May 1, 2020

Smart City by Mohawk Group is a Path to a Smarter Planet

Mohawk Group’s latest Living Product carpet plank system — Smart City. Photography courtesy of Mohawk Group.

Smart cities unite people through highspeed technology and connectivity. As cities continue to inspire their own cultures, create personal opportunities, and remain where business headquarters are located, cities are shaping key experiences for the many different people who call them home. Inspired by the city of today and the cities of tomorrow, one company has created a carpet system that highlights the urban environments of the future, made in a sustainable way. 

Urban Mobility carpet tile in Orange Line 922 features the Istanbul Rapid Transit map. Photography courtesy of Mohawk Group. 

Mohawk Group’s Smart City collectiona 12″ x 36″ Living Product carpet plank systemexplores a future in which the urban environment nurtures its citizens through these advancements and sustainable development. “The best cities and urban environments are well planned and fluid, making creative use of space to maximize efficiency and growth,” said Jackie Dettmar, Mohawk Group’s vice president of design and product development. “We looked to this model to create Smart City, specifically how this vision of metropolis and community responds to the needs of all who inhabit and visitwhether through walkability, accessibility, the integration of green space or any number of factors that actively improve quality of life.”

Urban Model in colorway Midtown 949 with coordinating My City wall treatment by Daltile. Photography courtesy of Mohawk Group.

The carpet plank collection reinterprets the transit maps of major cities and urban areas into soft surfaces for commercial interiors. The system includes two options, the Urban Model and the Urban Mobility. Urban Model offers an organic base pattern that reflects the texture and rhythm of a metropolitan mapscape in three distinctive hues and contrast levels while Urban Mobility coordinates pattern styles with linework and bold accent colors inspired by the subway systems of Berlin, Istanbul, London, New York, Paris and Shanghai.

Urban Model carpet tile in Waterfront 965 as shown with coordinating My City wall treatment by Daltile. Photography courtesy of Mohawk Group.

Another priority for cities, their citizens and companies alike, is sustainability. Mohawk Group’s latest collaboration was informed by the AIA 2030 Commitment and the Gensler Cities Climate Challenge (GC3), initiatives that call for all new buildings, developments and major renovations to be carbon neutral by 2030. Not only that, but Mohawk Group’s manufacturing site in Glasgow, Virginia uses the Living Product framework to decrease water usage and focus on special processes and community partnerships that lower environmental impact. 

Urban Mobility features lines from the London Underground in colorway Blue Line 965. Photography courtesy of Mohawk Group.

“As the maker of Living Products like Smart City, we believe better design examines both embodied carbon and materials health to produce sustainable products that help reduce the carbon footprint of our customers and lead the way in transparency,” added Dettmar. All Living Products support and contribute to healthier commercial environments and their end users by being free of toxins and other harmful chemicals of concern, while also protecting the outside environment. Additionally, the manner of manufacturing aligns with socially responsible practices that are respectful of workers’ rights.

Urban Model (Midtown 949) together with Urban Mobility (Grey Line 949), inspired by the Paris Métro. Photography courtesy of Mohawk Group.

Red Listfree Smart City styles feature Mohawk Group’s awardwinning Heathered Hues yarn system. Texture and blending provide a variegated woollike appearance, creating the manufacturer’s most naturallooking nylon yarn to date. These commercial fibers create a warm, biophilic aesthetic that is well suited for commercial environmentsespecially those set in more industrialized, urban areas where nature is hard to come by. The innovative yarn is dematerialized for a lower impact, and no water is used in its production, plus Duracolor Tricor solutiondyed nylon fiber and EcoFlex NXT tile backing are used as wellDuracolor Tricor utilizes a groundbreaking modified triangularshaped core to deliver unsurpassed stain resistance, colorfastness, durability, color clarity and enhanced soil performance.

Smart City explores a future where the urban environment nurtures its citizens. Photography courtesy of Mohawk Group.

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