ORLANDO, Fla. – A dozen U.S stone-and-tile design projects took the honors – and $10,000 in prize money –  with the first Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards last month.  

The new competition, as part of Coverings 2012 in Orlando, acknowledges superior installation of tile or stone, and the installation’s impact on the level of aesthetics and interpretation of a distinctive design vision.

The two Grand Prizes honored the El Anduluz condominium complex in Santa Barbara, Calif. for commercial work, and a private home in Walled Lake, Mich., for residential projects.

200 ElandeluzClick photo to enlargeDan Upton Construction and Jeff Shelton Architect, both from Santa Barbara, Calif., shared the commercial grand prize for the three-story, seven-unit condominium complex with tile artistry and Moroccan influences. The centerpiece of the site is an open courtyard where the tile is fashioned into an exquisite mélange of decoration; the installation includes pillars and archways, stair risers and treads, benches and a fountain.

200 R9365Click photo to enlargeRJH Tile and Stone of Holly, Mich., and longtime collaborator and tile designer David Ellison of St. Claire Shores, Mich., won the residential nod for work at a 7,500 ft² new-construction project that involved a total overhaul and redesign for the five-bedroom home.  Stock showroom stone was given a more-elegant appearance with special cuts, mitered installation and epoxied finish; Ellison, known among artisan circles for his designs, produced hand-made tiles for the project.

Each honoree of the CID grand prizes won $1,000.


Six other projects were cited as standouts from 50+ entries from across the country, and the installers and designers credited with them went home from Coverings with $500 cash prizes.


200 Atrium 1Click photo to enlargeCommercial/Stone

Atrium Flooring Showroom, Miami
Installer: Tony Blanco, Gemini Tile Services, Miami
Designer: Inaki Muguruza, Insight Design, Miami


200 NAHB New American Home 1Click photo to enlargeResidential/Stone

NAHB 2012 New American Home, Winter Park, Fla.
Installer: Raj and Henri Girem, Girem Tile Work Inc., Lake Mary, Fla.
Designer: Phil Kean Designs Inc., Winter Park, Fla.



200 SAC 1Click photo to enlargeCommercial/Mosaic-Glass

Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center, Charlottesville, Va.
Installer: Tom Susino, The Ceiling and Floor Shop, Charlottesville, Va.
Designer: Joel Bargmann, Bargmann Hendrie+Archetype, Boston