Mannington Commercial Enjoys Another Successful NeoCon

Mannington Commercial kicked off NeoCon 2017 with the launch of six new hard and soft surface flooring products and a beautifully renovated new showroom, and enjoyed higher showroom traffic of visiting architects, interior designers, and other specifiers than ever before.

New products featured LVT and carpet designed by the in-house Mannington Design Studio, under the leadership of Roby Isaac, VP of Commercial Design, as well as collaborations with the Los Angeles and London-based HOK Product Design.

The Umbra Collection of LVT, winner of a Buildings magazine Innovation Award Grand Prize, was developed by Mannington’s UK-based Amtico design team. A breakthrough in LVT, Umbra uses analog photography techniques as inspiration and for pattern development, and is the only LVT manufactured with a continuous, non-repeating pattern that brings a light, soft and airy look to open spaces.

The Portland Project LVT is an extension of the Portland Project carpet collection launched last year, inspired by the experience of a road trip through the streets and wilds of Oregon. Linear striations fade in and out over an ombre wash of color, or are overlaid by a large-scale pattern, or create a mesmeric glimmer as people walk across the floor.

Color Anchor LVT is a collection of tiles and planks that brings color cohesion. Designers can blend fields of color or accent pieces, experiment with exuberant bolds and understated neutrals, or use color coordinate and unite products from across Mannington’s incredible portfolio of commercial products. Available in 12×12”, 18×18”, 12×24”, and 6×36” formats in two patterns.

The HOK Product Design collaborations were both carpet collections, which coordinate while meeting very different needs in interior environments. The Paper Collection brought home a #MetropolisLikes award from the magazine’s editors. Offering a luxury aesthetic at a price point for sensitive budgets, the collection’s 18×36” carpet planks range from quietly shaded patterns to lush, deep, pattern-forward patterns, all inspired by everyday interactions with paper — crumpling, creasing and tearing.

The companion collection, Origami, is 24 oz face weight, plush and luxe. The patterns are inspired by classic origami folds and include a companion textured broadloom. Soft lines create both organic and geometric feels, in neutral, cool, and warm grays as well as lovely saturated colors like navy blue.

Rounding out the product launches is Medina and Self-Assembly, two piece dye products that break expectations of what piece dye can doe, creating beautiful effects through a mix of textures from heavy to minimalist. Medina is a broadloom and modular collection inspired by ancient European cities and the effect of time on architecture. Self-Assembly uses a new yarn composition to incorporate tonal values and luster,  referencing knitting techniques as well as naturally occurring patterns-within-patterns, such as those found in our genetic code, exploring the ways that patterns interlace and interact in nature and man-made constructions.

This year’s showroom, a collaborative effort between Mannington’s designers and Atlanta-based Leap Communications, and featured paper craft by artist Christina Lihan, emphasizing the process of discovery and creation. Formally trained as an architect, Christina hand-cuts and sculpts paper into intricate architectural forms. Her recent work has been featured in the Flatiron Prow Artspace in New York and in the Jaffa Museum of Art in Tel Aviv.

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