Shinju For the Win

We are over the moon about Shinju’s win in the surfaces category at Hospitality Design (HD) magazine’s HD Awards.

Nearly 640 project entires and 330 product entries were submitted this year. Winners and finalists for both projects and products were selected by an esteemed jury of industry professionals, featured in the June issue of HD magazine, and celebrated at a ceremony at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York on June 7th, 2017.

Kristin Good, east coast sales representative, and Mike McConnell, national sales director, accepted the award at the event. What a wonderful night! You can see Shinju in the June issue of HD Magazine.

Shinju Named Finalist in HD Awards

Hospitality Design (HD) magazine announced the finalists for the 13th annual HD Awards. From more than 330 entries, Shinju by Lunada Bay Tile has been selected as one of the finalists in the Surfaces category, and we are honored.

The projects portion of the awards spans 20 categories including hotel (upscale/luxury, midscale, budget/economy, and lifestyle), spa, sustainable project, student project and restaurant (both upscale and casual/fast casual). In addition to surfaces, innovative products will also be recognized in 10 other categories, such as casegoods, furniture and accessories.

Finalists and winners will be selected by an esteemed jury of professionals, featured in the June issue of HD magazine, and celebrated at a ceremony at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York on June 7th, 2017. Stay tuned for pics!

A talented and accomplished panel of industry professionals selected this year’s HD Awards winners and finalists. For projects: Timothy Griffin, director of North America, Ennismore/the Hoxton; Nicole Hollis, founder, NICOLEHOLLIS; Kemper Hyers, senior vice president of design, Starwood Capital; Helen Jorgensen, vice president of design and procurement, Host Hotels & Resorts; and Alessandro Munge, founder, Studio Munge. For products: Siobhan Barry, partner and executive creator director, dash design; Joan Cardy, founder and president, the Cardy Group; and Gregory Stanford, director of interior design, Marriott International.

 

Pool Tile Inspirations

It’s that time of year where our Instagram and Pinterest feeds are full of jaw-dropping pool images that make us long for summer vacation. Icy blue water, a few palm trees and an umbrella drink does the body and mind good!

The finish of a pool can completely transform its design to a new level of style. One of our favorite finishes, of course, is glass mosaic tile at the water line or on the walls outside of a pool. Glass is the most popular tile for the water applications because it doesn’t warp, fade or need much maintenance. The installation takes on a different personality depending on the time of day. Another benefit of glass tile is the wide variety of mosaics available. You can go with classic blues and aquas, or you can go with an unexpected color or shape.


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TCNA Members Donate Doghouses

We are always looking for new ways to showcase our mosaic tiles and to encourage people to use tile in creative ways. That’s why when the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) asked us to design a doghouse clad in tile, we had to say yes!  Eighteen members of TCNA donated one-of-a-kind tiled doghouses to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando at Coverings 2017.

Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, the Pet Alliance’s goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable services for pets and to be leaders in innovative animal care and veterinary medicine. More than 8,000 homeless dogs and cats will turn to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion, and hope through our animal shelters this year.

To create the doghouses, each company received a form manufactured and donated by Wedi, a manufacturer of waterproof and directly tileable building panels, to use as the house structure. What went on the doghouse was left to our imagination.

Lunada Bay Tile’s pooch-friendly palace was clad in Tomei glass tiles etched with a custom design of tiny paw prints. The roof showcased a combination of Shinju Zen Garden ceramic and Lacquer glass tiles (the Lacquer collection will launch in 2017). The eaves were illuminated with all-weather LEDs, lighting the way for four-legged friends come nightfall.

“Each year at Coverings TCNA’s members selflessly give back to the local community through countless hours of designing and creating timeless works of art such as these doghouses,” said TCNA Executive Director Eric Astrachan. “This year we are pleased to donate these incredible examples of the versatility and beauty of tile to the Pet Alliance to assist them in their mission to help Orlando area pets. We are very happy to contribute with our members to such a worthy cause.”

“Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is grateful to TCNA for choosing us as their partner on this project,” said Pet Alliance Executive Director, Stephen Bardy. “Each year thousands of cats and dogs are surrendered to Pet Alliance. It is support from community members and businesses that allows us to do the important work of providing care and shelter for these pets while they wait for their new homes. Thank you to TCNA and its members for their commitment to helping pets in need.”

During the show the doghouses (along with some furry friends from Pet Alliance) were on display at the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard where a donation ceremony was held.