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April 18-21


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Design inspired and imaginative spaces using Italian ceramic tile
Enter the 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition
Win $4,000 + CEU-accredited trip to Italy with design media delegation


Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission are proud to announce the 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Call for Entries. Now in its 23rd year, annual awards program recognizes the work of top North American architects and designers who create imaginative spaces using Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. From home kitchens to corporate offices to tile-clad facades, Ceramics of Italy is looking for all types and scales of projects featuring Italian tile.


Prizes
The grand prize winner in each category will receive a cash prize of $4,000 plus a trip to Chicago to present the project at Coverings and a VIP CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie - the world's largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings - with a delegation of top consumer and design journalists. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning contractor/distributor team in each category.


Rules
The competition is open to all North American architects and interior designers. Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2011 and January 2016 are eligible for entry.


Categories
● Institutional
● Residential
● Commercial/Hospitality


Criteria
A panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality, sustainability 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.


Submission Deadline
Submissions must be completed no later than January 22, 2016. Winners will be notified in March and officially announced at the Ceramics of Italy Press Conference at Covering, held April 18-21, 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.


Contact
For more information contact Novità Communications at 212-528-3160 or info@novitapr.com


Links
www.italiantiles.com - Portal to Italian tile industry
www.italytile.com - Ceramic Tile Center of the Italian Trade Commission in New York
www.laceramicaitaliana.it - Institutional website for Ceramics of Italy worldwide
www.cersaie.it - Annual exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings in Bologna, Italy


FAQ
What do I win?
The winning architect in each category receives a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie 2016 as part of a delegation of design and lifestyle journalists. In addition, a check for $4000 will be presented during the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference at Coverings 2016 in Chicago.

The winning contractor/distributor team receives a check for $1000.

When is the deadline for submission?
January 22, 2016

What type of projects are eligible?
Commercial, Residential or Institutional new construction or renovation projects completed within the past 5 years. Projects can be domestic or international as long as the architect or designer is based in North America.

How do I know if a manufacturer is a member of Ceramics of Italy?
Ceramics of Italy is an umbrella organization comprised of over 150 manufacturers of Italian tile. CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF COMPANIES.

Since it is a ceramic tile competition, are projects featuring glass mosaic tiles eligible?
Projects must feature products produced by at least one company listed in association list above. As it is a competition celebrating CERAMIC/PORCELAIN, a percentage of the products featured should be CERAMIC/PORCELAIN tile.

Does the project have to be exclusively Italian tile? Can I use mixed medium?
Yes, you can use mix-medium, but a significant portion of the project should include Italian CERAMIC/PORCELAIN tile.

Can I enter the competition if I have submitted a project before?
Yes

Can I enter the competition if I have won the project before?
Yes

Can I submit more than one project?
Multiple submissions are permitted. Please fill out a separate form for each project.

How much does it cost to submit?
There is no charge for entry.

How do I submit?
Click Submit on the toolbar and fill in the required fields. If completed correctly, you should receive a unique #ID that corresponds with your submission. Use the #ID to upload a ZIP file with low resolution images of the project.

Who can I contact with additional questions?
Novità Communications is happy to assist in any way.
212-528-3160
info@novitapr.com