Submitted by Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; Chair Holder, Color Marketing Group
Scouting out innovative new design products is something I love to do, not only to keep my own design library fresh and current, but to share with other designers and YOU. To-the-trade publications are one way to read up on hot new products, and that has always been a great resource. But professional designers take it further. ASID designers are required to earn continuing education credits every year, in order to maintain their standing in the American Society of Interior Designers. That mandate is important because design is an ever-changing landscape. You can NEVER know everything that’s out there, but dedicating time to learning and researching new products is a great way to stay current.
I have another resource available to me, and that is attending floor covering trade shows. Sometimes I am an invited guest speaker for education days, but mostly, I get to cruise the shows as a designer/writer on the search for innovative products— products to use in my own designs and (thanks to WFCA), to share with you. That’s how I discovered Pedross USA.
Think of the myriad of floor coverings available in the marketplace: hardwoods, laminates, luxury vinyl planks and tiles, cork, bamboo—and the list goes on. The success of any design lies in the details. Finding matching trim pieces, base moldings, and nosings for stairs, has always been a huge challenge. Here’s a good example: I received an e-mail from a design specification firm in Las Vegas working on a set of model homes. They had chosen a beautiful weathered-wood plank luxury vinyl floor for the entire downstairs of four carriage style homes (three levels), but couldn’t find finish pieces to trim the stairs. The entire design hinged on these beautiful, aged wood-look planks, but the designers were at a stalemate not knowing how to finish the staircases. They were considering switching the flooring material to hardwood, which would put them over budget and result in a very unhappy builder client.
The solution was to order made-to-match stair treads and nosings, which ended up matching the floors perfectly. Finally, there is a company that recognized a huge gap in the floor accessory market and filled it. They manufacture a complete range of flooring profiles, stair treads, risers, transitions, and moldings in cork, bamboo, LVT or wood. Did that register? A full range of flooring solutions! It’s big news and I’m happy to share it. One more thing: they are masters at digital printing. They can create customized moldings in leather looks, animal prints, 3-D designs, or whatever you dream up. They even created a 3-D coffee-bean impression molding for a chain of coffee shops. You can see their gallery of products at www.pedrossusa.com.
Pedross originated in Italy (those Italians are pretty ingenious, capishe?) and their North American HQ is in Arkansas. For a distributor or flooring professional that carries the line, feel free to contact Pedross directly (toll free) at 855-306-4611. (Note: Retailers carrying this line include Alliance Flooring, Carpet One and select Abbey dealers.) If you go back to Pedross’ Italian roots, this company is 54 years old and operates in 49 countries. That’s a pretty good resume and, I have to say it, one remarkable discovery.
For more information on flooring visit the World Floor Covering Association’s Consumer Carpet & Flooring Guide.