Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Names Winners

Orlando, FL, April 11, 2017—Now in its 24th year, the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition—the longest-running award program of its kind—is proud to announce six outstanding projects that wholly represent the competition’s goal of honoring the admirable use of Italian tile in North American architecture and design.

Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency, the competition attracted high-quality submissions in each of the three categories: residential, commercial, and institutional. An international jury of design industry experts reviewed and evaluated the projects, ultimately selecting three winners and three honorable mentions among the steep competition.

The jury selected the winners of the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition using the following criteria: the creative and effective use of Italian tile, the overall quality of the installation, the aesthetic beauty and functionality of the design, and the sustainable attributes of the overall project and materials used. Though vastly different in scale and aesthetic, the projects illustrate how Italian tile plays an important role in the realization of thoughtfully conceived interior design and architecture. From its functional advantages – being durable, hygienic, and easy to maintain – to the superior qualities that set Italian producers apart – leading edge technology, unparalleled quality and aesthetic excellence – Italian ceramic tile is a versatile and high performance material that architects and designers repeatedly seek out.

The winners were officially announced at Coverings. The winning firms will each receive a prize of $3,000 as well as an all-expenses-paid, CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie  as part of a VIP delegation of specifiers and journalists. Contractors and distributors involved in each winning project will also be awarded a cash prize for their valued contribution.


Residential Winner

Firm: Bromley Caldari Architects

Project: Ocean View House

Location: Fire Island Pines, New York

Tile Manufacturer: Emilceramica

Distributor: Artistic Tile

Contractor: Artistic Tile


Residential Honorable Mention

Firm: Cord Struckmann, Architect

Project: Case Study House 26 Remodel

Location: San Rafael, CA

Tile Manufacturer: Gigacer

Distributor: Statements Tile

Contractor: Escarlarta Tile


Commercial Winner

Firm: Jennifer Carpenter Architect

Project: MediaMath 4 World Trade Center

Location: New York, NY

Tile Manufacturer: Ceramiche Refin

Distributor: High Style Stone and Tile

Contractor: Petretti & Associates; Coastal Tile & Marble


Commercial Honorable Mention

Firm: CallisonRTKL

Project: The Ridge at Lake Geneva

Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Tile Manufacturer: Provenza Ceramiche; Ceramiche Refin; Atlas Concorde

Distributor: Stone Source

Contractor: Lonnie’s Carpet


Institutional Winner

Firm: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Project: Jerome L. Greene Science Center, home of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University NYC

Location: New York, NY

Tile Manufacturer: Casalgrande Padana

Distributor: ProTile Distributors

Contractor: JanTile


Institutional Honorable Mention

Firm: Gow Hastings Architects

Project: Ryerson University ServiceHub

Location: Toronto, ON

Tile Manufacturer: Casalgrande Padana

Distributor: Stone Tile International

Contractor: Twin Contracting

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