Archives for November 2014

Several new looks in laminate

Armstrong has expanded its commercial laminate flooring collections. In the Architectural Remnants Collection, there are two new colours in the Woodland Reclaim line: old original wood brown and old original barn grey. Woodland Reclaim simulates the look of nine reclaimed hardwoods — birch, red oak, sycamore, pine, teak, elm, ash, white oak and hickory. There […]

From head to floor

Charles G. G. Schmidt & Co. has introduced a new insert style surfacing head for the flooring industry. These aluminum heads are made with four or six rows of standard four-sided inserts to do the surfacing, and two dovetail slots to accept adjustable cutters for adding the relief cuts on the bottom of the flooring. […]

Not always a reprisal

Termination after raising health and safety issues By Jeremy Warning The right to participate is one of the fundamental principles of occupational health and safety. Health and safety legislation across Canada requires workers to report health and safety concerns to their supervisor or to the employer. Commensurate with this legal duty is a prohibition against […]

Register now for TISE 2015 in Las Vegas

Registration for The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015 is officially open. If you are planning to attend TISE 2015 in Las Vegas, register by Dec. 5 to take advantage of discounted registration packages offered. Pre-show registration fees increase after that date. Onsite registration fees will also be increased. The TISE show happens Jan. 20 to […]

Reader survey 2015 – what you told us

More than at any other time in history, it is the responsibility of consumers, voters and business owners to study the art of the survey. The reason should be obvious. More than ever, consumers, voters and business owners are being asked to rely on poll results in favour of responsible governance and in favour of facts. It is a rare internet […]

Bold new ceramics

Clayhaus Ceramics has added 10 new shapes and 24 new matte finish glazes to its tile collection. The company says the bold new designs enable interior designers and homeowners to create rooms with striking modern looks. The new matte finishes have names including Kodiak, Cinnabar, Lichen and Beeswax. With the new matte finish glazes, Clayhaus […]

Entries open for 2015 Ceramics of Italy

The call for entries has gone out — the 2015 Ceramics of Italy tile competition is underway. This is the 30th year of the annual awards for top-notch buildings and inspiring spaces featuring Italian tiles. The competition is open to North American architects and designers who have used Italian ceramic and porcelain tile in any […]

Tile and stone projects: roles and responsibilities

Two of the most important aesthetic components of construction are the floors’ and walls’ finishes. We often don’t realize the extent of collaboration required between the design team, general contractors, finish installers, finish suppliers and material manufacturers, to ensure long-term use of the completed installation. Each component of construction is regulated by codes from municipalities, […]


How many kinds of designer are there? And how many kinds within Industrial Design alone? There are Product Designers, there are (User) Experience Designers, there are Design Strategists, there are Systems Designers and many other kinds, some of which are only self-identified. But if we set those types of distinctions aside, how many different types […]

E-letter: Looking to differentiate?

The U.S. Senate (then) hopeful from Iowa, Joni Ernst, made marketing history last March as she broke into campaign mode with a hog-castration ad. “I’m Joni Ernst,” the ad opened. “I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork.” Cheap attention getter? The […]