Archive for June, 2008

The Green, Beige & Beyond of Tile & Stone

By danielle

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Last time we were at Davis & Warshow it was for the fabulous Dialogue on Design series of seminars. This time, it was for an ongoing project called Show Snapshots, which was created to bring the latest news and trends, plus developments in sustainable design, from the leading trade expositions to A+D professionals who were unable to attend the show but want a first-hand recap with an editorial perspective. For part 1, William Menking, editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, took us on a virtual tour of Coverings 2008, the premier international trade show for ceramic tile and stone, and discussed the Green, Beige (and Brown) & Beyond of Tile & Stone. His witty personality and in-depth knowledge of the industry were refreshing (as was the tasty fare served before and after the seminar!)

Upcoming snapshots include: GreenBuild 2008 with Metropolis and K/BIS 2009 with Interior Design. Now here are some snapshots of our own:

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NeoCon 2008

By danielle

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We’re taking inspiration from the one-and-only David Letterman and producing our own top ten list. We so creatively call it:

The Top Ten Great Things at NeoCon 2008:

10. Finally figuring out the elevator situation in the Merchandise Mart
9. Eating our way through Chicago (pizza, Pot Belly sandwiches…)
8. Flying into O’Hare without any delays
7. Taking home all the fabulous free show bags
6. Reading all three days of the NeoCon Show Daily cover to cover
5. Going to karaoke with the Contract team
4. Hobnobbing at all the parties including Interior Design’s Industry Giants
3. Listening to and learning from top industry professionals on topics such as trends, LEED certifications, eco-innovations, high-performance products, etc.
2. Seeing the newly designed showrooms including the Allsteel space designed by HOK Chicago, Invista’s green showroom, and Knoll’s expanded showroom and LEED-certified workplace (did I mention it was Knoll’s 70th anniversary?!?)
1. Discovering who took home the Best of NeoCon Awards (You can view the products at http://www.contract-network.com)

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A familiar sight – all the big names including Herman Miller, Steelcase and Allsteel line up their 18-wheelers in front of the Merchandise Mart for the three day show.

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Around the mart – from showrooms to seminars.

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The mart was full of fresh new products for the contract market. Pictured above are innovations from Designtex, IdeaPaint, Coallese, Panelite, Knoll Textiles and HON.

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Allsteel’s President Eugene Sung and VP of Design and Workplace Resources Jan Johnson (pictured together in the bottom right) have a lot to smile about. The company’s newly designed showroom was jam-packed with people and the new Acuity chair won the Silver Best of NeoCon Award for Seating.