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The Eco-Lab zone will debut in the Trends Hub in 2013. This area will display product innovations that have green credentials.
Victoria Redshaw of the United Kingdom, Lead Trend Forecaster and Managing Director at Scarlet Opus, conceptualized, designed and will be curating the Trends Hub.
"Forecasting trends is scientific as a process. It's like an equation, but has a reasonably guaranteed outcome. We do incredible amounts of research and translation analysis of hundreds and hundreds of pieces of information and we bring that all together to make our forecast," said Redshaw. "The Trends Hub is where you can find the best of the best at Surfaces. If you only have a couple of hours to see the show, these are the real gems and the must-see products that we believe must not be missed."
In addition to seeing the hottest new trends, "Live in the Hub" will give attendees the opportunity to join featured designers for 15-minute presentations revealing a round-up of the trends and products at the following times:
Tuesday, January 29
11:00 a.m. – Erinn Valencich
1:00 p.m. – Annette Callari
3:00 p.m. – Victoria Redshaw
Wednesday, January 30
11:00 a.m. – Annette Callari
1:00 p.m. – Erinn Valencich
3:00 p.m. – Shelley Pond
Thursday, January 31
11:00 a.m. – Victoria Redshaw
1:00 p.m. – Shelley Pond
The Trends Hub will also serve as a place on the show floor to take a break, hold a meeting or catch up on calls and emails – comfy seating booths and a long laboratory bench will provide space for attendees to relax.
Some of the exhibitors who will be showcasing their products in the Trends Hub include Amorim Flooring N.A., Bedrosians, Carpet Crafts, Chene de Lest, J Mish Carpet, Phenix, Premiere Finishing, and Renick Milworks.
The Trends Hub will be located in Shorelines Exhibit Hall on Level 2 in booth S6741.