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The first Coverings Installation and Design Awards announced

Updated:2012-04-27 09:26:22

A dozen design projects from across the country were recognized last week with the first Coverings Installation & Design Awards. A total of $10,000 in prize money was handed out to winners. The honors acknowledge the superior installation of tile or stone and how that skillfulness impacts the level of aesthetics and contributes to the interpretation of a distinctive design vision. The top awards in this competition went to Santa Barbara-based Dan Upton Construction and Jeff Sheltonitect, who each received the Grand Prize in the commercial category; and, in the residential division to RJH Tile and Stone of Holly, MI, and longtime collaborator and tile designer, David Ellison of St. Claire Shores, MI. A $1,000 cash prize was presented to each of the Grand Prize honorees.

The entry earning Upton and Shelton the award was El Andaluz, a three-story, seven-unit condominium complex that impresses with its tile artistry and resonates with Moroccan influences. Centerpiece of the site is an open courtyard where the tile is fashioned into an exquisite mélange of decoration. Eye candy at every turn, the installation includes pillars and archways, stair risers and treads, benches and fountain. Contrasting colors and patterns create the visual dynamic that is irresistible.

The project netting RJH and Ellison their win was a four-year undertaking in Walled Lake, MI. The 7,500-square-foot Rosenthal residence began for them as a call for help—the new construction rife with errors and poor workmanship, and the five bathrooms especially suffering. So the homeowner entrusted the team with a total overhaul and re-design, and ultimately large measures of tile, stone and wow factor were incorporated throughout, including unexpected use in the master bedroom and a great room. 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 that iced this extraordinary treat.

Installer: Wirtz Quality Installation, Inc.
Designer: Anshen+Allenitects and CO Architects
Project: Palomar Medical Center West, Escondido, CA
Category: Commercial/Tile


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