The Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica, the Association of Italian Ceramics, will soon choose the winners of the 2011 Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition. Interested applicants now have untilJanuary 25, 2011to submit their work.

The competition, now in its 18th year, recognizes the exceptional work of North American architects and designers who feature Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential or commercial/hospitality spaces.

Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend CERSAIE 2011 – the world’s largest exhibition for ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – joining a delegation of top consumer and design journalists. Ceramic Tiles of Italy will award an additional $1,000 to be shared by the winning contractor/distributor team.

The competition is open to all North American architects and interior designers. Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2006 and January 2011 are eligible for entry.

  • Institutional
  • Residential
  • Commercial/Hospitality
A panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality and aesthetic appeal. The official criterion for the jury includes: overall design of the project, innovative use of tile, tile design, quality of installation, degree that tile enhances the setting and the project’s sustainable attributes.

Submissions must be completed no later than January 25, 2011.Winners will be announced at the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Press Conference during Coverings, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV from March 14-17, 2011. In addition, a video of the winning projects will be on presented in the Italian pavilion during this internationally acclaimed tile and stone trade show. A project submission form can be completedhere.

For additional information or for any questions about the competition, contact Novità Communications at 718.857.4806 or