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ASCER to hold 17th Tile of Spain Awards

Castellón, Spain—The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) will hold its 17th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards. The event is intended to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture as well as interior design projects both in Spain and abroad.

The panel of judges is made up of internationally acclaimed professionals working in the architecture and design sectors. Chairing the panel is the Argentinean architect Jorge Silvetti, founder of Machado and Silvetti Associates, located in Buenos Aires and Boston, and former dean of architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). ASCER collaborates with the GSD through the Network of Ceramic Tile Studies departments.

Silvetti is joined on the panel by Elías Torres; Portuguese architect Ricardo Carvalho; Jordi Garcés, a partner at the Garcés-de Seta-Bonet studio and former winner of the Interior Design category; and Ramón Monfort from the Castellón College of Architects.

The awards include three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and the Final Degree project. The winners of the two main categories—Architecture and Interior Design—will each receive a cash prize of 17,000 euros. The panel of judges are also entitled to give special mentions in either category. The third category—the Final Degree project, which targets students of architecture—has a cash prize of 5,000 euros.

Individuals from both Spain and abroad are invited to submit to all three categories. Entries may be submitted until Wednesday, Oct. 24. For more information and/or to register, visit: tileofspainawards.com.

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Tile of Spain reveals global design trends at Cevisama 2018

Miami—Cevisama, the international fair for ceramic tiles and bathroom furnishings, held its 36th edition, Feb. 5-9, at the Feria Valencia center in Valencia, Spain. A total 506 Spanish exhibitors showcased their latest products and innovations to a record number of more than 83,000 industry professionals from over 65 countries.

Some of the new trends and innovations showcased by Tile of Spain USA’s featured companies include: natural wood and colors, natural stone imitations, Moroccan-inspired fish scale tiles, mix and match styles, waterproof geometric tiles, deep shade variations with metal effect finishes and three-dimensional wall tiles.

The 16th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards were also announced at the fair. The panel of judges comprised world-renowned architects Iñaki Ábalos (Chair), Ángela García Paredes, Ricardo Bak Gordon, Víctor Navarro, Moisés Puente, Martín Azúa and Ramón Monfort. The judges met Nov. 24 in Castellón to decide the winners who were then presented with their prizes at Cevisama.

A winery in Mont-Ras (Baix Empordà, Girona), was named the winner in the architecture category. The remodeling of three stations on the L9 metro line in Barcelona received first prize in the interior design category. The award for the final degree project went to a residents’ center and tourist information office in Granada’s El Albaicín district. Due to the high standard of the entries, the judges awarded several special mentions in all three categories. Winning projects, images, plans and descriptions are available at tileofspainawards.com.

Also at the fair, Trans-Hitos 2018 was presented under the theme “Cycles.” Cycles refers to a fresh way of understanding architecture by suggesting that what has been learned in past years will have a great significance in driving a modern view of architecture that thinks about people and seeks to solve their problems by prioritizing user needs.

These exhibitions included the “Celosía,” or Lattice, masterpiece by Elena Oleaza and Louis Sicard, winners of the Trans-Hito competition. A collaboration with the Design School at Harvard University was also featured, as well as a project by Wesam Asali, winner of the 2017 ASCER Awards in the PFC Category. An additional space was dedicated to the exposition of projects from the School of Ceramics and winning projects of the XVI Premios Cerámica (Ceramic Awards). More information on the 2018 Trans-Hitos exhibit is available at bit.ly/TransHitos2018.

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Tile of Spain Awards winners announced

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 11.33.27 AMLast Wednesday Nov. 26, the panel of judges for the Tile of Spain Awards met in Castellón to decide the winners of the thirteenth edition of these awards, which enjoy a consolidated reputation within the architecture sector.

The panel of judges included the following architects: Emilio Tuñón, Cino Zucchi, José Mª Sánchez, Martha Thorne, Anupama Kundoo, Fernando Márquez Cecilia and Ramón Monfort.

First prize in the Architecture category went to a restored house in Lisbon’s historic quarter. The two special mentions in this category were awarded to single family units. In the Interior Design category, the winning project consisted of the restoration of a historic building in Betxí (province of Castellón). Two special mentions were also made in this category: a magnificent restoration project in Barcelona and a grocery store.

In the Final Degree Project category, first prize was awarded to “Alfama 2.0” by María González Aranguren from the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM). Two special mentions in this category were awarded to a project entitled “Re-inhabiting Bujalcayado” by Irene Iglesias Román and “La Nuit Américaine” by Luis Rodríguez Carnero, both students at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).