The show, which took place March 23-26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., featured more than 1,400 exhibitors in 500,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Coverings offered special workshops, events, forums and appreciation nights. Organizers launched the 2004 Conference Program with a keynote address by Steve Forbes.
The entire pool, pool deck, pool bath and stairs were all part of the remodel, while a spa and waterfall were new construction completed at the same time. On the decorative side are 140 fish, crabs, shells, octopi and a variety of other sea life, plus a 6-foot long mermaid and a coral glaze designed specifically for the pool. All of the tiles were installed with thin-set mortar over the concrete tank prior to plastering.
First Prize, Residential went to Santa Fe Design Studio for "Fallen Leaves," a handmade tile fireplace in Minneapolis, designed by Eric Rattan. For the residence, Rattan created handmade, oxide-enhanced stoneware leaf tiles and burnished them to a deep, reddish-brown. Moss green slate was used for the floor.
Merit winners were: Atlanta Tile and Marble Inc., Residential, for the columns at an Italian villa mansion in Sarasota, Fla.; and Mees Distributors, Commercial for "The Spirit of Baseball" murals at the new Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.