Competition Recognizes Innovative Use of Armstrong Commercial Products

Armstrong Design will accept entries for the second annual i2r (ideas 2 reality) Design Competition beginning September 10. Architects, interior designers and specifiers will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity with sketches or installed projects using Armstrong Commercial Floors and Armstrong Commercial Ceilings.

The competition has four categories: two Idea categories, one for flooring and one for ceilings/walls, and two Reality categories, one for flooring and one for ceilings/walls. A winner will be awarded in each category. For the idea portion of the competition, entrants can upload sketches or renderings created with Armstrong flooring or ceiling products in mind, providing them with an outlet to share creative concepts without having a finished installation. The reality portion is where entrants can upload pictures of completed projects in which Armstrong ceiling or flooring products were used. Idea winners will be chosen by online popular vote. Reality winners will be judged by a highly respected panel of International Interior Design Association (IIDA) professionals.

Submissions will be judged on the creativity of the design, the use of Armstrong products, originality of the design, and the successful incorporation of other interior products. If an idea or reality entry uses both flooring and ceilings/walls, the entrant may submit it in more than one category.

One winner from each category (4 total prizes) will receive an exquisite crystal trophy and will have the opportunity to choose either a Coalesse Hosu Chair by Patricia Urquiola, a $2,000 gift card, or $2000 cash equivalent.

And here’s an extra bonus: Armstrong will award cash prizes to two entries that demonstrate the best use of these special Armstrong products: either Clouds or Canopies in Commercial Ceilings OR Natural Creations or Rejuvenations in Commercial Flooring. Clouds and Canopies ceilings provide extraordinary drama and visual excitement. They can define a space, accentuate an area, control noise and make a serious design statement. REJUVENATIONS commercial vinyl sheet and NATURAL CREATIONS luxury vinyl tile are part of the Armstrong Continuum™ Color + Design system, which offers products designed to coordinate in both color and design with excellent durability and a UV-cured coating that provides low-maintenance options. The i2r Design Competition runs only from September 10 – September 28, 2012.

Voting opens October 1 and concludes October 8, 2012

Last year, winners in the Flooring category were: Reality Winner, Eckles Architecture & Engineering, Inc., New Castle, PA, for the McIntyre Elementary School and Idea Winner Adam Rohaly, Mount Pleasant, SC, for VCT Floor Mosaic. The Ceilings category winners were Reality Winner Vision 3 Architects, Providence, RI, for NaviNet and Idea Winner Interior Image Group, Inc., Dyer, IN, for Destinations.

For more information and to watch the video for the 2012 Armstrong “ideas 2 reality” Design Competition, visit Armstrong Commercial Ceilings or Armstrong Commercial Flooring.

Do good interiors, get recognized

There is nothing like a pat on the back and a plaque on the wall as recognition for good work. If you do ceilings and/or interiors, the Ceiling & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA), St. Charles, IL, would like a chance to recognize that work through its 2009 Construction Excellence Awards competition. All entries must be received by CISCA no later than January 15, 2010. Download the entry information pdf here.
According to the organization press release, “CISCA’s Construction Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the design, fabrication, and functionality of acoustical and specialty ceilings, as well as in interior systems construction. The Awards also further the contributions of ceiling and interior systems professionals to the architectural and construction industries of which their work is an essential and integral part.”
If you have a winning entry, you will be recognized at the Awards and Keynote Breakfast on Friday, April 23, 2010, during CISCA’s 2010 Convention and INTEX Trade Show, to be held April 21 to 24, 2010 in Denver. The awards ceremony features a comprehensive multi-media presentation of all submissions and winning projects.
Award categories include:

  • Ceilings: Complex or difficult design new construction ceiling projects using metal, wood, fiberglass, fabric, or mineral fiber.
  • Renovation: Complex or difficult design renovation projects using metal, wood, fiberglass, fabric, or mineral fiber.
  • Interior Finishes: Complex or difficult design interior finish projects.
  • Acoustical Solutions: Complex or difficult design projects solving an acoustical challenge.
  • Boutique: Debuting in 2009, for unique interior projects less than 10,000 square feet.

If you did an interesting project that fits in one of these categories, download the form and enter. Applause may follow.—Gary L. Parr