For fresh inspiration on colors and patterns for tilework, look no further than the winning submissions to the fourth annual International Newcomer Competition 2017 Tile Award, a juried contest, that has as its brief “make the most of possible designs using ceramic tiles.” The top designs were Transmittance by Avishkar Bharati of JDAP Design- Architecture-Planning in Mumbai, India; RE: Tile by Andreas Crynen of Ingenhoven Architects in Düsseldorf, Germany; and Stay Unique by Agnes Tröger-Morguet of Agnes Morguet Innenarchitektur & Design, in Cologne, Germany.

Whittled down to three from nine finalists out of an initial 63 entries from 20 countries, the winners had the opportunity to have their designs built as 1:1 models.

In a bonus event, finalists also met in fall 2017 for a workshop in Iceland where they had an opportunity to pitch their ideas to German tile manufacturer Agrob Buchtal, which sponsors the contest.