Commercial Carpet: Come One, Come All
It is encouraging to see how the big players in modular commercial carpet tiles are embracing a growing list of social and environmental themes through adopting new technologies and innovations.
QuickWeave Naturals | Brintons
Using 100 per cent undyed local wool, the British carpet manufacturer is offering an eco-friendlier alternative to synthetic or dyed yarns. Created by blending different shades of raw wool to create a set of eight soft neutrals highlighted with natural fleck due to the blending of the fleece, the new collection is recyclable, biodegradable, and uses less resources through the manufacturing process.
Reverse | Patcraft
The company’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold (V3.1) collection is constructed with EcoSolution Q100TM yarn, which offers 100 per cent post-industrial recycled content allocated from waste minimization and collection efforts. Using this yarn in conjunction with EcoWorx backing, which can be recycled at end-of-life and made into more flooring through the re[TURN] Reclamation Program, creates a lower overall embodied carbon footprint for the product, which is reflected in the EC3 tool. The collection is carbon neutral through the purchase of verified carbon offsets, and it is manufactured in a carbon neutral manufacturing facility.
Collective Collection | Shaw Contract
Hit all the right material, carbon impact, circular economy and other sustainability marks, combine with a catchy tagline – “Individually, we are unique. Together we are whole.” – and make the palette compatible enough to support other collections and products across the company’s offerings, and you’ve got a winning mix, as this collection did by picking up a Best of NeoCon 2021 Gold award in the Modular Carpet category.
Graafika | Durkan
This new collection is part of The Waterways Project, created to celebrate the powerful, evolving nature of rivers. “Like a winding river, it rushes forward, meeting adventure on its way,” says hospitality senior field designer Yelena Rodina. “In the collection, sketching and brushstroke painting intertwine to create energetic and fluctuating rhythms, while interlaced elegant geometry lines balance the patterns.”
The Case for Silence | Mannington Commercial
This new line was inspired by the experience of an in-house design team member’s experience in an anechoic chamber with a negative decibel sound rating. Sitting in darkness and silence for 20 minutes, the designer’s senses were amplified and she began hearing a soft static humming in her ears, which became the source of inspiration for two new styles: Optic Hush, which conveys the rigidity and formal structure of the chamber walls, lined with acoustical panels; and Static Echo, which channels the soft yet calming background noise that can be created in our brains when there is an absence of sound.
Taking Steps | Mohawk Group
Available in nine colourways intended for campuses and office buildings, this expansion of the Learn & Live collection of 24” x 24” modular carpet styles “draws its inspiration from queues found within a fascinating design study around biophilic concepts of complexity and order,” says Jackie Dettmar, Mohawk Group’s vice president of marketing, design and product development. “The research links the incorporation of these ideas into the built environment to increased collaboration, creativity and social interaction, as well as a reduction of negative behaviour.”
Siamo Tutti Uno | Carpet Edition
Launched to give a voice to the Amazon’s indigenous populations and a tribute to their lifestyle, Siamo Tutti Uno (Italian for “We Are All One”) is a collaboration between Roberta Mari and Silvia Z. Pio. Seven handmade rug designs are inspired by a range of graphic motifs including body paintings, childhood decorations and arrows used for hunting. To continue the support, Carpet Edition is contributing a percentage of sales to Survival International, the worldwide movement dedicated to indigenous populations. www.survival.it / www.carpetedition.com