Tarkett Releases New Patterns Designed by Jhane Barnes

Blockade and Soundblock are the latest geometric patterns created for office, education and hospitality spaces from Tarkett’s sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions.


This collection, designed by Jhane Barnes with the help of her own custom programmable software filters, features two soft surface styles in Powerbond and modular platforms. These one of a kind patterns were developed with mathematical formulas that Barnes would never be able to produce twice.

The Blockade formula was introduced years ago for a shirt in Barnes’ menswear collection, designed exclusively for Neiman Marcus. This recipe led her back to this playful geometric pattern and its seemingly random colour placements for the Blockade collection.



Using a different branch of mathematics, Barnes created a second formula, which resulted in Soundblock as a companion pattern. Even though the components of the Soundblock design are smaller, the overall visual effect appears to have a larger scale than Blockade suitable for expansive spaces.

By defining an algorithm that determines colour placement, and then shifting and rotating layers of the pattern on top of each other, Barnes is able to manipulate the final aesthetic each time she adjusts the numbers.

“There is a randomness at work, which is why I can never get the same design twice. That’s what makes it so much fun. I can keep changing the factor numbers and get new designs every time. I created over a dozen patterns before I finally settled on the one that became Soundblock,” said Barnes.



The Blockade palette includes 12 colours with seven modern neutrals and five branding accents. Eight of those colours are repeated in the Soundblock palette, working easily together throughout a floor plan. Both Blockade and Soundblock are available in Powerbond, as well as 9×36, 18×36, and 24×24 inch tiles.

When installed as Powerbond, Blockade requires no matching at the seams, for faster installation and minimal waste.

Blockade & Soundblock are available with Tarkett’s ethos Modular with Omnicoat Technology — made with PVB film from recycled windshields and safety glass.

When paired with Tarkett TAPE, Tarkett says its ethos Modular eliminates the need for pH, RH and MVER testing, as long as there’s no evidence of moisture staining or standing liquid.

The company additionally states that all of its soft-surface products include Eco-Ensure soil protection technology, a fluorine-free chemistry that is Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold for Material Health.