At a special New York City preview held this week at Shop Studios in Manhattan, Mohawk Group and Durkan presented several new commercial carpet collections ahead of their official debuts at the HD Show next week in Las Vegas and Neocon trade show next month in Chicago.
The new collections included Breaking Form, a new modular carpet plank developed in collaboration with architect and industrial designer Mac Stopa of the award- winning Polish design firm Massive Design. According to Stopa, Breaking Form was “inspired by ways of using existing geometry in new forms and objects.” The 12” x 36” planks have three different honeycomb-like patterns that can create various effects depending on how they are placed on the floor. It employs Duracolor Premium Nylon fiber technology, a durable fiber system that delivers permanent stain resistance with a recycled content of 30%. Also from Massive Design, the WHY Y Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) system is available in 14 colors in 18” x 18” tiles.
According to Rochelle Routman, Mohawk Group’s director of sustainability, the manufacturer is currently in the process of getting all of their commercial products “Declared” by the International Living Future Institute’s Declare Program. This will provide specifiers a clear and transparent label including all of the ingredients used in the product.
Mohawk Group also previewed Simply Tailored, a new woven collection in partnership with world-renowned interior designer Lauren Rottet. Simply Tailored is a Karastan Contract broadloom collection offered in an array of patterns from pin dot tweeds to sophisticated line forms.
Mohawk’s in-house design team also presented a new carpet system with the New Vintage Collection, a 12” x 36” plank tile that resembles different faded antique rugs that have been stitched together. There are two patterns and three levels of “wear” for each pattern, allowing facility managers to easily replace a tile, even after several years, without having it stick out like a sore thumb in a field of older tiles.