Flooring transitions can be a challenge, but they don't have to be. Interior designer Jennifer Hudson, vice president and creative director at Alderman Company in North Carolina, shares how Küberit's cutting-edge profiles and patented designs are bringing innovative solutions to the architectural and design community. Here are a few takeaways that can help your business.
1 We work with lots of the major brands that are kind of household names, so we're always looking for ways to improve those projects. Küberit solves the functional challenges that designers run into when they're working with floor coverings, which is pretty much every project that they do. While they’ve been in Europe for a long time, now over 150 years, them coming to North America is a welcome introduction to our market because they have a huge product line and an easy specification process. It just helps us solve problems.
2 They've streamlined the specification process, and that in itself is innovation. There are all kinds of floor coverings, so by design Küberit’s product offering has to be just as diverse as the industry that they're addressing. They make it easy by breaking it down into seven categories. Whatever issue you're facing with your design, you look to that product category, and then once you find your product category, you look at the thickness of the materials that you're planning on using, and that points you in the right direction. Then it's about the style of the profile, the finish that you want for your design.
3 Let’s take expansion joint profiles, for instance. That's a struggle that especially commercial designers are going run across, and Küberit has a great solution for that.
4 The Kubrick clip system. These are profiles that you actually install before you install the flooring. You install your flooring to make the profile. It's a two-part system that just clips in on top of that base. And it is really great for bridging pretty significant differences from one flooring material to another.
5 We’re seeing transition pieces become part of the design process. Designers are not just using them out of necessity, but also to create a pretty embellishment or accent.