‘Skinny’ Is In

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Skinny Carpet - floortalk.wfca.orgNone of us like to hear that “skinny is in”, but this time it’s not a judgmental proclamation. I am referring to carpet that is manufactured into skinny planks. In particular, Interface Mills’ extensive collections of skinny planks allow you to be your own designer. Create the geometry that pleases you because The Skinny Planks’ scale and directionality gives you an expanded range of design options.

25cm x 1m planks can be used in conjunction with Interface carpet tiles to create something totally individual. If you would like more information, or to see some of the pattern choices Interface offers, be sure to visit Interface.com and download their brochure. The gallery of installations they show is inspiring, and gives so much more design flexibility than working with just carpet tiles. There are even patterns that mimic hardwoods and luxury vinyl planks, so you get the look of wood, but the softness underfoot that carpet provides.

This picture is a great example of mixing and positioning planks with carpet tile. The mix of colors and textures adds some great dimension to the floor design, and I guarantee you are not likely to see this repeated anywhere else. Great for home or office—let your imagination be your guide.

Super Stars at the International Surfaces Event

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Flooring manufacturers brought their “A” game to the Surfaces Trade Show in Las Vegas this past January. Covering the show adequately equated to walking a marathon, but it was certainly well worth it. I am happy to share some highlights with you:

Lauzon Flooring – A smart floor called Pure Genius that purifies the air? Can this be true? Yes it is, and it was highlighted at the show by Lauzon. Here’s what they said about their new introduction: Pure Genius floors work constantly without any loss of performance over time. It is activated by light, and the active nanoparticles in Pure Genius decompose VOC’s in the air and convert them to harmless molecules. That’s pretty impressive, especially since Lauzon says it makes the air in your home up to 85% purer over time. Products that perform double-duty are much in demand in the world of flooring design. Expect this one to be at the top of the list.

Karndean Design Floors – Karndean’s booth at Surfaces was a strong draw. They chose TISE to preview their newly re-designed DaVinci collection. The launch is scheduled for this spring and highlighted by 12 planks and 10 stones. Moving away from a tailored, traditional look, the new DaVinci captures the best of vintage, reclaimed wood looks. This is a design direction that is gaining momentum and (added bonus) works as well with contemporary interiors as well as traditional. High character LVP woods with aged-looks bring the best of the past to the here and now. 48” x 7” planks capture the look of woods gently aged by nature over time.

Nourison – As always, Nourison and Nourtex broadloom did not disappoint. The US made Hagaman line in particular featured 80% new styles made mostly from natural fibers. Nourison plays artfully with a neutral palette and creates softly dramatic geometrics for their carpets. Line, shape, form are the building blocks of their broadloom styles. The bar is set high every year by Nourison, and what I experienced was carpet focused on artistic styling.

Mannington – This is a BIG year for Mannington—celebrating their 100 year anniversary in business, they were a major presence at TISE. This company can do it all: carpet, LVT/LVP, hardwood, rubber floors, VCT, laminate, sheet vinyl. This certainly positions them as a leader in the industry. This year, I saw a focus on new LVT/LVP styles with 92 new SKU’s being introduced. Their marketing strategy is to offer customers a comprehensive package of floor coverings, and they do that very well. Befitting of their 100 year celebration, they introduced “Centennial” a retro-inspired vinyl floor that gives a modern interpretation to mid-century designs. Patterns are well-named and inspire the customer to take a closer look at Penny Lane, Filigree, Empire and Chaumont.

Of course this article is just a teaser for anyone searching for the latest, greatest new introductions in floor coverings. There was so much more debuted that deserves attention. But to see any of these amazing floors mentioned in this article, I encourage you to go online to the manufacturers’ websites. They are so new, it may be a few months before you can see them in person at your local retailer’s showroom, but take heart, they are definitely on the way!