Design for Zen and now

Restaurant conversion space promotes good health A RESTAURANT SPACE in Montreal, Que., has been converted to foster refreshed bodies and peaceful minds. Design agency ISSADESIGN was mandated to develop the Evolution Wellness Centre in a decades-old, non-descript building in the Nun’s Island neighbourhood to accommodate a yoga studio and physiotherapy clinic. According to Marie Eve […]

Revisiting a popular format: Installation Q&A

It has been over a year since I did a Q and A column, and the questions keep coming. So, here are some recent ones that I’ve been asked, or are based on situations that I have run into. Q: What problems do you see most often in “click” floating floors? A: This category continues […]

Specs matter

Managing the end at the beginning Yet another construction manager called me recently, distressed and looking for answers. He shared the details of his situation: Fifty thousand square feet of 5-inch-thick concrete slab poured eight months previously, half of which was on grade, the rest poured into second floor Q -Deck (steel pan). Moisture test […]

Recognition and training

Past President of FIO/NFCA to be honoured The CFCRA is a non-profit organization that used to be known as the Floorcovering Institute of Ontario. The Floorcovering Institute of Ontario was one of a group of associations that were members of the National Floor Covering Association (NFCA). The NFCA has taken on a new life as […]

Dining with saints

Ostentatiously humble dinner partners Recently, I was having dinner with a colleague in Sweden, and our conversation turned to dinner companions. I like having dinner with people who make things, and, as it turned out, so did she. We agreed that we actually prefer it. There is something about these kind of people that we […]

Social media

A new workplace policy to enforce Social media has had a profound impact on our lives and that impact has extended beyond our personal lives and into the workplace. Just a few years ago, social media was considered a leisure activity and distraction to be avoided at work. Today, organizations use social media to further […]

Aspecta appoints commercial sales/national account manager

Norwalk, Conn.–based Aspecta North America has announced Murray Graham as commercial sales/national account manager to cover the Canada territory. He will work closely with Aspecta’s Canadian distributor G. Shnier/Division 9. Graham has 20 years of experience in flooring sales for both commercial and residential markets with an emphasis on LVT and maintains strong, longstanding relationships […]

Mapei chairman Giorgio Squinzi passes at 76

Giorgio Squinzi, chairman of Milan, Italy-based Mapei, passed away in October at the age of 76. The flooring and construction industry giant was founded in 1937 by his father Rodolfo Squinzi, with Giorgio joining the family business at an early age. Graduating with an industrial chemistry degree from the University of Milan in 1969, he […]

Technology under pressure

So is technology a boomer or a bust? Homeowners are lining up at the big-box stores to take advantage of the latest flooring sales. In a few weeks, some percentage of those once-enthusiastic redecorators will be lining up again — this time to abashedly ask a professional to help them recover. THE WORD “AMATEUR” may […]

Luxury vinyl tiles and planks

The Pacific Madrone Natural from the Tarkett ProGen luxury vinyl flooring collection comes in 7 x 60 in. planks with 2 micro bevel sides and 10 planks per box. The LVT flooring features Rigid Core technology that click into place, offering the creative patterning of looselay and glue-down tiles with or without grout. Suitable for […]