(Second of two parts)
Chicago—With nearly everyone in the A&D community in agreement that NeoCon is the “do not miss” contract furnishings show in North America, it’s no wonder manufacturers have dubbed the exposition for commercial interiors the Super Bowl of trade shows. And with flooring having become a must-see category, manufacturers rolled out their crème de la crème for design firms from around the globe to appraise their goods.
Here are some of the hard surface highlights FCNews came across. (Editor’s note: Carpet was covered in the July 30/Aug. 6 issue.)
Combining “high design” with “product excellence,” Centiva introduced the Contour Series featuring five U.S.-made designs.
Montage provides characteristics of a distressed surface with an industrial flavor and is available in seven colors and sizes; Crossweave’s softened lines intersect to form a woven appearance; Cane offers styling that fits a range of commercial spaces and is available in plank or tile format; Avignon Oak contains modern and rustic elements to create a wood design reminiscent of the forest, and Royal Oak features rich graining and color in three colors. All products are part of Centiva’s Green Way mantra.
Laminam by Crossville is a new line of lean-profile, large-format porcelain products. This new offering comes through an exclusive distribution agreement with Italian manufacturer Laminam, a division of Systems Group, and has been labeled, “the largest and thinnest ceramic slab ever seen.”
Laminam by Crossville products are suited for interior wall installations and may be used on an array of surfaces. The initial offering of 3mm thick, fiberglass-reinforced porcelain panels will be available in more than 50 items.
Three collections—Founda-tions, Natural Inspirations and Urban Influence—coordinate with Crossville’s porcelain floor tile. Crossville’s logistics and Laminam’s leadership in production and technology will ensure ready availability for American specifiers.
Recently expanding its LVT offerings, CBC now provides products under the Halo Floors brand with the addition of Asento, created for commercial applications where a moderately priced product is desired.
Asento is available in 22 colorways in 4 x 6 traditional and rustic wood species, as well as 18 x 18 stone patterns.
“Asento gives architects all the benefits of an LVT product with the value many commercial projects demand these days,” said Jeff Collum, vice president of flooring for CBC. “This product is perfect for multifamily or college dorms, where low-maintenance flooring is needed.”
Grabbing a NeoCon Sil-ver award, Johnsonite’s iQ Natural is billed as a “major ad-vancement in commercial vinyl sheet flooring that combines beauty, high performance and sustainability,” answering the call for more renewable and sustainable building resources with 75% natural material and 16% rapidly renewable content.
The collection is the derivative of two Johnson-ite products, Melodia and iQ, creating a sustainable choice for sectors such as healthcare, education, corporate and Main Street.
Johnsonite states the construction of the product eliminates the need for wax and polishing, saving facility managers up to 30% over the lifetime of the floor. iQ Natural is available in 24 colorways with a tone-on-tone pattern that coordinates with any Johnsonite floor.
The company previewed its new, random piece product line as part of the up and coming, newly reconfigured Karndean Art Select Woods collection.
“Our new random piece range reflects Karndean’s core purpose, which is designing products that are inspired by nature, yet make the functional, stylish,” said Michael Lang, senior marketing manager. “This can be seen by our tagline—‘Your Space. Your Needs. Your Style.”
The Art Select Woods collection is the company’s most intricate and authentic wood-effect range, he said, inspired by the rich texture and colors found in nature. The new random piece product line comes in planks comprised of varying widths and lengths. The planks can be installed in assorted arrangements, giving customers a truly one-of-a-kind look.
“Being able to randomize the planks to this degree will provide our customers with the ability to install a highly customized floor—a true design floor,” Lang said. Visit karndean.com.
Mannington’s Vivendi added to its cache of awards by claiming a NeoCon Gold in the hard surface category. A collaboration between the manufacturer and HOK Product Design, Vivendi was created by healthcare designers for healthcare projects.
Vivendi is a heterogeneous resilient flooring that has a visual softness of textiles and performs in high-traffic healthcare settings. It features Quantum Guard HP, a patented urethane wearlayer with aluminum oxide cured by an ultraviolet UV process. The product also boasts wear resistance, stain resistance and low maintenance costs with a no-polish, no-buffing option.
ECO Prim Grip, the company’s recently introduced, ready-to-use, bond-promoting primer, can prepare an existing tile or stone surface for a new installation without the time, labor or dust of scarification, noted Brian Pistulka, business manager for Mapei’s Tile & Stone Installation Systems.
The synthetic resin-based primer is said to enhance the performance of mortars and their adhesion to existing ceramics and other difficult substrates, and can be applied with a roller in only one coat.
“The most critical requirements for installations are they be quick and have reduced environmental impact,” he said. “ECO Prim Grip will provide a solution for repairs and renovations at a lower overall cost.”
Engage Locking LVT is a solid vinyl floating floor with a broad range of wood and stone looks that can be quickly installed directly over most existing hard surfaces.
Featuring Uniclic locking technology, the floor is ready to use immediately with no adhesives, curing or drying time. Because of this, there are no VOCs, making it an ideal choice where indoor air quality is a priority. Additional time and money is saved as there is no requirement for excessive subfloor preparation or special underlayment.
Select, another LVT line, is available in both planks and tiles. Planks are seven inches wide by 49 inches long; tiles are 11.9 inches wide by 23.9 inches long. Both offer a lifetime residential warranty and 10-year commercial warranty.
This major player in the contract, track and field and indoor sport flooring markets displayed rubber flooring products Ideal, Harmoni, Terranova, Natura, Geode and Bollo Extra.
Many of Mondo’s rubber flooring products have received GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality Certification as well as the GreenGuard Children & Schools Certification making them applicable for schools, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, offices and a variety of other commercial applications. Rubber flooring from Mondo offers numerous characteristics, the company stated, including comfortability, shock and sound absorption, low maintenance, high performance, slip resistance and sustainability.
The company exhibited Elevations, its debut line of loose lay luxury vinyl tiles and planks.
“Designers stopped by our booth and immediately saw various opportunities to use our floors,” said Michael Raskin, founder and CEO. “Attendees were impressed with the weight and quality of Elevations with particular comments regarding our aesthetics due to our advanced technology.”
The fashion-forward line features unique innovations like a truly adhesive-free installation system, courtesy of G88 gravity grip backing; nanoceramic beading on wearlayers of 12mil and 20mil; and extra layers of silencing membranes and fiberglass for di-mensional stability.
The product is also made with up to 75% recycled content and is FloorScore certified to contribute to healthy indoor air quality.
Northern Timbers blends nature’s best flooring options with today’s technology to create floors that are environmentally friendly and fully recyclable.
With a new floating floor option, the company states the line offers ease of installation, conceals subfloor imperfections and allows for flush installation with other 1⁄8- and 3⁄16-inch products. Northern Timbers contains 72% recycled content, including 39% post-consumer waste. The palette consists of 18 grains and colors in 4 x 36 x 1⁄8-inch-thick gluedown planks, and eight of those are also available in a 6 x 48 x 3⁄16-inch-thick loose-lay option.
Shaw Hard Surfaces
Quiet Cover with In*Step garnered a NeoCon Gold award in the hard surfaces category, further eulogizing the innovative floating luxury vinyl plank. Designed as a solution for commercial end users, Quiet Cover installs quickly without the use of adhesive and possesses a high tolerance for moisture.
Shaw said Quiet Cover re-quires less subfloor preparation because it can go directly over concrete slabs testing up to 95% RH and 10 pounds calcium chloride.
“Quiet Cover solves so many problems our customers regularly face on job sites,” said Allie Finkell, marketing manager for Shaw Hard Surfaces. “So often slabs are too wet for normal gluedown installations, and moisture mitigation is an expensive proposition.”