Sunday, May 20, 2012

May J+J Invision Branches Out with Urban Canopy

J+J/Invision Branches Out with Urban Canopy
Dalton, GAJ+J/Invision’s Urban Canopy presents a product that brings the calm of nature into a functional and booming environment. Now, more than ever, people are recognizing the importance of nature. Today’s urban dweller is no exception. Community gardens and green landscapes are sprouting up in almost every urban city where urbanites are fully embracing the call for green lush spaces to help soothe and calm them from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Urban Canopy is a reflection of the need to have a little bit of Mother Nature’s serene atmosphere around us, even in the urban jungle.
This modular only collection is built upon three products – Up A Tree, Branch Out and Barking Mad.  Each is created using 100% J&J Industries Encore® solution dyed nylon and is backed using eKo® PVC-free modular backing.
Up A Tree is an organic but sophisticated pattern derived from a photograph taken of foliage found in Portland Oregon’s own urban landscape.
Branch Out is a slightly less active pattern, reminiscent of a tree’s deciduous nature. When autumn arrives, the leaves begin to fall but the serenity still remains.
Barking Mad, an allover texture, features a subtle grid design that is incorporated as a background in the other two coordinating products.  The result is a classic and timeless product that beautifully compliments the other two organic patterns in the collection but also can be used as a stand-alone product for a more subtle design statement.
Color Palette
The color palette for this new collection is a sophisticated range of grays and beiges. Its monochromatic coloring is reminiscent of the peacefulness that you would find in a calm forest.  The predominantly neutral color palette will also compliment a multitude of textiles and finishes.
The patterns can be intermingled and still maintain a calm yet intriguing backdrop for a variety of settings.
Features and Benefits
  • 22 oz. weight
  • Modular only with PVC-free eKo® backing (NSF 140 Platinum Certified)
  • Patterned loop
  • 100% J&J Encore© SD Ultima © Nylon with Recycled Content
  • Nine Colorways

The Urban Canopy collection will be released Fall 2012.


About J&J Industries
A family-owned business for three generations, J&J Industries engineers broadloom and modular products with a steadfast commitment to design, quality, service, integrity and sustainability.  Founded in 1957 by Rollins Jolly and Tom Jones, J&J is celebrating 55 years of commercial carpet excellence.

J&J Industries goes to market through its commercial carpet brand, J+J/Invision, offering innovative broadloom and modular products that unite design vision with performance and budget.

Georgia's Own is Awarded IIDA Educator of the Year


IIDA is proud to announce the recipient of the IIDA Educator of the Year Award is Liset Robinson, IIDA, Interior Design instructor at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA.  The award celebrates excellence in leadership by an Interior Design educator, and is sponsored by Milliken.
Robinson is being honored for her extraordinary accomplishments and commitment to Interior Design education. She has showcased her dedication to the field with more than five years mentoring students, providing internship guidance and excellent instruction. Robinson will accept the award at the IIDA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 10 at the Spertus Center, Chicago during NeoCon.  Robinson will receive a $10,000 cash award, from Award Sponsor Milliken.
Colleagues had high praise for Robinson.  “She is active in the professional community and is always seeking out opportunities to expand our students' understanding of Interior Design,” said M. Shane Totten, IIDA, AlA, IDEC, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Chair, Interior Design, SCAD Atlanta. “Her networking energy has resulted in innovative coursework reflecting areas of focus within the industry. She tirelessly volunteers for the advancement of the profession and in doing so, brings many great opportunities back to our students for their learning benefit.”
Robinson was named one of DesignIntelligence’s Interior Design Educators of the Year in 2007. She also has held several positions with the IIDA Georgia Chapter including Past President, President, Vice President of Professional Development, President-Elect and Treasurer.  Currently she serves as the Community Outreach Team Leader.
“IIDA is proud to honor Liset for her tireless devotion, enthusiasm, and service to her students and the Interior Design profession. She has gone above and beyond to share her knowledge and passion with the next generation of designers by helping them cultivate a desire to learn inside and outside of the classroom,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA.
For more information about the Educator of the Year Award, The IIDA Annual Meeting at NeoCon or The Association, please visit

Congratulations Liset!!!!  We are so proud of you. Thank you for all of your contributions to your profession and our IIDA chapter. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Student Competition winner - Lauren Smith

IIDA Georgia Chapter offices held a Student competition to help design a vanity for their office. 

In review of the Design Challenge stated:

"IIDA is your client. We want a vanity in the bathroom that can have some storage. The existing sink will be removed along with the faucet. The vinyl wallcovering will remain. Provide a concept sketch with dimensions and notes. Does not have to be to scale to convey your ideas."

Lauren Smith's design for the vanity has been selected as the design direction to be used for the IIDA Georgia Chapter office.

We will be researching products and pricing to have her design become a reality. Since the vanity is already in the 2012 budget it is planned to be completed ASAP.   She will be involved into the process if any adaptations are needed.

Lauren's winning design

"I tried to incorporate a contemporary and sleek aesthetic into the vanity while making sure that the vanity remained accessible and universally designed. I look forward to seeing the finished product in the future'"  -Lauren Smith


Lauren Smith is currently a Graduate Master of Fine Arts student of Interior Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Georgia Southern University in 2007. While in an effort to broaden her knowledge related to sustainability issues within the field, Lauren obtained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design professional accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008. Lauren continually strives to identify, research and creatively solve problems to improve the quality of interior environments and skillfully offer innovative designs in her academic and professional career.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Design Matters - One of our Own

David Ramsey, IIDA has been promoted to associate at architecture firm Lord,
Aeck & Sargent. Ramsey, who is located in the Atlanta office, has over 20
years of experience in Interior Design for commercial and institutional
projects. Ramsey holds master's and bachelor's degrees in architecture, both
from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Congratulations, David!  Job well done.....

2012 Platinum Partner - Office Creations