Leave it to the Italians with their inimitable sense of style to create a multi-media event for their Coverings presentation. Ceramics of Italy will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual tile competition with an announcement of the winners and panel discussion with these illustrious designers and architects led by Interior Design deputy editor Edie Cohen. This year, the competition boasted 60 entries from North America and named six awards in the built category and, as a first, one in the student category. Top prizes go to Studio Libeskind, Douglas Bothner of Ziger/Snead Architects, and ZAS Architecture.
This being Italy by way of Atlanta, everything starts with lunch. Yes, there will be pasta. Yes, there will be espresso, and immediately after lunch comes a celebration of Italy through cinema, also dear to the Italian heart. Previewing at Coverings is the film Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy directed by Francesca Molteni and architectural historian Fulvio Irace. Tours of the pavilion, e+i Studio’s Strada Dinamica (B3 1630), follow. Lo spettacolo takes place on Wednesday, May 9th starting at 12:30.