DELIA DESIGNS from Philadelphia Top Vote Getter in’s Tabletop Challenge Design Contest

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Tabletop Design Competition Held at International Hotel Motel and Restaurant Show in New York

"We thoroughly enjoyed the competition and working with such great sponsors and products." - Tina Delia

Delia Designs from Philadelphia has won the first annual Tabletop Challenge design competition at the recently completed International Hotel Motel and Restaurant Show in New York. Presented by, the contest pitted five design groups racing against to clock to create their best tabletop using props from a “mystery box” and various products from world-class hospitality tabletop companies like Steelite, Rosenthal China, Sambonet, Norex Lighting, Eastern Tabletop, Arcoroc, Jono Pandolfi, and Hospitality Glass Brands.

Delia Designs principals Tina Delia and Gustavo Gutierrez created a themed tabletop using products from nearly all participating companies to win this closely contested event which was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. With nearly 500 votes cast by show attendees, there was only a 25 vote spread between the winner and fifth place.

“We really tried to allow for the center of the table to be our main showpiece,” commented Tina Delia, Principal Designer for Delia Design. “That’s why we kept everything else on a lower profile. We thoroughly enjoyed the competition and working with products from Steelite, Jono Pandolfi and the other great sponsors”

Regarding the competition itself, TabletopJournal’s Editor Dave Turner commented, “Since this was our inaugural event, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. The great sponsors and their products really set the stage, and of course, the designers themselves made it an overall great event combining the best elements of tabletop product and design. The overall results were incredibly close.”

Delia Designs used a wide variety of products in the winning tabletop design:

Oval Server Dish – Jono Pandolfi    

Nick & Nora Cocktail Glass – Steelite

Welsh Slate – Steelite    

Twist Flatware – Sambonet

Table Lighting – Norex    

White Sedona Sidedish – Steelite

Branch Style Bowl – Eastern Tabletop    

Bormioli Rocco Water Glasses - Steelite

Sticky Bricks – Eastern Tabletop

About Delia Designs
Tina Delia, owner and lead Interior Designer of Delia Designs is an Interior Architect and Designer. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Juris Doctor in Law and a Masters of Science in Interior Architecture and Design, Tina has grown her design studio from the ground up and has been featured as a design expert on NBC and is an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design where she teaches Principles of Interior Design and Lighting Techniques. She also teaches Drawing Techniques for Drexel University’s Discovering Architecture and Interiors program.

Tina Delia also has experience designing for Civitas Architects in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Studio Perilli in Rome, Italy. Delia believes that when transforming a space, a sense of harmony must be created, which in essence is beauty and respect together. It is elegance expressed in the purest of forms.

Designer Tina Delia also focuses her design ideas on the increased awareness and the possibility of socially responsible sustainable design and has been inspired by this greater sense of purpose in architectural activism. She believes in and has an interest in doing work that has an impact on the lives of her clients as well as a greater impact on the community where possible.

About TabletopJournal
Tabletop Journal ( started in mid-2011 as a digital publication dedicated to the world of hospitality tabletop category. TabletopJournal quickly became the premier source for the information on the best products, people, and places used in the hospitality tabletop industry and now reaches 40,000 readers monthly in all corners of the world. In addition, subscribers to TabletopJournal’s outbound BULLETIN newsletter come from nearly all continents. To learn more about TabletopJournal, go here:

About IHMRS Show
The 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show ran through Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 10, the IHMRS featured three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 10, through Tuesday, November 12. The market presented nearly 700 exhibitors and attracted some 18,000 industry professionals. It was co-located with Boutique Design New York (BDNY), featuring 325 manufacturers, designers and representatives of furniture, lighting, wall coverings, fabric, seating, accessories, artwork, carpet and flooring, materials, bath and spa, and tabletop. BDNY ran through 4pm, Monday, November 11.

IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA). BDNY is a joint venture of AH&LA, HANYC, NYSH&TA and HMG (Hospitality Media Group). Both shows are now under new management by HMG.

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