October 31, 2014

Blanke Corporation’s Dan Holcomb looks ahead to 2015

Blanke Corporation is celebrating its first year with Dan Holcomb as director of sales and marketing.

“2014 has been an exciting year for me personally, and a great year for Blanke Corp,” Holcomb said.  ”We are excited to work with The North American tile community, and we look forward to earning our place,” Holcomb said.

Dan Holcomb, Blanke Corporation director of sales and marketing

Dan Holcomb, Blanke Corporation director of sales and marketing

Blanke, founded in 1948, began manufacturing high-end metal parts for the growing German car industry.  In the 1970’s, a young tile setter asked Mr. Blanke to help him solve a problem: the solution was a metal L-angle. Blanke Corp has a long history in the tile industry, offering a broad range of high quality tile trims along with innovative products like Blanke-Permat and Securmat.

The Blanke strategy is to build long-term success one step at a time:

  • Step one: strengthen relationships with our current distributors and build a strong partnership.
  • Step two: serve the contractor through innovation, education and customer service.
  • Step three: develop brand awareness with designers, architects, and the general public

“We are lucky to have some amazing sales reps, and they are excited about Blanke’s desire to gain market share and become a positive force in the tile community,” Holcomb said.  “We may not be the biggest company, but we are the best business partner you can ask for —  through hard work, excellent customer service, continued innovation and high-quality products.  With a smile on our faces,  we will work hard to earn your business.”

Holcomb also credited the  Blanke Corp team for their efforts: Bunni Hall, Ken Crouse, Andy Leichty, Thomas LeBlanc, and independent sales reps across the country.

Blanke is registered for two trade shows during 2015:

Holcomb spent a lot of time in the field during 2014, and plans to continue doing so in 2015, looking to schedule contractor/distributor trainings around the country.

“After 17 years as a contractor, I am thankful for the opportunity to stay in this industry, continue learning about tile installation, and best of all,  continue mixing thinset and spending time with contractors,” Holcomb said.  “As a tile installer, my strategy for success is central to the tile installer, from product education and innovation, to grabbing a bite and having a few beers! I’m looking forward to growing my business relationship and friendship in 2015!”

Contact Holcomb at dholcomb@blankecorp.com.

Crossville 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf: Design Chosen by 1st Annual Competition

Crossville 2014 Cancer Scarf FINAL

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – Crossville, Inc. has unveiled the winning design of its 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness scarf. Entitled “Birds of a Feather,” the chosen artwork is the creation of Nicole Johnson, showroom manager of United Tile’s Spokane, Washington branch. Johnson was one of twelve entrants in Crossville’s 1st annual competition that invited representatives from the company’s distribution network to submit original artwork to be considered by a panel of judges for the final scarf production.

The judging panel was comprised of notable industry personalities and Crossville pros who voted to determine the winning design. Participants included Jeanne Khoe Chung, Pasadena, CA-based interior designer and owner of Cozy-Stylish-Chic, Laurie Laizure, founder and moderator of the 30K+-member Interior Design Community on Google+, and Courtney M. Price, Dallas-based interior designer and design writer for Huffington Post.

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Courtney Price

Courtney Price states, “I have deep admiration for Crossville’s spirited participation with The Common Thread for the Cure. As a survivor, I am especially honored to have been asked to participate in their awareness program. Cheers to Crossville for supporting such a worthwhile cause.”

Crossville has produced Breast Cancer Awareness scarves since 2007, but this is the first year the company has hosted a competition to develop the design. The annual scarf production is just part of Crossville’s year-round commitment to support those in the design and furnishings industry who

are facing breast cancer. A portion of profits from all sales of the Glass Blox collection goes to The Common Thread for the Cure, the industry’s organization offering practical support for families facing the ramifications of breast cancer (see commonthread.info for more information).

“We take our programs related to Breast Cancer Awareness very seriously, and we hope we inspire our partners in the industry to do the same,” explains Crossville’s VP of Marketing Lindsey Waldrep. “By involving our distributors in the scarf-creation process, we’re taking the message further and sharing in the effort to make a difference.”

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Nicole Johnson, scarf designer

The selected artwork reflects that heightened involvement, as described in Johnson’s inspiration statement submitted with her entry.

“The bird motif symbolizes partnership and camaraderie for those who are going through their battles or those who have already won. When one comes alongside another and helps them fly, this companionship is what makes up the common thread.”

Crossville has made a $2,500 donation to The Common Thread for the Cure in honor of Nicole Johnson and her winning design and will also match that amount for a total $5,000 contribution.

The scarves are made available nationwide by distributors and retailers. Crossville will launch its 2015 competition in spring of next year.

About Crossville Inc.
Founded in 1986, Crossville Inc. is a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of award-winning porcelain, glass and stone tile collections for residential and contract applications. The company is the first U.S. tile manufacturer to achieve the following:

▪ production of large format tile on site

▪ manufacturing tile with certified recycled content

▪ development of the Tile Take-Back Program for recycling fired porcelain tile

▪ certification of its waste recycling programs

▪ TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines

▪ become a net consumer of waste For more information on Crossville, visit crossvilleinc.com.

H.B. Fuller Company Acquires ProSpec® Construction Products

ST. PAUL, Minn. - H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) announced today that it has acquired ProSpec® Construction Products, which is a provider of tile and stone installation products. This acquisition supports H.B. Fuller’s growth strategy by strengthening the company’s customer profile in the southeastern and western regions of the United States, where tile consumption is largest. The addition of ProSpec also increases the depth of H.B. Fuller’s product offerings and enables lower-cost and better service to customers through a larger manufacturing footprint.

ProSpec, with 2013 net revenue of $27 million, will be included in H.B. Fuller’s North America Construction Products operating segment. H.B. Fuller has purchased the business from Bonsal American, a subsidiary of Oldcastle, Inc., the North American holding company of CRH plc. The acquisition includes three factories and expands the manufacturing footprint of H.B. Fuller’s construction business into Texas and California. It also improves the company’s manufacturing efficiency in the Southeast and Northeast US.

“Construction is one of our key growth segments in North America, and this acquisition is an exciting move for H.B. Fuller,” said H.B. Fuller President and CEO Jim Owens. “With ProSpec, we will be able to better serve our big box customers with locations in the West and Southwest, broaden our product line, reduce our manufacturing and freight costs, and increase our presence with customers and key distributors in the Southeast.”

ProSpec has a long history of providing architects, engineers and commercial/residential construction contractors with the finest in professionally specified construction products that include surface preparation systems, tile and stone installation systems, and concrete repair and restoration products.

For over 125 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. With fiscal 2013 net revenue of $2.05 billion, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Its reliable, responsive service creates lasting, rewarding connections with customers in packaging, hygiene, general assembly, electronic and assembly materials, paper converting, woodworking, construction, automotive and consumer businesses. Its promise to its people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. For more information, visit www.hbfuller.com and subscribe to the blog.

“First to the Future Home” Webisode Series with Host Ty Pennington to Feature CertainTeed Gypsum Wall-to-Wall Solutions

 (Tampa, Fla.) – CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products, will bring its high-performance wall-to-wall interior solutions to the NextGen Home webisode series with host Ty Pennington. The “First to the Future Home” weekly online series showcases what it takes to make a home energy efficient, weather resistant, healthy, smart and much more.

“We are thrilled to be a product partner in the NextGen Home project with host Ty Pennington,” said Dan Kennard, vice president of marketing for CertainTeed Gypsum. “His enthusiasm and commitment to constructing homes that feature the latest in home building product technology will entertain, while educating viewers about the many benefits of performance wallboards. Getting the best value and environmental performance out of your home starts with making material selections tailored to the various needs and functions of your rooms. CertainTeed offers industry-leading options to address acoustics, indoor air quality, moisture and mold control, durability and aesthetics with Wall-to-Wall Solutions.”

CertainTeed sustainable solutions include the first-of-its-kind AirRenew® Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) family of gypsum board, an award-winning product that actively helps to clean indoor air by capturing airborne chemicals, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into safe, inert compounds—ultimately trapping them inside the board. M2Tech® technology also provides moisture and mold resistance. For hallways, AirRenew Extreme Impact board will be used, providing extra durability, impact and fire resistance.

Also featured will be SilentFX® noise reducing gypsum board, ideal for the media room and other areas where acoustic control is important, and Diamondback® tile backer in the kitchen and bathrooms, an extremely lightweight underlayment that is easy to install and moisture- and mold-resistant.

For more information about Wall-to-Wall Solutions, CertainTeed offers an app which can be downloaded via the iTunes® store. It allows users to easily navigate through specific areas of a home to better understand how the right wallboard products can enhance the longevity and performance of a home. Additional information can be found at www.certainteed.com/walltowall.

NextGen Home TV is produced by one of the earliest innovators in online broadcasting, www.iShow.com, located in Bellevue, Wash. Episodes of “First to the Future Home series” are now available exclusively on NextGen Home TV, www.NGHTV.com, with additional exposure on Ty Pennington’s social media properties.

Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects. For more information, go to certainteed.com/gypsum.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For six consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2013. www.certainteed.com

Levantina debuts in Kazakhstan’s leading construction fair

Levantina, a world leader in quarrying, producing and marketing Natural Stone, recently participated in Kazbuild for first time. The trade fair was held, for the twenty-first year, in Almaty (Kazakhstan) from 2 to 5 September.

Levantina was in the ICEX (Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) pavilion, among 13 Spanish construction industry companies. Levantina  presented its new Natural Stone products, which include the highly-rated Crema Marfil marble from its Monto Coto quarry.

kazbuild_2 (2)A complete range of marbles and granites were displayed, including materials such as Lennon, a greyish granite with white and blue quartz features from Levantina’s quarries in Brazil; Argos, a refined white marble from Greece characterised by its greyish veins and Marrón Emperador (brown), Amarillo Marés (yellow), Negro Markina (black) and Silvestre GT from quarries in Spain. These products are in great demand and Levantina distributes them worldwide.

The multinational company from Alicante also presented the latest TECHLAM® thin porcelain products, notably including Leather, a new finish that gives TECHLAM® a second skin with the look and feel of leather.  The beauty of these materials results in sophisticated, unique settings, without sacrificing their characteristic strength and toughness.

Kazakhstan is the richest country in Central Asia and its economy is growing at an average rate of 8% per year. It is the main link between Asia and Europe and has become an essential partner for European exports.

As a consequence of the continual expansion of this multinational from Alicante, and in order to make the most of this unbeatable socioeconomic context, Levantina used Kazbuild to present trends, new products and applications for the most exquisite Natural Stone.

ABOUT LEVANTINA:

Levantina is a world leader in quarrying, producing and marketing Natural Stone. The multinational founded in 1959 has the world’s largest deposit of Crema Marfil marble, which is in Alicante province. It currently has a large number of quarries, 8 factories and 28 distribution warehouses of its own. It has a range of more than 200 different materials, including Spanish marble and granite from Brazil. It exports to more than 110 countries in the European Union, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.

 

USG Releases Private Label Floor Prep Products Under Powerhold Brand

 CHICAGO—Sept. 4, 2014—USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), a leading manufacturer of high-performance building products, has entered a private-label agreement with Powerhold, the largest flooring accessories distributor network in the country. With the advent of this new partnership, USG’s distribution network in North America will be greatly expanded by the distributors represented by the Floor Covering Distributor Alliance (FCDA).

“The private-label agreement is a tremendous milestone for USG Tile & Flooring Solutions,” said Scott Crandall, national account sales and business development manager at USG. “It will provide us with an opportunity to serve the largest flooring accessories distributors in every market across North America.”

USG’s Powerhold products will be exclusively available to Powerhold’s vast network of flooring distributors. In addition, distributor members will have not only the best value products, but also an experienced team that is second to none.

“The Powerhold Brand, through the hard work and dedication of our distributor partners has become a recognized and respected brand in the floor covering industry,” said Dan Lee, president of FCDA. “We are thrilled with the expertise and support we have received in working with USG to further develop the Powerhold floor preparation line of products.”

“The FCDA strives to provide its distributor members with the best products in the market. Our partnership with USG, a demonstrated leader in the flooring industry, allows us to not only provide the best products, but the best in support as well,” said Jeff Brugman, executive director, FCDA, Powerhold.

The five Powerhold products covered by the private label agreement include: Powerhold™ 850 Fast Finish Patch & Skim Coat; Powerhold™ 650 NE Patch Plus; Powerhold™ PC-5K Self-Leveling Underlayment; Powerhold™ LP-4K Self-Leveling Underlayment; and Powerhold™ 900P Primer.

 Powerhold™ 850 Fast Finish Patch & Skim Coat

Offering 10 percent greater coverage than competitive products, Powerhold 850 Fast Finish Patch & Skim coat is an innovative, trowelable, cementitious floor patch that can be used on most interior floors including concrete, wood subfloors, and tile. Incredibly smooth and easy to work with, this floor patch also makes for an easy application process.

 Powerhold™ 650 NE Patch Plus

Versatile and trowelable, this floor patch is designed for interior use over concrete and wood subfloors. The polymer-modified, cement-based patching compound is ideal for renovation projects and provides a smooth surface for accepting floor coverings. No priming necessary, Powerhold 650 NE Patch Plus is easy to mix and apply, and is fast-drying; floor coverings can be installed in as little as one hour after set.

Powerhold™ PC-5K Self-Leveling Underlayment

As a high-strength portland cement-based underlayment, Powerhold PC-5K Self-Leveling Underlayment is ideal for interior use over concrete. With compressive strengths at a minimum of 5,000 psi, Powerhold PC-5K meets the requirements of ASTM F-710 “Standard Practice for Preparing Concrete Floors to Receive Resilient Flooring.” The fast-setting and application process also allows for return of light trade traffic within 24 hours and it can go from featheredge to 2 in. thicknesses.

 Powerhold™ LP-4K Self-Leveling Underlayment

Powerhold LP-4K self-leveling underlayment is a low-prep, versatile, high quality cementitious floor underlayment for interior use in light-commercial and renovation construction. With an exceptionally smooth, crack-resistant surface, Powerhold LP-4K self-leveling underlayment accepts a variety of floor coverings and helps to maximize sound isolation between floors/units.

Powerhold LP-4K can be easily applied over wood and concrete subfloors at a thickness of up to 3 in.; over non-water-soluble adhesives (on concrete only), and in radiant heat installations. Offering high compressive strengths (approximately 4100 psi) at low thicknesses, it is fast-applying and fast-setting; and can be walked on just 2 hours after installation, allowing for the return of light traffic.

Powerhold™ 900P Primer

Powerhold 900P Primer is a high-solids sealant that can be diluted with water to prime highly porous concrete, precast concrete, APA-Rated exterior glue plywood and OSB (oriented strand board). The primer may also be used as a sealer for Powerhold LP-4K self-leveling underlayment to enhance the bond between the underlayment and the floor-covering adhesive. With low odor, the Powerhold 900P Primer is mildew resistant and won’t stain a finished floor.

For more information visit http://Powerhold.com.

 

 

 

 

About USG Corporation

USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC and L&W Supply Corporation subsidiaries and its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Headquartered in Chicago, USG Worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets, enabling our customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play.  USG wall, ceiling, exterior sheathing, flooring underlayment and roofing systems provide leading-edge building solutions, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials throughout the United States. USG Boral Building Products is a leading plasterboard and ceilings joint venture across Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East.  USG and its subsidiaries are proud sponsors of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and the Canadian Olympic team. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.

 

About Powerhold

The Powerhold brand was established in 1999 by a group of the largest floor covering supply distributors in the world. Known as the F.C.D.A. (Floor Covering Distributor Alliance), these wholesale distributors sell all of the products needed to install any type of flooring imaginable. In some instances, they sell the actual flooring. Visit www.Powerhold.com for more information.

 

NTCA hits a record with new members in August

AUGUST 26, 2014 — JACKSON, MS — Thanks to a new partnership with Starnet® commercial contractors, and a strong summer National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Tile & Stone Workshop Program on the East and West Coasts, the NTCA has set a new membership record —  50 membership applications in the month of August.  With new memberships — including the August group — NTCA is inching closer to its goal of 1,000 members by the end of 2014.

Many new members joined in the Pacific Northwest, a geographical region the NTCA has targeted with strong growth potential.  NTCA trainer Michael Whistler, who resides in California, continues to reach people on the West Coast with great new information in the Workshop Program, while Gerald Sloan, NTCA’s trainer who has been with the association for many years, utilizes his Alabama residence to hit the Midwest, South and East Coast Regions.

All new members of the NTCA will receive the TCNA Handbook 2014 edition, ANSI Standards, and the new 2014 printed version of the NTCA Reference Manual as part of their joining package.  In addition, NTCA members get to choose up to $1,800 in Partnering For Success product coupons.  For more information on joining the NTCA, contact Jim Olson at jim@tile-assn.com

PAREX USA ANNOUNCES OWNERSHIP CHANGE

Anaheim, CA — August 7, 2014 - Parex USA, Inc., a leading building material manufacturer which markets its product under the brands of; Parex, LaHabra, Merkrete, Teifs and El Rey, announced the sale and ownership change of its parent company, ParexGroup, to CVC Capital Partners.

ParexGroup, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty chemicals and ready-to-use mortars for the construction industry, was founded in France by Lafarge in 1978. Since 2001, ParexGroup was one of four companies owned by Materis, a French corporation. Under the new ownership structure, ParexGroup will operate independently and will no longer be affiliated with Materis or its subsidiaries.

ParexGroup has grown significantly with a business model based on specialization, international development, organic growth and selective acquisitions. The sale offers an improved financial structure that will give the company flexibility to accelerate its development on a worldwide level.

“We are now an independent company with a new shareholder, who is strongly motivated to support us with ambition in this new phase of our development,” says Richard Séguin, Chief Executive Officer of ParexGroup. “CVC is one of the largest and most respected financial investors in the world.”

About Parex USA
Parex USA, Inc., a California Corporation, is a subsidiary of the ParexGroup, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty chemicals and ready-to-use mortars for the construction industry. With over 61 manufacturing sites and 9 R&D centers in 21 countries, the ParexGroup employs more than 3,550 industry professionals who are the corner stone of this thriving global organization. For more information regarding Parex USA, Inc. visit 
www.parexusa.com.

TILE INDUSTRY MEMBERS DONATE PRODUCT TO TILE THREE HOMES IN COLORADO

E. CANTON, OH (July 16, 2014) –  Five members of the tile industry donated tile and installation materials to tile three Habitat for Humanity homes in Woodland Park, Colorado, in April.

Daltile, Capco Tile & Stone, and Marino Tile and Marble all donated tile. Merkrete, a division of Parex USA, donated thinset mortar and grout and Tile Traders donated USG Durock® Brand Cement Board. All of the companies donated from their facilities in Colorado Springs, which is a short distance from the Habitat project site.

Daltile, CapcoTile & Stone, and MarinoTile & Marble all donated tile for Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

Daltile, CapcoTile & Stone, and MarinoTile & Marble all donated tile for Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

The homes completed a six-family project, which includes one family that fosters special needs children. Habitat adapted the house plans to make the home ADA compliant and said the donation of tile floors and walls helped them meet those requirements and reduce the overall cost to the family. The project was also part of a Habitat initiative known as Women Build, in which women make up the entire volunteer force. Under the leadership of Habitat construction supervisors, the women also handled the tile installation!

Tile Partners for Humanity represents the partnership of tile industry members working to support nonprofit partners like Habitat for Humanity and community outreach centers through donations of tile materials and labor. TPFH coordinated the donations on behalf of Habitat in Teller County.

The donors included members of longtime TPFH supporters Ceramic Tile Distributors Association and National Tile Contractors Association. Merkrete, Marino Tile and Marble, and Tile Traders are members of CTDA and Capco Tile & Stone, Merkrete and Marino Tile & Stone are members of NTCA. Daltile is a member of both CTDA and NTCA and is also a national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity.

Jamie Caperton, executive director of Teller County Habitat for Humanity, said it was an incredible experience for both volunteers and families. “What a delight it was to work with such generous partners like these to provide such a warm and welcoming home for our families during the Women Build Week. The ladies had tons of fun laying tile and totally look forward to next year!”

An all-female volunteer crew installed tile in three Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

An all-female volunteer crew installed tile in three Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

For Derek Richardson of Capco Tile & Stone, it was a chance to show appreciation to the community. “Capco Tile & Stone was happy to make a contribution to support Habitat for Humanity and the local community. As a long time local small business in Colorado Springs we feel it is important to give back to the community that has for so long supported us. Thank you Colorado Springs!”

Luciano Tavares of Merkrete said they were happy to participate. “Parex USA as a company, represented in this case by our tile and setting materials brand Merkrete, was proud to be part of the Habitat for Humanity project in Woodland Park, CO. Our facility in Colorado Springs was convenient and practical by supplying the right setting material for the size of the tile used in the project, including Merkrete 720 Marble Pro and Merkrete Integra for the installation of the glass tile. We liked that our facility was able to assist on a local level and knew that our donation was going to be used for a good cause.”

Merkrete donated thin-set mortar and grout for three Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

Merkrete donated thin-set mortar and grout for three Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

Herb Miller, Executive Director of TPFH and its parent organization, Mountain Re-Source Center, said the project could not have come together without the support of so many members of the tile industry. “It’s only through generous partners and their desire to improve their communities that we’re able to support the work of our nonprofit partners. Three families now know the joy of home ownership and the value of beautiful tile floors in their homes. Thank you for your partnership!”

About Tile Partners for Humanity/Mountain Re-Source Center

Tile Partners for Humanity represents a partnership of tile industry members supporting Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit organizations. TPFH is part of MRC, which welcomes donations of all types of building materials as well as disaster relief supplies, educational resources, household necessities, and medical supplies. To donate or for more information on MRC or TPFH, contact MRC Executive Director Herb Miller at 304-678-4229/ hmiller@mountainre-source.org or Networking Director Ally Venugopal at 425-429-6188/ allyv@mountainre-source.org. MRC provides a donation receipt for tax purposes. For more information, visit www.mountainre-source.org or www.tpfh.com.

Call for Entries: 13th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Design

MIAMI, July 2014 - Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), is announces an open call for the 13th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design competition. The awards honor international excellence in projects with Spanish ceramic tile in three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and Degree Project in Architecture.

 TOS Design competitionPresiding over the panel of judges is architect Emilio Tuñón, who, together with the sadly late Luis Moreno Mansilla, founded a studio that has received many prestigious prizes including the Mies van der Rohe Award and the Spanish National Architecture Award. The remainder of the panel of judges is made up of the Italian architect Cino Zucchi; the executive director of the Pritzker Awards Martha Thorne; the Indian-born architect Anupama Kundoo; the young architect José María Sánchez, recent winner of the BSI Swiss Architectural Award which honors architects under 50 years of age whose work has contributed to improving theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary architecture; Fernando Márquez Cecilia, editor and director of El Croquis architecture journal; and the Castellón-based architect Ramón Monfort.

Registration is open and the deadline for submitting entries October 28, 2014. To enter, visit www.tileofspainawards.com. The Awards have a prize fund of approximately $53,000 divided into three categories. The two main categories are Architecture and Interior Design, each one is awarded $23,000 (17,000 Euros). The main requirement to participate is that the projects use ceramic tiles made in Spain. The third category is Degree Project, which is aimed to students of Architecture and it is awarded $6,800 (5,000 Euros). The jury may give two special mentions in each category as it reviews the contest entries.

The rules for the competition and the application form for registration can be found at   www.tileofspainawards.com. Information about previous winning projects is also available on the website.

The best architects take part in the Tile of Spain Awards

In previous editions distinguished professionals have been part of the jury like Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Alberto Campo Baeza, William J.R. Curtis, Terence Riley, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Luís Moreno Mansilla, Patxi Mangado, Manuel Gallego, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, Mathías Klotz and Benedetta Tagliabue.

There is an increasing bias towards the use of ceramics in architecture and interior design. More and more often, acclaimed professionals choose ceramic tiles in in some of their most significant works.

In recent years the competition has awarded a wide range of projects, recognizing the versatility of this material. Last year prizes went to the “Remodelling Work on la Riera de la Salut” and “Casa Luz. A single family home in Cilleros”.

Other awarded projects in previous editions were: Catering School in a Former Abattoir, Granada’s Teacher Training College, MUCA (Auditorium and Music House); Casa Collage in Girona; a residential building project in Barcelona by Bach arquitectes; the Benidorm West Beach Promenade; the rehabilitation of Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona by Miralles-Tagliabue; the Spanish Pavilion in Expo Zaragoza (2008) and in the Aichi Expo in Japan (2005).