Archives for January 2014

The Vermont slate look

According to Florida Tile, it has taken the look of early Americana a few steps further with the release of Cliffside HDP high definition porcelain wall and floor tile, which is inspired by traditional Vermont slate. This product can be used in both commercial and residential applications, and is available in pressed formats. The company […]

Capturing history

Shaw Living has launched its vibrant and bold-coloured Melrose collection. After various in-depth colour studies, a large palette was created based on the freshest styles and most insightful interior design looks. While the 60-piece ensemble is design oriented, it is also value priced. The collection draws from historic events and traditions for its inspiration. With […]

Frozen in time

Maine Heritage Timber says there is a new gold standard in wood flooring. The company’s product is wood flooring the way wood flooring would have been made 300 to 400 years ago, milled from old growth, non-plantation timber that grows naturally in virgin wilderness stands in the north-eastern United States. Spruce and Fir (pictured), which […]

Lay flat, stay flat

Beaulieu describes its new line of carpet, Indulgence, as the softest carpet with the ultimate performance. Indulgence is constructed with the company’s patented 100-percent PermaSoft solution, including dyed nylon fibre that is colourfast and stain resistant. Additional features include Beaulieu’s Magic Fresh treatment — which reduces household odours — an exclusively-formulated Scotchgard Protector treatment that repels […]

Heating system

Flextherm has introduced InnoFlex, the company’s first floor heating system designed to fit perfectly within the room where it’s being installed, and with other objects in the room. The company says the best way to describe the product is that it’s easy, quick and customized. It achieves all this by combining the FlexSnap installation system […]

Confession of a grow-op junkie

I didn’t intend it to go like this. It started this time last year. I was doing some research on a rare, Peruvian chili pepper, the lemon drop, to be precise. I discovered its days to harvest are too many for Canada without assistance, and I discovered it needs bottom heat to germinate. That led […]

Virtual front door

Is your website a marketing money pit? I imagine you have recently received an e-mail asking whether your website is providing you the leads you need. It’s a lead-up to telling you that you are doing something wrong (again), and you need to pay the sender to make your life livable. You have walked this […]


The designer’s place in capitalism If we were to lay out, in a linear and simplistic way, all of the organizational components and factors that exist in order for goods to be produced and sold, the line would consist of the brand identity, finance, the marketing vision and intentions, the design, the actual manufacturing, the […]


The chaos makes sense, when trends work to advantage An architect came by the W.I. Media/Coverings booth at September’s IIDEX show in Toronto and asked whether we knew of a cost-effective but low-maintenance alternative type of flooring he could spec for condos he was helping to develop. After thinking about it for a few seconds, […]

New symbol for an old city

Major Ottawa project, from the ground up The new Ottawa Convention Centre (pictured on cover) was built on top of the old Ottawa Congress Centre, not only to replace an outdated building, but to serve as a symbol for Canada’s capital. Vincent Lamont is president of Jacques Lamont Ltd., the company responsible for installing all […]