Stripe, part of Roppe’s Dimensions collection, is inspired by the look of carpet tile.

Editor’s note: The following is another in a series of profiles highlighting the winners of this year’sNFTStyling Excellence Awards. Entries were judged earlier this year by showgoers at Surfaces and by readers online. A complete list of winners is available in the April issue ofNFT.

Reflecting on theNFTStyling Excellence Award Roppe won this year for its Dimensions rubber flooring, Jeremy Whipple, Roppe’s marketing manager, says the honor “validates the hard work we’ve done on Dimensions to make it unique.”

Available in three styles, Dimensions takes its inspiration from patterns typically found in carpet tile and sheet products. The looks are: Stripe, a linear pattern; Crackle, which resembles the texture of cracked glass; and Random, which, true to its name, offers a random pattern. “It’s something you don’t usually see in rubber tile,” Whipple says of the collection.

As the Roppe team set out to design the collection together,  the company enlisted the services of experienced designers. They looked at 18 concepts for the line and helped narrow the choices down to three finalists. “We played with a range of textures, from very standard linear patterns to completely random stuff like brushstrokes,” Whipple says. He adds that the company plans to release its next round of Dimensions textures this coming spring.- Michael Chmielecki