October 31, 2017

8 Flooring Choices

1. Roche Bobois

Italian artist Carlotta Fortuna eschewed her signature botanicals in favor of geometrics when conceiving Shading 2. Overlapping bands of gradating jewel tones create faded fields of orange, green, and gray (or specify bespoke hues). Equally at home on the floor or the wall, this hand-tufted wool gem from the Les Contemporains collection measures roughly 99 by 138 inches and is available in custom sizes, too.

2. Mannington Commercial

What happens when more than two dozen design principals from firms around the world come together to mastermind a flooring series? The answer is ONE Global Design’s Infused collection of luxury vinyl tiles. Sold as 9-inch squares and 2 1⁄2-by-36-inch planks, the five patterns—Bordado, Broad Street, Birds Eye, Hustle, and Scratch That— bring to life the principals’ hometowns, from Philadelphia to Mexico City.

3. Totally Carpet

The sophisticated, multi-layered patina of tip-shear construction meets the durability of high-performance solution-dyed nylon in Soldy Luxe. Formats including 12-foot-wide broadloom and 2-foot-square carpet tile are available in 33 hues, from tasteful neutrals to vibrant orange, crisp green, and even bright red—a zingy accent for high-traffic commercial and hospitality installations. The design is also offered as a textured loop.

4. Tania Johnson

A Cy Twombly–inflected composition of squiggles animates Smudge. Executed in Chinese silk on a Himalayan wool ground, the rug’s restful palette is inspired by window condensation on a misty day. Five standard colorways (and custom) are available for the 8-by-10-foot design. Other patterns in the Surface collection are foliage-inspired Flutter, woodsy Leaf Tint, and metallic Glimmer.

5. Mohawk Group

No matter which colorway of Lichen you choose—Firedot, Goldspeck, Orange Sea, Felt Finish, or Frosted Shield—it’s all green. The carpet planks are free of harmful Red List building materials and are NSF 140 Gold– and Green Label Plus–certified for indoor air quality. Even better? A percentage of profits from each of Jason F. McLennan’s designs will be donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

6. Begüm Cana Özgür for Nanimarquina


Standout: Vertical and horizontal gradients in tones inspired by the dusk sky liven soothing flatweaves handmade of New Zealand wool.

7. Margo Selby for Alternative Flooring

Product: Stripes

Standout: Pencil stripes, ticking, and other linear designs in pert color combinations compose the series, based on the artist’s handwoven fabrics and employing an innovative yarn winding technique. 

8. Helen Yardley of Helen Yardley

Product: Zip

Standout: Fields of British Heritage wool are the perfect backdrop for bold custom-colored stripes of handtufted cut-and-loop-pile New Zealand wool (one of the three sizes also incorporates Swedish linen).

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