Archives for August 2013


Invented word has killed businesses Let’s have some fun, today, and talk about racism. You know – the crime that can close your company and put you in jail simply by the accusation. There is no defence. Sexism, of course, is racism by sex. In order to have an honest discussion about racism, I think […]

Min versus max

An ongoing divide in design “Less is more,” according to the famous architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Contrarily, another famous architect, Robert Venturi, claimed: “Less is a bore.” Thus is established a fundamental dichotomy within design, the visual arts and many other areas of culture and personality. And it is a conflicted discrepancy with […]

Tap the builder market

Multi-generation success based on relationships — and trust How does a tiny flooring store become a large regional contractor almost overnight? No, it’s not magic. It has been done in the real world, and that path to growth and prosperity in Canadian contract flooring involves a combination of hard work, salesmanship, entrepreneurialism, and ingenuity. It […]

Then-and-now: A new, and old, look

A part of Montreal’s history gets updated “The existing guestrooms were very scary. It was hard to imagine this was a Ritz-Carlton,” says J Lee Rofkind, founder and managing director of Hong Kong-based Buz Design, the interior-design firm that oversaw the recent renovation of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Montreal. Rofkind elaborates on the state of […]

Think like an inspector

Preventing failures will save you time and money By Christopher Capobianco The subject of installation troubleshooting is a big one. I spent a good chunk of my career as an inspector of floorcovering failures, and as an instructor of inspector training classes. That inspector mindset has helped me look at new projects and specifications in […]

Giving back

Supporting a number of worthwhile causes Interior design is more than just a profession — it’s a community — and members of the industry are always looking for ways to give back while supporting a good cause. ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) has recently launched ROI: What’s on the Inside, an initiative […]

The 70th annual convention

Networking, learning and fun in Halifax We have just ended our biggest event of the year, the annual convention. This year this event was held at the Halifax World Trade Centre while we all stayed at the newly renovated Prince George Hotel. This was one of our best conventions in recent years with good attendance […]

This is what we do

A variety of membership benefits and services We are often asked, “What can you or do you do for us?” The British Columbia Floor Covering Association (BCFCA) recently celebrated 50 years as the voice of the floorcovering industry for members in all parts of B.C., including the lower mainland of Vancouver, northern and central B.C., […]

Document due diligence

Having a good story to tell By Jeremy Warning It is commonly understood that a party charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act can avoid liability by proving due diligence: all reasonable care to avoid the alleged contravention. In that regard, due diligence can be considered an explanation. It is a story that excuses […]

It’s the double-fibreglass core

IVC has brought its exclusive LVT brand, Moduleo, to North America. Made in IVC’s new LVT manufacturing facility in Belgium — which eliminates the need to source from Asia — the company says Moduleo is the only LVT product currently on the market that features a double-fibreglass core. This fibreglass feature provides the product with […]