Vendor Feature: Mohawk Group

 

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Mohawk Group, the commercial arm of one of the largest carpet manufacturers in the world, Mohawk Industries, has solidified their position at the top of the pack. With cutting edge designs, innovative manufacturing processes, and a passion for sustainability, Mohawk Group is a great choice for a variety of commercial interior applications.

Street Thread Collection

One of Mohawk’s newest and most unique collections of carpet tile, Street Thread, takes urban design and puts in on the floor. With geometric and linear patterns reminiscent of graffiti, the 4 styles of the Street Thread Collection complement each other for a funky & fun installation. All constructed with Duracolor Premium Nylon, the styles each come in 8 colorways with a foundation of varying shades of gray highlighted by vibrant accent colors such as red, yellow, blue and magenta.

“Off The Wall” has a high-fashion geometric design compromised of small squares diagonally placed across each carpet tile. With linear striations, best suited as drop-in accents with “Off The Wall”, the” Pop Icon” style has a wonderful shading transition from neutral gray to exciting brights. “Super Fresh” has a curvy, circular pattern based off artwork by Queen Andrea, quoting lyrics from John Lennon’s “Imagine”. The last style in the Street Thread Collection, “Taped Off”,  has a stand-out linear pattern with varying thicknesses, mirroring the look of spray painting over tape.

Street Art Inspiration at Mohawk Group's NYC Showroom

Street Art Inspiration at Mohawk Group’s NYC Showroom

Renegade

Mohawk wants you to “Dare To Be Wild” with their newest collection, Renegade. Designed specially to mix and match between the 8 styles in any and every installation method, Renegade can help to bring out your inner desires for chaos, while keeping the design classic. Available in 9 color ways ranging from neutral grays, tans, and browns – the collection is constructed from Colorstrand SD Nylon Fiber. With linear striations, shading patterns and accent lines throughout the design of the collection – Renegade is simple, yet effective.

One of the best features of the Renegade Collection is their Quickship product line. Styles “Reckless”, “Headstrong”, “Riot” & “Venturesome” are all quickship – allowing you to order up to 2,000 square yards with a guarantee that it will be delivered in 10 business days or less.

Silk Road

Looking for a luxurious, international palette of flooring in lush colors and textures? Then Silk Road is the perfect collection for you. “Inspired by the decorative silks and carpets that traveled across deserts and were a significant factor in the expansion of great civilization, Silk Road takes broadloom carpet to a new dimension with its highly complex pattern articulation.” With natural patterns of ikats and foliage, complemented in colorways ranging through clays, slates, and greenery, Silk Road is perfect for Hospitality or Healthcare applications. The collection captures and transports you to worlds away to marketplaces of the Middle East and Asia where these designs are prominent.

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Mohawk Group’s Silk Road Collection

Mohawk Group: Making A Difference

With company roots existing for over 150 years, Mohawk Group has positioned themselves to be one of the most community-involved carpet manufacturers around the world. The company manufactures products from post-consumer recycled materials, such as water bottles. A matter of fact, one of their recycling facilities “recycles 3 billion plastic bottles per year, the equivalent of 20 percent of all bottles in the domestic post-consumer market,” to be converted to Everstrand carpet. In 2001, Mohawk started “Specify For A  Cure“, a campaign to give back to Susan G. Komen For The Cure. When you specify 500 yards of carpet or more from any of the seven eligible Mohawk Group carpet collections or any Durkan print carpet, the company pledges to donate $.25 per square yard of carpet sold to Susan G. Komen. These community programs are just the beginning of many amazing environmental and community outreach programs sponsored by Mohawk Group. We encourage you to visit their website at www.MohawkGroup.com to learn more about the amazing things this great manufacturer is doing!

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* All photos courtesy of Mohawk Group

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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

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

Vendor Feature: Bentley Mills

We’re fortunate to work with a variety of great flooring manufacturers with incredible product lines. One of these vendors is Bentley Mills, a California-based carpet manufacturer with beautiful collections of carpet tile and broadloom. With urban roots and inspiration, Bentley has a lengthy catalog of chic designs to use in all types of settings.

Hitchhiker & Savage Journey

With a simple, yet captivating linear design, Hitchhiker is a versatile choice from Bentley’s Western Edge Collection. Manufactured with Antron Lumena Nylon, the product is solution dyed and available in 12 colorways with neutrals and earth tones taking center stage. Bentley was inspired by “wiry, spindly vegetation in the desert” – a natural pattern that’s an easy stunner in any space. Also in the Western Edge Collection, Savage Journey is a coordinating product of Hitchhiker, with a smaller scale of the same pattern. Both products are available in broadloom, square tiles and plank tiles, and some of the most intriguing installations of these products feature plank shapes installed in a herringbone pattern (as seen in the below photo on the right).

Dry Lake & Salt Creek

Not to be outdone but their partners in the Western Edge Collection, Dry Lake & Salt Creek have complex linear patterns that stand out from the crowd. Available in the same standard 12 colorways as all the products in Western Edge, these products feature linear striations, opposed to the more geometric rectangular linear patterns as Hitchhiker and Savage Journey. As seen in the photo below, the use of “drop-in” accent tiles make the simple pattern pop, even when found in neutral colors.

Morro & Uluru

From the Interior Design Magazine Award-winning Clodagh Design’s Monolith™ Collection, the products have a tribal, yet sophisticated feel. With a natural pattern mimicking bark, Morro has linear striations dissecting each other in each direction. Uluru features a small scale grid pattern similar to the look of small stacked bricks. Both Morro and Uluru come in loop and shear styles and are manufactured with Antron® Legacy Nylon. Even though there are 27 standard colorways in neutrals and muted colors, there are over 185 options to choose  primary and accent colors from in Bentley’s “Create Color” tool, which gives you over 34,200 color combinations to choose from. To fit various backing needs, there are 5 different backings to choose on both of these products: High PerformancePC™, Optimum Barrier™ II, Prestige PlusRC™, Optimum BarrierRC™ II Cushion, and Easy Street Cushion.

Gotham Rises

The sophisticated, moody Gotham Rises carpet is another recent Bentley addition, available in 17 piece-dyed colorways ranging from to deep jewel tones to classic neutrals. Manufactured with Antron® Legacy Nylon, the “Create Color” tool can also be used to custom color the striped pattern with contrasting lines of various sizes. The collection is inspired by the saturated colors and simple lines commonly found in comic books, and the color names all follow the superhero theme with fun names such as “Justice Prevails”, “Hero of the Night”, and “Dynamic Duo”.

Not only does Bentley produce a superior product – they have a strong corporate culture, are involved in the community, and are passionate about sustainability. As a company, Bentley has frequently placed on lists for the best places to work in Los Angeles. Their glamorous products are commonly found on red carpet runways at major events and awards celebrations, including Presidential Inaugurations. Most importantly, Bentley has a level of awareness for sustainability, waste reduction, and reclamation that has placed them at the forefront of environmentally-friendly practices in the flooring industry.

All photos courtesy of Bentley Mills. We encourage you to visit the Bentley Mills Los Angeles Facebook Page and Bentley Mills Website for more photos and information.

Site Feature: Aegis Media

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Project: Aegis Media

Location: New York, NY

Completed: December 2012

Scope: 200,000 square feet

Major Products Used: Bentley Custom Carpet Tile // FreeAxez Wire Management System // Burke & Johnsonite Base

Architect: HOK

Award Wins: 2013 – Starnet Design Awards Corporate Category Winner

 

Industry Trend We’re Into: Non-Traditional Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are known for their versatility and ease of installation. Traditional carpet tiles are manufactured in square sizes such as 24” x 24” and 50 cm x 50 cm. However, we’ve been enjoying the innovations of new carpet tiles that have created interesting new shapes: crystals, hexagons and planks. These non-traditional tiles have seen a popularity increase as many of the major manufacturers have debuted these designs as recently as the 2013 NeoCon Showcase.

Plank Tiles

The “plank” design for carpet tiles has been catching on in popularity over the past few years. With several of the major carpet manufacturers producing their designs, there are many options to choose from. One of our favorite products is Interface’s “Walk The Plank” – a 25 cm x 1 m plank tile available in a variety of colors. The striations allow for a beautiful installation in both ashlar and herringbone patterns – and can even be installed along with the company’s standard 50 cm x 50 cm tiles. Mannington Commercial recently debuted their Redefined Collection of plank tiles to great reviews and fanfare at NeoCon. The collection, which features herringbone, tweed and other classic fashion patterns can also be installed in ashlar and herringbone layouts. The tiles, which are 18″ x 36″ are available in classic neutral colorways such as charcoal, cream and chocolate. Bentley Mills also offers their stylishly designed products in 18″ x 36″ planks.

Hexagon Tiles

Another popular debut at NeoCon this year was Shaw Contract’s Hexagon Collection. The collection features four designs with bevel, linear, and solid designs that can be installed together or separately for a range of aesthetics. Because these tiles have six sides, the design impact of the installations are endless.

Crystal Tiles

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is a premier arena, receiving acclaim for it’s design since opening last year. The custom crystal carpet by Vorwerk was installed throughout the space, including the suites, corridors and VIP areas. With neutral colors and a unique crystal cut pattern, this carpet is one of a kind and something worth noting as a trend for other manufacturers to take note of.

5 Reasons To Use Carpet Tile

Carpet tile, also known as modular carpet, is growing in industries such as government, education, hospitality, retail, healthcare and corporate firms. According to Floor Covering News, “modular carpet has been growing to the point where it now represents at least half of all soft surface commercial sales.” This increase could be attributed to the fact that modular carpet tile has a wide range of shapes and sizes. The most common types are 24” x 24” and 50 cm x 50 cm, with a wide variety of plank options as well. The design elements of the tile allow for the user to choose from a variety of options enabling them to customize their carpet.

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1. Flexibility : Carpet tile allows you to create a unique look with the variety of colors, styles, materials, and patterns. The tiles are easy to reconfigure and used to create different designs within the floor. You can also use the tiles as an alternate to an area rug! Carpet tiles allow you to bring out your creative side and enable you to change your style as frequently as you would like.

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 2. Sustainability : Many brands of carpet tiles are made from natural and recycled fibers and can be recycled themselves. With a wide variety of backing options for carpet tile, many do not require the use of adhesives, reducing the amount of product utilized.

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3. Easy Maintenance : Cleaning up a mess is a breeze with carpet tiles. An area with a spill can simply be replaced instead of having to replace your entire floor. If it becomes dirty, stained, or damaged, the tile can be replaced with little effort and expense. Using modular carpet makes it easy to take out an individual piece of carpet, clean it, and then put it right back where it was.

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4. Durability/Performance : Carpet tiles are built to last and withstand high-trafficked areas especially in a corporate setting.  It is essential that carpet tiles can handle the volume of people that walk over them every day. Due to its durability carpet tile generally has a long life cycle.

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5. Easy Installation : Since carpet tile can be done in sections, installations can be done with furniture left in place. If your office decides to move, you can take apart the tile and take it with you. Then in little time at all, the carpet can be reassembled. There are several ways that carpet tile can be installed. Each way generates a new looks to the area. The picture to the left shows the different ways that carpet tiles can be installed.