(LAS VEGAS, NV—APRIL 30, 2014) Twelve outstanding tile and stone projects were recognized as part of the annual Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, a program that honors outstanding design and installation of tile and stone in residential, commercial, sustainable and international projects. An esteemed panel of notable editors and leading designers evaluated more than 100 submissions based on execution, original usage, and overall design and purpose, and gave special recognition to those projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications. In total, $16,000 in prize money was awarded to the winning designers and installers during a special reception and awards ceremony on the first day of Coverings 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“The 2014 Coverings Installation & Design Awards program attracts some of the tile and stone industry’s greatest talent and notable projects,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “The pool of entrants for the third year of the program truly showcased a high level of technical skill and design artistry. Coverings extends its congratulations to all twelve of the recognized designers and installers.”
Two exceptional projects earned the Grand Prize – one for the residential category and one for the commercial category. The residential Grand Prize was awarded to Santa Monica-based ROBERT KERR architecture design for a beachfront home with expertly executed interior and exterior tile and stone applications. In the commercial category, the Grand Prize was awarded to Camarata Masonry Systems and PGAL for their impressive tile and stone restoration in the five-story atrium of a historical courthouse. All Grand Prize winners received $2,000 and a one-night hotel stay in Las Vegas during Coverings.
ROBERT KERR architecture design was both the installer and the designer of the Silver Strand Beach House, which featured a lower-level exterior wrapped with custom blended gold-backed glass tiles to reflect light and emphasize the surrounding location. The upper level was sculpted and finished with a quiet, gray stucco to exaggerate its weight over the bottom level. The thoughtful execution of tile and stone continues inside the home, to create a richly textured environment. The exterior glass mosaic tile reappears along the staircase as a colorful contrast while directing attention upward to skylights inserted into a faceted ceiling.
Camarata Masonry Systems and PGAL combined their talents to restore the historical 1910 Harris County Courthouse in Texas. This restoration featured the revitalization of architectural features that had been lost in the 1950s when the building was originally modernized. Camarata Masonry Systems and PGAL were tasked with returning this space to its original splendor, including reinstating the marble stairways and artistic ceramic tile work, a feat achieved through extensive cleaning, restoration and the matching of existing and new tile and stone materials. The resulting project was a well-executed, ornate stone and mosaic tile project, exemplifying the skilled legacy of the tile and stone industry workforce.
In 2014, a new category emerged for the CID Awards, recognizing sustainable projects. This year’s winning project was the Green House Building, an eight-story, single-phase office development in central Budapest, designed to achieve LEED Core & Shell Platinum certification, which is the highest accreditation level possible. With the goal of being the first project in Hungary to achieve this rigorous certification, White Arkitekter AB and DPi design Kft., utilized materials that were locally sourced and offered low environmental impact. The slim ceramic tile used for the building’s façade offers a high degree of absorption to protect against inclement weather, sharp changes in temperature and other severe climatic conditions. This tile is also resistant to bending and wear and does not change with UV radiation, which ensures durability and low maintenance over time.
Additionally, the CID Awards recognized nine other projects for exceptional work in tile and stone design and installation from around the world. Each of the below projects received a $1,000 cash prize for their work:
Winner, Residential Tile Design
Project: Brooklyn House
Designer: JNK Interiors
Winner, Commercial Tile Design
Project: Paul H. Cocker Architecture Gallery, Ryerson University
Designer: Gow Hastings Architects
Winner, Commercial Stone Design
Project: Equinox Fitness Club, Chestnut Hill, MA
Designer: Tribeca Stone
Winner, Residential Tile Installation
Project: Violin Swimming Pool
Installer: Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping
Winner, Residential Stone Installation
Project: Sunnyside Avenue Master Bath
Installer: Tarkus Tile, Inc.
Winner, Commercial Tile Installation
Project: Frontier Elementary School, Edmond, OK
Installer: Bentley Flooring
Winner, Commercial Stone Installation
Project: Latter-Day Saints Temple, Calgary, Alberta
Winner, International Design
Project: Remodeling Work on La Riera de la Salut
Designer: Pol Feminas
Award, Community Project
Project: Hidden Garden Steps
Designers: Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher
To learn more about Coverings, and the twelve projects honored in the 2014 Coverings Installation & Design Awards program, please visit coverings.com/CID. Download photos of the winning projects here. The CID Awards are sponsored by TileLetter and TADA.
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In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 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 80 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 Distributors Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by National Trade Productions.
Coverings 2014 takes place April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with the education programming beginning on April 28. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.