Tile of Spain Announces Winners of the 18th Annual Tile of Spain Awards
January 6th, 2020

Tile of Spain Announces Winners of the 18th Annual Tile of Spain Awards


Miami, FL December 2019 – Tile of Spain, the association of over 125 Spanish tile manufacturers, announces the winners of the 18th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. The panel of judges, chaired by architect Jacob van Rijs of MVRDV, met on Wednesday, November 20th to select the award winners.
Winners – Architecture

In the Architecture category, the award went to the “Centro de investigación del Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona” designed by PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera and 2BMFG Arquitectes. Members of the judging panel judging were impressed by the use of ceramics to mimic the buildings environment. Ceramic tile enveloped the facade of the existing building in a transparent “ceramic skin” to create a harmonious balance between the interior and exterior of the hospital.


Two special mentions were also made in this category. The first “Patio de los valientes y nueva sala de padres” by Elisa Valero. The judges highlighted the unexpected use of identical ceramic pieces to create a dramatic geometric space. The second special mention went to “Edificio Tívoli. Rehabilitación de edificio para 22 viviendas, local y aparcamientos” by Martín Lejárraga. The judges valued the strategic contrasting revitalization of the building.


Interior Design

First prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to “Sala de espera en las dársenas de una estación de autobuses” by José María Sánchez Garíca. The judges applauded the relationship between the ceramic details, geometric construction, and expansive space to create a harmonious waiting area for travelers.
The judges also granted two special mentions in the Interior Design category. The first went to Vora Arquitectura for “Vallirana 47”, a 1920s farmhouse remodeled with ceramic tiles of different shapes, patterns and colors. The second mention was awarded to Kengo Kuma and Javier Villar Ruiz of KKA for their project, “Camper Paseo de Grácia” where ceramics is the prominent material of the multi-functional commercial space.


Final Degree Project
In the category reserved for Architecture students, the winning project was awarded to “Memento Mori. La presencia de la ausencia” the work of Óscar Cruz García from the Madrid School of Architecture. The judges admired the maturity and sensitivity of the student’s detailed design.


Two special mentions were also awarded to “Dance School” by Alexey Agarkov from the Moscow School of Architecture and “Barcelona Fabrica” by Felipe Sancho Cervera from the Barcelona School of Architecture.
The Judges

The panel of judges was chaired by Jacob van Rijs, an architect and urban planner born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Rijs who studied at the Delft University of Technology became a founding partner of “MVRDV” in 1993. In addition to his professional practice, Rijs is a faculty member at the University of Berlin.

The panel of judges also included Inês Lobo (Inês Lobo Architecture), David Lorente (H Architects), Eugeni Bach (Anna & Eugeni Bach), Héctor Ruiz Velázquez (Ruiz Velázquez Architecture & Design Team); Tomoko Sakamoto (Spread Editores) and Ramon Monfort, a founding member of the Centre of Ceramic Design.



About the Awards
The objective of the Tile of Spain Awards is to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad). The awards are sponsored Endesa, Weber-Saint Gobain, the Port Authority of Valencia, and CESCE. The program boasts a consolidated trajectory and are held in high esteem by architecture professionals.

The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes totaling over $44,000 that are divided among three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of over $19,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of over $5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants.

The award ceremony will be held on February 4th, 2020 in Valencia during CEVISAMA. Full details of this and previous editions of the awards are available at www.tileofspainawards.com



About Tile of Spain

In Spain, tile makers labor as they have for centuries – pushing their passion for design and innovation to new levels of artisanship. With one of the purest and strongest domestic clays available, Spanish manufacturers have an unparalleled ability to make the end product more diverse. From rustic handmade forms; to technical facades that cool buildings and clean the air; to the impossibly slim, sustainable recycled and ink jet masterpieces that fire the imagination. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) is the private organization whose primary objective is to support Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers and the industry as a whole by stewarding and promoting the Tile of Spain brand worldwide. A strong global leader, the ceramic tile industry of Spain comprises of over 120 manufacturers concentrated primarily in the province of Castellón. For more about tile produced in Spain, contact Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit http://www.tileofspainusa.com.


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Arizona Tile Celebrates Opening of New Location in the Pacific Northwest
September 16th, 2019

Now Open in Seattle, Washington

On March 18th 2019, Arizona Tile opened the doors to its newest branch, located in Seattle, Washington. The site is home to an interactive showroom, slab viewing facility, and order desk, and highlights the use of modern technology in which customers can visualize materials in their own home by use of the on-site touch-screen. Customers can also fi nd inspiration via the wide variety of installation examples throughout the showroom floor.

September 16th, 2019

Press Release
September 10, 2019

Addition of sales and services leadership, and adjustments to product management, position the company to stay focused on clients while accommodating continued growth.

Albany, NY – Creative Materials Corporation, a supplier of tile, brick, stone, paver systems, and other related building materials for the commercial construction industry, welcomes Stephen Brooke as the new vice president of sales and services. In his new role, Brooke will manage all combined sales and service operations. Effective immediately, Brooke joins Creative Materials’ senior leadership team, and will be based out of Dallas, Texas.

“Stephen has deep roots and an exemplary history in the surfaces industry,” said Ryan Micklus, Creative Materials president & CEO. “We will look to Stephen’s leadership and experience as we lean into our vision of setting a new standard for surface material supply for our clients.”

Brooke comes to Creative Materials with close to 20 years of experience across the architect and design, construction, distribution, manufacturing and sustainability industries. Most recently he was responsible for the sales and marketing of Mosa products for the US market. He was instrumental in contributing to significant revenue growth over four years.  Brooke also served three years as NYC regional sales manager for Stone Source, its largest market, and has held numerous leadership positions within the industry throughout the course of his career. He has excelled in building high performing teams.

With the addition of Brooke, Creative Materials will align both sales and services under his leadership. The marketing and product management functions will also now be aligned under the leadership of Jennifer Barbic, director of product and marketing, with Scott Bocketti assuming ownership of product management and procurement of the company’s ceramic, porcelain and glass product category.  The changes in internal alignment directly support Creative Materials’ strategy to unify interactions with all clients and stakeholders throughout the end-to-end process of commercial projects.  The ultimate goal of the alignment is to help simplify the selection and supply of surface materials on commercial construction projects.

“Creative Materials has a rich history of caring about clients and offering industry-leading services. With growing momentum in the company, there is a tremendous opportunity to harness that momentum and innovate to benefit our clients” says Brooke. “I’m excited to join this amazing, creative team.”

Visit www.creativematerialscorp.com/executive-team for more information on Creative Materials’ executive team.


About Creative Materials Corporation

Creative Materials Corporation is a supplier of tile, brick, stone, paver systems, and other related building materials for the commercial construction industry. Utilizing extensive experience supplying materials to commercial construction projects, Creative Materials guides architecture firms, developers, and corporate multi-unit brands through product specification and the successful supply of materials to each and every project. Creative Materials adds value to client’s projects by offering an unmatched combination of product sourcing capabilities, nationwide supply chain solutions, and excellence in service. A committed, consultative approach enables clients to “Create with Confidence.”

Media Contact:
Jennifer Barbic
Director of Product & Marketing
518.213.8011 | 800.207.2967

Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2
August 1st, 2019


July 25, 2019

Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2

New Haven, CT – One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need. Tile America launched a shoe drive to collect 1,000 pairs of new or gently-worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

The 1,007 pairs of donated shoes will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The micro-enterprise model provides individuals the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost product. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.

“We were overwhelmed with the response we received. Shoes started pouring in as employees cleaned out their closets and solicited donations from friends and family members. We were very excited to reach our goal of over 1000 pairs and are thrilled to support this wonderful charity.”– Brian Knies, Owner & President of Tile America

The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty simply do not have access to stable employment. The income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, whereas 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child.

About Tile America Gives Back

In 2018 Tile America initiated Tile America Gives Back, a program with a Corporate Social Responsibility Statement of: “Tile America is committed to improving our local, national, and global communities. Our obligation is to consistently use our collective resources, intellect, and abilities as a successful company to improve conditions both socially and environmentally. Each quarter the employees of Tile America set forth on a mission to help those in need.

About Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization re-purposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE_Tile America Collects Shoes
(L) Laurie Ruotolo, Tile America, Purchasing Manager & HR Administrator, (C) Brian Knies, Tile America President & Owner, (Right) Cailin Cerruto, Tile America Executive Assistant For more information please contact Cailin Cerruto, ccerruto@tileamerica.com

KB Tribe Chat topic: Design with Living in Place in Mind – Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf
July 24th, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-July-2019-7-10-kbtribeFor more info: https://kbtribechat.com/


Parental Warning: Harmful Chemicals in Vinyl Floors, Furniture
July 22nd, 2019

Researchers have found that children living in homes with vinyl flooring and sofas treated with fire retardant chemicals show increased levels of certain toxic chemicals.
These chemicals have been associated with serious health issues, including respiratory problems, neurological issues, skin irritation, and cancer.


Read more here: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/vinyl-floors-expose-children-to-harmful-chemicals 

We Went to the Moon in 1969
July 20th, 2019

Keep an eye out for a Why Tile blog post commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.


Read more here: https://whytile.com/blog/

The Known Dangers of Vinyl Flooring
July 18th, 2019

Most people shop for vinyl flooring because of its low price, and waterproof claims. What they may not realize is that it’s made of chemicals including plastic, which release hazardous VOCs.

Natural ceramic or stone tiles on the other hand, are non-toxic and won’t give off any VOCs. Considering how much safer they are to your health and how long they will last, ceramic tiles are the smart choice for your home.
Link: https://www.homedetoxing.com/dangers-vinyl-flooring/

KB Tribe Chat topic: A Focus on Outdoor Living
July 17th, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-July-2019-7-10-kbtribeFor more info: https://kbtribechat.com/

Tile: Safe for Pets and People!
July 15th, 2019

Tile is non-flammable, meaning it doesn’t produce smoke in a fire, reduces flame spread, and doesn’t burn and give off toxic fumes like other materials can. Safe for pets and people. That’s Why Tile!

Read more here: https://whytile.com/healthy-spaces/

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