HOSPITALITY DESIGN EXPO – Part II
By Annette Callari, ASID; CMG
Are you ready for Part II of our HD Expo tour? We are focusing on how shape and form seemed to dictate new products on exhibit. This design direction is colorful, a bit retro, and surprisingly fun to work with as part of a total design. We already addressed lighting and textiles, so let’s move on to flooring.
Masland’s contract carpet division has never shied away from bold statements, and this “Shape and Form” movement played right into their strength. Colorful shockwaves captured in tufted broadloom, striated, and even free-form patterns brought the best of shape-and-form to carpet. Carpet has taken on an artistic aura, and each one of the patterns on display was a work of art.
Karndean Design Floors
Hold on to your hats in this design windfall. Karndean is shaping-up nicely (sorry, couldn’t resist) with their newest luxury vinyl tile intro, Kaleidoscope. Pictured here (in their own booth) is a collection of hexagons randomly puzzled together to produce yet another work of art. This floor created so much excitement and was a magnet for designers visiting Expo. Karndean is finalizing the color palette, but expect to see vibrant, high-character tiles in a variety of shapes. Besides hexagons, look for chevrons, and triangles to play with.
DuChateau Wood Floors & Walls
DuChateau is noted for their beautiful natural hardwood floors, but here’s a twist. They are experimenting with wood wall panels (thin veneer wood that can adhere well vertically). They totally got the message that shape and form rules in design right now. Besides the beautiful basket weave shown in this picture, they had 3-D patterns, shingled panels, and thin-strip chevron patterns–very clever to say the least.