Confindustria Ceramica and the Italian Trade Commission have announced the winners of its 15th annual Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition. Top awards went to BKA Architects for an installation at Samsonite's corporate headquarters, Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects for their work at a job center in Cleveland, and Division1 Architects and Koji Tsutsui for residential projects.
Massachusetts-based BKA received the top award in the commercial category for a 65,000 sq. ft. project at Samonsite's headquarters. According to David Seibert, sr. vp and sr. designer of BKA, a highlight of the project is the Samonsite logo inlaid in the central lobby using 24" by 24" porcelain tile from Floor Gres. “The swirling floor pattern was designed to draw people through the lobby into Samsonite’s new Corporate Headquarters,” he said.