by Brianna Crandall — June 30, 2017 — For facilities managers looking to update their flooring, high-performance commercial flooring provider Patcraft, part of Shaw Industries, introduced several new carpeting and flooring collections at this month’s NeoCon contract furnishings show in Chicago. One collection, Subtractive Layers, garnered a Silver award at the prestigious Best of NeoCon Competition in the Hard-Surface Flooring category. The collection is described below along with highlights of two additional Best of NeoCon entries.
Patcraft’s Silver-winning LVT (luxury vinyl tile) collection, Subtractive Layers, is designed to withstand physical demands, and products feature a 20-mil wear layer to enhance product durability and performance in high-demand environments. This collection supports human performance with the roller mobility of hard surface, ease of installation and maintenance, and clean, modern aesthetics to improve the overall occupant experience.
Using foundational methods of art to explore new ground, the Subtractive Layers collection includes two styles, Remove and Withdraw. Available in 12” x 24” tiles and 20 colors, Subtractive Layers is a dryback product designed to provide a unique and dynamic aesthetic across all markets. With Subtractive Layers, Patcraft explores ways to “add less and reveal more.”
The collection was designed by Kelly Stewart, Patcraft’s Hard Surface Designer, who worked from her original acrylic paintings, inspired by artists Harry Morgan and Pierre Soulages, creating an authentic process for this collection’s design. For the paintings, Stewart used a broken comb to achieve a linear texture that became an integral part of the Remove and Withdraw style designs.
Both tiles within the collection were made by manipulating scans of Stewart’s original paintings and layering them over one another. The final tiles showcase both a simpler and then more complex design that the company says can stand alone beautifully or can be coordinated together.
Patcraft’s newest modular carpet collection, Material Paradox, uses light to enhance pattern and add textural and visual depth, playing with the concept of discovering harmony in tension. The products are designed with texture and tip shearing to produce a collection that has a rich, tactile feel, and are available in two 9” x 36” styles and one style in 18” x 36” and 9” x 36” planks, and 10 colors.
Constructed with Eco Solution Q and EcoWorx backing, Material Paradox is Cradle to Cradle certified. Products are backed with a lifetime warranty against stain, colorfastness to light, static and abrasive wear for maximum performance and appearance retention.
Isle of Skye
Patcraft’s newest carpet tile collection, Isle of Skye, which was entered in the best of NeoCon Healthcare Flooring category, leverages natural design to inspire performance, with calming, organic patterns. Featuring visuals inspired by the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye, experienced during Patcraft designer Rob Powell’s journey through Scotland, each of the collection’s three unique styles incorporates a comforting pallet of colors and style variations inspired by the natural environment.
The collection’s three 12”x 48” apportioned pattern scales, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness, are designed to work effortlessly and seamlessly together. The collection features 12 colorways of rich, dynamic neutrals with a pop of metallic accent color inspired by natural reflections of light within nature.
Isle of Skye carpet tiles are comprised of Patcraft’s Solution Q Extreme fiber and EcoWorx tile backing, and are backed with lifetime warranties and designed to yield long-term appearance, retention and durability. Maintenance is said to be simple: each product can be cleaned with just hot water extraction, and the tile format offers opportunity for selective replacement to minimize operational interruptions and cost.
For more photos of these three collections and others showcased at NeoCon, take a look at Patcraft’s NeoCon 2017 landing site.