ASID Releases Comprehensive Research Study on the Impact of Design in the Workplace

(December 14, 2017— Washington, D.C.) The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) completed a full spectrum of pre- and post-occupancy research on its new Washington, D.C. headquarters. The research shows how workplace design positively influences health, wellness, employee satisfaction, and work performance.
“We’re proud to share all aspects of this journey with the design community and the world at large,” explains ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID. “The overall design of this space was driven by the research and data collected during pre-occupancy and its success is demonstrated through the post-occupancy data. ASID is committed to sharing updated evaluations as we continue to enhance our employee experience and improve workplace utilization.”
In partnership with Cornell University, Delos, and the Innovative Workplace Institute, ASID researched the impact of innovative workplace design on behavior and performance, how spatial design supports organizational goals, and the impact of design on human, organizational, and environmental sustainability. Research was conducted through a series of in-depth interviews and employee surveys, sociometric data culled from badges worn voluntarily by employees, and environmental metrics from the building and measured within the office. Research highlights include:
  • Improvements to environmental quality, environmental satisfaction, employee health and wellness, employee retention, employee performance, and resource efficiency.
  • Office design shaping the social environment to boost employee performance and productivity.
  • Demonstrating office design – the office culture supports the messages communicated through the design – results in cost savings.

The research projects each examined the role of workplace design and its impact on the employees and their work. Taking all the key findings from each research project into account, here are the highlights on how the ASID office demonstrates the impact of design.
Design Improves Environmental Quality: As the world’s first space to achieve both LEED Platinum (v.3) and WELL Platinum (v.1) certifications, the office is not only validated by third-party institutions as a healthy and sustainable office, but supporting data from pre- and post-occupancy research projects further confirms improved environmental quality and enhanced employee satisfaction on environmental conditions.
  • Indoor Air Quality: ASID implemented design strategies such as a VOC reduction design that requires product finishes, interior paints and coatings, and interior adhesives and sealants to meet multiple standards, an air filtration design that purifies outdoor air and recirculated air, and a ventilation effectiveness design that regulates the ventilation rate of outdoor air to keep carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the space below 800ppm. The average CO2 level in the overall office in July 2017 was 570ppm during the time of typical occupancy (Monday to Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)—this is 2.5 times less than the CO2 level measured in the Society’s previous office.
  • Lighting: Survey results indicate all ASID employees have knowledge on circadian lighting and its effects on their health and well-being, and 25 percent of employees attribute circadian lighting at the new office space on 15th St. NW for their enhanced sleep quality.
  • Acoustics: The average sound pressure levels (dB) measured in the 15th St. open office during typical work conditions reduced significantly—measurements were half the loudness in the open office as compared to the co-working office.
  • Spatial Quality: ASID assessed their office using the CAPTIW© worksheet, which analyzes the performance of physical workspaces in relation to organizational innovation strategies and innovation performance according to key performance indicators. The office scored an 83.9 percent of the total 100 points possible, with top indicators being space size and access (100 percent), healthfulness (98.8 percent), and space type (91.7 percent).

Design Impacts Experience: Design impacts the experience people have in the space. ASID employees’ experiences in the office are influenced by multiple factors including the individual design components (e.g., lighting, acoustics, color, texture, etc.), the space in its collective form, and the social environment generated by the occupants. Referring to human-centered design, ASID first examined their corporate identity, team roles, individual responsibilities, work processes, and work behaviors to ensure that their office was an extension of their organizational culture.
  • Stimulates Collaboration: The office enables employees to choose their workstation for the day. The unassigned seating arrangement sparks spontaneous interactions in the open office while offering opportunities to cross-pollinate among teams and to get to know each other on a social level. With this office layout, ASID became more collaborative than concentrative. The office also plays a role in facilitating communication among employees (42 percent increase), and in supporting the sharing and exchanging of ideas (44 percent increase).
  • Creates Attachment: Humans spend about a third of our day, or half of our waking hours, in the office. ASID employees’ satisfaction in several environmental conditions such as lighting quality, noise reduction, speech privacy, available space, visual privacy, and ease of interaction contribute to place attachment. Particularly, the significant effects between ease of interaction and place attachment suggest that workplace design plays a role in shaping a social environment that engages employees in the office.
  • Establishes Support: The workplace is comprised of both the physical and social environment, and these two should naturally go hand in hand for the organization to thrive. When ASID employees perceive social support in the office, they tend to have higher job satisfaction, be more creative, and be more productive.


Design Achieves Results: Thoughtful design can support organizational priorities such as employee health, productivity, and financial return. By incorporating multiple innovative features, design has positively affected the health and well-being of employees while boosting resource efficiency.
  • Health: The health and wellness features in the office encourage healthy behaviors in various ways including access to a fitness center, sit/stand workstations, healthy snacks, filtered water and air, and a wellness room. The common areas are centralized in the office, forcing employees to take a few extra steps to access them. These examples and many others have resulted in a two percent improvement in physical health scores within a year of occupying the office.
  • Productivity: ASID has seen increases in several productivity measures in the Delos survey alluding to the impact of design on productivity. Absenteeism scores (ranging from -1 to 1), measured by how much employees are working more than expected by their employer, improved by 19 percent. Presenteeism (ranging from 0 to 100) has also improved, indicating that on average, employees feel they are working at 90 percent of their possible job performance, which is a 16 percent increase than what was reported in the co-working office.
  • ROI: The impact of design resonates beyond the individual and to the organizational bottom line. Using a calculation determined by ASID, the financial impact to the organization’s bottom line accounts for employee productivity, employee retention, and energy savings. Taking the average employee cost in Washington, D.C., including salary, benefits, overhead and other costs, and applying the 16 percent productivity increase reported over the first year at the 15th St. office, calculations made by ASID indicate it will recoup its investment in the first half of its 10 year lease agreement.
  • Employee Retention: Office design, especially when job demands or the office culture supports the messages communicated through the design, results in cost savings. Findings from the Cornell study confirm that perceived environmental quality has a significant effect on turnover intention.
  • Energy Savings: The research findings show the office has saved over 76 MWh in lighting energy over the first fifteen months of occupancy, equal to $7,636 in cost savings, 38.2 ton of coal not burned and 72.9 ton of CO2 not emitted into the atmosphere.


In May 2016, ASID moved into its new corporate headquarters, designed by Perkins+Will, a living laboratory for the design community. The new 8,500 square foot office is the first space in the world to achieve both Platinum Level Certification for the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) under WELL v1 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), under the LEED ID+C rating system – the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). The office space incorporates the most innovative health and wellness design features, and has sustainability as a central philosophy.
See the complete ASID office research study and an interactive virtual tour at
This research was funded in part by the generous support of the ASID Foundation.

Bostik Introduces Pro Rewards Contractor Loyalty Program


Bostik, Inc., a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, has created an incentive program specifically tailored for installation professionals.

“Bostik Pro RewardsTM offers contractors the opportunity to earn reward points which ultimately may be redeemed for thousands of brand name items, travel rewards and much more… all while growing their respective businesses,” said Chris Eichman, Bostik’s Marketing Communications Manager.  “Customer satisfaction is a core focus for Bostik. The newly launched loyalty program rewards contractors for working with our products… in a big way!”


To join Bostik Pro RewardsTM, all one has to do is visit: Online prompts will take visitors through this simple registration process. Ultimately, once registered, all members’ purchases will automatically be deposited into the member’s individual account, from which awards may be redeemed just as easily.

Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, summed it all up by stating, “Bostik offers specialty installation products and systems for any flooring project, commercial or residential. We want our contractor partners to work with the most high-performance, professional materials. And, for doing so, we want them to be rewarded.”


About Bostik, Inc.

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €1.6 billion, the company employs 4,900 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. For the latest information, visit



Crossville Marks Tenth Tile Installation in Specially Adapted Smart Home Built by the Gary Sinise Foundation

Crossville, Tennessee – As the exclusive tile supplier for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) in 2017, Crossville recently celebrated the 10th specially-adapted smart home dedication. Throughout the past year, Crossville has donated more than 10,000 square feet of tile for installations in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other spaces inside homes custom-built for wounded veterans and their families.

“It’s exciting to know we have contributed to help 10 deserving heroes and their families enjoy the comforts of brand new, specially-adapted smart homes. Our tile is a part of the everyday surroundings that are making life better for those who’ve sacrificed so much,” says Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing.

The beauty of tile is far from being the only driving force for incorporating Crossville products into the design of these unique homes. Tile’s performance, versatility, and ease of cleaning are also key factors in its use.

“The tile specified for each family has been chosen to make life more simple and solve challenges, all while looking beautiful for the long term,” Waldrep shares.

The dedication of U.S. Navy EOD1 Andrew Bottrell’s home in San Diego, Calif., marks Crossville’s 10th R.I.S.E. home completed this year. Crossville tile was installed in the master bath, guest and upstairs bathrooms, and in the laundry room–covering the floors and walls.

The master bath and shower floor and walls feature Crossville’s Gotham collection. With subtle striations, aggregate finishes, and lived-in colorations of concrete, this collection provides an urban aura for the space. In addition, Crossville’s Ebb & Flow collection accentuates the master bath walls with a touch of stone and glass.

The upstairs bath features Crossville’s Buenos Aires Mood collection. This line offers an elegant color, touchable texture, and sensuous movement to offer the right look and feel for a relaxing space.

About U.S. Navy EOD1 Andrew Bottrell
U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1 Andrew Bottrell attended EOD school in 2008. A year later, he reported to EOD mobile unit 3. He was deployed to Afghanistan in July 2011 with Seal Team 10. In Afghanistan, on Oct. 1, 2011, while conducting combat operations Bottrell was in a vehicle that was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). He suffered extreme injuries which led to a double leg amputation and a left arm amputation.

About Crossville, Inc.
Founded in 1986 and celebrating 30 years in 2016, Crossville Inc. is a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of award-winning tile collections for residential and contract applications. Its headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Crossville, Tennessee. Crossville, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Curran Group, a private holding company renowned for its core values of family, respect, partnership, integrity, and improvement.

An industry innovator, Crossville is the first U.S. tile manufacturer to achieve the following:
– produce large format tile on site,
– manufacture tile with certified recycled content,
– develop the Tile Take-Back® Program for recycling fired porcelain tile,
– achieve certification of its waste recycling programs,
– achieve TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines,
– distribute a complete line of gauged porcelain tile panels, and
– become a net consumer of waste.

For more information, visit Crossville’s website by clicking here.

About Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. For more information, please visit

Standout tile trends by Tile of Spain producers

Made Piece by Piece: The Terrazzo Trend


Terrazzo, the stracciatella look dating back to 15th-century Venice, is back and being showcased as a top trend in design shows all over the world. See how modern ceramic tile technology revamped the classic look here.

Standing Out in The World of Design

Cas by Carson

Graphic design guru and world renown surfer David Carson discusses his collaboration with Cas Ceramica and his introduction into the world of ceramics. Read about the key ways he has learned to make his work stand out among the masses here.

New Interior Trends Inspired by Spanish Tile

Keratile Arthus

The latest ceramic innovations and collections from Tile of Spain manufacturers are being used to create a new wave of design aesthetics for interior projects. From European inspired designs to radical illusions, see the latest trends here

Tile of Spain Announces Winners of the 16th Annual Tile of Spain Awards

Miami, FL – December 2017 – Tile of Spain, the association of over 100 Spanish tile manufacturers, announces the winners of the 16th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. The panel of judges, chaired by architect Iñaki Ábalos, met on Friday, 24th November in Castellón to decide the winners.
To download high-resolution images of the winning projects, click here.
The Winners
First place in the Architecture category was awarded to the project entitled ‘Bodega Mont-Ras’ by Jorge Vidal and Víctor Rahola. The project was chosen for its close connection between the construction of a winery and the winemaking process, both inextricably linked to experiences with the land. Fired-clay tiles were used to create vaults that allow overhead light to enter the spaces.
First prize to Bodega Mont-Ras by Jorge Vidal Toms and Victor Rahola. Photograph: Jose Hevia.
Special mention was given in the Architecture category to the project entitled ‘Extension and renovation work on the Gon-Gar repair shop’ by NUA arquitectures. The challenges presented by this complex unitary construction were successfully resolved thanks to the use of ceramic materials that generated an overall aesthetic effect in a composition that fully kept with its environment, adding a sense of modernity to an unusual urban location and program.
A second Special Mention in the Architecture category went to the project Santacreu Hotel on the Island of Tabarca’ by Diego López Fuster + SUBARQUITECTURA. The judges particularly valued the use of ceramic tiles that flow from the exterior to the interior, with a break in continuity in order to draw the eye to points of particular architectural interest, such as the open rooftop courtyard.
Interior Design
The first place prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to ‘Three metro stations on Barcelona’s L9 line’, a project by Garcés – de Seta – Bonet Arquitectes. Both the interior and exterior of the Mercabarna, Parc Logístic and Europa Fira stations, all on the L9 metro line in Barcelona, were remodeled in order to create a sense of classic timelessness, as well as guaranteeing easy maintenance for the future.
First prize: Three metro stations on Barcelona’s L9 line by Garces – de Seta – Bonet Arquitectes. Photograph: Adria Goula.
The judges highlighted the contrast created by the use of clean, convenient and practical ceramic floor tiles for areas with high foot traffic, and the stark, radical nature of the other surfaces. They especially appreciated the solution of applying a single material capable of overcoming all the challenges posed for floor coverings in public spaces.
The judges awarded two special mentions in the Interior Design category. A Special Mention for the ‘Can Picafort’ project by Ted’A arquitectes was given for the imaginative use of a variety of materials interconnected through the use of ceramic tiles both in the interiors and exteriors.
The second Special Mention went to the project entitled ‘Renovation of a home between party walls’ by ARQUITECTURA-G. The judges valued the maximum sense of continuity achieved through the use of a single ceramic material on all the horizontal surfaces. This ceramic material formed an eye-catching chromatic contrast with the neutral tones of the other surfaces featured throughout the home, which continues partially in the exterior.
Final Degree Project
First Prize: “A Landscape Garden: restoration of the area around the Zirí Wall in the El Albaicín district of Granada. A new Residents’ Centre and Tourist Information Office’ by Rafael López-Toribio Moreno, a student at the Granada School of Architecture.
First prize_ _A Landscape Garden_ restoration of the area around the Zir_ Wall in the El Albaic_n district of Granada. A new Residents_ Centre and Tourist Information Office_ by Rafael L_pez-Toribio Moreno_ a student at the Granada School of Architecture.
First prize: ‘A Landscape Garden: restoration of the area around the Zirí Wall in the El Albaicín district of Granada. A new Residents’ Centre and Tourist Information Office’ by Rafael López-Toribio Moreno, a student at the Granada School of Architecture.
The judges appreciated the inclusion of a series of architectural elements in a complex outer area of the city. The project includes the sensitive use of building solutions that created a route dotted with a variety of settings and landscape perspectives. The territorial use of ceramic tiles conveys a sense of unity to the entire project.
The judges also awarded two special mentions to the projects entitled ‘Local resources’ by Laia Raventós Recasens and ‘Smithfield Abbey Campus’, by Ricardo Fernández González; a second prize was also given to ‘A Catalogue of Aesthetic Ruins’, a project by Jorge Sánchez Bajo.
About The Judges
The panel of judges was chaired by Iñaki Ábalos, a highly acclaimed architect boasting long-standing trajectory and founder of the international architecture studio Abalos+Sentkiewicz. He also has extensive teaching experience, and is currently a tenured professor at the Madrid School of Architecture and professor in residence and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), where ASCER has a Ceramic Tile Studies Department.
The panel of judges also included Ángela García de Paredes (Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos); Víctor Navarro (Langarita-Navarro); Bak Gordon, a Portuguese architect; Moisés Puente (Editor of 2G and critic); designer and interior designer Martín Azúa; and Ramón Monfort, a member of the Castellón College of Architects.
About The Awards
The Tile of Spain Awards promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad). They are sponsored by Endesa, Vodafone, Valencia Port Authority and CESCE.
The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes for a total of €39,000 and are divided into three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of €17,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of €5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants.
The Tile of Spain Awards boast a consolidated trajectory that is widely acknowledged by architecture professionals. Fifteen years after their launch, this latest edition presents a revamped corporate identity featuring a more contemporary image in line with current design trends. Full details of this and previous editions of the awards are available at
To download high-resolution images, click here.
Stay connected with Tile of Spain on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram for up-to-date information about Spanish tile manufacturers and ceramic trends.
About Tile of Spain
In Spain, tile makers labor as they have for centuries – pushing their passion for design and innovation to new levels of artisanship. With one of the purest and strongest domestic clays available, Spanish manufacturers have an unparalleled ability to make the end product more diverse. From rustic handmade forms; to technical facades that cool buildings and clean the air; to the impossibly slim, sustainable recycled and ink jet masterpieces that fire the imagination. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) is the private organization whose primary objective is to support Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers and the industry as a whole by stewarding and promoting the Tile of Spain brand worldwide. A strong global leader, the ceramic tile industry of Spain comprises 125 manufacturers concentrated primarily in the province of Castellón. For more about tile produced in Spain, contact Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL  33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit

Silica Exposure Control Plan Released by the Natural Stone Institute

Oberlin, OH and Chestertown, NY, December 12, 2017— The Natural Stone Institute has completed a written Silica Exposure Control Plan (ECP) specifically for stone cutters and fabricators. The ECP was developed in response to one of the requirements of OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard CFR 1910.1053 for General Industry and Maritime.

“We believe we have developed a practical compliance tool to benefit stone cutters and fabricators covered by OSHA’s new silica rule,” said Mark Meriaux, Natural Stone Institute Accreditation & Technical Manager.

The central component of OSHA’s rule is reducing by half an employee’s crystalline silica exposure (called the “Permissible Exposure Limit, or PEL,” by OSHA). The new PEL is 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (50 µg/m³), calculated as 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA). The effective date for OSHA’s new silica exposure standard is June 23, 2018, for general industry (fabricators).

The written Silica Exposure Control Plan is presented free of charge courtesy of the Natural Stone Institute Safety Committee. It can be downloaded by visiting





MIA+BSI: the Natural Stone Institute serves more than 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry, offering them a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness in both the industry and the design communities for the promotion and best use of natural stone. Learn more at


The Floor Heat before Christmas, a tile-themed holiday poem by Phil Green

Phil Green, inventor of The Back Butter Buddy, and owner of P.G.C. Construction, and Design in Gilberts, Ill., recently penned this poem to celebrate the wonders of “warm toes” due to electric heated floors. Happy Holidays!






It was the month before Christmas and all through the house,
I installed floor heat for one happy spouse
Two bathrooms, the kitchen, and where we do our clothes,
Now in ALL of those places we have “warm toes.”
The comfort of floor heat under our tile
Feels so good, makes everyone smile.
So easy to do and glad it was done,
The warmth of our floors feels just like the sun.
So, if you are thinking of changing your floor,
Check in with your dealer online or in-store,
For specials this season to save you some money,
And get your reward “Thank-you so much Honey.”
For your next job or for your next bid,
Include in it floor heat — you’ll be glad that you did.

Dodge Momentum Index Remains Strong in November

NEW YORK – December 7, 2017 – The Dodge Momentum Index surged again in November, climbing 13.9% to 149.5 (2000=100) from the revised October reading of 131.3. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The November increase was the second month of strong gains after a four-month period of softness. November’s advance was the result of healthy gains in both the commercial and institutional sectors. From October to November, the commercial portion of the Momentum Index advanced 19.6%, while the institutional portion grew 5.5%. On a year-over-year basis, the Momentum Index is now nearly 21% higher, with the commercial portion up 24% and the institutional side up 17%. The turnaround in October and November suggest that building activity should continue to expand in 2018.

In November, 21 projects each with a value of $100 million or more entered planning. For the commercial building sector, the largest projects include a $300 million mixed use facility containing two hotels at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and a $230 million Hayden Ave Life Sciences office campus in Lexington MA. The leading institutional projects were a $200 million UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital in Pittsburgh PA and a $200 million project that will provide additions and alterations for several schools within the Uniondale (NY) School District.






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Announcing PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, PANTONE® Color of the Year 2018.

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Color of the Year 2018 - Quote from Lee Eiseman

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

About the Pantone Color of the Year

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.

Color of the Year 2018 Color Chips

Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is a consulting service within Pantone that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, for the application and integration of color as a strategic asset. Recognized around the world as a leading source of color information through seasonal trend forecasts, custom color development, and palette recommendations for product and corporate identity, Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology and emotion of color in their design strategy.
Visit for more about Pantone Ultra Violet and to view past Pantone Colors of the Year.


MIA + BSI Vote “Yes” to Merger


Image result for mia + bsi logoWith a vote of 565 to 25, the memberships of Marble Institute of America and Building Stone Institute have overwhelmingly decided to authorize a historic merger of North America’s two most prominent stone associations. Effective January 1, 2018, the combined association will formally be known as the Natural Stone Institute, a name widely used during the associations’ two year joint venture.

Jim Hieb, CAE, CEO Natural Stone Institute and Jane Bennett, EVP Natural Stone Institute, thanked members who voted and everyone who has participated in the dialogue about the merger.  “Your trust, support and guidance has helped make this possible,” they said. “Together, we will continue our resolve to provide the best technical, educational, and promotional support for our growing membership and the natural stone industry, as well as expand our outreach to the design community. We now have the combined assets to become the largest and most influential natural stone association in the world!”

The combined staff share members’ passion to advance the industry.  Natural Stone Institute has a dynamic team of dedicated people who have come together over the past two years to prove this union can work, and that merging is the best move for the natural stone industry.

In 2018, David Carnevale (Carnevale & Lohr) will serve as the first president of this merged organization. Greg Osterhout (Northern Stone Supply) will serve as vice president, Robert Zavagno (Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co) will serve as secretary, and Kathy Spanier (Coldspring) will serve as treasurer.

Carnevale commented, “I look forward to serving as first president of the Natural Stone Institute. I want to thank the many current and past industry leaders from BSI and MIA who had the foresight to see what was possible with a merger. The Natural Stone Institute is well positioned to further advance the combined association’s role as a technical and educational leader. We will continue to offer a wide array of opportunities for networking with both industry and design professionals.”

The membership of the combined association will exceed 2,000 members. The leadership will focus on technical and education initiatives intended to further advance the use of natural stone. A new association logo will officially debut at TISE 2018 in January.


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