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Sunbrella hits the high end with Dickson brand

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25

By Steven Feldman

Architects and designers have known the Sunbrella brand for decades. After all, Sunbrella enjoys the reputation of being a best-in-class manufacturer of fabrics in terms of performance, durability and design. While the company has a foothold in a variety of industries, upholstery fabric for both indoor and outdoor applications is probably what resonates most with the A&D community. Resistance to mildew as well as fading and degradation from sunlight are just a couple of its products’ hallmarks that allow for a premium that can often be double the price of its competitors.

Family owned by parent company Glen Raven, the 57-year-old brand in the late 1990s purchased a France-based competitor to its European business called Dickson. Then, about five years ago, Dickson created a woven textile for the floor. Its success in Europe and Asia fueled the decision to bring the product to the U.S. and enter what can be best described as a somewhat crowded woven textile flooring market.

Dickson Woven Flooring by Sunbrella made its debut at the Starnet spring meeting in Orlando earlier this year, which was followed by additional exposure at HD Expo in Las Vegas. Now it comes to the big stage this month at NeoCon. Industry veterans Natalie Jones (Mannington Commercial) and Catherine Minervini (Bentley) are two of the three A&D regional managers handling the line.

Architects and designers are quite familiar with the woven textile flooring category having specified similar products from Chilewich, Bolon, Tandus Centiva (Powerbond), J+J (Kinetics) and Armstrong (Fitnice) to name a few. These products provide warmth and comfort underfoot like a soft surface but offer the cleanability and durability of a hard surface. This makes it an ideal choice for high-traffic applications where great acoustical properties are needed as well as comfort for the people who are standing and walking on it. But according to Jones, that’s where the similarities end—especially with regard to construction and performance.

How it’s made

One of the unique things about Dickson Woven Flooring is the fibers are thermo-soldered together as well as into the phthalate-free backing itself so it’s not an open weave; it’s more of a flatweave. Things aren’t going to ground down and get trapped into the flooring as they may with similar products, according to Jones. Furthermore, soldering the fibers together also results in a beautiful aesthetic of a textile, she added.

There is also an optical effect unique to Dickson with the higher contrast colors that allows the same color to appear differently. Depending on the reflection of light off the fiber, it projects ever-changing color compositions within a space. This striking effect is produced by reflected light on bicolor fabric threads and further intensified through the texture and placement of patterns on the covering. The result is a product with eye-catching 3-D and holographic effects created within the space. The collection offers four different broadloom fabric textures in 30 color shades.

Dickson is also FloorScore certified to promote good indoor air quality. Furthermore, the product installs easily due to what the company claims is the only no-fray system available in the U.S. market. Enhancing the product’s longevity is the high-performance backing engineered to withstand the heaviest of foot traffic.

From a technical standpoint, a condensed cushion gives Dickson Woven Flooring optimal acoustical ratings related to sound transmissions and ambient noise, Jones said. The product also boasts an ease of maintenance story; it can be vacuumed, hot water extracted or you can simply take a wet cloth to it.

Jones sees Dickson Woven Flooring being specified in multiple applications. “Fitness centers should be a prime market because it offers a better aesthetic than rubber and doesn’t have that rubber smell. We also are seeing opportunity in retail as operators look at performance from a hard surface that also offers comfort underfoot. In hospitality, we are seeing more hard surface in hotel rooms because of the maintenance and durability concerns.”

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Mannington Commercial nets 8 ADEX awards

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 4.54.01 PMCalhoun, Ga.– Mannington Commercial announced it has been honored by Design Journal with eight ADEX awards, for the company’s continued demonstration of design leadership.

The ADEX Awards for Design Excellence include five Platinum awards: one Gold and two Silver, across a range of product categories from carpet to LVT, rubber to resilient sheet, custom programs to environmentally friendly backing. This year, more than 2,800 products were submitted from over 500 different companies.

Winning Platinum for Mannington were:

  • Bouclé – a texture reinterpreted in broadloom and modular carpet, in a modern range of colors.
  • Redefined – Fashion patterns inspired by houndstooth, tweed, hexagons and more— a texturally rich 18 X 36 carpet tile.
  • rEvolve – a PVC-free, vinyl alternative, high performance modular carpet backing system constructed of thermoplastic polyolefin.
  • Realities – heterogeneous sheet flooring inspired by wood looks, yet engineered for healthcare, education, retail, and government installations.
  • Custom Cutting – the Amtico Collection from Mannington makes it possible to install any design imaginable, drawing from the broadest portfolio of aesthetics in the industry.

The Gold winner was Colorfields – Thermoset rubber that brings spa-like attention to detail with color, durability, and comfort underfoot.

Silver winners were:

  • Connected – modular carpet that uses changes in texture and color to cue functionality and attitude in open, adaptive floor plans.
  • Design Woods – inspired by natural woods and brings bold, weighty grains and upscale aesthetics to LVT.

“Design Journal and the ADEX Awards are known throughout the industry for shining the spotlight on beautiful and innovative products,” said Natalie Jones, vice president, commercial brand development and creative product. “We are delighted to be included in their list of top products from 2013, because ADEX is a reflection of what designers are looking for, of what they want to use in their projects.”

 

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Mannington releases iPad app for A+D market, 'Apt'

Calhoun, Ga. — Leveraging its leadership in iPhone and Android apps built to serve specifiers and end users, Mannington Commercial has developed Apt – an app designed to make tablets more useful than ever for the design, specification and client presentation process. Continue reading Mannington releases iPad app for A+D market, 'Apt'