CHANGE & CONTRAST
As collaborative environments become more popular, designers are creating spaces that support a multitude of activities. The multi-faceted approach to collaborative design inspired us to take a closer look at how flooring is being used and whether or not it could take a more active role. Within collaborative environments, we identified one big obstacle with flooring that inspired us to begin thinking differently. We wanted to give designers the freedom to mix hard and soft flooring surfaces together to ease transitions, improve way finding and change the direction of multi-use environments. From a visual perspective, Mixed Materials is influenced by integrating contrasting materials, including woods, metals and fabrics into the same environment. Intrigued by how the textures and the various shapes of these materials are used to create contrast, we were inspired to create Facet, a new rhombus shaped tile available in both carpet and resilient.
DESIGN & INSTALLATION
We continue to expand the definition of performance design with the introduction of our new Facet shape and with new resilient visuals that resemble the look of brushed metals. Available in both carpet and resilient, the Facet format is intentionally made to work along with other modular sizes. Many specialty shapes are not designed for easy transition from one product to the next. Mixed Materials in facet shaped carpet and resilient work in tandem with our standard 24” x 24” modular carpet styles, allowing you design flexibility in both new and current installations. Until now, you’ve needed a transition strip to bridge from hard surface to carpet. At 5 mm versus the 2.5 mm - 3 mm industry standard, Mixed Materials is engineered so that carpet and resilient are the same height, making a smooth transition between products and eliminating the need for transition strips between materials. This added thickness also adds weight to the product to help keep it in place, greatly reducing the need for adhesive. The In*Place format allows for installation requiring no adhesive when its surrounded by carpet or by flooring that’s been glued down along the room’s perimeter.
PERFORMANCE DESIGNED: FOR THE END USER
The collaborative space is constantly shifting, which means people, furniture, technology and traffic patterns are also moving. Because flooring is the foundation of the built environment, it serves as the main foundation for these activities. Flooring needs to support end users and their changing needs. Changes from hard to soft surface in flooring and the use of transition strips can be an obstacle to movement, so eliminating disruptions in the flooring surface greatly increases how the space performs for the end user.
PERFORMANCE DESIGNED: FOR LONGEVITY
As the leader in high-performance flooring for the commercial market, we continue to drive our passion for providing beautifully durable products with the launch of Mixed Materials. Both the carpet and resilient are designed to maintain their appearance in the toughest environments. With commercial end use warranties and easy maintenance, Mixed Materials holds up to wear from heavy traffic, mobile furniture and changing stress patterns.
PERFORMANCE DESIGNED: FOR MODULAR
Mixed Materials Modular is made with Eco Solution Q®, a high-performance fiber designed for superior wear resistance. Available in three patterns in the Facet format, this collection is backed by our EcoWorx® Tile and can be easily installed using LokDots™, our odorless adhesive system designed to help eliminate VOC emission in occupied spaces. Mixed Materials Modular is Cradle to Cradle Certified™ and fully recyclable.
PERFORMANCE DESIGNED: FOR RESILIENT
Mixed Materials Resilient is a highly-durable, hard surface flooring option made with a 40 mil wear layer to add protection against scratching and indentations. The smooth, non-porous surface is resistant to stains, particles and moisture. Most cleaning can be handled easily by sweeping, dusting or a light wet mop. Mixed Materials resilient offers a thicker plank at 5mm, which provides additional comfort underfoot and helps absorb sound from unwanted and accidental noise. This collection is made with 22 percent recycled content.
A flexible space is one that can adapt to changing demands. Flexible flooring can help define spaces without walls. As users’ needs change, flooring has to adapt and perform to support different activites, shifts in traffic patterns and changes in usage and functionality. Flooring that is flexible is easy to update, install and move.
As people are given more choices to move around and choose where they work in a space, there is an increased demand for creating comfortable spaces. The right flooring can help with comfort underfoot and temperature control. Removing the transition strip between resilient and carpet, makes it easier for people to move around and take their furniture, mobile technology and belongings with them.
Designers need to create spaces that support a multitude of activities, including how people interact with technology and each other. Collaborative spaces encourage openness and inclusion but they have to be balanced with privacy and concentration. Flooring can help absorb sounds and reduce noise transmission, minimizing distractions from conversations, foottraffic and moving furniture. Flooring can help support a variety of activity levels, allowing you to designate areas for various types of interaction, including group instruction, team meetings, impromptu exchanges and focused alone time.
Flooring can help divide a space into designated areas and provide visual and transitional clues for users. By combining both hard and soft surfaces into the overall space, you can create specific areas that are designed for active or quiet usage. Modular carpet and resilient working alone and together can help define traffic pathways and create zones of activity and unique destinations such as cafes and lounges, study spaces and quiet areas, within a larger structure.