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ISFA Announces 2018 Annual Award Winners

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ISFA Announces 2018 Annual Award Winners

Posted on 30 October 2018 by cradmin

ISFA President Augie Chavez – ISFA Executive Director Amy MIller

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) recently held its Annual Conference in Cancun, Mexico. The 2018 ISFA Award winners were announced at the conclusion of the conference.

The 2018 ISFA Awards winners are:

The Associate of the Year Award is given to the associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and who has best supported ISFA in all activities. CountertopResource.com is honored to have been the recipient of the 2018 Associate of the Year Award and would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Augie Chavez, Thierry Delles of Crea Diffusion, Amy Miller

The ISFA Innovator Award is for the fabricator member firm or individual who goes outside the box and creates a product or system that enhances the life of the fabricator.

CREA DIFFUSION (Thierry and Laurent Delles) received this prestigious award for constantly pushing the boundaries of solid surface usage and coming up with unique ways to use it in thermoforming applications, cladding and decorative patterns, as well as getting it places in very high-profile locations such as the Palace of Versailles and the recent exterior application on an entire building in downtown Paris. Thierry Delles attended the conference and graciously accepted the award.

The ISFA Envision Award is awarded to the supplier or manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. Park Industries received the Envision Award for its development and implementation of a traveling Digital Stoneworking Expo.

Augie Chavez, Omar Salazar of Rockin’teriors, Amy Miller

The ISFA Fabricator of the Year is awarded to an individual of 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.  Rockin’teriors (Laura Grandlienard) was awarded Fabricator of the Year for focusing on quality and ethics, while also making sure to leave every customer happy. Rockin’teriors is also committed to eco-friendly fabrication, installation, and materials. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, they recently weathered Hurricane Florence, and they will be a vital part of North Carolina’s rebuilding. Omar Salazar attended the conference and proudly accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

The ISFA Hall of Fame Award is awarded 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. This years’ inductee was Mike Duggan. As the original founder of ISFA his drive, intelligence, creativity and hard work were the key elements to founding the organization. Duggan was the original catalyst that brought together the founding members of the association more than 20 years ago and pushed them to work together with him to create ISFA (ISSFA).

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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BLANCO Announces Winners of 2017 BLANCO by Design Contest

Posted on 08 February 2018 by cradmin

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, announced the winners of its first annual BLANCO by Design contest. Entrants were required to submit a kitchen or small space design featuring one BLANCO sink and one BLANCO faucet for a chance to win up to $5,000.

Blanco by Design Grand Prize

Grand Prize Winner

The 2017 BLANCO by Design contest took place from August to November 2017. The contest was judged by design professionals including, Patricia Davis Brown, founder of Patricia Davis Brown Designs; Janice Costa, editor Kitchen & Bath Design News; Jaime Derringer, founder and executive editor for Design Milk; Veronika Miller, founder and CEO of Modenus and Steven Williams, program director for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids).

Grand Prize – Fred Alsen, FMA Interior Design – Fred Alsen chose a BLANCO RONDO™ Bar Sink, a BLANCO SteelArt PRECISION™ MicroEdge Super Single Bowl, a MERIDIAN™ Bar Faucet and BLANCO CULINA™ Semi-Pro faucet for this sprawling contemporary kitchen design. A kitchen built for entertaining, this design utilizes the BLANCO RONDO to double as not only a prep sink, but also as storage for cold beverages – perfect for homeowners who love to entertain.

First Place – Small Kitchen Space – Cheryl Kees Clendenon, In Detail Interiors
Cheryl Kees Clendenon transformed a small space into a unique kitchen filled with bright and colorful elements. Included in this space are floor to ceiling subway tiles, innovative storage solutions and a BLANCO ONE™ sink with a coordinating CULINA™ faucet.

First Place – Kitchen – Keslie Muhlenbruch, Minnesota Cabinets
Keslie Muhlenbruch designed an open layout kitchen complete with a fresh, airy feel. Featuring dark tones and sleek style, Keslie chose a BLANCO IKON® sink and MERIDIAN™ Faucet to bring her design to life.

Honorable Mention – Michele Alfano, Michele Alfano Design
Michele Alfano’s custom kitchen design features a modern farmhouse style with an open concept. This stunning navy blue and white kitchen features a spacious center island complete with a BLANCO IKON® sink and ARTONA™ faucet.

Honorable Mention – Karen Kassen, Kitchens Unlimited
Built for a traditional home with a contemporary and eclectic style, Karen Kassen’s kitchen design combines modern elements with a colorful twist. This sleek, state of the art kitchen is complete with integrated LED lighting, pop up outlets and a BLANCO PRECISION™ R10 Super Single Bowl with a CULINA™ Faucet.

You may also be interested in this article about the winners of ATI’s The Winning Formula Contest.

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Coverings Announces 2017 CID Award Winners and Rock Stars

Posted on 18 April 2017 by cradmin

Coverings 2017 CID AwardsAs a part of the 2017 Coverings conference program, the winners of the Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards presented their projects to show attendees. The CID Awards honor outstanding design and installation of tile and stone in the categories of Residential Stone, Residential Tile, Commercial Stone, and Commercial Tile. Submissions were judged based on execution, original usage, and overall design and purpose. The four prize-winning teams, including each designer and installer, received $2,500, and a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings. All winning projects were displayed at Coverings 2017 on a video wall and on an award display.

The four projects that earned this prestigious award are:
Residential Stone
Project: Art House, The Zajeski Project
Designer: CVG Architects
Installer: Blue Pearl Stone

Residential Tile
Project: Contemporary Twilight
Designer: DKOR Interiors
Installer: Newman Brothers Construction

Commercial Stone
Project: Energy Center III
Designer: Kirskey Architecture
Installer: Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.

Commercial Tile
Project: Maurices Corporate Headquarters
Designer: RSP Architects
Installer: Twin City Tile and Marble

Special Recognition honors were also given to the following projects for exemplifying noteworthy tile and stone applications:
Special Recognition: Community Enhancement
Project: Pacific Coast Highway Caltran Landscape Architecture
Designer: Alice Taylor
Installer: JC Stone

Special Recognition: Creative Use of Tile in an Educational Setting
Project: Coweta Central Elementary School
Designer: Stacy Group
Installer: Bentley Flooring

Special Recognition: International
Project: Villa Nemes: Natural Materials in Natural Environment
Designer: Giordano Hadamik Architects
Installer: Simine Rizza & Ndricim Aga

Special Recognition: International
Project: Opera Software Wroclaw
Designer: mode:lina architekci Paweł Garus Jerzy Woźniak sp. j.

Special Recognition: International
Project: Madrid, Spain Perimeter Project
Designer: Zooco Estudio
Installer: Hisbalit

Special Recognition: International
Project: Lattice House
Designer: Emiliano López Matas

In addition to the CID Awards, Coverings honored its third class of industry “Rock Stars” during the convention. Honorees were recognized for their individual contributions to the tile and stone industry during a Rock Star Luncheon. Representing more than 100 years of experience across a diverse array of industry professions, the 2017 honorees are:

George L. Bellerose, Granite & Marble Works, Inc., Lead Installer & Operations Manager
Chanel Carrizosa, Icon Tile & Design, Operator & Owner
Andrew Cassanova, Jeffrey Court Inc., Marketing Director
Marcos Castillo, David Allen Company, Superintendent
Lauren Congrove, Distinctive Marble and Granite, Marketing & Sales Supervisor
Eva Mallory, MS International, Sales Representative
Dimce Manev, Imperial Tile & Stone, Owner
Marie-Noelle Neidemire, Panzica Building Corporation, Interior Designer
Matt Newbold, Elite Tile Setters, Program Manager
Joseph Roberts, International Stone & Tile, Import Manager & Senior Purchaser
Jessica Webber, Webber Development & Construction, Co-owner

CountertopResource.com would like to extend our congratulations to all of this years’ winners and honorees.

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