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Tarkett’s Tandus Centiva launches Tailored Twist collection

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett debuts Tandus Centiva’s Tailored Twist collection. This vibrant, carefully tailored modular carpet line combines inventive design with sustainability using the company’s ethos Modular with Omnicoat technology recycled PVB film backing.

“With Tailored Twist, we looked to the intricate stitching of a hand-tailored suit, that careful detailing that makes high fashion so special, and translated it into a modular carpet to create an intentional, tailored space,” said Terry Mowers, vice president of commercial design, Tarkett North America. “The four patterns within the collection allow designers to create individualistic spaces with adventurous use of color.”

Tailored Twist features the following four patterns that can be used individually or combined for a custom feel:

  • Tailored, the base style for the collection, provides a slightly larger scale print in grounding neutral tones.
  • Tailored Plaid features Tailored as the dominant style and a tartan pattern along the tile’s edge.
  • Tailored Bloom interprets a floral inspiration along the edge of Tailored tiles.
  • Tailored Madras is a value-engineered, mid-scale plaid in a palette that coordinates with Tailored.

Featuring 162 possible combinations in its palette and patterns, Tailored Twist offers complete personalization. The collection’s designers followed key principles of pattern mixing, scaling and coloring so every design feels whimsical but not erratic.

For more information, visit: tarkettna.com.

 

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NeoCon Preview

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

By Mara Bollettieri

 

This year NeoCon celebrates its 50th anniversary of showcasing innovative flooring designs for the commercial contract market. The three-day event kicks off June 11 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

The exhibition will feature thousands of new flooring products from a plethora of manufacturers and includes 100 CEU seminars, various programs, special anniversary celebrations, marquee presentations and more.

Following are some of the latest commercial products that will be on display during the show.

Aquafil USA

Econyl regenerated nylon opens up endless possibilities for architects, designers and carpet producers seeking a synthetic covering or carpet that performs beyond expectations.

With the addition of 28 new colors, Econyl yarn is now available in 170 options, all eligible for LEED points. Designers can create performance-driven carpets with Econyl while giving their clients an innovative sustainable solution.

According to Aquafil, Econyl regenerated nylon means no waste, no new resources—just endless possibilities.

Altro Floors

Altro Orchestra resilient flooring has been engineered to create the ideal environment to heal, learn and live. For demanding areas with constant foot traffic, this vinyl sheet provides comfort underfoot and sound reduction. With a grand palette of 40 colors, designers can create the right atmosphere for their spaces.

Altro Orchestra is a 2.8mm sheet vinyl made with 22% rapidly renewable, bio-based content and is certified for low VOCs, thereby helping facilities achieve LEED goals.

American Biltrite

ABPure rubber flooring tiles with Nfuse technology are ready to use right out of the box. The patent-pending treatment allows foot traffic immediately after installation. This tile requires time-consuming set up; is extremely durable against soiling, staining and scuffing; significantly reduces installation downtime; is easier to clean and is declared Red List free.

Cleo Contract

Cleo Contract is a patented construction that combines engineered performance with visual artistry. It has a waterproof, flexible core that is 85% limestone and contains zero PVC, plasticizers, phthalates or chloro-chemicals. Solvent-free, high-fidelity digital imaging offers nearly unlimited design possibilities with nuances in shading and detail. An ultra-low VOC, high-performance clear coating delivers durability and performance.

DuChâteau

DuChâteau’s Vinyl DeLuxe Grand offers unique visuals and a European aesthetic in a durable and low-maintenance flooring option. Available in 7- and 9-inch-wide plank formats, Vinyl Deluxe Grand is the latest chapter in luxury engineered floating floors with LuxCor waterproof core, easy click installation and attached HushWalk underlayment. This collection captures the beauty of wood and appeals to residential and commercial customers.

EF Contract

New materials for product development often focus on a single feature—lightweight, durable, tech-enabled. The EF Contract Design Studio played with these concepts in its new Kicks collection, inspired by innovative materials and interpreted through the company’s own innovative tufting and high-performance backing technologies. These inspirations produced a collection that is versatile, while the modular formats enable designers to create complex installations as well as unified, simple fields of texture.

Fletco Carpets

LockTiles is a unique carpet tile shape with laser-cut edges that interlock to fit together in all directions, meter for meter, no matter the size of the area. LockTiles guarantees an effective installation with a homogeneous surface, making the joints less visible. It is for users who want the best in flat-woven carpet tiles and its advantages yet still desire the look of broadloom.

Flexco

The FreeFlex rubber tile collection embodies true flexibility. A variety of new sizes offer patterns and textures with the durability and resilience of rubber. Sizes include: 6 x 36, 12 x 36 and 18 x 36, These additional sizes complement the company’s existing collection of 12 x 12, 18 x 18 and 36 x 36 tiles.

Johnsonite

Pentagonals from Johnsonite, a Tarkett brand, is a collection of three distinct shapes created with Cradle to Cradle certified rubber flooring. Johnsonite has turned three convex polygons into rubber tiles; each is available in Johnsonite’s full rubber flooring line, meaning designers can choose from nearly limitless textures and colors to create truly unique flooring. Rubber flooring is naturally slip resistant with shock-absorbing qualities as well as acoustic properties. The line is also sustainable.

Karndean Designflooring

Textum from the Opus collection was inspired by forms in concrete. It was created as a hybrid abstract wood visual that combines the grain detailing and plank format of traditional European oak flooring with the effect of imprinted concrete. These 36 x 6-inch planks act as a wood visual but can also be used with design strips to create the look of porcelain tile without the practical drawbacks. It features a 20 mil wear layer and a 15-year commercial warranty.

Mannington Commercial

The Cirro collection, a non-vinyl alternative to LVT, is a thermoplastic composite resilient tile that offers the same versatility as LVT. Cirro does not contain any ortho-phthalate plasticizers and is a low-emitting product. In addition, its sustainable construction features recycled content. Available in 20 visuals, it’s designed to bring beauty and sustainability to any space. Featuring 16 wood visuals in 71⁄2 x 48 and 41⁄2 x 36 plank sizes, two stone patterns and two abstract visuals in 18 x 18 and 12 x 24 tile sizes.

Metroflor

Metroflor will showcase the new Aspecta Ten Tilt and Tones collection. The latest LVT design breakthrough pairs four new geometrically and biophilically inspired Tilt tiles with the neutral Tones tile palette. The 24 x 24 tiles are presented in four color groups, each consisting of unique Tilt tile designs that can be paired with two companion Tones tiles. The line is suitable for most commercial environments.

Mohawk Group

Pivot Point ERT responds to a world population that continues to urbanize with patterns and colors inspired by nature and an alternative chemistry, Red List-free, PVC-free enhanced resilient tile. Using biophilic principles, its design motifs can contribute to reducing stress, enhancing creativity, improving well-being and expediting healing. It features wood, textile and stone visuals, and is designed to achieve Living Product Challenge Petal Certification.

Raskin Industries

Raskin’s Elevations AcoustX meets the demand for something unique in the flooded LVT market with fashion-forward, proprietary designs created by Michael Raskin, CEO. The enhanced aesthetics of AcoustX complement the product’s performance.

AcoustX’s pre-attached underlayment offers an acoustic solution while reducing installation time (no sound-abatement layer is required). AcoustX can be installed over most existing hard surface floors. As part of its construction, it includes a solid fiberglass sheet.

Shannon Specialty Floors

Teknoflor Naturescapes HPD is the brand’s first organic sheet good made with ecuran, an organically derived polyurethane composite material processed from plant-based oils such as castor oil and naturally occurring minerals like chalk. This resilient sheet flooring has all the advantages of sheet vinyl—durability, easy maintenance and versatility—without the PVC. It comes in 24 designs across three distinct styles that can be used independently or together.

Shaw Contract

Haven is a collection of modular carpet tiles designed to add the comforts of a residential space to the contract market. It conveys the warmth of the home in all places where people connect with colleagues and friends by utilizing color, texture and pattern. By blurring old distinctions between domestic and commercial spaces, it embraces a more nuanced understanding of how society lives today—finding home wherever creativity takes the end user.

Tandus Centiva

Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett brand, will exhibit Color Play—a product based on the company’s latest design research in education and healthcare spaces. The palette includes 24 hues in each of the three pattern options for a total of 72 product solutions. Color Play features Tarkett’s TechTonic—a shift forward in performance for hard surface floors. Its advanced new polyurethane technology is super tough and resists scratching, abrasions, scuffing and staining.

 

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Tarkett brings the warmth of a hand-knit sweater to the floor with Double Boucle

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett introduces Double Boucle soft surface flooring from its Tandus Centiva brand. Double Boucle offers a fresh take on the traditional boucle weave, creating a flooring textile that evokes the warmth of a comfortable blanket to bring softness to commercial spaces.

Double Boucle’s palette features an array of timeless neutrals that come to life with playful pops of color. These blends of color and neutrals allow the boucle technique to shine, highlighting its large open loops and structure. Different yarn sizes and varying tensions and twists combine for a unique texture and pattern that create the look of a handmade textile.

“The boucle technique yields a classic textured look,” said Terry Mowers, vice president of product development/design, commercial, Tarkett North America. “We’ve built on the boucle weave to create this warm, highly tactile carpet.”

Double Boucle is available on Tandus Centiva’s Powerbond hybrid-resilient backing or ethos Modular with Omnicoat technology. The innovative ethos Modular with Omnicoat technology is created using recycled PVB film from automobile windshields and other safety glass, and it is Cradle to Cradle Silver certified. When installed using TarkettTAPE, ethos Modular with Omnicoat technology eliminates the need for pH, RH, and MVER testing, provided no free liquids are present and no moisture-stained concrete is evident. This ability to install over adverse flooring makes Double Boucle on ethos Modular ideal for a variety of applications. Additionally, both Powerbond and ethos Modular are 100% recyclable through Tarkett’s ReStart program.

The Dynex SD solution-dyed Double Boucle is offered in nine colorways. Modular tiles and squares are available in sizes 18 x 18, 24 x 24, 9 x 36, 18 x 36 and 36 x 36, and coordinate across the Tarkett Solution SPECtrum of products and brands.

To learn more, visit tarkettna.com.

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Tandus Centiva applies advanced treatment to soft surface products

Solon, Ohio—All soft surface products manufactured by Tarkett’s brand Tandus Centiva will now receive advanced defense with Eco-Ensure soil treatment. Eco-Ensure is a highly specialized, fluorine-free soil protection technology that protects commercial carpeting from stains while improving indoor air quality.

As part of Tarkett’s commitment to a sustainable future for all, Eco-Ensure is manufactured using all-natural elements, such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, sodium, sulfur and nitrogen. Eco-Ensure is third-party assessed by EPEA, an independent environmental institute based in Hamburg, Germany. This assessment ensures Tandus Centiva’s Cradle to Cradle certified soft surface products maintain up to a Gold level certification for material health when treated with Eco-Ensure.

“Through our commitment to ‘Doing Good—Together,’ we focus on designing for life, meaning we consider our impact on people and the planet,” said Diane Martel, vice president, environmental planning and strategy, Tarkett North America. “With Eco-Ensure, we have a treatment for our soft surface products that both enhances the life of the floor covering and eliminates potential health hazards found in other types of soil treatments. It’s a non-volatile, fluorine-free treatment, which contributes to better indoor air quality for those who walk on the floor daily. Modern building envelopes are so air tight, we must do everything possible to help keep the circulating air clear.”

Eco-Ensure is applied through a heat and force process for complete coverage of all individual fiber surfaces. The advanced treatment lowers the surface tension of the fibers, which helps repel soil and other contaminates. All Tandus Centiva soft surface products manufactured in North America are treated with Eco-Ensure, including Powerbond, modular carpet tiles, woven carpets, and ColorPoint tufted products.

For more information, visit tarkettna.com.

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My take: Random ramblings from NeoCon

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2

By Steven Feldman

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 3.46.11 PMHow can 2017 have less than half of it remaining? Time really does fly. Walking around NeoCon last month made me realize just that. There was no way we could be five months removed from Surfaces. Then again, show management is probably saying there is no way it’s been five years since they changed the name to TISE, or The International Surface Event, and I still refer to it as Surfaces. (That’s because most of you do, too.)

Anyway, as the ADD kicks into high gear as the years go by and my brain goes in 100 different directions, here was what I was thinking about on the plane ride home from NeoCon:

If only I booked the 1:30 or 4:30 and not the 2:30, we wouldn’t have been stranded an extra day in Chicago… Kudos to Metroflor for going the extra mile in creating awareness for its Aspecta brand with a public area on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart where attendees could stop in and get a smoothie. This in addition to a well-attended party at the Godfrey… Encryption, the subway tile-looking carpet tile planks from Milliken, is an innovative design… Does anyone know how to fold a fitted sheet?… Great to see old friend and former Bentley boss Anthony Minite heading up the U.S. operations for Denmark-based Fletco. There’s a good story there…

Impressed with the huge Tarkett/Tandus Centiva/Johnsonite/ Desso space on the third floor. Bringing everything together makes all the sense in the world…Speaking of the third floor, there may be more attendees per square foot in the Mohawk space than anywhere else… And speaking of Mohawk, Gavin DeGraw headlined its annual NeoCon soiree. Great performance, but would have preferred Earth Wind & Fire… I think Aquafil is one of the best-kept secrets in this industry. What they do with fiber from a color and sustainability standpoint is unmatched…

Always love the Bentley showroom design on the 10th floor… Speaking of high floors, no more elevator waits for me. Take a non-NeoCon elevator to a non-NeoCon floor, like 12 or 13, and walk down. I should have thought of that 20 years ago… They may not be a household name, but Taj Flooring has some innovative designs. With the right exposure they could make some noise in the next few years… I miss not seeing Don Miller at the Roppe booth. Hopefully next year… I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent an idiot from cutting in at the front…

The Raskin purchase of To Market is sure to pay dividends… I like what companies like Gerflor and American Biltrite are doing in the U.S…. Gibson’s vs. Mastro’s vs. Gene & Georgetti. Who wins?… I am expecting Atlas to be more visible going forward with rumors of some new branding on the horizon… While carbon neutral is the buzzword for many, Interface is moving forward with the first carbon negative carpet tile a few years down the road… Noticed more companies with Declare labels than years past…

At the end of the day, though, one of my favorite aspects of NeoCon is seeing executives of competing manufacturers visiting each other’s showrooms and spaces. There is a certain camaraderie unseen at other events. It’s more than just checking out the competition. There is a palpable level of respect and friendship. I like that.

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Tarkett products earn 14 Starnet honors

tarkett-logoSolon, Ohio—Tarkett’s Johnsonite and Tandus Centiva brands were recently honored at the prestigious Starnet Design Awards. The two brands were featured in a combined 14 award-winning projects, including six gold, four silver and four bronze. Starnet members entered more than 100 projects featuring the two brands.

The Starnet Design Awards launched in 1998 to spotlight the innovative use of flooring in commercial design. A panel of three professionals hand-selected from respected commercial A&D design firms serve as the judges. Judging is open to Starnet members within the People’s Choice category.

“It’s always an honor to hear our name and products associated with these awards,” said Rusty Joyce, senior vice president of sales, Tandus Centiva. “These are projects entered by people who have used our product, are proud of their work and stand behind it. It speaks volumes about the quality of our brands for these respected Starnet members to turn to them year after year.”

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Tarkett recognized at NeoCon 2016

A selection from Collections Infinies, winner of NeoCon Gold.
A selection from Collections Infinies, which won NeoCon Gold.

Solon, OhioTarkett has been recognized at this year’s NeoCon with four prestigious Best of NeoCon awards, two Metropolis Likes, one HiP Winner and four HiP Honoree awards for its innovative product introduction.

“This year at NeoCon, we were astounded by the quality of design and product innovation across the industry,” said Jonathan Klinger, chief marketing officer for Tarkett North America. “To be recognized among these industry leaders is truly an honor.”

Tarkett products from both hard and soft surface categories were recognized amongst a record-breaking number of entries in Contract magazine’s prestigious Best of NeoCon Awards. Open Archive by Tandus Centiva received the Contract Best of NeoCon Gold award in the Carpet – Broadloom category for OverStitch and Moquette. Tarkett’s world premiere of digitally printed LVT, Collections Infinies, won Best of NeoCon Gold in the Flooring – Hard Surface category. Two of only ten industry-wide Innovation Awards were received by Tarkett for Open Archive Modular: Cache Tweed and GeoKnit by Tandus Centiva and Mesto Configurations by Johnsonite.

Tarkett’s Collections Infinies was also a standout with Interior Design’s HiP Awards, winning the Workplace Flooring – Hard Surface category. The company received HiP Honoree Awards for iQ One in the Health & Wellness Flooring category; Tandus Centiva’s MetalEdge Trim in the Accessories category; Jhane Barnes’ LightSpeed and Velocity for Education Flooring; and Open Archive Broadloom: OverStitch and Moquette in the Hospitality Flooring category.

Metropolis Likes honored Tarkett for iQ One and Tandus Centiva’s Open Archive collection.

“It’s an exciting time at Tarkett for the introduction of Collections Infinies,” said Chris Stulpin, senior vice president of design for Tarkett North America. “We are offering a flooring solution unlike anything else on the market. To be recognized at such a prestigious industry event speaks volumes of the hard work and collaboration that went into making this collection a reality.”

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Ferro named president of Tandus Centiva

Len Ferro
Len Ferro

Solon, Ohio—Effective immediately, Len Ferro has been named president of the Tandus Centiva business division of Tarkett North America, prorating to Glen Morrison. Ferro succeeds Glen Hussmann who announced his retirement in January. 

Glen Morrison, president and CEO of Tarkett North America, expressed his gratitude to Hussmann “for his leadership and many contributions to our Tandus Centiva organization. His commitment to the development of his team has made our organization stronger. We thank him and wish him all the best in his retirement.” 
Ferro brings significant expertise, knowledge and experience to this role, having served most recently as COO of the organization since 2013 and previously as CFO from 2004, when he joined Tandus Centiva. In his roles he has worked extensively with all aspects of the Tandus Centiva business. As COO, Ferro led the sales organization and during that time the team successfully expanded the business and achieved record sales. Prior to Tandus Centiva, he worked 17 years in various financial and controller positions with organizations such as Ernst & Young and Swift Galey.
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Tandus Centiva staff participate in community service day

tandus centivaDalton–Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company, provides the opportunity for its employees to demonstrate the company’s commitment to supporting community organizations and causes. As part of its annual sales meeting, Tandus Centiva partnered with Clifton Hills Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tenn., Murray County Animal Shelter in Dalton, and the Cherokee County Sheriff Estates in Dalton to offer service hours. Over 250 employees performed facility improvement tasks such as painting, new floor covering installation, assembling of playground equipment and landscaping.

Tandus Centiva Community Service Day began in 2009 as part of the annual sales meeting. Rather than spend the day on traditional team building exercises, the company selected teams that work together to benefit the hosting community. Each year, projects are identified and organized through various partnerships. Tandus Centiva employees enjoy the opportunity to work together for a common cause and build lasting relationships through their team efforts.

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Tandus Centiva ethos improves performance and well-being

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 3.12.45 PMDalton—Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company, improves the performance and well-being of a space with a time-tested material called ethos. In 2004, Tandus Centiva was the first to harness the PVB film in windshields and safety glass, creating an alternative to traditional carpet backing polymers.

Through recent innovation, ethos Modular now has the ability to stand up to subfloor conditions of 15 lbs. MVER, 98% RH and 11.0pH when installed using TandusTape+, enhancing its performance in interior spaces. With TandusTape+TM, installation is free-lay, long lasting and lower emitting than traditional wet-applied adhesives.

The ingredients in ethos have been assessed rigorously by a third-party to verify it contains no carcinogens, mutagens, or reproductive toxins. In addition, Tandus Centiva does not add antimicrobial treatments, so the air in a space can start clean and stay clean. In 2014, ethos became Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver v3.0.