CountertopIQ http://www.countertopiq.com Intelligence for the counter surfacing communities Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:59:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 http://storage.nuemediallc.net/woodiq/2016/11/CIQLogo1-113x112.jpg CountertopIQ http://www.countertopiq.com 32 32 90522389 Tile of Spain Presents 2018 Trend Report for Ceramic Tile http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/19/tile-of-spain-2018-trend-report/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/19/tile-of-spain-2018-trend-report/#respond Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:59:43 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10869 Tile of Spain, the association of over 125 Spanish tile manufacturers, is forecasting macro trends for 2018 which include: monochromatic colors, planks for wood & beyond, well-loved vintage looks, non rectified edges, encaustic mashups, gauged porcelain (large format thin tile) and thick pavers in porcelain. When looking at the coming year’s innovations as a whole,

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Tile of Spain, the association of over 125 Spanish tile manufacturers, is forecasting macro trends for 2018 which include: monochromatic colors, planks for wood & beyond, well-loved vintage looks, non rectified edges, encaustic mashups, gauged porcelain (large format thin tile) and thick pavers in porcelain.

When looking at the coming year’s innovations as a whole, there is a reverence for clean, honest materials. Collections are being designed with broad expanses of installations in mind. Tile is not just an accent, it’s literally everywhere indoors and out. The intentional hyper-distressed look of neglect is beginning to give way to a more refined and stately vintage look with a well-loved and maintained feel. 2018’s ceramics are all about the balance we are all struggling so hard to find in our daily 21st century lives.

Monochromatic
Vives Doney (floor), Vives Mosaico Necci Blanco (wall)

Grey, White, Black remain the top 3 colors in that order for both floor and walls with Greige (gray-beige) following as a close 4th depending on the collection’s design inspiration. The only departure from this is in the wood planks collections – where classic wood tones still reign supreme. The complimentary colors of choice have shifted from the oceanic blues, teals and turquoise that were solidly in place for the past 2 years. Accent tones of choice for 2018 are denim blues (ranging from steely grey-blue to deep and saturated over-dyed indigos) and deep wine bottle or British racing greens.

Favoring Planks
Natucer Vintage Series

Almost without exception, manufacturers are reporting their top sellers to be planks. This seems to be a truism in most global marketplaces but certainly is the case in North America where design and architecture features so much of the native timber. The interesting thing is that stone, metal and even cotto are finding great success in the planks formats. North America tends to favor planks in the 8×36″ size with upscale markets favoring the longer 48″ planks.

Rectified Edges Driven by Cost

In recent years, North America has been trending away from rectified edges in all looks, with the exception being traditional marble and flowing textured wall tiles in the 12×36″ or upwards sizes. The luxury market, on the other hand, tends to prefer the seamless look a rectified edge provides and don’t mind the premium installation costs. Installation costs seem to be the key component to the shift towards a traditional calibrated (non-rectified) tile. This has also opened the door for the rusticated edge look that was so strong in the 90’s to make a come back.

Well-Loved Vintage

Heavy rustication and weathering are on the decline this year to make way for more of a vintage, worked by hand look. In looks ranging from woods and stones to glazed ceramics and cottos, the overall impression is one of a long life with care and consideration rather than one of neglect and hardship. The stripped and painted woods have mellowed to a burnished sand-blasted look and the ceramics have multiple effects of lustered glazes, subtle metallics and varied finishes to deepen their overall aesthetic.

 

Encaustic Mashups
Keraben Remake Series

The strongest look by far remains to be the encaustic cement look and other riffs on the style where multiple patterns are mashed together to create a layered cohesive look. Most of these looks are offered in the traditional 8×8″ format but many are printed as deco’s in a larger format field. Other directions in deco this year are favoring delicate textures in damask or lace patterns, as well as a strong influence from paper and textiles in all styles. Geometrics are also back in many minimalist collections this year either as overlays or in tone-on-tone versions.

In contrast, small formats continue to be a strong choice for wall tile, aided by the ongoing popularity of subway tile. The winning sizes being 8×8″ (no surprise given the strength of traditional encaustic tiles), 6×12″ and 4×30″.

Gauged or Thin Tile
Inalco Storm iTOPKer Series

This relatively new market segment continues to gather a head of steam – especially to reduce grouting in bathrooms and kitchen countertops. The market is steadily adjusting to this material, and it is becoming more commonplace at point of sale.

Pavers Cement Their Position
El Molino Burela Series

One of the key components to the rapid growth of this 2cm thick category is that they are lighter and more consistent to cut than traditional cement pavers. Because of this, the contractor base is actively promoting the switch to porcelain in projects.

Previous years saw almost exclusively 24×24″ formats, but this year there was a cornucopia of 16×32″ and 24×48″ pavers, with some even being cut down to 12 or 8″ planks as well. Some of the paver offerings, especially in flagstone or cobblestone looks, featured the softly weathered edge also seen in cottos and French limestone looks in traditional thickness programs.

 

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Amy Miller Named Executive Director of International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/10/amy-miller-named-executive-director-international-surface-fabricators-association-isfa/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/10/amy-miller-named-executive-director-international-surface-fabricators-association-isfa/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:34:53 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10865 Amy Miller was hired at the end of November to serve as the Executive Director of ISFA. Of note is that Miller has the honor of being the first woman to serve in this highest position on the ISFA staff. Previously, Miller was the Director of Business Development for the L.E. Smith Company, a third-generation,

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Amy Miller was hired at the end of November to serve as the Executive Director of ISFA. Of note is that Miller has the honor of being the first woman to serve in this highest position on the ISFA staff.

Previously, Miller was the Director of Business Development for the L.E. Smith Company, a third-generation, family-owned, premium quality surface fabricator and distributor with more than six decades of service to the construction, cabinetry, millwork and retail industries.

“Amy is a consummate professional with real world experience working for a world class fabrication company,” said ISFA President Ryan Miller. “She is enthusiastic and is already working on implementing some great ideas for advancing the association. The ISFA Board of Directors is confident that she will perform well in the role.”

As the Director of Business Development for L.E. Smith for more than seven years, Amy Miller was responsible for sales and marketing strategy implementation, new product development and brand awareness, among other key functions. She also served in various management and sales positions previously and earned a degree in marketing from Miami University.

Additionally, she was elected to the ISFA Board of Directors in late 2016, serving on the board from Jan. 1, 2017, until she stepped down to take the position as ISFA Executive Director.

“My goal is to not only increase the membership of ISFA, but also to refine and improve the depth of member benefits the association offers,” said Amy Miller. “I am excited to take on this responsibility and spend more time with our members discussing how we can better serve them as the organization moves forward.”

Amy Miller has stepped in to fill the position previously held by Bryan Stannard, who is now pursuing other opportunities in the industry. “We offer thanks to Bryan for helping to advance ISFA during his tenure, and we look forward to a very bright future for ISFA and its members.” added Ryan Miller.

For more information, please feel free to contact Amy Miller directly at AmyM@isfanow.org or (567) 239-2101.

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Peter Hauser Joins Diamut as North America Sales Manager—Stone Division http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/10/10860/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/10/10860/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:22:35 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10860 With Biesse Group’s continued growth and its commitment to the North American market, Peter Hauser has been hired as North America Sales Manager for Diamut’s Stone division.   Peter brings more than 10 years of industry experience to his new role including close working relations with Biesse Group’s Intermac Stone Factory in Italy.     “I’ve

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With Biesse Group’s continued growth and its commitment to the North American market, Peter Hauser has been hired as North America Sales Manager for Diamut’s Stone division.
 
Peter brings more than 10 years of industry experience to his new role including close working relations with Biesse Group’s Intermac Stone Factory in Italy.  
 
“I’ve worked closely with Biesse Group in the past and feel very fortunate to be joining an industry leader,” he said. “Diamut provides tooling that is tested and proven on our Intermac machines along with other branded products in the industry. I’m excited to help build our distribution network and support expansion plans that will increase market share for Diamut’s Stone division in North America.”
 
For more than 30 years, Diamut has been manufacturing a complete range of diamond tools for Stone, Engineered Stone and Glass. Diamut became part of Biesse Group in 2002 and now plays a major role in the business sector. 
 
To contact Peter, email Peter.Hauser@biesseamerica.com or call him at 980.297.3737

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Choosing an SEO Professional for Your Website http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/08/choosing-seo-professional-website/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/08/choosing-seo-professional-website/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:30:31 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10851 A marketing term that just won’t go away (and seems to be plaguing small businesses) is Search Engine Optimization (SEO). While SEO tactics aren’t ‘new’ to the industry, they are becoming increasingly important to maintain a competitive advantage on the web. If your company does business online, or simply has a website, then SEO is

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A marketing term that just won’t go away (and seems to be plaguing small businesses) is Search Engine Optimization (SEO). While SEO tactics aren’t ‘new’ to the industry, they are becoming increasingly important to maintain a competitive advantage on the web.

If your company does business online, or simply has a website, then SEO is important to your company! Unfortunately, many small businesses don’t understand or have the time to invest into SEO best practices.

With efficiency at the forefront, many small businesses choose to outsource their SEO to an agency or individual. While this is often the most effective solution, there are some things you should look for when choosing an SEO professional.

Transparency

The number one thing to look for when choosing an SEO professional is transparency. While you may not be up to speed on all of the SEO jargon, a good SEO professional can put the information into understandable terms for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about strategies that you don’t understand. Ask for details. Ask why and how. By the end of your conversation you should be able to have a firm grip on exactly what your agent is doing to help your business succeed.

You should never be in a position where you don’t know what your SEO agent is doing. If you are unsure of the strategy, what is being worked on, the success/failure of the campaign, or the time being spent on your account—ask. You have every right and responsibility to ensure your SEO pro is working for your best interests.

Team Player

When hiring and SEO agency or agent think of it as hiring another member of your team. Are they invested in your business and mission? Do they have knowledge of your industry? These are some important factors to ensure you receive the best possible service.

Outsourcing SEO shouldn’t mean you ‘set it’ (pay a check) and forget it. Plan updates and meetings with your SEO pro in order to stay up to speed. Provide insight to your agent. Always keep in mind that your SEO agent works for you!

Flexibility

Your SEO pro should not only be transparent and a team player, but they should also be flexible. When you meet with your agent it is important to share your company goals with them: both macro- and micro-goals. Discuss ways that your SEO agent can help you reach these goals and what strategies they can be working on behind the scenes.

Flexibility is key, as your SEO will work with you to implement tactics that best meet both short and long-term goals of your company.

Choosing an SEO professional to work with your company to implement campaigns and best practices can be a great competitive advantage. It can also set your company up for great success and increased digital leads. Like any hire, do your research, ask questions, and select a professional that you believe will be the best member of your team (even though the services may be outsourced). You will find that diligently searching and choosing the right SEO agent can make all the difference!

 

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Intermac, Donatoni & Montresor Solutions Make Intelligent Factory A Reality http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/07/10856/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/07/10856/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:08:37 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10856 Three leaders in the stone machining sector – Intermac, Donatoni and Montresor – are combining skill technology and a widespread distribution network to support customers in the creation of intelligent factories. Intermac is the Biesse Group company that specializes in stone, glass and metal processing technologies. Established in Pesaro in 1987 by Giancarlo Selci, the company

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Three leaders in the stone machining sector – Intermac, Donatoni and Montresor – are combining skill technology and a widespread distribution network to support customers in the creation of intelligent factories.

Intermac is the Biesse Group company that specializes in stone, glass and metal processing technologies. Established in Pesaro in 1987 by Giancarlo Selci, the company rapidly managed to achieve a leadership position in its sectors by investing in all elements that support innovation on an ongoing basis.

Intermac’s addition of Montresor this year marked another milestone on the path towards creating a full range of products dedicated to professionals working in the natural and engineered stone machining sector. It enabled Intermac to increase its 4.0 ready solutions in step with the growth trajectory for Biesse Group as a whole in the era of digital manufacturing.

Montresor is a market leader in the design, marketing and installation of edge-polishing machines, which is now part of Intermac’s range of solutions for stone machining in synergy with Donatoni. A global leader in the manufacturing of technologically advanced bridge saws, Donatoni began its partnership with Intermac in 2015.

“Our recent acquisition of Montresor and partnership with Donatoni combines complementary products that increase our product range, expanding our products catalogue and allowing us to achieve new technology goals,” said Federico Broccoli, President & CEO of Intermac America and Intermac Canada. “We now offer the most comprehensive line of equipment for manufacturing stone in the industry.”

Operating on the basis of “Thinkforward,” all three companies are collaborating to create efficient and highly productive digital factories that can change the way we conceive and produce things. This relies on the ability to innovate and provide integrated solutions that are sophisticated but easy to use, allowing you to produce more, better, and at a lower cost. All of this is done with one goal in mind: providing the highest level of Customer support in the industry.

 

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Can You Use Bituminous Beds Under Granite? http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/01/can-you-use-bituminous-beds-under-granite/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/01/can-you-use-bituminous-beds-under-granite/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:30:52 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10843 Q:   I’m specifying an exterior pavement with predominantly brick pavers, but including accent bands of granite. The granite is in sizes of 16” x 24” x 3¾” (400 x 600 x 95 mm). The bricks will be set on a bituminous bed. Can I use a bituminous bed under the granite as well? A:  Bituminous

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Q:   I’m specifying an exterior pavement with predominantly brick pavers, but including accent bands of granite. The granite is in sizes of 16” x 24” x 3¾” (400 x 600 x 95 mm). The bricks will be set on a bituminous bed. Can I use a bituminous bed under the granite as well?

A:  Bituminous beds actually work quite well under granite. There are a few concerns that you will need to address. I had always been concerned about staining due to the oil-based bedding, although I’ve never actually seen it, so that concern is perhaps unfounded. The asphaltic bed is not quite as rigid, but given the relatively small face size and stout thickness of your pavers, I would not be worried about breakage with loads up to and including passenger vehicles. Joint fillers can be a concern, as tight joints do not work as well as they do with some other materials. In other materials, chamfers can be applied more economically, but in granite, we have to cut or grind the chamfers to each edge, so it becomes a cost issue. Without the chamfers, grains of sand migrate their way into tight joints and frequently cause spalling due to slight vertical displacements of the pavers as vehicles traverse the pavement. So it’s best to leave a joint that is swept with some type of granular filler. These joints may collect water and result in some temporary discoloration at the stone perimeter after rainfall.

The last concern is the thickness variation, which you can control in your specification.  Bituminous beds do not accommodate varying thickness well, since the installing mechanic cannot squash the paver into the bed when setting it. For slab thickness greater than 2” (50 mm) the industry tolerance is ±¼” (±6 mm). Most fabricators are much more accurate than this, but unless you specify a tighter tolerance, the industry norms will govern, and you could have two stones that differ by ½” (13 mm) with no grounds for rejection. I would encourage you to ask the suppliers in your region as to what tolerance they can achieve, and specify that. If they can’t accommodate a tolerance that is reasonable for the project, an alternative would be to sort the stones by thickness prior to palletization, so that stones on a given pallet have minimal thickness variation.  Unfortunately this adds some cost and may create color control challenges, as you could be mixing stones from many different blocks in one pallet.

 

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Bad Decisions You’re Glad You Didn’t Make http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/01/bad-decisions-youre-glad-didnt-make/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/12/01/bad-decisions-youre-glad-didnt-make/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:30:32 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10846 At the end of the year, business owners tend to reflect on the good and bad that happened. We smile at the good decisions and consider what we could have done differently with the bad decisions. We thought we would make you feel better by telling about four businesses that seriously wished they had a

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At the end of the year, business owners tend to reflect on the good and bad that happened. We smile at the good decisions and consider what we could have done differently with the bad decisions. We thought we would make you feel better by telling about four businesses that seriously wished they had a do-over

Western Union

In the late 1800’s, Weston Union was a communications powerhouse. Company president William Orton was offered an opportunity to buy the patent on a new technology for $100,000. He saw no need to spend even that small amount of capital on something he considered an electrical toy that lacked commercial possibilities. His loss was AT&Ts gain. The telegraph has pretty much disappeared, but the telephone is still going strong.

Mars

In 1980 Mars candies was offered an opportunity to have their flagship M&Ms candies featured in a new movie being directed by Steven Spielberg called “E.T.” The problem Mars had with the offer is that Spielberg’s last movie “1941” had been a box office flop and Universal Studios wouldn’t let Mars read the script, so they passed. Spielberg’s son liked Reese’s Pieces, so Spielberg and Hershey CEO Jack Dowd worked out cross-promotion deal. Two weeks after the 1982 release of the movie, Reese’s Pieces sales had tripled and distributors couldn’t keep up with the demand.

Twentieth Century Fox Television

Fox never expected much from M*A*S*H when it premiered in 1972. They just thought they could produce a cheap series reusing the set from the movie. To their surprise, M*A*S*H became their only hit. Three years later the company needed cash and the show’s ratings were slipping, so they came up with a brilliant idea. They sold syndication rights for seasons 1 through 7 on a futures basis. Stations would buy episodes for $13,000 each in 1975 that they couldn’t broadcast until 1979. No guarantees, no refunds. They pocketed $26 million on a great deal for them. Well, not so much. In 1979 M*A*S*H was still hugely popular, ranking #3. The 168 episode grossed $1 million for local stations and Fox didn’t get a penny of it.

Electronic Data Systems

EDS was a $1 billion company owned by Ross Perot. They were looking to invest in a small computer company and Microsoft seemed like a good option because it could supply valuable software. The problem was that Bill Gates was determined not to undersell all his hard work. Perot thought his $40 to $60 million asking price was just too much, so he passed. Perot has often said it was the worst decision he ever made.

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Colorful, Graphic and Versatile Laminate Patterns Lead Wilsonart’s New Material Mixology Collection http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/11/28/colorful-graphic-versatile-laminate-patterns-lead-wilsonarts-new-material-mixology-collection/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/11/28/colorful-graphic-versatile-laminate-patterns-lead-wilsonarts-new-material-mixology-collection/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:33:51 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10839 Introducing a bold mix of 27 new designs, developed especially for commercial spaces Demand for staying ahead of new trends and creating highly visual, memorable and social media-worthy spaces drives endless change in the commercial industry. No sooner are design and build projects completed, when concepting for new or remodel projects starts to brew. Creating

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Introducing a bold mix of 27 new designs, developed especially for commercial spaces

Demand for staying ahead of new trends and creating highly visual, memorable and social media-worthy spaces drives endless change in the commercial industry. No sooner are design and build projects completed, when concepting for new or remodel projects starts to brew. Creating 27 new laminate patterns to fuel creative juices and inspire designer’s imaginations to run wild, Wilsonart’s Material Mixology Collection is specially curated to support continued growth and renovation opportunities in commercial environments with patterns that are bursting with character through color, graphics and amazing durability.

“The patterns in this collection provide designers with solutions that can help them set their spaces apart,” said Andrea Flint, Senior Designer at Wilsonart. “These out-of-the-box laminates beautifully capture the diverse commercial market and dramatically extend design palettes.”

The new collection reflects various themes:

Graphic Wood: This is a unique spin on wood design, introducing the look of painted, overlapping geometric shapes.

  • Stockholm Mod – a large-scale graphic wood where the raw wood pairs with overlapping whites and greys creating a Scandinavian feel
  • London Mod  – a graphic wood pattern with large painted overlapping geometric shapes. The grey wood has a white graining paired with tonal greys
  • Berlin Mod – a large-scale graphic wood pattern with aged wood pairs with overlapping painted geometric shapes in whites and greys

Marquetry: Marquetry is clean, modern, straight-grained wood designs pieced together to form new patterns.

  • Sable Line – a linear woodgrain in taupe with black grain running throughout
  • Sable Marquetry  – a coordinated, large-scale pieced pattern with taupe and black straight graining
  • Tawney Line  – a warm mid-tone straight-grained brown wood with black graining running throughout
  • Tawney Marquetry  – a warm mid-tone, large-scale brown wood with a pieced pattern that coordinates with Tawney Line

Olive Wood: These patterns range from cool greys to warm browns and are full of visual interest.

  • Recon Olive – a large-scale wood full of unique color play and movement, and made up of reds, browns and blacks
  • Polished Olive – a monochromatic pale grey and white wood pattern with large-scale design full of movement and visual interest
  • Silver Olive  – a large-scale mid-toned grey monochromatic wood design featuring movement and visual interest
  • Gunmetal Olive – a large-scale wood design rendered in monochromatic charcoal with movement and unique characteristics
  • Sun Bleached Olive  – a light tan monochromatic large-scale wood design full of movement and visual interest
  • Weathered Olive  – a large-scale medium brown wood design full of movement and features, with dark and light browns throughout
  • Mocha Olive  – a large-scale dark brown monochromatic wood design in a unique figured pattern

Planked Wood: These sophisticated walnut wood designs add rich characteristics to spaces.

  • Small Planked California Walnut – a dark brown with charcoal graining with beautiful colorations of deep brown and chocolates and pairs well with Planked California Walnut
  • Small Planked Texas Walnut  – a red brown and charcoal design whereby its beauty is showcased within the small planks made up of light and dark variations, pairing well with Planked Texas Walnut

Graphic: These designs on their own or in woods are great options for bold focal points or accenting.

  • Chilly Aqua – a mid-tone dusky blue abstract design with small organic grids
  • Twilight – a light dusky blue optical solid pattern with a small organic grid
  • Night – an abstracted organic grid pattern in a charcoal grey optical solid
  • Hematite – a grey abstract with an organic grid pattern
  • Silvermist – a beautiful warm white abstract with an organic grid pattern
  • Tweedish Pewter – a grey-on-grey abstracted tweed textile pattern
  • Tweedish Indigo  – a deep blue indigo-on-indigo abstract tweed pattern
  • Vintage Chevron – a large-scale distressed silver-colored pattern that radiates nostalgic glamour
  • Lush Bermuda – a large tropical botanical in muted blues, greens and greys with a soft blush textile background inspired by the beaches in Bermuda
  • Maui Falls – a linear abstract pattern with small-scale overlapping transparent rectangles, a wash of bright blue, and white and grey intermixed
  • Bali Falls – a linear abstract pattern in warm greys and browns with overlapping transparent rectangles

The Material Mixology Collection is now available online as part of the Wilsonart® Virtual Design Library, an evolving, curated collection of laminates available in just 2-3 weeks from order.

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Coverings Searches for Emerging Leaders in Tile & Stone http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/11/16/10833/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/11/16/10833/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:21:52 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10833 2018 Rock Star Nominations Now Open, Recognizing Talent Under 35 Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, is now accepting nominations for 2018 Rock Stars – an emerging leaders program honoring the best and brightest young industry talent. Individuals under the age of 35 and currently employed by or as an

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2018 Rock Star Nominations Now Open, Recognizing Talent Under 35

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, is now accepting nominations for 2018 Rock Stars – an emerging leaders program honoring the best and brightest young industry talent. Individuals under the age of 35 and currently employed by or as an architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association, or manufacturer in the tile or stone industry are eligible for the award, and must be nominated by a colleague who is also active within the industry.

Selected 2018 Rock Stars and their nominators will be honored at the Rock Star Awards Luncheon during Coverings 2018. In addition to being profiled on the Coverings website for one year, Rock Stars will also receive a free one-night hotel stay in Atlanta for Coverings 2018, social media promotion, inclusion in a Coverings press release, and a dedicated Rock Star badge ribbon.

“Now in its fourth year, the Rock Star program has recognized dozens of young industry leaders, providing mentorship and networking opportunities to connect industry veterans and rising stars,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The program underscores our mission to support the growth and success of the industry, and we continue to be inspired by new talent.”

A committee of industry leaders will select winners based on individuals’ impact on and previous recognition within the industry. Nominated individuals must meet all requirements, and self-nominations will not be considered. Nominators and nominees will be contacted after the submission deadline. Further detail on the nomination/selection process, and the 2017 Rock Star winners can be found here.

To nominate a mentee or colleague, complete a submission form at coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars. All nominations must be submitted by Monday, February 5, 2018.

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Wilsonart Unveils Coordinated Collection of Engineered Surfaces for Hospitality http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/11/14/wilsonart-unveils-coordinated-collection-engineered-surfaces-hospitality/ http://www.countertopiq.com/2017/11/14/wilsonart-unveils-coordinated-collection-engineered-surfaces-hospitality/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:15:09 +0000 http://www.countertopiq.com/?p=10826 Portfolio of 45 materials reflect findings from Trend Report for the Hospitality Industry Design and aesthetics shape and define a brand, especially in the hospitality industry. Today’s consumers prefer and seek accommodations that fit their lifestyle, paying close attention to the look and feel of a hotel space when booking. Research conducted by Wilsonart’s design

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Portfolio of 45 materials reflect findings from Trend Report for the Hospitality Industry

Design and aesthetics shape and define a brand, especially in the hospitality industry. Today’s consumers prefer and seek accommodations that fit their lifestyle, paying close attention to the look and feel of a hotel space when booking. Research conducted by Wilsonart’s design team uncovered four key movements driving hospitality design trends and led to the development of Wilsonart’s Hospitality Collection. Comprising 45 coordinated surface options, the curated collection focuses on nature’s neutrals, emphasizing wood designs with fun pops of color and graphics, and offering designers unique opportunities to create engaging spaces. These products contribute to the home-like experience while providing much-needed durability and easy maintenance to fixtures and furnishings.

“Guests demand and expect great and unforgettable experiences during their travels and the hotel stay is part of the experience,” said Andrea Flint, Senior Designer at Wilsonart. “Understanding the marketplace is imperative to staying on-trend and developing meaningful products. Wilsonart has developed this curated portfolio, coordinated across our material choices, to provide designers – and hotel owners – with a valuable tool they can use to address the full range of surfacing needs in hospitality spaces.”

In Wilsonart’s Trend Report for the Hospitality Industry, four key movements drive hospitality design: Experience, Sharing Economy, Curation-Customization and Hospitality and Retail Hybrid. These movements and their elements inspired the Wilsonart® Hospitality Collection which features:

  • Woodgrains: Wood finishes help establish the warmth and comfort of a built space. The hospitality portfolio includes 20 Wilsonart® Laminate woodgrain designs that bring the outdoors in, enriching the guest experience.
  • Abstracts and Geometrics: Monochromatic abstract and geometric laminate designs can stand alone or complement the woodgrain patterns. The Collection includes 10 Wilsonart® Virtual Design Library offerings.
  • Colors and Textures: Co-living and peer-shared spaces are driving new design opportunities, as well as using customization and curation to capture the atmosphere and culture of the given location. The result is creative spaces with vibrant graphics, rich colors and diverse textures. The Collection includes nine Wilsonart® Quartz and six Wilsonart® Solid Surface designs to help designers achieve these design demands with the luxurious touch of stone.

“Wilsonart’s diverse Hospitality Collection has the perfect assortment of offerings to elevate the travelers’ experience,” adds Flint. “Whether relaxing in their room, common space, or working out in the gym, our engineered surfaces beautifully perform.”

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