Kardean Romances the Stones

Kardean Romances the Stones
By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

If you aren’t already familiar with Karndean Art Select Woods, you have been missing something exceptional. Attention to detail, realistic visuals AND tactile graining are the hallmarks of these luxury vinyl woods. Embossed-in-register technology brings the character of the woods into perfect alignment with the visual. The end result is near-perfect replication of nature’s most beautiful woods.

Given Karndean’s track record of excellence, you would have to expect something pretty spectacular as the company expands the Art Select line to include limestone, travertine, marble, and slate. Karndean’s Marketing Department had this to say about their newest collection: “This line of luxury vinyl tiles boasts our most intricate and realistic embosses to date—each handcrafted to reflect the unique patterns and textures of real stone.”—See more.

Just introduced in April, this new chapter of Art Select was kept under wraps until Karndean had samples, support stock, and point of purchase materials ready for the launch. Here is a brief tour of these exceptional LVT stones, all approved for use in residential as well as high-traffic commercial projects.

The Limestones—four beautiful limestone colors were inspired by the rugged coastlines of the English Channel Islands. The colors capture the true beauty of natural limestone

The Marbles—Most trend forecasters, including Color Marketing Group International, are predicting a strong resurgence of marble. Karndean took their inspiration from the natural white and blue-gray marble from the world-famous quarries in the Province of Massa, Tuscany.

The Slates—The timeless beauty of slate had to be represented in the new Art Select Stone collection. Its popularity spans decades and Karndean has created four soothing colors with natural, under-stated veining.

The Travertines—Yellowstone National Park is the site of the Mammoth Hot Springs. Those travertine terraces were the actual inspiration for these newly introduced LVT stones. Karndean captured the natural color variations found in travertine, and brought them to life in easy-care luxury vinyl tiles.

These new stone creations are built to work hard. The 30 mil protective urethane layer ensures total performance. Backed by Karndean’s 20 year commercial warranty (Lifetime residential), the Art Select stones offer the perfect balance of aesthetic and durability.

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Flooring From Milan Design Week

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

I have been voraciously reading all the trend and product press releases coming out of Milan Design Week.  Right now, all eyes are on Milan as the city debuts the brightest ideas in design. In recent years I have traveled to Milan, and it is accurate to say this city has earned the title fashion/design metropolis of the world! As you walk the streets through the design district, high fashion is everywhere you look.  There are treasures to discover—mostly sublime, but a few rather bizarre and hard to explain.  But that is the nature of design—to push the limits of creativity.

I can feature only a few product highlights in this blog, but can share with you a wonderful website where you can see a full spectrum of the products featured in Milan. If you want to take a visual tour of the Design Show (one that includes tableware, light fixtures, artwork, furniture, floor coverings, textiles, jewelry, case goods and so much more, visit www.yatzer.com (best-of-Milan-design-week-2014).  This website truly captured the colorful excitement and energy of Milan.

Area rugs are elevated to the ranks of fine art in Milan. And I have two discoveries to share with you (see pictures A & B):

Picture_A_300 Picture A – The Spacecrafted rug collection by Jan Kath. Presented by COVER Magazine at the EDIT show by designjunction at Palazzo Morando in Milan.
Picture_B_-_The_Showdown_300 Picture B – The Showdown by Ward van Gemert and Adriaan van der Ploeg (NIGHTSHOP). A handmade carpet made of soft urethane foam!!!
Picture C – Salvatori Stone Innovations – Salvatori Stone Innovations’ Lithoverde® claimed an Honorary Mention at the award ceremony for the ADI Compasso d’Oro. Lithoverde is made entirely from recycled stone. It represents a major evolution in terms of sustainability in the stone industry which traditionally sees a vast amount of stone being discarded during the cutting process. Salvatori utilizes the stone waste, employing a new technology that binds multiple offcuts together with a natural resin. The resulting blocks each become a unique composition of color and pattern, suitable for most surface applications. In the picture featured in this blog, you see a flooring installation as well as wall and counter applications. The stone can also be used in furniture fabrication.

I know this is all too brief, so please do visit the recommended website.  I hope you enjoy this virtual vacation to Milan Design Week.  What a great way to experience Milan in 30 minutes or less.