January 6, 2016

Mannington Commercial Draws Inspiration from the Grit and Glory of East LA


Created in partnership with Shimoda Design Group, the Traction Avenue Collection captures the intersection of texture and pattern in a sophisticated, modern collection of 12”x48” modular carpet planks.




Joey Shimoda, FAIA, FIIDA and his team drew inspiration from the beauty of the east side Arts District in Los Angeles, to create this urban camouflage. Mannington Commercial’s design team, under the leadership of Design Director Roby Isaac, interpreted Shimoda’s concepts into sophisticated modern textiles that use intersections of texture and design, to bring elegance and visual interest without any compromise of performance.




“We were interested in exploring design aspects that we felt were missing in current corporate carpet design,” said Shimoda. “Visuals that create a sense of scale and direction, and bring a personal design point of view. We also pushed color into a richer range, giving the planks an almost iridescent effect. In some of the patterns, it almost glimmers.”




“We wanted to work with Joey and his team, not only because of their obvious talent but because of their ability to push us to look at space in creative new ways,” said Natalie Jones, Vice President of Brand Development and Creative Product. “The end result is a collection of modern graphics that are versatile enough to be used in bold combinations or in quiet understatement, depending on what is appropriate for the project space.”




Studies of how we move in today’s commercial spaces influenced the modern graphics, tonal gradients, and an inventive palette of 16 color stories. Antron Lumena premium nylon 6,6 and Mannington Commercial construction unite to create a high performance, high durability, low maintenance carpet, engineered to retain the color and texture that set the collection apart. 


Explore all available Traction Avenue colorways and additional collections at Mannington Commerical.

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