We give designers the tools to design original mosaics.
The designers submit their work.
A winner is selected.
We produce the winning mosaic.
We all party.
The mosaic is installed in your location.
About Design ‘N Gather
At the intersections of digital and physical, art and technology, Artaic continually stretches the bounds of what can be designed in tile, and we are welcoming designers of all backgrounds to do the same.
Now in its third year, the DNG Competition invites designers or collaborative groups from all disciplines to come together, pick up new tools, and create a one-of-a-kind piece that has lasting impact on the space and the individuals who experience it.
Each year Artaic searches for the ideal space in which to host the annual competition. We are currently searching for a location for 2016 but will also consider spaces for 2017 and beyond.
Our goal for a successful competition is to produce an exciting work of art that is both unique and fitting with the character of the location.
We are looking for a highly visible area with a flat focal surface that can act as a blank canvas. The location can be interior or exterior, floor or wall, remodel or new-build. The space and surrounding environment should inspire and foster innovative and creative submissions.
The winning submission will pull inspiration from the location while contributing a unique component that elevates the overall design.
Once a location is selected, we collaborate on the guidelines for successful submissions. To ensure relevant effective submissions, we collaborate on design guidelines.
Guidelines will take into consideration the overall design of the space including other finishings and design intent. We will work with you to pick the exact color palette and tile type that work best with the application.
We provide designers with our Tessera design software and an instructional information packet on how to produce a successful mosaic. Additionally, our Creative Director Paul Reiss will host training sessions to ensure viable submissions.
The training sessions and will be accompanied by a series of email blasts, advertisements, and additional events. Artaic markets the competition through many different channels and partners.
The Selection Process
Leading up to the submission deadline, a prestigious judging panel is assembled.
After the submission deadline, we collaborate with invested parties, which could include architecture firm, design firm, developer, etc. to select the winning design. The selection process is collaborative to select the ideal submission for the space.
The top ten finalists will be picked based on the creativity, execution, and successful interpretation of thematic elements. From those finalists, one will be selected as the winning submission.
Finalists will be announced well in advance of HD Expo – providing time for travel plans. The finalists are encouraged to attend the HD Expo party and are provided with free travel to the event.
The competition will culminate with HD Expo in Las Vegas from May 4-6. In addition to a gallery of the top ten design submissions displayed during the tradeshow, there will also be a closing party where the winning mosaic is revealed.
The party, which will be marketed by Artaic and partners, will be both a celebration of DNG and an opportunity for industry networking and publicity at one of the largest hospitality design trade shows of the year.
The winning submission will be produced by Artaic and installed as a permanent fixture in the designated location.
Prominent display at Bostik’s booth at HD Expo in Las Vegas – one of the largest hospitality design trade shows of the year.
All finalists will be featured at Bostik’s booth at HD Expo.
Flight voucher to attend the DNG awards party at HD Expo.
One year membership at Design Museum Foundation (Boston/Portland).
Once a winning mosaic concept is selected, we make any final adjustments to the mosaic that may be needed. We produce the mosaic with our robotic assembly system in square foot sections.
The tile sheets are packaged and shipped to your location with an installation diagram, making the final installation quick and painless.