The Annual Starnet Design Awards have been written and submitted! We were able to submit on 5 of our fabulous projects from 2014 that included several of our preferred Starnet Vendors. Stay tuned for details, project descriptions and photographs.
Hard floors can be cold and uninviting. If you have hard floors in your business, you know how important area rugs are.
ISE has a solution to warm your space up by adding a soft touch of color using Masland Contract Flooring Area Rugs.
We can order in eight different patterns with several color choices. We would love to sit down with you and show you samples and talk about your needs.
The ideal businesses we would love to warm up are commercial office spaces, executive suites, conference areas and any business common areas.
As we wrote about in an earlier blog, Interior Surface was privileged to be a part of the Ronald McDonald House remodel project several months ago of which several contractors, designers and industry businesses came together to make it happen.
“We transformed the restrooms from dull and outdated to cheerful and bright—helping create a positive space for the families of the Ronald McDonald House, ” said Don Planinshek, tile division project manager for Interior Surface.
You can read more about the project since we were recently mentioned in several industry publications:
The Flooring Contractor – http://digitaladmin.bnpmedia.
FCI – Floor Covering Installer – http://www.fcimag.com/
FCICA – Floor Contractors Association – https://www.fcica.com/press-
Floor Trends “Talk Floor” – http://www.floortrendsmag.
ISE is one of three certified installation companies of this product in the Kansas City marketplace. Why is this special certification required? There are specialized tools required to properly install the product that require training for the manufacturer warranty.
There are products available for walls or floors. Come into our showroom to see samples of products and to talk to Don about using this product in your space!
Interior Surface recently finished the remodel on the Price Chopper in Stanley to provide an upscale environment where customers could come and receive the benefits of specialty foods prepared and packaged in the convenience of their local grocery store.
The color pallet is mostly warm making the shopper feel at home. There are several custom mural tiles in the specialty areas of Popcorn and Deli that really make the areas unique.
The flooring selections are not sterile or typical of a standard grocery store. Creativity and fun design elements were added to the mix. There is even flooring on the ceiling on the clouds in the Natural Food section.
What do you do with old carpet? You would be surprised at the applications!
At Interior Surface Enterprises, we are concerned about the environment. With the demolition we do to prepare our clients’ floors for new carpeting, we end up with a lot of preused carpet. If you are concerned about the environment, like we are, you’ll be pleased with the sustainability industry and the companies that are utilizing carpeting fibers for other purposes.
Take GeoHay, for example – a company out of South Carolina, who uses pre and post consumer carpet material and utilizes it for water management, erosion and sediment control.
Specific applications include: slopes, boundary protection, industrial runoff, dam and ditch checks, curb inlet filtering, and demolition capture. The uses are endless – construction sites, golf courses, city and state roadways and construction, etc.
Champion Polymer Recycling is another sustainability company in Kentucky which buys 150 tons or plastic resins to meet the manufacturing needs of their parent company, Infiltrator Systems – the leading manufacturer of drainage chambers for septic and stormwater management.
As one of America’s top recyclers, they put millions of pounds of scrap polyolefin resins to use in their environmentally friendly products each year.
Also, Infiltrator Systems’ efforts to fund university research has allowed for a much better understanding of the long-term performance of onsite wastewater systems. Over the years, they have funded more private sector onsite wastewater research projects than any other company in the country.
We continue to hear how the recycling industry is finding ways to reutilize carpet fiber and make the impact greater for our environment. What have you learned about recycling preused flooring?
If you want to be more conscious of the environment yet have amazing carpet you’ll love our featured product by Invision. It’s a blend of quality yarns, “excess from previous manufacturing runs.” The yarn is kept out of landfills and blended together to produce beautiful carpet.
Two products Invision has created are:
- Philosophy is an irregular linear design with a soft appearance and organic quality that mimics the loose and naturally uneven texture of handcrafted textiles.
- Conviction incorporates larger and more structured stripes for a more tailored look with a bolder geometric impact.
For more information on this select product, you can go to Invision to see more about this uniquely manufactured product and contact us at Interior Surface. We’re always here to answer your questions and to help you see how this product can work for your business.
As an alternative to a traditional high school, DeLaSalle Education Center serves as “A tuition-free, charter high school in Kansas City. DeLaSalle gives students who are underserved a chance to improve their learning and life skills, stimulate their potential, and fulfill their promise.”
Giving students a more modern school setting, DeLaSalle educates while revitalizing the neighborhood. This project has created quite an impact on the community and has received a nomination for the 2014 Cornerstone Award, presented by the KC Economic Development Council.
Named after a community leader and Co-Founder of DeLSalle, the new Norman O. Sanders Wing features upbeat bright colors of carpet tile complemented by the neutral tones of Armstrong Striations. Striations, an eco-friendly bio-based tile, is used in the hallways and classrooms to promote good indoor environmental air quality.
Another eco-friendly option, Johnsonite hammered rubber flooring, is used in the Early Education center. This product was selected for its durable and functional multi-use ability. To soften acoustics, carpeting is used in the Library and offices. Pulling together all spaces of the new wing, the designers chose a linear pattern that fades in and out, mimicking lines from the pre-existing structure. DeLaSalle’s new design and refreshed façade is expected to make its students proud while engaging the surrounding community.
Photography by Chad Jackson.
What can you do with fishing nets when they’re past their prime? They can be recycled into an eco-friendly product . . . carpet, creating sustainability at the same time.
Yarn supplier, Aquafil, has pioneered ways to supply their partner, Interface, with recycled waste nylon from many sources, including yarn reclaimed through end of life fishing nets recovered from the fishing industry supply chain. The program is called Net-Works and it helps everyone from the fisherman to the customer at the other end.
The nets are collected by villagers in Danajon Bank, an over-fished and polluted reef area in the in Philippines. For every 5.5 pounds of net collected, the villagers can buy about 2 pounds of rice. After the nets are collected in communities, they are baled and shipped to Aquafil in Slovenia. They are mixed together with all kinds of other waste nylon and transformed into 100% recycled yarn in Italy.
Mr. Giulio Bonazzi, CEO of Aquafil stated “. . . we get the chance to recover waste material that perfectly fits our ECONYL Regeneration System. But what really excites and motivates us, is that we foster societal change among the fishers of the Philippines while improving their everyday conditions. It is not only a revolution in business or in supply chain, it is a whole change in mentality that involves suppliers, communities, producers and the final customers.”
We can all work together for sustainability, to make our planet a better place to live and create business that works for everyone – all that and beautiful carpet, too.