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Flooring in offices has to fulfil a variety of different roles:

Desso carpets were chosen for the refurbishment of the Regal House offices of Hawk Management UK, a specialist in vocational training for apprentices, specified by Russell Emmett, manager of Hunts Office Furniture and Interiors.

Having worked with Desso for some years, Russell was able to coordinate the flooring with Elite furniture and Steelcase chairs in the boardrooms, executive meeting and training rooms and reception area.
Desso’s Sand and Sand Stripe carpet tiles were used through a total floor space of 1,000sq m, to give ‘a crisp and fresh look’.

The two tile designs are said to combine well, as the same colours of yarn appear in different configurations, allowing designers to create accent areas, borders or rug-like spaces.

The tiles were used to highlight the positions of the new boardroom furniture. This was complemented by plain coloured Sand tile, in the remaining floor space.

Blue tones were chosen for one boardroom, to set off the vibrant blue chairs, while earthier tones of Sand and Sand Stripe were used in the other. The lines in the Sand Stripe tile also matched the grain of the wooden conference tables.

The blue tone continued into the reception area, with a use of curves around a circular reception desk, while the training rooms have alternate rows of Sand and Sand Stripe to indicate the position of the desks and chairs. All the corridors leading off the reception were carpeted in Blue Sand tile.

Throughout the executive rooms and staff office space, the earthy tones of Sand and Sand Stripe were chosen to complement the walnut wood desks and beige chairs. Sand Stripe tiles placed on a quarter turn provided rug-like spaces in each of the executive rooms, marking out the location of meeting desks and chairs.

Desso products are manufactured according to Cradle to Cradle principles and over 60% of the carpet tile ranges contains Econyl, a yarn made from 100% recycled content, including post-consumer yarn waste from the company’s Refinity plant.

They are produced using the latest in sustainable manufacturing technology, with the option to use complementary services such as Take Back and Refinity, the company’s carpet take back scheme and recycling plant.

Interface claims it now offers its most sustainable carpet tiles with greater choice.

Over 365 colours and 20 styles across the company’s product range are now available with 100% recycled yarn for a greatly reduced environmental impact.

Customers can choose from new colours in the Biosfera collection, including several new ranges as well as new ‘100% recycled yarn’ versions of Interface’s established products.

Interface claims to have been the first flooring company to develop a product with 100% recycled nylon yarn, when it introduced Biosfera I in 2011 – now one of its best-selling collections.

Biosfera I reportedly features products with half the carbon footprint of a typical carpet tile, including recycled materials in the backing and a minimal amount of yarn.

Steve Hamilton, director Northern Europe, UK and Ireland, says:
‘We know that our customers want to buy sustainable products – the popularity of Biosfera proves this – and we now offer what we believe is the biggest, brightest and most stylish range of sustainable carpet tiles on the market today.

‘So, whatever customers are looking for – whether structured, brightly coloured, patterned, random design or Microtuft products – we have the carpet tiles with 100% recycled yarn to match their needs.’
Kährs Oak Maggiore wood floor was specified by Mittelman Associates for a South London office complex, in which its own practice is based. Part of Kährs Da Dapo Collection, the new one-strip floor has an aged finish, chosen to bring a warm, rustic feel to the interior.

The ground floor installation totalled 130sq m, incorporating a cafe and break-out/meeting zone; all flooring was installed by Evergreen Building.

With features including cracks, knots, gnarls and pegs, the Da Dapo Collection combines an antiqued look with the performance and easy care benefits of a modern construction.

The range includes six designs, crafted from sustainable oak; each floor is brushed, handscraped, bevelled and smoked to achieve a distinct vintage look, whilst different tones of Kährs nature oil prefinish give a spectrum of shades – from limewashed Oak Indossati to knotty, nut toned Oak Sparuto.

All designs feature Kährs multi-layered construction, which incorporates a glueless Woodloc joint for a fast, precise installation.

Like all floors in the range, Kährs Oak Maggiore is suitable for installation on most dry, level surfaces including concrete, wood and particle board.

It is also suitable for underfloor heating and can be completely refurbished 3-4 times, if required.

Karndean Designflooring offers products for offices, including receptions, boardrooms and smaller spaces to large open plan offices. Available in a range of quality wood and stone effect finishes, the company’s products are said to help create a stylish office space.

Karndean says its faithful reproduction of natural materials and ease of laying in zones can help make the right first impression on everyone who comes through the door.

Using large floor tiles and planks such as in its Opus collection can help create a sense of space. Opus is said to combine style with durability and a reduced fitting time.

Boasting 10 stone and 12 wood effect finishes from a palette of light, mid and dark tones, Opus offers both smooth and textured finishes and a choice of six coloured grout strips.

Karndean also offers bespoke flooring designs and finishes as well as eye-catching features or company logos. Its products have a generic A/A+ BRE Global Greenguide rating as well as guarantees of up to 15 years within commercial environments, dependant on range.

The K Guard+ system is designed to protect against scuffs, stains and scratches for even easier maintenance.

Mapei offers products suitable for flooring in offices, notably the Ultrabond Eco adhesive range offering sustainable credentials with GEV Emicode EC1 Ultra low emissions. Ultrabond Eco Tack is a carpet tile tackifier that yields approximately 200sq m per 15kg unit, produced in a rectangular bucket to enable a roller to be used directly from the bucket.

Ultrabond Eco Fix is a permanently live pressure sensitive adhesive for installing vinyl and PVC tiles, returning 75-105sq m coverage when applied by trowel, and up to 150sq m per 15kg when applied by roller.

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