It was a busy year for INSTALL, the association of professionals from across the entire flooring industry. Installers, contractors, manufacturers, associations and consultants collaborated on many events for one simple goal: to deliver quality flooring installations the industry can take pride in. Here are some highlights from the year.
Posted: Nov. 22, 2017
The Floor Covering Contractors Association (FCICA) 2017 Mid-Year meeting brought together some of the brightest and most dedicated individuals in the commercial flooring industry, including contractors, manufacturers, technical representatives, distributors, and consultants to learn, network, and discuss future initiatives for the association.
Posted: Nov. 8, 2017
One of the highlights of Starnet’s spring meeting was the 19th Annual Starnet Design Awards, which honored commercial flooring design projects from across the country. From iconic international sports venues to a children’s hospital to a whimsical corporate headquarters, this year’s winners captured the flooring installations that are driving commercial interior design forward.
“The Design Awards served as a reminder that 25 years of dedication to excellence in flooring design, installation and environmental stewardship has helped to create some of the most incredible commercial spaces in the country,” said Jeanne Matson, president and CEO of Starnet.
This year’s panel of judges included Deborah P. Elliott, co-founder and design principal at ID Studios in Solana Beach, Calif.; Stephanie Crane, principal at Shlemmer+Algaze+Associates in Culver City, Calif.; and Sascha Wagner, president and CEO of Huntsman Architectural Group in San Francisco. Honorary Judges for the Environmental Achievement and Unique Installation Challenge Awards were Robert Peoples, executive director of Carpet American Recovery Effort (CARE) and Robert Varden, vp of Certified Flooring Installers.
Dirk Horstmann, Osmo wood finish consultant, showcases several of his company’s hardwood flooring finishes in a product demonstration at the 2017 NWFA expo.
Coverings announced the winners of its 2017 Best Booth Awards. The program recognizes booths based on design, creativity, display of product, and overall presentation. From the more than 1,110 exhibitors on the show floor, the panel of judges selected seven winners.
“There are so many truly astounding booth displays, which really highlights the passion in the industry for tile and stone as stylish design statements,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the producers of Coverings. “We congratulate this year’s winners, who all enhanced the wow factor of the show floor.”
We’re reporting from The International Surface Event this week.
With a recent 350,000 square-foot expansion of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the annual floor covering, stone and tile industry event known simply as TISE (The International Surface Event) showcased the industry’s newest products under one roof—and this year, all on one floor.
While attendance numbers were not available at press time, most showgoers we interviewed said this year’s event was highly attended and showed the economy and the industry bouncing back. Major manufacturers came back to Surfaces, and with them the lavish after-parties, mammoth booths and pageantry that used to mark the show were also returning.
Following is a gallery of images we captured at the show. For more information on TISE 2016, visit www.tisewest.com.
The International Surface Event (TISE) East was held last November at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The East Coast regional version of Surfaces, TileExpo and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, TISE East drew about 100 exhibitors, along with presenters covering educational topics geared toward distributors, fabricators, installers/contractors, retailers, care/maintenance/restoration professionals and members of the A&D community.
For more information, visit tiseeast.com.