Super Stars at the International Surfaces Event

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Flooring manufacturers brought their “A” game to the Surfaces Trade Show in Las Vegas this past January. Covering the show adequately equated to walking a marathon, but it was certainly well worth it. I am happy to share some highlights with you:

Lauzon Flooring – A smart floor called Pure Genius that purifies the air? Can this be true? Yes it is, and it was highlighted at the show by Lauzon. Here’s what they said about their new introduction: Pure Genius floors work constantly without any loss of performance over time. It is activated by light, and the active nanoparticles in Pure Genius decompose VOC’s in the air and convert them to harmless molecules. That’s pretty impressive, especially since Lauzon says it makes the air in your home up to 85% purer over time. Products that perform double-duty are much in demand in the world of flooring design. Expect this one to be at the top of the list.

Karndean Design Floors – Karndean’s booth at Surfaces was a strong draw. They chose TISE to preview their newly re-designed DaVinci collection. The launch is scheduled for this spring and highlighted by 12 planks and 10 stones. Moving away from a tailored, traditional look, the new DaVinci captures the best of vintage, reclaimed wood looks. This is a design direction that is gaining momentum and (added bonus) works as well with contemporary interiors as well as traditional. High character LVP woods with aged-looks bring the best of the past to the here and now. 48” x 7” planks capture the look of woods gently aged by nature over time.

Nourison – As always, Nourison and Nourtex broadloom did not disappoint. The US made Hagaman line in particular featured 80% new styles made mostly from natural fibers. Nourison plays artfully with a neutral palette and creates softly dramatic geometrics for their carpets. Line, shape, form are the building blocks of their broadloom styles. The bar is set high every year by Nourison, and what I experienced was carpet focused on artistic styling.

Mannington – This is a BIG year for Mannington—celebrating their 100 year anniversary in business, they were a major presence at TISE. This company can do it all: carpet, LVT/LVP, hardwood, rubber floors, VCT, laminate, sheet vinyl. This certainly positions them as a leader in the industry. This year, I saw a focus on new LVT/LVP styles with 92 new SKU’s being introduced. Their marketing strategy is to offer customers a comprehensive package of floor coverings, and they do that very well. Befitting of their 100 year celebration, they introduced “Centennial” a retro-inspired vinyl floor that gives a modern interpretation to mid-century designs. Patterns are well-named and inspire the customer to take a closer look at Penny Lane, Filigree, Empire and Chaumont.

Of course this article is just a teaser for anyone searching for the latest, greatest new introductions in floor coverings. There was so much more debuted that deserves attention. But to see any of these amazing floors mentioned in this article, I encourage you to go online to the manufacturers’ websites. They are so new, it may be a few months before you can see them in person at your local retailer’s showroom, but take heart, they are definitely on the way!



txstyle-homepage-300x231(CALHOUN, GA – DECEMBER, 2008) – Mannington Commercial is searching for the most promising rising talent in design who will compete to win the creation of their own carpet collection plus a $7,500 cash prize. Launching December 1, tx:style is a design challenge for certified architects and designers with no more than seven years professional experience, and it uses the favorite tool of their generation—the internet—in a unique online interface with voters who will decide the top honors.

“tx:style was born from the successful collaboration Mannington Commercial had this past year with 25-year-old Kaitlin Phelps, which yielded the fashion-forward and stylish Adorn collection,” said Natalie Jones, Vice President, Commercial Brand Development and Creative Product. “We realized there is a whole new crop of untested talent who are bursting with fresh ideas and thinking, and who, like Kaitlin, deserve a showcase for their work. We created tx:style to help bring these promising stars into the spotlight and acknowledge their future potential.”

According to Jones, while online competitions are nothing new these days, tx:style utilizes the concept of a social networking Web site to encourage the entire A+D community not only to vote, but also offer their own comments and opinions on the submissions. “The A+D community is at the heart of our business and with the limitless reach of the World Wide Web, we believe tx:style will be the most exciting and effective way to involve them in the design process.”

Via a dedicated online portal,, contestants will have until February 6 to upload their design ideas for a new commercial carpet pattern. They’ll be invited to submit, as well, accompanying visuals and personal written statements that help articulate what inspired and fueled their concepts. Online voting to determine five tx:style finalists will be conducted through February 15. Then, these top five designers will attend a weekend seminar at Mannington’s Calhoun, GA, headquarters, where they will have the opportunity to work with the experts, tweaking and refining the product samples that the company will develop based on their submissions. In late April, photos of the actual product samples will be posted to the Web site, where Mannington will once again rely on the design community to vote for its top choice. Additionally, at NeoCon 2009, the samples will be on view in the Mannington Commercial showroom, and voting will continue through the first day of the show, with the tx:style grand prize winner announced the following day, June 16, at a showroom reception honoring all of the finalists. In addition to presenting the grand prize award, each finalist will receive $3,000.

To enter Mannington Commercial’s tx:style competition, or to view the submissions and cast your vote, visit

Mannington Commercial has distinguished itself as one of North America’s premier manufacturers of high quality floor covering designs encompassing both soft and hard surfaces. Its deep range of choices in both categories is unparalleled. A leading voice in sustainability, the company is relentless in pursuing innovative measures to improve closing the recycling loop—reducing the waste streams from the manufacturing process while reusing waste materials. For more information visit