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Perkins Eastman, ForrestPerkins Join Forces


DALLAS—ForrestPerkins announced that it will combine practices with international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman effective January 1, 2016. The combined practice will enhance the ability of both firms to expand their reach in luxury hospitality and residential projects worldwide while continuing to provide the high level of design and client service for which both firms are known. The combined international firm will total almost 1,000 employees.

MDC Expands Unique Effects Collection


CHICAGO—Expanding its Unique Effects Collection with two new styles—Banana Bark and Jacinthe—MDC, the leading wallcovering and design solutions company, offers hospitality interiors the luxury of hand-woven, sustainably sourced goods for the wall. “The new styles are special gifts from Mother Nature,” said Dan Brandt, Product Manager at MDC. “Not only are Banana Bark and Jacinthe beautiful in their design, but even more so, they’re beautiful because of where they come from and how they’re made. Every installation is truly unique.”

Green Seal Expands Standard for Paints, Coatings, Stains, Finishes


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Seal, the nation’s first independent nonprofit certifier of sustainable products and services, has introduced a revised version of its GS-11 Standard that is expanded to cover most types of architectural coatings on the market today.

Hyatt Place Chicago-South Awarded LEED Gold


CHICAGO—The Olympia Companies and SMART Hotels LLC announced that Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center in Chicago’s iconic Hyde Park neighborhood has been awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the New Construction category. The hotel is the first Hyatt Place in the world to be LEED Gold certified. The property was designed by Legat Architects, one of the leading green design firms in the Midwest, and built by William A. Randolph Construction Co. The Olympia Companies, an innovative privately-owned real estate company specializing in hotel investment, development and management, partnered with SMART Hotels LLC to develop the 131-room Hyatt Place Chicago-South/ University Medical Center. “This certification from USGBC is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to the Hyde Park community and the city of Chicago,” said Mike Zimmerman, Vice President of Development at The Olympia Companies, which also manages the property. “Providing a sustainable, environmentally sensitive hotel facility is good for our guests, our employees and our neighbors. We are thrilled to be able to share this news with them all.”

Arborite, Wilsonart Support Save a Sample! Program


MONTREAL—Arborite, a manufacturer of high pressure laminate, and Wilsonart, a leading manufacturer of decorative engineered surfaces for more than 50 years, announced their combined sponsorship at the platinum level of the Save a Sample! program. Save a Sample! provides a second life for unused brochures, samples, fabrics, and finish cards by delivering them to design schools and students for use in their projects and design work. Arborite and Wilsonart’s combined platinum level sponsorship aids Save a Sample! in its mission to continue to help budding designers as well as the environment.

Companies Team Up to Support Publicolor Summer Design Studio


DALTON, GA.—Recognizing the importance of education, Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company, Suzanne Tick Inc. and Antron Carpet Fiber, have teamed up to support the Publicolor Summer Design Studio. The Summer Design Studio is an innovative work-study program that utilizes a non-traditional curriculum emphasizing tactile learning experiences. The combination of project-based learning, community service and paid work opportunities provide a compilation of meaningful summer activities for youth who otherwise would be idle when the school year ends in June.

DIFFA Takes Specify with Care Initiative on the Road


NEW YORK—DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is bringing its Specify With Care (SWC) cause-related marketing program on the road this fall. The initiative invites companies to donate a percentage of sales from designated collections to benefit DIFFA in its fight against HIV/AIDS. Specify With Care affiliate products will be displayed at both NeoCon East in Philadelphia (October 28 to 29, Booth #100-A) and BDNY in New York City (November 8 to 9, Booth #178). Current participating affiliates include Blanco, Bolon, Ege, Maya Romanoff, Laufen and Wolf Gordon.

Designtex Adds New Collection of Wallcoverings, Upholstery


NEW YORK—Designtex’s new Shibori Collection is inspired by the Ancient Japanese tie-dyeing technique of the same name. This collection brings colorways derived from the pigments of natural dyes and handmade paper for a fresh take on a Japanese tradition. The digital printing for this collection is done at Designtex’s Surface Imaging facility in Portland, Maine that is comprised of a team of artists, craftspeople and technologists.

Landscape Forms Expands Chipman Line for Terrace Life


KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Landscape Forms announces the addition of two new products to its successful Chipman line, part of the company’s Terrace Life group of lifestyle furnishings for terraces, rooftop gardens and other private and protected spaces. The new Chipman stool and standing height table, like the IDEA award winning Chipman chair and companion dining and lounge tables, showcase landscape architect Robert Chipman’s deft hand at sculptural form.

Resource Furniture Goes Outdoors at WestEdge Design Fair


LOS ANGELES—Resource Furniture, named Best in Show for Furniture by ASID Los Angeles at WestEdge Design Fair 2014, will once again unveil their latest offerings at the show. From October 22 to 25 at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif., WestEdge visitors will be the first to see the latest additions to the Resource Furniture collection of indoor and now outdoor furniture while experiencing Norwegian landscapes through the Nature wallcovering collection.

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