For the last five years, Artaic and Bostik have hosted the Design ‘N Gather competition, which invites students, architects, designers, artists and other industry professionals to utilize Artaic’s Tylist™ program to create a mosaic that will be permanently installed in an exclusive location.

This year, the brands teamed up with Sydell Group to have the winning design installed in the Cupola on the rooftop of The NoMad Hotel in New York, NY. The Cupola, which sits atop the second floor rooftop’s northwest corner, is currently used for private dinners, weddings and other special events.

On November 11, 2018 — the first day of Boutique Design New York (BDNY) — Artaic strategically unveiled the winning mosaic of this year’s competition, which was sponsored by Bostik, at the Parisian-inspired hotel. After hundreds of submissions and rounds of rigorous blind judging from an esteemed panel of hospitality experts that represented Sydell Group, MGM, Wilson Associates, Puccini Group, JG Neukomm Architecture, Hospitality Media Group, Bostik and Artaic, Kavitha Iyer’s “Starry Nights” was selected.

“Kavitha’s mosaic was an outstanding fit for the Cupola,” said Ted Acworth, CEO and founder of Artaic. “The scene depicted in her design captured the essence of the hotel’s rooftop; it gives the room a feeling of intimacy, as if the guests are witness to a magical night sky.”

“Starry Nights,” which was created using Artaic’s Vitreous Glass tiles, features an abstract scene of a starry sky with low-hanging tree branches entwined in lights. The color palette contains moody blues, blended purples and pale pinks, with hints of gold. The mosaic evokes feelings of being beneath a star-filled sky at night, according to visitors.

“I wanted to bring the outdoors in, evoking the experience of a star-lit dinner inside the walls of the Cupola,” Iyer explained. “It’s a simulation — as if you are dining outside surrounded by trees with the city’s lights peeking through. I didn’t want to compete with what's already fabulous. New York is the ultimate hero and inspiration; this mosaic is meant to complement New York’s iconic skyline, a lasting interpretation of a memory that you can’t easily recreate. Artaic’s simple-to-use Tylist™ program gave me creative freedom to express my vision and it’s so humbling to see it installed in a space guest can enjoy for years to come.”

Bostik's Hydroment® Vivid™ grout was specified for the installation, which was completed by Coastal Tile & Marble, Inc. in Elmsford, NY. “Because of the project's tight schedule, Hydroment Vivid’s rapid-curing performance really came in handy when the mosaic tiles were being installed both on the ceiling and curved walls of the Cupola,” said Chris Eichman, Bostik’s marketing communications manager. “Its non-sag property allowed installers to work through both the vertical and horizontal applications without having to change products."

“It was truly moving to see it completely installed and alive,” added Iyer, who was awarded an all-expenses paid trip for two to Paris, France, for winning the competition. “It’s one thing to feel something in your head and create a visual for a space based on a narrative you personally feel is compelling. To have a larger audience respond and understand the meaning organically in a way which makes it feel like it was always meant to be there, is the part which has been tremendous. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to Artaic and Bostik to have been a part of this.”

“Starry Nights” mosaic mural at The NoMad Hotel

New York, NY

Designer: Kavitha Iyer, globaldesignstrategies, Bethesda, MD

Tile Supplier: Artaic, Boston, MA (Vitreous Glass tiles, Tylist™ program)

Tile Installer: Coastal Tile & Marble, Inc., Elmsford, NY

Installation Products: Bostik, Milwaukee, WI (Hydroment® Vivid™)