2020 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Winners Named

New York, NY, April 21, 2020-Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. 

After reviewing a record number of outstanding projects from all across North America, the international jury of design experts selected four winners and three honorable mentions. The chosen projects demonstrate creative use of Italian ceramic tile, representing all three built project categories-commercial, residential and institutional-and one student category. For the first time this year, the competition also featured a People’s Choice Award. Following a two-week period of public online voting, the honor was given to a multi-family housing project that garnered an overwhelming total of 396 public votes. 

The winners will be honored during an awards ceremony in Bologna, Italy at Cersaie taking place in the fall. In addition to this five-day, CEU-accredited trip, built project winners will also receive a check for $2,000. The contractor and distributor teams involved with each winning project will be awarded an additional $1,000. 

COMMERCIAL WINNER

Firm: Ruscio Studio

Project: Garden City Shopping Centre

Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Tile Manufacturers: Alfalux; Casalgrande Padana

Distributor: Italbec

Contractor: Fabris & Watts

COMMERCIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: Design Continuum, Inc.

Project: Hotel Bennett

Location: Charleston, SC, United States

Tile Manufacturers: Ceramiche Caesar; Ceramiche Coem; Emilceramica; Florim; Marca Corona; Ceramiche Refin

Distributor: Ceramic Technics

Contractor: David Allen Company

RESIDENTIAL WINNER

Firm: Bolivar Arquitectos

Project: M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herradura

Location: Monterrey, NL, Mexico

Tile Manufacturers: Florim; Provenza

RESIDENTIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: STUDIOSC

Project: 426 Tompkins Ave

Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States

Tile Manufacturers: Fioranese; Ceramiche Refin

Distributor: Highstyle Stone and Tile

Contractor: ABF Tile Installation

INSTITUTIONAL WINNER

Firm: Perkins and Will

Project: NYC Healthcare Clinic

Location: New York, NY, United States

Tile Manufacturers: Laminam; Saime Ceramiche

Distributor: Nemo Tile; Stone Source

Contractor: Wilkstone

INSTITUTIONAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: uoai architects

Project: Nathan Phillips Square Bicycle Station | Archive 513

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Tile Manufacturer: Lea Ceramiche

Distributor: Ciot

Contractor: Thin Tile Canada

STUDENT WINNER

Entrants: Carolina Cardona, Gabriela Mesquita, Rachael Cowan, Mariapia Sierra

University: Florida International University (FIU)

Declared Major: Interior Architecture

Project: ...sensuum spa

Tiles Used: Valentino by Ceramiche Piemme; Abitare la Ceramica; Rondine; Ceramiche Coem; Italgraniti

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Firm: Vida Design

Project: The Rodney

Location: Portland, OR, United States

Tile Manufacturer: Appiani

Distributor: Statements Tile

Contractor: Floor Solutions