October 31, 2016
by Canadian Architect
Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission have announced the 2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Call for Entries.
Now in its 24th year, the annual awards program recognizes the work of top North American architects and designers who create imaginative spaces using Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. From home kitchens to corporate offices to tile-clad facades, Ceramics of Italy is looking for all types and scales of built projects featuring Italian tile.
The grand prize winner in each category will receive $3,000 plus a trip to Orlando to present the project at Coverings during the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference on April 5, 2017. As part of the awards package, the winner will also receive CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – in the fall, with a delegation of top journalists, designers and architects from North America.
During the five-day trip, delegates will be led on a guided tour of the show, visiting a range of tile and sanitaryware companies while highlighting the latest products, design trends and technical advancements in the industry in addition to group dinners, offsite events and a chance to see tile production firsthand. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning contractor/distributor team involved in each winning project.
The competition is open to all North American architects and interior designers. Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2012 and January 2017 are eligible for entry.
A panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality, sustainability and aesthetic appeal. The official criterion for the jury includes: overall design of the project, innovative use of tile, tile design, quality of installation, degree that tile enhances the setting and the project’s sustainable attributes.
Submissions must be completed no later than January 6, 2017. Winners will be notified in February and officially announced at the Ceramics of Italy Press Conference at Coverings, held April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
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