Mannington Commercial launched six new hard and soft surface flooring products and a newly-renovated showroom at NeoCon 2017, and reported high showroom traffic of visiting architects, interior designers, and other specifiers. New products featured LVT and carpet designed by the in-house Mannington Design Studio, under the leadership of Roby Isaac, vice president of commercial design, as well as collaborations with the Los Angeles and London-based HOK Product Design.

The Umbra Collection of LVT, winner of a Buildings magazine Innovation Award Grand Prize, was developed by Mannington’s UK-based Amtico design team. Umbra uses analog photography techniques as inspiration with a continuous, non-repeating pattern.

The Portland Project LVT is an extension of the Portland Project carpet collection launched last year, inspired by the experience of a road trip through Oregon. Linear striations fade in and out over an ombre wash of color, or are overlaid by a large-scale pattern.

Color Anchor LVT is a collection of tiles and planks of fields of color. Available in 12x12”, 18x18”, 12x24”, and 6x36” formats in two patterns.

The HOK Product Design collaborations were both carpet collections, which coordinate while meeting very different needs in interior environments. The Paper Collection brought home a #MetropolisLikes award from the magazine’s editors. The collection’s 18”x36” carpet planks range from quietly shaded patterns to lush, deep patterns, all inspired by everyday interactions with paper—crumpling, creasing and tearing.

The companion collection, Origami, is 24 oz face weight, plush and luxe. The patterns are inspired by classic origami folds and include a companion textured broadloom. Soft lines create both organic and geometric feels, in neutral, cool, and warm grays as well as lovely saturated colors.

Rounding out the product launches is Medina and Self-Assembly, two piece dye products that create a mix of textures from heavy to minimalist. Medina is a broadloom and modular collection inspired by ancient European cities and the effect of time on architecture. Self-Assembly uses a new yarn composition to incorporate tonal values and luster, referencing knitting techniques as well as naturally occurring patterns-within-patterns, such as those found in genetic code, exploring the ways that patterns interlace and interact in nature and man-made constructions.

This year’s showroom, a collaborative effort between Mannington’s designers and Atlanta-based Leap Communications, and featuring paper craft by artist Christina Lihan, emphasized the process of discovery and creation. Formally trained as an architect, Lihan hand-cuts and sculpts paper into intricate architectural forms. Her recent work has been featured in the Flatiron Prow Artspace in New York and in the Jaffa Museum of Art in Tel Aviv.

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