From a park stairway in San Francisco with an almost lenticular effect to a beautifully minimal gray ghost of a house in Italy, 15 projects were recognized last week for their outstanding use of tile or stone. Each was honored in the fifth annual Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, which took place in Chicago on opening night of the premier North American show Coverings and distributed a total of $20,000 in monetary prizes.
“The entries received for the 2016 CID Awards program were impressive and illustrative of the incredible range of creative and technical talents found in the tile and stone industry,” said Karin Fendrich, the show’s director.
The competition jury — comprising industry writers, leading designers, installation professionals and representatives from Ceramics of Italy, the Tile Council of North America, Tile of Spain and National Tile Contractors Association — participated in a blind judging format to rate each entry on technical execution and original or inspired use of materials.
Two Grand Prize winners, one for stone and the other for tile, were selected. The Stone Grand Prize went to Carson Guest and Marmi Natural Stone for their work on the Farley Residence in Duluth, Georgia. This complete renovation of a traditional home incorporated marble, limestone, onyx and quartzite in applications ranging from a bookmarked marble focal wall and fireplace surround and mantle to custom bathroom sink vanities.
Lincoln Park stairway
Meanwhile, the Tile Grand Prize went to Doty Tile, Snyder Tile and Aileen Barr for the aforementioned stairway project in Lincoln Park, San Francisco. Artist, architect and installers collaborated to revive this long-neglected stairway, cladding the step risers as well as concrete benches and pillar faces in custom handmade tiles by Barr as well as tiles sourced from Fireclay, Dal Tile and Heath Ceramics.
Lincoln Park stairway
In addition to the grand prizes, winners were selected in 13 other categories for design or installation, including a new category of “Scouting Shots” to honor an entry featuring amateur photography.
Winner, Commercial Stone Design: St. Wenceslaus Church in Dickinson, North Dakota; design by Creative Edge Master Shop
Winner, Commercial Stone Installation: Indianapolis Temple in Carmel, Indiana; installation by KEPCO+
Winner, Residential Stone Design: St. Johns in Dallas; design by S & R Development
Winner, Residential Stone Installation: Green Lake in West Bloomfield, Michigan; installation by Ribaudo Tile and Marble
Winner, International Stone Design: WIGGLY HOUSE in Ponte Lambro, Italy; design by ifdesign (also shown at top)
Winner, Commercial Tile Design: The Mixx Overland Park in Overland, Kansas; design by Clockwork
Winner, Commercial Tile Installation: Miguel’s in Abilene, Texas; installation by Edward Flores Tile
Winner, Residential Tile Design: Contemporary Waterfront Elegance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; design by DKOR Interiors
Winner, Residential Tile Installation: Ultimate Outdoor Living Space in Tampa, Florida; installation by Ryan Hughes Design
Winner, International Tile Design: Blue Wave Restaurant in Barcelona; design by Equipo Creativo
Winner, Sustainable Commercial Design: Fairfield Inn & Suites in Waterbury, Vermont; design by LHK design
Winner, Sustainable Residential Design: Heijnen-Kavelaars Garden Residence in Houston; design by Intexture
Winner, Scouting Shots: Red Rock Country Club West Gate Remodel in Las Vegas; design by SKG Designs