Mannington Commercial, a leader in flooring for commercial interiors, has joined with teams of architects and interior designers in Seattle, Nashville, and Philadelphia to create a 2014 collection of coordinating carpets, inspired by each city.
Last year, the company created a platform to support local design, inspired by the communities where people live and work every day. Team in four cities created collections in a competition, with a winner selected by tens of thousands of votes cast in open online voting. This year, Mannington pivoted the program so that the output would reflect all of the cities, rather than only one.
"We were so delighted with the four designs generated by our teams last year," said Natalie Jones, Vice President of Brand Development and Creative Product. "Competitions are great and, as we have seen in years past, can produce amazing creativity in a compressed time frame! But our product portfolio reflects a legacy of collaborating with A+D – so we decided, for this round of to create a single collection of coordinating patterns."
Effectively, Mannington is working with eighteen interior designers in three cities to create the collection. The designers, often from competing firms, came together in each city for a 24 hour design immersion, beginning with an "inspiration scramble" through the city and then working as a team to create themes and concepts for a modular carpet product. The collection will be unveiled at NeoCon 2014.
“Each designer went out into the city with a camera and a sketchbook, then came back with pattern and color concepts," said Jones. "We then shared in the product development process together, both during the 24 hour ideation phase and in the weeks that followed. The transparency that this facilitates with our customers is incredible – opening dialogue at every step along the lifecycle of a product, from inspiration, to discussion of use, sustainability, and end-of-life reclamation and recycling."
Inspired by weathering architecture and the juxtaposition of historic buildings with the randomness of nature, the collection features an intriguing interplay of geometric and organic patterns in the carpet tiles. The richly textured patterns are perfect not only for new corporate construction and renovation, but also for retail, higher education, hospitality and healthcare.
Available on rEvolve thermoplastic polyolefin backing, with 0 vinyl, 40% minimum recycled content, 10% post-consumer (NSF/ANSI Certified Platinum). Also available on Infinity RE Modular: 30% minimum recycled content. EPDs are available for both backings.
Ultron 6,6 nylon and Mannington construction unite to create a high performance, high durability, low maintenance carpet, engineered to retain the color and texture that set the collection apart. Colorsafe bleach warranty, Xguard stain warranty, and lifetime backing warranties apply.