The Wallcoverings Association has presented its highest honors to Phil Tarullo, president, CEO and owner of LSI Wallcovering, which manufactures the Versa, Second-Look and Worldwide Wallcovering brands. The Allman Award is presented each year to a leader who has made a long-lasting, positive contribution that has helped to shape the future of the wallcovering industry.
A longtime advocate for sustainable manufacturing practices, Tarullo has led by example. LSI Wallcovering was one of the first to switch to water-based inks in the early ’80s, developed the first technology for recycling post-consumer wallcovering in 2006, and became the first manufacturer to certify to the NSF/ANSI 342 Sustainability Standard for Wallcovering in 2012. Tarullo was instrumental in the realization of the NSF/ANSI 342 standard, which was officially launched during his term as the Wallcoverings Association president.
Excepts from a Vinyl Institute Column by Terry Murphy, Education Manager, LEED AP BD+C
The most common questions I receive at trade shows like USGBC’s Greenbuild, and in my daily work presenting materials education to architects and designers all around the country, are about recycling. There is a perception among a few members of my audience that vinyl cannot be recycled, and that is simply incorrect. The reality is that vinyl is readily recyclable and this is a growing segment within the plastics and material recovery business. Recycling and recycled content in new products are top of mind topics today because recycling brings with it reduced demand for new materials, it recovers embodied energy and it reduces the demand for landfill space.
Versa Wallcovering’s Metro design has won a Reader’s Choice Certificate of Excellence from ha+d magazine. Winners of the global competition were announced at a reception in Hong Kong, where Versa distributor Tat Ming accepted the award. An international jury vetted the entries and selected finalists, which were posted online. Readers from Questex publications ha+d and Hotel Management then voted to determine the winners.
Wallcovering fell out of style several years ago but like most design trends, it has become popular once again. Design professionals are turning to wallcovering as a way to liven up spaces, protect wall surfaces, and add some drama with texture and imagery. Wall decor has come a long way since the cave paintings of our ancestors. VI consultant Terry Murphy discusses some of the latest trends and techniques making their way onto the market. Read more about the low cost, versatility, and durability of vinyl wall covering as well as the manufacturing techniques that provide unique texture and advancements in graphic design.
Versa Wallcovering has launched a new ad campaign that showcases the breadth of the Versa line and the new online Product Library. Look for the ad in leading interiors publications this year.
The online product directory allows designers to search the Versa library by color, design style, environmental attribute or product name. All colors selections are shown, and users can zoom in on product photography for a more detailed view. Specifications and installation instructions are available. Specifiers also can set up an account and order samples online.
Versa Wallcovering is the first wallcovering brand to certify to the NSF/ANSI 342 Sustainability Standard for Wallcovering Products. Versa wallcoverings will display the NSF Sustainability Mark, a signal to specifiers of the products’ sustainability and eligibility for LEED credits. NSF/ANSI 342 is a comprehensive, multi-attribute standard that evaluates the wallcovering over its life cycle, from raw material extraction through end-of-life. LSI Wallcovering, the manufacturer of the Versa brand, was evaluated in six key areas – Product Design, Product Manufacturing, Long Term Value, End of Life Management, Corporate Governance and Innovation. All Versa wallcoverings are certified. Specifiers should also check on distributor certification as NSF/ANSI 342 requires both manufacturer and distributor to be certified.