Win with tiles

The 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is officially underway and Ceramics of Italy is searching for the most original and imaginative projects featuring Italian ceramic tile.

Now in its 21st year, the contest is the longest running competition of its kind and is open to North America-based architects and designers who have used Italian ceramic tile in their residential, institutional, and commercial/hospitality projects completed in the past five years. At stake is $15,000 in prizes and 3 trips to Italy.

Deadline for entries: February 3, 2014

Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend CERSAIE 2014 – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – joining a delegation of top consumer and design journalists. Ceramics of Italy will award an additional $1,000 to the winning contractor/distributor team in each category.

The competition is open to all North American architects and interior designers. Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2009 and January 2014 are eligible for entry.


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.

Submissions must be completed no later than February 3, 2014. Winners will be announced at the Ceramics of Italy Press Conference at Coverings, held April 29-May 2, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Links – Portal to Italian tile industry – Ceramic Tile Center of the Italian Trade Commission in New York – Institutional website for Ceramics of Italy worldwide – Annual exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings in Bologna, Italy –