The National Wood Flooring Association's (NWFA) Floor of the Year Awards annually showcase the finest craftsmanship in wood floor design and installation. The 2002 edition of the contest was no exception, netting 141 entries in 11 categories.
Entries are supplied by NWFA members in good standing to be judged by a panel of professional designers from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Traditionally, winning floors are announced at NWFA's annual Education Conference and Wood Flooring Expo, which this year was conducted April 18-20 in Orlando, Fla.
A win in any category in a past Floor of the Year competition is required for consideration in the Master Division. Overall quality and appearance are two primary criteria used in judging Floor of the Year winners.
To win in the Expert Division, the entrant cannot have previously won in any Floor of the Year category. To win for Best Limited Species Design, the company's installation cannot use more than two woods or stained components.
Crescent salesman Marc Sholar and company President John Troendle designed the floor. Sholar and Crescent installed and finished the floor. Manufacturers of the flooring include Zickgraf, Buchanan, Robinson Lumber and Historic Floors of Oshkosh. Glista American provided the finish.
A private apartment in Moscow housed Integraf's winning installation for Best Job Site Finished Craftsmanship and Design. Entries in the category include all types of jobsite-finished wood flooring, from hand-cut designs to mixed-media work. The 152.85-square-foot dining room installation uses wood species ranging from American walnut to Austrian pear. One distinctive feature of the design is the use of a lighter-colored wood to form a circle that lies beneath the dining room table. All wood was machine cut. Integraf designed, installed and finished the floor. BonaKemi USA provided the finish.
Wood species used include quarter-sawn oak, Karelian birch, American walnut, and Austrian pear. All wood was machine cut. Integraf designed, installed and finished the floor. BonaKemi USA provided the finish.
The three-day installation incorporated hand-scraped prefinished maple, river-recovered heart pine, and various exotic and domestic woods. DM Hardwood designed and finished the floor. The company installed the inlay with the help of installer Brett Elliott, a friend of DM Hardwood owner Dave Marzelek. Harris Tarkett, Galleher and Goodwin Heart Pine provided the flooring. Berger Siedell supplied the finish.
Schumacher's home design center showroom installation features American and Brazilian cherry species, quarter-sawn red oak, maple, wenge, and American walnut. Much of the wood was hand cut and grooved for the design's grid-like format. Ken Schumacher designed the layout. Schumacher & Co. installed and finished it. Taylor Lumber, Historic Floors of Oshkosh and Finelines supplied the hardwood. BonaKemi USA provided the finish.
The installation, in Newhall, Calif., incorporates large square borders and makes use of walnut, Brazilian cherry, maple, and black walnut. Marc McCalla, owner of Craftsman Flooring, designed the floor and his company installed and finished it. Galleher provided the flooring and BonaKemi USA manufactured the finish.
Oy Karelia Parketti Ltd. of Kuopio, Finland, won an honorable mention for Best Manufactured Finish Design. Professor Alvar Aalto designed the floor for a home installation. Northern birch was used in the design, which includes lighter squares of hardwood against the grain of the darker flooring. Oy Karelia Parketti, which recently changed their name to Karelia Ltd., installed and finished the floor. According to NWFA, Aalto came up with the original design in the 1950s. The category includes all types of manufacturer-finished wood flooring, including mixed media.
The 2003 Floor of the Year Awards will be presented during NWFA's 14th annual convention scheduled for April 9-12 in St. Louis.