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DriTac supports Habitat for Humanity at Surfaces 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 12.09.03 PMClifton, N.J.—DriTac Flooring Products partnered with Habitat for Humanity’s Las Vegas affiliate to support its local humanitarian efforts recently at The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015 flooring trade show in Las Vegas.

DriTac exhibited at TISE and supported Habitat for Humanity by making a donation for every lead generated at the DriTac booth. Proceeds from DriTac’s donation will go towards building eco-friendly homes and helping families break the cycle of poverty while adding to their long-term financial stability.

“Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope,” said Myrna Block, executive vice president, DriTac. “It is a well respected organization and we are proud to have had the privilege to work with such a prestigious company. We commend all of their efforts and look forward to continuing our support of Habitat in the future.”

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Best of Surfaces awards honor top products, booths

Judges recognize excellence across six categories

February 16/23, 2015; Volume 28/Number 17

Las Vegas—Six companies were voted best of class in the fourth annual Best of Surfaces competition co-sponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa Exhibitions (formerly Hanley Wood), owners and operators of The International Surface Event (TISE). The awards have become the benchmark for new product excellence and booth design at the industry’s premier trade show.

The winners were:

  • Innovation: Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean
  • Style & Design: Johnson Hardwood Alehouse series
  • Sustainability: W.F. Taylor TruRenew Bio-Renewable Adhesive
  • Technology: Spray-Lock RugLock Non-Slip Rug Grip in a Can
  • Best Booth Design Over 1,200 square feet: Bedrosians Tile & Stone
  • Best Booth Design Under 1,200 square feet: Wickham Hardwood

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.38.34 PMThe judging was conducted by a panel of experienced industry figures who were initially tasked with narrowing the many entrants in each category to five finalists by the start of Surfaces. Specifically, they were each asked to explore all submissions and select their top five that best represented the category in which they were entered. The most popular selections by consensus in each category made it to the final round, in which judges viewed each finalist on the first day of Surfaces.

“The Best of Surfaces awards gives exhibitors another thing to be excited about when they come to the show,” said Amie Gilmore, director of TISE. “In planning for their booths, or figuring out what products to showcase, they want to put their best foot forward. Maybe a company stepped up its booth this year instead of next year because there’s a competition, for example.”

Informa continues to partner with Floor Covering News for industry initiatives, creating a unified, influential voice. “Joining forces with Floor Covering News on Best of Surfaces really makes it an industry event because you’ve got the show and the exhibitors, you’re putting everything in front of retailers and other attendees, and you also have a major publication behind it all. It’s not jut one entity putting it out there; Best of Surfaces comprises a massive group of industry representation.”


SmartStrand Forever Clean from Mohawk

Launched in early December, SmartStrand Forever Clean has been the talk of the industry in recent months. With its inherent cleanability and durability, many believe Mohawk has reached the ultimate solution in maintaining carpet over long periods of time.

David Duncan, senior vice president of marketing and sales operations for Mohawk, said the company’s win for Innovation is particularly important as “hundreds of flooring companies participated in the competition where this award was open to all innovations across all flooring categories. For SmartStrand Forever Clean to beat out all hardwood, laminate, LVT and other categories demonstrates the extraordinary innovation Mohawk brings to the carpet category.”

Best of Surfaces judge Paul Frederichsen, president of the marketing and branding firm BrandBiz, said Forever Clean “ups the game in the whole carpet industry.” He noted that the name hits home, as cleanability is the No. 1 concern with consumers. “People love carpet because of its softness, warmth, etc., but there is always that concern of ‘Can I keep it clean? How difficult will it be to do so? Is it healthy for my family?’ I think Mohawk has done a terrific job naming and positioning Forever Clean so the consumer can really understand it.”

Sheri Gorman, vice president of marketing and A&D for commercial contractor RD Weis, also saw winning qualities in Forever Clean, making it ideal for both commercial and residential use. “Coming from the maintenance business, it is nice to see there’s a product on the market now that makes it easier for all people to maintain carpet, even if it is the consumer or end user doing it on her own.”

Style & Design

Alehouse series from Johnson Hardwood

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.40.28 PMJohnson Hardwood launched its popular English Pub series at Surfaces two years ago. Ever since, the line and its new additions have gotten phenomenal feedback, inspiring a “premium version.”

The Alehouse series was an immediate hit among Surfaces attendees this year, in sync with today’s desired reclaimed look. With this series Johnson aimed to enhance the naturalness of the maple and oak rather than mask it with stains and finishes. The result is a product with random, light wire brushing to soften the character grains with beveled edges for a timeworn, vintage look, available in planks 7½ inches wide up to 7 feet long.

“What makes all the difference is the detail we put into it such as the triple hand-staining process to create this inner glow that darkens toward the outer plank edges,” said Veronica Ventimiglia, marketing manager.

Gorman said she voted for Alehouse because of its “rich colors and great textures. The collection is just aesthetically appealing and very usable.”

David Keegan, COO of Bamboo Hardwoods, added, “The Alehouse series is warm and tasteful. It is easy to imagine these products would make a house a home. I could hear the fire crackling in the hearth as my eyes enjoyed the tones and textures of the line.”


RugLock Non-Slip Rug Grip in a Can from Spray-Lock

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.42.21 PMAccording to Fred Land, president and CEO of Spray-Lock, the decision to be an exhibitor at Surfaces was completely on a whim. After receiving a Best of Surfaces award for the RugLock Non-Slip Rug Grip in a Can, he agreed that exhibiting was certainly worthwhile.

“It’s nice to stand out in a big crowd. We’ve invented a product that has potential to make a big change in the rug and mat section of the industry.”

Launched commercially in August of last year, Spray-Lock’s RugLock Non-Slip Rug Grip in a Can is an adhesive that guarantees to keep area rugs, carpets and mats in place. What makes this product unique are two outstanding attributes: its aerosol format and emphasis on being “squeaky clean,” Land said. “We have fewer VOCs in the can than you’d find in a single cranberry. We believe the aerosol format is the best way to deliver and allows us to use 80% less products than the traditional technology.”

Keegan said, “It’s an ideal solution for manufacturers to suggest as a way to help keep customers’ carpets in place without anti-slip mats that discolor or change the floor. We will be trying this product.”


TruRenew Bio-Renewable Adhesive from W.F. Taylor

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.42.59 PMJack Raidy, Jr., president of W. F. Taylor, said his company’s focus has been on sustainability for many years. “We’re really proud to get the Best of Surfaces award for TruRenew; we worked hard for so many years to come out with a bio-renewable adhesive. As a California-based company we were looking at these issues much earlier than most of the country, and we were able to put an adhesive together that’s environmentally responsible.” TruRenew is very similar to existing adhesives except the polymer comes from a bio-renewable source as opposed to a petroleum-derived polymer, which many companies are using today.

Since its introduction last October, TruRenew has received tremendous feedback from flooring contractors as well as the A&D community. “To be able to match a Cradle-to-Cradle-certified adhesive with a Cradle-to-Cradle-certified floor covering really closes the loop,” Raidy said.

Keegan explained, “For me, sustainability and the environment are close to the heart. I am impressed when innovations occur in sustainability. In this case, sustainability means sustainable air and water quality which are as important as it gets.”

Friedrichsen also raved about TruRenew. “With a lot of adhesives, grouts and glue, one of the chief concerns in the back of everyone’s minds is how friendly it is to the environment. Taylor starts with the premise of bio-friendly, so it’s a win-win for all.”

Best Booth over 1,200 square feet

Bedrosians Tile & Stone

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.41.48 PMBedrosians team members put a lot of time and effort into designing and building a prominent, eye-catching space on the show floor.

“Surfaces is something we worked on for about four to five months with a team of 10 to 20 people at a time,” said Eddie Bedrosian, marketing director. “Also, our whole creative team comes out with all of our new lines at that time, so it’s our launch for the year. It really is a year’s worth of work. Winning the award is an honor because not only our booth but also our products were shown off, representing that we are more of a design company than just a tile company.”

Keegan was taken with the Bedrosians booth. “I greatly appreciated the artistic creativity and playful nature of Bedrosians’ booth design. Business should be fun. The flooring industry lives and dies by aesthetics, and Bedrosians demonstrated their prowess in that area very well.”

Best Booth under 1,200 square feet

Wickham Hardwood

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.41.15 PMThe hours of labor that go into making a stellar booth can be difficult at times, but end up being worth it in the end, at least for Randy McCullough, territory manager for Best Booth winner Wickham Hardwood Flooring.

“At about 3 a.m. the day before the show I ask myself every year the same question: Why do we do this? But then we have a successful show and we fill the booth with people because they see how we’ve gone through the trouble to construct a beautiful booth and show our samples in an attractive way. We know how important it is with the costs [related to exhibiting] to go and knock it out of the park, or else it would be a waste of time. I’ve heard comments that other vendors want to be close to us because they know we attract a lot of people.”

Gorman said the winning space was “a clean, tasteful, simple booth that displayed the Wickham product assortment very well.”

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Spray-Lock receives Best of Surfaces for Technology

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 3.45.53 PMChattanooga, Tenn.—Spray-Lock recently received the Best of Surfaces award for Technology for its newest product, RugLock Non-Slip Rug Grip in a Can, at The International Surface Event (TISE). RugLock is a permanent spray-on, non-slip rug backing that secures rugs to surfaces including hardwood, tiles, vinyl and carpet.

With the introduction of RugLock, Spray-Lock has entered the consumer market with a real-world solution to the household problem of slippery rugs. The company conducted more than 50 tests over a 6-month period to develop the RugLock formula. “I am extremely proud of our R&D team for the development of this award-winning technology,” said Fred Land, president and CEO.

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Remarkable recycling results at TISE 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 10.41.01 AMDallas—In an effort to participate in the 2015 recycling initiative at The International Surface Event (TISE), recently held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, more than 84 exhibitors committed to donating and an amazing 140,765 lbs. of gently used floor covering, stone and tile products were collected over the three-day period. Recycled materials included cardboard, carpet, carpet pads, concrete, metal, aluminum, paper, plastics, wood crates and pallets.

“From a standpoint of being the premier industry event, as well as a leading organizer of trade shows in the U.S., we are proud of these remarkable results and this initiative,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Informa Exhibitions U.S. and TISE. “Sustainability touches all of our lives and businesses, and is truly a social responsibility not to be ignored. Our participating exhibiting companies and partners are making a positive impact by touching lives of local communities where it matters most.”

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Informa Exhibitions labels TISE 2015 ‘one of the strongest in recent history’

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Dallas—The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015, held Jan. 20-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, experienced attendance comparable to the 2014 show with a steady flow of visitors from the International Builders’ Show (IBS), Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), International Window Coverings Expo and Las Vegas Market.

This year’s show attracted exhibitors and attendees from more than 80 countries with significant representation from global markets including Mexico, China, Australia, Japan and Italy. A total of 707 exhibiting companies showcased their products and services on two floors of the convention center covering around 350,000 square feet. About 22% of the exhibiting companies were new participants and nearly 7% of all registrants were architects and designers.

“The International Surface Event 2015 was one of the strongest in recent history,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Informa Exhibitions. “The synergy from having five shows taking place the same week provided substantial new business opportunities for both exhibitors and attendees.”

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What retailers were saying at Surfaces

Flooring dealers call out their stars of the show

February 2/9, 2015; Volume 28/Number 16

With hundreds of new products on display at The International Surface Event (TISE), FCNews asked a number of retailers which stood out for them, left an impression or was something they already planned on adding to their showroom floors. Here is just a sampling of their responses.

Wendy Fried

Fried Carpet, Westbury, N.Y.

I was really impressed with Kane Carpet; they had some nice goods, the goods they used to have. I feel Kane was getting a little too funky—too loud, off the wall. But they did a really great job turning it around. They hit a home run. They deserve kudos.

Penny Carnino

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.16.20 PMGrigsbys Carpet, Tile & Rug

Tulsa, Okla.

We thought the Lexmark patterned introductions were very nice. We also saw quite a few PetProtect introductions, which will add lots of new choices to that category for the consumer. Stainmaster PetProtect has really been a go-to product in our store, so we are glad to see the expansion of styles. Milliken had some beautiful introductions that were Stainmaster and looked more like wool.

Mark Compston

Mark’s Floors, Minneola, Fla.

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.17.06 PMI loved the Pedross trims. Trims are so important and they offer a great selection. Another thing I was really impressed with was the Stevens Omni rug display, which can hold 40 rugs in a 6-foot space. I am planning to double the size of my area rug business in 2015, and this is the kind of display that would increase my presence. I also loved Kane Carpet; so many vibrant colors.

Terio Guzman

J&C Carpet, San Diego

Engineered Floors’ Dream Weaver brand appeals to us in terms of both price point and that dye lot stays the same whether we order it now or six months later. We do multi-family housing, we have a lot of end rolls, and a lot of times we can’t use them because it’s a different dye lot. You can with their new product, so it will save us a ton.

Roger Stafford

Stafford’s Discount Carpets

San Bernardino, Calif.

Zig from Inhaus looks like a great hybrid-type product. It has the wood and plastic core that doesn’t swell. USFloors also has something really impressive with COREtec. It has an [extruded] core and it’s waterproof—that’s the attraction behind it.

Kerry Baran

Koeda Forest Products

Kelowna, British Columbia

The DuChateau wood wall art has been the standout so far. And downstairs, Wickham has some awesome things like their square hardwood tiles.

Heather Lennon

Imagine Interiors, Phoenix

What I loved was the Provenza Curly Maple line. It’s a phenomenal product. The nuance, the diversity in the color palettes and the texture of the Curly Maple was amazing. We’re definitely going to be placing orders for it.

Earl Swalm

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.17.32 PMMoose Jaw Carpet One Floor & Home

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

I’d say two things really got my attention. The Wickham Hardwood Flooring area had a nice display—they’ve got some fantastic hardwoods there. The other is Acefloor’s click-less LVT. The click-less LVT 5mm is a cool product. The colors aren’t so great but they’ll make whatever you want.

Georgette Malooly

Malooly’s Flooring Co.

Las Cruces, N.M.

I like the thin slate from Natural Stone Resources. It’s only a couple millimeters thick and you use a little thinset on it. It’s tile but not meant for floors. It should be used on walls or in bathrooms. Also, Royalty Carpet Mills has a gorgeous new Stainmaster carpet.

Jason Stafford

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.18.04 PMStafford’s Discount Carpets

San Bernardino, Calif.

Johnson Hardwood has the new Alehouse wood series that’s very nice. The styling and the distressed edge on it is what caught my eye.

Melissa Turner

Turner Floors,

Brandon, Manitoba

I really like the tile with the Velcro on the back [Rug Revolution] from Stanton; it’s definitely the one thing that stands out. It’s unique, very versatile and really soft. You can change the colors yourself and make your own area rug.

Ernie Prommer

Grand Forks Flooring

Grand Forks, British Columbia

Rock veneers have become popular in the last couple of years. Nova has a rock veneer on a cork that clicks together like a laminate floor. That definitely caught my eye. Quick installation for a rock floor.

Dave Larson and Mike Houssin

All Floors

Calgary, Alberta

Kraus has a nice LVT product offering. The different sizes are new—when they first came out they were all your basic 12 x 12s and now there’s an 18 x 36.

Leigh Bakhtiari

City Carpets

San Raphael, Calif.

We’re definitely seeing PetProtect everywhere. I’ve also seen some new wool manufacturers that I’m excited about—Cavan and J.D. Staron stood out to me—and we’ve been seeing some nice carpet patterns from Camelot/Royalty.

Mark Lewis

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.18.45 PMDeGraaf Interiors

Grand Rapids, Mich.

The new USFloors cork line is really sharp, and we do all our bamboo through them. They have their new Muse line of engineered bamboo. There are all those issues with bamboo, but theirs is really solid.

Deb DeGraaf

DeGraaf Interiors

Grand Rapids, Mich.

We liked Q-Wood with the reparable finish—it’s a morph between an aluminum oxide and an oil-finished floor, so it’s more reparable yet still durable. COREtec from USFloors is the next generation of LVT. And I truly believe that SmartStrand Forever Clean from Mohawk is going to change the way other people market their products—it’s really the ultimate carpet.

Andy Anderson

Five Star Flooring

Bothell, Wash.

We liked the design and texture of the Camelot carpets. Also, PetProtect from Stainmaster seems to be a big hit. I particularly liked Godfrey Hirst’s version of it. They went with a harder finish and I’m personally sick of the soft finish.

Laura Littrell

Littrell Flooring

Encinitas, Calif.

Some of my favorite products were those new wide boards from DuChateau, Fabrica’s new carpet, Fiberworks, and USFloors has a beautiful hardwood line.

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Surfaces 2015 plays to rave reviews

Resounding positive sentiment motivates industry

February 2/9, 2015; Volume 28/Number 16 

By Steven Feldman

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 1.48.48 PMLas Vegas—“I was pleasantly surprised. It feels good again. It kind of reminds me of the old days. We came out of the tough times and there are no more frowns. People are jovial. They are smiling. If people are still standing, they are happy and cautiously optimistic about the year ahead.” So said Wade Bondrowski, director of sales at Mercier Wood Flooring, in what may perhaps be the best assessment of The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015.

Against the backdrop of the second annual Design & Construction Week—which this year featured the co-location of TISE, International Win-dow Coverings Expo and Las Vegas Market with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS)—exhibitors were quite pleased with TISE, both in terms of booth traffic and the quality of attendees, even if the numbers did not show an appreciable gain from last year’s event.

“Registration was pretty much flat from last year, but our exhibitors saw a significant influx of attendees from the Las Vegas Market, KBIS and IBS, people they normally would not have access to,” said Amie Gilmore, director, TISE. “They were coming over in busloads because we were running shuttles back and forth to all the shows.” She anticipated seeing more of those attendees on the final day of TISE given that the other shows closed on Thursday.

Gilmore believes TISE was stronger this year, not only because the show was up both in terms of space and number of exhibitors, but primarily because of the positive moods on the part of exhibitors and attendees. “The attendees are upbeat. Everybody feels they have been trucking along these last few years. Now they are feeling things are better and are optimistic about the coming year. We have been hearing there is a lot of business being done with exhibitors accumulating their largest number of leads in years.”

Indeed, exhibitors seconded Gilmore’s assessment. “I’ve been doing trade shows for 40 years, and this is the best show I’ve ever been part of,” said Mike Stupfel, president of Surface Art. “I’m not just talking about the traffic, but the quality of the customer at the booth. All the big hitters who weren’t in our camp are joining the fold now.”

Dan Natkin, senior director of residential products, Mannington, on Wednesday afternoon said the company had been “super busy” all day. “I don’t know if we’ve had more or less people [than last year], but in the sales deals I’ve been involved with, the purse strings have been untied a little bit.”

It was the same at USFloors, where Gary Keeble, product and marketing manager, told FCNews, “[Wednesday] was really busy, [Thursday] morning was really busy. We’ve done really well; it’s always a big show for us. Even when other people aren’t so busy we always seem to be.”

Thomas Trissl, president of HPS Schönox, was also pleased. “For us, the show has been very good; there was much more traffic. In the last two or three years, we got a lot of question marks about who we are. Now people are coming in with specific questions because they’ve heard of us and know what we’re capable of, especially when it comes to renovation.”

At the Kraus space, newly appointed president Ty West couldn’t have been more thrilled. “By 3 p.m. of the first day we had already eclipsed 2014 in terms of booked orders. This has been a fantastic show for us.”

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 1.48.31 PMExhibitors also attested to the positive mood on the part of attendees. “The general mood seems to be upbeat—people feel more confident that this is going to be a better year and that, of course, is wonderful,” said Paul Murfin, co-CEO, IVC US. “Having said that, we’ve never been a company that relies on the economy or market—we’ve always grown against the odds. We’re less concerned about the economy and more concerned about what we do relative to the market and industry.”

Bill Schollmeyer, CEO of Johnson Hardwood, told FCNews, “We have had seriously good traffic. The mood is definitely upbeat, and that makes it fun. We’ve had a lot of buyers and bigger dealers. We sold containers, which is unusual for us.”

Peter Feldman, president of Prestige Mills, also found the retailers to be optimistic. “They are in a buying frame of mind and not afraid to make the investment.”

And Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president of brand marketing, Dal-Tile, said there was “great energy” on the show floor this year. “When it comes to design, customers are taking more risks and trying new trends.”

As for exhibitor response to Design  & Construction Week, only a handful showed at multiple events. But for those who did, such as Armstrong, which also exhibited at IBS, there were certainly some logistical issues. “I have spoken with many people—competitors and others in the industry—and most do not like the shows held in conjunction,” said Mara Villanueva-Heras, vice president of residential marketing, Armstrong. “It has been difficult to get a cab and taking forever to get across town. And for those of us who display at both, it’s a challenge to manage both floors. Clearly you have a team to run each show, but there are certain people who need to be at both shows. We are trying to get Joe [Bondi] and Don [Maier] to IBS, which is across town, and they’ve got appointments here—it takes forever to get a cab.

“The challenge is the audiences typically aren’t the same,” she continued. “This show is primarily for flooring retailers in the flooring business. I have some former coworkers who are in the business but not in flooring who came not knowing about the show, heard ‘Surfaces’ and thought it was countertops, walls, etc., and came all the way expecting something different. If you’re going to combine KBIS and IBS, that’s a huge show. Coming here, it’s not the same people.”

Category overviews

While FCNews will cover the specific product categories throughout this issue, here is an overview of each segment:


“Who let the dogs out?” might have been an appropriate theme for carpet companies at TISE; Stainmaster PetProtect seemed to be everywhere. A year ago, two mills carried PetProtect products; today nine do, and many of them expanded their portfolios at the show.

What some called the reintroduction of nylon into carpet was evident at the show. While polyester has been the dominant fiber since the recession, Engineered Floors is bringing nylon back into the conversation with new solution-dyed fibers. Both Engineered Floors, with its Dream Weaver brand, and Phenix introduced new products using solution-dyed fibers.

Retailers said the new visuals in pattern goods that resemble the woven goods of the past were impressive; several credited Lexmark with outstanding new introductions of these kinds.

Kane Carpet earned retail praise for its imported specialty patterns and use of vibrant colors; Camelot Royalty was cited for its distinctive designs.


Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 1.48.21 PMWith LVT taking over the industry and sheet vinyl making a comeback, particularly fiberglass sheet, resilient manufacturers are seemingly taking more chances lately, having confidence that the market will respond well to most products emerging from the category. The most recent result of this movement? WPC (wood plastic composite).

While each company delving into composite products has a different name/classification for its own offering, all have a similar formula that aids in water resistance and ease of installation. The trailblazer in this subcategory is USFloors’ COREtec. The company has teamed up with Beaulieu America for the COREtec One line in its Bliss collection, while Shaw has released its own similar product called Floorté. And more companies are continuing to dip their toes into the composite pool, as was evident at the show.

Other than composites, wood/stone blends are hot in visuals, while larger-format planks and tiles are maintaining popularity. Many companies have also worked on developing product catalogs that include consistent looks across all constructions, making customization and product selection a breeze for end users.


Manufacturers continue to focus on delivering quality, fashion-forward styles for consumers who want the luxury feel of hardwood floors in their homes. This was apparent at TISE 2015, where rustic, distressed looks with dark tones and mixed or dual stains were on display.

The color spectrum for hardwood floors has never been broader, experts say, ranging from whitewashed to chocolate and everything in between. Floors with aged looks that might have been discarded a decade ago are now in vogue. Marked by scuffs and scratches, or made of reclaimed wood, this old, retro look was exceedingly popular at the show. Thanks to innovative new processes, manufacturers don’t have to look through an old house or barn for these boards—technology produces floors that have been treated to look reclaimed.

Wider/longer planks are no longer a trend, becoming mainstream. As well, handscraped was big five years ago, but is now standard, while matte finishes are trending.


Whether they exhibited additional SKUs or completely new collections, laminate manufacturers brought only the best to TISE 2015. The most popular products took on the look of reclaimed wood with heavy attention placed on also having the feel of the real thing. Manufacturers utilized a number of design and 3-D digital printing techniques to provide the best imitation, down to the blade marks, beveled edges and high-variation planks. In fact, attendees responded to the visuals and textures exceptionally well.

In regard to visuals, influences of gray can still be seen while whitewashes and lighter woods like maple and oak are becoming more popular. To create an even more realistic wood look, high variation planks are trending this year. Longer and wider was the name of the game and multiple color tones could be seen on individual planks as well as throughout sets.

Ceramic tile

The big trend in tile is advances in inkjet technology, which allow for greater levels of realism in design. Wood looks are here to stay, manufacturers assured, and other printed looks such as marble, metal and fabric were abundant. Cutting-edge technology allows for higher resolutions, creating deeper textures, color variations and more differentiation between pieces.

Format size continues to grow, and “larger format” was one of the most repeated phrases throughout the three days.

The mixing of different mediums was another design trend seen at this year’s show, like square, glass mosaics paired with a larger format plank, creating contrasts of textures, colors and shapes.

The feeling amongst manufacturers was that of optimism looking forward into 2015. Companies are pushing boundaries in terms of technology and design, and consumers are taking more risks, more willing to put effort and style into their homes.

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Quick-Step brings ‘Long Live Style’ campaign to life at TISE 2015 through style shows

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 9.13.39 AMDallas—As part of its ongoing “Long Live Style” campaign, Quick-Step brought glamour to The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015, which took place Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas.

Four times each day, the Quick-Step booth was transformed into a runway with each model carrying a new Quick-Step product from the Envique, Reclaimé, Dominion and Q-Wood collections.

“Quick-Step is a fashion-based product line, on pace with the hottest styles and latest trends in the home decorating market—a perfect fit for our glamorous style shows,” said Paij Thorn-Brooks, vice president of brand marketing for Unilin, Quick-Step’s parent company.


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Bamboo Hardwoods celebrates 20 years with new product line and VIP distributor event at TISE 2015

UntitledSeattle—Bamboo Hardwoods, an industry leader of bamboo flooring and panel products, celebrated its 20th year of providing innovative products and service with the launch of a new product line at The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015. Bamboo Hardwoods also celebrated with a VIP Distributor Appreciation event Thursday, Jan. 22 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

“Our greatest measure of success is our satisfied customers,” said David Keegan, chief operating officer of Bamboo Hardwoods. “We have many customers who have been with us for years, so this milestone presents a great opportunity to thank and celebrate them. We began as a local retailer and have grown into a national manufacturer working with distributors and partners around the world. We are honored to be celebrating alongside the people who helped get us here.”

Bamboo Hardwoods’ newest line, Manor, is an engineered, strand-woven line of bamboo flooring that is ideally suited within markets where a traditional look is preferred and features a wire-brushed, hand-scraped texture. Manor’s multi-ply core and backing makes it extremely durable and is available in six different styles.

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Nightlife: Vegas after dark

January 19/26, 2015; Volume 28/Number 15

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.33.16 PMWorking your way around the massive International Surface Event will be exhausting. At the end of the day, if you have the energy, you’ll want to see what Las Vegas has to offer in the most relaxing way possible. Focus on perfecting your business schedule; FCNews has compiled a list just for you of places to go, things to see and food to eat.

Let’s eat!

You’re sick of the same old options and want to try something notable while you’re in town. The amount of dining options in Las Vegas is overwhelming—let FCNews help you narrow them down. There is something for every palette and every budget in Sin City. While your feet may be tired from walking the show, your stomach has some exploring to do.

Jacks ($)

Social House – Crystals at City Center (Asian)

Social House is an original Pan-Asian restaurant with an upbeat feel, inspiring cuisine and a sake menu that is unparalleled. For afternoon dining, a $20 lunch prix fixe menu is available. Dinner is served until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The lounge is open for night owls.

Julian Serrano – Aria (Spanish)

More affordable than its sister restaurant, Picasso, Julian Serrano features an impressive yet classy menu from its chef with the same name. Menu favorites include “new style tapas” and a variety of takes on the classic Spanish dish paella. Open daily until 11 p.m. (11:30 on Friday and Saturday), a special three-course early evening menu is available for $39 until 7 p.m.

Queens ($$)

Wicked Spoon – The Cosmopolitan (Eclectic)

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.33.40 PMWicked Spoon is the upper-end version of the Vegas buffet, tossing out the usual options and replacing them with innovative foods that create excitement. Consider pad Thai in Chinese takeout boxes and fried chicken in mini fryers. The dining selections are limitless at Wicked Spoon, with brunch, dinner and happy hour offered daily.

RX Boiler Room – Mandalay Bay (New American)

New at the Mandalay Bay, RX Boiler Room comes from celebrity chef Rick Moonen and features his take on classic comfort foods. The restaurant has a playful feel, with a menu called the “Nourishment Chart” that consists of “substances necessary for growth, health, happiness and comfort.” Small bites are offered in addition to a full range of entrees including steak, seafood and specialties like pan fried game hen and waffles. RX Boiler Room is open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Kings ($$$)

Veranda – Four Seasons (Italian)

Highlighting authentic Italian cuisine with contemporary influences, Veranda offers a vast selection of homemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood and more. In addition, Veranda’s lunch menu features Italian classics mixed with American cuisine. Afternoon tea is available Monday through Friday from

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. with an extensive list of teas to choose from in addition to tea sandwiches and pastries. Reservations for tea must be made 24 hours in advance.

Joël Robuchon Restaurant – MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (French)

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.33.46 PMIf you win big, this is where you want to dine. The only chef Joël Robuchon fine dining restaurant in the U.S., Joël Robuchon Restaurant in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is the first and only 3 star Michelin Guide winner in Las Vegas. Limited seating creates the most intimate dining experience; reservations are highly recommended. Dinner is served nightly starting at 5:30 p.m. serving only the finest French cuisine, including truffled langoustine ravioli and farm chicken and foie gras.

I love the nightlife

Make the most of your time in Vegas. Working all day means some fun at night. There are plenty of great shows and activities not far from Mandalay Bay, many with special mid-week pricing. Act now—a lot of tickets are selling fast, and some shows may never come to town again.

I’ve got the music in me

Elton John

It will require a drive down the strip, but seeing Sir Elton John perform his classics will be well worth the trip. He will be performing at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace as part of his Million Dollar Piano tour. Shows will take place on multiple nights during Surfaces week starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show

With widespread popularity in Australia, Human Nature has traveled to Las Vegas to give a sample of its vocal stylings to the American public. The harmonies of the four members— Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney—create the sound of Motown loved by many, performing hits such as “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” with a six-piece live band. Performances start at 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and are each 90 minutes long. Tickets start at about $74.

Paying homage

Vegas! The Show

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.33.54 PMA tribute to Las Vegas legends, “Vegas! The Show” is a 75-minute revue performed twice nightly at the Saxe Theatre at Planet Hollywood. The show reenacts and highlights iconic moments from Vegas’ entertainment history through the performances of 40 singers and dancers and 11 musicians. Featured artists include The Rat Pack, Elvis and Tom Jones. Tickets start at $40. Dinner and show ticket options are available as well.

Piano Man

Piano legends Elton John, Billy Joel and Barry Manilow are honored in this revue at the V3 Theater in Planet Hollywood. Enjoy 75 minutes of classics like “Uptown Girl,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Copacabana.” Performances take place daily (except Sunday) at 5:30 p.m. VIP ticket options are available featuring prime seating.

Only in Vegas

The Beatles Revolution Lounge at The Mirage

A nightlife experience created by Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles Revolution Lounge takes guests on a musical journey in a psychedelic sensory environment. Not only does it blend cutting-edge interactive design and art, but the sounds make for a celebration of music that transcends the Fab Four. DJs spin rock-centric mixes with hip-hop and house beats as well as ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and contemporary dance mash-ups.

Now what?

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.34.02 PMStill have some time to explore and have fun? Good! Las Vegas is the perfect place to try new things and see sites that don’t exist anywhere else. Relax, play daredevil or just do something cool. You name it, Vegas has it.

The Chandelier – The Cosmopolitan

Open 24 hours, The Chandelier is a three-level bar that is actually part nightclub, part art gallery and part lounge. The bottom of The Chandelier is more high energy, an upper-end version of a classic casino bar. Inside The Chandelier at the second level is an upscale cocktail lounge, while the very top has a softer, relaxed side.

Shark Reef – Mandalay Bay

Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay is home to over 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water. The exhibit is open daily, Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are available online and through the Mandalay Bay hotel. If you want to get up-close and personal with the animals, Animal Encounters features stingray feeds, sea turtle feeds and shark feeds available for booking as well. In addition, the Dive with Sharks program is open to dive-certified guests.

Dream Racing

A fun option for guests who have some extra time in Vegas, Dream Racing is located 20 minutes north of The Strip at the Las Vegas Motorway. Those participating in the Race Car Driving Experience, where you can drive laps in a Ferrari F430 GT, receive complimentary transportation from Crystals at City Center. Driving “experiences” offer a number of dream car options, including a Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren mp4-12c, Mercedes SLS AMG, Porsche Cayman GTS and more. Visit or call 702.605.3000 for more details, including pricing and available dates.

Bathhouse Spa – Delano

You deserve to relax. If you’re staying at any of the hotels adjacent to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center you don’t have to travel for some top-notch relaxation. The Bathhouse Spa in the new Delano Las Vegas—formerly The Hotel—includes steam rooms, saunas and treatment rooms where you can enjoy a full menu of services including wraps, facials and massages.