9 February 2017

Lauzon on the hunt for the latest trends and innovations

Published by: Priscilla Bergeron Photographies by: Priscilla Bergeron, Mélanie Lafond & Messe München

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“Interior design starts with the floor” 

January is the busiest time of the year for interior design and hardwood flooring shows, with Domotex in Hannover, TISE in Las Vegas, Bau in Munich and IDS in Toronto.

Staying ahead of trends is important for Lauzon. That’s why our team was on hand at all of these events to hunt out the latest innovations and trends related to everything hardwood flooring!



Während dieser Zeit in Deutschland

BAU is the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. Held every two years, it sets standards and is the industry’s biggest gathering, with a total of 2,120 exhibitors from 45 countries and more than 250,000 visitors. The 2017 edition was held from January 14 to 19 in Munich, Germany.

DOMOTEX 2017 ran from January 14 to 17 in Hannover, Germany. The show, which featured the world’s biggest assortment of carpets and floor coverings, occupied 12 entire exhibition halls. The innovations on display spanned multiple product categories, including machine- and hand-made carpets, textile and resilient floor coverings, parquet, laminate and wood flooring, outdoor flooring solutions, and application and installation technology.

Innovation being the recurrent theme at DOMOTEX, every year there are three special Innovations@DOMOTEX display areas where an independent jury selects outstanding innovation to be showcased. As always, this year’s innovations were very interesting. In a previous blog post showcasing the awards won by our Pure Genius technology, we proudly noted that our revolutionary Pure Genius air-purifying smart hardwood floor was among the innovations featured in 2015 at Innovations@Domotex.

Read “Pure Genius earns kudos from the industry” to learn more about the awards won by Pure Genius.

Lauzon’s trip to Germany, home to 28 of the world’s Global Fortune 500 companies, was a great opportunity to check out hot new trends, innovations and technologies and to see how we could take inspiration from them in our future hardwood flooring offerings. And the team came home with a proud feeling of “mission accomplished!”

“With a wide array of creative ideas, innovative materials and smart solutions on show in 2017, the industry once again demonstrated just how attractive floor coverings can be. The latest trends revealed a strong focus on sustainability and natural-looking designs. There is strong demand for eco-friendly designer products. In the case of wood flooring, “used” and grainy patterns and finishes are in, and the resulting products delight customers in an inexhaustible array of different colors, shapes and formats. Herringbone patterns are also back in vogue.”  Domotex News


Lauzon at TISE

The International Surface Event (TISE) held January 18 to 20 is the largest North American event serving the floorcovering, stone & tile industries. In fact, TISE is comprised of three events: SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomac, and TileExpo. Together, these world-class tradeshows feature four impressive days of the newest products, hands-on demos, inspiring trends, key manufacturers, industry suppliers, along with unmatched education and networking.  Held annually each year in Las Vegas (USA), TISE brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest products, trends, services and technologies.

This year represented our second year in a row as an exhibitor at the show. And like last year, we were delighted with how things went. We couldn’t have hoped for a better turnout.

Read “Lauzon returns again to The International Surface Event” to learn more about our experience at TISE.

“Hardwood trends continue to be dominated by wide, long planks in engineered, with suppliers pushing the lengths and widths. Colors run the gamut from contemporary white washes to classic, traditional hues in timeless styles. And while solid wood flooring has seen slow to little growth, the category remains vibrant as suppliers focus on quality and style in their Surfaces offerings. Meanwhile, engineered hardwoods are taking on more styles and constructions as vendors look to capitalize on changing home décor style.” Floor Covering Weekly


Lauzon at IDS Toronto

IDS Toronto, now in its 20th year, was held from January 18 to 21 in Toronto. It’s Canada’s premier showcase of new products and furniture, superstar designers and avant-garde concepts from Canada.

This year was our first time as an exhibitor at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, and everything went swimmingly. As a member of the QWEB (Quebec Wood Export), we shared floor space with Atelier Organik a handmade furniture manufacturer, and Pur Cachet, an LED lightning manufacturer that uses driftwood and recycled wood. Not only did we connect with these great companies, we also got to meet lots of fascinating people and discover unique designs that make Canada such an interesting place in the design world.

“This year, we’ll see designers and trends that will encompass the expansion of the outdoor living realm to the fusion of tech and design accumulating into an awe inspiring and ultimately exciting year for design,” said Karen Kang, National Director, IDS Canada “Canadian designers seem to have fallen in love with natural, earthy materials — fire, wood, water, clay, greenery — and their synthetic lookalikes.  Nowhere was that clearer than at Toronto’s Interior Design Show, where it was all about bringing the outside in.”


So many trends, so many great projects to come!

In our journey on two continents, we saw so many interesting things that left our heads full of new ideas and our to-do list full of new projects to explore.