Prize winner of the 1st Phase

Statements by the Jury | July 7th, 2017 | Munic, Germany

Category HELP/CARE

Kawalki | Malwina Borowiec + Karolina Chodur, Pigalopus, PL-Warsaw




The proposal is based on a simple yet multi-faceted idea that addresses all senses. Like a Lego system, “Kawalki” stimulates interaction in a fun and playful way. The idea is clear, well presented and shows a wide potential for further development. Ceramic may not be the obvious choice of material for this concept, at the same time it makes the project more challenging and unexpected.

Recommendations for workshop:
The jury is hesitant to the idea of using stickers in the creative part of the process. Can the tiles be the only elements needed, both for sketching and in the final application? The possibility to move and remove the tiles would probably be a key to make this system truly interactive. Magnetism, reversible adhesive? What would be the most feasible technique? Explore the possibilities and limitations of ceramics. How can shape and size make the tiles durable and child-friendly, and how does the spatial experience change with the design of the tiles?

New Delft Blue | Agata Kycia, DE-Berlin



The proposal “New Delft Blue” takes reference from traditional Delft porcelain, which is primarily known for plates, jugs and cups. In Germany, stoneware of this type seems to have found its way into our grandparents’ kitchens in the early 20th century. The author of the submitted project succeeds to transfer a very traditional impression from the tile industry to modernism. The motif is dissolved and kind of pixelated. A reminiscence of pointillism is also conceivable. Due to the traditional, almost familial relationship, the tile’s actually cool material and colour gives rise to an almost warming reference for the viewer.

The motif is reminiscent of my grandparents’ kitchen, more precisely grandma’s kitchen, who in those days certainly was the ruler over this refuge. The project shows a beautiful approach of how this traditional motif can be refined in terms of design. The jury intensively discussed whether the motif suffices as a starting point. The possible way pointed out here shows clarity and is reduced to the essentials. It is, however, a very European motif, not an international one.

A possibility to expand the approach would be to additionally research other traditional motifs, find them and develop a modern translation.

As part of the workshop it has to be examined whether this kind of blue is crucial for the design. Obviously, printing this specific blue presents a certain challenge. Painting dots by hand is out of the question in case of industrial production. Thus the idea to reinterpret something very traditional in a modern way and then have it produced using conventional craft techniques would be a certain inconsistency of the design idea.

Other colours as well as additional motif approaches and the associated breadth of the concept would be desirable in the revision phase


Stay Unique | Agnes Tröger-Morguet, Agnes Morguet Innenarchitektur & Design, DE-Cologne




Qualities: Above all this is what I would call design that is really useful. It’s not about beauty but it may save live. That could be great design.

Relation to ceramic: Supposedly if you can make a large enough array of colour. One could create a catalogue of pixel colours that would work for any image subject. These I assume are imagined to be recomposed on the walls of each hospital room – creating a unique experience.

Recommendations: I like the project but I do think it needs to be a bit more clever. There is a surprising factor that is missing. This is where the project needs to be developed more. How is the tile attached to the wall? What kind of wall? What kind of tile? This needs to be designed much more. Is it only an intervention on the wall or on other surfaces? At the ceiling as the patient is unable to look out but maybe only up?

I like the perceptual question the project could ask. As so many artists have asked already. What is it that moment when a visual acknowledgement happens of a figurative reading changing to an abstract thing? Are we closer to richer emotional experience as we move into abstraction? Something becomes like something. Maybe this is also closer to a reading that could be enhancing to helping in the return to health of the patient? Maybe?


Kategorie SHOP/SHOW

Iceland shop house | Olga Solomatina, RU-Moskow

Qualities: The Idea of an outside skin that has a clear concept – skin as sign. Container is about contents. It also has a whimsy, its humor full. Both these aspects are a very good place to begin a project.

Relation to ceramic: That the ceramic outside skin can be used and designed as a floor, wall and roof surface. There also seems to be a lot of fun one could have in exploring weaving and ancient motifs, patterns – but using this new material. Can it become more 3 dimensional? Cultural icon meets ceramic innovation we hope?

Recommendations for workshop: It should be developed like an outside skin so that it can work on all surfaces from urban floor to wall to outside roof. I don’t know if the project has to be a cute house form. It seems that a shop could be more a cube for example or another form that is suggested by the weaving. It is not the subject to get caught in typologies. Can woven material also be opened up at times to let light etc pass. What are degrees of porosity?


Light Emitting Tile: L.E.T. | Prajapati Piyush, Godwin Austen Johnson, AE-Dubai


LET, the luminous tile has great sensual and atmospheric potential. The aim of the project is to design a wall which is seemingly dematerialised by single light fields. The jury thinks this transformation is very interesting.

The jury is curious to see how a hard and robust material can suddenly seem soft and gentle and thus undergoes an exciting transformation. The jury emphasises that the further development of this project should less be about a technical product development but rather about the establishment of the material, atmospheric and spatial quality of LET.


Transmittance | Avishkar Bharati, JDAP Design – Architecture – Planning, IN-Mumbai



The project “Transmittance” show ceramic as a temporary installation in the public sphere. The use of ceramic moulded components creates a light-flooded application, which can be implemented as showroom or information stand at highly frequented places. The curved shape of the building as well as the inclined arrangement of 3-D components invite to exploring and visiting. The division of ceramic elements into three different areas provides for more visual permeability. The different lengths of the ceramic elements support the curved shape of the building and add another level to the design. Besides the principally unexpected installation, experiencing the ceramic material shall be reinforced through interaction. With a rotary joint the individual triangular moulded components shall demonstrate the visual variability of the construction and the versatility of ceramic as a building material. The three sides are each finished with different textures respectively colours. The further development of the concept has to consider industrial feasibility and the manufacturer’s product range. It is important to find other possibilities for interaction.



Systems | Joa Herrenknecht, Studio Joa Herrenknecht, DE-Berlin


The proposal convinces with a consistent application of two-coloured tiles inside an underground station. The tiling covers all vertical surfaces, ceiling and columns. The way of applying the two coloured tiles creates a cinematic effect all over the underground station. This generates a new experience for a traveller. One can let oneself being guided by a smooth transition of a surface with one colour of the tiling to the other one. Perception of the coloured surface depends on one’s viewing angle and the distance to the surface. The tiled space therefore becomes a means of orientation for travellers, and provides a strong identity for a particular station.

The proposal successfully combines a use of bi-coloured flat and relief tiles on different surfaces. Although the overall concept is not new, namely it can be traced back to optical effects, cinematic art and public art from the 1970ies on, the use of bi-coloured tiles is appropriate and logical for transit spaces.

The proposal has a big potential to explore the effects of movement and perception and its materialization in transit places. It should become an example of a contemporary linkage between a customized, specific and standard design.
It is recommended that the candidate develops a couple of single elements whose application would generate a different space, unseen before.

Travellers Wheel | Joao Araujo Sousa + Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura, PT-Porto


The proposal overwhelms with its playful and direct approach. The rotating wall, composed of a set of tiled cubes on a rotating bearing, attracts travellers to engage with it. Positioned in transit places, where one waits for a train, bus, and airplane or at urban nodes with high frequency of passers-by, the rotating 3D panel triggers a desire to play. By turning a single or several coloured cubes, thus changing a colour and pattern of the overall surface, a traveller interacts with the tiled surface. Due to its vast size, there could be a simultaneous interaction of many different travellers, each one leaving individual mark on the entire surface. Therefore an ever-changing surface becomes a means of identification of mostly non-places in transit environment. Its changing can produced analogue or it can programmable.

The proposal presents a simple but efficient use of ceramic tiles in public spaces.
It could be recommended to a candidate not to detour the starting idea during the workshop but explore and test different dimensions and positions of the proposal. Should this become a playground which will distract travellers’ attention from their smartphones while waiting?

RE:Tile | Andreas Crynen, Ingenhoven Architects, DE-Mönchengladbach
RE:TILE works with very simple but effective means. An extremely interesting effect giving the flat tiled area a three-dimensional appearance is achieved with 2 tile formats and different colouring.

Easy to produce and providing varied forms of applications, RE:TILE certainly allows the design of exciting surfaces. Although the product is probably marketable, the jury would like to see more innovative energy the Tile Award wants to reward.

The aim of the workshop must be to analyse the application of RE:TILE more intensively; this can involve the verification of the versatile usage, the improvement of spatial effect and depth as well as the development of a stronger material image.