‘What materials will work best for my project?’

Choosing the best material for each surface and application can be an art in itself. Properly balancing design, durability, cost and environmental impact for your clients is key to your success. On this page you'll find an ever-growing catalog of real-world examples of material triumphs that can help guide your next specifications. 

The flip side of knowing what will work is knowing what won't. Learn from others' mistakes: 

Case Studies by Market



Hotels and restaurants are some of the most challenging environments for decorative surfaces. High use, abuse and rigorous cleaning or the opposite, neglect, quickly take their toll on materials that aren't up to the task. 

Click below for profiles on specification successes (and failures!) in hospitality projects. 

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Commercial Furniture, Fixtures and Interiors

Office and commercial spaces offer many opportunities for value engineering decorative surfaces. People spend more of their waking time in these evolving environments, making smart materials selection more important than ever. 



Clinics, hospitals, long-term care and environments for aging represent growing opportunities for interior designers and architects. They also present designers with a unique set of client demands, namely hygiene, cleaning and maintenance. 

Creating safe, welcoming spaces is key to delivering your clients the advantages they'll need in this competitive market. 


Residential and RTA Furniture

Surfaces for residential and RTA furniture are more realistic and durable than ever, but must be maintained and handled differently than commercial materials. 


Kitchens and Baths

The most demanding applications in any projects are, without doubt, kitchens and baths. And in the case of kitchen, they're often the most visible and trafficked room. 

Matching aesthetics and performance is key, and materials play a leading role.