Off to España with Tile of Spain


I am so excited to be headed off to Spain in two weeks for another design adventure. 

 Five lucky tile enthusiasts are heading to Spain thanks to the Tile of Spain “Passport to Creativity” contest. Each year,  Tile of Spain, the international brand the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), asks architects and designers to submit a photo of themselves with Spanish tile in their own imaginative and creative way.


Tile of Spain Passport to Creativity contest winners:
Top row: Ernest Bellamy, Ann Porter, Francine Rozental
Bottom row: Elaine Santos, Holly Hollingsworth Philips

The design professionals selected to participate in the 7-day, architectural tour and trip to Spain are:

Ernest Bellamy – Architectural Designer,  Beilinson-Gomex Architects

Holly Hollingsworth Philips – Owner/Designer,  The English Room

Ann Porter – Designer,  Kitchen Studio of Naples, Inc.

Elaine Santos – Senior Associate/Interior Designer,  Barliswedlick Architects

Francine Rozental – Designer,  Antrobus + Ramirez 


From January 29 to February 5, 2016, the selected winners will explore Spain as they immerse themselves in Spanish culture, sample world-famous culinary arts, observe sites and attractions with architectural and design significance and gain a general understanding and appreciation for Spain and Spanish tile.

Included in the trip is a guided visit to the Cevisama 2016 trade show, factory and booth tours and a press conference. All architect and designer participants will earn CEU credits. Journalists from selected architecture and design media will also participate in the tour alongside the winners.

For more information about Tile of Spain, Spanish ceramic tile, and Cevisama, visit

About Tile of Spain

In Spain, tile makers labor as they have for centuries – pushing their passion for design and innovation to new levels of artisanship. With one of the purest and strongest domestic clays available, Spanish manufacturers have an unparalleled ability to make the end product more diverse. From rustic handmade forms; to technical facades that cool buildings and clean the air; to the impossibly slim, sustainable recycled and ink jet masterpieces that fire the imagination. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) is the private organization whose primary objective is to support Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers and the industry as a whole by stewarding and promoting the Tile of Spain brand worldwide. A strong global leader, the ceramic tile industry of Spain comprises 125 manufacturers concentrated primarily in the province of Castellón.

I have never visited Spain so I beyond excited to add another stamp to my passport.  We will be in Madrid, Valencia and many stops between.  Any suggestions for my free time are certainly welcomed. I have started a Spain Pinterest board to gather my travel info. 


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