Flooring: Count Them In, pt. 1
Featuring bold visuals, textural luxe and warm colourways, these carpet collections enhance connectivity and enliven the spaces that surround us.
The Digipop Collection | W Studio
This Toronto-based carpet design house is fearless when it comes to juxtaposing form, colour, and patterns, and they have collaborated with the perfect ambassador for just such an aesthetic. The ever-prolific Karim Rashid has brought his love of strong, bright colours and three-dimensional optical topographies to a new collection of high-definition wool carpets inspired by the sensual curves and fantasies that characterize his mood — what he has called “Digipop” in the past and is also now the name of this collection.
The Meiso Collection | Bentley
The three new patterns of this collection – named Root, Roam and Ponder – are inspired by Japan’s Sagano Bamboo Forest and use a colourline that borrows from the traditional meanings of the variety of hues found within Japanese culture. In addition to reflecting the environment, they are produced with environmental sensitivity: Cradle to Cradle Certified, NSF 140 certified, CRI Green Label Plus certified and produced in a LEED-EB:OM Gold-certified manufacturing facility. Along with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs), the products also feature the Declare label and have achieved LBC Compliant status through the Living Building Challenge.
Cobble | GAN
This new line of hand-knotted wool rugs replicates fairly convincingly the look of cobblestone paving in a grayscale that is reminiscent of natural stone, concrete or granite. Tough enough to endure prolonged use like pressure from rolling furniture, in addition to dark gray tones that help regulate light in a room, makes the rug ideal in for studies or offices.
Embodied Beauty | Interface
Continuing the company’s eminent respect for nature, this collection is their first-ever cradle-to-gate carpet tiles in three carbon negative styles, which combine the company’s new CQuest BioX backing with specialty yarns and proprietary tufting processes designed to store more carbon than any carpet tile before. An additional four styles are part of the collection and are carbon neutral across their full product life cycle through the Carbon Neutral Floors program, aligning with Interface’s Climate Take Back mission to lower the carbon footprints of its products. Designed by Kari Pei, the collection reflects Japanese aesthetics of minimalism, restoration and principles of ikigai, a Japanese concept related to well-being and happiness.
Influunt | Durkan
Based on traditional textile art mixed with abstract paintings and Jacobean embroidery patterns, this carpet design was created by Yelena Rodina as part of an experience she encountered earlier this year during self-isolation. “During the quarantine I had a problem with my internet one day. I turned to my love of painting and experimenting with different techniques,” she says. The collection is offered in Durkan’s (Mohawk Group’s hospitality division) three-dimensional layering effect called Synthesis, Pattern Perfect, PDI carpet tile and tufted broadloom.