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Flooring and Today’s Flexible Office Environments

As summer begins to wind down and we return to the office from vacations, we thought we would explore the ever-growing trend of flexible office environments.

From American Express and GlaxoSmithKline, to Facebook and hundreds of other companies, businesses have been shifting away from cubicle-style floor plans to a mix of individual and collaborative work areas.

Inc. magazine notes that the variety of choices for employees is increasing as businesses offer “comfortable living rooms, libraries, stand-up tables, outdoor spaces, nooks and crannies–to collaborate, create, contemplate, present.”

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It’s not just the layout of the office that is making a difference. Metropolis magazine’s “The Living Office—The Action Office for the Digital Age” takes a look at a new office system designed by Yves Behar and fuseproject. The design, titled “PUBLIC Office Landscape,” addresses the desire for employees to collaborate at a desk area. This allows individuals or groups to use a desk area equipped with storage bins, mobile privacy screens and more.

 

Hot-Desking Continues

Another take on the fluid workspace is the practice of “hot-desking.” This practice allocates desks to workers when they are required or on a rotating system, rather than giving each worker their own desk. According to Gensler’s 2016 workplace survey, everyone can benefit from this new approach. The study suggests that organizations, “empower the entire organizational community, not just senior leadership, with the ability to choose when and where to work.”

Flooring’s Role

So how does flooring fit into this new workplace paradigm shift? When it comes to carpet, it can be pretty important. Consider the following:

  • Way-Finding — Carpet color and patterning can help with way-finding and navigation between spaces, such as down hallways or corridors.
  • Space Differentiation – Carpet can create differentiation between different spaces when moving between such things as office departments or different end-use areas.
  • Acoustics – Open spaces, bereft of offices or cubicles, can sometimes be loud and noisy. Carpet’s inherent acoustics can also make workspaces quieter, thus contributing to greater productivity.
  • Visual Balance — Carpet provides a nice visual balance and design element when paired with a hard surface such as wood or LVT in an open floor plan – a growing trend in many office environments today.

Here are some photo examples of how carpeting is being used to define space:

Image credit: Still from video footage, courtesy of videographer Jason Cheung via Work Design Magazine

Image credit: Photography: Manuel Martinez via Crain’s Chicago Business

 

Image Credit: Shaw Contract

What are your thoughts? Do you work in an open/flexible office? If you specify flooring, how are you using various flooring to create the open, flexible and productive workspaces of today?

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Encore Hospitality Carpet Introduces the Allure Collection

12 Broadloom Styles Made with Zeftron® Nylon Feature Innovative Design and Superior Performance

 Encore Hospitality Carpet, a hospitality division of Brumlow Mills, is introducing its Allure Collection, an attractive array of 12 highly designed broadloom styles made with Zeftron nylon. The new collection features innovative textures, colors and large and small pattern sizes. It meets both the style and performance needs for a variety of hospitality environments.

 

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Affinity in Cognac
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Annata in Shitake

A bold departure from many of today’s flooring options, the Allure Collection is aesthetically distinguished by its sense of the unexpected. Some products feature large geometric patterns and others have smaller, more traditional grid styles. The beauty includes the illusion of no repeat patterning. Colors seem to indiscriminately fade in and out, appearing and reappearing with different intensity. The weathered, distressed appearance, provides added visual intrigue. 

 

Nine contemporary colorways are available with hues ranging from rich tans and deep browns to subtle greys and intense yellows.

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Enchant in Palomino

“With more than 100 standard options to choose from, the Allure Collection can help designers make a unique design statement for virtually any hospitality project or space they might be working on,” said Encore Hospitality Carpet President Richard Heaver.

The dynamic styling elements of the collection are made possible through Encore’s state-of-the-art Infinity manufacturing technology, and Zeftron’s solution dyed nylon 6 with superior styling, performance and recyclability advantages for commercial carpet products.

Allure products are perfect for guest rooms and public areas, including corridors, meeting rooms, ballrooms, lobbies and dining areas.

Designers can begin the process of creating the perfect carpet for their project at the Encore website: www.encorehospitalitycarpet.com.  Select patterns, colorize your designs and see how your carpet would look in a three-dimensional room scene. You can also download the room scene, as well as a color swatch, the colorways and a spec sheet to a PDF document.


About Encore Hospitality Carpet

A family owned and operated carpet manufacturer since 1981, Encore’s commitment to the latest manufacturing capabilities, processes and procedures allows customers more flexibility in providing innovative, design-oriented carpet products for Public Space and Guest Room applications. Encore is poised to service both large and small projects competitively. For more information, please visit www.encorehospitalitycarpet.com.

About Zeftron® Nylon

For more than 40 years, Zeftron® nylon has continued to deliver more value-added opportunities and advantages to the commercial interiors marketplace through dedicated partnerships, a premium branded nylon 6 product and superior service. Based in Dalton, Ga., the brand brings a history of innovations and unparalleled style, performance and environmental attributes in 120 proven colors.  All Zeftron nylon yarns are closed-loop recyclable, MBDC Cradle to Cradle certified and come standard with a minimum 25 percent recycled content. As part of the brand’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Zeftron nylon makes recycling easy with its 6ix Again Recycling Program – a simple to use, all-inclusive carpet recycling initiative. For more information, visit www.zeftronnylon.com

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New Video Showcases Zeftron’s History and Advantages

Have you seen the new Zeftron video? This is the first of several educational videos Zeftron is planning for the design community and its mill customers.

The short video, aptly titled “An Introduction to Zeftron,” provides a brief overview of Zeftron nylon. You will see how Zeftron can be a resource by providing information and tools on the unique benefits of carpet made with Zeftron nylon.

There are four main points in the video that show how Zeftron is unique in the marketplace as a brand that provides:  

  1.  An Unmatched Premium Product
  1.  Superior Color Quality
  1.  A Wide Array of Educational Resources
  1.  Inspirational Design Tools

Taken together, no other nylon brand delivers more advantages to the design community and its mill partners. Watch video our video and get to know Zeftron nylon!

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Four Commercial Carpet Trends for 2016

These are exciting times for the commercial design industry.  New colors are constantly being introduced and applied in fresh and unexpected ways.  Innovative products – from seating to lighting to flooring — continue to inspire for their form and functionality.  The way we think about the spaces we work, live and play in continues to evolve.  In short, architects, designers, and manufacturers are all pushing the limits of what’s possible.  We are all rethinking the way in which people and products interact with their spaces.

So, what does this mean for commercial carpet products in the new year?  We have some thoughts!

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Zeftron offers colors that can make your custom carpet come to life

More Custom Colors and Carpets – Our carpet mill customers frequently ask for new and custom colors, and we are happy to oblige!  This trend is driven by product design teams and designers who realize that as the most abundant surface for any interior, carpet can play a major role in making a design statement.  Custom colors and customized carpets are crucial in making that design statement. Customization can help create a space that evokes a feeling or an experience.  As color experts for more than 40 years, we’re proud to be able to work hand-in-hand with our mill partners and designers to help them create the custom colors they desire.  

Zeftron nylon installationGreater Styling Versatility The “blending” of interior spaces continues.  Many offices today integrate a residential or homey feel to them.  Senior living spaces, while still traditional in many instances, are bringing in themes typically found in a hospitality setting.  This new reality requires manufacturers to think differently and develop crossover products that are versatile enough to work in many different end-use spaces. Fortunately, Zeftron nylon is a highly flexible fiber when it comes to styling.  Our fiber enables carpet manufacturers to create products with varying styles, patterns and colorways to easily work across multiple end-use spaces.  

Exceptional Performance – The more things change, the more they stay the same. Designers expect more from the products they specify today.  In addition to customization options and greater styling flexibility, they expect exceptional performance. Zeftron nylon is the only fiber brand that offers designers the piece-of-mind they need when it comes to performance.  Concerns about staining, color fading and wear become a non-factor when specifying a carpet made with Zeftron nylon.  

Cradle to Cradle

More Green –One could argue that having a sustainable product is a given in today’s marketplace. Yet sustainability should never be a given or an afterthought.  As a fully closed-loop recyclable nylon with a minimum of 25 percent recycled content in every color, Zeftron continues to be a responsible steward of the earth and its resources.  We see green not as a trend for 2016, but as a vital part of everything we do every single day, month and year.

We welcome your thoughts and comments.

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Sierra made with Zeftron Nylon

Zeftron is proud of its history of sustainable achievements. We continue to innovate and find more ways to preserve and protect our earth’s limited resources and offer environmentally responsible choices for the marketplace. That’s one reason we love working with mill partners who value sustainability. BOLYU Contract was named “Environmental Supplier of the Year” by Home Depot, and they use renewable energy in all commercial facilities to meet manufacturing needs. One of the beautiful carpets made by BOLYU with Zeftron nylon is Sierra.

Screenshot 2015-09-24 10.24.03Product Specifications: 
Construction: Tip Sheared Scroll
Yarn Content: Zeftron® Nylon with 25% recycled content
Dye Method: Solution Dyed
Yarn Weight Tufted: 36 oz./yd.
Width: 12 feet
Pattern Repeat: 24” W x 14.25” L

Available in 13 colors: Sandoval, Hawk Springs, Yellowstone, Sierra Mesa, Ponderosa, Medicine Bow, Copper Canyon, Great Divide, Bitter Canyon, Paradise Hills, Eagle’s Nest, Sweetwater, Black Mountain

One use of BOLYU‘s Sierra made with Zeftron nylon is this installation featuring a custom version of Sierra at the Red Lobster corporate headquarters in Orlando.

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(All photos by Michael Riley & Chad Byerly Photography)

To find other Bolyu styles made with Zeftron Nylon please reference our Carpet Search tool: the Zeftron Style Guide.

Click here to contact a Bolyu rep. To contact Zeftron nylon call Tim Blount at 706-532-2984 or email him at timothy.blount@shawinc.com.

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About BOLYU Contract

BOLYU Contract is the commercial carpet division of Beaulieu of America which was founded in 1978. Today it is one of the largest privately held flooring producers in North America. Originally established to manufacture area rugs, the company invested in yarn extrusion in 1981 becoming the first manufacturer in the carpet and rug industry to produce their own yarn. The company then diversified into tufting carpet (under the brands of BOLYU and Aqua Hospitality Carpets), establishing the factory known today asBeaulieu Commercial in Chatsworth, GA.

About Zeftron® Nylon
For more than 40 years, Zeftron® nylon has continued to deliver more value-added opportunities and advantages to the commercial interiors marketplace through dedicated partnerships, a premium branded nylon 6 product and superior service. Based in Dalton, Ga., the brand brings a history of innovations and unparalleled style, performance and environmental attributes. All Zeftron nylon yarns are closed-loop recyclable, MBDC Cradle to Cradle certified and come standard with a minimum 25 percent recycled content. As part of the brand’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Zeftron nylon makes recycling easy with its 6ix Again Recycling Program – a simple to use, all-inclusive carpet recycling initiative. Zeftron nylon is a part of Shaw Industries Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company.
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Shades of Grey in the “Designer Select” Collection

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The “Designer Select” Collection, new from Zeftron nylon in 2015

Last week we announced the latest addition to our expansive color palette, the “Designer Select” Collection. It is the second new collection from Zeftron in the last year. We also debuted the Brilliant Collection in 2014. While the Brilliant Collection is vibrant and bold, the “Designer Select” Collection contains subdued, nuanced and base shades that can easily be incorporated for use in running line products or custom carpet creations.

These cool colors range from a deep charcoal grey to sterling silver.  When designing commercial carpet this collection can help you create multiple tiers of color and more intricate designs with shading effects.

Add Drama with Charcoal  

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Picasso Standing Female Nude, 1910

Charcoal has been used since ancient times as a drawing material and pigment. The word “charcoal” evokes images of sharp edges, deep shadows and masterfully created pieces of art. With this color designers can easily add an element of drama to their design or create a more defined pattern.

Keep it cool with metallics

Both the Sterling and Metallic Bronze options from this collection are soft, cool and bring to mind beautiful elements in nature. In design, metal can play a huge role in bringing the whole aesthetic together. Bronze or silver can provide an excellent contrast or complement when paired with other, more traditional colors like blue, grey or green. Industrial-looking in some applications, bronze and silver can also be seen as an element of refinement, as they hold precious metal qualities.

What are the applications for the “Designer Select” Collection?

Cool neutrals are soothing and can help subdue emotion, while blues are calming and relaxing.  We’ve referenced several articles on color psychology in the past, and we continue to see design publications discuss the importance of color in hospitality settings.

These colors are suited for healthcare environments, guest room interiors at hotels, or high stress work environments.

We can’t wait to see what you will create with the “Designer Select” Collection. Our Marketing Specialists are here to help you find a carpet with the right design, construction and aesthetics desired for a specific end-use area or project.


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If you would like more information about the “Designer Select” Collection or would like to partner with Zeftron on A&D visits, contact Zeftron Business Leader Tim Blount at: timothy.blount@shawinc.com or 706-532-2984.

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You Told Us and We Listened: Introducing Zeftron’s New “Designers Select” Colors

Designers Select logoWe are constantly seeking input from designers about our colors. Through our first national “Color Survey” you were able to vote online to tell us what colors you wanted to see added to our color palette.

After reviewing your votes and working with our coloration experts, we are pleased to announce our new “Designers Select” Collection! The eight new colors

subtly yet inherently reflect a sense of optimism with each color boasting its own unique and distinctive character. Colors range from an organic earth tone to a complex gray that offer a touch of boldness.

The colors can be used in a variety of ways, either as primary or accent colors for carpets designed for the hospitality, corporate, retail, education…or any commercial interior.

The new Designers Select Collection comes on the heels of our recently introduced Brilliant Collection, an assortment of seven highly vibrant colors that can add a dash of energy or excitement.

“Designers Select”

The new colors are perfect complements to our existing colors and brings our overall color palette to 120.  But more importantly, they provide more choices, options and inspiration for the commercial carpet you envision. These new collections also underscore our commitment to listening and responding to designers and marketplace needs.

Each color is rigorously tested to Zeftron’s exacting standards to ensure premium color consistency.  And, like all Zeftron yarns, the new colors contain a minimum of 25 percent recycled content. They are backed by Zeftron’s lifetime warranties for colorfastness, stain removal, wear and static control.

An electronic color swatch of the Designers Select Collection, Brilliant Collection and all of our colors is available for download by clicking here. 

More information and inspiration is available at our website.

We want to hear from you.  What do you think of these new colors? How might you use them in an upcoming project?


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If you would like more information about Zeftron nylon or would like to partner with Zeftron on A&D visits, contact Zeftron Business Leader Tim Blount at: timothy.blount@shawinc.com or 706-532-2984.

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