• Barthélemy appointed Tarkett CEO

      PARIS—Tarkett’s supervisory board has appointed Fabrice Barthélemy as CEO and chairman of the management board. Barthélemy has been a member of Tarkett’s management board since 2008 in his role as the group’s chief financial officer from 2008 to 2017, then as president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America divisions. Since September 2018, he has also served as interim chairman of the management board. Barthélemy possesses unique

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    • Havwoods International adds Velour finish

      Havwoods International, an engineered hardwood flooring manufacturer, has added Valour finish to its offering. The new finish is said to provide superior abrasion, scratch and impact-resistant properties that extends the life and appearance of hardwood flooring. According to the company, the UV oil finish excels in scratch resistance, color fastness, hardness and sustainability, delivering a natural raw oil look with eco-friendly durability. The FSC-certified and Cradle-to-Cradle certified-bronze Valour coating underwent

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    • Havwoods International to open first Canadian showroom

      Toronto—Engineered hardwood supplier Havwoods International has announced plans to open the global brand’s first Canadian showroom in March of 2019. The 1,600-square-foot showroom will welcome designers, architects, developers, specifiers and homeowners at its convenient location in the heart of Old Town Toronto’s King East Design District.  To meet the growing demand for engineered hardwood products in the Toronto market, Havwoods International found a prime location in the district to supply consumers with the

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    • Interface launches Second Story carpet tiles

      Atlanta—Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has launched Second Story carpet tiles, with color palettes ranging from pure tonal to multi-hued yarns with light, medium and dark values. Playing on the concept of individual perception, Interface’s Second Story collection is a study in how textures can transform the experience of a space in a highly nuanced way, the company said. The four patterns in this collection, Sublet, Duplex, Classic Seven and Brownstone, connect to one another through

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    • Coverings calls for top projects, emerging leaders in tile & stone

      Arlington, Va.—Coverings, the largest international tile & stone show in North America, is now accepting submissions for both the 2019 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and 2019 Rock Stars Awards. Both programs honor the best and brightest within tile and stone, underscoring Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry. “Coverings is proud to build awareness for — and foster relationships with — the best in

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    • Bolon Launches Diversity Collection

      Now under the leadership of its third generation, Bolon celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. In celebration, the company has launched its 2019 collection, Diversity, celebrates variation, participation and inspiration. Diversity is an anticipated addition to Bolon’s portfolio. The collection creates opportunities to play with the patterns and give different floor areas of a hotel or an office space a distinctive look, without compromising on the overall impression, said Marie

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    • Tarkett Launches FlightPath, AirSpace collections

      Tarkett has introduced FlightPath and AirSpace designed by Jhane Barnes, a soft surface collection featuring Powerbond and modular tiles offering flooring solutions for office, education and hospitality spaces. For designer Jhane Barnes, FlightPath and AirSpace were first inspired by the lines and angles of intersecting flight paths on an air traffic map, according to the company. This aesthetic inspiration quickly evolved into a flooring design — one that could simplify

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    • Durkan unveils Symbiotic carpet collection

      Calhoun, Ga.—Durkan’s new Symbiotic hospitality carpet collection features a juxtaposition of organic and geometric elements through the smooth, scrawling script of written text and the sharp contrast of light hitting the meticulously faceted edges of gemstones. “The weaving and blending of these two very different elements create a bold interaction and lavish, layered palette of texture, contrast and color,” said Meg Turner, the designer of Symbiotic and 2017 grand prize

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    • Tarkett unifies brands under Tarkett name

      Solon, Ohio—Tarkett North America will transition its sub-brands of Johnsonite, Tandus Centiva, Desso and Lexmark to Tarkett, according to the company. The company said it will be transitioning collateral over the ensuing months. The integration, the company said, is a natural progression that will enable Tarkett North America to continue creating great spaces and better align its segment expertise in commercial, residential and hospitality spaces under a single brand. Tarkett North America will

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    • Mohawk launches Red List-free Pivot Point flooring

      Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk’s Pivot Point Red List-free enhanced resilient tile holds Living Product Challenge Petal Certification and is manufactured using alternative chemistry. Design and color draw inspiration from natural materials and biophilic influences, the company said. “Pivot Point is aptly named because it is one of a suite of Living Products that demonstrates how Mohawk continues to move in new directions in sustainable flooring,” said George Bandy Jr., vice president of

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