Tile design competition , The 2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile, now in its 24th year, the annual awards program invites North America-based architects and designers to submit their most innovative and sustainable projects from the past five years that take advantage of the excellent technical and aesthetic qualities of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile.
Projects that predominantly feature Italian tile, newly built or renovated, domestic or international will be evaluated by an international jury of design experts in the residential, institutional and commercial categories.
From home kitchens to corporate offices to tile-clad facades, Ceramics of Italy is looking for all types and scales of built projects featuring Italian tile.
A panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality, sustainability and aesthetic appeal. The official criterion for the jury includes: overall design of the project, innovative use of tile, tile design, quality of installation, degree that tile enhances the setting and the project's sustainable attributes.
Submissions must be completed no later than January 6, 2017.
The grand prize winner in each category will receive $3,000 plus a trip to Orlando to present the project at Coverings during the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference on April 5, 2017.
As part of the awards package, the winner will also receive CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie - the world's largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings - in the fall, with a delegation of top journalists, designers and architects from North America.
During the five-day trip, delegates will be led on a guided tour of the show, visiting a range of tile and sanitaryware companies while highlighting the latest products, design trends and technical advancements in the industry in addition to group dinners, offsite events and a chance to see tile production firsthand.
An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning contractor/distributor team involved in each winning project.