Archives for February 2016

Virtual Staging awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Stillwater, Minn.-based Virtual Staging LLC has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design. A home staging specialist since 2005, Virtual Staging LLC was chosen by more than 35 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. Some of the firms most notable clients include Brown Harris Stevens, […]

Armstrong wins Best of IBS Awards

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) awarded Armstrong Flooring a “Best of International Builders Show (IBS)” Bath Award for Alterna Engineered Stone Tile in the fourth annual Best of IBS Awards held during the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. This year’s “Best of IBS” Awards received over 325 award entries, submitted by […]

WiFi thermostat adds integration with Nest

Pentair has announced that its Nuheat brand of electric floor heating systems now works with the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nuheat Signature launched in 2014 and was the world’s first wifi thermostat for electric floor heating systems; this marks the next development stage of that thermostat. Through the integration, Nest’s combination of sensors, algorithms and […]

Currency exchange raises Armstrong prices

Armstrong World Industries of Lancaster, Pa., will initiate a price increase in Canada effective April 1 for select products, including Armstrong and Bruce hardwood flooring brands. The total breadth of the price increase will impact residential sheet, residential laminate, tile, installation and maintenance products, as well as samples. The price adjustment is said to be […]

Lemay acquires Andres Escobar & Associates

Montréal, Qúe.-based Lemay architects has announced the acquisition of interior design firm Andres Escobar & Associates. This transaction is said to further Lemay’s interior design capability and offer while serving as a platform for the firm’s expansion in the markets of New York City and the Middle East, where Andres Escobar & Associates has a […]

The Interior Design Show wraps 18th year

The 18th annual Interior Design Show (IDS16) in Toronto, Canada’s largest contemporary design fair and the epicentre of Toronto Design Week, reported over the four day event in January that 52,000 visited it at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Highlights included: • the world-wide launch of Tom Dixon’s partnership with Caesarstone which now moves on […]

Museum art installation uses cork flooring

As part of her solo exhibition that will be running until 17th April, 2016, Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes has designed an artistic composition using cork flooring. The flooring is the star of a brass-inlaid floor covering at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux in France. An artistic work that blends perfectly with the iconic […]

E-letter: What’s not to love?

So, here comes Valentine’s Day, and what’s not to love? Sure, the world’s politico-economic environment has more knots in it than one of my dry-fly backcasts on a windy day, but such things never change. I have mentioned before that I beat the Valentine’s Day Guilt Month 25 years ago with what I consider to […]

Mortar for large format tile or stone

Custom Building Products has introduced VersaBond-LFT for Large Format Tile, a complementary product to VersaBond, the company’s thinset mortar. VersaBond LFT is designed for use in most standard large format tile floor installations with porcelain, ceramic or natural stone 15 in. or greater on any side. The product’s non-slump formula can be used as a […]

Plastic bottles provide sound suppression layer

MP Global Products has introduced LuxWalk, an acoustic and insulating underlayment engineered for use under new Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF). Containing 31 percent post-consumer materials, LuxWalk uses plastic fibers from discarded water bottles diverted from landfill, helping preserve the environment. The underlayment is LEED-compliant and will contribute to MRc 4.1 – 4.2 credits. The underlayment […]