Compiled by Jenna Lippin
We here at i+s have had the honor of meeting so many wonderful and
talented designers over the years, and now we’d like to return the favor.
Every month we will be introducing design students and recent alumni
recognized for going above and beyond.
At this year’s edition of NeoCon East, held Nov. 9-10 in Philadelphia, Daltile announced the winners of its fifth annual
Daltile Interior Design Scholarship competition. In partnership with
the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, this
year Daltile challenged design students with a project called “Design
Inspired by Nature,” in which they had to redesign a hotel lobby
using biophilic design principles, demonstrating how thoughtful
design, creativity, and Daltile products can come together to create a
comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and impactful space. The grand prize
winner of the competition, Kristina Tribell, a student at the Art Institute
of Houston, was presented with a $10,000 check during a ceremony at
The funds are given to support the winning student’s education
in the field of interior design. “The scholarship is very important for
me since I currently have two loans to obtain [a bachelor’s] degree in
Interior Design,” Tribell said.
In seeking inspiration for her design, Tribell researched “natural forms”
as part of the biophilic design theme. She began to examine images of
various bugs, specifically crawlers, zooming in on their eyes. “Their eye
lenses are made up of millions of tiny hexagon cells,” she explained. “After,
I continued my research in hexagon shapes in nature. I found out that
hexagon geometry is strong, lightweight, and efficient. This shape can be
often seen in nature—honeycombs, snowflakes, diamond crystals, basalt
columns, etc. As a result, I chose honeycomb cells as my inspiration.”
Tribell chose the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston after recently
visiting the site as part of a tour with NEWH, the Hospitality Industry
Network. “The existing interiors presented Houston [as] the traditional
oil and gas, geological, and industrial center. However, since Houston
has grown to be a diverse international city with many different cultures
and businesses, I wanted to create a more relaxing, calming, and
peaceful design for this hotel.” She used Daltile product—including
selections from the Marble Attaché and Saddle Brook Glazed Porcelain
collections—to transform the space into a more palliative environment
that juxtaposes the busy city in which the hotel is located.
The grand prize winner and three finalists were selected by Daltile
and the ASID Foundation with the help of a panel of industry experts.
New for 2016, Daltile and the ASID Foundation awarded the school or
university with the highest number of completed entries with a $10,000
grant for their interior design program. Utah State University was
presented with the grant with 37 students from the university submitting
projects to the competition.