2010 GRAND PRIZE WINNER - Lido Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Lou DeCillis, Artistic Flooring Systems
West Bloomfield, MI

Lido Gallery

Featured in The Oakland Press, Birmingham Floor Specialist Wins Industry Award, February 24, 2011 ( View Online )

L. M. Scofield Company is pleased to announce the winners of the Third Annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. This contest is open to any Contractor, Architect or Designer who uses or specifies Scofield Systems.

For the second year in a row, the Grand Prize was awarded to Lou DeCillis of Artistic Flooring Systems of West Bloomfield, MI. for his innovative use of stain work on the floor for Lido Gallery and Gifts. Even though this wasn't a large job (the lobby and reception area for a new art gallery), the owner wanted a very dramatic and stunning floor. "Art on the floor," was the way DeCillis described it. And did DeCillis ever deliver!

Described as "an impressionist painting on concrete" the floor was created with a combination of LITHOCHROME® Chemstain® Classic, LITHOCHROME® Tintura™ Stain and SCOFIELD® Formula One™ Liquid Dye Concentrate, then sealed with SCOFIELD® Selectseal-S™. Departing from the "graphic design" look of most decorative concrete artisans, DeCillis used the colors in a loose, painterly fashion, creating a floor that is as much a work of art as the pieces that the gallery houses.

2009 GRAND PRIZE WINNER - The Asian Village Restaurant
Lou DeCillis, Artistic Flooring Systems
West Bloomfield, MI

Asian Village

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When the design firm for this upscale Asian-themed restaurant approached Lou DeCillis of Artistic Flooring Systems, they had a very specific look they wanted to achieve. DeCillis was given a reproduction of an ancient carving that was to be used as a guide for planning the texture of the floor. "They wanted a controlled mottled look over the entire eight thousand square foot surface of the dining area" DeCillis says. "They also wanted us to introduce some design elements into the plan. We suggested large dragons and chrysanthemums.

We've been using LITHOCHROME® Chemstain® for about 15 years. So our first step was to have a pre-pour meeting with the concrete contractor to be sure the concrete would be finished to our spec. We wanted it smooth without over-troweling or burning."

The next step for DeCillis was to provide a job site mock-up to select colors, texture and sealer.

"The Dark Walnut areas of Chemstain were done first using our own proprietary technique. This allowed us to achieve a mottled look that evoked ancient Asian nephrite carvings which the designer had shown us. We followed it with a textbook application of Antique Amber."

Artistic Flooring Systems produced their own stencils for the artwork. The surrounding areas were masked off and LITHOCHROME® Tintura™ Stain was applied in Old Gold. The floor was finished with two coats of Cementone® Clear Sealer followed by three coats of floor wax. Our judges were impressed.

"The project is well executed and carefully done with great attention to detail," says Joe Nasvik of Concrete Construction magazine. "It’s very eye catching, especially the dragon. The look that was achieved with chemical stains is different too — can’t say that I’ve ever seen the careful colorations achieved like this before. Their blending of stain colors is very creative."