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Burmatex reports that its tivoli carpet tiles continue to achieve success with high profile international projects, including an expansive installation at the Expo international exhibition and convention centre in Poland.
The first multi-functional facility of its kind in Krakow, the Expo centre creates bright, inspirational spaces uses four colours which span the generous tivoli palette.
Selecting the contemporary design of tivoli multiline, this expansive installation uses a single, bold colour in each of its conference rooms, including Mauritius mauve, reunion terracotta, pacific green and Ibiza blue.
The tivoli multiline design works both independently and alongside the complementary tivoli and online design options. Offering a large range of colours the product offers 41 colour options, said to suit bold, contemporary and classic, sophisticated installations.
The burmatex tivoli range is designed to address the nature of the Expo building, requiring spaces suitable for flexible usage, the heavy contract (class 33), BREEAM A and A+ rated quality of the range offers a durable, sustainable finish. www.burmatex.co.uk
Forbo Flooring Systems’ latest addition to its carpet tile collections builds on the continuing trend of softening geometric structures. Tessera Diffusion is described as a progressive move away from more angular shapes, instead incorporating a beautiful prism pattern that artfully relaxes the organised design through a play on light and shade.
The result is said to be a beautifully oblique design that still meets all the current requirements for commercial applications, creating fascinating contemporary floor spaces.
Stepping away from the more definitive linear trend of angular blocks, Forbo’s manufacturing capabilities allow for an organic triangular shape that creates a diffusion of colour from light to dark. Inspired by crystalline structures, the fractal shapes of Tessera Diffusion fade in and out, creating an almost three-dimensional effect with a much softer background, making the range more appealing to use in a variety of interior schemes.
There are 16 colours in the new range, which reflect a tonal movement with an urban edge. Muted and natural shades ranging from intensely dark to very pale inject character, whilst responding to the commercial demand for warmer neutral hues and lighter LRV’s in workspaces.
The new Tessera Diffusion carpet tile range sits perfectly with Forbo’s luxury Westbond fusion bonded carpet tiles for zoning, as well as the durable Allura Flex luxury vinyl tile, both using the same tackifier. This offers specifiers and end users the ability to fluidly blend the carpet tile with other products or combination of materials to create individual areas.
Janet Lowe, UK market manager at Forbo Flooring Systems comments: ‘Tessera Diffusion is a lovingly designed carpet tile range that has been created specifically with the commercial sector in mind.
‘An evolution of the popular linear effect, a softer and more urban look and feel has been developed that includes key trend colourways, as well as delivering outstanding performance.

The range meets SKA rating criteria for M12 soft floorcoverings, contains over 50% recycled content by weight and is manufactured with Refresh fibre; a 100% solution dyed nylon 6.6, with recycled pre and post-consumer carpet fibre that delivers exceptional performance and sustainability.’ www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/ diffusion
Interface has launched Touch & Tones, reportedly developed to stimulate the senses through a variation of texture and colour. The range is said to allow designers to create individual zoned areas separated by texture and colour, providing employees with space to work collaboratively, focus and relax within the same building.
Available in two colour ranges, the fresh neutral shades of Touch & Tones are said to create either a peaceful, calming environment to de-stress while its brighter colour range can inject life into the surroundings: to energise employees and inspire creative thinking.
With an option of three different textures including soft and shaggy cut pile, loop pile and textured loop pile, the collection can be combined to define individual working areas. The ability to choose different textures and pile heights in corresponding colours is also seen as a great way to create a textural experience within a space.
The benefits of the collection can be further enhanced by the use of Interface’s new Barricade Two, an entrance barrier mat that helps to prevent dirt entering indoor spaces, reducing maintenance costs and the need for harsh cleaning chemicals.
Karen Warner, UK & Ireland marketing director, said: ‘Today’s designers are looking for products to differentiate the various functional areas within a space.
‘This is where texture and colour can play a role by creating inspirational areas that can stimulate creative thinking, invigorate, or even have a calming effect. The range contains a palette and choice of textures that can be used in any sized space’. www.interfaceflor.co.uk/web/Products/touch-and-tones
Milliken has launched its largest colour palette developed by its in-house design team. This includes revisiting two of the company’s best-selling ranges Laylines and Fixation.
The company’s designers reportedly produced contemporary and vibrant results, including vivid ‘brights’. New oranges, purples and pinks are said to be a significant addition to the collections with ‘more subtle gradations of colour, giving added warmth and depth to the pastel tinted neutrals’.
Laylines now has 93 new colour choices as standard and 30 in Fixation 80 including a customisable accent feature.
Milliken commissioned research from Professor Byron Mikellides of Oxford Brookes University to better understand what this means for architects and designers, to gain insight into the context of colour use (or lack of it) in our buildings and to explore the use and meaning of colour in architecture and design.
As professor of architecture at Oxford Brookes for 40 years, teaching architectural psychology, Byron Mikellides, wrote the book Colour for Architecture Today with Tom Porter (with whom Milliken worked in the 1990s).
In the Fixation collection rows of vivid colour run parallel to one another, stripes of varying widths introduce rhythm and energy to the classic precision of a traditional pinstripe. A palette of deeply saturated vivid ‘brights’ is balanced with pastel tinted neutrals and rich earth tones. In addition, Fixation Accents offers two background stripe combinations, a warm taupe grey and a black, charcoal grey that can be customised with the clients own choice of accent stripe.
The Laylines Collection reportedly offers interest and fluidity, whilst an array of contrasting and complementary hues provides a plethora of options. The brights are counter balanced by rich neutrals. Laylines is a level loop pile, printed modular carpet tile. It is 100% nylon and uses a 90% recycled open cell backing cushion.
Laylines and Fixation both use Milliken’s patented digital patterning technology Millitron and are said to have excellent acoustic credentials.
Alison Kitchingman, director of marketing & design at Milliken, says: ‘It’s interesting that during times of recession there is a preponderance of grey, whereas in a more positive financial climate we seem to open our hearts and minds to colour.
‘It’s a subject we plan to explore further as part of Milliken’s research into the use and meaning of colour in architecture.’ www.millikencarpet.com
Shaw Contract Group has released the second instalment of its View Collection in which organic texture comes into view, and energetic colour forms a bright outlook.
Described as being thoughtfully designed, these new carpet tile additions are versatile in colour, pattern and texture to complete the look of an entire corporate office space. They are said to create new views, define space, and add atmosphere within the office.
View is an reportedly an endlessly comprehensive flooring solution, and designed for maximum flexibility in any environment.
This cradle-to-cradle collection features three new entry-level carpet tile styles and is designed to give you the flexibility and freedom to do as you please.
Scape is a medium scale linear pattern with geometric fading elements; while Realm is a non-directional, medium scale hatch pattern with fading elements; and Field is a textured product with subtle movement.
Shaw Contract Group defines design by not only great appearance, but also performance and sustainability. The result is reportedly long-lasting carpet with vibrant colours, distinctive patterns, and minimal environmental impact. www.shawcontractgroup.com

This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.