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Eco-sustainability and design for resilient flooring.

After creating countless styles of modular carpet, distinguished by high performances and sustainability, Interface launches a luxury modular vinyl flooring featured by the same green vision and based on biophilic design approach.

Level Set is the first Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) collection by Interface. It is environmental friendly and is inspired by natural elements like wood and stone, according to biophilic design approach.
It offers options that evoke distressed, reclaimed and exposed natural materials. The textures, colours and patterns available provide more light reflection to maximising the benefits of daylight.
Available in 28 variations of Natural and Textured Woodgrains & Stones, it comes in Interface’s standard (25 cm x 1 m and 50 x 50 cm squares) and is complementary to carpet tile collections.
Since it is fully compatible in size and height, you can combine existing carpet and new LVT for a unique space of varied textures and designs.

 

We’re seeing an increased focus on cohesive design throughout the built environment, as well as a rise in demand for soft and hard flooring that blends well and functions as part of a modular design system– said Mandy Leeming, Design and Development Manager for Interface EMEALevel Set embraces our customers’ interest in flooring that has the look of natural materials with the functionality, durability and affordability of LVT, while ensuring they can select a mix of hard and soft flooring from a single partner to create a unified look and feel.”

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An eco-sustainable design aimed at environmental comfort.
To install Level Set is simple and clean thanks to glue-free TacTiles. It emits virtually zero VOCs and allows for an environmental footprint over 90% lower than installation with traditional glue adhesives.
Engineered to compatible height (4.5mm total thickness) with Interface’s carpet tiles, providing the ability to effortlessly move from hard to soft flooring without transition strips, eliminating an unnecessary trip hazard and reducing the number of materials for specification and purchase.
To improve acoustic comfort the sound absorbing “Sound Choice” is available for LVT collections.

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The joy of a colored easy comfort.

New ways of working require increased flexibility, simplicity and ease in office furniture, for the times when workplaces were occupied permanently are long gone. Nomadic workers move a lot and are often on the road – and when they do come to the office, then it is at meetings, workshops and maybe even briefly at a workplace that happens to be free. This calls for a simple, comfortable and versatile chair. And Sedus se:joy, designed by Martin Ballendat is the answer.

“I was intrigued by the task of designing a competent and ergonomic net covering of a shell – instead of the conventional thick circumferential frame – with a futuristic support structure reduced to a minimum, which is fine, sensual and intelligent.” explains the designer Martin Ballendat.

Se:joy is a dynamic and fresh chair that boasts many features. The harmonious lines and adesign inspired by nature stand out. The delicate yet durable supporting structures reflect an independent character, which not only complements sophisticated surroundings. adds an inspiring, refreshing touch to any kind of office environment.

The one-piece supporting structure enables optimum pressure distribution along the spine without having to make any adjustments. The sophisticated construction adapts automatically to each user, regardless of shape or size.
The finely balanced swing mechanism (seat tilt 4° forward /7° behind) supports the user’s movements and depending on the situation enables a dynamic or relaxed sittingposition.
Innovative fabric structures in the seat and backrest provide a supportive seat as well as an adaptable backrest, which will not stretch over time. Sedus se:joy combines long-term seating and product quality.
The elegant adjustment lever on the underside can be used to adjust the seat height between 390 mm to 510 mm.
Fresh colour combinations for the mesh cover (six colours) and carcass (black and light grey) are available.

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Colour trends for an unstable world. Hearth Wood, Colour of the year 2018.

Since 25 years the AkzoNobel Global Aesthetic Center, based in the Netherlands, has been conducting an extensive global analysis based on the general mood and the social, cultural and artistic trends in order to capture the mood of the moment and the colour that better reflect it.
Heart Wood is the Colour Futures 2018 and it was declined in four different palettes to inspire a Welcome Home or a Welcome Workplace.

We live in a time of unpredictability. We have access to more information and more choices that ever before. There are more expectations and more demands on our time. We have seen evidence of division within our societies. Our usual sources of reassurance can’t be relied upon”. This is the mood of the moment identified by the experts -11 international designers and trend watchers led by Creative Director Heleen van Gent.

What we need in the current climate of instability?
As life gets faster, now is the time to choose to press pause. conversations, we need to give ourselves permission to take a step back. Our home needs to be a place where we can turn down the noise, where we can nurture our values and recharge. This can be our sanctuary where we can all look forward to…”

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To better understand the different ways consumer are responding to emerging sentiment, the Akzo Nobel’s experts considered three kind of person: Warm-hearthed; Open-hearted; Lighit-hearted.
We need a Welcome Home or a Welcome Workplace
that makes us feel welcome and at ease.
Hart Wood is Color Futures 2018: a soft and dusty pink tone that expresses the tactile qualities of natural wood and captures the essence of ‘A Welcome Home’.

The four Color Futures 2018 Palettes
The four Color Futures 2018 Palettes reflects four different moods: The Heart Wood Home, The Comforting Home, The Playful Home, The Inviting Home.

Download here the Colour Trends 2018 book.

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A feminine colour research.

The Manerba’s products have been revised over the last five years in terms of materials, colours and finishes by architect Raffaella Mangiarotti, art director of Manerba.
The result of this research was presented during the event “A Little more Human, a Little more Woman” organized on the occasion of the opening of the new showroom in Milan inside the Jannelli & Volpi Building.

For 10 years Manerba has been led by two courageous and competent women. Two sisters who have taken over the family business. Elisa Manerba, economist, who manages the marketing and sales departments. Grazia Manerba, engineer, who manages the technical department and production.
A soft, in-progress project, developed since 2011, born from the idea of renewing office aesthetics by intervening on colours and finishes. Moving from strictly office to a more human, domestic workplace, with a touch of femininity.

Thanks to the research by Raffaella Mangiarotti, now all the colours of the palette are available on all surfaces defining a broad scope of chromatic moods.
Those working with color know how difficult it is to obtain monochromes on different materials.

 

It sounds easy, but just look around and you will see this is not the case.
From neutral, light colours inspired by Scandinavian taste to lively Mediterranean moods, then techno, with fluorescent and electric shades and finally the more classical.
The same commitment was also called for on the metal finishes: from classical chrome to the entire spectrum of finishes which simulate the more noble metals, both new and aged. Equally fine research was devoted to wood types, laminates and fabrics.

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The result is an extensive database of combinations and scenarios, available for architects.
Manerba sees the study of colours, materials and finishes as a path which evolves continuously and involves architects and clients in a sort of co-design.
The meeting between design and colour implies the selection of materials, suppliers (among these Akzo Nobel and Linak) and the attention to high levels of quality, technical content and standards, ensuring environmentally sustainable products.

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Evergreen patterns for flooring.

World Woven by Interface is a new, handcrafted feel carpet tile collection inspired by some of the world’s most beloved textiles.
The designer David Oakey was deeply influenced by the timeless familiarity of local woollen textiles, memory of his youth in United Kingdom – from Scottish tweed and tartan to Saori hand-weaving.

World Woven comprises six Skinny Planks and three Flor by Interface squares, each with eight colours and made with 100% recycled content nylon. All nine styles weave together nods to some of history’s most enduring designs, uncomplicated, elegant patterns that keep us warm and lift our spirits.

The colours in the four core styles recall undyed wools with just a bit of contrast. To complement this set, two colour studies incorporate many hues mingled together to create a vivid, hand-made effect.

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Whether used as a simple, neutral background or combined to create diversity and movement, giving you an exciting new world of options.

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Moss: a most communicative plant.

Moss is a vegetable material growing even in extreme conditions, no water or light or particular soil needed,  but it offers many more advantages and if used in a creative way it turns into an original instrument of communication and sign system for interiors. HW Style is  offering it in a special promotion until the end of July 2016.

It’s not a miracle, but just a natural material requiring very little care from man and with many advantages. Moss (distributed in Italia by HW Style) is a natural product.
It is suitable for interiors, non-toxic and odourless, and it helps to control the dampness of the environments and acoustic comfort because it is sound absorbing.

It’s mounted on felt panels (60×40 and 100x 60 cm) to be easily fit on any surface and lasts 10 years at least, without water.
It can be hanged as a painting or used to cover a whole wall; coming in several colours, it’s even an instrument of communication  if used to  create drawings or graffiti, logos and graphics.

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It is easy to cut and mount on the wall.

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Tileskin: and you get all new surfaces.

Tileskin is a hard-wearing adhesive rolling to change all kinds of surfaces (floor, walls, and desks, too) coming in tiles and handy wall-plates Wall Tile with a variety of ornamental patterns and coluous:mosaics, azulejos, marble, wood, onix and also trompe-l’oeil.

Through this WOW! material – part of Material Connexion collection- you can change the look of surfaces in interior design and furnishing, easily and inexpensively.
it was created by Aldo Cami and it is patented. Hard-wearing, it carries up to a five-year guarantee, available in several colours and patterns.

When you get tired of a pattern, you can easily change it or remove it, for you just need water to do it.
A world of laminations (matt and bright, nonskid for floors, heat-resistant and even smell-absorbing) enriched by the new Wall Tile presented in Milan at Materials Village during Salone del Mobile 2016 .

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Colour that warms, cools, purifies.

In-depth analysis of the technical aspects of colour and the high performance a “superficial” coating can achieve is the task of Claudia Salomoni, Specification Advisor & Marketing Coordinator for Akzo Nobel, a multi-national leader in the production of powder coating, Dieffebi supplier and co-organizer of the seminar at Salone Ufficio.

In her brief introduction she illustrates the characteristics of powder coatings – comprising not just pigments but also additives and resins – an innovative technology which entered Europe in the 60s.  This technology is absolutely eco-sustainable, based on certified processes and for this reason valid for the assignment of LEED points. Since the ’60s constant research has led to ever more effective products.  For over 10 years Como has hosted the most important production site in Europe and since last year has also been home to the most important European research centre.  The centre re-processes all kinds of coatings which are adapted to meet the needs of different industries.The Sassenheimun Aesthetics Center has been operating since 2006.  It is a Colour Research Centre which analyses different sectors – art, fashion, cosmetics and automotive – and every October defines the main colours for the next year.  An adaptable tool known as “ColourFutures” has been created to orientate designers when choosing colours.
It is also interesting to discover that Akzo Nobel’s research does not stop at theory and colour but becomes a high performance product, a texture and a working tool.  Some product collections are presented as examples:


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a Collection, one of the most important, 25 years on the market, guaranteed and tested also in extreme conditions.  Every three years its shades and effects are renewed with the cooperation of the Paris studio of Peclers.
Anodic Collection, for outdoor use, a smart sustainable proposition that offers greater resistance and durability than the traditional anodization process and also makes it possible to touch up existing surfaces.
Brilliance Collection offers metallised effects comparable to liquid car body paints, with the advantage of sustainability and great durability outdoors.
The new Structura Collection comes in a selection of matt finishes in five nature-inspired colour ranges (40 shades).  It has a special surface structure (Qualicoat class 2 homologation) which gives a warm sensation when touched.
Performance becomes even more exciting in the Eternity Collection which contains reflecting pigments and has the capacity to lower the temperature of the painted item by up to 45% also for dark colours.  This contributes significantly to reducing energy consumption.
Then there are Antimicrobial Coatings, a certified antimicrobial technology created for environments where health and sanitary conditions must be protected.  These products use silver ions to reduce bacterial proliferation and can be incorporated by Akzo Nobel, free of charge, into any type of powder coating to be applied in community environments such as schools, offices, gyms, spas, etc.
Upper photo: Installation IILA by Sonia Falcone at Biennale Arte di Venezia 2013.
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Salone is colorful and comes up with red & yellow!

We wondered if the Salone del Mobile would confirm the color trend of grey that was all the rage in Stockholm and Paris one month ago. The answer is No. Certainly not grey… . At the lively Milano Design Week we could see plenty of red and yellow, in all its shades and other bright colours.

Bold and trend-setting as usual, Milan was lively and dynamic even in the choice of colours: almost no grey. White and black definitely in decline, the trend of pastel shades and natural hues was upheld, but something new could be found – besides in the massive presence of cold and metal colours – in the use of energy-giving colors like red in all nuances (“Ferrari” or coral, powdery or crimson, strawberry or cherry) and yellow, too, (acid or warm) and bright light blue and green shades, often matched. Also those who chose white as his own signature were “infected” (Nendo for Cappellini). A wave of joy putting us in a good mood. The evergreen design masterpieces are tinged with new colors (Alumininium chair by Vitra) in limited edition, too (Bardi Bowl Chair by Arper, 12 tables Vara by Tecno) and the new products do not pose limits in choosing the colour palette.

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1, Bardi’s Bowl Chair by Arper designed in 1955 by Lina Bo Bardi was presented at Spotti in Milan, in a colored limited edition of 500 enumerate pieces.
2, Tecno for the project “Tra Arte e Tecno” at Caselli in Milan, Giulio Pace, student of Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera reinterpeted the classic table Vara by Luca Scacchetti e with colors and a zipper to hide wires.
3, Vitra Aluminium Group by Charles and Ray Eames is one of the greatest furniture designs of the twentieth century. Thanks to 26 new colours of Hopsak upholstery fabric, these models can be used to create attractively coordinated furniture compositions in home as well as office meeting areas.
4, Vitra, East River Chair, design Hella Jongerius; a lounge chair which features a handle on the back of the seat for easy relocation and comes in a number of vibrant color combinations.
5, Campeggi, Tuttomio, design Emanuele Mangini, a little red pace, sheltered and private, to sit down comfortably, drawing, working, writing, thinking.
6, Caimi Brevetti, President, design Philippe Nigro, dinamic sound absorbing panelling that utilizes Snowsound Technology; it is available in light/dark red , too.
7, Caimi Brevetti, Pli, design Marc Sadler, folding screens that utilizes Snowsound Technology; it is designed with snaps and straps to adjust at will, while its vast selection of fabric colours make it a true decorating accessory to improve the acoustics and the quality of life at home and office.
8, Offect, Table Xtra Large, design Claesson, Koivisto Rune; a hybrid between a meeting table and a writing desk; a table big enough to work undisturbed with your laptop but still be able to start up a conversation with someone sitting opposite.


9, Tecno, glossy yellow meeting table with integrated cabling: a masterpiece with high quality finishing details.
10, MH Way, Happy Life by Makio Hasuike; a fluid dialogue between fashion and design. Hasuike has translated them into a dynamic lifestyle, contemporary and nomadic.
11, Campeggi, Home-Work, design Sakura Adachi, a yellow sideboard which transforms into a
writing desk. The middle part can slide out and functions as a chair. It’s a flexible and useful piece of furniture conceived for little spaces, to store, sit and work.
12, Arper, Colina, design Lievore Altherr, Molina, a family of sclptural armchairs originally created to complement the fluid architecture of the modular sofa system Loop, its adaptive, organic form and diverse range of options invites inclusion in many contexts from offices to public spaces to homes.


13, Driade, Rikka, design Maurizio Galante; an original and greatly creative chair; the steel frame is wrapped in 130 meters of leather ribbon in colours ranging from cherry red to coral red or from gunmetal grey to rich mauve.
14, Cappellini, Peg Sofa, design Nendo; generous shapes and bright red color.
15, Modus, Lily Chair, design Michael Sodeau; a compact lounge chair with moulded shell which benefits from a high back and arm rest. Its simplistic upholstery gives it clean, uninterrupted lines and a lightweight appearance.
16, Offect,collection EZY, design Christophe Pillet; originally designed and produced for the new interior of the famous Pullman Tour Eiffel Hotel in Paris , this comfortble and timeless collection consists of a sofa, an easy chair, a barstool and a series of tables.