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Ceramics of Italy Announces 2020 Tile Competition Winners

NEW YORK, NY – Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency announced the winners of the 2020 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. After reviewing a record number of projects from North America, the international jury of design experts selected four winners and three honorable mentions. The chosen projects demonstrate creative use of Italian ceramic tile, representing all three built project categories – commercial, residential and institutional – and one student category. For the first time this year, the competition also featured a People’s Choice Award. Following a two-week period of public online voting, the honor was given to a multi-family housing project that garnered a total of 396 public votes.

This year’s project submissions included inventive tile applications like countertops, custom furnishings, exterior façades and bespoke feature walls.

Commercial Winner:Ruscio Studio for the Garden City Shopping Centre in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. The tile manufacturers are Alfalux and Casalgrande Padana; the distributor is Italbec.

Commercial Honorable Mention: Design Continuum, Inc. for Hotel Bennett in Charleston, SC. The tile manufacturers are Ceramiche Caesar; Ceramica Fioranese; Emilceramica; Florim; Marca Corona and Ceramiche Refin; the distributor is Ceramic Technics.

Residential Winner: Bolivar Arquitectos for M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herradura in Monterrey, NL, Mexico. The tile manufacturers are Florim and Provenza.

Residential Honorable Mention:STUDIOSC for 426 Tompkins Ave in Brooklyn, NY. The tile manufacturers are Fioranese and Ceramiche Refin; the distributor is Highstyle Stone and Tile

Institutional Winner:Perkins and Will for NYC Healthcare Clinic in New York, NY. The tile manufacturers are Laminam and Saime Ceramiche; the distributors are Nemo Tile and Stone Source.

Institutional Honorable Mention: uoai architects for Nathan Phillips Square Bicycle Station | Archive 513 in Toronto, ON, Canada. The tile manufacturer is Lea Ceramiche; the distributor is Ciot.

Student Winner: Carolina Cardona, Gabriela Mesquita, Rachael Cowan, Mariapia Sierra from Florida International University (FIU) majoring in Interior Architecture. The project is …sensuum spa, using Valentino by Ceramiche Piemme; Abitare la Ceramica; Rondine; Ceramiche Coem and Italgraniti. 

People’s Choice Award: Vida Design for The Rodney in Portland, OR. The tile manufacturer is Appiani; the distributor is Statements Tile.

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