Press Release: Artaic, designer and fabricator of architecturally compelling mosaics, is excited to announce that Design ‘N Gather, the company’s annual design competition now in its fifth year, is bringing the contest back to the East Coast, with its debut in New York City. This year, the jury-selected winner will have their digital artwork translated into a permanent mosaic installation set inside the rooftop Cupola of Sydell Group’s The NoMad Hotel, a historic landmark property in Manhattan. The contest, which is free to enter, will begin accepting online entries starting June 22 through its closing on September 1, 2018.
For the past two years, Artaic has partnered with destinations such as the MGM Grand’s Wet Republic and Hyde Nightclub at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For 2018, Artaic and their long-term partner and lead sponsor Bostik, wanted to bring the excitement to the Big Apple, hosting this year’s competition in the epicenter for the design and architecture community. They teamed up with The Sydell Group on selecting their compelling Manhattan site for the contest, and Boutique Design magazine to highlight the unveiling during their annual BDNY trade show.
“We could not be more thrilled to shift the focus of this year’s Design ‘N Gather competition to New York City. New York has always been at the forefront of art and innovation. Similarly, our team at Artaic continually stretches the bounds of what can be designed and produced through the medium of tile, and we cannot wait to bring the beauty of mosaics to this uniquely stunning property,” says Artaic’s founder and CEO, Ted Acworth.
The annual competition, which was founded by Artaic in 2013, encourages designers from all disciplines — architecture, product design, fashion, interior design, photography, painting, furniture design, and any other creative field — to create a one-of-a-kind piece that will have a lasting impact on the space and on the individuals that experience it. Throughout the summer contest period, participants are asked to visit httpss://designngather.com to download Artaic’s proprietary and easy to use design software, Tylist™. They will be provided a design template for the inside of the Cupola as well as background and inspiration to help with the creative journey. Entrants are welcome to design and submit up to two, original mosaic renderings utilizing any of Artaic’s Vitreous Glass tile selections and Bostik’s Dimension RapidCure Grout color variations.
Through a blind judging process, 10 finalists will be selected in September based on the originality, execution, and successful interpretation of thematic elements relating to this year’s location: The NoMad Hotel ‘s iconic rooftop Cupola. Originally designed as an architecturally significant water tower, the Cupola is used for special occasion private dining. The hotel serves as the perfect backdrop for Design ‘N Gather with its turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts roots and grand interpretation of French elegance—it is a true New York City staple that is highly regarded for its grandeur style.
One winner will be chosen from the grouping of finalists where their mosaic will permanently be installed and unveiled at a private event at The Nomad Hotel on November 11, 2018, in conjunction with Boutique Design New York (BDNY). In addition to having their mosaic installed, the winner will also receive a trip for two to Paris, France, valued at $5,000, courtesy of Bostik.
“As a long time partner of Artaic, we have witnessed the evolution of Design ‘N Gather over the past few years from Boston to Las Vegas, and now to New York City. We are excited to be apart of the competition once more, and can’t wait to see all the wonderful works of art that will be submitted,” says Scott Banda, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Bostik North America.
This year’s esteemed panel of judges include: Joanne Yong, Senior Vice President & Principal of Wilson Associates’ NY Studio; Jean-Gabriel Neukomm, Principal at JG NEUKOMM Architecture; Rob Polacek, Chief Creative Office at Puccini Group; Joyen Vakil, SVP of Design & Development for MGM; Jake Lamstein, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at The Sydell Group; Michelle Finn, President of Hospitality Media Group; Scott Banda, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Bostik North America; and Ted Acworth, CEO, & Founder of Artaic.