Archives for July 2018

Glass tile features shapes and prismatic effects reminiscent of origami

Lunada Bay Tile has launched Origami Field, a collection of glass field tiles that reflects the Japanese art of geometric paper folding. Featuring opalescent colouring and three-dimensional shapes, the glass tile designs play with light and shadow, the company says. The collection comes in six shapes. Moxie resembles unfolded origami, creating a kaleidoscopic effect as […]

Airport watering hole goes for gold

Standards meet style WHEN TRAVELERS ARE ENCAMPED at hotel near an airport for a night or two, the temptation to hop in a cab for more pleasing surroundings looms large. The Winnipeg Hilton Airport Suites hotel wanted to provide just such a positive environment when it enlisted Susan Rea, principal at Susan Rea Interior Design […]

Hardwood floors available in five new colours

Hardwood flooring from Mirage has been introduced in five new colours: Bubble Bath, Sand Castle, Hula Hoop, and Roller Coaster to the Sweet Memories Collection; and, Lunar Eclipse to the Flair Collection. The five new colours are available in White Oak Character in Classic (4-1/4 in.) or Engineered (5, 6-1/2 and 7-3/4 in.) technologies with […]

Stone fabrication diamond circular blade

The Magnum Free Cut diamond blade from Diamant Boart was developed for fabrication applications when cutting granite or engineered stone. It features 26 mm high patterned diamond segments, which help extend blade life, the company says. The blades are available in 12- to 18-in. diameters.   

Formaldehyde free hardwood flooring

Life-Core has introduced ai.r hardwoods, flooring said to be dedicated to a greener, cleaner lifestyle and better air quality for the home. ZeroAdd technology that ensures no formaldehyde is added during the production process. In addition, the company’s low VOC, UV-hardened finish is said to make the brand one of the lowest in VOC emissions, beating and exceeding rigorous standards, and 70 percent better than CARB 2. The hardwoods have 9 collections, […]

Hardwood planks provide character marks and chased effects

Maple hardwood flooring in 5-¼ in. sizes with a matte finish has been announced by PG Hardwood Flooring. The Athena collection is a mixture of brown, beige and grey with bright to dark shades. The product has its own grade, the Mystique, which is characterized by its character marks and chased effects but is more neutral than more rustic grades.   

Fibreglass luxury vinyl sheet line-up mimics concrete looks

Patina fibreglass luxury vinyl sheet from Mannington is said to offer the authentic look of naturally-aged concrete in easy-care LVS style. The durable design features a 12 x 24 in. rectangular pattern embedded with lots of organic imperfections and enhanced by subtle fading and staining that only occurs over time, the company says. The LVS is available in three hues: Ash, Carbon and Rust. […]

Engineered tile planks offered in extended lengths

Armstrong Flooring has expanded its Alterna engineered tile with longer lengths and enhanced durability to offer an alternative to ceramic and porcelain with the added scratch resistance of Diamond 10 Technology. The Alterna plank collection offers a wide array of wood visuals in a new 6 x 36 in. groutable plank. The portfolio replicates the detail, texture and variation found in both wood and natural stone. The innovative, stone-based engineered […]

Left and right of Senter

THE IDEA OF FRANCHISING is not new. Back in the ’50s, high school girls on roller skates were the hallmark of then-new franchisor A&W Root Beer, which had already been in franchise since 1926. Alongside A&W in the ’50s was the then-fledgling Holiday Inn, inspired by the 1942 musical of the that name. If you […]

E-letter: Have and have-not sectors

The art of politics is a powerful art, indeed. I see in the recent kerfuffle in the States over trade that Canada’s dairy sector – a political sticking point – comprises only about 15,000 farmers. That is, there are 15,000 dairy farmers that get price support from the rest of us to ensure that they […]