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NEOLITH Announces Winners of 2017 Design Competitions

Posted on 26 December 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

Neolith Design Contest Winner

My Neolith Project-International Edition Ricarda’s Restaurant by O’Connor Group (Commercial Interiors) Kelly O’Connor Lead Designer Toronto Canada

In the middle of the year, NEOLITH launched the fourth edition of NEOLITH Design Competitions, including three categories of competitions aimed to target professionals and students: My Neolith Project, Neolith New Talents and Top Fabricator of the Year competitions.

The winners of the competition will travel to Milan during the Design Week, to attend EuroCucina trade show and visit the NEOLITH stand at the fair, where the awards ceremony will take place.

The following are the six winning projects of the fourth Edition of NEOLITH Design competitions:

My Neolith Project:

Ricarda’s Restaurant -O’Connor Group (Commercial Interiors), Kelly O’Connor Lead Designer – Toronto,Canada

Espai Paris – Meritxell Ribé y Josep Puigdomènech – Barcelona, Spain

My Neolith New Talents:

Wonderwall Hotel – Daniel Martins Leal – Universidade Lusíada PortoPortugal

Minimal – Anastasia Boiko Alioshkina – Art and Design School – Zamora, Spain

Top Fabricator of the Year:

Roma Skyline – Micunco Stone Design – Altamura, Italy

Cafe & Icecream Shop XOCÓ – Arquitectos Rodríguez Martín & Villa Alonso Arquitectura Interior  and Mármoles Lentijo – Valladolid, Spain.

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ATI Announces Winners of “The Winning Formula” Contest

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

LumiSplash Casework in Gingko Reeds, Red &
MirroFlex Structures Wall Panels: Audrey + Brushed Nickel

ATI has announced Devon Kumar as the grand prize winner of its third annual “The Winning Formula” contest. The contest invited architects, designers, project managers, specification managers, contractors and installers to “Show Their Winning Formula” by submitting photos of their MirroFlex, NuMetal, Fusion, or LumiSplash installations. This year a cruise trip to the Western Caribbean was awarded to the first place winner.

The contest was judged by two independent industry experts Mr. Robert M. Laschever and Mr. Bradshaw Orrell. Projects were judged based on three criteria: the ATI product chosen, creativity and quality of the finished installation.

Honorable mentions include Aparna Bonda, Desai Mayur, Paul Wenger, Susan Boswell, Steve Price and Amy Swanson.

You may also be interested in this article NKBA Announces Winners of Annual Student Design Competition.


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Coverings Accepting Submissions for 2018 CID Awards

Posted on 18 October 2017 by CRadmin3

Coverings is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Coverings Installation and Design Awards (CID). These awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Submissions are open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals who demonstrate design and/or installation excellence in residential and commercial projects, giving special recognition to stunning stone & tile. Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged. To be considered, projects must have been completed within the past two years (Jan 2016 – Dec 2017) and can be located within or outside of North America. The submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding project, showcasing excellence in both design and installation. Category winners will receive $2,000 each for excellence in Tile Installation, Tile Design, Stone Installation and Stone Design in both residential and commercial projects. Additionally, all winners will receive a free one-night stay in Atlanta to attend the Coverings 2018 show along with onsite recognition.

You may also be interested in this article about Coverings Registration.

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Henry Hempel to Deliver Closing Keynote at the CMA’s 20th Anniversary Conference

Posted on 12 October 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

CMA’s booth at the 2015 Cabinets & Closets Expo.

The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) announced that Henry “Dutch” Hempel will deliver the closing keynote address at the 20th Anniversary Conference. The conference will take place March 1-2, 2018 in Denver. A renowned business coach, Hempel has 24 years of experience in the construction and design industries. He specializes in educating business owners and staff in effective business development and communication methods and strategies. His “no nonsense” methods focus on action backed by proven theories and results.

At the CMA conference, Hempel’s closing keynote will cover how to communicate effectively throughout the entire sales process. “From Estimating to Implementation: Improving Communications for Presenting Fact Based Documents” will help business owners gain a better understanding of their customers, develop a business and marketing strategy to communicate their unique value, and develop the leadership skills needed to see the job through to completion.

You may  also be interested in this article Coverings 2018 Registration Opens.

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Business Sense: Crowdsourcing a New Logo Design

Posted on 13 July 2017 by CRadmin3

graphics-designing-services-500x500Designing a new logo can be a daunting proposition, but giving your company a new look is a simple and inexpensive way to breathe new life into it. In most cases, an old formula is used, but this process has a one fundamental flaw: It doesn’t always work.

The traditional way to go about designing a new logo for your website, advertising and business cards has four steps:

  1. Find a few graphic designers or design firms.
  2. Call them and ask a few questions to determine if they meet your standards.
  3. Choose the designer you like best.
  4. Hope that you like the design, and it does its job of fully representing your business.

Although the traditional design process is still the most widely used, a new standard is quickly gaining popularity, and it is based on crowdsourcing. One of the companies relying on crowdsourcing is 99designs.com. When you register at 99designs.com, you are starting a design contest and awarding the top contestant a prize rather than paying outright for the service.

In your contest, you are allowed to provide guidelines and as much information about your company and what it is you are looking for specifically. For instance, you can ask for specific colors or let contestants know the primary demographic you need to reach.

Once you have fully developed your contest, you will begin to receive submissions that you can then rate on a five-star scale. Furthermore, you can provide feedback so that designers can modify their submissions to be more to your liking.

After about one week, you will narrow the field to your top five designers. These finalists then receive time to refine their logos until one stands out above the rest. When a winner is chosen, you are able to download the logo or advertisement, and the prize award is released from an escrow account.

Read the full article by Jason Pliml of Moraware here: Outsourcing Design (aka Looking Good on a Budget)

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BLANCO Launches its First Ever Design Contest

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

unnamedBLANCO, the German manufacturer of sinks and faucets, has issued a challenge for designers and trade professionals to enter its first ever Design Contest. To enter, participants must submit three photos of a kitchen design featuring at least one BLANCO sink and faucet. The project must have been completed in 2016-2017. Entries will be accepted up until November 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

The grand prize for the contest is $5,000. First place prizes are $1,000 each for notable kitchen and laundry/mudrooms, plus an honorable mention with a prize of $500 will be awarded. Winners will be selected by a jury of design professionals.

To enter the BLANCO by Design contest, visit the contest website.

You may also be interested in this article about theMIA+BSI call for industry award entries.

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Dwell On Design Announces Speaker for 2017

Posted on 04 April 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

Dwell on Design announced architect Sir David Adjaye as the first of several in the new featured speaker series at Dwell on Design 2017.

Sir David Adjaye

Sir David Adjaye

Adjaye’s use of materials and his sculptural ability have established him as a leading architect. Most recently, Adjaye gained recognition for his design of the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Dwell on Design is honored to present Adjaye onstage Friday, June 23rd, accompanied by Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times.

You may also be interested in Coverings 2016 Announces Keynote Speakers.

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Antolini Adds Black Absolute Gold to Natura Collection

Posted on 16 June 2016 by CRadmin3

Antolini’s Black Absolute Gold DesignThe Natura Collection by Antolini was inspired by Antolini’s love of transforming surroundings by crafting natural stone in new and unique ways that enable the full potential of the materials to be realized. The Black Absolute Gold Design created by Antolini is a dark polished granite embellished with golden strands in a fusion of modern and classical.  This detailing evokes a sense of modernism that elevates and inspires.

The material is available in slabs of 51½ in. (nominal) height and variable length depending on block dimension, thickness ¾ in. or 1¼ in. (nominal). Upon request and for specific materials only, Antolini can produce up to 71 in. (nominal) high slab.

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Coverings Seeks Submissions for 2016 Installation & Design Awards

Posted on 24 October 2015 by CRadmin3

Coverings CID AwardsCoverings is seeking submissions for its 2016 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The awards honor projects that feature creative designs and demonstrate technical mastery in stone and tile in commercial, international, residential and sustainable projects. There is no fee to submit an entry and multiple entries are accepted and encouraged. It is open to architects, builders, contractors, designers, distributors, installers, retailers and other professionals who exhibit skills in design and installation excellence. All winning projects will be honored on Mon. April 18, 2016 at the CID Awards & Opening Night Celebration. The celebration will include a cocktail reception with a presentation of the winning projects during an interactive showcase. This will give attendees the opportunity to meet the professionals behind the industry-leading projects. The CID Awards & Opening Night Celebration is free and open to all attendees.

Entries can only be submitted via through Coverings’ online portal and must be received by January 18, 2016. Each submission must include a 500-word project narrative; materials information and a minimum of four photographs of the project. If the submission is for an installation award, photographs of the actual install and a technical write up describing the install are required. The entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on excellence in execution and installation, original and inspiring use of stone or tile and overall design and purpose of the project. Projects will be judged on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship, and use of materials. Projects featuring unusual use of materials or incorporating innovative technology will be highlighted.

Installers and designers of the Grand Prize winning projects will each receive a one-night hotel stay in Chicago and $2,000. All winners must be able to attend the CID Awards & Opening Night Celebration. If the chosen winner is unable to attend, the project will be disqualified and a new winner awarded, with the exception of international projects.

The “Scouting Shot” category is new to the CID Awards program for 2016. This gives projects with amateur photography the opportunity to be professionally photographed. The winning project will receive a complimentary professional photo shoot prior to the show. The photos will be on display at the Opening Night Celebration.

More information about the Coverings 2016 show is available here.

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Cosentino Launches 3 Online Design Tools for Better Surface Visualization

Posted on 14 April 2015 by cradmin

Cosentino launched three new online tools: a Digital Warehouse that gives fabricators an online library of slabs that can be previewed with clients and  the HD Home Viewer and the 3D Home Simulator, which allow the digital customization of a variety of environments by manipulating the various design elements.

Powered by SlabSmith software, the Digital Warehouse allows fabricators and specifiers to directly order a specific slab of granite or marble online by accessing images and providing measurements of each slab. It also autocorrects images for distortions and lighting and notes imperfections. Users can filter by size or application requirements to ensure material consistency and minimized waste in fabrication. Slabs can be applied to kitchen layout templates to create installation previews. By viewing the slab’s patterns and veining placing seams, appliances or fixtures can be determined before ordering. Right now it is only available for the company’s natural stone products.

The other two tools are for designers and homeowners. The Cosentino 3D Home simulator, for iPads, allows users to customize six environmental elements, including a modern, classic and outdoor kitchen, two bathrooms and an exterior space where Dekton may be applied to the façade. It provides multiple viewing angles and lighting scenarios, as well as 3-D movement and camera zoom capabilities. Designs can be saved in a library for editing or sharing. It’s available through the iTunes app store. The Cosentino HD Home Viewer is a multiplatform simulator with high-definition renderings of six spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor and retail environments that can incorporate applications of Dekton. The user customizes surfaces by clicking on countertops, façades, wall coverings, floors, furniture and bathroom elements. It is intended for use on computers and Android, iOS and Windows tablets, smartphones and smart televisions.

You may also be interested in this article on MS International’s edge treatment preview system.

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