Winner of the Design ‘N Gather 2018 Competition Announced


“Starry Nights” by Kavitha Iyer Was Selected for This Year’s Top Honor

The winning mosaic of Artaic’s 2018 Design ‘N Gather competition, sponsored by Bostik, was revealed at a special reception in New York City on Sunday, November 11th. Architects, designers, and industry leaders gathered at the Cupola on the rooftop of The NoMad Hotel to watch the unveiling of “Starry Nights” designed by Kavitha Iyer, Senior Design Manager, AIA, LEED AP of Marriott Global Design Strategies.  

Utilizing Bostik’s Hydroment® Vivid™ Grout and Artaic’s Vitreous Glass tiles, Kavitha Iyer’s “Starry Nights” mosaic features an abstract scene of a starry sky with low hanging tree branches entwined in lights. The color palette contains moody blues, blended purples and night sky pinks with hints of gold glass tile to weave in the magic. The mosaic reimagines the simple experience of being under the "real" twinkling lights of the night sky, bringing them indoors into the Cupola’s elegant event space.

“I wanted to bring the outdoors in, evoking the experience of a star-lit dinner inside the walls of the Cupola. It’s a simulation — as if you are dining outside surrounded by trees with the city’s lights peeking through,” says Kavitha Iyer. ”I didn’t want to compete with what's already fabulous. New York is the ultimate hero and inspiration — this mosaic is meant to complement New York’s iconic skyline, a lasting interpretation of a memory that you can’t easily recreate. Artaic’s easy-to-use Tylist™ program gave me creative freedom to express my vision and it’s so humbling to see it installed in a space guest can enjoy for years to come.”

Kavitha Iyer, Grand Prize Award winner (right) celebrates with Kate Lux, People’s Choice Award winner

When asked if she had previous experience using the installation materials, including Bostik Grout, Iyer’s answer was a resounding, “Yes! For so many things! I work in the hospitality industry, with a phenomenal team of creative people, who every day dream up the next guest delight and how to truly make it come to life.” 

“Kavitha’s mosaic was an outstanding fit for the Cupola” says Ted Acworth, CEO and Founder of Artaic. “The scene depicted in her design captured the essence of the hotel’s rooftop — it gives the room a feeling of intimacy, as if the guests are witness to a magical night sky.”  

“Starry Nights" is a magnificent glass mosaic creation, beautifully installed, as well.” added Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development

In addition to winning the competition and having her work permanently installed in the Cupola, Iyer also was awarded a trip for two to Paris, compliments of Bostik.  

In addition to the Design ‘N Gather winner, the People’s Choice Awards was introduced, where the popular choice designer was awarded with a dinner for two in The NoMad Hotel’s Cupola. This year, the People’s Choice Award was given to Kate Lux, Architectural & Interior Designer, Stantec. Her mosaic design “Monarchy” features a flutter of stunning Monarch butterflies, representative of the “nomadic” journey Monarch butterflies make throughout their lifespan, similar to that of the travelers that frequent The NoMad Hotel.

Honorable Mention was awarded to “The Big Apple” by Ashley Clayton, Designer, Maude Group.

CLICK HERE to view the Design 'N Gather 2018 photo gallery.

For additional details, including submission criteria, and competition rules, please visit

About Bostik, an Arkema company
Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in construction, consumer and industrial markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €2 billion, the company employs 6,000 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries for the latest information, visit

About Artaic
Artaic uses robotic technology and innovative design tools to customize, design and fabricate award-winning mosaics. By combining modern technologies with this historic art form, the Artaic team is passionate about the creation of architecturally compelling mosaics for any size project, from small to large-scale production. Through fast design iterations, custom sampling and robotic production in Boston, the process of true customization is seamless. Artaic’s Tylist™ software enables their skilled in-house design team to easily collaborate with clients on the creation of modern mosaics. This unique manufacturing process increases design flexibility and decreases lead times and costs. Artaic is a unique and compelling resource for modern designers and architects. To learn more about Artaic, please visit

About NoMad New York
NoMad New York is housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia. The hotel is intended as a fresh take on the classic grand hotels of Europe with a distinct New York sensibility. The design of the hotel was inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia’s youth. The 168 rooms are residential in feel and decorated in his classic, timeless style. Each room is appointed with hand-selected, richly textured custom-designed furnishings and original artwork. The public spaces of the hotel, include a soaring center atrium, library, cocktail bar, dining room, and rooftop, which features food & beverage by award-winning chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of New York's acclaimed Eleven Madison Park.Sydell Group own and operate the hotel and a few of their collaborations for the hotel include the retail space by Canadian brand, WANT Apothecary, which is their first ever-dedicated shop in the US, as well as the staff uniforms by Bespoken, and the custom artwork by

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