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Coverings Announces 2019 CID, Best Booth, Rock Stars Awardees


Grand Prize Winner - Installation: Hinkley Projecc
Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards Grand Prize Winner – Installation: Hinkley Project

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, today announced the 10 projects that received the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Projects were evaluated on their execution, original usage and overall design and purpose by a panel of industry experts, prominent editors and designers.

“We were amazed at the extraordinary project submissions the CID Awards garner, which truly demonstrates the versatility of tile and stone,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “As North America’s largest industry show, Coverings is honored to offer these annual awards to recognize the range of creative ingenuity and sophisticated applications that showcase the latest industry advancements.”

Winning projects were honored on April 10, in an award ceremony and reception at Coverings 2019 in Orlando Sponsored by TileLetter, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine, grand prize winners were awarded $3,000, while eight category winners received a $2,000 prize. All winners were provided with a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019, where their projects were featured on display.

The 2019 CID winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:



Project: The Delson

Designer: Amie Gross Architects / Location: Jamaica, Queens, NY


Residential Stone Design                                                                 

Project: Annex House

Designer: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design / Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Commercial Stone Design

Project: Chicago Showroom

Designer: Materials Marketing / Location: Chicago, IL

Commercial Tile Design

Project: United Polaris

Designer: Fiandre / Location: Newark, NJ & San Francisco, CA

Residential Tile Design – Budget Above 15K

Project: California Beach Residence – Casa de Sueños

Designer: Native Tile and Ceramics / Location: La Jolla, CA

Residential Tile Design – Budget Below 15K

Project: Through House

Designer: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design / Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards - Commercial Tile Installation: Columbia Hotel
Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards – Commercial Tile Installation: Columbia Hotel



Project: Hinkley Project

Installer: Hawthorne Tile / Location: Portland, OR


Commercial Tile Installation

Project: Columbia Hotel

Installer: David Allen Company / Location: Washington, DC

Residential Stone Installation

Project: L.A. Residence

Installer: Carnevale & Lohr, Inc. / Location: Los Angeles, CA

Commercial Stone Installation

Project: Concord Plaza

Installer: Pennacchio Tile, Inc. / Location: Concord, CA


Projects also were awarded special recognition in six additional categories, as follows:

Special Recognition – Education

The World’s Fair; Corona, Queens, NY / N.Y. Tilemakers

Special Recognition – Institutional

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford; Palo Alto, CA / LATICRETE International, Inc.

Special Recognition – Innovation in Tile

12×12 Porcelain Tiles Used as Roofing Shingles; San Antonio, TX / Ironstone Strong, Ltd.

Special Recognition – Use of Tile for Aging in Place

New Aging in Place Shower; Scottsdale, AZ / 55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC

Special Recognition – Mosaic

‘Fractured Fantasies’; Philadelphia, PA ‘/ Trish Metzner & Oscar Sosa

Special Recognition – International

The Barcelona Edition Hotel; Barcelona, Spain / Designed by OAB – Office of Architecture in Barcelona

Artium House; Albacete, Spain / Designed by Torrado Arquitectura

The Charisma of Rome, the Elegance of Terra Tiles; Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy / Designed by Ceramiche Marca Corona

The Kona; New Delhi, India / Designed by Anoma

The 2019 CID Award judging panel included Metropolis Managing Editor, Lila Allen; Stone World Managing Editor, Jennifer Richinelli; Tile Council of North America Executive Director, Eric Astrachan; Heritage Tile and Marble Owner and Founder, Martin Brookes; Chris Abbate and Kristin Coleman of Novità Communications, representing Ceramics of Italy; Lori Dolnick of Frank Advertising, representing Tile of Spain; Tile Council of North America Director of Marketing, Kathy Meyer; Artcraft Granite Marble and Tile Vice President James Woelfel; Natural Stone Institute Architect & Design Community Liaison, Dacia Woodworth and Designology Co*Operative Founder, Kadie Yale. Together, they selected winning projects demonstrating outstanding tile and stone applications.

2019 Rock Star Awards Winners

The Coverings Rock Stars – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. The awards continue Coverings’ mission to support industry growth by recognizing young talent and fostering new opportunities. Since its inception five years ago, the program has awarded dozens of young leaders, who have connected at Coverings through mentorship, networking and educational opportunities.

“Coverings Rock Stars exemplify the continued vitality of the tile and stone industry, and we’re honored to provide a platform to highlight their new ways of thinking about the industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “Coverings offers its congratulations to these young stars and looks forward to seeing their continued success.”

Representing varying industry professions, the 12 2019 Rock Star honorees are:

  • Kayte Becker, Paris Ceramics, Midwest Architectural Sales Manager; Chicago, IL
  • Joe Bellew, Bellew Tile, Owner/General Manager; Rockland, MA
  • Ashley Donaldson, Florida Tile, Director of Customer Care; Lexington, KY
  • Chris Fischer, Garden State Tile, Product Team Manager; Wall Township, NJ
  • Kirsten Gable, Anthony Wilder Design Build, Kitchen & Bath Designer; Cabin John, MD
  • Jacob Harris, Coastal Custom Tile & Design, LLC, Owner; Swansboro, NC
  • Ashley Hertz, Onyx TIle Studio, Owner + Curator; Bozeman, MT
  • Stephanie Jackson, Apex Stone, Director of Sales; Sealy, TX
  • David Mastrangelo, The Tile Studio, Inc., Operations Manager; Doylestown, PA
  • Lisa O’Donnell, Architectural Ceramics, Regional Sales Manager; Middletown, MD
  • Paige Pomerene, P2 Customs, Owner; Herndon, VA
  • Nick Teefy, Counter Reactions, President; Lindsey, Ontario, Canada

Coverings Rock Stars are nominated by colleagues in the tile and stone industry and reviewed by a committee of industry leaders. Eligible candidates must be under 35 years old and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association or manufacturer.

The 2019 honorees were recognized for their achievements with their nominators and Rock Star Alumni at a Luncheon on Tuesday, April 9, the first day of Coverings 2019. At the luncheon, Rock Stars were presented with an award and received a special Rock Star ribbon, denoting their win on their show badges. Rock Stars also receive a one-night stay in Orlando, inclusion in Coverings press releases, Coverings social media promotion, and are featured on the Coverings website. 2019 honorees can be viewed online here.

2019 Best Booth Awards

The Best Booth Awards recognizes outstanding booths based on their design, creativity, display of product, use of space and overall presentation. This year, an esteemed panel of judges selected six extraordinary displays to receive the coveted honor from more than 1,100 exhibitors.

“Every year we are incredibly inspired by the ingenuity that goes into the beautifully designed booth spaces incorporating tile and stone at Coverings,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “We’re honored to present six winners this year, who undoubtedly make Coverings one of the most beautiful expositions in the country.”

Overall Best in Show honor was presented to Torrecid
Overall Best in Show honor was presented to Torrecid

The Overall Best in Show honor was presented to Torrecid (#2621), which showcased a compelling booth design inspired by the warm and comforting environment of a gastro pub. The sophisticated space was specifically designed to showcase a significant variety of ceramic applications — flooring, cladding, furniture and countertops in numerous sizes, natural colors, textures and finishes. With multiple living spaces throughout, the product showcased how it complemented a wide range of applications.

Earning the most Inspirational Design was Fiandre (#3609) for its homage to old world Italian vintage ceramic workshops, where intricate ceramic artistry has taken place for decades. The booth’s dramatic portico featured 10 archways surrounded in Sahara Noir, a dark ceramic tile with beautiful veining and movement. The archways were complemented with a dynamic flooring application — Calacatta Macchia Vecchia — resembling the look of ancient marble.

Lamosa (#3125) earned the Best Use of Tile award for its creative display that was designed to emphasize the beauty of natural materials. The booth’s wood enclosure is punctuated with a series of dynamic circles showcasing one of the brand’s newest ceramic tile offerings. Inside, Lamosa curated its selection of products for the U.S. market to include a beautiful array of stone, concrete and wood looks in a variety of formats.

The Urban Modern honor was presented to Cooperativa Ceramic D’Imola (#1234), which showcased three standout products — Bianco, Metallo, and Legno — all inspired by reversed patterns in order to create a compelling, new look. The contemporary design highlighted a range of different patterns resembling marble, metal and wood, offering an array of options for the modern home.

Ceramiche Refin (#1422) earned the On Trend In Smaller Space award, where bold use of color and sharp architectural design highlighted the beautiful, large format ceramic tiles throughout. Three ceramic products took center stage — Vetri, which features delicate color variations; Creos, which conveys softness and depth through the use of neutral colors, and Prestigio, which offers a natural marble look with original veining patterns and a polished finish.

The Lifestyle Honor was presented to Living Ceramics (#4867) which designed a neutral, yet inviting space that emphasized the beauty of its ceramic tiles. Framed with white wood and painted in a custom color, the booth highlighted the simplicity and sophistication of a neutral palette and featured the intricate designs within its stunning product portfolio.


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