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“House in Puntiró”: A Harmony of Form, Material and Typography

Tile of Spain USA

Perched atop a steep property that rises above the Bay of Palma in Puntiró, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, is a striking residence that redefines the relationship between architecture and local typography. Effortlessly enmeshed with the surrounding landscape, “House in Puntiró” by Ripoll-Tizon establishes deep roots with nature and offers its residents a pure and organic living experience.

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California carpet recycling hike takes effect

Floor Covering News

In a move that was panned by some flooring retailers, California consumers began paying as much as 36% more for carpet on Jan. 1, 2024, as part of a California recycling statute. The Golden State requires CARE, the carpet stewardship organization, to implement a so-called “differential assessment” on each square yard of carpet sold that reflects its cost burden to recycle.

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Colorful Kitchen Backsplashes – Transform Your Cooking Space!

Realstone

Gone are the days of the monotonous white kitchen backsplash. Colorful kitchen backsplashes infuse color, personality, and style into the heart of your home – the kitchen. This article dives into how you can transform your cooking space with a colorful backsplash, ensuring it stands out while reflecting your unique taste and style. Key Takeaways Embrace Color Diversity : Explore vibrant colors for a lively kitchen atmosphere.

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Architects’ Latest Survey Shows Mixed Home And Neighborhood Wellness Trends

JG Kitchens

I have a theory. I think the dip in certain wellness trends in the latest American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Survey were caused by high costs. Mortgage rates, home prices and more expensive building materials likely all played key roles. Check out 4Q23 trends and insights in my latest Forbes.com article here. Homes with […] The post Architects’ Latest Survey Shows Mixed Home And Neighborhood Wellness Trends comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness De

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New Perspectives on Emission-Free Concrete

The A to Z of Building

The construction industry as a sink for carbon dioxide? This is being worked on by researchers at Empa’s Concrete & Asphalt lab.

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Full speed ahead for Johnson following distribution shuffle

Floor Covering News

The new year marks a new beginning for Johnson Hardwood Floors. With the recent completion of the realignment of its distribution network, the company can focus more fully on its go-to-market strategy with a more robust distribution network. “The new alignment will allow us to better service our existing customers,” Billy Ko, Johnson CEO, told Floor Covering News.

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Daltile showcases new STARE products

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—Daltile recently launched six new product collections into its STARE program, an assortment of special order tile. These new products are being showcased during the nationwide Mohawk Momentum Roadshow. “The STARE program was developed to offer our customers the height of fashion,” said Laura Grill, director of product design for Dal-Tile, parent company of the Daltile brand.

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Stanton hires Deb Tippett to accelerate hard surface growth

Floor Covering News

Deb Tippett Woodbury, N.Y.—Stanton Carpet Corporation has appointment of Deb Tippett to the newly created role of regional vice president, hard surface, for the South-Central region. In this role, Tippett will assume sales responsibility and reporting for Stanton’s hard surface business. She will report to Jamann Stepp, senior vice president of hard surface.

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Natural Stone Foundation announces new board members

Floor Covering News

Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Foundation welcomed the following industry members to its board of directors for 2024: Kevin Camarata—board president Brie Pfannenbecker—president-elect Tony Malisani—immediate past president Ralph Morgan Greg Osterhout Rick Stimac Holly Roher Jonathan Zanger Buddy Ontra Katie Jensen-NSI board president liaison 2022 foundation president, Rich Katzmann, (Rockheads Group USA) will officially end his term at StonExpo in January 2024.

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New Antolini booth concept to premier in Las Vegas

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— Antolini will be exhibiting a new design and exhibition concept on February 27-29 here at the Las Vegas Convention Centre for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2024 (KBIS). The main idea, according to the company, was to connect natural stones and “gameplay,” in an original experience for visitors. The main stage involves Cristallo Vitrum “Wow:” Alessandro La Spada, interior designer of the new booth, has designed an articulated labyrinth that showcases the succession precisely bet

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Is it all waterproof: How many waterproof flooring lines are enough?

Floor Covering News

W hen it comes to “waterproof” flooring—or water resistant, as most flooring retailers will attest —how do you know how much is enough? The waterproof tagline still draws consumers in, so much so that even flooring categories outside of rigid core have begun donning the moniker, meaning it remains marketed and on showroom floors en masse. However, how do flooring retailers know how much is enough?

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The Great Reveal 2024

Floor Covering News

T he winter markets. Surfaces. It’s what flooring retailers rely on every year to chart their course for the next 12 months—the catalyst being solution-oriented products that resonate with end users while boosting retailers’ bottom lines. With the COVID-19 pandemic in the rear-view mirror and supply chain issues largely under control, 2024 has the potential to be a very good year for product launches.

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MeasureSquare to exhibit at Domotex 2024

Floor Covering News

Hannover, Germany—MeasureSquare, a provider of innovative flooring takeoff estimation solutions, is participating in Domotex 2024. Held here every year, the show will be held January 11 – 14. MeasureSquare joins 1,000 other exhibitors and will present with its management team at their booth. MeasureSquare will unveil its latest advancements in estimation technology and beyond.

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i4F partners with HMTX for SRP flooring

Floor Covering News

Hannover, Germany—i4F, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, has entered into a strategic patent partnership with HMTX Industries—a global flooring company and leading innovator in flooring technologies. As a result of the agreement, i4F has secured exclusive rights to license HMTX’s SRP rigid core TPU flooring technology to third-party decorative panel manufacturers.

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Philadelphia Commercial releases 2024 introductions

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Philadelphia Commercial, leading Mainstreet brand of Shaw Industries, has released its 2024 soft and hard surface introductions designed for universal appeal across all Mainstreet market segments with a special focus on tenant improvement, education and resident living market segments. The brand selected target markets in areas where it is best poised to meet customer needs, developing products with the specific color and pattern needs of core customers in these segments.

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New Year’s resolutions for retail sales pros

Floor Covering News

by Pami Bhullar Greetings and Happy New Year, friends. Over 25 years’ tradition of New Year’s resolutions is something I will not break, and it continues to be consistent with the new chapter in my professional life at The Dixie Group (TDG). Sharing resolutions is an expectation from most of you, so I will not disappoint you. Following are my resolutions for retail professionals in 2024—independent of TDG.

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WOFB: It’s not just about business, it’s personal, too

Floor Covering News

Traditional business practices have often emphasized detachment and objectivity, with the focus on profit margins, market trends and bottom lines—often overlooking the human element. In the realm of business, the adage “It’s not personal, it’s just business” has long been a prevailing mindset. There is something about this mindset that has never sat well with me.

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MeasureSquare participates in Domotex 2024

Floor Covering News

Hannover, Germany—MeasureSquare, a provider of innovative flooring takeoff estimation solutions, is participating in Domotex 2024. Held here every year, the show will be held January 11 – 14. MeasureSquare joins 1,000 other exhibitors and will present with its management team at their booth. MeasureSquare will unveil its latest advancements in estimation technology and beyond.

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Carpet: High-end keeps hope alive for residential market

Floor Covering News

Shaw Floors developed a range of high-end offerings under the umbrella of the 3Cs concept: Controlled, Color, Character. Shown is Canvas Comfort. F ollowing its COVID-19-induced spike in sales, the residential carpet market is down more than 20% from where it was just two years. Prospects for 2024 are muted, with the residential segment forecast to contract in the mid-single digits.

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U-Haul report reflects ongoing migration trend

Floor Covering News

Phoenix, Ariz.—The move from big cities on the East and West coasts of the country to suburban areas continued apace in 2023. That’s according to a newly released report from U-Haul, which reflects a trend that accelerated in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas netted the largest number of movers in one-way U-Haul equipment in 2023, marking the third consecutive year it has finished atop the U-Haul Growth Index.

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‘Tuesday Tips:’ Be your best self first

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tuesday Tips” this week. In the series, WFCA experts presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition. In this week’s “Tuesday Tips ,” Tom Jennings, retail training expert, reminds us that as a manager, one of the hardest management skills is learning to take care of yourself firs

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Obituary: Anthony “Tony” Kelly, Mannington Mills

Floor Covering News

Anthony “Tony” Kelly Mannington Mills has announced the passing of Anthony “Tony” Kelly, former president and CEO of Mannington Mills, on January 3, 2024, at the age of 88. Kelly served as president and CEO from 1992 until his retirement in 2001, and his impact on Mannington Mills cannot be overstated, the company said. He successfully led the company through the Mannington Gold crisis, which required not only sound judgment and business acumen, but a commitment to associ

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Wellmade expands capabilities

Floor Covering News

Nearly two years after breaking ground on its sprawling, state-of-the-art rigid core manufacturing facility in Cartersville, Ga., Wellmade has officially launched the second phase of its plant expansion. The producer of high-quality hard surface flooring has added new capabilities, capital equipment and automation to better service its growing OEM customers base.

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IFC: A family affair with promise

Floor Covering News

International Flooring Company (IFC) is a new resilient flooring supplier spearheaded by Julian Dossche as president/CEO; William Dossche as executive vice president; and Piet Dossche as chairman of board. There are few names more well-known within the flooring industry than that of Dossche. Piet Dossche has achieved much-earned success within the industry, touting several unique innovations—even kicking off what is now the WPC segment of the resilient category back in 2012.

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Cali takes an ‘In-N-Out’ approach to business

Floor Covering News

Encinitas, Calif.—Cali is coming into 2024 loaded for bear. The lifestyle brand continues to grow its portfolio of products as more retailers benefit from the company’s unique omni-channel approach. The secret sauce combines a unique coastal style with a limited distribution strategy along with a focus on higher-end products to allow the retailer to make more money.

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5 surefire ways to retain talent

Floor Covering News

A fter 25 years of filling positions, we experience, firsthand, the trends and cycles in hiring weighed against candidate demands and expectations. Astute candidates are aware of the talent shortage we are facing in the industry. Many reach out to us with a desire to broaden their experience, better balance their time or, in some cases, to simply get big raises.

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NAFCD members hash out pressing issues

Floor Covering News

NAFCD board High inflation in an uncertain economy. Challenges in recruiting, hiring and retention. Ongoing shipping and sourcing issues. These were just some of the hot-button topics on the table at the 2023 North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors and North American Building Material Distribution Association (NAFCD + NBMDA) convention held here at the group’s fall conference.

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UFLPA: ‘Game over’ as suppliers seek new sourcing avenues

Floor Covering News

W hen U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) added polyvinyl chloride products (PVC) as a “sector of concern” to its Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) enforcement efforts last February, it marked for many suppliers the beginning of the end of sourcing products from that region of China. As it turned out the burden of proof on U.S. suppliers to verify that their materials were not sourced from the Uyghar Region (XUAR) became so onerous most suppliers simply gave up and pivoted to other

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Adel Real Estate Unveils Blueprints of Adel District, the Largest Urban Development Project in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

The A to Z of Building

Adel District sits along King Fahd Road (Airport Road), between King Saud Road and Riyadh Road, close to some of the most pulsing highways that connect to the city’s most famous landmarks.

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Exclusive: Mannington’s Campbell looks back

Floor Covering News

Keith Campbell A fter 46 years at Mannington Mills—the last 28 as chairman of the board— Keith Campbell retired on Dec. 31 , turning the reins over to Zack Zehner, his nephew and previous president of Mannington Residential. As of January 1, Zehner is officially executive chairman of the board. The transition ushered in the fifth generation of Campbell family leadership at the 100-plus-year-old company.

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AHF Products wins 2023 Good Design award

Floor Covering News

Mountville, Pa.—AHF Products, a leading manufacturer of hard surface flooring for the residential and commercial markets , has won a 2023 Good Design award for Armstrong Flooring Natralis Commercial Homogeneous Vinyl Sheet. Natralis is inspired by the landscapes of North America and the “spot” patterns found in nature. “AHF Products is pleased to win this award,” said Fred Reitz, vice president of commercial, AHF Products.

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CCA Global University exceeds training expectations

Floor Covering News

Manchester, N.H.— CCA Global University kicks off 2024 by exceeding expectations in its new Installation Excellence Program. In 2023, the in-house training arm of CCA Global Partners completed floor installation education for 320 individuals, in 23 cities across the United States and Canada. CCA Global Partners launched the Installation Excellence Program last year in response to one of the flooring industry’s most challenging issues—finding and retaining qualified installers.

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John Selldorff joins Laticrete board of directors

Floor Covering News

John Selldorff Bethany, Conn.— Laticrete International, Inc. has added John Selldorff to its board of directors. Selldorff currently serves as the president and CEO of North and Central America for Legrand, a global provider of products and solutions for electrical and digital building infrastructures. His appointment to the Laticrete board officially began on January 2, 2024.

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Skydiving lessons for surviving a slowdown

Floor Covering News

(Part 3 in a series) In skydiving, you want to prepare for emergencies long before you ever climb aboard the airplane. The same principle holds true with your flooring business. As I mentioned in the previous installments, it’s not a matter of if we’ll hit economic turbulence; it’s a matter of when. With that in mind, I’m going to unpack specific strategies you should deploy right now to ensure your survival when the market takes a nosedive.

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NAFCD releases 2024 officers and directors

Floor Covering News

Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) has released the organization’s board of directors for 2024. The NAFCD board is comprised of senior executives from both distributor and supplier member firms. Each volunteer leader will help support the association’s mission and promote wholesale distribution in the floor industry. “I look forward to building off NAFCD’s success from this past year while working alongside an impressive group of

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ECOsurfaces’ Nada Rx earns multiple industry awards

Floor Covering News

Lancaster, Pa.— ECOsurfaces’ Nada Rx, powered by Ecore, has been recognized with multiple industry awards for its performance, design innovation and environmental stewardship. Recent accolades consist of a Sustainable Award in the resilient category from Healthcare Design ’s Nightingale Awards, a “Best of 2023” product award by ADEX Design Journal Magazine and a “2023 Products of the Year” award bestowed by Architectural Record.

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Business classifications have tax repercussions

Floor Covering News

This time of year can be very stressful—especially for small business owners and retailers like yourselves who are likely preparing for tax season. Many business owners may be on edge when considering the possibility of footing a large tax bill. When starting your small business, your choice of business structure plays a vital role in not only minimizing taxes but also reducing personal liability.

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