Prism Awards, Design + Detail
Project: Our Lady of Pompeii, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
Washington, DC
Company: Rugo Stone, LLC

Every year, Coverings showcases the latest advances in ceramic technology, and this year was no exception during the 2009 edition held in Chicago. From “bionic” tiles that respond to their environment to self-cleaning and anti-microbial tiles, Coverings 2009 offered a glimpse into the future of tile technology. High points of the show included:

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced it recently completed testing on a new titanium-based, micro-coating technology developed by Stone Peak Ceramics, which showed a 70% reduction in NOx emissions, as well as a 67-94% reduction in E Coli bacteria.

“Green” was the hot topic, as many manufacturers stressed the environmental benefits of using ceramic tile, such as LEED points and improved indoor air quality. Manufacturers also placed more emphasis on the greenness of their production process, for example, conspicuously labeling the products that feature a high percentage of recycled content.

Design trends were more subdued this year. Simple, organic designs that mimic natural materials proved to be popular with attendees. Realistic stone designs incorporating new inkjet printing technology proved popular with attendees.

Coverings 2009 not only served as a platform for unveiling new designs, equipment or elements used in tile, but also served as the focal point for honoring 17 tile and stone projects in the annual Spectrum and Prism Awards. The following projects not only grabbed the attention of the judging panel, but also those of Coverings’ attendees.

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Prism Awards - First Prizes

Project: Highlands Pond Residence, Aspen, CO
Company: The Gallegos Corp.

Project: Jefferson Hall - USMA Library and Learning Center, West Point, NY
Entrant’s Name: Holzman Moss Architecture

Project: 25 Bond Street, New York, NY
Company: Walker Zanger

Project: Brentwood Residence, Los Angeles, CA
Company: Executive Stone

Prism Awards - Award of Merit

Project: Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN
Company: David M. Schwarz Architects

Project: Hunt Corp. Headquarters - Foucault Pendulum, Dallas, TX
Company: Waterjet Works!

Prism Awards, Design + Detail

Project: Our Lady of Pompeii, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
Company: Rugo Stone, LLC

Mosaic/Glass Tile
Project: New Year’s Revelers, Times Square Subway Station, New York, NY
Company: Miotto Mosaic Art Studios

Spectrum Awards, First Prize

Ceramic/Porcelain Tile - Residential
Project: Hartsfield Residence, Terrell, TX
Company: Motawi Tileworks

Ceramic/Commercial Tile - Commercial
Project: The Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel Historic Renovation, Santa Barbara, CA
Company: Native Tile and Ceramics

Ceramic/Porcelain Tile - Residential
Project: Taliesin Mod.Fab, Scottsdale, AZ
Company: Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Spectrum Awards, Award of Merit

Ceramic/Porcelain - Commercial
Project: Nanotube Fullereness, Gainesville, FL
Company: Twin Dolphin Mosaics

Mosaic/Glass Tile
Project: Oak Plaza, Miami, FL
Company: Tile & Marble Works, Inc.

Project: Tree of Knowledge, Roswell, NM
Company: Roswell Interarts Organization

Spectrum Awards, Community Award

Project: Arts Connect - Creative Learning Center, Roswell, NM
Company: Roswell Interarts Organization

Project: “Nebula Chroma” Mosaic Mural at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, TX
Company: Sonia King Mosaic Artist

Spectrum Awards, Design + Detail