"The Harper Pool," 2004 Spectrum Grand Prize Winner.

Close to 29,500 people attended Coverings 2004 - a 10 percent increase over last year. Coverings' primary audience included installers, distributors, retailers, fabricators, architects, designers and builders/remodelers.

Coverings 2004 booth winners included: Graser for Best Small Booth; Antolini Luigi & Co., Kale Eksport Dis Ticaret and Roca for Best in Show; IMMIB Instanbul Mineral Village for Best Collective/Grouped Booth Concept; and Trend Group SpA for the Grand Prize.

Studio Gang Architects Ltd. won the $10,000 Grand Prize in the 2004 Prism Stone in Architecture Awards, honoring outstanding examples of architectural achievement in the use of natural stone in residential and commercial design.

The winning project, the "Masonry Variations" stone curtain, is a hanging marble curtain for the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The curtain is made of 619 interlocking pieces suspended from the museum's vaulted ceiling. The project team members included the architect-craftworker team of Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects and Matthew Stokes Redabaugh, International Masonry Institute; the structural design consultant was Peter Heppel and Associates; and the engineer was the Thorton-Thomasetti Group.

Michelle Griffoul Studios was the $10,000 Grand Prize Winner of the 2004 Spectrum Award for creativity and achievement in the use of tile in residential and commercial design. The winning project was "The Harper Pool" at a private residence in Daytona Beach, FL,designed by Michelle Griffoul of Michelle Griffoul Studios.

The entire pool, pool deck, pool bath and stairs were all part of the remodel, while a spa and waterfall were new construction completed at the same time. On the decorative side are 140 fish, crabs, shells, octopi and a variety of other sea life, plus a 6-foot long mermaid and a coral glaze designed specifically for the pool. All of the tiles were installed with thin-set mortar over the concrete tank prior to plastering.