Daltile Scholarship Goes to California Design Student

February 07, 2012

Daltile, in conjunction with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, have named Sarah Garcia, of Sacramento State University, CA, as the winner of the inaugural Daltile Interior Design Scholarship. Garcia was presented with a $10,000 scholarship at Surfaces 2012 to continue her education in the field of interior design.

“On behalf of Dal-Tile Corp. and the ASID Foundation, we congratulate Sarah Garcia on winning the Daltile Interior Design Competition,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director of Daltile. “Choosing the winning entries was a daunting challenge, but we feel confident that Miss Garcia, the runners up and merit winners, are the best of what the next generation of interior designers has to offer.”

In addition to the grand-prize winner, $5,000 scholarships were awarded to the first-, second- and third-prize winners, and $2,500 scholarships were given to each of the 10 merit award winners.

“Through the competition, we challenged students to design a space using Daltile products, inspired by an artistic movement or a specific work of art,” said Kirk-Rolley. “The response was tremendous, drawing over 300 entries from across the United States, with artistic inspiration as varied as the designs themselves.”

Garcia was inspired by postmodern design in her entry, a concept for a Nike retail space. It used Greek architecture to play off the heritage of the Nike brand. Garcia used a variety of Daltile products, including SlimLite Panels in oyster, smoke and ebony. She also incorporated Identity and Fabrique, two ColorBody porcelains, as well as a variety of natural stone products into her concept.

“Sarah Garcia’s winning entry expressed a cohesive design statement in the concept and execution, featuring a variety of colors and textures that were well-coordinated and helped achieve a contemporary effect using an impressive number of Daltile products,” said Robert Nieminen, editor of Interiors & Sources. “Her design also expressed a clear connection to the postmodern genre that she selected as the inspiration for her design.”

For details about the 2011 Daltile Interior Design scholarship, click here.

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