The most important ceramic tile and stone trade fair in the US, Coverings 2017 drew designers and architects last week to sunny Orlando, Florida, with showcases of the newest products and trends in both domestic and international design. And while the products are typically the stars of Coverings, a select group of design professionals attending the show stole the spotlight at the annual Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, which recognizes stellar residential and commercial projects utilizing tile and stone in inventive and beautiful ways.
“The CID Awards program is distinct because it demonstrates how beautiful product, design artistry and a high level of technical skill come together to create spectacular architecture and design,” stated Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, who produces Coverings.
And the winners are…
RESIDENTIAL STONE: Art House, The Zajeski Project by CVG Architects (installed by Blue Pearl Stone)
RESIDENTIAL TILE: Contemporary Twilight by DKOR Interiors (installed by Newman Brothers Construction)
COMMERCIAL STONE: Energy Center III by Kirskey Architecture (installed by Camarata Masonry Systems)
COMMERCIAL TILE: Maurices Corporate Headquarters by RSP Architects (installed by Twin City Tile and Marble)
In addition to these top winners, the awards program gave special recognition to:
COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT: Pacific Coast Highway Caltran Landscape Architecture by Alice Taylor (installed by JC Stone)
Via LASN magazine (left) and Stone World Magazine (right)
CREATIVE USE OF TILE IN AN EDUCATIONAL SETTING: Coweta Central Elementary School by Stacy Group (installed by Bentley Flooring)
INTERNATIONAL: Villa Nemes by Giordano Hadamik Architects (installed by Simine Rizza and Ndricim Aga)
INTERNATIONAL: Opera Software Wroclaw by mode:lina architekci (installed by Pawel Garus Jerzy Wozniak)
INTERNATIONAL: Madrid, Spain Perimeter Project by Zooco Estudio (installed by Hisbalit)
INTERNATIONAL: Lattice House by Emiliano López Matas
The judging panel for the 2017 competition included Will Speros (Contract and Hospitality Design magazines), Chris Abbate and Kristin Coleman (Novità Communications on behalf of Ceramics of Italy), Lori Dolnick (Frank Advertising on behalf of Tile of Spain), Eric Astrachan and Stephanie Samulski (Tile Council of North America), Bart Bettiga (National Tile Contractors Association), Chris Walker (David Allen Company) and Kevin Fox (Fox Ceramic Tile).