Innovative Flooring Products of 2017
From trendsetting surfaces to innovative installation tools and materials, we delighted in discovering the latest and greatest flooring product introductions this year. Here are some of the products that wowed and created buzz among Floor Trends readers in 2017 (as noted by the clicks and shares on our online platforms), leading the way in style, design and innovation.
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Designed with nostalgia in mind, Interface’s World Woven collection of commercial carpet tile is made up of a set of styles that reminds us of classic fashion and upholstery textiles from the past. Speaking to that style is SummerHouse, the latest addition to the collection. SummerHouse is a lighthearted pattern that recalls picnics on plaid blankets, cotton curtains in the kitchen window and the pure bliss of summer days. Complimenting World Woven’s strong foundation of neutrals and an expanding offering of color, pattern and texture, SummerHouse explores the light and dark values of this large-scale pattern in the same eight pure neutrals and Skinny Planks format of the World Woven collection.
J+J Flooring expanded its Form + Finish Collection with the addition of six new products that feature a plethora of texture, luster, pattern and dimension. Drawing inspiration from Detroit’s historic Pewabic pottery studio, J+J Flooring’s designers immersed themselves in the time-honored crafts of pottery and glazing, resulting in the collection’s latest designs. All six products feature bold organics, unique color combinations that effortlessly wash into each other and the graceful yet unexpected fluidity of patterning that result from the art of glazing.
In an eclectic combination of reclaimed wood visuals, Marazzi’s Urban District Mix collection provides additional variation on the popular reclaimed wood look. For this collection, Marazzi has taken its Italian heritage and mixed it with a modern-forward style. Mix offers modern color palettes–in high-contrast motifs for style preferences as diverse as shabby chic, coastal, farmhouse and urban. With a strong presence in the tradition of tile manufacturing for more than 30 years, Urban District Mix speaks to Marazzi’s leading edge design and exceptional quality.
Attendees at this year’s HD Expo held in Las Vegas got a first look at Karndean Designflooring’s new product ranges, including the custom Kaleidoscope collection. This collection features modular, compatible designs which utilize the most popular colors from the company’s glue down ranges. In hospitality settings, these components may be used to highlight featured areas or create pathways which facilitate guest flow and wayfinding. Notably, the award-winning collection is a recipient of the 2016 Good Design award, a 2017 finalist in the Hospitality Design Product Awards and an IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Competition nominee.
Engineered Floors added the revolutionary Advanced Polyester Extrusion–Apex SDP to the commercial polyester fiber portfolio of its commercial brand, Pentz. From its beginning, Engineered Floors has developed and exclusively used solution-dyed fiber for all of its products. Blended with performance and value, the collection is designed for commercial applications. Included in the offering are two styles: Revival and Revolution. Shown here, Revolution is the new standard in style and design.
With fluid movements in its design, Daltile’s Cove Creek glazed porcelain features a distinctive stone look that creates an impact with elegance and style. Cove Creek impresses with a refined palette of natural colors shown in a light stone graphic with a soft, linear pattern. The collection’s three standard sizes, serene tones featuring three colors and corresponding trim will add character to any design.
Designed by Jason F. McLennan, the founder of the Living Product Challenge, and his team at McLennan Design, Mohawk Group introduced the Lichen Collection, the first floorcovering to achieve Living Product Challenge Petal Certification. Inspired by assemblages of multi-hued, multi-textured lichens and their regenerative role in our ecosystem, the Lichen Collection is on the path to give more resources back to the environment than it uses during its entire life cycle
Innovator in sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, Tarkett, launched Transcend with SureSet Technology and Click with FreeSpan for commercial use under its Johnsonite brand. Both Transcend with SureSet and Click feature product design and installation breakthroughs that promise a true floating floor installation. Transcend with SureSet technology features a thin layer of pressure-sensitive adhesive applied to the unique sculpted wave design backing system, which makes direct contact with the subfloor. As a result, the Transcend Collection delivers on the true promise of floating floors.
Shaw Floors’ new Floorté PRO collection of LVT is the industry’s first direct glue rigid core LVT product with attached acoustical pad for greater comfort and a healthy dose of noise reduction. Floorté PRO addresses the demand for a LVT crossover product suited for residential as well as multifamily and commercial applications. Designed to perform in multiple business segments where end users are concerned with heavy traffic or prolonged wear and tear and prefer an upgraded resilient product, Floorté PRO is the first commercial grade, direct glue RCB product with an attached pad to minimize sound issues and enhance comfort, providing greater warmth and cushion underfoot.
With 87% of pet owners considering their pets part of the family, Invista has expanded its collection of Stainmaster PetProtect products with PetProtect luxury vinyl flooring, designed to resist scratches and stains that result from both large and small pets. Easy to maintain and made to withstand the demands of busy households that share their homes with pets, Stainmaster PetProtect luxury vinyl flooring can be combined with the company’s PetProtect carpet to fully coordinate a pet-friendly home. The flooring is designed for durability and engineered to resist absorption of odor-causing pet accidents.