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.
Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, announced the recipients of its Member and Supplier Awards. Also announced were the winners of the network’s inaugural Spark Awards. Click here to read the full article.
CarpetsPlus ColorTile, Carpetland USA and Floorco dealers from around the country gathered February 25-28, 2017, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to celebrate the buying group’s 20th anniversary. “When we started we didn’t want to have conference room geniuses,” said Ron Dunn, co-CEO of CarpetsPlus ColorTile. “We wanted to get the opinions of our members. Our mission statement was ‘Make good things happen for good people’ and it still is.”
We’re reporting from The International Surface Event this week.
The International Surface Event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, January 18-20, brings together the best and brightest in floor covering each year. The 2017 event promises to be one of the biggest and most engaging yet.
The following are just a small sampling of what to expect on the show floor.
There is always creativity and new tile technologies to discover at Cersaie. Here are some of the key flooring trends spotted at the show:
Retailers were welcomed to Orlando for CCA Global Partners’ Flooring America/Flooring Canada and Carpet One Floor & Home conventions. The brands shared their latest programs and products in the two-day conneXtion event for Flooring America, immediately followed by the two-day Carpet One Winter Convention, called Engage.
Flooring America/Flooring Canada said it would be partnering more closely with The Floor Trader and the International Design Guild to share programs and resources. According to Keith Spano, Flooring America president, “This allows us to continue to grow and scale our model. We’re encouraging members to open new locations, cross-pollinate and capture different clientele. We now have the outlet model, the luxury model and the full-service retail model.”
Among Carpet One’s announcements was the new C1 Radio, a podcast for members sharing the latest tips, business trends, best practices, product updates and company news.
Both Flooring America and Carpet One unveiled programs including Cutting Edge custom area rugs, Innovia Xtreme Clean carpet and updates to the Vision 20/20 scalable store layout with new focal walls, warmer lighting/fixtures and a concierge-inspired welcome desk.
Also during both events, Mannington Mills’ Chairman Keith Campbell thanked the retailers on hand for their business, while also noting his company’s 100th anniversary milestone. “Thank you. From family-owned company to family-owned company, without you we would not have hit the century mark.”
The International Surface Event (TISE) East was held last November at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The East Coast regional version of Surfaces, TileExpo and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, TISE East drew about 100 exhibitors, along with presenters covering educational topics geared toward distributors, fabricators, installers/contractors, retailers, care/maintenance/restoration professionals and members of the A&D community.
For more information, visit tiseeast.com.