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Bostik, Artaic: Partner with Microsoft to stage interactive designer workshop

bostikWauwatosa, Wis.—Bostik, and Artaic Innovative Mosaic co-hosted an interactive workshop for key members of Boston’s A&D community at the Prudential Plaza Microsoft Store in Boston’s Back Bay on Oct. 6th.

Twenty top architects and designers attended the workshop to learn about creating mosaic murals using the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4. After being introduced to/being updated on Artaic’s robotic production process, which is driven by the firm’s patented Tessera software, and also learning about Bostik’s Dimension Rapidcure glass-filled grout, each of the attendees were asked to create their vision of a mosaic mural apropos for a Microsoft Store using a Surface Pro 4 pre-downloaded with Tessera software. They were also asked to specify complementary Dimension grout for their respective designs.

winner“To sweeten the pie and get our guests really ‘into it,’ we held a small competition,” said Scott Banda, Bostik’s director of marketing and business development. “Each designer’s creation was to be judged not only by the Artaic/Bostik team, but also by each of the enthusiastic attendees. The winner would receive a brand new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 courtesy of Bostik.”

Samantha Clarke, senior associate at MDS/Miller Dyer Spears, Boston-based architecture, planning and interior design firm, was the winner, coming up with a whimsical mosaic mural rendition of a 1970’s Bill Gates photo.

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Metroflor launches LVT CEU

PastedGraphic-3Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor’s first continuing education unit (CEU) course has become available online from AEC Daily at bit.ly/1RQHMrS. The one-hour program, “Sustainable Attributes of LVT Flooring,” qualifies as a one-hour health/safety/welfare credit in partnership with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education and has been approved by USGBC with approval from Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) expected in the coming weeks. AEC Daily  is a registered provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES). The CEU is a natural evolution of Metroflor’s presence in the commercial marketplace with its Aspecta contract LVT brand.

“While vinyl is one of the most popular types of plastic because of its durability and cost-effectiveness, the safety and sustainability of vinyl flooring often comes into question,” said Corey Carter, Metroflor’s director of safety and sustainability. “The purpose of this course is to discuss the human and environmental impacts of LVT, sustainable corporate strategies and product transparency.”

At the end of this program, participants will gain a basic understanding of:

Vinyl Production

Environmental and human impacts of LVT flooring

Corporate sustainability strategies

Industry third-party certifications

LVT in the green building industry

“This CEU will reinforce that we at Metroflor are the LVT specialists,” Carter said. “It provides a direct and meaningful way to demonstrate the facts of our products to architects and designers. It’s the first of many courses we plan to create that will make the A&D community feel confident and safe specifying LVT.”

Pending authorization from AIA and IDCEC, Metroflor also plans to offer this course as a face-to-face presentation for credit to staff at architectural and interior design firms in major North American markets. This second phase of the CEU will feature—in addition to the live health and safety presentations—an optional design forum for up to 20 designers hosted by Robert Langstaff, Metroflor’s director of design. The forum is intended to involve the audience creatively by asking them to bring design ideas and color boards for inspiration that can lead to future Metroflor products.

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IndusParquet shines at The Architectural Digest Show

Medley, Fla. — IndusParquet, the world’s leader in Brazilian exotic hardwood flooring, made its mark in the big apple with their custom booth at the Architectural Digest Home Show (AD Show) March 22 through 25.  The annual four-day event attracted more than 40,000 home design enthusiasts and professionals.

Since launching its brand nationwide in the US last year, IndusParquet has received a warm welcome from the industry and the AD Show was no exception—the company received a great response from affluent homeowners, trade professionals, showroom owners and architects. Continue reading IndusParquet shines at The Architectural Digest Show

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Mohawk partners with Designer Pages for In Your Space project challenge

Marietta, Ga. — The world’s leading architects and designers can now evaluate and celebrate the work of their peers as part of an exciting, new project installation challenge. Mohawk Group, in partnership with Designer Pages, is launching In Your Space, a four-round online competition that invites the A&D community to vote for their favorite space featuring carpet from Mohawk Group’s premier brands. The winner from each round will compete head-to-head in a “Final 4 Showdown,” which will conclude with a special presentation at NeoCon 2012. Continue reading Mohawk partners with Designer Pages for In Your Space project challenge

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MIA launches new Stone of North America app

Cleveland — The Marble Institute of America has just released a comprehensive, new iPad app that gives design and construction professionals quick, easy access to detailed information about natural stones quarried in North America.

The Stones of North America app is available for free download at the iTunes Store. The app has been produced by MIA with generous support from MAPEI, the world leader in the production of adhesives and other products for the installation of stone and other floor and wall coverings.

The app features marble, granite, and other stones from more than 70 quarries in North America. MIA’s goal in creating the app was to give architects, builders, designers, homeowners, and others shopping for natural stone an easy way to view and select stone on the popular iPad. The app is being promoted to architects and design professionals through a robust advertising campaign. Continue reading MIA launches new Stone of North America app

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Visit noraXchange, nora’s new online community

Extensive and interactive, the noraXchange helps building and design professionals address challenges they face in their jobs

Salem, N.H. — nora systems is proud to announce the launch of the noraXchange, an interactive online community for building and design professionals to share ideas and learn about a variety of topics. Updated monthly, the noraXchange is designed to help facility managers, architects, designers, installers and other building professionals address challenges and answer questions they encounter in their work. Continue reading Visit noraXchange, nora’s new online community

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Architects and interior designers invited to bring clients to Coverings

Alexandria, Va. — Coverings, the international tile and stone expo and conference, has effectively set itself apart from the trade show pack with “Bring Your Client to Coverings” — the one opportunity consumers can sneak a peek at what their architects and interior designers are privy to in this decorative building materials category. Coverings 2012 convenes April 17 through April 20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and registered A+D attendees can be joined by up to two client guests daily as they peruse the introductions of hundreds of global exhibitors representing more than 50 countries. Attendance for all is free. Continue reading Architects and interior designers invited to bring clients to Coverings

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Nora launches Revit materials library for 3D projects

Salem, N.H.– Designed to help architects and designers create more detailed, accurate renderings, the new Autodesk Revit Architecture materials library from nora systems makes it possible to incorporate nora flooring into their 3D designs.

“Our new Revit flooring library allows designers to insert nora flooring into their designs to bring their vision to life long before installation happens,” explained Amy Bostock, manager, marketing and creative services, nora North America. “In developing this resource, we worked together with architects and designers to ensure that it would address their needs and help them achieve the details in their projects that make them feel comfortable and prepared.” Continue reading Nora launches Revit materials library for 3D projects