Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the market's dominant retail outlet and entertainment destination, attracting customers throughout the Midwest and Canada. With 185 manufacturer's outlets and traditional retail stores, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is Michigan's only enclosed value-regional mall. Be sure to check out the use of several colors in different locations of the outlet. Resonate is so versatile with colors, and installation methods - I'ts a great product for so many applications!
Don't forget about the floors when designing a room. Whether you’re working in a commercial or residential space, the floors can play a huge role in how a room looks! A good floor, simple or complex, has the ability to transform a room. It is important, though, to be true to the space you have and work from there.
Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colors and styles. While technically a fast-growing grass, bamboo is as hard or harder than most hardwoods when dried. Newer products called strand-woven bamboo, a highly engineered product using the inner fibers, are twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. In addition to the common thin-banded styles shoppers have become accustomed to, bamboo is offered in wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods.
What we're seeing more and more of in flooring is classic looks using new technology. A perfect example of that, he notes, is reclaimed hardwood. New factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber — right down to that timeless hand-hewn look — but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber. Factory-finished wood will stand up to moisture fluctuations better than any wood flooring that is finished onsite.
With our manufacturer, USF Contract looks are inspired by the 19th century Arts & Crafts movement. The Bertagne Collection marries artisanship of the Old World crafts person and 21st century manufacturing technologies to create heirloom quality oak hardwood flooring Vintage visuals with 21st century performance. The hardwood floors have the appearance of a reclaimed floor whose look could only be achieved through years of time and wear. Looks are deceiving!
Large Format Tile
In the world of tile we are seeing an explosion of sizes, shapes, materials and patterns. Particularly popular these days, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12" x 24" and even 36" x 36" — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12" x 12" tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean. But, do be aware, large-format tiles are heavy, requiring a perfectly level substrate and a professional installer for the job to come out right.
Despite previous associations with "pergo" flooring, laminate floors have come a LONG way from what they used to be, both aesthetically and performance based. Realistic looks come alive with the manufacturer, Kaindl. They produce, in my opinion, one of the most realistic wood looking products on the market.
Laminate is one of the more durable and long-lasting choices in flooring. Manufactured by bonding four distinct layers together and featuring melamine resin on the top and bottom layers, laminate is resistant to wear and it will not fade when subjected to direct sunlight or any source of artificial light.
Laminate flooring is also resistant to stains and all but the most extreme of impacts. This material is resistant to water (as long as spills are wiped up quickly) and for the most part, a laminate floor is extremely easy to install, maintain, clean and repair. Also called a “floating floor,” laminate can be installed directly over your existing plywood subfloor or any other hard-surface floor, such as hardwood, concrete or linoleum.
Renewable and sustainable, cork is one of the most environmentally responsible flooring options available. Selected primarily for its amazing acoustic-insulating qualities, cork flooring also is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Long gone are the days when cork was available in any color so long as it was blonde — today's options span the color palette. Thanks to new factory finishes, cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior.
When you hear the term 'luxury vinyl,' don't think about that peel-and-stick stuff people used to install. Luxury vinyl is a new category of flooring that combines the high-end look of hardwood (or stone) with the durability of vinyl. It is so realistic looking. Some people literally had to get on their hands and knees to see that it wasn't real. Because it stands up to moisture, wood-look vinyl is a natural fit in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. LVT includes the comfort, warmth, sound dampening, easy maintenance and durability found in traditional sheet vinyl, but ups the ante a bit allowing for simple replacement of damaged areas and limitless options in the ways of colors, designs and patterns. Instead of relying on what is printed on your whole sheet of vinyl, you can now swap colors and patterns by the tile, giving you the flexibility and creativity you deserve. Luxury Vinyl flooring is thicker than traditional vinyl and is so advanced now it can obtain the look of stone, wood and even tile.
In the world of carpet we are seeing far fewer shags and friezes and more patterned carpets. By using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops — hence the name "cut-and-loop carpet" — manufacturers can create a carpet with patterns that range from subtle to bold. New technology also is producing carpet with incredibly soft fibers. Huge improvements have been made in the world of carpet pads, too, with high-quality dense rubber replacing the more commonplace loose fiber.
Some carpets even offer a recycled content carpet called PET, such as ecofinishes. ecofinishes® has created a carpet collection that has very unique environmental attributes. Within this line you will find a variety of aesthetics and price points to meet the needs of both high and low end applications.
We sat down with Steve Cocozza, executive vice president of marketing for Masland Contract, whose textile collections can be seen in projects from Northrop Grumman to the Helicopter Association. Masland also sponsored “Designing for Employee Interaction,” a panel discussion we hosted in Washington, DC. Here, Steve talks about who they are — and what makes their carpets, rugs, and services different.
Which products or services are you best-known for?
Our signature collections, which appeal to a wide design audience. We are also a manufacturer with a wide breadth of broadloom and modular technologies. And we have a complete standard and custom-rug program, which makes us a great source for custom projects in any market segment.
How are you influencing the way people do work and/or design for work today?
For the designer, we strive to make the process as easy as possible. This allows them the freedom to spend more time creatively and less time on resourcing.
Which workplace shifts are influencing your business the most?
The shift occurring in our industry is the transition to carpet tile. It has led the industry and designers to think about flooring in terms of the mosaic rather than a canvas, opening new doors in design and functionality.
What are the trends or topics that are impacting how you do business?
We are much more technology oriented than we were 10 years ago. Communications, manufacturing equipment, and design processes are all heavily reliant on the latest technologies available.
How are you promoting your products/services in today’s marketplace?
We communicate our messaging mainly through sample vehicles, Earth friendly media, and a highly trained sales force.
Masland Contract is also proud to join forces with Division 9 Associates, Inc., in the DC & Baltimore markets. It’s led by Larry Hooper and Scott Goldman, and is an independent sales agency founded on the principal of service. They deliver premium products that support your designs without compromising the budget.
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