Spring Fling Inspiration Board

With a long, brutal winter here in the Northeast – we are welcoming the first day of spring. We hope you find some inspiration for a spring awakening with our mood board!

Spring Inspiration Board

  1. Bright & Beautiful Bird via eyegofthetiger
  2. McCann Erickson Offices via myturnstone
  3. Patcraft’s Butterfly Effect Carpet Collection via Patcraft
  4. Spring Green Roses via whatchathinkaboutthat
  5. Karastan’s Bergeron carpet in Peach Parfait via Karastan Carpet
  6. Bright Architectural Doorway via Design Seeds
  7. Safavieh Dripping Stiches Neon Cotton Decorative Pillow via BHG.com
  8. Romantic Spring Florals via Karastan Carpet

Site Feature: Thurgood Marshall Courthouse

Photo: Tim Schenck

Photo: Tim Schenck

Project: Thurgood Marshall Courthouse

Location: New York, NY

Completed: August 2013

Scope: 343,750 square feet

Major Products Used: Milliken Custom Patterned Carpet // J+J Solid Custom Carpet // Forbo Resilient Flooring

Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects

Project Information: First-ever comprehensive interior and exterior renovation and restoration of the 730,000-square-foot Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse in Lower Manhattan, a national and New York City-registered landmark and home to the famous trials of Alger Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

The $314 million renovation addresses outdated infrastructure systems with a full upgrade of the building’s mechanical, electrical, fire protection, plumbing, security, audio-visual, and telecommunications systems. Interior upgrades include reconfiguration of security screening areas, a new service entrance, a relocated cafeteria, and the addition of a magistrate’s courtroom. Principal interior spaces and historic courtrooms are restored. Extensive repairs were made to the building façade and roof addressing wear and damage to the exterior envelope.

The flooring choices were made to complement the original architectural designs throughout the space. The solid blue J+J carpet is a perfect accent to the beautiful light wood and lighting fixtures in the library areas, with the beige J+J carpet serving as a neutral backdrop in the private offices in the space. Contrasting the patterned ceiling designs in the courtrooms and chambers, the classically patterned Milliken carpets offer grounding aesthetics in the large rooms.

The installation for Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse was unique because of the National and New York City registered landmark designations.  Designed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and the GSA’s Design Excellence Program, the project integrates modern building systems with minimal impact on the historic fabric, preparing the Courthouse for the 21st-century while maintaining its grandeur. The entire project was designed to LEED Certification requirements, providing a successful model for other large-scale sustainable historic preservation projects.

All photos courtesy of Tim Schenck

Installer Spotlight: Praise For Our Team

The foundation of our business is our installers. When Consolidated Carpet started in 1943, we were an installation-only organization. As we’ve grown and developed, we have taken on sales and contracting – but the high quality installations have remained the heart of our business.

Frequently, clients and partners in the industry reach out to our team to praise our installers for their outstanding craftsmanship and productivity. We are honored and proud of such achievements, and enjoy sharing these comments with our associates at Consolidated and beyond. Here are some recent comments from projects completed in 2014. Bravo to our installers for their incredible work ethic and superior installations!

“Consolidated Carpet is doing an outstanding job … Rich and Keith are doing quality work. The collaboration and communication brought to the table by Rich and Keith is greatly appreciated. I am requesting that Rich and Keith do all of the flooring and carpeting for the [other locations] under construction.” – Head of Facilities at Major Healthcare Project in New York Metropolitan Area

“As we begin the closeout on our recent 55th floor project, I wanted to reach out and thank everyone at Consolidated, especially the project and installation teams for all their efforts in making our 55th floor project another success for our firm. Everything associated with this project was done as a collaborative team effort. We were happy again to have all of you as part of the team.” – Head of Facilities at a Major NYC  Law Firm

“Just a note of thanks for a job well done. The 18th and 19th floors look great. The drop-in tiles, especially on the 19th floor, look awesome. Your team of guys did great job. James and Todd [are] very excellent foremen and it was a pleasure working with them and all of your installers. Please convey to the installers how much I appreciate the job they did for me over the last 6 weekends.” – Facilities Manager at Major Corporate Project in NYC

“He was the best! Everything looks great. Thank you so much!!” – Designer at Major NYC Architecture Firm

“Just wanted to say thanks to all of you for the great job you did with the carpet for our complex. Everything looks great and it went quickly and was relatively painless. Please thank Javier, Richie, and all of the attendants. Great team work!” – Facilities Manager at Major Corporate Project in NYC

Arena Site Feature: Madison Square Garden

As one of the largest & most well-known commercial floor covering contractor in the New York Metropolitan area, we have been very fortunate to successfully work on some of the most iconic sports arenas and venues in the world. Here’s a peek inside one of our most famous projects that plays host to some of the best events & sports teams today: Madison Square Garden.

As part of a three-year renovation of Madison Square Garden (MSG), everything from the locker rooms and back of house spaces to the suites and public areas were updated. The redesign of MSG was one that’s as fun and exciting as the events that take place at the iconic arena. The cultural importance and history of MSG are branded throughout the space, enhancing the visitor experience the moment they step into the arena.

Location: New York City

Completed: In phases over five years, 2009 – 2013

Scope: 143,612 square feet total – 11,000 sq. ft. of resilient & rubber flooring // 11,000 sq. ft. of wood flooring // 121,612 sq. ft. carpet // 14,928 linear ft. carpet base // 17,973 linear feet wall base

Architect: Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects

Major Products Used:

  • Suite Levels: Milliken “Plank” broadloom carpet in color “Lubber” in Madison Level Suites // Milliken Custom multi-colored carpet tile in Standard Level Suites // Kahrs Hardwood “Castle & Cottage Collection” hardwood in “Custom Black Oak Studio” in Estate Suites// Tandus “Rya” broadloom carpet in color “Terra” in Suite Level Corridors
  • Locker Rooms: Masland “Keystone” broadloom carpet in color “Admiral” // Custom-cut & designed Logo Rugs // Mondo USA “Weight & Skate Rubber Flooring Sport Impact” in color “Dark Blue” & “Black”
  • Party Decks & Bridges: Milliken Custom multi-colored carpet tile

Wellness & The Workplace

Yesterday, some of our team participated in a workshop hosted by Steelcase and the New York City Chapter of CoreNet Global. The discussion, centering around wellbeing in the workplace, focused on the science behind the evolving designs and trends in our corporate workplaces. The stats and ideas introduced to the audience opened the eyes of many, initiating an open conversation on how the modern workplace can affect personal wellbeing.

Wellness Costs & Spending

Leading off the talk was one of the most surprising segments of the discussion, involving the figures surrounding the amount we are spending on healthcare and wellbeing initiatives.


Wellness In The Workplace

After discussing healthcare and wellness costs, the conversation moved towards the workplace and how design can change the way people work and the levels at which they are engaged. It provided an interesting look at what can be done to keep productivity up, while providing an environment that keeps employees healthy and happy. It was found that we spend at least 36% of our time working, the most percentage of time spent on just one aspect of our lives. With that in mind, what can be done to ensure wellness in the workplace?


Observations & Solutions For Wellness Improvement

Our presenter for the event, James Brewer of Steelcase, reviewed some factors that can be of detriment or distraction in the workplace. With each of these factors, he offered a solution that could dramatically improve wellbeing.

Issue: With different work activities occurring on a daily basis, spaces are often inflexible to the specialized needs of each task. This can cause “work arounds”, tension and stress between groups of associates – directly affecting their wellbeing.

Solution: “Palette of Place”: Companies need to offer a variety of areas that can be used for the different tasks and needs of their associates. Having café areas and small conference rooms can help for groups who need to collaborate, without distracting those that may need more focus on their task at hand. It is beneficial to offer library areas and hoteling stations for the quieter needs of workers.

Issue: People often work in unhealthy ways, without knowing the implications of the bad habits. In a stress-filled, busy world, our health and physical activity is often the first thing to take the backseat.

Solution: “Palette of Posture”: Having the ability to change the posture and positioning of oneself throughout the day is extremely important to an individuals’ wellbeing. With options to stand at high top tables, move throughout the office with wheeling workstations, and change the height of tables and chairs can make the world of a difference to the workers health.

Issue: Workers have emotional needs that need to be fulfilled in the office. It goes beyond simply feeling connected to other associates, but also that they are part of the workplace and its culture. This is particularly heightened but when companies have various office locations, making it more challenging for associates to feel connected to one another.

Solution: “Palette of Presence”:  Although technology has greatly improved the ease of collaborative experiences, there are often times where real-time interaction is key. Companies are implementing video conferencing rooms, where teams across various locations can work on projects with a live video feed of the room. Rather than picking up the phone or sending an email if they have a question, they can simply speak to the person on camera in real-time.

Overall the workshop was a great tool to learn some more about the importance of sound design in the workplace. Thank you to James, as well as Steelcase  & CoreNet for hosting the event! (All of the information above was provided by the Steelcase team).

Flashback Friday: Consolidated Carpet In the 1980’s


Number of Full-time Associates – 170+
Major Projects – American Express Headquarters, Chase Metrotech, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Rockefeller Family & Financial, Milbank Tweed Headly & McCoy, Helmsley Palace

During the 1980’s, we experienced a boom in the number of law firms and legal institutions we completed work for. Many of these law firms have remained ongoing clients of our organization through the 21st Century. In the early half of the decade, we installed the carpet at the famous and luxurious Helmsley Palace Hotel. We helped cover Sixth Avenue in red carpet in 1982 for A Night of 100 Stars – an all-star variety special to celebrate the centennial of the Actors’ Fund of America. The event featured 100 stars, including Lauren Bacall, Tony Bennett, Milton Berle, Cher, Sammy Davis Jr., Robert De Niro, Grace Kelly, David Letterman, Penny Marshall, Liza Minnelli, Christopher Reeve, Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Sutherland and more at an event at the iconic New York landmark, Radio City Music Hall.

The company celebrated its 40th Anniversary in October 1983 with a gala at the New York Sheraton in Midtown Manhattan. Associates, family members, and industry friends celebrated and honored the company for all of its incredible achievements. In addition, Consolidated saw its first public relations efforts in the 80’s, when we appeared in media and industry publications, including local Norwegian Newspaper, “Nordisk Tidende” and Interior Design Magazine.

Vendor Feature: Interface

When it comes to carpet tile, Interface has commonly been referred to as a standard in the industry. Around in Europe since 1955, the organization aims to create a quality line of carpet tiles, while giving back to the community and being environmentally responsible. By the time Ray Anderson, along with a group of investors, brought the modular tile to America in the early 1970’s, the stage had been set for Interface to manufacture a cutting-edge, durable, and well-designed product. Most recently, Interface has been at the forefront of designing and producing some of the most innovative carpet tiles on the market. Here are some of their newest, most versatile collections on the market.

Net Effect Collection

Taking inspiration from the flowing and swelling of the world’s oceans and seas, Net Effect features 6 styles that coordinate with one another to create a beautiful and unique finished installation. With 8 colorways in hues found at the shoreline, from the grays of “Artic”, “North Sea”, “Black Sea” and “Caspian”, the blues of “Atlantic” and “Pacific to the tans of “Driftwood” and “Sand”, there are a variety of applications to mix and match. The Net Effect Collection is a socially-responsible line, with the yarn created from recycled from discarded fishing nets. The collection of the nets helps to clean beaches and waters of small villages in the Philippines – providing income to help the area’s population.

B601, B602, B603

Styles B601, B602, and B603 are reminiscent of waves crashing on the shore. With random patterns looking like currents and sea foam, the products make for a uniquely dynamic installation. These styles are available in square 50 cm x 50 cm tiles and are constructed in a tufted pattern loop. Styles B601 and B602 are created from 64% recycled content, with B603 at 63%.

B701, B702, B703

Net Effect styles B701, B702, and B703 feature a more linear striation, inspired by the calm fluidity of the ocean, as well as the natural lines of driftwood and sticks floating in the current. The 25 cm x 1m planks are particularly impactful when installed in either an ashlar or herringbone pattern. Each style is constructed differently – B701 tufted sheared, B702 tufted pattern loop, and B703 tufted cut pile – which creates an interesting aesthetic when placed together. In addition, these styles have between 61% – 79% recycled content.

Trio & Duo

With the endless design possibilities of plank tiles, Interface’s Trio and Duo styles complement each other to create a classic aesthetic for any space. With tufted cut and loop construction created with 63% recycled content, the 25cm x 1m plank tiles can be installed in ashlar and herringbone patterns. The neutral colorways from grays and beiges to browns are muted and comforting. Trio offers a linear pattern with lines of varying thickness running lengthwise down the center of the plank. Trio’s complement, Duo, has subtle linear shading that serves as a more neutral backdrop to Trio’s pattern. In addition, Trio and Duo are both great additions to patterns featuring the Net Effect Collection.

The products above are the tip of the iceberg of interesting, colorful, and fun carpet tiles. Interface has built an exceptional online community, where customers and followers can stay informed about new products, company initiatives, and trends in the industry. With the launch of their updated website and presence on social media – Interface has created a fun and creative community for design professionals and fans alike. We encourage you to visit their new website at Interface.com/US/ and check out one of our favorite parts of their social media community – their Pinterest page.


*all photos courtesy of Interface