Canadian Interiors


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Friends in low places

When entering a new space the floor is the first thing we notice, even before walls, ceilings or furniture. Which means floors can have the biggest impact on the overall atmosphere of a room. In the case of wood flooring, “used” and grainy patterns and finishes are in vogue, and for carpets, vibrant colours and sophisticated patterns continue to grow in popularity.


Compiled by Peter Sobchak

Mirage│Peppermint

Québec-based Mirage has added two new colours, Gelato and Peppermint, to its Sweet Memories Collection. The company’s exclusive brushing and staining processes imparts a look reminiscent of well-aged hardwood floors, while the colours — Gelato is beige-gray; Peppermint (shown) is a pure ash gray — brings a touch of minerality to minimalist modern décors. www.miragefloors.com

NoraSystems│lona

Nora Systems has introduced the new Noraplan lona rubber floor covering that offers a silk-matte finish and features splashes and droplets in a range of colors and accents. Continuing to serve the needs of healthcare and learning spaces, Iona is naturally bacteriostatic and fungistatic, uses no waxes, sealants, harsh cleaners, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), plasticizers (phthalates) or halogens (e.g., chlorine), thereby achieving Greenguard Gold Certified for low VOC emissions. www.nora.com

 
Bentley│Disruptor

The name of the latest carpet tile collection from Bentley signals their intent: to interrupt staid, structured commercial interiors. The main tool for this is their proprietary Colorcast technology, which matches colour from any source, including paint chips and fabric swatches. In addition, tightly twisted yarn bundle creates the illusion of folded pleats as it rises to the surface of each design. www.bentleymills.com

Jan Kath│Boro

Casting his eyes to the Far East, German carpet designer Jan Kath found inspiration in ancient Japanese patchwork art. The Boro design involves sewing together long strips of worn materials to form bespoke floor ornamentation or, even better, wall hangings. Hand-combed and hand-spun Tibetan highland wool, Chinese silk, and stinging-nettle fibers create varying light reflections, giving the carpets an almost transparent depth. www.jan-kath.com

Gerflor USA│Creation Living

The latest collection from Gerflor USA combines residential and commercial features. Creation Living is a 2mm thick, low-traffic vinyl tile with microbeveled edges available in both plank and tile options, and the collection’s realistic wood and stone designs are printed in high definition on tear-resistant film and protected by a transparent wearlayer. www.gerflorusa.com

Kinetex│Foundry

Foundry from Kinetex (part of the J+J Flooring Group) is an industrious-looking 24” x 24”modular product that comes in 13 colorways set against a complementing neutral palette. Evoking the imperfections of aged concrete surfaces, the line is made with 55 per cent recycled content and comes standard with PreFix, J+J’s pre-applied releasable adhesive. www.jjflooringgroup.com

Henzel Studio Heritage│Marilyn Monroe

Henzel Studio is collaborating with The Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Arts on a collection of handmade art rugs and pillows that focus on one of his favourite muses: Marilyn Monroe. The collection comes from a maquette Warhol created for an unrealized book of 38 octagonal pages, each a die-cut detail from Warhol’s print edition set of Monroe dated 1967 that includes 10 variations of the star. Each page has been re-appropriated and turned into a unique rug design. www.henzelstudio.com