi Natural Stone, encompassed a complete renovation to update the traditional home, while opening up the interior to the exterior with the addition of new custom windows and doors, a new kitchen, new bathrooms and a new layout opening the home to overlook its pool. The results, while elegant, were not without challenges, as the homeowners remained in residence throughout the project. Additionally, a variety of architectural changes required careful thought so to not disrupt relocations of major structural beams at the center of the home. Overall, the residence’s use of beautiful stone and quartzite brings elegance to the space; materials used throughout include Calacatta Mahattan in full slabs and tile sizes; Negro Marquina in a polished finish; Imperial Gray limestone in a honed patina; Smoke Onyx; and White Princess quartzite.
The Lincoln Park Tiled Stairway in San Francisco had suffered from decades of neglect, and this project, completed by Aileen Barr, Doty Tile and Snyder Tile, tackled repairing and enhancing the existing stairway, benches and pillars to create a beautiful community destination. The many challenges included preparing the steps for receiving the tile, cutting off concrete nosing from each step and repairing the concrete pillars and benches. The center art tile had a symmetrical design, which took time to install as each step’s design had to align with the previous step. A collaborative approach between artist, installers and architect ensured a successful outcome. The project features handmade tile by Aileen Barr in various sizes and colors to fit the design and field tile by Fireclay from the custom recycled series in custom size for the risers; tread tile by Dal Tile; and a variety of Heath tile, from their seconds store in Sausalito.
The 2016 CID Awards recognized 12 additional projects for their achievements in tile and stone design and installation. Each of the following notable projects received a $1,000 cash prize for their mastery and creativity:
Winner, Commercial Stone Design
            Project:            St. Wenceslaus Church
            Location:         Dickinson, ND
            Designer:         Creative Edge Master Shop
Winner, Commercial Stone Installation
            Project:            Indianapolis Temple  
            Location:         Carmel, IN
            Installer:          KEPCO+
Winner, Residential Stone Design
             Project:            St. Johns Master bath and living room with fireplace and columns
            Location:         Dallas, TX
            Designer:         S & R Development, Inc.
Winner, Residential Stone Installation
            Project:            Green Lake Residential Bathroom
            Location:         West Bloomfield, MI
            Installer:          Ribaudo Tile and Marble
Winner, International Stone Design
            Project:            WIGGLY HOUSE
            Location:         Ponte Lambro, Italy   
            Designer:         ifdesign
Winner, Commercial Tile Design
            Project:            The Mixx Overland Park
            Location:         Overland Park, KS
            Designer:         Clockwork
Winner, Commercial Tile Installation
            Project:            Miguel’s
            Location:         Abilene, TX
            Installer:          Edward Flores Tile
Winner, Residential Tile Design
            Project:            Contemporary Waterfront Elegance
            Location:         Fort Lauderdale, FL
            Designer:         DKOR Interiors, Inc.
Winner, Residential Tile Installation
            Project:            Ultimate Outdoor Living Space
            Location:         Tampa, FL
            Installer:          Ryan Hughes Design, Inc.
Winner, International Tile Design
            Project:            Blue Wave Restaurant
            Location:         Barcelona, Spain
            Designer:         Equipo Creativo
Winner, Sustainable Commercial Design
            Project:            Fairfield Inn & Suites Waterbury VT
            Location:         Waterbury, VT
            Designer:         LHK design
Winner, Sustainable Residential Design
            Project:            Heijnen-Kavelaars Garden Residence
            Location:         Houston, TX
            Designer:         Intexture
For the 2016 program, Coverings introduced a new award category – “Scouting Shots” – to honor a project whose entry features amateur photography. The winning project in this category was the Red Rock Country Club Remodel by SKG Designs. The Scouting Shots winner received a free professional photography shoot.
Coverings also recognized the following honorable mentions:
Honorable Mention, Commercial Stone Installation
            Project:            Zwilling J.A. Henckels, LLC US Corporate Headquarters
            Location:         Pleasantville, NY
            Installer:          Probe Construction Products, Inc. with JME Construction
Honorable Mention, Residential Stone Design
            Project:           Lighted Onyx Masterbath
            Location:        Milwaukee, WI
            Designer:       Matthewsworks, LLC
Honorable Mention, Residential Stone Design
            Project:            Contemporary Beach Cabana
            Location:         Seattle, WA
            Designer:        Antony Architectural Stone
Honorable Mention, Residential Stone Design
            Project:            LED Back-lit ornamental oversized floor medallion
            Location:         King City, ON
            Designer:        Luxterior Design Corporation
Honorable Mention, Residential Stone Installation
            Project:            155 E 79 Street
            Location:         New York, NY
            Installer:          DL Marble & Granite, Inc.
Honorable Mention, International Stone Design
            Project:            Peraleda House
            Location:         Peraleda de la Mata, Spain 
            Designer:        Losada Garcia Architects
Honorable Mention, Commercial Tile Design
            Project:            Desert Terrace Garden
            Location:         Phoenix, AZ
            Designer:        3 fromme DESIGN and Studio Outside
Honorable Mention, Commercial Tile Design
            Project:            Legal Crossing Backlit Mosaic Tabletop
            Location:         Boston, MA
            Designer:        Artaic – Innovative Mosaic
Honorable Mention, Commercial Tile Design
            Project:            Baha Mar Waterwall
            Location:         Nassau, Bahamas
            Designer:        Michael Hong Architects
Honorable Mention, Commercial Tile Design
            Project:            Rethink! Houston Streets
            Location:         Houston, TX
            Designer:        La Nova Tile Importers
Honorable Mention, Commercial Tile Design
            Project:            VisionShift
            Location:         Dallas, TX
            Designer:        Sonia King Mosaic Artist
Honorable Mention, Commercial Tile Installation
            Project:            Latham & Watkins
            Location:         Chicago, IL
            Installer:          Trostrud Mosaic and Tile Co.,Inc.
Honorable Mention, Residential Tile Design
            Project:            5 Tile Panels based on Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’
            Location:         Beverly Hills, CA
            Designer:        Tileguild Inc.
Honorable Mention, Residential Tile Installation
            Project:            Greystone Residence
            Location:         Beaver Creek, CO
            Installer:          Lambert Tile and Stone
To learn more about Coverings, and the 15 projects honored in the 2016 Coverings Installation & Design Awards program, please visit The CID Awards are sponsored by TileLetter and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design.
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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 more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.
The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.
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 National Trade Productions.
Coverings 2016 takes place April 18-21 in McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-706-8257.