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NeoCon2010: Commercial market shows signs of life

Value

Many manufacturers introduced products at lower price points as a recession-busting strategy. Patcraft Designweave’s latest introduction, Entice is Nice, an NSF-140 certified product, constructed using 100% Eco Solution Q nylon and backed using EcoWorx Broadloom backing.

Across all categories, the consensus seemed that there was more value offered to the end user. Glen Hussmann, president, Tandus, pays close attention to what customers want. “We offer quality manufacturing and excellent value. It’s a must in these times.” The company showcased Urban Nature, which combines the look of carpet with the durability of hard surface due to the technology behind Powerbond, Tandus’ hybrid resilient flooring.

Forbo launched its new Marmoleum Global 3 Collection, targeted toward architects, designers and facility managers looking for stylish floor covering solutions that are ecologically sound and economically advantageous. The theme of the collection, “designing the future,” depicts the trends in building construction and interior design: the move toward more open, naturally lit, flexible and ecologically responsible buildings and environments.

Retro

Another trend designers noticed this year were retro colors and patterns—particularly the vibrant colors of the 1980s. “Everyone likes nostalgia,” said Emily Cicharz, interior designer, Ellerbe Becket. “Whether it reminds you of high school, your childhood or a time before you, we all like to revisit a time gone by.”

With the self-claim of channeling the ’80s, Amtico introduced Metals, six subtle metal shades with a rippled, beaten texture dubbed “haute glamour.” The resilient flooring, availablein12x12, 12 x 18,18 x 18 and 12 x 24 tiles are low-VOC and FloorScore certified.

Continuing on the ’80s theme, InterfaceFLOR spotlighted their modular tile products inspired by the 1980s Memphis design movement and 1980s Milan designer Ettore Sottsass. Designed by David Oakey, the design’s ambitions for the collection is to lighten the mood. “What I want is to inspire people,” Oakey said. “To shake people up and say, ‘Let’s have fun again. Let’s be playful again.’”

For more NeoCon coverage, see the July 19/26 issue of FCNews.

-Melissa McGuire