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March 31, 2020

At first glance, designing a new space seems relatively straight-forward. Select several items with complementing texture and tone, and your result will be a beautiful space, right? At MDC, we know this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, selecting appealing colors and patterns will not yield a successful design without the presence of supreme functionality, and in this case, we’re talking acoustics. But oftentimes, it seems…


Find Your Design Muse

February 17, 2020

Bolta Contract Collection from MDC Reenergizes Vinyl Wallcoverings with Fresh Styles, New Design Categories CHICAGO (February 2020) — Known for its diversity of color, pattern and texture, Bolta vinyl wallcoverings from MDC have defined decades of contemporary contract interiors. Today, the longstanding brand reinforces its position as a design leader, releasing a complete refresh of its product line, including recolors and design tweaks of best-selling favorites as well…

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An Elegant Game of “Where’s Waldo?”

December 30, 2019

As original and eye-catching as the design was, something was missing. Applied directly to the painted wall, the montage of images fell flat. Then Director of Design Pam Valenta had an idea to use Vycon Legacy Pivot wallcovering from MDC as the base for the digital images. The design took on a rich look, full of dimension. It became the dynamic “Mexican toile” Valenta had envisioned for the…

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School Pride Shines from Above

December 29, 2019

Educational designers might learn a thing or two from Julie Williams of Larson & Darby Group in Rockford, Illinois. The firm received the AIA Prairie Chapter’s 2018 Excellence Award for Interior Design, having turned an Illinois high school into a space where school pride is high and the noise low, thanks to her creative use of Zintra acoustical ceiling clouds from MDC. “Schools love any and all opportunities…

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Nothing Says “Welcome” Quite Like Flowers.

December 27, 2019

At first glance, you’d swear you were looking at a full-scale renovation of the second floor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In truth, the interior design team transformed the Digestive Diseases clinic of the Thalians Health Center into a more inviting space simply by installing a custom digital mural. Vivid lotus flowers create an inviting atmosphere for patients and staff alike. It had been years since the clinic’s last…


Go Big – Or Go Home

December 17, 2019

New Scales, Patterns and Finishes Add More Drama, Design to Dimension Walls from MDC CHICAGO (December 2019) — Designers, we dare you to turn any wall into a dynamic focal point. A wow factor. An eye grabber. A conversation starter – or stopper. The top-selling and ever-growing collection of Dimension Walls from MDC Interior Solutions not only makes it possible, but also easier than ever with four new…


MDC Interior Solutions Introduces Duratec Wall Protection

September 17, 2019

CHICAGO (September 2019) – MDC is pleased to introduce Duratec, a breakthrough concept in highly durable wall protection. Conceptualized for the wall but built with the performance standards of a floor covering, Duratec is skillfully engineered to protect against abrasions, stains, scratches and more. From a simple scuff all the way to the toughest impact collision, Duratec has it handled. Industries that primarily cater to high-traffic areas, such…


Think Inside The (Color) Box

August 17, 2019

MDC’s latest design tool is an industry-first, one-stop solution for creating a perfectly curated color story CHICAGO (August 2019) — Color is everywhere and impacts everything. It affects mood, sways thinking and changes actions. It can boost energy levels or supercharge productivity; make us happy or make us hungry. Color is powerful, especially in design. And now it’s easier than ever to curate the perfect color-inspired space with…


Digital Curated

November 30, 2019

A custom-designed wallcovering is one that every designer can appreciate. What could be better than having a style created specifically around your vision, to be incorporated perfectly into your unique commercial design? But depending on your project and your budget, opting for a custom wallcovering solution may not always be an available choice. So, what is a designer to do? Enter MDC’s Digital Curated, our new innovative wallcovering…


Dimension Walls

October 27, 2019

A complete, inspired room design is one that discovers the perfect balance between several key artistic elements. While some of these elements, like shape and color for example, are typically rather simple to express, others like texture can be a little more challenging. Oftentimes, when designers hear the word “texture,” it actually sounds more like “expensive” to them. So, depending on a project’s budget, texture can often be…



August 27, 2019

If you design for high-traffic service industries, you know it well. Someone nicking the side of the wall with an unruly cart. An employee spilling coffee everywhere after they turned the corner too fast. A patient or patron accidentally scuffing the wall. A scenario that immediately makes you think… “yeah, that’s gonna leave a mark.” But what if we told you that the threat of these occasions will…


Color Box

August 27, 2019

When approaching a new design project, where exactly do you begin? Typically it is not with a small decorative accent, a lamp, or even a piece of furniture, but instead you often start with a feeling. A source of inspiration. A gentle nod to an emotion, an experience, to comfort and enthusiasm. And of course, the best way to express all of these things is… through color. The…

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Grocer Discovers Fresh Looks that Last

December 25, 2019

The more familiar you are with your favorite grocery store, the faster you can shop up and down the aisles. Senior Interior Designer Vicki Wiesman remembers this when choosing materials for a Kroger Grocery Store remodel. “We like patterns and products that are timeless but trending, within budget, and can withstand the elements, because it’s hard to disrupt the customer experience with a renovation,” Wiesman says. After all,…

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The “Wow” Factor without the “Wow” Price Tag

December 23, 2019

Interior design is the closest thing we have to time travel. An apartment complex clubhouse in the Chicago suburbs recently moved out of the 1990s and into modern day, under the expert eye of Creative Director Paul Polk of dL Design Chicago. He combined colors and textures to achieve a more sophisticated image for the property, including Factory wallcoverings from MDC. “Our objective was to modernize the clubhouse…

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Restful Stay Starts with Eye-Popping Welcome

December 21, 2019

Like the cover of a book, a hotel lobby sets expectations. It projects an image that tells guests they’ve come to the right place. Hotelier Amy Gamble uses MDC Dimension Walls to create a first impression that makes a lasting impact. Gamble and her husband began buying, renovating and selling hotels approximately 14 years ago. Their company, Area Code Hotels, currently owns six properties and recently put the…

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Zintra Matches the Endurance of Flywheel Cyclists

December 20, 2019

There’s a lot riding on the interior design of Flywheel cycling studios. Heart-pounding, music-driven workouts keep Flywheel members coming back for more. And Zintra acoustic panels keep that energizing music right where it belongs: inside the studio. The originator of stadium-style cycling, Flywheel has studios in 16 U.S. cities and Dubai, and the company continues to expand. Design Manager Jacqueline Showalter is part of the team that plans,…

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The Look of Metal. The Price of Gypsum Board.

December 16, 2019

Even an expert eye can’t tell the difference. The ceiling appears to be made of metal panels that lend a silvery sheen to the sleek interiors of the New Medical Office Building for Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates (JOHA) in New Lenox, Illinois. In reality, the panels are an inexpensive gypsum board coated in LiquaPearl metallic paint from MDC. The illusion was dreamed up by Kaleb Yanko and Bret Mitchell…

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Interior designer finds stunning new way to save money at the bank

December 11, 2019

There’s that moment when you hang a painting and the beauty of a newly appointed space becomes perfectly complete. Interior Designer DeNae Krzyzanowkski of Linden Group Architects used framed artwork to finish her transformation of a historical bank into an 18-room boutique hotel in Homewood, Ill., with a distinctive French theme. But rather than actually purchase art, Krzyzanowski created custom digital wallcoverings with MDC, applied them to the…

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These Talented Architects Spend a Lot of Time Staring at the Walls

December 10, 2019

SERA Architects had a small budget and a big idea when they set about renovating the third floor of their offices in Portland, Oregon. They wanted more communal space where designers and project managers could collaborate. They envisioned a new, experimental workstyle, and they created it with an open floor plan and FUZE Dry Erase Paint. The new third floor space brings together SERA’s Urban Design & Planning…

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Laurens Restoration has a 25-year history of making things look new again.

November 30, 2019

A two-year growth spurt prompted Laurens Restoration to update their offices after more than two decades running a successful business. They know a thing or two about breathing new life into a space, given their experience in restoring homes and businesses after a disaster. When it came time for their own office refresh, Laurens discovered a new purpose for their walls. FUZE Dry Erase Paint. A coat of…

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“Intellectual graffiti” frees the mind at creativity-driven school

November 27, 2019

Glenbrook North High School ranks among the top schools in Illinois and nationally, due largely to its focus on individual creativity. It’s an innovative school with access to all of the latest computers and classroom wizardry they need to create a dynamic learning environment. But the best technology they have, according to Chief Innovation Officer Ryan Bretag, is the dry erase paint that covers the walls. “When ideas…

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Dry erase paint turns ancient chalkboards into a modern-day teaching tool

November 25, 2019

“Getting white boards into our classrooms was one of our priorities for this year,” explains Nettelhorst Principal Cindy Wulbert. They hoped to replace their outdated chalkboards, some of which were in such bad shape that you couldn’t even write on them. But the school realized whiteboards weren’t feasible because they are costly, and because of the space they require. Then new Nettelhorst teacher Jason Merel suggested they experiment…


MDC’s Collaboration With Thom Filicia Continues To Wow With Stunning Styles

November 17, 2018

NEW YORK (November 2018) – MDC and Thom Filicia have proven to be a powerful design duo, and their collaboration continues to build momentum with two new designs unveiled at BDNY 2018, booth #1911. The two new designs, Oxford and Beguile, reimagine classic textiles with Filicia’s signature, modern style. Oxford is a standout design, styled with a two-layered, vertical stripe. A 24 oz. Type II Vinyl, Oxford is…