Carpet One Floor & Home store owners and managers recently gathered in Salt Lake City for their annual summer convention.
Members of Flooring America, Flooring Canada, International Design Guild and The Floor Trader convened August 6-8 at Salt Lake City's Salt Palace Convention Center for Building Buzz, where members explored new paths to grow in their marketplace.
The event featured a keynote from Jamie Clarke, CEO of LiveOutThere.com, founder of the Out There Adventure Centre, a brick-and-mortar store in downtown Calgary and LiveOutThere.com, a one of Canada’s 50 fastest-growing ecommerce sites. Clarke gave pointers on how to invigorate teams and succeed in any endeavor. Members attended educational sessions designed to help them improve their skills and strategies in sales, marketing and management and a trade show where they saw the latest introductions and promotions from vendor partners.
One of the highlights of Starnet’s spring meeting was the 19th Annual Starnet Design Awards, which honored commercial flooring design projects from across the country. From iconic international sports venues to a children’s hospital to a whimsical corporate headquarters, this year’s winners captured the flooring installations that are driving commercial interior design forward.
“The Design Awards served as a reminder that 25 years of dedication to excellence in flooring design, installation and environmental stewardship has helped to create some of the most incredible commercial spaces in the country,” said Jeanne Matson, president and CEO of Starnet.
This year’s panel of judges included Deborah P. Elliott, co-founder and design principal at ID Studios in Solana Beach, Calif.; Stephanie Crane, principal at Shlemmer+Algaze+Associates in Culver City, Calif.; and Sascha Wagner, president and CEO of Huntsman Architectural Group in San Francisco. Honorary Judges for the Environmental Achievement and Unique Installation Challenge Awards were Robert Peoples, executive director of Carpet American Recovery Effort (CARE) and Robert Varden, vp of Certified Flooring Installers.
The 49th edition of NeoCon will draw more than 50,000 design professionals from around the globe to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, June 12-14. For nearly five decades, NeoCon has served as a launch pad for innovation, offering ideas and introductions that continue to shape the commercial environment. Here is a preview of some of the flooring products that will be featured at this year’s show.
Six projects were announced as the winners of the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition for use of Italian tile in North American architecture and design. The competition received submissions in each of the three categories: residential, commercial, and institutional. An international jury of design industry experts reviewed and evaluated the projects, selecting three winners and three honorable mentions.
Members of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) convened in Truckee, Calif., for their spring conference to share best practices and strategize business development opportunities. Click here to read more.
Coverings announced the winners of its 2017 Best Booth Awards. The program recognizes booths based on design, creativity, display of product, and overall presentation. From the more than 1,110 exhibitors on the show floor, the panel of judges selected seven winners.
“There are so many truly astounding booth displays, which really highlights the passion in the industry for tile and stone as stylish design statements,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the producers of Coverings. “We congratulate this year’s winners, who all enhanced the wow factor of the show floor.”
Flooring manufacturers are addressing the demanding needs of interior architects, designers, store planners, visual merchandisers, and specialty retail owners at GlobalShop 2017, the annual show for retail design and shopper marketing, held March 28-30 in Las Vegas. Click here to read more.
Bostik, producer of specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, and Artaic Innovative Mosaic, designer and producer of custom tilework, staged a free design workshop for the architecture and design community at Manhattan’s Microsoft Store on March 23.
The evening featured a hands-on tutorial of Artaic’s software, “Tylist,” which drives robots to assemble mosaics. The attendees also learned about the benefits of Bostik’s proprietary Dimension RapidCure glass-filled, pre-mixed, grout that is specified by Artaic. Guests participated in a design competition, and the winner, David Kim, won a Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet.