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Tile of Spain Announces 2024 “Passport to Creativity” Tour Attendees

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing over 100 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), is jetting back to Spain for the annual “Passport to Creativity” Tour in just a few weeks! Each year, Tile of Spain invites a skilled group of architects, interior designers and journalists on a weeklong excursion in Valencia, Spain, that offers an immersive experience into the world of Spanish tile and design.

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Illuminating the City of Light: A Journey Through Paris

As The Tile Turns

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Paris-born designer, Caroline Beaupére to learn about the inspirations behind Ville Lumiére , her new collection for New Ravenna. Explore the enchanting streets, iconic landmarks, and rich history of the City of Light with us, as we walk through Caroline's favorite Paris neighborhoods that inspired this captivating mosaic collection.

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TISE 2024: Resilient flooring focuses on innovation

Floor Covering News

Resilient flooring remains the top seller in the industry, and suppliers came with new innovations meant to grab even more share in 2024. Las Vegas—The resilient flooring category remains the top performer in the industry, overtaking the carpet category in dollars for the first time in 2022—by a whopping $1.3B. In fact, the rigid core subsegment alone outperformed carpet by $10M in 2022.

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Adding Longevity Potential to Your Kitchen

JG Kitchens

The top bullet point in the latest Houzz survey featured longevity. So I set out to discover how that's showing up in kitchen projects, the focus of the report. The post Adding Longevity Potential to Your Kitchen comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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5 Clever Storage and Display Solutions Your Homeware Store Should Sell

Kitchen and Residential Design

Photo by Pau Casals on Unsplash In the ever-evolving landscape of home design and decor, consumers constantly seek innovative solutions to maximize space and enhance functionality without compromising style. As a homeware store owner or manager, staying ahead of these trends is essential to meet the demands of your discerning clientele. One area where homeowners often struggle is finding efficient storage and display solutions that organize their space and add aesthetic appeal.

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Innovative Urban Living Concept Tackles Housing Woes and Offers Socially Connected Solutions

The A to Z of Building

Co-locating homes on single suburban allotments to create smaller and more socially connected living options could help address the nation’s housing crisis, according to a University of South Australia researcher.

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TISE 2024: Hardwood suppliers leverage style to reclaim share

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—The wood flooring sector is not going to sit idly by while look-alike alternatives such as laminate and LVP continue to eat hardwood’s lunch. While many of the laminate, SPC and hybrid/rigid core products aim to deliver more value to the consumer, a significant portion of products showcased at Surfaces 2024 targeted the upper range of the flooring market—a place where many competing hard surfaces fear to tread.

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9 Benefits of Epoxy Flooring for Commercial Buildings

Onfloor Technology

Due to its numerous benefits, epoxy flooring has become a popular choice for commercial buildings. It is a durable and cost-effective solution that can withstand heavy foot traffic, spills, and impacts. In addition to its practical advantages, epoxy flooring also offers aesthetic appeal with customizable options for color and design.

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Best of Surfaces contest winners recognized

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—For the second year in a row Mohawk was a multiple winner in the 2024 Best of Surfaces competition, a contest cosponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa Exhibitions, which owns and operates The International Surface Event (TISE). Mohawk earned praise from judges in two categories—style and design (SolidTech Premier with Signature HDX technology) and best larger booth design.

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Consensus on Surfaces ’24: ‘It’s back!’

Floor Covering News

Surfaces ’24 saw 20,000 attendees converge in Las Vegas. L as V egas —With every major flooring manufacturer represented, and with international attendees returning at their highest level in years, Surfaces ’24 very much hit the mark as the industry’s most important flooring event. “A lot of what I heard was, ‘It’s back,’” Amie Gilmore, Informa show director, told Floor Covering News.

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NFA Showcase: Supplier turnout, product diversification excites dealers

Floor Covering News

Jan Luan of SLCC Flooring with retailers at the NFA Showcase, from left: Steve Coles, Michael Longwill and Jimmy Poulos. Las Vegas—A record 47 suppliers took part in the annual National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) vendor trade show here on Jan. 22, before the official kickoff of TISE 2024 , but it wasn’t merely the volume of vendors that impressed NFA dealers—it was all about what they showcased.

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Shaw Floors looks to ‘Elevate’ retailers’ offerings

Floor Covering News

D a ll as —Shaw Floors is coming into 2024 loaded for bear with an increased focus on high style and exclusivity. Rather than focus its Phase 1 introductions on line extensions to core collections, the company unveiled an array of unique visuals, species and products designed to provide its retail partners with something different. Following is an overview: CARPET On the soft surface side of the ledger, the higher-end Anderson Tuftex (AT) brand has 17 new products.

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Polycor receives 2023 Grande Pinnacle Award

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—The winners of the 2023 Pinnacle Awards were celebrated during the Natural Stone Institute (NSI) awards ceremony at StonExpo, held here. Nineteen projects were honored with Pinnacle Awards of Excellence. The 2023 Grande Pinnacle Award was presented to Polycor for its work on the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in New York City.

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The Natural Stone Institute announces 2023 award recipients

Floor Covering News

Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) has named the winners of its three award programs for 2023. Manu Shah (MSI) has received the 2023 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement; Denise Daniels (MB Stone Care and Supply) has received the 2023 Women in Stone Pioneer Award; and Richard Stahl (Galloy & Van Etten) has been named 2023 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year.

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Lunada Bay Tile wins Good Design Award for Vesuvio

Floor Covering News

Harbor City, Calif.— Lunada Bay Tile has won a Good Design award for Vesuvio, a mixed media mosaic collection that combines glass tiles with natural marble. “We are excited to have Vesuvio recognized with a Good Design Award,” said Feras Irikat, director of marketing and design. “We at Lunada Bay Tile continue to push the boundaries with what tile can accomplish, aesthetically and functionally.

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Decocer to exhibit at Surface Design Show

Floor Covering News

Decocer’s Origin collection will be shown at the Surface Design Show. London—Decocer, a ceramic company specializing in the design and manufacture of small-format and custom-made tile , will participate in the British Surface Design Show, held here February 6-8, in the information stand in the Tile of Spain space. Decocer will exhibit several of its signature ceramic collections.

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NTCA to attend Cevisama 2024

Floor Covering News

Feria Valencia, Spain—Eleven members of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) are set to attend the 40th anniversary celebration of Cevisama—the international show for the ceramic tile, bathroom equipment and natural stone industries—taking place here from February 26-March 1, 2024. Jim Olson, assistant executive director, NTCA, will lead the group, which includes leading industry professionals sharing best practices. “We are excited to be part of Cevisama’s 40th-anniver

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NTCA expands training initiative for 2024

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association ( NTCA ) trainers will be touring nine states, offering 17 free, standards-based workshops and eight free regional trainings this year—nearly double the number provided in 2023. The initiative aims to equip industry professionals with new skills and knowledge while fostering connections with peers and industry experts.

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Marlene Morin to lead Sika floor coverings

Floor Covering News

Marlene Morin Lyndhurst, N.J.— Sika , a global supplier of specialty chemicals for the construction industry, has appointed Marlene Morin to the position of senior director of floor coverings. She now leads the team that develops and sells Sika’s tile-setting materials, floor covering adhesives and surface preparation products. Her two decades with Sika promise to provide valuable insight for the company’s premier floor covering installation materials brands.

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Karndean Designflooring wins ADEX Platinum Award

Floor Covering News

Export, Pa.—For Karndean Designflooring , the word “design” is more than part of the company name. That commitment to artistry, craftsmanship and creativity has just been recognized with a 2024 ADEX Platinum Award for new wood-inspired designs for its Karndean LooseLay collection. The woods that inspire Karndean designs are hand selected from around the world—European forests to coastal Australia.

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Diverzify promotes Danielle Hunsicker to CEO

Floor Covering News

Danielle Hunsicker Atlanta—Diverzify has promoted Danielle Hunsicker to the role of CEO for the organization , which now includes 16 brands and 62 locations throughout the United States. The promotion was communicated to the Diverzify network last month when it was announced that current COO, Jim Pels, would be transitioning into a chairman role for the company at the start of 2024.

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Page 30 from my Surfaces diary

Floor Covering News

Dear Diary, a nother Surfaces in the rear-view mirror. Every year it seems to get more exhilarating and exhausting. Maybe Father Time is catching up to me. Maybe I just enjoy and appreciate it more with each passing year. Or maybe the older I get the harder I work the show. The one thing I will never understand, dear diary, is how there is nothing left in the tank when I crawl onto the plane to return home, yet it feels like I just arrived.

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Renovation Flooring named Daltile ‘Dealer of the Year’

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas— Daltile has named Renovation Flooring the “2023 Daltile Elite Statements Dealer of the Year.” Renovation Flooring is owned by Mike and Crissie Anderson, located in Miramar Beach, Fla. “The Daltile Elite Statements Dealer Program is an exclusive Daltile program geared to the top dealers throughout the United States,” said Patrick Warren, vice president of residential sales, dealer and showrooms for Dal-Tile Corporation.

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Alliance Flooring pledges support for FCEF

Floor Covering News

Orlando—Alliance Flooring, a retail buying group comprised of more than 300 flooring dealers nationwide, has committed to supporting the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) at its upcoming annual convention. This year’s convention is scheduled to take place here at The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, from March 2 to March 5. “We’re delighted to be chosen as Alliance Flooring’s charity partner for their 2024 annual convention,” said Jim Aaron, executive director of FCEF. R

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TISE 2024: Carpet mills look to add spark across color spectrum

Floor Covering News

Y ou can’t talk to a carpet executive these days without at least one of them waxing poetic about their latest palette or coloration. And by color, they’re not talking various shades of bland, boring beige. Colors today are much more vibrant—so much so that mills are marketing their latest hues and shades as a major differentiator. Some examples seen and heard at Surfaces 2024 : “Our Luck Penny [a Dreamweaver offering], with 6 1 / 2 turns of twist, features 24 colors,” said Joe Young, vice presi

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CCA members extol virtues of Retail 2.0 system

Floor Covering News

G rape v ine , T exas —It’s not often that nearly 1,200 members of any group can agree on something. But with Retail 2.0, CCA Global’s new merchandising and digital marketing system, the overwhelming consensus is the selling system works. At conneXtion, CCA Global Partners’ annual convention here, the storyline once again revolved around the ongoing rollout of 2.0, which is now in roughly 60% of retailers’ showrooms.

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Floors & More 2024 convention gets members revved up

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—Members and select vendors of the Floors & More group gathered here a day prior to the start of TISE 2024 for its annual convention. The theme of the event, “Supercharged,” reflected both the mood and the growth trend of the organization. “We are not going to slow down at all; we are going to put the pedal to the metal in 2024,” Vinnie Virga Jr., vice president of Floors & More, told attendees.

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Floors & More elevates commitment to FCEF

Floor Covering News

Vinny Virga (right) with members at the 2024 Floors & More convention. Dalton—Floors & More, a leading retail flooring cooperative, has begun a new initiative with the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) aimed at fostering the next generation of installation labor in the industry. Starting this month, Floors & More will implement a monthly donation matching program, encouraging its retail cooperative members to contribute to FCEF.

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TISE 2024: Proliferation of players reaffirms laminate’s resurgence

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—The ubiquitous presence of laminate products at Surfaces 2024 was reminiscent of the level of participation and excitement that the category experienced back in the late 1990s—laminate’s heyday in the U.S. The sheer number of brands, the depth of product offerings and the high level of innovation all but reaffirms the ongoing resurgence the category has experienced these past few years.

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Cali partners with FCEF to bolster funding

Floor Covering News

San Diego—In a collaborative move aimed at tackling the critical shortage of professional flooring installers, Cali , an omni-channel supplier of innovative flooring solutions, has begun a partnership with the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF). This initiative underscores a shared commitment to nurturing a new generation of skilled flooring professionals, addressing an industry-wide challenge with a united front.

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Dennis Bradway joins RFCI as technical consultant

Floor Covering News

Dennis Bradway LaGrange, Ga.—Dennis Bradway has joined the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) as a technical consultant. He will work alongside Jane Rohde, technical consultant, to serve the interests of the resilient flooring industry. Bradway has been an active contributor to RFCI’s technical advisory committee for many years. “Dennis’ impact on our industry and our association has been so impressive for many years,” said Bill Blackstock, president and CEO of RFCI.

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Meridian Adhesives Group opens Las Vegas hub

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— Meridian Adhesives Group , parent of Taylor Adhesives, has opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution hub here. “Meridian is the fastest-growing adhesives company in the industry, with 26 global locations and 15 manufacturing facilities,” said Dan Pelton, CEO of Meridian. “Our Las Vegas Center of Excellence has over 91,000 square feet to manufacture and distribute multiple products across the West Coast, Southwest and Mountain States.

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‘Tuesday Tips:’ The effective use of silence

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, says one of the easiest and simplest techniques to boost your ability to productively respond when working w

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Mohawk officially launches PureTech

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk has officially launched its planet-friendly waterproof flooring, PureTech. Made in the USA, PureTech is a PVC-free product made from recycled and renewable materials developed to help retailers reach eco-conscious consumers. “PureTech grew from our commitment to doing good for people and the planet,” said Seth Arnold, Mohawk’s vice president of marketing, hard surface.

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FCEF adds Joe Semaan to board of directors

Floor Covering News

Joe Semaan Dalton, Ga.—The Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) recently welcomed Joe Semaan to its board of directors. Semaan currently serves as the president of residential carpet at Mohawk Industries. Before assuming this role in December 2023, Semaan held the position of president for Mohawk’s wood and laminate business. In this capacity, he oversaw the division’s comprehensive operations, managing end-to-end aspects such as research and development, product management, supply chain,

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CCA increases fundraising, smart home initiative

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—At the CCA Global Partners Retail Group’s conneXtion Conference , the group featured a spotlight on its longtime charitable partnership with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The non-profit organization supports America’s first responders and military heroes through its Smart Home Program, Gold Star Family Home Program and national fundraising efforts.

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Obituary: Rob Starr, Starnet

Floor Covering News

Louisville, Ky.—Starnet has shared that Rob Starr, director of marketing and member services, passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. Starr was at home with his family. In his short time at home from the hospital, he was able to enjoy so many heartfelt messages and well wishes from all his Starnet friends. “Thank you to the Starnet community of members and vendors who reached out to Rob to let him know he was respected and loved,” the organization said in a press release.