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Call for Entries: Tile of Spain Awards 2021

Posted on 25 August 2021 by cradmin4

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) announced the call for entries for the 20th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project. Sponsored by Endesa, the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), and Port Valencia, the Tile of Spain Awards promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects worldwide.

For the 2021 awards, the jury will be chaired by architect Carlos Ferrater, who also led the jury during the first edition of the awards in 2001. Carlos Ferrater boasts a long history backed by numerous awards and distinctions, is a founding partner of the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) and is a Professor of Architectural Projects at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

A prize fund of €35,000 ($41,220.11) will be shared between three categories at the awards. The two main categories, Architecture and Interior Design, each have cash prizes of €15,000 ($17,665.76). The Final Degree Project award has a cash prize of €5,000 ($5,888,58). The panel of judges is also entitled to give two special mentions in each category.

Entries from Spain and abroad are being accepted now through October 28th, 2021. Visit www.tileofspainawards.com to enter the contest or learn more about the Tile of Spain Awards.

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QR Master Design Awards 2021

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Master Design Awards Calls For Entries

Posted on 26 January 2021 by cradmin

The Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards competition was initiated 43 years ago to recognize remodelers, architects, builders, kitchen and bath specialists and other professionals for outstanding project design and construction.

The 43rd annual Master Design Awards competition honors outstanding remodeling projects completed between Jan. 1, 2018, and July 5, 2021. The deadline to register is June 21, 2021 and the deadline to submit completed entries is July 5, 2021.

Winning entries will be selected by a panel of experts. Awards are to be made for Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each of the 22 award categories. Judges may elect to award fewer than four awards in a category. They may also make special merit awards. The decisions of the judges are final.

Winning entries will be featured in the September 2021 issue of QR. Gold award winners in the kitchen and bath categories may also be featured in Kitchen & Bath Design News (a sister publication of QR). All award winners will be recognized with a plaque and a news release, and featured on the QR website (QualifiedRemodeler.com). Awards will be presented at a special reception the evening before the Remodeling Show (date and location to be determined). All entries are also evaluated for possible use in QR editorial features.

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BLANCO IKON Low Divide Apron Sink Wins Design Awards

Posted on 24 December 2020 by cradmin

BLANCO has won two major design awards for their revolutionary new product, the IKON 33-in. 1-¾ Bowl Low Divide Apron sink. The IKON is recognized in the 2020 Architectural Products PIA (Product Innovations) Awards and the 2020 Residential Products MVP (Most Valuable Product) Awards. Each award recognizes the farmhouse sink for its ergonomic design that works hard to make prepping, cooking and cleaning a more seamless and comfortable experience.

Additionally, the IKON 33-in. Low Divide earned an honorable mention from The Architect’s Newspaper 2020 Best of Products Awards.

Designed to make prepping, cooking and cleaning a more seamless and comfortable experience, IKON is the world’s first apron front sink made of SILGRANIT®, BLANCO’s patented granite composite material. The new IKON sink’s convenient low divide that sits just 5-1/2-in. from the bottom of the sink, makes it easier to handle large pots and baking sheets while still dividing the sink into cleaning and prepping bowls. Because apron front sinks are installed a couple of inches closer to the user, they minimize the strain of reaching and leaning over a countertop.

You may also be interested in this article: Coverings Extends 2021 Award Submissions Deadline

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Coverings 2021

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Coverings Extends 2021 Award Submissions Deadline

Posted on 09 December 2020 by cradmin3

Given that Coverings 2021, the premier tile and stone trade event in North America, is now scheduled to take place July 7-9, the deadline to submit projects to the 2021 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards or to nominate a young emerging leader to the 2021 Coverings Rock Star program has been moved to Friday, March 26, 2021.

The 2021 CID Awards recognize and award projects featuring tile & stone that feature beautiful design and impeccable installation. As always, multiple entries are accepted and there is no cost to enter.

Winners in each category will receive industry recognition and accolades, features in various media outlets, and a complimentary one-night stay to attend Coverings 2021.

If you know of a young industry talent that has a bright future in the tile & stone industry, nominate them to be a Coverings Rock Star. They must be 35 years or younger and currently working in the industry.

Selected Rock Stars will receive industry accolades, a complimentary one-night stay to attend Coverings 2021, and unique professional development opportunities.

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, March 26. No submissions will be accepted after this date and no extensions will be granted.

You may also be interested in this article: ISFA Announces Annual Award Winners

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ISFA Announces Annual Award Winners

Posted on 30 November 2020 by cradmin3

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the winners of its annual awards at the association’s recent virtual annual meeting and conference. The ISFA awards are chosen by association members, and given to those in the industry that stand out as the very best.

Past ISFA President Russ Berry, of ASST in McSherrytown, Pa., was inducted into the ISFA Hall of Fame, joining a long list of esteemed industry professionals. The Hall of Fame Award is given to the individual who has, in the course of his/her career, made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA. Having won several past ISFA Awards, Russ Berry is truly an inspiration to all fabricators. He has repeatedly given of his time and expertise to ISFA and its members, and his approach to business, along with his innovative creativity, sets him apart from all others. Russ’ work at ASST has elevated the fabrication community through showcasing solid surface design capability in complex high-end, and highly visible projects. Russ has served as a past ISFA President, has hosted ISFA events, and he serves as a fine example to the entire industry.

The other honored winners are:

The Fabricator of the Year Award was given to world-class fabricator The Countertop Factory Midwest in Chicago. The Fabricator of the Year is awarded to a fabricator member company that in the past year has best exemplified the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry, with overall excellence. The Countertop Factory Midwest is a company that is known for its generous support and mentorship of other fabricators in the industry. Owners Geoffrey Gran and Bill Heuer are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise around sales, fabrication and general business. They are consistently helping the industry grow and improve, and their business is a true example of fabricators helping fabricators, which is the cornerstone of ISFA.

The Associate of the Year Award is given to an associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and that has best supported ISFA in all activities. The 2020 winner is Moraware, a maker of software specifically designed for countertop fabricators. The company is not only a supportive partner of ISFA’s efforts to educate the industry, but also through other outlets in surfacing/countertop realm as well as its own independent programs. In addition to offering highly regarded products, it also provides industry information in numerous areas, such as marketing, networking, technology integration and various others to serve fabricators well beyond just its product offerings. And, it has done so for many years.

The Innovator Award is for the member firm or individual who goes outside the box to create a product or system that enhances the life or elevates the role of the surface fabricator. The 2020 Winner is SPEEDlabel®. This small invention designed for countertop fabricators, by fabricators, has had a significant impact on the countertop industry. SPEEDlabel is a custom labeling solution allowing fabricators to track countertops through production. It also helps with quality control by preventing mistakes, helping both large and small shops to be more efficient and profitable. The labels have made it easier for fabricators of all surfaces to reduce chaos and improve shop organization.

The Envision Award is given to the manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. The 2020 winner is INEOS. The company’s composites continue to drive innovation in the resin space. It has created bio-based resins that allow quartz companies to mitigate petroleum use and create more sustainable products. The resins also allow for flat, strong and consistent slabs.

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2020 Announces Design Inspiration Award Winners

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2020 Announces Design Inspiration Award Winners

Posted on 10 December 2019 by cradmin

The 2019 winners of the 2020 Design Inspiration Awards have been announced.  The 2020 Design software allows kitchen, bathroom and closet designers to create visualizations using actual materials and finishes from a selection of manufacturer catalogs. Interior designers from all over North America submitted their best designs using the software.

There were five main categories for which designers could submit their entries: 2020 Inspiration, BLANCO America, Amerock, Kohler and Avanity. From almost 500 submissions, the winners of each category, as well as Voter’s Choice and an Expert’s Choice winners, were selected by a panel of experienced design judges.

The winners of the 2020 Design Inspiration Awards for 2019 are: 2020 Inspiration Winner Catherine Ouimet, Cuisine 3d360; Amerock Winner Kayla Herrick, Maureen’s LLC; Kohler Winner Steven Buck from Cabinets & Granite Direct; Avanity Winner Charity Faith Gilsdorf from Dream Kitchen & Bath; BLANCO America Winner Carolina Rivera from Armando Garcia Custom Cabinets (AGCC); Experts’ Choice Alex Légaré Grondin from Dkor.A; and Voters’ Choice Chris Purdy from TheRTAStore.com.

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2020 Best of KBIS Awards Accepts Entries

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2020 Best of KBIS Awards Accepts Entries

Posted on 08 October 2019 by cradmin

Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 Best of KBIS Awards. Awarded annually at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Best of KBIS recognizes the most innovative new kitchen and bath products of the year. KBIS 2020 takes place January 21 – 23, 2020, at the Las Vegas, Convention Center.

“Each year our exhibitors raise the bar with amazing new kitchen and bath product designs and innovations that transform how we live in our homes,” said, Amy Hornby, KBIS show director. “The Best of KBIS Awards is a measure of excellence for the industry, showcasing the ‘best of the best’ and we can’t wait to see what’s new for 2020.”

The Best of KBIS Awards are sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design.

Entry Information

To be eligible for consideration, all products must have been introduced after February 19, 2019. To enter, exhibiting manufacturers must complete a Best of KBIS submission form and submit a minimum of two high-res (300 dpi) images. Products may be entered in multiple categories, but do require an individual entry form and submission fee for each category.

Best of KBIS 2020 Awards

  • Kitchen – Gold
  • Kitchen – Silver
  • Bath – Gold
  • Bath – Silver
  • Outdoor Living
  • Technology
  • Best in Show
  • Impact Award (Judge’s Choice)

The deadline to submit products for consideration is December 6, 2019.

More information and entry instructions can be found at https://www.kbis.com/show/best-of-kbis


In December, a judging committee comprised of five design professionals will narrow the entries to 50 finalists. These 50 finalists will be judged onsite at KBIS 2020 to determine the winning products. Each finalist will have five minutes to present their product to the judges during an in-booth visit.

All Best of KBIS Awards entries will be showcased during KBIS on a digital wall located in South Hall near the KBISNeXT Stage and included in a flip book to be emailed to attendees the first day of the show. Additionally, submitting brands receive a Best of KBIS Entry tag on their profile page when the show opens, an in-booth Best of KBIS Entry sign to recognize a submitted product, plus a listing for each entry in the Best of KBIS page on kbis.com.

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MSI Wins 2019 Top Workplaces Award

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MSI Wins 2019 Top Workplaces Award

Posted on 08 May 2019 by cradmin

MSI, North America’s Leading Supplier of Premium Surfaces, is a 2019 winner of the Top Workplaces Award by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Out of more than 4,300 eligible organizations in the region, MSI’s Atlanta team earned a spot in the top 55 midsize company category. To honor the winners, AJC and its partner, Energage, a Philadelphia-based human resources company, hosted an awards ceremony at the Georgia Aquarium.

More than 80,000 employees in the Metro Atlanta area were surveyed about their workplace culture – including Alignment, Execution, and Connection. The Top Workplaces ranking is based solely on their feedback.

MSI Surfaces, celebrating its 44th anniversary this year, has more than 250 employees in their Atlanta offices and more than 2,000 worldwide. With over $1B in annual revenues, the family-owned company is often recognized for its dynamic work environment.

Amit Khurana, Vice President of MSI, said, “We’re incredibly honored to be named to AJC’s best companies to work for list. The award reflects our commitment to a culture that treats employees with dignity and respect, and as members of our family. I’m proud of the outstanding contributions of this team, and employees around the world who make MSI a great place to work.”

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Coverings Extends CID Awards Submission Deadline

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Coverings Extends CID Awards Submission Deadline

Posted on 19 December 2018 by cradmin

You now have more time to submit your top projects from the past two years to the 2019 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile & stone in residential, institutional and commercial projects. Submit your projects before the new deadline of Friday, January 11

Submissions for the 2019 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards competition are open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers, and other professionals who demonstrate design and/or installation excellence in residential and commercial projects, giving special recognition to stunning stone & tile.

  • Projects must have been completed within the past 2 years (Jan 2017 – Dec 2018)
  • Projects can be located within or outside North America
  • Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged. Separate forms are required for each entry.

Winners receive:

  • Projects displayed onsite at Coverings 2019
  • Up to $3,000 in prize money
  • One-night hotel stay at Coverings 2019
  • Recognition during the CID Awards Reception at Coverings 2019
  • Coverage in sponsored publications


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Tile of Spain Announces Award Winners

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Tile of Spain Announces Award Winners

Posted on 12 December 2018 by cradmin

Tile of Spain, the association of more than 100 Spanish tile manufacturers, announced the winners of the 17th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design.

The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes totaling over $44,000 that are divided among three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of more than $19,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of more than $5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants.

This year’s winners are:

“New entrance to Palma’s Intermodal Station” by Joan Miquel Seguí Colomar

In the Architecture category, the award went to the “New entrance to Palma’s Intermodal Station,” designed by Joan Miquel Seguí Colomar. Ceramic tiles were used to create a latticework effect as a defining feature for the entrance, marking the threshold between the urban space and the intermodal station. The design marks a return to the Mediterranean tradition of latticework as a filter between exteriors and a more enclosed, user-friendly area.

Two special mentions were also made in this category. First, “Laan Van Spartaan Amsterdam Student Housing” by Studioninedots Amsterdam. The judges highlighted the project as a means of drawing attention to the vast potential of large format tiles. The second special mention went to “Sports hall and classrooms. Francisco de Vitoria University” by Alberto Campo Baeza. The judges particularly valued the outstanding precision in the use of ceramic materials that contributed to the streamlined effect of the building.

“House overlooking the sea” by Xavier Martí & Lucía Ferrater

First prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to “House overlooking the sea” by Xavier Martí and Lucía Ferrater. The judges applauded the use of ceramic floor tiles to create a sense of connection when moving between the various spaces and levels, which formed a harmonious space.

The judges also granted a special mention in the Interior Design category for the project entitled “Integral renovation of Casa Artium,” by María Fernández Torrado – from the Torrado Arquitectura studio. This project includes the use of lightweight large format marble-effect ceramic tiles that transform a seemingly simple hallway into a focal point that illuminates the entire home.

“A positive happening,” by Manuel Bouzas Barcala

In the category reserved for Architecture students, the winning project was awarded to “A positive happening,” the work of Manuel Bouzas Barcala from the Madrid School of Architecture. The judges admired the student’s creativity and desire to experiment.

Two special mentions were also awarded to “La Vall, a hallway to Barcelona” by Clàudia Calvet Gómez from the Barcelona School of Architecture and “The Limit. A School of Arts and Crafts in Chinchón” by Carmen Martín Hernando from the Polytechnic School at CEU San Pablo University.



The award ceremony will be held on January 29th in Valencia during CEVISAMA.

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