Sustainability Goals are Changing Industry Trends, with MDC Leading the Way; MDC is Exclusive Source of Candice Olson’s Wallcovering Designs for Commercial Use

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New innovative wall coverings from award-winning designer Candice Olson feature glass beads made from recycled windshields

Who knew a broken windshield could be so beautiful? MDC, a leading U.S. source of commercial wall designs and coatings, recently launched a new line of products designed by Candice Olson, an award-winning interior designer and host of Candice Tells All seen on HGTV in the U.S. and W Network in Canada. Olson’s Contract collection includes Brilliant Stripe and Brilliant Filigree, two patterns embellished with glass beads made from recycled windshields. It’s the first wallcovering product to incorporate a decorative aggregate onto a Type II commercial substrate.

“Architects and interior designers are looking for ways to go green, and it’s a priority we share,” explains Michael Glynn, MDC’s vice president of sales. The firm’s clients include some of the best-known brands in the hospitality industry, many of which are pursuing design alternatives that are more sustainable.

“Through our ongoing product research and development, we are providing what could be considered the next generation of wall designs and coatings,” Glynn continued. “Candice Olson’s creations are combining beauty with function in a way we have not seen before. The result is a durable product that is equally elegant and beautiful.” The new designs are manufactured by York Wallcoverings, and MDC has an exclusive contract to distribute the Candice Olson line in the U.S. commercial sector.

The Brilliant designs in Olson’s MDC collection set new standards for earth-friendly materials, with specialty effects created through the use of recycled windshield glass. The designs are available in multiple colors, including: Taupe, Pearl, Oxygen and Zinc. All four colors have a subtle metallic and/or pearlescent look, and the overall effect is consistent with Olson’s signature style, which fuses traditional and modern designs.

“As a designer, I’ve seen a shift in the way people think about their work and living spaces,” says Olson. “As much as they prize the aesthetics of a room, they are also considering the value of sustainable resources, and I think we need to find ways to bridge those two priorities. Our Brilliant Stripe design is meant to do that, by allowing our clients to beautify their world while helping protect the planet at the same time.”

Beauty and sustainability come together
The beads on the Candice Olson product are made with 100 percent recycled glass sourced from automotive windshields. The wall design is sustainable in other ways, as well:

  •     All inks and adhesive used are low-VOC, water-base materials.
  •     The vinyl under-print is CAL01350 compliant for indoor air emissions and has many of the characteristics of MDC’s standard commercial products, such as R value and sound absorption.
  •      The Candice Olson product can contribute to LEED points.

About MDC Wallcoverings
MDC, located in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, is one of the world's largest sources of wallcoverings and coatings. MDC’s approximately 50-year history is a story of acquisitions combined with the ability to provide customers with exceptional value, product selection and service. Visit

About Candice Olson
Recognized as a leading design professional, Candice Olson is one of North America’s most sought-after brands. An authentic and working designer since her early 20’s, Olson established her own interior design firm over a decade ago. Considered “the one to watch” by the NY Times, Olson has imparted her unique design style on a diverse array of residential and commercial projects. In early 2002, Olson started creating interiors for her #1 rated TV show – “Divine Design”. She immediately became known for her signature style and trademark sense of humor. As the namesake and creator of multiple product lines, Olson enjoys sharing her signature style with other design professionals and multitudes of retail shoppers. The designs are sophisticated yet accessible and simultaneously youthful, classic and contemporary.
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