Find out about the latest partnerships, products and services in the flooring market
Edited by Toby Maxwell
Interface – Embodied Beauty
Interface has launched its Embodied Beauty collection in the UK, including the brand’s first carbon negative tiles. Consistent with the company’s ‘Climate take back’ mission and commitment to lower the carbon footprints of its products, all seven styles of the new range are carbon neutral across their full product life cycle, and also includes the company’s new cradle-to-gate carbon negative carpet tiles.
Designed by Interface vice-president of global product design Kari Pei, Embodied Beauty has been designed to reflect Japanese aesthetics of minimalism and the natural world. Pei believes the collection strives to evoke feelings of connection with others and with nature, embracing the principles of ikigai, a Japanese concept related to ‘having a purpose’. These influences come together in an array of styles, ranging from narrow monochromatic patterns to large-scale graphic tufted textures.
‘As our first collection to include carbon negative products, Embodied Beauty encapsulates the idea of working in alignment with nature, which is a concept often emphasised in Japanese culture,’ said Pei. ‘This inspired the aesthetics in the design, and yielded a wealth of textural and colour options to consider. Looking closely at the styles, you can recognise elements of kintsugi, the art of mending broken objects to create something new and beautiful, as well as sashiko, a decorative form of stitching. The carpet tiles create a refined floor that projects poise and quiet grace suitable for virtually any space.’
The new range is made up of seven carpet tile styles and six colourways. The three cradle-to-gate carbon negative styles – Shishu Stitch, Tokyo Texture and Zen Stitch – combine the company’s new CQuest BioX backing with speciality yarns and proprietary tufting processes, and Interface says they are designed to store more carbon than any carpet tile before, keeping it from entering the atmosphere where it contributes to climate change.
Embodied Beauty also includes four additional styles, Geisha Gather, Sashiko Stitch, Simple Sash and Vintage Kimono, which include muted greys in warm and cool tones alongside natural colours.
Forbo Acoustic Collection – Acoustic
Forbo Flooring Systems has developed a new Acoustic Collection. Combining its Sarlon acoustic vinyl range with its Modul’up adhesive-free solutions, the new collection is available in 94 designs, which have been split into the wood, material, colour and graphic design categories, and includes new digitally printed items.
CTD – DSegni Blend
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DSegni Blend from CTD Architectural Tiles is available in six shades, two sizes and a blend-effect plain tile, and 16 decor options. Made from glazed porcelain with patterning that reproduces the extra matt effect, the range is suitable for walls and floors.
Amtico – Form
UK flooring manufacturer Amtico has launched its new nature-inspired Form collection. The LVT flooring product is designed to suit a variety of commercial applications, including hospitality, retail and office environments. It includes 36 woods and stones that aim to convey the look of the natural materials with the high-performance qualities of LVT. amtico.com/commercial
Milliken – Wireframe
Milliken’s new Wireframe range has been created to provide a simple, clean fractured matrix flooring look, offering a choice of two designs: Wireframe (multi-tile designs composed of seven individual pattern elements to create one single design); and Wireframe Expressions (made up of 11 individual pattern elements). The colours range from classic greys through to warm browns and rich coppers, offering a range of bright or neutral effect design outcomes.
Tarkett – iD Inspiration
Tarkett has introduced its new modular vinyl range iD Inspiration. The collection uses high-definition digital printing to capture the detailed look of wood and stone, including subtle details in grain, texture and colour. iD Inspiration comprises 100 decors and seven formats.
Dekton Grip+ has a treated surface that guarantees slip resistance in inside and outdoor areas. The product is resistant to scratches, stains, freeze/thaw, heat and UV rays, and is suitable for kitchens and bathroom areas.
Modulyss has reinforced its environmental credentials by securing Cradle to Cradle Gold certification for 28 of its carpet tile ranges. The Belgian manufacturer’s tiles are made with 100%-regenerated Econyl yarn, and feature a PVC and bitumen-free backing that consists of a minimum 75%-recycled content; it can be disassembled and recycled at the end of the carpet tile’s life.