News Article | April 27, 2017
The future of home remodeling is packed into a virtual reality headset. The same devices that have revolutionized the entertainment industry are now being used to provide realistic 3D models of in-home renovations. Equipped with a virtual reality headset, homeowners can preview their newly remodeled home without using a single hammer or nail. Virtual reality has been widely praised as the next big technological revolution, revamping the way that users interact with the digital world. Much of the hype surrounding virtual reality (VR) has been focused on gaming, but more and more businesses are finding clever ways to adapt to this technology to their own industries, like medical students using VR systems for surgical training. In the unlikely world of architecture, virtual reality has found its way into a special niche. VR technology is the perfect tool for modeling 3D structures and buildings during the design phase. For the first time, architects can preview different floorplans, different color schemes, or different interior designs without ever having to break ground on a project. From the comfort of a VR headset, home remodelers and their clients can make advanced design decisions at a fraction of the cost. One Atlanta business is paving the way for VR technology in the industry. As a pioneer in the home remodeling market, Remodeling Expo Center has already used this technology in more than 100 projects. According to John Hogan, President of Remodeling Expo Center, “Virtual reality is the best visual tool for homeowners to preview a particular design. Just a decade ago, this work was largely left to the imagination. Now we can generate a photo-realistic kitchen or basement right before their eyes. This way, homeowners can see exactly what the finished product will look like weeks in advance.” Utilizing this technology is no easy task, though. Unlike most home remodelers, Remodeling Expo Center has an entire team of high-tech software experts, not just handymen. Staffed with advanced CAD designers and VR software developers, the remodeling company of the 21st century is very different than it once was. Adapting to the tech-driven marketplace of the future, the home remodeling industry is generating value and excitement among homeowners across the country – and it’s all starting with virtual reality systems. While other companies have taken similar steps in this direction, Remodeling Expo Center has rapidly developed one of the industry’s most positive reputations in Atlanta and the Southeast. As the company moves into the summer of 2017, the entire company is hoping to expand the use of its virtual reality system. To learn more about Remodeling Expo Center and their innovative VR technology, visit their showroom in Downtown Roswell or visit them online. For remodeling and renovation ideas, the Remodeling Expo Design Center is located at 48 King Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Chelsea Design, Inc. (www.ChelseaDesignMiami.com) announced today that it has been awarded the prestigious 2017 DCOTA Design Stars on the Rise Award. The Stars of Design and on the Rise Awards are presented by DCOTA (Design Center of the Americas); DCOTA is the premier destination for those seeking the finest design showrooms and industry professionals along the East Coast of the United States. Each year DCOTA representatives honor excellence on the world of design. DCOTA, which nominates and selects Stars of Design Winners, is comprised of industry experts, manufacturers and design peers. Chelsea Design, Inc. led by its founders Regina Agro and Samantha McKenna have continually excelled in both residential and commercial design. They have shown fantastic prowess in design/build as well as renovation projects throughout the world. “This award is a testament to the skills, ingenuity, and vision of our team and the support of our industry partners. We are so appreciative and grateful for this recognition from our peers and look forward to many more years of continuing to create beautiful and timeless spaces,” stated Regina Agro. Samantha McKenna and Regina Agro created Chelsea Design in 2006 from a desire to design spaces that would be loved and enjoyed by their clients. They have dedicated their personal time and attention to each and every project to insure their client’s happiness and as a result Chelsea Design, Inc. has become one of the world’s top design firms. “Of course, no two clients have the same lives, tastes or dreams just as no two interiors have the same light, proportions, history or personality. Each and every client is different; and so, too, is each and every building, each and every space. Chelsea Design’s interiors therefore differ markedly from one another. However, they all reflect Samantha and Regina’s personal aesthetic: their predilection for light, air and space; their pursuit of both simplicity and refinement; their emphasis not only on restraint but also on softness; and the importance they attach to materials and to texture,” stated Mr. Cohen of DCOTA. 2017 STARS OF DESIGN AND ON THE RISE AWARDS 2017 Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise Awards. The ceremony spotlighted the best in the various fields of design including interior design, architecture, art, photography, graphic design, landscape design, and a special award for lifetime achievement. These creative professionals were honored for their significant achievements and contributions to their profession and within the Florida community with a special recognition of their talents, ideas, creativity, and business savvy. For 30 years, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) has served the design community with the finest campus amenities and showrooms in the industry attracting world-class designers, architects, decorators, dealers and their clients. At nearly 800,000 square feet, DCOTA is the largest design campus of its kind. High design is showcased within over 100 premier showroom locations, catering to any home, yacht or office project. Fine indoor and outdoor furniture, fabrics, flooring, lighting, kitchen, bath, antiques, accessories, appliances, window treatments, decorative hardware, paint and surfacing are just some of the resources found within the center. DCOTA is part of the Cohen Design Center quartet with sister locations in Manhattan (D & D Building) in West Hollywood, California (Pacific Design Center), and in Houston, Texas (Decorative Center Houston).
News Article | April 29, 2017
-- DCOTA in Dania Beach Hails Merger ofThe Robert Allen Group and Duralee FabricsTo Create Design Industry Powerhouse(Dania Beach, FL – April 25, 2017) The Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) is hailing the recently announced merger of The Robert Allen Group and Duralee Fabrics Ltd., according to Leia Bosco, DCOTA's Director of Marketing. "The newly joined world renowned companies will now be known as The Robert Allen Duralee Group, or The Rad Group."By combining forces, both companies and their multiple brands are ideally positioned to provide an expanded offering of world-class products and services to the interior design community and commercial customers. Importantly, the existing brand portfolio of both companies will continue to exist, and flourish, within the combined business. The efficiencies created by this merger enable The Robert Allen Duralee Group to design, market and distribute the most comprehensive offerings in the home furnishings industry. The unprecedented merger of two industry-leading companies instantly makes The Rad Group an industry powerhouse.Lee Silberman, long-time Duralee executive, has been named CEO and will lead the combined companies in this next phase of growth and development. The broader management team of the newly formed company will be comprised of senior leaders from both companies, forming a best-in-class executive team with extensive industry experience."We are in an industry that is constantly evolving. By leveraging the rich history and resources of these two design industry leaders, we have created the opportunity to reshape and improve the client experience in luxury home décor. The combined product lines, multiple brands and expanded product categories create one of the most extensive offerings in the market and secure our position as a full service design resource. Our goal is to provide a complete product offering for today's design professional – and to do it with a service level that is the best in in the industry," says Silberman.The Robert Allen Group was owned by investment firm Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont) prior to the combination, with Altamont continuing to serve as a financial partner to The Robert Allen Duralee Group on a go-forward basis."We look forward to supporting the management team in their pursuit of the many exciting growth and innovation opportunities this merger presents," says Steve Brownlie, Managing Director of Altamont.The newly merged company will be headquartered in Hauppauge, New York and will have locations worldwide, including at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, FL.About the Robert Allen Group:The Robert Allen Group is one of the world's largest designers of fine fabrics for the interior design trade, and for over 75 years has been recognized as a brand leader in its field. Based in the USA, the company sells its products under the Robert Allen, Beacon Hill, Robert Allen Contract, and Robert Allen @ Home brands and is renowned for the Robert Allen Color Library, widely known as the first fine fabric collection to be designed by color. The Robert Allen Group has showroom locations throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and an extensive worldwide agent showroom network.About Duralee Fabrics, Ltd.:For over 60 years, Duralee has met and exceeded the needs of its customers by providing innovative and high quality home furnishing products. Duralee's offerings are expansive—ranging from fabric and furniture to trim and drapery hardware. Its mission is to provide inspired fabric, furniture and home furnishings in order to bring design concepts to life. From humble beginnings, Duralee has grown to include showrooms throughout the United States, as well as worldwide, servicing more than 60 countries around the globe.About DCOTA:For 30 years, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) has served the design community with the finest campus amenities and showrooms in the industry attracting world-class designers, architects, decorators, dealers and their clients. At nearly 800,000 square feet, DCOTA is the largest design campus of its kind. High design is showcased within over 100 premier showroom locations, catering to any home, yacht or office project. Fine indoor and outdoor furniture, fabrics, flooring, lighting, kitchen, bath, antiques, accessories, appliances, window treatments, decorative hardware, paint and surfacing are just some of the resources found within the center.DCOTA's prestigious tenant mix includes VERSACE Home at Abitare, AbitareMinotti, Ammon Hickson, Aston Martin Interiors, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Crestron, DEDON, Donghia, Eggersmann Kitchens, Florense, Janus et Cie, Judith Norman Collection, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Poggenpohl, Roberto Cavalli Home, ROMO, The Shade Store, Wired Custom Lighting and more, collectively representing more than a thousand premier manufacturers from around the world. Based in Dania Beach, DCOTA is conveniently located at 1855 Griffin Road in Dania Beach, right off I-95 and just minutes from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. For more information, please visit www.DCOTA.com.DCOTA is part of the Cohen Design Center quartet with sister locations in Manhattan (D & D Building) in West Hollywood, California (Pacific Design Center), and in Houston, Texas (Decorative Center Houston).Media Contact:Gary SchweikhartPR-BS, Inc.firstname.lastname@example.org
News Article | February 28, 2017
Following the success of Style Fashion Week (http://www.stylefashionweek.com) in New York at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the producer of globally recognized fashion events today announced its schedule for Style Fashion Week Los Angeles at the iconic Pacific Design Center from March 9 to March 12. Now in its sixth year and twelfth season, Style Fashion Week Los Angeles brings an impressive roster of acclaimed designers to the global fashion area through groundbreaking fashion, music and art event. For its unprecedented shows, Style Fashion Week has collaborated with Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil to offer fashion industry and consumer attendees exciting performances and on-site activation. Style Fashion Week has also collaborated with Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation on an Art Show in its innovative Marketplace. New commerce experiences at Style Fashion Week Los Angeles employ image recognition technology to that gives attendees the ability to shop looks directly off the runway using the Markable mobile app. MALAN BRETON will kick off the four-day fashion spectacular on Thursday, March 9 at 7:00p.m., with his expansive runway show and multimedia performance. On Friday March 10 at 7:00p.m., COMMATTEO, SHAHIDA PARIDES and MOODS OF NORWAY will display their collection on the runway and at 9:00p.m., designs by DAVID TUPAZ, RICHARD HALLMARQ and MARIO DE LA TORRE take center stage. Saturday, March 11, will feature children’s collections by DISCO PANDA and YDAMYS SIMO at 7:00p.m.BIJAN ANDRE, EDDIE EDDIE BY BILLY TOMMY and WANGLILING at 9:00p.m. On Sunday, March 12, Style Fashion Week Los Angeles will feature exciting performances by Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil. At 7:00pm, THOMAS WYLDE brings his collection to the expansive runway, followed by ADRIAN ALICEA and HONEE at 9:00pm. “To produce the official Los Angeles Fashion Week, Style Fashion Week has brought together an exciting line up in fashion, music and art,” Style Fashion Week President Veronica Kerzner. “We’ve built dynamic platform for designers, created engaging experiences for the fashion industry as well as opened up new ways for consumers participate in the excitement.” Style Fashion Week Los Angeles has also partnered with JAM3R, BIOGEN and TEVA PHARMACEUTUCALS to help raise funds towards awareness and finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. For additional information about Style Fashion Week LA, please visit http://www.stylefashionweek.com. Visit http://cirk.me/zumanitysfw for additional information about Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil. General Admission tickets to Style Fashion Week LA start at $35 for and are available for purchase at http://www.stylefashionweek.com/rsvp/. STYLE FASHION WEEK Style Fashion Week (http://www.stylefashionweek.com), producer of globally recognized fashion events, provides top designers a world class platform to showcase their collections. Each year Style Fashion Week presents the season's must see shows, unforgettable performances and exclusive installations. Our expansive Style Marketplace immerses guests in fashion as well as art and design. Guests directly engage with brands throughout the week. Style Fashion Week represents the diverse cultures of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Springs and Dubai, integrating international designers, media, celebrities and commerce season after season.
News Article | February 23, 2017
Virtual reality (VR) continues to open new and exciting worlds of possibility, but how do consumers know if their tech can handle its computing demands? The XPRTs have long provided the tools everyone needs to inform purchases, and now they’re turning to VR. For more, see the video at https://youtu.be/liqJyKsDp-c. Principled Technologies (PT) and the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community, which PT administers, recently sponsored a senior project at the NC State Computer Science Department Senior Design Center. PT advised NC State team members Christian McCurdy, Gregory Manning, Grayson Jones, and Shon Ferguson in the development of a prototype virtual reality evaluation tool. “Developing the VR benchmark with XPRT tools as guidelines taught us to test for a more real-world scenario instead of trying for numbers that consumers might not understand,” said student Grayson Jones. Learn more about the XPRTs and try the VR demo at http://www.principledtechnologies.com/benchmarkxprt/vr-demo. About Principled Technologies, Inc. Principled Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of technology marketing and learning & development services. It administers the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community. Principled Technologies, Inc. is located in Durham, North Carolina, in NC’s Research Triangle Park Region. For more information, please visit PrincipledTechnologies.com. About the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community The BenchmarkXPRT Development Community is a forum where registered members can contribute to the process of creating and improving the XPRTs. For more information, please visit BenchmarkXPRT.com. About the NC State University Computer Science Department Senior Design Center The Senior Design Center brings together Computer Science seniors and sponsor companies to work on a specific project for a semester. This collaboration provides valuable hands-on experience for the students and important project results for the companies sponsoring them. For more information, please visit https://sdc.csc.ncsu.edu.
News Article | February 24, 2017
Nationally known carpeting manufacturer Mohawk Flooring, has authorized Speedwell Design Center to carry its SmartStrand Silk line of wall-to-wall carpets. It's the latest addition to the Morristown-based retailer's carpeting and resilient floor products, wallpaper, tile and window treatments. Among SmartStrand Silk's product line is the Forever Clean brand. It has a zero percent moisture absorption rate to prevent pet stains and musty odors from building in carpet fibers as well as an embedded spill and stain shield for quick cleanup. These qualities are supported by a lifetime "All Pet Stain" warranty against accidents. The carpet also has built-in soil resistance with 100 percent permanent stain protection. "This is the only carpeting available with lifetime pet protection as well as fully renewable fibers that are certified free of harmful substances," said Barry Kolsky, owner of Speedwell Design Center. "For the buyer, it means having a healthy, cleaner home that also contributes to greater environmental sustainability due to its low carbon footprint manufacturing." Kolsky also adds that the flooring derives from an advanced, earth-friendly nanotechnology treatment that completely encapsulates SmartStrand fibers to create a long-term spill and soil barrier. This was put through a test at Alabama's Birmingham Zoo. The SmartStrand Forever Clean brand was installed for two weeks in the zoo's rhinoceros enclosure along with a competitive soft nylon carpet. Both were subjected to excessive weight, dirt, mud and body waste from an adult 5,400-pound rhino. Following professional cleaning, the nylon carpet exhibited crunching, matting and deep stains. Only the SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet released its stains after cleaning with no crunching or weight indentations. Experts at Speedwell Design Center emphasize a carpet's resistance to soiling and wear can over time protect a home investment. "Carpeting that quickly shows wear and discoloration affects a home's allure, especially to house guests, appraisers or prospective buyers," said Kolsky. "Homeowners slowly get used to seeing carpet stains and eventually ignore them, but visitors typically notice right away." SmartStrand Silk Forever Clean does not compromise performance to achieve long-term softness and cleanliness. It has 700 silk-like fibers into one strand to maintain the carpet's texture and appearance. In another test, SmartStrand samples were subjected to the equivalent of 60,000 steps without significant wear. This carpet is considered three times better than conventional nylon. Since stain resistance is built into each carpet fiber core, it can resist damage for decades. Nylon fibers can absorb up to five percent of each liquid spill, which over time compromises cleanliness and creates lingering odors. Speedwell Design Center's showroom allows customers to compare various floor coverings side-by-side. It's located at 108 Ridgedale Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960-4276. Contact them at 973-538-9090 or visit online at http://www.speedwelldesign.com. Originally founded as a paint and hardware store, Speedwell Design Center has been a Morristown landmark since 1932. First located on the town's Speedwell Avenue, it has since expanded to a new location with a larger showroom that lets customers better visualize the retailer's high-end floor coverings, wallpaper, Hunter Douglas window treatments, custom drapery, carpet, wood and tiles in a homelike setting. Its residential and commercial customer base extends across Morris County, nearby N.Y. and Conn.
News Article | March 1, 2017
4Chion Lifestyle announces coverage at Style Fashion Week. Fashion week will at the beautiful Pacific Design Center 8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Adair Homes is thrilled to announce the completion of the latest Design Center & Showroom in Spokane, Washington. Adair Homes new Spokane showroom features nearly 2000 square feet of design space! New home-buyers can walk through a fully realized custom kitchen, choose from a variety of granite, quartz, and tile samples, and discover the variety available in name brand products such as Shaw and Moen. “This is a burgeoning center of style and culture—which is reflected clearly in people’s home interior choices. From sleek and modern to arts deco, homeowners in Spokane want to personalize their homes more than ever before. This larger, more in-depth home design center will ensure that every Adair Homeowner in SE Washington will get exactly what they want at exactly the right price.” Lorri Dunn, Adair Homes Exclusive Interior Designer There are 14 Adair Homes Design Centers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Each location is staffed by qualified Pro Team members who work one-on-one with our new homebuyers to create stunning interior packages that stay within budget.These home experts can also answer any construction questions and give direction on customization options. Adair Homes is the Pacific Northwest's largest and most experienced custom home builder. These homes feature high-quality products and energy efficiency at an affordable price. With a 45 year history and 14 office locations, Adair can build a dream home nearly anywhere in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Adair believes in living where you want to live, for less!
News Article | February 16, 2017
IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 16, 2017) - Beautiful two-story townhomes with private rear yards are currently selling at California Pacific Homes' Tristania in Irvine's newest enclave of Cypress Village. Four attached designs are available with open living spaces, large Great Rooms for entertaining, impressive master suites with walk-in closets, spacious secondary bedrooms, gourmet kitchens and two-car attached garages. Tristania's appeal is enhanced by the setting just steps from Cypress Village's Garden Center Park, which offers a Jr. Olympic pool, wading pool and spa, plus a tot lot, barbecue/picnic areas and more. Homeowners also have access to Irvine's top-rated schools, shopping, entertainment and business centers. To learn more about owning at Tristania, tour the professionally decorated model homes or go to www.calpacifichomes.com for details. "Tristania's comfortable designs and private rear yards have made it a popular option for homebuyers," said Leslie Stillman, Vice President, Sales & Marketing and Design Center for California Pacific Homes. "Take advantage of this prime opportunity to own at Cypress Village and visit today." Tristania's townhome selection showcases Santa Barbara, Early California and Formal Spanish-style architecture. Smartly planned interiors include three bedrooms, two and one-half baths and two-car attached garages in approximately 1,606 to 1,934 square feet. The Residence one has a versatile loft option in lieu of bedroom three and all homes feature a private rear yard with a patio and trellis for outdoor entertaining. Prices start from the high $600,000s. Cypress Village, one of the Villages of Irvine created by the Irvine Company®, offers residents everything families want and need to thrive now and in the years to come. Offering the next generation in new home designs, Cypress Village provides residents with resort-style recreation for the young and young at heart, a convenient setting near your favorite places and acres of parks for fun in the sun, and is conveniently located just moments away from the region's premier shopping, dining and entertainment. Students attend Cypress Village Elementary School and Jeffrey Trail Middle School, both conveniently located within the Village and are part of the heralded Irvine Unified School District. Created by Irvine Company Community Development, the Villages of Irvine® was recently honored as the "Top-Selling Master Planned Community in the West" for the fifth straight year. The Villages of Irvine are located in the City of Irvine, ranked by Money Magazine as California's No.1 city in its 2014 "Best Places to Live" list. ParkScore honored the master-planned community in 2016 as having the best park system in Southern California -- and eighth best nationwide. The highly-acclaimed master-planned community is renowned for allowing residents to enjoy a unique lifestyle unmatched in the region -- some of the best schools in the state; America's safest city for 11 straight years; abundant open space, parks and recreational opportunities; and world-class dining, entertainment and employment. For more information, please visit www.VillagesofIrvine.com. To learn more about Tristania, join the Interest List at www.calpacifichomes.com. California Pacific Homes is a landmark homebuilder comprised of forward thinkers who possess the capacity and intuition to design and deliver inventive new neighborhoods in the most desirable locations. Driven by innovation and a fresh approach, the art and expertise of homebuilding is elevated to the next level by consistently introducing extraordinary new-home opportunities to the Southern California marketplace. For more information, please visit www.calpacifichomes.com. To visit Tristania at Cypress Village in Irvine from the 5 freeway, exit Sand Canyon Ave. and turn left. Turn right on Great Park Boulevard, right on Ridge Valley and another right on Decora to enter the village. Follow signs to the models. Sales offices are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 949.833.6159. Product type and availability are subject to change without notice.
News Article | February 16, 2017
GRAPEVINE, TX, February 16, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- KS2 Technologies, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of HomeSalesOne, v1.0 with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 Homebuilder Management. HomeSalesOne provides a fully integrated Option and Sales Contract management system for Homebuilders running JD Edwards. It streamlines the home sales & configuration process for both the sales office and design center. It also automates and integrates lot and plan selections, decorative and structural option selections and preferences, option relationships and other business rules critical to a successful construction process. To achieve Oracle Validated Integration, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customers. With HomeSalesOne's JD Edwards integration, homebuilder sales activities are seamlessly integrated with Purchasing and other operations performed in JD Edwards. One of the key benefits with this integrated solution are a reduction in sales configuration and pricing errors. "HomeSalesOne is the next generation solution for homebuilders looking for a Cloud-based Sales and Design Center Automation solution that fully integrates with JD Edwards - the preferred choice for large and growing homebuilders," says Dan Shinedling, Jr., CEO of KS2 Technologies, Inc. "Achieving Oracle Validated Integration gives our customers confidence that the integration between HomeSalesOne, v1.0 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 Homebuilder Management is functionally sound and performs as tested," said David Hicks, vice president, Worldwide ISV, OEM and Java Business Development, Oracle. "For solutions deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or both, Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical review and test process that helps to reduce deployment risk and improves the user experience of the partner's integrated offering." About KS2 Technologies: KS2 has been an Oracle Partner since 2007, helping dozens of JD Edwards clients with new installations, upgrades, enhancements, integrations and managed services. We specialize in EnterpriseOne and World for many industries including Homebuilding, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Distribution, Construction, Land Development, Real Estate and more. KS2 is well known in the homebuilding industry for its innovative solutions for JD Edwards including, JDE implementation accelerators, integrations with leading scheduling tools, development of mobile & cloud apps for the sales office, and many other unique solutions for the homebuilding industry.