Crossville Sponsors First-Ever Southern Style Now Showhouse, presented by Traditional Home Magazine

Crossville, Tenn. / New Orleans, LA – Officials with Crossville, Inc. have announced the company is the exclusive tile sponsor for the first-ever Southern Style Now Showhouse, presented by Traditional Home Magazine. The 15-room house, a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1896 and located on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans’ Uptown District, has received an extensive renovation led by some of the nation’s top interior designers.

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The remodeled home debuted during a gala event on May 18, 2016, benefiting New Orleans’ Preservation Resource Center, and then open for public tours May 19 – June 12. The showhouse is occurring in tandem with the first Southern Style Now Design Festival that runs May 19 – 22 as a celebration of the unique and distinct aesthetic and culture of our nation’s southern states.

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In addition to providing tile for the showhouse, Crossville is supporting the festival by leading two unique events.

“The Fifth Wall” Panel Discussion
Lindsey Waldrep, VP of Marketing for Crossville, will moderate a panel discussion on “The Fifth Wall” featuri

ng several notable Southern designers sharing insights on “the secret to stylish slab, mosaic how-to’s, and more.” This event takes place on Saturday, May 21 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

CEU Presentation: Thin Tile

Crossville’s Doug Ingham will lead a Lunch & Lecture CEU event focusing on the burgeoning porcelain tile panel, aka “thin tile,” category. The event takes place on Friday, May 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at Stafford Tile & Stone, 5234 Magazine St. in New Orleans.

“We’re excited to be part of this first-ever showhouse and festival,” explains Waldrep. “It’s great to see our tile collections so beautifully used by a line-up of phenomenal interior designers. Even more importantly, it’s an honor to be part of an event that will make great strides in the ongoing renaissance of New Orleans’ design community. The festival is bringing in the best of the best, and we’re thrilled to be in the mix.”

For tickets to tour the showhouse, visit http://www.traditionalhome.com/neworleansshowhouse. For details and ticket purchases for the Southern Style Now Festival, visit the event website by clicking here.

Gigantic Contest-Winning Backlit Mural by Bostik and Artaic Unveiled at MGM Grand, Las Vegas

The unveiling of the gigantic, robot-produced, mosaic mural at MGM Grand’s Las Vegas “Wet Republic” day club during HD Expo turned out to be one of the most successful and certainly, grandiose marketing exercises ever to be experienced within the architectural and design (A&D) community.

BOSTIK WAS A MAJOR SPONSOR OF HD EXPO'S "PARTY BY THE POOL"

BOSTIK WAS A MAJOR SPONSOR OF HD EXPO’S “PARTY BY THE POOL”

For more than six months, partner companies Bostik (www.bostik-us.com) and Artaic Innovative Mosaic (www.artaic.com) had been deftly planning the event, which included trumpeting it via a focused advertising, public-relations and social-media program to a very precise demographic.

“We wanted to get the most enthusiastic mosaic design people, both those who work professionally with these materials… and also, those who are simply mosaic aficionados, to enter the competition,” stated Scott Banda, director of Marketing & Business Development for Bostik. “So together with Artaic and our ad/public relations agency, Communicators International, Inc., we communicated at optimal levels internally before we launched our communications program externally. This strategy ultimately proved to work out very well!”

BOSTIK'S SCOTT BANDA, CO-EMCEE OF THE EVENT

BOSTIK’S SCOTT BANDA, CO-EMCEE OF THE EVENT

Contestants were asked to create designs to be produced using glass mosaic tiles, robotically assembled using Artaic’s patented Tessera™ robotics and Bostik’s state-of-the-art, translucent Dimension™ Rapidcure™ glass-filled grout. “The only creative parameter was that the design had to embody the theme, “Essence of Las Vegas,” stated Dr. Ted Acworth, Founder & CEO of Artaic. “We wanted contestants to let their imaginations run wild.”

Run wild, indeed. Hundreds of talented designers submitted some of the most creative designs ever conceived. These ultimately were presented to a handpicked panel of judges consisting of well-known architects, designers, trade magazine press and tile industry professionals. The plan was for the top ten finalists to be selected, and the winning mural design to be produced and then installed on an outside wall of the MGM Grand, Las Vegas  — unveiled right at HD Expo’s legendary “Party By The Pool” celebration in front of thousands of hospitality design professionals.

UNVEILING OF THE 20' X 8' BACKLIT MOSAIC MURAL

UNVEILING OF THE 20′ X 8′ BACKLIT MOSAIC MURAL

Dr. Ted Acworth, along with Scott Banda, co-emceed the unveiling ceremony, which included introducing all the finalists. At sunset, the winning design was finally displayed, and backlit to further exhibit all of its amazing artistic and unique visual characteristics. The winning designer, Nicole “Nikki” Kohri, was there in person to receive her grand prize: a round-trip vacation for two to Paris.

Acworth commented, “We work with some of the most advanced architectural design professionals across the globe, and clearly, Nikki is one budding star!” Joyen Vakil, senior Vice-President of Design & Construction for MGM Resorts International added, “Ms. Kohri’s design creation fits in perfectly with the overall design theme of our Wet Republic. It’s visually engaging, fun, and very innovative!”

Elated and humbled, Nicole Kohri stated, “I cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity. I cannot stop smiling and am still shocked to have won. It was so magical watching everyone look up at the mural and touch the tiles with a big smile.”

BOSTIK'S MIKE JENKINS PRESENTS DNG GRAND PRIZE AWARD TO MURAL DESIGNER NICOLE KOHRI. SHE'S GOING TO PARIS!

BOSTIK’S MIKE JENKINS PRESENTS DNG GRAND PRIZE AWARD TO MURAL DESIGNER NICOLE KOHRI. SHE’S GOING TO PARIS!

Ms. Kohri intends to take her sister, Rachelle, along with her on the grand prizewinner’s Paris sojourn. “My family is so proud; we really had a wonderful time at the Party by the Pool Celebration. The Bostik and Artaic teams are amazing, and made us feel so welcomed and appreciated. Hearing all those compliments just melts my heart… and, motivates me to pursue my true passion, which is mosaic design. This wonderful experience has definitely opened a window of opportunity for me, and I will always be grateful!”

Scott Banda added, “As most people in the A&D community now know, together with Artaic, our main goal with the Design ‘N Gather competition is to bring back the ancient, time-tested art of mosaic mural design and celebrate the many talented design professionals that greatly contribute to the aesthetic world around us. But in doing so, if we can discover a bright, young talent such as Nicole Kohri, someone who has the potential to make a difference within the design sector moving forward, it is our honor, pleasure… and, commitment to do so!”

During HD Expo show hours, Bostik had an enormous blimp flying over the city of Las Vegas proper, to reinforce the company’s strong, global branding program. Additionally, at the Party By The Pool, Bostik leased out the VIP section of six bungalows, complete with closed circuit TV showing both Bostik and Artaic focused videos.

The show must go on! Next week (May 19 – 21) Ms. Kohri will join the Bostik team at the AIA show in Philadelphia for further recognition of her achievement. She will be formally recognized at the Party In The Market event which will take place Friday evening, just prior to the introduction of the Bacon Brothers band’s musical set. Bostik will again feature the works of the top ten finalist at its Gallery Lounge inside the exhibit hall.

Banda concluded, “This contest is an industry first, and the enthusiasm for it amongst the design community is amazing. People loved our gallery in Las Vegas and we are excited to show everyone this truly innovative mosaic design gallery again in Philadelphia!”

Satori, a Laminam by Crossville collection, earns IIDA/HD Best of Show – Hard Surface Flooring award

Las Vegas, NV – Laminam by Crossville’s Satori Collection has been named Best of Show – Hard Surface Flooring in the 20th Annual IIDA/HD Products Competition. The announcement of the win was made at the HD Expo in Las Vegas. Crossville, Inc. was an exhibitor at the show.

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Products winning Best of Show honors are selected based on a range of criteria such as aesthetic appeal, innovation, value, and sustainable attributes. Satori’s porcelain tile panels come in three colors that offer luxe, varied looks suitable for commercial or residential installations. The line is offered in 1 x 3 M and 1 x 1 M size formats in 5.6mm thickness. This thickness makes the product suitable for flooring installation, but it may also be used on walls.

For additional information on Crossville’s Laminam products, visit crossvilleinc.com/solutions/laminam/.

SAIC students commence tiling on Coverings Student Bench Project

(April 5, 2016) — The tiling portion of the Coverings Student Bench project kicked off last night with the students of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
On hand to assist and instruct the students were Guinevere Johnson (SAIC); Jamie Munce (MAPEI); Yvette Levita (Mid-America Tile); Karin Fendrich (National Trade Productions); and Mark and Connie Heinlein (NTCA).
Students met at J&J Motor Freight (directly across from McCormick Place) and saw their projects realized in wedi polystyrene foam boards as fabricated to their specifications by Lewis Miller and crew of Ravenswood Studio.
Mark Heinlein, NTCA trainer (r.), was on hand to instruct the SAIC students involved with the Coverings Student Bench Project.
Following introductions, a safety brief, discussion of the tile and associated projects the students went to work on this stage of the project.
A second session will be held on April 6 at J&J Motor Freight.  The in-process benches will be relocated to McCormick Place where the final two sessions will be held on April 11 and 13.

For more information on the Coverings Student Bench Project or Coverings, visit www.coverings.com.

The American Society of Interior Designers Voices Its Stance on HB 2

CaptureWashington, D.C. (April 1, 2016) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is dismayed with the North Carolina legislature and governor’s recent actions to enact discriminatory legislation (HB 2) that overturns protections for LGBT people and sanctions discrimination across the state. As an organization that represents more than 26,000 interior design professionals, manufacturers, and industry representatives, ASID believes that laws such as HB 2 are unacceptable and counterproductive for business and the profession at large.

A thriving business environment depends on inclusive practices that welcome all who want to participate. In fact, North Carolina prides itself on being one of the top states in the nation in which to conduct business and to establish businesses. Yet HB 2 sends a clear and harmful message to the contrary. As a result, numerous businesses and consumers are calling for boycotts of North Carolina’s economy and, more specifically, the upcoming biannual High Point Market; one of the largest income producers for the state of North Carolina.

Members of the design community have not only joined these calls, but also are forgoing participation at High Point Market—at a cost to their businesses. ASID commends their actions in the name of pressuring the governor and legislature to rescind HB 2.

Similarly, ASID supports those individuals attending Market who wish to champion the many manufacturers and businesses speaking out against the new law. Laws such as HB 2 that permit discrimination are regressive and place individuals at risk of being denied service, lodging, employment, and business in general. Therefore, ASID encourages anyone attending Market to ask hard questions of the organizations they do business with and to consider carefully, and morally, where they spend their money.

ASID rejects discrimination of any kind and, as the voice of the profession, expects public policies to support and protect—not jeopardize—its members, the profession, and the industry. While ASID will continue with our scheduled programming at Market, which includes a session on The Impact of Government Laws and Regulations on Your Design Business, it will evaluate future interactions and business opportunities in North Carolina as well as other states with similar laws. ASID declares its vigilance on this matter will not cease, and it strongly urge all elected officials to move without delay to repeal discriminatory laws like HB 2.

ASID invites interior designers to join their voices with others from across the country. Text “One Voice’ to 52886 to stay updated and engaged on this and other important issues affecting interior designers and the profession.

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About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. It thrives on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. It lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. It showcases the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.
ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As it celebrates nearly 85 years of industry leadership, it is leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places people live with the places people work, play, and heal. Learn more at asid.org.

Student Portfolio Competition and Keynote Speakers Announced for ASID Student Summit

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 12, 2016) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will welcome interior design students to LAUNCH: The ASID National Student Summit, hosted at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Feb. 26 – 28, 2016. Students will learn about the various career paths available with an interior design degree, as well as gain valuable insights on resumes, portfolios, networking and transitioning from student design to practice. In addition, the introduction of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition to the event is meant to generate and showcase the best collection of design projects from interior design students.

“LAUNCH has been designed to advance interior design students’ knowledge, increase their networking skills and offer professional resources meant to help them succeed in the profession,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “We’re looking forward to an energizing and rewarding experience with our industry’s future leaders.”

As part of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition, students with top portfolios, judged in their entirety, will be invited to attend an exclusive student portfolio track at LAUNCH where they will work one-on-one with professionals to polish their resume, portfolio, and presentation skills. At the end of their exclusive track, students will be asked to present their portfolio to a distinguished panel of judges to receive in person feedback and be considered for a summer 2016 internship. Winners will be selected at LAUNCH and have the opportunity to present their portfolio to all LAUNCH attendees at the closing session.

To be eligible, entrants must be enrolled as a student as of Sept. 1, 2015. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 19, 2016. More details on evaluation criteria and cost to enter may be found here.

In addition, the full schedule will feature two keynotes delivered by accomplished designers and industry experts:

Brooke Traeger-Tumsaroch, ASID, Design Director at AvroKO (Bangkok, Thailand)
An NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer, and Past-President of the ASID Washington Metro chapter, Brooke Traeger-Tumsaroch serves as a Design Director for AvroKO’s Bangkok office, where she oversees more than 30 designers focused on Bespoke Hospitality projects.

Primo Orpilla, Co-Founder and Principal at Studio O+A
Primo Orpilla is the award-winning co-founder of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Facebook, Levi-Strauss, Microsoft, Uber, and Yelp. O+A’s design of Giant Pixel and Yelp were included on Fast Company Design’s list of “10 Coolest Office Spaces of 2014,” and Uber was named as part of Interior Design’s “10 Most Popular Design Projects of 2014.”

Students planning to attend can take advantage of early bird pricing through Jan. 28, 2016; tickets are $195 for ASID members and $245 for nonmembers. The price of a nonmember ticket includes a one-year ASID student membership. Find more details on registration here.

LAUNCH: The ASID National Student Summit is sponsored by Kabuni, Sherwin-Williams, Steelcase, Benjamin Moore, Smith & Noble Pro, Hansgrohe, Wilsonart, Caesarstone, California Closets, The Tile Shop, Bellacor, SCAD, and Metropolis.

The Student Portfolio Competition is sponsored by Kabuni and Steelcase.

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About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at asid.org.

Daltile brings fresh perspective to Manhattan design studio

By Louis Iannaco

 New York, N.Y.Almost 300 people—including many from the local A&D community—attended a reception here on September 16 to get a sneak peek of several new commercial tile collections from Daltile and experience the unveiling of the firm’s newly renovated Daltile and Marazzi Design Studio, its fifth such facility nationwide.

The remodeled 3,700 sq. ft. space at 49 E. 21st St. here, featuring Daltile and sister brand, Marazzi products, was created by designers for designers as a collaborative workspace, and follows in the footsteps of locations in Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Miami as a regional design hub for the brand.

The studio, located between Broadway and Park Ave., is nestled among other architectural and design firms, and even features a mosaic wall depicting an apple blossom greeting visitors, alluding to the city’s “Big Apple” nickname.

Designed to accommodate networking and local design association events for organizations such as the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the studio’s open concept design features movable workstations, and can seat up to 100 people.

Designed to accommodate networking and local design association events for organizations such as the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the studio’s open concept design features movable workstations, and can seat up to 100 people.

Designed to accommodate networking and local design association events for organizations such as the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the studio’s open concept design features movable workstations, and can seat up to 100 people.

“This studio has a similar look [to the others], but was designed with the New York customer in mind,” said Glenn Isenmann, associate for Gensler, the architectural firm that designed the studio for Daltile. “Living and working space is tight for city dwellers, so the ability to host meetings and events in a beautiful studio is a big benefit for the design community.”

Christopher Goggin, Gensler’s design director, agreed, noting in cities like San Francisco, “we have a lot of space, but here, we’re dealing with a typical New York floor plan. From what I’ve heard, we seem to have met our goal in that it feels like there’s much more space here than we actually have. We’ve got a lot of product displayed, and people seem excited because we’ve elevated the brand, which is the real goal here.”

The studio’s grey and neutral finishes provide an urban, contemporary feel,  highlighting a variety of tile, countertop and natural stone options, including a custom chandelier crafted with tile pieces hanging in the center of the space.

The studio features communal worktables, a loose tile library offering full-size samples to help customers match colors and styles for their projects and light panels showing how tile will look in different settings. An LCD touch screen allows customers to virtually flip through a digital catalog, view gallery images and create designs.

Architects and designers especially appreciated full size samples of available products.

Architects and designers especially appreciated full size samples of available products.

Wall panels showcase individual collections by materials/application, along with a kitchen and a bath vignette. As part of the grand opening, the studio displayed architectural street photography from local Instagram artists with its tile launches.

“Our customers are taking more risk with design,” said Kim Albrecht, senior brand marketing manager, Daltile. “With each new collection we empower them to imagine unique spaces, knowing that our products can help make their dreams reality. “We fell in love with what the Instagram photographers created,” she added. “They’ve given us a fresh perspective of the urban landscape, architecture and New York, what we had wanted to celebrate. The new collections are designed for A&D people to celebrate their perspective on projects. We were inspired by their creativity and vision, and hope our customers are inspired by this space, as well as our new products.”

 

The new products

As minimalism’s popularity continues to grow, Daltile’s Portfolio offers customers a cement-look tile with rectified edges in 11 colors. Bee Hive, in line with fall geometric trends, features a hexagonal pattern in six colors. Highlighted by soft cement aesthetics, Volume 1.0 utilizes the firm’s high-DCOF StepWise technology, a patent-pending Daltile element featuring a surfacing technique combining slip resistance and cleanability. It is available in 10 color options.

Stone Attaché features four stone-look collections with five aesthetics for multiple applications. Dignitary and Ambassador emulate a European style; Dignitary replicating the veining of French Limestone in six neutral colors, and the large-format Ambassador featuring a high-end design for indoor/outdoor spaces inspired by quartzite found in the Swiss Alps. It comes in four colors.

For contemporary spaces, ColorBody™ porcelain Haut Monde, available in six colorways, mimics the look of sandstone while Consulate utilizes the visual drama of stone. Available in two finishes, Consulate Antique conveys the look of aged marble, and Consulate Quartzite offers options for both commercial and residential settings.

“We’ve been in the heart of New York for more than a decade now and have grown up with the Manhattan design community,” said Corintha Runge, manager, gallery/showroom operations, Dal-Tile. “As our brands evolve with our customers’ needs, we wanted to provide a space that offered resources to foster these fresh perspectives. They’re going to see this approach, and it will provide a change of mindset.

Calvin Klein’s Heather Ambler, director of retail development and marketing, is flanked by Daltile’s Chris Kiene and Corintha Runge.

Calvin Klein’s Heather Ambler, director of retail development and marketing, is flanked by Daltile’s Chris Kiene and Corintha Runge.

“This is an extension of their office,” she explained, “with communal workspaces and conference rooms. They can take care of business here. We cover every aspect of design including residential, commercial, healthcare, etc., so we’ve got them covered.”

Massimo Ballucchi, director, product design, Daltile, said the showroom’s concept was custom-made for New York, as the Daltile and Marazzi brands are “linked together in the commercial arena. It’s been a successful night with most of the top New York-based architectural teams here.

“We took tonight to showcase some of our newest product launches,” he added, “most of which are commercial with an eye, on residential too, especially in such a big metropolitan area with a high-end residential market.”

 Designers give thumbs up

Heather Ambler, director, retail development/marketing, Calvin Klein, said, “for us, it’s very important to have brand-appropriate products. Obviously, the new showroom is beautiful aesthetically and is able to highlight all the products they offer.”

Ani Khachatryan, junior interior designer at nearby Celano Design Studio, said of the studio, it’s a “really nice showroom. They have the actual tiles in larger sizes. We usually see 4″ X 4″ or smaller samples, so it’s nice to see the entire product displayed and installed.”

Melissa Pereira, project manager/designer at Celano, agreed, noting the many tiles in “different applications; on the floor, ceiling, walls, every little corner has a different product and it’s great seeing it in a different environment other than our office.”

One of the Instagram images from local photographers that were on display in the new studio.

One of the Instagram images from local photographers that were on display in the new studio. This image is from Noah Martinez.

Not all the guests in attendance were from New York, however. Interior designer Lenny Pierce of Boston-based, CBT Architects, said everything in the studio “is so accessible, and visually, you can touch things. It’s much more interactive than many galleries; I believe that’s the most successful thing about it.”

Custom® introduces Commercial Installations Systems Guide

Custom® Building Products recently published the CUSTOM® Commercial Installation Systems Guide, an inspirational resource for architects, specifiers, designers and contractors. The CUSTOM Commercial Installation Systems Guide provides guidance on how to confidently select the right system of surface preparation, setting, grouting and care products for tile projects across a variety of applications including healthcare, hospitality, commercial kitchens, retail, transportation, entertainment, commercial, institutional, government and public works.

“Design professionals often approach us with questions about the type of installation system that would be best for their project, so we developed this resource to help not only designers but architects, specifiers or tile contractors identify the products that might be the most appropriate for their project,” said Dave DeBear, national manager, commercial business development for Custom Building Products. “The guide helps design professionals navigate through the product selection process by highlighting examples of real projects and related challenges. Using these insights, they can more effectively choose products that deliver high-quality results on time and in budget based on the unique conditions of their project.”

The CUSTOM Commercial Installation Systems Guide features detailed information on its products and systems in the context of specific building types or end-use applications.

·         Typical challenges like high point loads, extreme soil situations, fast track timelines

·         How to qualify for CUSTOM’s System Warranties

·         CUSTOM Build Green® and CUSTOM Emerald System®

·         Custom Installation Solutions from a single source supplier

·         Common considerations such as waterproofing, sound attenuation, uneven subfloors, chemical exposure, crack isolation, stain resistance, color consistency, exterior conditions and more

·         CUSTOM Project References throughout North America for each category

·         CUSTOM’s Commercial Architectural Representative team

All product recommendations, which may include categories that are new to the user, derived from The CUSTOM Commercial Installation Systems Guide are based on ANSI standards. Architects, specifiers, designers and contractors can download a copy of the CUSTOM Commercial Installation Systems Guide at www.custombuildingproducts.com or request a hard copy by calling (800) 272-8786 extension 9536.

 

HOST Exhibition in Milan Partners with ASID and IDC to Bring Twenty North American Interior Designers to 2015 Expo

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce that HOST 2015, taking place in Milan, Italy October 23 – 27, 2015, has partnered with ASID and the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) to bring 20 interior designers from North America to the show. Those who are accepted to attend will have their airfare, accommodations, and registration fees covered by HOST.

HOST is an international hospitality exhibition in its 39th year that features more than 1,800 exhibitors from 48-plus countries showcasing products suitable for hotels, restaurants, and related hospitality businesses. Unique to this year’s event, HOST overlaps with Expo Milano 2015, which has been running since May 1 and concludes on October 31. The theme of this year’s Expo Milano is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Attendees and exhibitors will be talking about food, health, well-being, innovation, and technology with the goal of securing a more sustainable future for our planet.

“HOST is the exhibition to attend if the focus of your work is hospitality,” says Simona Greco, exhibition director of HOST. “Over five days at the fair, you will meet with the world’s most prominent industry manufacturers and suppliers and learn about the latest technologies and trends hitting the marketplace.”

HOST will select 20 interior designers (10 from ASID and 10 from IDC) to participate, and will pay their travel, accommodation, and registration expenses. A sophisticated Expo Matching System will be used to schedule participant meetings with exhibitors to ensure that attendees’ time at the Fair allows them access to the companies most relevant to their businesses.

Randy Fiser, ASID CEO, and Susan Wiggins, IDC CEO, will attend the Fair with the delegation and will participate in meetings regarding international collaboration with the hospitality sector. “We are very excited about this unique opportunity that allows us to promote North American hospitality designers while creating a unique opportunity for those designers to immerse themselves in an international expo specifically related to hospitality,” says Fiser.

To apply for your spot to travel with the North American delegation, please complete and return the application form to [email protected] with HOST in the subject line no later than Friday, July 31.  Decisions will be announced the following week, and travel arrangements will be made no later than August 15.

Contact [email protected] with questions or concerns.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidenced-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at asid.org.

About HOST: More than 1,800 exhibitors will attend HOST 2015, 40 percent of whom come from outside Italy. They will occupy space in 14 pavilions (2 more than in 2013), and will come into contact with more than 140,000 trade professionals and more than 1,500 hosted buyers selected from all over the world. This year, there’s another important reason to visit Host Milano. In fact, this time, the hospitality trade fair coincides with the last few days of Expo Milano 2015, devoted to the theme of food, and being staged in an area next to the fairground, until October 31. It offers a unique chance to gain insight into the most interesting trends on a global scale, in addition to networking and doing business with other international trade professionals. Learn more about HOST.

About IDC: IDC is the professional association for interior designers in Canada. IDC’s mandate is to advance the profession of interior design across Canada as well as internationally. It does so through advocacy with government and the public, and by providing continuing education opportunities and business practice support services to members. For more information on IDC, please visit idcanada.org.

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Crossville Sponsors, Provides Tile for the Traditional Home Magazine® 2015 Hampton Designer Show House

Sag Harbor, NY / Crossville, Tenn. – Crossville, Inc. is a sponsor and product supplier for the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home Magazine® and benefiting Southampton Hospital. 2015 marks the 14th year for the Hampton showhouse and associated events, including a gala preview party and more than a month of open house tours for the public. This year’s home is located in Sag Harbor, NY and was built by Christopher Tufo Design & Build.

Trad Home Hampton Designer Showhouse 2015 - 233 Old Sag Harbor Rd in Bridgehampton

Crossville products are featured in three rooms:

Recreation Room
Designed by Melanie Roy Design
Crossville’s Wood Impressions Porcelain Tile (floor)

Pool House Kitchen
Designed by Tyler Steven Pankratz Design
Crossville’s Ready to Wear Porcelain Stone (backsplash)

Main House Kitchen
Designed by Marlaina Teich Designs
Crossville’s Sideview Glass (backsplash)

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The Pool House Kitchen features Crossville’s Ready To Wear Porcelain Stone on the backsplash

 

 

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The Main House Kitchen features Crossville’s Sideview Glass on the backsplash.

While Crossville is mostly known in the commercial segment, we have an active and growing residential design constituency,” explained Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for Crossville. “It’s opportunities like these that really allow the brand to shine and show how our tile can really elevate the design in today’s upscale homes. ”

The home is open daily to the public for tours now through September 7, 2015.

The Hampton Designer Showhouse is a project of The Hampton Designer Showhouse Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) corporation.

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