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Patcraft unveils Monochrome, Surface Tone collection

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft’s newest resilient tile collection, Monochrome & Surface Tone, is designed to transform space and experience. Featuring abstract visuals with a natural yet sophisticated aesthetic, this collection offers simplicity to promote connection and inspire creativity through the use of visual variation in the tile’s finish, the company said.

With products inspired by natural stone, the abstract organic visuals are said to uniquely enhance the built environment. “With the Monochrome products within this collection, we sought to bridge the divide between two contrasting finishes: matte and gloss,” said Kelly Stewart, hard surface designer for Patcraft. “We saw opportunity for these looks to help designers move beyond ordinary flooring installation designs. We chose a tile format and rich neutrals and dynamic brights to leverage the most opportunity from the gloss finish and the simplicity of the matte look.”

Monochrome Matte is available in 18 X 36 tiles, and the complementary Monochrome Gloss accents are available in 9 X 36 tiles. Intended only for accents and borders, Monochrome Gloss’s installation is limited to no more than 20% of a space. Surface Tone is available in 11 refined colorways ranging from neutrals to brights and is offered in 9 X 36 tiles.

“These influential visuals work together to create a fluid yet dynamic aesthetic,” said Stewart. “The Monochrome & Surface Tone collection represents what can be accomplished when polarizing looks are artfully brought together to create a thoughtful flooring collection.”

Featuring a 20-mil wear layer for superior durability, the collection is polish and buff optional. The 5mm product construction allows for installation alongside carpet without the need for transition, and an ExoGuard finish provides enhanced scratch and stain resistance.

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Patcraft launches new modular collection, BioSymmetry

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft’s newest modular collection, BioSymmetry, is designed to explore the natural definition of visual balance through transparency of shape and pattern. The collection’s three styles—Natural Form, Rebalance and Instinct—are available in 24” x 24” tiles that offer variation in scale from small to large. The gradated shift in pattern and color plays on the idea of positive and negative elements, creating organic designs and visual variation across the floor.

“Inspired by the process and capabilities of the product machinery, the design team combined an interplay of positive and negative pattern elements that were developed using natural textures,” said Shannon Cochran, vice president of creative and design, Patcraft. “BioSymmetry features texture and scale, revealing an organic approach to geometric flooring design.”

Constructed with Solution Q Nylon and a multi-level pattern loop, BioSymmetry also features Patcraft’s innovative StrataWorx backing. StrataWorx is a lightweight, durable backing which offers maximum efficiency in manufacturing, transportation and installation.

BioSymmetry is Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver. Products are backed with 10-year warranties against stain, colorfastness to light, static and abrasive wear for maximum performance and appearance retention.

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Patcraft introduces AdMix Encore

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft is expanding the company’s collection of terrazzo visuals with its newest resilient product introduction, AdMix Encore, now available. Offered in 36″ and 12″ square tiles and 24 colors, AdMix Encore features homogeneous construction and a seamless moisture barrier. Products are designed to coordinate with Patcraft’s AdMix, extending the functionality of this successful product platform by incorporating bright colors for accents, wayfinding and branding options while fostering further flexibility in the creation of spaces.

“AdMix Encore builds on an existing product category for high-demand environments and bridges the divide between stunning terrazzo visuals and the durability needed in high-performing commercial environments,” said Shannon Cochran, vice president, creative and design, Patcraft. “The broad color line allows for maximum design flexibility for pediatrics, acute care and operating rooms.”

Named a 2017 Silver Nightingale award recipient in recognition for its contribution to the healthcare-built environment through product design and innovation, AdMix Encore is a perfect-fit for high-demand, heavy traffic areas. Offering a 2,500 psi when installed, the homogeneous solid resin construction allows for scratches, scuffs and stains to be easily buffed. AdMix Encore can be heat welded and/or flash coved, and can be fully and continually immersed in water with no degradation, making it ideal for areas that require large volumes of water for maintenance.

Created using pre-consumer recycled content, Admix Encore features fewer VOCs than linoleum and rubber and is Floorscore certified. Backed by an industry leading lifetime warranty, this beautifully designed, durable product offers performance-driven style that is a trademark of Patcraft’s high-performance brand.

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NeoCon turns 50: Design, innovation take center stage at milestone event

By Lindsay Baillie

Chicago—NeoCon, one of the largest commercial interior design shows in North America, concluded its 50th edition last month, drawing in more than 50,000 attendees—a 5% increase from 2017. The Mart in Chicago was bursting with 140 showrooms, where roughly 350 exhibitors showcased the latest and greatest in corporate, hospitality, healthcare, education and retail design.

According to show management, the show floor was completely occupied, which was in keeping with NeoCon trends seen over the past 10 years. What’s more, flooring was the second highest represented commercial industry. “The fact that this was our 50th edition added a lot of buzz and energy,” said Byron Morton, vice president of leasing, NeoCon.

The scores of A&D professionals in attendance echoed those sentiments. “We could tell from the energetic crowds at The Mart that the excitement of NeoCon was at an all-time high this year,” said John Hopkins, principal and design director, IA Interiors Architects’ Chicago office. “We loved that there was such a focus on acoustic solutions—it’s an undervalued component when it comes to privacy, workplaces and open environments. We also noticed there were a lot of natural materials and finishes, a welcome return after the influx of the cold, industrial materials of the past few years.”

Angie Lee, AIA, IIDA, principal, design director-interiors, FXCollaborative Architects LLP, New York, agreed. “I have attended NeoCon for the last three years and continue to be impressed by the immense energy and creativity of the manufacturers, designers and associations. I saw a range of products implementing unexpected, thought-provoking uses of color, pattern and texture.”

Vendors attributed much of that enthusiasm to three primary factors—the strength of key end-use market sectors, the bevy of new products that provide both aesthetic and performance solutions, and positive trends in non-residential construction spending.

“Traditional hard surface markets like retail and healthcare still are very strong, and non-traditional markets such as offices and hospitality are shifting toward hard surfaces in many areas they did not consider before,” Robert Brockman, segment marketing manager, commercial, Armstrong Flooring, told FCNews.

LVT in particular is driving commercial flooring consumption across several end-use markets as it continues to exceed the growth of the once-dominant broadloom sector. This is especially the case in hotels. “Most hospitality end users are also looking to make a change to something more timeless in terms of pattern and color,” noted Al Boulogne, vice president, commercial resilient business, Mannington Commercial. “That, coupled with the easier maintenance requirements, make it an ideal product for these environments.”

But it’s not just hospitality that’s driving LVT specifications. Observers say healthcare holds the biggest growth potential for LVT, especially in areas such as hotel lobbies, hospital corridors and senior living spaces. “Slip/fall issues help LVT vs. other hard surface options,” said Paul Eanes, vice president of new business development, Metroflor.

Product trends
The vast array of innovative new products on display at the show reflected diverse requirements of architects, specifiers and designers. To keep up with demand, flooring manufacturers are developing new products across both hard and soft surface arenas that appeal to multiple commercial sectors at a time. In addition to developing products that fulfill “resi-mercial” demands, manufacturers are incorporating more pops of color to assist designers in creating unique, productive spaces.

In terms of hard surfaces, manufacturers continue to incorporate sustainable, biophilic design, with resilient flooring mimicking stone, cement, wood and other natural looks. Armstrong Flooring, for example, rolled out a heterogeneous sheet product called Mixers, which was inspired by the vibrant colors of different cocktails. Focused on its heterogeneous and homogeneous sheet lines, Armstrong presented attendees with new products that boast equal performance. “The update there is two fold,” Brockman stated, adding that designers can specify both sheet lines together without performance issues. “It’s not only new designs and patterns, but Diamond 10 technology has been added to the heterogeneous line.”

New to NeoCon, Cleo Contract—a Congoleum brand—highlighted its non-vinyl, non-PVC product. Made up of 85% limestone, Cleo has an ultra-low VOC, high-performance clear coating for durability and performance. What’s more, its visuals are digitally printed, which allows the company to produce custom looks. To help designers show what the product looks like after a complete install, Cleo Contract developed digitally printed papers that can be updated in real time with the current SKUs, according to Kurt Denman, chief marketing officer and executive vice president, sales, Congoleum.

Also riding the non-vinyl train is Mannington Commercial with its latest non-vinyl alternative resilient tile, Cirro. Offered in 20 visuals and four different sizes in tile and plank formats, Cirro can be installed using traditional resilient adhesives.

Also new from Mannington is Northern Wonders, which was inspired by a designer’s visit to see the Northern Lights. “Its colors and design are a culmination of ideas developed during the trip,” said Whitney LeGate, business manager, commercial LVT, Mannington. The product is available in nine colorways.

Over at the Karndean Designflooring space, the emphasis was on designer education as well as the seemingly endless options available through its Korlok, glue-down and loose-lay products. The company’s grout strips, available in 16 colors, were installed in the booth to show how to incorporate fake grout lines as well as pops of color to a SKU. “We’ve expanded our solid color offering to allow for both bold, saturated pops of colors and pastels to align with 2019 color forecasts, great for projects that require an elevated brand identity or to add a bit of whimsy,” said Jenne Ross, director of marketing. “We’re excited that these custom colors will be available on-demand and custom cut at our Pittsburgh facility.”

One of the products Raskin Industries showcased was Ceramix, a resilient tile with built-in grout lines that’s available in a variety of visuals, including stone, marble and concrete. “We have 36 x 36 tiles that give you a really clean smooth concrete look,” said Ted Rocha, vice president of sales. “It would be something that you’d see in an Apple store, for instance.”

Aspecta released its Aspecta 10 line, a premium multi-layer flooring with Isocore technology. The new offering features a 28mil wear layer and can be installed floating corner to corner—thanks in part to its innovative vertical locking system. “This is the Rolls Royce of multi-layer flooring,” said Marcel Kies, global CEO, Aspecta. “What we’ve tried to create is a good, better, best product.”

Shannon Specialty Floors displayed its new Naturescapes line, which was designed with the help of Jason McLennan, author, founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge. Naturescapes, he explained, is a resilient flooring product made with organic polymers. “It’s not vinyl, it’s free of all Red List chemicals and it’s the first Living Product Certified resilient flooring in the industry. This product class is highly sought after.”

Roppe highlighted multiple products at the show, including its Northern Parallels Chevron LVT planks available in a 9¼ x 59¼ format in three color ranges. According to Dee Dee Brickner, marketing manager, the line reflects strong demand for one of the most popular patterns—a directional pattern that’s often seen in real hardwood installations. “By offering a left and right design, these floors can also be laid in the same direction to create another unique look by using only one side.”

Looking beyond LVT, manufacturers in the rubber segment also looked to generate some buzz by showcasing products in on-trend, vibrant colors. Suitable for multiple applications, these manufacturers have developed customer cut and base profile programs to provide designers with greater options.

Then there was American Biltrite’s AB Pure, which features its signature Nfuse technology (Here, the coating that is applied directly into the flooring.) “Normally you would take [a rubber floor] out of the box, glue it down and then you’d scrub and clean it to release the mold agent,” Mark Tickle, director of marketing, explained. “With AB Pure, once you lay it down you use a damp mop on the surface. Then as soon as the adhesive has cured you can have people on it.”

Flexco is incorporating different wood-look visuals as well as new rubber plank sizes to its portfolio. “We’re also going to be launching some of our new base profiles, which is catching a lot of people’s interest,” said Haley Plank, marketing manager. “We’re also working on sustainability for our products. We have two new HPDs coming out for our rubber tile and treads.”

Procedo Flooring’s new Maxime rubber flooring line—available in eight colors in a 24 x 24 tile format—was designed to be installed across multiple settings, including educational facilities, sports facilities and retail areas. “We also started doing water jet cuts on the product for greater design options,” said Pierre Lefort, national sales manager.

All shapes and sizes
“Some of the coolest things in floor covering,” noted NeoCon’s Morton, “has to be the different shapes and textures” on display at the show. To that end, Tarkett showcased several products ranging from Pentagonals, which won a Best of NeoCon Gold, and Woven Fringe, a Best of NeoCon Platinum winner.

According to Terry Mowers, vice president chief creative officer, Pentagonals features rubber in a way that highlights a wide range of design possibilities. “You can get whatever color palettes you want within the system and a variety of shapes.”

Woven Fringe complements Tarkett’s rubber offering by providing a resi-mercial solution that is part of the company’s area rug program. According to Mowers, the product’s neutral color palette fits right in with current trends. “We’re seeing grays moving to healthcare in combination with other colorings. We’re also seeing grays getting warmer but we’re not seeing them move that far away.”

As hard surfaces continue to gain more share across various commercial markets, end users are incorporating more area rugs in their designs. At the same time, carpet tile is also gaining steam. New soft surfaces continue to follow sustainable, biophilic design while brightening up spaces with hints of color.

Case in point: Aquafil’s booth displayed clothing and carpet featuring Econyl fiber. According to Kathy Long, brand communications manager, the booth was designed to show how fashion and carpet flow together. “We’re trying to show the endless possibilities of Econyl,” Long said. “We have 28 new colors to the Econyl collection—new neutrals and pops.”

Patcraft highlighted Dichroic, a PET carpet tile made from recycled plastic bottles. “We’ve worked on two products to pull plastic waste out of the environment,” said Kieren Corcoran, director of performance markets. “We’ve taken the bottle chip that can’t be recycled and turned it into fibers. We can then recycle it again at the end of its life back into pellets.”

EF Contract, which made its NeoCon debut, highlighted several carpet collections, including Rust Dye. “What we did was take metals and went through the process of rust dying them and capturing what they leave behind as they decay,” Susan Curtis, vice president, design and marketing, explained. “We’re all about tile, skinny planks and giving the designer flexible to design their own patterns.”

New to Mannington’s broadloom products is Moire, a carpet tile offering developed in conjunction with installation artist Gabriel Dawe. Moire mimics an installation Dawe completed in The Mart, which featured 30 miles of colorful fiber organized in prism format. Interestingly, the installation changed its colors as attendees passed by.

Mohawk put the spotlight on several new soft surface offerings, including Sunweave, a collection of woven broadloom and rug products featuring Heathered Hues Duracolor premium nylon, and Crafted Convergence, which draws on influence from Native American pottery and baskets to everyday Japanese and African garments. “With Crafted Convergence, we’re starting to transfer more hospitality looks into the workplace,” said Mark Oliver, vice president, workplace and retail. “The other beauty is it’s broadloom, but we’re also offering it as a rug.”

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Patcraft’s Tangible Hue energizes environment with colors, textures

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft has introduced its latest carpet tile collection, Tangible Hue. Inspired by the appeal of creating bright, uplifting spaces, products are infused with color, offering designers, end users and facility managers a range of color palettes for impactful commercial design. Available in 24” x 24” tiles, patterns combine texture, light and energy to create playful and energetic spaces.

“Studies show that color has a profound connection and impact to the human brain’s perception of environments,” said Shannon Cochran, Patcraft vice president, creative and design. “Color can motivate, excite or calm, inspire creativity and self-expression or improve focus. Tangible Hue inspired our design team to consider how changing the variables of color can impact behavior within a space.”

Tangible Hue includes three dynamic patterns designed to complement one another in a lively interaction between shape, color and texture. Color offerings include saturated primaries and stable neutral tones that are enriched and uncomplicated, and these sophisticated twists create a complex dimension on the floor. Products are ideal for wayfinding and crossover spaces that create balance and impact with multi-functional outcomes.

Constructed with Solution Q Extreme, Tangible Hue is Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver and offers a beautiful design option within high-demand environments. Products are backed with a lifetime warranty against stain, colorfastness to light, static and abrasive wear for maximum performance and appearance retention.

 

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Patcraft’s CMYK features colorful, high-performing resilient tile

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft has launched its latest colorful resilient tile collection, CMYK. This visually textured LVT tile features a smooth, high-performance surface that furthers Patcraft’s mission to help designers transform spaces within the built environment. Available in 12” x 24” tiles, CMYK is offered in a range of 24 vibrant colors and versatile neutrals tones to support branding, wayfinding, color blocking and mixing vision.

“CMYK directly responds to a growing demand for a beautiful, smooth resilient tile offered in a range of inspiring colors and organic neutrals,” said Shannon Cochran, vice president of creative and design, Patcraft. “Color plays such an important role in impacting mood and performance within a space. CMYK is one of many new Patcraft introductions designed to elevate the built environment through the use of color.”

CMYK’s 12”x 24” planks feature a 20-mil wear layer. This highly flexible and durable product is treated with Patcraft’s ExoGuard+ top coat offering industry leading scratch resistance, improved ease of maintenance and polish optional maintenance.

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Patcraft introduces new line, Estrato

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft has introduced Estrato, its newest product for high-performance environments. Inspired by the beauty of abstract botanicals, the scale and movement within the product’s pattern creates a sophisticated flooring visual. Offered in coordinating carpet tile and broadloom, Estrato’s refined colorways enhance and enliven the built environment, providing versatile options for design flexibility. 

“Estrato answers the industry’s evolving demands for textural and transitional patterning for use in the creation of serene and tranquil surroundings,” said Ron Powell, Patcraft designer. “By overlaying pattern on top of texture for nature-inspired visuals, the overall product—from performance to design attributes—provides dynamic options for use across all markets.”

Constructed with Eco Solution Q and EcoWorx backing, Estrato products are backed with lifetime warranties against stain, colorfastness to light, static and abrasive wear for maximum performance and appearance retention. Estrato products are Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver. Estrato makes maintenance simple. Each product can be cleaned with just hot water extraction, and the tile format offers opportunity for selective replacement to minimize operational interruptions and cost.

 

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Patcraft introduces new homogenous sheet collection

Cartersville, Ga.—With a soothing textural visual, Patcraft’s Holistic is designed to transform the performance of healthcare environments. This stain-resistant, 6½-foot-wide homogeneous sheet features 24 color offerings in a palette developed specifically for use in healthcare design.

“For Holistic, our design team selected a broad range of updated colors for healthcare and acute care environments,” said Shannon Cochran, vice president, creative and design, Patcraft. “We were inspired by how the intentional use of color can enhance performance, and this fresh and modern palette gives designers the opportunity to support and optimize the healthcare experience.”

Holistic provides superior durability when installed in extreme environments. Its chip wear layer and ExoGuard finish protect against stains and premature wear. Polish-optional, Holistic offers hassle-free maintenance and excellent stain resistance against a wide variety of chemicals and staining agents used in hospitals, labs and other clinical areas. The product features a 10-year underbed warranty when installed with advanced adhesive Shaw 4100 or S150 spray adhesive.

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Patcraft premiers Subtractive Layers

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft has introduced its newest LVT collection, Subtractive Layers. Using foundational methods of art to explore new ground, the collection includes two styles, Remove and Withdraw. Available in 12 x 24-inch tiles and 20 colors, Subtractive Layers is a dryback product providing a unique and dynamic aesthetic across all markets.

The collection was designed by Kelly Stewart, Patcraft’s hard surface designer, who worked from her original acrylic paintings, inspired by artists Harry Morgan and Pierre Soulages, creating an authentic process for this collection’s design. For the paintings, Stewart used a broken comb to achieve a linear texture that became an integral part of the Remove and Withdraw style designs. Both tiles in the collection were made by manipulating scans of Stewart’s original paintings and layering them over one another. The final tiles showcase both simpler and more complex designs that stand alone or can be coordinated together.

Subtractive Layers was the winner of a Best of NeoCon 2017 Silver Award. It is designed to withstand physical demands and features a 20 mil wear layer to enhance durability and performance in high demand environments. The collection also supports human performance with the roller mobility of hard surface, ease of installation and maintenance, and clean, modern aesthetics to improve the overall occupant experience.

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Patcraft’s AdMix Encore honored with Silver Nightingale Award

Patcraft Admix Encore 3_lowresCartersville, Ga.—Emulating the look of terrazzo, Patcraft’s newest resilient product, AdMix Encore, has been named a Silver Nightingale Award recipient in recognition for its contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation. AdMix Encore features homogeneous construction and a seamless moisture barrier and is available in 36-inch and 12-inch square tiles and 24 colors.

“AdMix Encore builds on an existing product category for high-demand environments,” said Shannon Cochran, vice president, creative and design, Patcraft. “The broad color line allows for maximum design flexibility for pediatrics, acute care and operating rooms. Colors can be used independently or together and are ideal to enhance the terrazzo style for wayfinding, logos and orientation use within a space.”

Set to launch at the end of 2017, AdMix Encore is ideal for high-demand, heavy traffic areas, such as healthcare facilities. Offering a 2500 psi when installed, the homogeneous solid resin construction allows for scratches, scuffs and stains to be easily buffed. AdMix Encore can be heat welded and/or flash coved, and can be fully and continually immersed in water with no degradation, making it ideal for heavy traffic areas that require large volumes of water for maintenance.

Created using pre-consumer recycled content, Admix Encore features fewer VOCs than linoleum and rubber and is Floorscore certified. Backed by an industry leading lifetime warranty, this beautifully designed, durable product offers performance-driven style.