When American designers work with Italian materials great things happen. Confindustria Ceramica and the Italian Trade Commission have announced the winners of the 2008 Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition. The competition, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, recognizes extraordinary North American architects who create design masterpieces that employ innovative uses of Italian ceramic tile. Prizes are awarded for excellence in Residential, Commercial and Institutional architecture. An international jury critiqued the artistic and technical aspects of each project. They considered the creative uses of tile, and how it fits into the overall design aesthetic.
Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects from Cleveland, Ohio stood out as the winner of the Institutional category. Their design for the Cleveland Job Corps Center displayed a progressive and creative application of Italian porcelain tile. Impronta Ceramiche tile in 12” x 12” and 12” x 24” formats were used as the exterior surface for all the buildings in the sprawling 25-acre campus. The site was selected by the Department of Labor to be the location of an accredited high school and community college program.
In recognition of his commitment to innovative design using Italian ceramic tile, architect and two-time Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition winner Michael P. Johnson of Michael P. Johnson Design Studios was honored with the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Legend Award. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based architect’s two projects, the Bradley Residence and the Ellsworth Residence, wowed the jury with their minimalist sophistication and modern aesthetic. In the Bradley Residence, 12” by 24” Imola porcelain tile was used as both interior and exterior flooring. For the Ellsworth Residence, Johnson used 24” x 48” Imola tiles to create a pristine and open appearance. In both projects, the use of tile supplied sustainable benefits, because when flooded with sunlight through the south facing glass panels, they provide a heat sink, thus reducing both heat cost and energy consumption.
Conestoga Tile Receives 2008 Distributor AwardAfter an extensive selection process, Conestoga Ceramic Tile Distributors has been named the 2008 recipient of the Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award. Presented annually at Coverings, this award recognizes a U.S. or Canadian distributor for their dedication to the promotion and use of Italian ceramic tiles in the marketplace.
As in past years, a Supervisory Committee, made up of members of the Confindustria Ceramica Board of Directors, compiled a list of criteria based on recommendations from the Italian ceramic tile manufacturers, including: competence and skill as an importer and distributor of Italian ceramic tiles; preference for Ceramic Tiles of Italy for their unique aesthetic and technical qualities; fair-trade practices in the commercial relationship undertaken with the Italian manufacturers; and best showroom and corporate image.
Conestoga Tile was given the award during a special Serata di Gala held at the Hard Rock LIVE in Orlando, FL. Confindustria Ceramica President Alfonzo Panzani and famed Italian singer Luisa Corna presented the prize to Jim and Steve Vogel. The firm will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Bologna, Italy to attend CERSAIE 2008 in September.