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Bentley reports successful NeoCon 2016

image002Los Angeles—In addition to bringing home several honors from NeoCon 2016, including four recognitions from Interior Design’s HiP Awards and a #MetropolisLikes product prize, Bentley also drew in record numbers of design-savvy showgoers to its two showrooms (at the Merchandise Mart and Kinzie Design Center)—spreading its (los)t angeles story throughout Chicago.

“Every year, NeoCon offers a unique opportunity for designers and specifiers to discover what’s new and hot in contract finishes and furnishings,” said Sherry Dreger, Bentley’s vice president of marketing. “Likewise for manufacturers, it’s our chance to wow—to dig deep and reveal our best and boldest in product design. This year did not disappoint. At Bentley, we shared the next chapter of our brand narrative told through the lens of (los)t angeles. The design community loved it, and we were rewarded for our forward-thinking, cool style and innovative approach to product and marketing.”

The (los)t angeles collection won an Interior Design HiP award in the workplace flooring category. In its third year, HiP honors distinguished industry individuals and products.

Bentley’s Rocket Science and Impasto products, which also debuted at the show, were HiP finalists in the education, institutional and government and healthcare categories, respectively. Impasto, an artisan tile and broadloom collection designed to promote health and wellness through color and texture, captured one of just 35 #MetropolisLikes honors, as well. Hosted by Metropolis magazine, the social media-driven award program recognizes emerging design trends and innovation at design industry events including NeoCon.

Products weren’t the only Bentley honorees at NeoCon this year. Cameron Grimsley, Bentley’s 2015 Account Executive of the Year, was a HiP finalist too, in the HiP Seller category.

For more about Bentley at NeoCon 2016, read this recap on its Julian Road blog. If you missed Bentley’s Mart showroom experience at NeoCon—or want to explore (los)t angeles again—take a virtual tour.

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NeoCon 2016: A&D community seeks design solutions

July 4/11, 2016; Volume 30, Number 27

By Sarah Bousquet
Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.02.49 PMChicago—NeoCon has long been recognized as the conference and exposition for those specializing in commercial interiors, and this year was no exception. Boasting steady traffic and high energy levels and enthusiasm, the event drew 53,000 attendees—an increase of 6% over last year.

“Design professionals head to NeoCon each year for a first-hand look at the latest prototypes and product launches, and to take advantage of our world-class educational programming — including keynote presentations that provide insider access to today’s most influential thought leaders,” said Lisa Simonian, vice president of marketing, NeoCon Shows. “This year was no different. In fact, many attendees reported the sense of camaraderie and the exchange of ideas that occurs during NeoCon is a big draw. More than just a major event, NeoCon has evolved into a true international design hub as well as a dynamic and collaborative learning community.”

Stephen Wells and Roy Huebner with One Global Design—a network of entrepreneurial owner-led design firms in the U.S., Mexico and Canada that work through a single point‐of contact—couldn’t agree more. At the Merchandise Mart (theMART) this year as both NeoCon attendees and exhibitors via a new product partnership with Mannington Commercial, One Global Design was able to see both sides of the expansive knowledge share taking place. “NeoCon’s relationship building opportunities align with One Global’s own collaborative philosophy and only continue to elevate local expertise and accountability through face-to-face conversations and education,” Huebner said. Spearheading some of the hot topics in line with this year’s theme of “Design That Works,” were keynotes by Paul Scialla, founder and CEO of Delos and creator of the International Well Building Institute (IWBI); David Rockwell, founder and president of award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group; and Oana Stanescu, partner of architecture studio Family. Discussions ranged from building design that supports occupants’ health and wellness to user experience as well as what architecture/design can do for a community.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.02.36 PMAnother draw at this year’s show was theMART’s newly designed public spaces as part of a transformative $40 million renovation. NeoCon 2016 also welcomed five new permanent tenants and showcased a newly renovated seventh floor exhibit hall. “We added approximately 7,000 square feet of additional showroom space and still had 100% occupancy,” Simonian said. “Our redesigned seventh floor exhibit hall offered a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate experience that resulted in positive reviews of brisk business and increased traffic. Exhibitor and attendee feedback was phenomenal.” The new seventh floor showcased the latest products and services by group — interior building products/materials and finishes, furniture and fabrics, flooring and technology — touting nearly 50 of the top brands in floor covering, exhibiting across more than 15,000 square feet. Following are just some of the category’s highlights.

Focus on innovation, creativity

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.02.27 PMProviding designers with new and different ways to approach and specify projects was a focal point across virtually all segments at NeoCon this year. From new technologies and expanded original aesthetics to healthier solutions, exhibitors aimed to give the A&D community more creative ways to build.

Attendees are looking for innovative solutions, noted Jonathan Train, president and CEO of EarthWerks. To meet the need, the manufacturer showcased an original installation of its new Cocktail LVT collection in its booth. The playful floor design was created with water jet cutting technology — which can be used with any of EarthWerks’ product lines — via the mill’s new partnership with Enzo. “Our floor is not only eye catching, but it also shows designers just how creative they can be, which is getting a great response,” Train stated.

Also catching the eyes of attendees was Mohawk Group, which partnered with 13&9 Design—an Austrian product design firm—on its showroom redesign as well as some of its latest products. Topography, for example, won a Best of NeoCon 2016 Innovation award for its landscape architecture-inspired style. The new carpet tile collection features five styles with varying surfaces of relief and dimension that can be mixed together or used separately to create unique flooring.

“We’re noticing this year’s attendees are drawn toward products they can make a statement with as a designer,” said Jackie Dettmar, vice president of commercial design and product development, Mohawk. “Topography allows designers to play with scale in a system that when used together can provide infinite design options.”

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.02.20 PMTarkett’s booth design and new products offered similar custom elements and creative inspiration. “This is the first year we are exhibiting Tandus Centiva, Tarkett and Johnsonite products in the same booth space,” said Mark Bischoff, vice president of Tarkett North America. “We wanted to showcase how we work together and/or separately in a way that’s real to the A&D community — for example, allowing attendees to see Tandus Centiva’s low-profile soft surface products set into our LVT offerings.”

Tarkett also invited designers to co-create their own flooring with the reveal of its new Infinies collection. Utilizing a new technology to deliver what the company claims is the industry’s first digitally printed LVT, designers can create custom looks via a simple online tool.

Other vendors also cited the importance of applying new tools and expanded creativity. “We’re noticing a lot of corporate projects are looking for flooring alternates to break up large office spaces,” said Emil Mellow, vice president of marketing, Karndean. “We have a team dedicated to providing new tools such as architect folders to help specifiers create and achieve their desired outcomes.” On the hospitality side, he mentioned attendee interest in the new Kaleidoscope LVT collection—wood, stone and block colors available in six geometric designs—for its flexibility and new pattern options.

Over at the Interface space, the focus was on using creative ways to broaden building solutions in an entirely different way. Hence the company’s new mission: Climate Take Back. “While we’ve seen a lot of corporate and higher education projects walk through, our showroom was set up to draw attention toward finding a better, smarter, healthier way to complete projects across all segments — not just sell products,” Chip Degrace, executive creative director, explained. “After all, what makes a good product is the company behind it. Climate Take Back will look at ways Interface and the industry at large can reverse the impacts of climate change, for example sequestering carbon dioxide from the air into building products.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.02.04 PMNext, Crossville also aimed to push creative boundaries with the launch of its Satori collection from Laminam. Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing, pointed to the porcelain tile panels as an example of Crossville’s product evolution, noting Satori hits the mark for aesthetics, install capabilities and quality. “

Attendees are looking for visual texture and materials that offer more of an edge without being too trendy or something that will go out of style,” Waldrep explained. “Satori does this with an enhanced texture that is visual and tactile, yet it is still easy to clean and durable. It can also be installed over existing flooring or as a wall tile, which extends design options and shortens project turn time.”

Metroflor addressed the A&D community’s wish lists by unveiling an extension of its popular Aspecta collection. “We wanted to offer a one-two punch,” said Russ Rogg, president, USA, “to meet the needs of varying budgets and projects. Aspecta One is intended for applications where the 3.2 mm, 28 mil Aspecta Five is not required.” He mentioned continued interest from attendees working in the healthcare and education segments, with design versatility as a leading factor.

Lastly, in examining the idea of reinvention, Bentley’s (los)t angeles collection looked to inspire designers to find new energy within already known places. “The gems of LA are hidden in plain sight,” explained Todd van derKruik, vice president of design. “Our (los)t angeles collection goes beneath the glitz and glamour and behind the urban decay to discover extraordinary, exciting and unexpected things.”


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Mohawk Group captures prestigious awards, accolades at NeoCon

unnamedChicago—Mohawk Group received several prestigious design awards and other accolades at NeoCon 2016. Held annually in at the Merchandise Mart here, NeoCon is the largest trade show for interior design professionals in North America.

At the annual event, Mohawk Group presented new product collections and customer experiences by expanding boundaries and taking flooring to a new level of design versatility. The company’s Expand Your Boundaries theme was revealed through a broadened line of product options and a completely renovated showroom (Merchandise Mart space 3-377) designed by Innocad. The packed showroom was abuzz with an overwhelmingly positive response to the new products from the A&D community.

For the third consecutive year, Interior Design magazine conducted the HiP (Honoring Industry People + Product) Awards to recognize individuals and product solutions in the design industry. HiP people were selected by a distinguished juried panel while product winners were selected by popular vote online. According to Interior Design magazine, more than 15,000 people voted in the competition. Royce Epstein, Mohawk’s director of design segment, captured the Rising Star, Manufacturer HiP Award, while Geometry took top HiP honors in the education/government/institutional flooring category. Mike Gallman, Mohawk’s vice president of product management, was an honoree in the HiP Leader, Manufacturer category. Serenity Carpet Tile, Onyx Definity by Durkan, Grown Up and Topography were also recognized as HiP Award honorees. Mohawk’s Topography also earned the Best of NeoCon Product Innovation Award. Sponsored by Contract magazine, the Best of NeoCon Awards is an annual juried competition for new products that reflect the greatest in design excellence and innovation.

Other accolades included a #MetropolisLikes honor, given to Moonscapes by the editors of Metropolis magazine. Moonscapes was created by the Mohawk Design Studio in conjunction with Austrian firm 13&9. The social media-based award program recognizes emerging design trends and innovation at design industry events such as NeoCon.

Finally, Mohawk Group is proud to announce Buildings has selected Serenity carpet tile as a 2016 Product Innovations Merit Award winner. Serenity was evaluated by the Buildings editorial staff for innovation and sustainability features that it offers to building owners and facility managers.

For more details on Mohawk Group’s presence at NeoCon 2016, visit the company’s interactive microsite at

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Tarkett recognized at NeoCon 2016

A selection from Collections Infinies, winner of NeoCon Gold.
A selection from Collections Infinies, which won NeoCon Gold.

Solon, OhioTarkett has been recognized at this year’s NeoCon with four prestigious Best of NeoCon awards, two Metropolis Likes, one HiP Winner and four HiP Honoree awards for its innovative product introduction.

“This year at NeoCon, we were astounded by the quality of design and product innovation across the industry,” said Jonathan Klinger, chief marketing officer for Tarkett North America. “To be recognized among these industry leaders is truly an honor.”

Tarkett products from both hard and soft surface categories were recognized amongst a record-breaking number of entries in Contract magazine’s prestigious Best of NeoCon Awards. Open Archive by Tandus Centiva received the Contract Best of NeoCon Gold award in the Carpet – Broadloom category for OverStitch and Moquette. Tarkett’s world premiere of digitally printed LVT, Collections Infinies, won Best of NeoCon Gold in the Flooring – Hard Surface category. Two of only ten industry-wide Innovation Awards were received by Tarkett for Open Archive Modular: Cache Tweed and GeoKnit by Tandus Centiva and Mesto Configurations by Johnsonite.

Tarkett’s Collections Infinies was also a standout with Interior Design’s HiP Awards, winning the Workplace Flooring – Hard Surface category. The company received HiP Honoree Awards for iQ One in the Health & Wellness Flooring category; Tandus Centiva’s MetalEdge Trim in the Accessories category; Jhane Barnes’ LightSpeed and Velocity for Education Flooring; and Open Archive Broadloom: OverStitch and Moquette in the Hospitality Flooring category.

Metropolis Likes honored Tarkett for iQ One and Tandus Centiva’s Open Archive collection.

“It’s an exciting time at Tarkett for the introduction of Collections Infinies,” said Chris Stulpin, senior vice president of design for Tarkett North America. “We are offering a flooring solution unlike anything else on the market. To be recognized at such a prestigious industry event speaks volumes of the hard work and collaboration that went into making this collection a reality.”

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DuChâteau Wall Coverings takes home Best of NeoCon gold

slack_for_ios_upload_1024-3Chicago—DuChâteau’s Wall Coverings was awarded Best of NeoCon 2016 Gold in the Wall Treatments category.

In this year’s competition, 90 awards were distributed for contract furnishing products, including nine Innovation Awards and a Best of Competition Award. DuChâteau was up against some of the toughest competition that delivered striking and cutting-edge products. That being said, DuChâteau is humbled to come out on top, the company said, showcasing its newest Wall Covering designs—Metamorphosis, Tresses and Crest—available in 13 different finishes with the newest addition of gold.

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Mannington Commercial captures Best of Neocon, HiP awards

Divergent LVT and modular carpet companion collections, winner of NeoCon gold.
Divergent LVT and modular carpet companion collections, winner of NeoCon gold.

Chicago—Mannington Commercial, a leader in flooring for commercial interiors, has won Best of NeoCon Gold and Silver awards and an Honoring Industry People (HiP) award. The company received the Gold award in the Healthcare Flooring category for its Divergent modular carpet and Divergent LVT companion collections. The Infused collection of LVT captured NeoCon silver and the HiP award.

Inspired by nature and designed for a variety of healthcare, retail, hospitality and corporate applications, the Divergent line of carpet complements and completes Divergent LVT launched in April 2016. Divergent LVT is available in 18 x 18 and 18 x 36 formats, while carpet is available in 18 x 36 planks. The cohesiveness of the two Divergent collections is more than visual: Mannington’s Seam+Advantage can chemically weld the LVT and carpet together, creating seamless transitions without transition strips.

Made with renewable materials and pre-consumer content, Divergent LVT is finished with Quantum Guard HP, the highest performing urethane for greater scratch and stain resistance and enhanced slip retardance. Divergent carpet is manufactured Econyl 100% regenerated nylon 6.6 for superior stain resistance and appearance retention. Both lines can be reclaimed and closed-loop recycled through Mannington’s LOOP.

Designed by OneGlobal—a network of principal-led design firms in 18 cities across North America—the Innovative collection is a modern interpretation of LVT consisting of five patterns created to be mixed and remixed so that it matches the vision of any designer. Each pattern is available in 9 x 9 and 2.5 x 36 formats with a 20 mil wear layer for affordability and durability. The collection is manufactured using patented Quantum Guard HP, an aluminum oxide top coat cured by an ultraviolet process that enhances scratch, stain and slip resistance. It is available with Mannington’s advanced underlayment technology, which meets or exceeds all IIC sound requirements. While applicable to any market segment, the Infused collection is especially well suited to retail, hospitality and corporate.

The Best of NeoCon competition is sponsored by Contract magazine, Merchandise Mart Properties, The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and The McMorrow Reports for Facilities Management.

Interior Design magazine’s HiP awards recognize individuals in the design industry as well as product solutions. Winners are selected by popular vote online.

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Metroflor's Aspecta earns NSF/ANSI 332 certification

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 9.22.49 AMNorwalk, Conn.—Following on the heels of the first-ever Platinum NSF/ANSI 332 sustainability assessment certification in resilient flooring for its Aspecta Five contract LVT range, Metroflor’s dedication to sustainability and product certification has been reinforced with both Aspecta One and Aspecta Ten achieving the Gold level.

Under this widely recognized industry standard, resilient flooring products are evaluated for environmental performance and sustainability attributes in five key areas: product design, manufacturing, long-term value, corporate governance and innovation. Performance is scored on a 100-point scale.

“As a company, sustainability is a core part of how we do business, and we are continually improving our environmental performance and social responsibility,” said Corey Carter, director of safety and sustainability for Metroflor. “These new certifications reflect our unwavering commitment to sustainability in both the products we produce and our corporate practices.”

A global LVT brand developed by Metroflor, Aspecta was developed based on consultation with architects, designers and contractors to outperform current market offerings from an aesthetic as well as practical perspective. The new Aspecta Ten will be launched at NeoCon in Chicago this week while Aspecta One will be previewed at the show.

For further information about Aspecta, visit

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Bentley wins Best Small Booth at NeoCon East

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 10.21.14 AMLos Angeles—Bentley recently won Best Small Booth at NeoCon East in Philadelphia, adding to the company’s two wins—Best of Competition and Best Showroom in the small showroom category—at NeoCon in Chicago. The recognitions, presented by International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in partnership with Contract magazine, praised Bentley’s design savvy in bringing the company’s Born & Raised theme to life.

“Bentley takes pride in converting ordinary spaces into fashion statements,” said Sherry Dreger, vice president of marketing for Bentley. “It’s what our carpet products are designed to do for our customers. We wanted our Chicago showroom and NeoCon East booth to reflect that same mission, embracing our 30-year legacy and luxe, grit-meets-glamour style.”

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NeoCon, NeoCon East call for 2016 presentations

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 12.21.38 PMChicago—The NeoCon team has started its call for presentations for its 2016 conferences: NeoCon, being held June 13-15 here, and NeoCon East, being held Nov. 9-10 in Philadelphia. Both shows are seeking authorities to share professional insight and knowledge with commercial and residential interior design, architecture and facility management professionals. The selected conference speakers will gain visibility in the industry and contribute to the advancement of the profession. Interested applicants are invited to submit seminar proposals for NeoCon by Oct. 15 and NeoCon East by April 15.

Programs should run for one hour including a brief question and answer session and should not consist of more than three speakers, including the moderator. Members of the Program Advisory Committee will evaluate all proposed seminars based on the following criteria: overall quality, relevance to the industry, well-defined focus within the program track structure, practical applications of material, timeliness of the topic and speaker qualifications. Industry manufacturers or vendors not exhibiting in the trade show are not eligible to speak or participate as a presenter.

To start the application process, visit