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Ceramics of Italy announces 2013 tile competition winners

Ceramic Tiles of ItalyNine Projects in Three Categories Recognized in Honor of 20th Anniversary

This year, the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, an annual awards program sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission, attracted the most competitive pool of projects in the contest’s history. The submissions from prominent North American architects and designers in the residential, institutional, and commercial categories were impressive both in their architectonic qualities and creative use of Italian ceramic tile. On the occasion of the competition’s 20th anniversary as well as the Anno della Cultura Italiana (“Year of Italian Culture”), the international jury decided to recognize more projects this year, honoring them with a special anniversary award. The Commercial category showed particular strength in the innovative and extensive use of tile, prompting the jury to select a grand prize winner as well as special mentions in Retail, Hospitality and Corporate categories. The winning projects speak to the A&D community’s commitment to using a material that is technically advanced, aesthetically pleasing, and manufactured with a focus on sustainability. Continue reading Ceramics of Italy announces 2013 tile competition winners

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800+ exhibitors will bring stand-out goods to Coverings

by Emily J. Cappiello

Coverings 2012 will be bursting at the seams as more than 800 exhibitors from around the world show off the latest and greatest in tile. New inkjet products, eco-friendly offerings and new accessory pieces will be on display as retailers and distributors gear up for the selling year ahead. The following are some of the companies and their launches along with those from the Italian and Spanish pavilions, which were highlighted in the April 2/9 issue of Floor Covering News: Continue reading 800+ exhibitors will bring stand-out goods to Coverings

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Call For Entries: 2012 Ceramics Of Italy Tile Competition

The Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica, the Association of Italian Ceramics comprised of over 200 Italian ceramic tile manufacturers, announce the official call for entries for the 2012 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. For 19 years, the competition has proudly recognized the outstanding work of North American architects and designers who have featured Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential or commercial/hospitality projects. Past winners include Belzberg Architects, Rene Gonzalez and Bernard Tschumi Architects. Their projects are an example of the perfect pairing between innovative design ideas and products from the leading manufacturers of Italian ceramic tile in creating exceptional spaces. The celebration of these projects that use Italian tile range from large-scale buildings to small residential homes. Continue reading Call For Entries: 2012 Ceramics Of Italy Tile Competition

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Ceramic Tiles of Italy to participate in Dwell on Design

New York—For the third year in a row, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will connect with design trade and consumers on the west coast at Dwell on Design from June 24 to 26, at the LA Convention Center. Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics), the Ceramic Tiles of Italy booth will feature sustainable and design-forward collections from its leading manufacturers. As part of this year’s exhibit, the association will host two seminars focused on sustainable characteristics of ceramic tile in two cutting edge residential case studies, Kona Residence and ReVISION House. Continue reading Ceramic Tiles of Italy to participate in Dwell on Design

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Tile associations raise the bar for certified installer program

JACKSON, MISS.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), in alliance with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) and Tile Council of North America (TCNA), have announced 2011 goals for the certified tile installer (CTI) program.

Since its inception in 2008, the CTI program has certified over 500 tile installers, noted Scott Carothers, CTEF’s executive director. “This year’s goal will be to extend and expand the existing roster to more than 1,000 certified tile installers.” Continue reading Tile associations raise the bar for certified installer program

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Autumn sees more depth of color, dimension for tile category

With the warm and neutral earth tones of autumn on the horizon, ceramic tile manufacturers have seemingly followed suit, mimicking the look of fall for the floor. Faux fabric looks, stripes and metallics are also in, as are a growing number of mosaic offerings. The following are some of what some major players are debuting this season.

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According to Danielle DeVita, what’s old is new again. “Thanks to popular shows like ‘Mad Men,’ the swinging ’60s are making a big comeback. In tile, surfaces will be transformed into masculine stripes, delicate fabrics and muted metallics. The 2011 forecast calls for everything from renaissance-inspired looks to patchwork patterns to what Pantone is calling ‘the mosaic of color.’ Continue reading Autumn sees more depth of color, dimension for tile category