At a time when many makers of residential
flooring are eyeing the commercial market, Bentley Prince Street is taking a
different approach. The company, which is based in City of Industry, Calif., was
on hand at a recent design show in Santa Monica to promote bps rugs, a line of upscale
area rugs that are designed to expand flooring options for the home.
The 2007 Design Is … Awards hosted by Shaw Contract Group
honored six firms from the U.S. and across the world for projects that captured
“the challenges, processes and results” of great design using Shaw Contract
carpet. The award winners were given $2,000 to donate to schools or
organizations of their choice. Winners donated to design education funds, arts
colleges, demonstration houses and interior design programs.
Armstrong officials gave a preview of some of
their latest products during a press event recently at the company’s
headquarters in Lancaster, Pa. The company showed off additions to existing
lines and discussed the benefits of its recently launched Migrations BioBased
Tile product range as well as several green programs. While the products were
eye-catching, it was clear that the company is treading carefully in a
softening market that one staffer called “a unique economic situation.”
Armstrong Floor Products
president and CEO Frank Ready was even more blunt. “It’s a very tough
environment,” he said. “We’re very happy where we’re positioned right now – we
feel very good about where we’ll finish in 2007, but the market in 2008 is
going to be really tough.”
Milliken was recently honored for “outstanding contributions
to urban forestry” by the Georgia Forestry Commission. The flooring maker
helped establish the Making the Shade program, which is committed to planting
shade trees near elementary school playgrounds to help shield children from
Brintons, widely recognized for its range of Axminster
carpets, recently participated in a $20 million restoration of the historic
Leland Stanford Mansion in San Francisco. Built in 1856, the 19,000 sq. ft.
Victorian mansion originally served as the office of three governors and is
today used for the state’s diplomatic and business receptions. Brintons, which was founded in 1783, provided
carpet patterns designed to match the original flooring from photographs taken
during the 1870s.
Atlanta is set to add an additional 250,000 sq. ft. of space for furniture,
home furnishings and area rugs in time for the January ’08 Atlanta Rug Market.
The expansion in Bldg. 1 follows a planned 1.5 million sq. ft. addition to
Bldg. 2 slated to open in 2009. When completed, the new wing in Bldg. 2 will
create one of the largest assortments of high design, garden and gourmet
products in the U.S., according to the company.
Online training group
Trainingspace now offers a course on window coverings. Topics include selling
window coverings, window coverings types, and measuring, installing and
maintaining the product. The window coverings class marks the first course from
Trainingspace that moves beyond the traditional areas of flooring and
“Change! Challenge! Choice!” was the theme of the 14th
annual Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) meeting in Kansas
City, Mo. With an eye toward arming CFI members with the latest tools and
techniques to combat the recent downturn in housing, the recent event included
educational sessions and hands-on workshops designed to take a hard look at the
Full-service commercial flooring provider Intertech Flooring,
with offices in Austin and San Antonio, recently opened its third office.
Located in Mission, Texas, in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, the branch
location will serve the Rio Grande with the company’s blend of commercial
flooring products, installation expertise, design consultation and maintenance
Solutia’s Ultron carpet fibers business has named its judges
for the upcoming 2007 Doc Award Competition in New York. Set for Nov. 28, the
contest aims to honor outstanding achievement in contract interior and product
design. The awards honor not only architects and designers and their projects,
but carpet mills for creating aesthetic and durable contract floor coverings
using the company’s fiber.