The Italian ceramic tile industry is accepting submissions for the 12th edition of the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition. This annual awards program, sponsored by Assopiastrelle, the Association of Italian Ceramic Tile Manufacturers, and the Italian Trade Commission, recognizes design excellence in projects that feature Italian ceramic tile. North American architects and interior designers are invited to submit residential, commercial, or institutional projects.

A jury of design professionals will judge projects on their creative attributes as well as how the tiles meet their functional and technical requirements. Submissions from three categories - residential, institutional, and commercial - may be entered for consideration. The criteria for the jury includes: overall design of the project, innovative use of tile, tile design, quality of installation and degree that tile enhanced the setting. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and a trip to Coverings on May 3-6, 2005. Winners will also be eligible for a trip to Cersaie 2005, to be held in Bologna, Italy. Entries may be submitted for domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2000 and January 2005. Completed submissions must be received no later than January 30, 2005.

For more information and an application, visit: or or contact Novità Communications at

Two Industry Publications Redesigned
Two industry publications, TileNews and Cer International, are showing off their new looks. TileNews, a quarterly newsletter dedicated to Italian Ceramic Tiles and published by the Italian Trade Commission in cooperation with Assopiastrelle, launched its redesign in the 2004 Spring issue. The new face of Cer International, a magazine published by Edi,Cer (the publishing arm of Assopiastrelle) and distributed in collaboration with the Italian Trade Commission, premiered at Cersaie 2004. Both publications not only received new covers, but were also made more reader-friendly.

To learn more about any of these publications or initiatives, please visit or The new redesigned issues of TileNews and Cer International are available on the website, at trade shows, and through the Italian Tile Commission.