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Coverings Announces 2021 Installation & Design Award Winners

Posted on 13 July 2021 by cradmin4

Coverings, the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America, announced the 25 projects receiving the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards for 2021. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects.

“The number of submissions we received for this year’s CID Awards is a true testament to the resiliency and strength of the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, LLC, the show management company for Coverings. “The 2021 CID Award winners’ projects further establish the adaptability and beauty of tile and stone. Coverings is honored to award and recognize the CID Award winners’ creative and sophisticated applications, each of which showcases the latest industry advancements and trends.”

The submissions were based on tile and stone execution, original usage and overall design and purpose. Special recognition was given to those projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications. A panel of editors and industry leaders evaluated the project submissions. Projects were awarded using eight categorical designations: Residential Tile Installation,
Residential Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Tile Installation, Commercial Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation and Commercial Stone Design. Projects receiving special recognition were awarded using six categorical destinations: Mosaic, International, Restoration, Community Project, Artistic Installation and Artistic Use of Tile.

2021 CID Award winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:

2021 CID Award Winners: Design

Commercial Stone Design

  • Stereoscope Coffee by Wick Architecture and Design Inc. in collaboration with Land Design Studio

Commercial Tile Design – Community Spaces

  • Ecco on Orange by Forum Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.

Commercial Tile Design – Whole Project

  • 83 Eagle Street by STUDIOSC

Residential Stone Design

  • Brooklyn Townhouse Renovation by MHLI

Residential Tile Design

  • Bradshaw European Country by Old World Stone Imports Flooring and Design

2021 CID Award Winners: Installation

Commercial Stone Installation

  • Legacy Union by Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. (pictured)

Commercial Tile Installation

  • Lakeside Country Club by Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.

Residential Stone Installation

  • Villa Florence by Carnevale & Lohr, Inc.

Residential Tile Installation

  • Indoor Pool and Steam Room by Tarkus Tile

2021 CID Award Special Recognitions

Special Recognition – Mosaic (7)

  • Living Wholeheartedly by LMF Group
  • “City Tree” Mural by New York Tilemakers
  • Tualatin Lifeblood by JK Mosaic, LLC
  • Tree Stump Shower Seat by Unique Mosaics
  • Roots of Knowledge by Ro Biaggi Design Build
  • Walk in the Park by Custom Mosaic Creations, Inc.
  • Venice, Italy by Unique Mosaics

Special Recognition – International (4)

  • La Sastrería Restaurant by Masquespacio
  • La Roca Camper Store byTomás Alonso Studio
  • Glass Tesserae Panel by Oficina de Mosaicos
  • Mosque in Shali City by F.H.L.I. Kiriakidis Marbles – Granites S.A.

Special Recognition – Restoration (1)

  • By George at the Candler Hotel by The Beck Group

Special Recognition – Community Project (1)

  • San Pedro Creek Culture Park by J&R Tile, Inc.

Special Recognition – Artistic Installation (2)

  • ‘Ethyl and Steph’, Aqua Therapy Pool by Tierra Tile
  • In a Galaxy (Not) Far, Far Away by LATICRETE International, Inc.

Special Recognition – Artistic Use of Tile (1)

  • SEIU Building, Re-Making Mosaic Mural by Miotto Mosaic Art Studios Inc.

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MSI Launches Digital Image Search Tool

Posted on 10 December 2020 by cradmin3

MSI, supplier of flooring, countertop, wall tile and hardscaping products, launched a new image search tool. This new innovation allows users to find the closest MSI match of any product using artificial intelligence.

The image search tool is the newest in the company’s extensive digital portfolio; from the first in industry multi-surface visualizer to the real-time inventory search, MSI’s digital tools make the design process easier from start to finish.

Upload a photo of any product to the search tool and immediately view the results, including the closest MSI product matches. Users may filter results for more concentrated selections, by only choosing the product categories they are most interested in. Additionally, coordinating choices are available to complete the look. The ‘similar style’ design technology has been available to MSI customers for about one year.

“With so many color, shapes and designs available, the consumer selection process can be daunting. This new tool helps consumers instantly see similar looking colors and designs carried by MSI. We need to continue to use technology to simplify the consumer shopping experience,” said Rup Shah, President, MSI.

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Cosentino Extends Design Challenge Submission Deadline

Posted on 13 May 2020 by cradmin3

The Cosentino Group is extending the deadline for the submission of projects for the 14th edition of the international Cosentino Design Challenge (CDC).

Cosentino has spent years backing the talent of future architecture and design professionals and the present global crisis will not halt this initiative. A change is, however, being made to the deadlines previously set in order to adapt to the academic situation in which universities and schools, as well as students, currently find themselves. The new submission date for applications for this contest will be July 31. The final decision of the jury will be reached and winners announced on September 28 and will take place entirely online.

The CDC is an initiative which entails a true research-based and creative challenge for students of architecture and design the world over. It is a unique opportunity to connect students with the international business that is Cosentino, as well as its innovative materials and products.

Cosentino Design Challenge 14 Themes

In the Architecture category, Cosentino proposes project development based on the theme “Cosentino and inhabiting the urban space (street room)”. In the Design category, students must work on the subject “Cosentino and local tradition: contemporary craftsmanship”.

For these two intriguing proposals for which the company provides students with unfettered freedom to research and create, the only requirement is that they must include one of the innovative Cosentino products: the Silestone® quartz surface, the ultra-compact Dekton® surface or Sensa by Cosentino®, the natural stone range with exclusive anti-stain protection.

The deadline for submission will be July 31, 2020. Submissions will be made digitally, as usual, through the contest’s official website. All the submission requirements, as well as the criteria to be taken into account by the jury, will be available in the legal conditions found at https://cosentinodesignchallenge.org

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Up Your Game with PaperStone Inlays

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Up Your Game with PaperStone Inlays

Posted on 25 July 2019 by CRadmin2

This recent video from Gene McDonald is a montage showcasing some of the inlay designs that are possible using PaperStone brand recycled paper countertops. McDonald, also known as “The Designicator”, does a good job highlighting how other countertop materials can be used with PaperStone to create a fusion effect. For further information or to request a training seminar, email McDonald at [email protected]

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Video: Design Basics of Compact Sintered Surface

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Video: Design Basics of Compact Sintered Surface

Posted on 20 November 2018 by cradmin

This video, about design basics of compact sintered surfacing , was put online by HG Stones, a distributor of natural stone, compact sintered surfacing, quartz surface and recycled glass conglomerate slabs.

The video itself, is part of ISFA’s Continuing Education program for architects and designers.

This video covers the important aspects of sintered compact surface materials including characteristics, features and benefits, performance properties, uses and design examples.

You may also be interested in this video about how Dekton Compact Sintered Surface is made.

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13th Cosentino Design Challenge Calls for Entries

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13th Cosentino Design Challenge Calls for Entries

Posted on 29 October 2018 by cradmin

Cosentino has officially launched the 13th edition of the Cosentino Design Challenge (CDC). The competition is open to students enrolled in the 2018-2019 academic year at any educational center or polytechnic offering courses in design, architecture, interior architecture or other similar fields of study. The international competition offers students a chance to participate in a global professional competition.

Composed of two categories, the 13th edition of Cosentino Design Challenge ’s architecture brief asks students to reflect on “Cosentino and Water”. The design brief is focused on “Cosentino and Energy”. In both categories, students have complete freedom in conceptualizing their sustainable and innovative projects. The final project must include one or more products manufactured by Cosentino: Silestone natural quartz surface, Dekton ultracompact surface, and Sensa protected natural stone.

Each concept must boast technical qualities, with a creative emphasis placed on the theme set for each category. The jury will take into consideration the following criteria:

  • Conceptual and technical quality of the project
  • Analytical study, thought process and research of the subject
  • Research on the spatial experience of the surroundings
  • Creativity of the design
  • Innovativeness of the design
  • Environmental respect of the design
  • Adaptation of the project idea to the expressive capacity of Cosentino brand materials and products
  • New ideas for materials, finishes, applications, etc.
  • Feasibility for the development and construction of the projects presented
  • Adaptation of the chosen medium for the presentation with regards to graphics, expressiveness and the kind of idea presented
  • Presentational quality of the design

Throughout the competition, students are encouraged to visit Cosentino Showrooms to discover the company’s wide range of products.

For each category, the following prizes will be awarded: one first prize, one second prize, one third prize, and special mentions. First three winners will be awarded the equivalent of €1,000 each in the currency of the country where a student is awarded. Winners will also receive special mentions and global recognition.

The competition encourages student research on different conceptual approaches. This includes the layout of spaces, materials and the constructive systems that define them, via experimentation with Cosentino products.

The project submission period closes on June 1, 2019. The judging panel will announce the winning projects and their designers in late June. All projects must be submitted in digital format via the competition website. http://cosentinodesignchallenge.org.

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BLANCO Announces Partnership with 2020

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BLANCO Announces Partnership with 2020

Posted on 24 October 2018 by cradmin

BLANCO has published its catalog on 2020 Cloud, the industry’s leading kitchen design software. 2020 helps professional designers, retailers and manufacturers in the interior design industry plan and visualize designs in real-time. 2020’s software allows designers to create kitchens with 3D renderings and ensures that projects comply with industry design standards, from start to finish. Currently featuring over 90% of its most popular sink and faucet products, BLANCO’s growing catalog content is available to dealers and designers in the U.S.
“We want to provide the best resources for the design community,” states Christy Emens, Marketing Communications Manager for BLANCO. “We hope our catalog will assist designers in making their clients’dream kitchens into a reality.”

BLANCO has received the 2020 Accredited Manufacturer logo and the 2020 Certified Content logo. Together, they give the assurance to designers and retailers that BLANCO’s catalog is of the highest quality.

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Workplace Design Affects Talent Attraction and Retention

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Workplace Design Affects Talent Attraction and Retention

Posted on 16 August 2018 by cradmin

Unemployment is lowering across the United States. While this is great for the economy, it can make it difficult for business owners and managers to attract and retain talent in such a competitive environment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) believes unemployment will continue to drop over the next several years, which makes it increasingly important to keep a healthy and steady workforce through every available means.

Recently, Continental Office conducted research to determine exactly what it is prospective employees are looking for to attract them and keep them at a company or organization. The results of the study are based 262 currently employed workers at all levels – from associate to corporate.

Following are the top four discoveries in this new, groundbreaking report:

  1. Nearly 25 percent of workers stated that the physical workspace affects decisions to leave or stay at their workplace.
  2. Eighty-seven percent prefer flexible settings, such as workshops, meeting rooms, private areas and social spaces.
  3. On a scale of one to 10, the physical working space affecting overall happiness ranks at eight.
  4. Discrepancies are apparent between how associates and corporate-level employees perceive what is important in a workplace.

“To attract today’s top talent, you need to provide choice and flexibility in workplace settings. You have to give people permission not to be tethered to their desks. We know from our research and from speaking with our clients that the physical workspace affects workers’ overall happiness,” said Ira Sharfin, CEO of Continental Office.

“People want the freedom to move around and find the space that best fits the work they need to do at that time. What’s really striking is we’ve found that nearly a quarter of today’s workforce says the physical workplace affects their decision to stay/leave, which is very costly both financially and talent-wise,” Sharfin continued. “As leaders, it’s important for us to disrupt and take risks. The old ways of working aren’t helping any of us attract today’s top talent.”

For owners, managers and other business leaders, these findings present both new challenges and opportunities. Many are now reexamining the employee experience to better understand what truly matters.

Read the full report from Continental Office here.

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NEOLITH Announces Winners of 2017 Design Competitions

Posted on 26 December 2017 by cradmin

Neolith Design Contest Winner

My Neolith Project-International Edition Ricarda’s Restaurant by O’Connor Group (Commercial Interiors) Kelly O’Connor Lead Designer Toronto Canada

In the middle of the year, NEOLITH launched the fourth edition of NEOLITH Design Competitions, including three categories of competitions aimed to target professionals and students: My Neolith Project, Neolith New Talents and Top Fabricator of the Year competitions.

The winners of the competition will travel to Milan during the Design Week, to attend EuroCucina trade show and visit the NEOLITH stand at the fair, where the awards ceremony will take place.

The following are the six winning projects of the fourth Edition of NEOLITH Design competitions:

My Neolith Project:

Ricarda’s Restaurant -O’Connor Group (Commercial Interiors), Kelly O’Connor Lead Designer – Toronto,Canada

Espai Paris – Meritxell Ribé y Josep Puigdomènech – Barcelona, Spain

My Neolith New Talents:

Wonderwall Hotel – Daniel Martins Leal – Universidade Lusíada PortoPortugal

Minimal – Anastasia Boiko Alioshkina – Art and Design School – Zamora, Spain

Top Fabricator of the Year:

Roma Skyline – Micunco Stone Design – Altamura, Italy

Cafe & Icecream Shop XOCÓ – Arquitectos Rodríguez Martín & Villa Alonso Arquitectura Interior  and Mármoles Lentijo – Valladolid, Spain.

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ATI Announces Winners of “The Winning Formula” Contest

Posted on 11 December 2017 by cradmin

LumiSplash Casework in Gingko Reeds, Red &
MirroFlex Structures Wall Panels: Audrey + Brushed Nickel

ATI has announced Devon Kumar as the grand prize winner of its third annual “The Winning Formula” contest. The contest invited architects, designers, project managers, specification managers, contractors and installers to “Show Their Winning Formula” by submitting photos of their MirroFlex, NuMetal, Fusion, or LumiSplash installations. This year a cruise trip to the Western Caribbean was awarded to the first place winner.

The contest was judged by two independent industry experts Mr. Robert M. Laschever and Mr. Bradshaw Orrell. Projects were judged based on three criteria: the ATI product chosen, creativity and quality of the finished installation.

Honorable mentions include Aparna Bonda, Desai Mayur, Paul Wenger, Susan Boswell, Steve Price and Amy Swanson.

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