CaraGreen will be exhibiting Durat, ECOfusion and TorZo at NeoCon in Chicago, June 10-12. NeoCon is North America's largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with CEU-accredited seminars, quality keynote speakers and more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors. CaraGreen's booth will feature a Durat tub, sink and table top, both horizontal and vertical applications of TorZo, and ECOfusion strand woven bamboo flooring. We're on the 8th floor, booth 8110. Please stop by and see us if you plan to be at the show!
We are pleased to announce that we have a new representative for Durat and Meld sustainable surfaces in the Houston, San Antonio and Austin markets, Fenson Associates. Owner, Susan Fenson, has over twenty-two years of experience in the contract furnishings industry, with eleven years as a Senior Architecture and Design Representative for Teknion and eleven years as an Account Manager for Steelcase, Haworth and Kimball dealers.
With Fenson Associates, Susan ensures that her clients have a wide array of design driven, sustainable, innovative and flexible product solutions for today's changing workplace. She consults with designers and architects on corporate, education, hospitality, healthcare and government projects.
Susan is a LEED AP and has participated on numerous LEED projects. She partners with manufacturers who are committed to protecting the environment and following DfE practices. Susan is a member of IIDA, NEWH, USGBC and a supporter of the City of Houston’s Green Resource Center. She has a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas, Austin. If you’re in the Houston, San Antonio, or Austin area and would like more information on Durat or Meld products, please contact Fenson Associates.
In October, CaraGreen exhibited Durat at NeoCon East in Baltimore. Two representatives from Durat, Heikki Karppinen and Katerina Baranovskaja, came from Finland for the show. We launched Durat’s new tabletop program in which you can get tops made from their signature sustainable solid surface material in numerous sizes of round, square, and rectangular shapes and in over 60 colors. The table program interested designers working in industries from hospitality to healthcare. Durat’s vibrant booth with its lime green bathtub and Raita striped bench stood out on the show floor. And, our custom made Durat “Jenga” set challenged and entertained visitors. Thanks to everyone that stopped by our booth!
In October, the current USGBC Triangle Board of Directors elected officers for the 2013 Triangle Branch Leadership Group and State Board of Directors. The group elected CaraGreen’s Business Development Manager, Kim Wike, for two positions: Secretary of the Triangle Branch and Representative to the State, which she will hold for two years.
CaraGreen has been a member of the USGBC since 2007 and is a sponsor of the Triangle USGBC for 2012, so we are delighted that Kim is active in the organization. The structure of the Triangle Chapter will change starting in 2013, when they will become the Triangle Branch. And, the Triangle Chapter has merged with the Charlotte and Triad Chapters to create a State-wide chapter.
In her position on the State Board, Kim will be responsible for development and oversight of the strategic plan for the chapter and ensuring its alignment with the organization's mission. For the Triangle Branch, she will be responsible for the implementation of that plan.
Kim began volunteering with the USGBC on the Emerging Professionals (EP) Committee in 2007. She then became the EP Communications Committee Co Chair in 2009-2011 and served on the Triangle Chapter Board for 1 year in 2011. In 2012, she moved to the Chapter Communications Committee Chair where she was responsible for all emails and event promotions within and outside the chapter. We are proud of Kim and congratulate her on her new positions! To read more about Kim, click here.
The rendering above is a sneak peek at Durat's colorful booth which will be on display at NeoCon East this year. Held in Baltimore, MD on October 17th and 18th, NeoCon East is the premier design exposition and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast. Durat’s booth will explore the versatility of the sustainable solid surface material from form to color. A vanity with sink, tub, tabletop, and seamed sheets will all be part of the display, along with samples of the spectrum of colors Durat comes in. Durat will join over 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest interior products and innovations in the market. If you plan to be at the show, please stop by and see the booth!
Durat booth design by Cassy Lindahl and SitzerSpuria Studios
To be produced by SitzerSpuria Inc
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CaraGreen has a new addition to our eco-friendly product portfolio, Oceanside Glasstile. Oceanside tile is made from recycled glass from both pre- and post-consumer sources. Recycled content varies by color, but most have between 30% and 70% recycled content, though it goes as high as 97%. Oceanside recycles over two million pounds of post-consumer bottle glass each year in manufacturing. And, they implemented a co-processing partnership to almost completely eliminate their manufacturing waste from going to a landfill. They are committed to ongoing process advancements and environmental stewardship.
Oceanside Glasstile is a handcrafted artisan product that comes in a range of sizes, from small mosaics to generous rectangular and square tiles. Many specialty shapes, decorative pieces, and trim pieces are available. And, Oceanside Glasstile is available in every hue of the rainbow and comes in iridescent, non-iridescent, and matte finishes. Oceanside Glasstile can be used for walls, showers, countertops, and some floor applications. For more information on Oceanside Glasstile, contact CaraGreen.
Diane Zabiela, of Ethos Sustainable Finishes, will now represent Durat and Meld in the New York market. Diane is a seasoned interior designer with an extensive career in commercial and residential design in both the domestic and international arena. Educated in New York City, she practiced her trade there for many years and more recently in the Philadelphia area. Diane has been passionate about environmental issues from early on in her academic education and throughout her professional career. She has been an advocate for incorporating sustainable building materials in projects. And, now she will segue into representing these products to the A&D community. If you're in New York and would like more information on Durat or Meld, please contact Diane.
Our product representative in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, A Materials Konnection, Inc. (AMK) has hired Ilaina Clement to help support the Baltimore and Annapolis, MD areas. Ilaina, a native of Pennsylvania and Penn State graduate, recently moved to Baltimore from Connecticut where she worked with a New England firm, which represents many of the same lines as AMK, Inc. Ilaina is looking forward to becoming a trusted resource for the Maryland design community. If you are in DC, MD, or VA, and would like information on Durat, Meld, or TorZo, contact AMK, Inc.
CaraGreen now represents TorZo Sustainable Surfaces in DC and Maryland. The additional territory comes as a result of CaraGreen’s success with the product in NC, SC, GA, TN, VA, and FL. CaraGreen has secured specifications in projects ranging from corporate offices to restaurants. Sales Manager, Lisa Feldman commented “We are more enthusiastic than ever about TorZo’s products. They have a stellar sustainability profile, interesting aesthetic, and the company continually innovates.” TorZo sheet goods are manufactured from agricultural by-products, such as sorghum straw and wheat, as well as recycled wood. Their proprietary acrylic infusion process transforms these sheets into hard and very durable surface material suitable for horizontal or vertical applications in both commercial and residential environments. TorZo will take part in the Design Expo at the AIA National Convention in Washington DC next month. Stop by their booth, #1808, and see their materials firsthand. Or, for more more information on TorZo, contact us.