Calhoun, Ga.—Durkan, the hospitality flooring brand of Mohawk Group, announced the dscvr18 Student Design Competition, in partnership with NEWH, is now accepting artwork submissions for the annual hospitality design contest. The dscvr program exists to exhibit the talent of designers in the hospitality field and contribute toward the education of future designers within the industry.
“Dscvr18 is a way for us to make a greater impact on the industry and a way for us to mentor the designers that are coming up behind us,” said Elizabeth Bonner, creative design director for Durkan. “Designing carpet might be an avenue many students haven’t thought about and it’s always fun to see what the next generation of designers is looking at and responding to—and how that might translate to flooring design.”
Dscvr18 is open to students who are members of NEWH, with student membership offered free of charge. College faculty within interior design programs are encouraged to implement the competition as part of their curriculum.
Student designers will submit concepts for flooring in standard ballroom and pre-function settings that are created as separate components that coordinate with one another, with the number of colors not to exceed 12. Entrants are encouraged to view the floor spaces as blank canvases that become one large design. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of Durkan associates that serve in a variety of capacities across different departments within the company. Entries will be judged based on concept, presentation and market feasibility.
The top two submissions will be awarded trips to Las Vegas for the Hospitality Design Expo, where one grand prize winner will be announced on-site as the recipient of the competition’s first place award and a $2,500 NEWH scholarship from Durkan, May 2. A second-place winner will also be recognized with an award and $1,000. Designs from the top five finalists will be on display in the Durkan booth at the trade show. Additionally, Durkan will promote and catalog all winning designs.
The submission window for dscvr18 is open now through March 23. All entrants must begin their submission by registering through an online form found at durkan.com/dscvr. Only one entry per person is allowed and entries cannot be returned. Additionally, professional carpet designers including freelance designers commissioned by a carpet manufacturer or a staff designer for a carpet manufacturer are not eligible. To be eligible and become a member of NEWH, visit newh.org/join.
August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6
By Lisbeth Calandrino
This year I was invited to be part of the educational committee to determine the seminars to be offered at TISE 2018. I have always wondered how the seminars were decided. This year I would not only participate in the process but would learn more about the industry.
Weeks before our arrival, Carol Wilkins, educational director of TISE, sent participants the evaluations of the presentations from the last year as well as the new submittals. We were asked to rate the new ones prior to arriving in Dallas. I must admit at first the task looked overwhelming, so I decided I needed to get right to it. The submittals encompassed all aspects of the industry, including installation, sales, marketing and showroom design—to name a few. This year there was also a submittal for a design competition to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150-year anniversary.
It was great to see all facets of the industry represented as well as experts whom I rarely get to see. After our welcoming dinner the first night, I realized the process was going to be very enlightening. Since there were no “shrinking violets,” there was bound to be plenty of energy and opinions in the room. We all have our area of expertise, but I quickly realized I’m not informed on everything in the industry.
Most impressive was the passion expressed by everyone in the room. I started to wonder, How would we ever get this task done in one and half days? Better yet, How would we know what to use and what to eliminate? There were several newcomers to the industry who came with a different slant. There were a couple of storeowners who gave us firsthand views on what they are experiencing in the industry.
The process went smoothly and the conversation was exciting. The depth of the 2018 seminars is amazing. So what does this mean to retailers?
- Stop making excuses for not attending. This is your opportunity to learn from experts in our industry. Look at the seminars and decide which ones are relevant for your business.
- Share the education seminars with your staff before you go. You will probably get some useful information from your staff about what they think would be useful for your business.
- Bring a store manager, salesperson or trusted advisor. Have them attend as many seminars as possible and share the information when they get back to the store.
- Attend seminars with your suppliers. Many retailers depend on their suppliers to help them make decisions. Why not bring one of them to a seminar on trends or redesigning your showroom? You need to know what is going on outside of your trading area.
- Choose education over partying. I don’t mean to sound like your mean mother, but you won’t have an opportunity like this for another year. Sure, you like being romanced by your suppliers but if you don’t know how to maximize the products you buy, what good are they?
- Learn from other retailers. Many of the seminars include a question-and-answer section, which will allow you to get good information from other retailers.
- Attend at least one technology and design seminar. Technology is always changing and some technology is very pertinent to our industry. You can learn what’s working for other retailers as well as how color plays an important part for our consumers.
Lisbeth Calandrino has been promoting retail strategies for the last 20 years. To have her speak at your business or to schedule a consultation, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oberlin, Ohio and Chestertown, N.Y.—MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is now accepting submissions for both the 2017 Pinnacle Awards and the 2018 Tucker Design Awards.
The Pinnacle Awards recognize natural stone industry companies whose works exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone. Awards are given in six categories:
- Commercial Interior (sponsored by Mapei)
- Commercial Exterior (sponsored by Mapei)
- Residential Interior/Exterior (sponsored by GranQuartz)
- Renovation/Restoration (sponsored by Coldspring)
- Kitchen of the Year (sponsored by Vitoria Stone Fair/Marmomac Latin America)
- Bath of the Year (sponsored by Vitoria Stone Fair/Marmomac Latin America)
A Grande Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Marmomac, will be presented to the best overall project. The 2017 Pinnacle Awards are open to MIA+BSI members only and will presented at TISE 2018 in Las Vegas.
The Tucker Design Awards recognize design professionals whose projects achieve excellence in the use of natural stone in design and construction. No project categories are required. The Tucker Design Awards are open to any design professional or natural stone industry member on behalf of the design team. The 2018 Tucker Design Awards will be presented in February 2018 in San Antonio.
To access entry forms and submission guidelines for the 2017 Pinnacle Awards, 2018 Tucker Design Awards, or to learn more about the MIA+BSI Awards Program, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/awards.
Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) is now accepting applications for nominations to the Floor Covering Industry Hall of Fame.
The current roster of 45 inductees is a virtual “Who’s Who” of the floor covering industry. Winners include professionals—all dedicated to the field of floor covering—from all walks of life including: retail, manufacturing, service and installation, to name a few. They all have one thing in common, they were visionaires who made their mark and changed the face of the flooring industry for the betterment of all.
To join the distinguished list of luminaries, a candidate must be nominated by a sponsor who will complete a thorough application process detailing the nominee’s work history, industry, trade, governmental and civic accomplishments. As stated, nominees can come from any sector of the floor covering industry.
If you know of someone who is deserving of this honor please take a moment to submit an application on their behalf. Forms can be found by visiting WFCA.ORG. For more information or a list of inductees contact the WFCA by calling 706-217-1183. The deadline for submitting completed Hall of Fame applications for 2018 is March 31, 2017.
Nominations will be sent to a special committee for review and consideration. All nominations will be kept confidential. Following the selection process, an award presentation and formal induction ceremony will take place in early 2018.