DREAM ON. THIS YEARâ€™S DESIGN â€˜N GATHER COMPETITION BY ARTAIC ATTRACTED TALENT FROM A RANGE OF CREATIVE SECTORS. EXPLORE MARRIOTT INTL. SENIOR DESIGN MANAGER KAVITHA IYERâ€™S WINNING VISION FOR A STELLAR MOSAIC INSIDE THE ROOFTOP CUPOLA AT THE NOMAD HOTEL.
During the first day of Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Artaic revealed the winning mosaic of this year’s Design â€˜N Gather competition, sponsored by Bostik, on the rooftop of The NoMad Hotel in New York. Architects, designers, and industry leaders gathered inside the elegant Cupola event space to watch the unveiling of â€œStarry Nights,â€ designed by Kavitha Iyer, senior design manager, Marriott Intl. and a 2018 Boutique 18 honoree.
Permanently installed within the Cupolaâ€”which was originally designed as a water tower and features turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts architectureâ€”the mosaic is an abstract depiction of a starry sky with low hanging tree branches entwined in lights. Hints of gold glass tile accent a color palette of moody blues, blended purples and night sky pinks.
â€œI wanted to bring the outdoors in, evoking the experience of a star-lit dinner inside the walls of the Cupola. Itâ€™s a simulationâ€”as if you are dining outside surrounded by trees with the cityâ€™s lights peeking through,â€ says Iyer, who used Artaicâ€™s Vitreous Glass tiles and Bostikâ€™s Hydroment Vivid Grout to create her design. â€œI didnâ€™t want to compete with what’s already fabulous. New York is the ultimate hero and inspirationâ€”this mosaic is meant to complement its iconic skyline, a lasting interpretation of a memory that you canâ€™t easily recreate.â€
At the reception Artaic also introduced the Peopleâ€™s Choice Awards, where the popular choice designer was presented a dinner for two in the Cupola. This year, that award was given to Kate Lux, designer of â€œMonarchy,â€ which reimagines the nomadic journey Monarch butterflies make throughout their lifespan.
Through a blind judging process, the competitionâ€™s 10 finalists (out of more than 250 entries) were selected in September based on the originality, execution and successful interpretation of thematic elements relating to this yearâ€™s location.
This yearâ€™s panel of judges included:
Jake Lamstein, senior vice president and chief development officer, The Sydell Group
Jean-Gabriel Neukomm, principal, JG NEUKOMM Architecture
Joanne Yong, senior vice president & principal, Wilson Associates’ New York studio
Joyen Vakil, svp of design & development, MGM
Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group
Rob Polacek, chief creative officer, Puccini Group
Scott Banda, director of marketing & business development, Bostik North America
Ted Acworth, ceo & founder, Artaic
Some of this yearâ€™s esteemed judges at the reception (left to right): Ted Acworth, ceo & founder of Artaic; Rob Polacek, chief creative officer, Puccini Group; Jean-Gabriel Neukomm, principal, JG NEUKOMM Architecture; Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group; Joyen Vakil, svp of design & development, MGM; Jake Lamstein, senior vice president and chief development officer, The Sydell Group; Scott Banda, director of marketing & business development, Bostik North America. Photo: Jenna Bascom Photography
Founded in 2013, the annual competition encourages designers from all disciplinesâ€”ranging from architecture, product and furniture design, fashion and interior design to photography, painting and any other creative fieldâ€”to create a unique piece that will have a lasting impact on the space. Participants can design up to two original mosaic renderings using Artaicâ€™s proprietary software, Tylist, and any of the companyâ€™s Vitreous Glass tile selections and Bostikâ€™s Dimension RapidCure Grout color variations. This year, entrants were provided a design template for the inside of the Cupola as well as background and inspiration to help get their creative juices flowing.
See below for a glimpse at the entries that earned top honors in this yearâ€™s competition.
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