Chicago—Nearly 11,000 pounds of carpet were discarded from showrooms at TheMART in Chicago since NeoCon 2017. Instead of taking the used carpet to landfills, carpet manufacturers and local non-profit organizations have collaborated to repurpose the carpet for social good.
Designs for Dignity, one of the nonprofit collaborators, will use the carpet to renovate the workspaces of other Illinois nonprofits. This partnership is viewed as a win-win-win as carpet tile is diverted from landfills to beneficial reuse; nonprofit organizations gain effective workspaces to nurture growth and success of their missions; and renovation cost is minimized by utilizing in-kind donations and volunteer design and construction support, allowing nonprofit organizations to direct more resources to achieving their mission.
“The carpet industry continually seeks solutions to keep carpet out of landfills,” said Robert Peoples, executive director of the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). “Repurposing used carpet generated from renovations for NeoCon is just one example of the carpet industry’s commitment to sustainability.”
Participating carpet manufacturers include Atlas Carpet Mills, Bentley Mills, Interface, J+J Flooring Group, Milliken & Co., Mohawk Group, Shaw Industries Group and Tandus Centiva.
More than 21,000 square yards of carpet tile from showrooms at TheMART Chicago have been donated to non-profits since 2010.
Chicago—Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery recently welcomed over 500 architects, designers and other customers to its annual “Parked At NeoCon” lunch event. Held every year during the international NeoCon commercial design tradeshow, Daltile’s luncheon showcased the brand’s exciting new products and gave NeoCon attendees a nice, relaxing oasis from the miles-long tradeshow held just across the street in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery is part of the brand’s vast network of design galleries, design studios and design service centers catering to customers nationwide.
“Like all of the showrooms in our nationwide network, Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery showcases samples of our entire line, including our newly-launched products,” said Allison Santarossa, Daltile architectural representative. “It was really exciting to see the very positive reaction the commercial design community had to our new products.”
The Daltile Chicago gallery is one of the 35 Daltile Design Galleries, Daltile Design Studios and Daltile Design Service Centers located across the United States. Considered an integral part of the brand’s success, these Daltile showrooms give interior designers, architects and curious homeowners a chance to explore Daltile collections in-person. Daltile design consultants are always on-hand to help architecture and design professionals as well as their clients select the best Daltile product for every project.
Chicago—For the seventh consecutive year the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) brought together distribution professionals throughout the leading floor covering, specialty building material, cabinetry and woodworking industries to network, engage, learn and grow their businesses. The 2016 event held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Nov. 1-3, was a record year with 940 attendees.
At the convention, attendees participated in a number of education sessions and had the opportunity to participate in complementary one-on-one fifteen minute consultations. NAFCD and NBMDA also developed a matching program for first-time exhibitors. New to the convention were panel discussions, offering peers insights at an enriched level with questions lead by the panel moderator as well as an open Q&A.
“Enhancements to this year’s event not only improved the attendee experience, education and networking, but it contributed to the overall success of the event,” said Kevin Gammonley, NAFCD and NBMDA, executive vice president. “We received positive feedback and, as always, are excited to help attendees expand their network and grow their business here at the Annual Convention.”
The 2017 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention event will take place Nov. 14-16, at The Broadmoor, in Colorado Spring, Colo.
Look for more coverage of the conference in the Nov. 7/14 edition of FCNews.
DALTON—HGTV and Shaw fans can begin registering online for a chance to win a 1,000-square-foot space designed by HGTV’s popular interior designer Vern Yip. The residence will be the grand prize of the HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway, in which viewers can enter online daily at HGTV.com or HGTV’s FrontDoor.com for a chance to win, starting August 18 at 9 a.m. ET and continuing through October 7 at 5 p.m. ET. The winner will be announced in December. Continue reading Shaw and HGTV to open voting for Urban Oasis sweepstakes