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Design Discussions with PDR’s Giancarlo Salonga
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We had a chat with Giancarlo Salonga of PDR to learn more about his design approach and how he stays current on cultural trends that affect design. This is part of our Design Discussions series with designers who attended FWD, a place where we explore cultural trends and design influencers in an inspirational setting. We love to keep the conversations going, sharing design aspirations and what personally inspires...

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Commercial Design Trends for 2017-18: Future Folk
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Exploring Relevant Cultural Themes and Trends Influencing Commercial Design Mankind today is in flux, living between the past and the future, and the natural and digital worlds. This dichotomy is causing major shifts in human behavior and design is following suit. We call this Designkind, where a new generation of post-digital nomads is pushed to the limits, experiencing life on demand, and rethinking the...

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Questions to Ask When Specifying Commercial Flooring for the Workplace
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Flooring is a large part of any construction budget, yet often seems to get lost in the conversation. Discussing these five basic questions at the start of your next project will help focus your flooring selection and ensure you have the right design, performance and budget for your space. Here are some important questions to consider asking before choosing the flooring for your office...

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What is the Best Alternative to Axminster Carpet? Definity.
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The benefits of Definity carpet far outweigh Axminster. Recyclable, richly textured and fully customizable — Discover the Definity difference.   I am fortunate enough to work in Mohawk Group’s Light Lab Design Center, which houses our entire commercial design team and is the first Living Building Challenge Petal Certified project in the state of Georgia. Our space has incredible views and a positive cooperative environment,...

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Green Has Sprung In Hospitality Flooring Design
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Colors are shifting in hospitality design, and here at Durkan we are excited about the introduction of so many beautiful shades of greens. Pantone predicted that green would be big this year, which is being reinforced by what we are seeing everywhere we go. Read more about Pantone’s “Greenery” here. Deep emerald, jade and lime greens are all showing up in inspiration material and...

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Martin Marietta HQ: Fresh Ideas + Eye-Popping Visuals
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Martin Marietta’s move to a new space was influenced by the desire to combine their three front range locations into a single, cohesive office in Lakewood, Colo. Now occupying one-and-a-half floors in Denver West, the 34,000 square foot office required customized and delineated spaces for each division of the company to suit the requirements for each working environment. As Martin Marietta was open to...

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ICYMI: Lichen, A Behind-the-Scenes Instagram Takeover
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Commercial Carpet Reaches New Heights With Our Lichen Collection In case you missed it, Mohawk Group VP of design and product development Jackie Dettmar recently hijacked our Instagram account, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at one of our most groundbreaking carpet collections to hit the floor — Lichen. The first-ever Living Product Challenge Petal Certified floorcovering and its inspiring story debuted officially at NeoCon 2017. Here’s...

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As Seen at NeoCon: Workplace Design Trends
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Although NeoCon 2017 is now behind us, so much of the visual stimuli stays with us for months. One thing I like to do every year before day-to-day responsibilities take over is to capture key trends that span all the tremendous showrooms, products and conversations. Here are five takeaways from the world’s leading commercial design trade show in Chicago: Workplace connectivity is key. While...

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How the Right Flooring Helps the Customer Experience
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When you think of creating the right atmosphere for a retail environment, do you think about the importance of the right floor?   Flooring is one of the largest continuously visible surfaces in any retail store, and it can convey a lot about the brand, the merchandise and the overall shopping experience. Light colors as the background for your merchandise enhances what you’re selling....

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It’s NeoCon Time! A Sneak Peek of Our Newest Floors…
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NeoCon is upon us—and so are our latest flooring solutions. The industry’s biggest commercial design show seems to sneak up on us faster and faster every year. Another fabulous NeoCon is now approaching, again presenting an exciting and engaging opportunity to showcase our latest floorcoverings, ideas and inspirations, June 12-14, 2017. If you are attending the show in Chicago, be sure to stop by space 377...

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Lichen: Genius + Courage to Create Better Commercial Flooring
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Mohawk Group participated in the 2017 Living Future UnConference in Seattle, an annual convention organized by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The week was a truly meaningful and memorable sustainability immersion experience with a diverse group of sustainability leaders from across the industry. The Living Future UnConference is a humbling experience as a platform for sharing stimulating ideas that are worthy of consideration...

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Design Discussions with HOK’s Jim Halloran
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We sat down with Jim Halloran of HOK Dallas to get his take on the future of the design industry. Our Design Discussions series continues with designers who attended FWD, a place where we explore cultural trends and design influencers in an inspirational setting. We love to keep the conversations going, sharing design aspirations and what personally inspires these visionaries.  What inspires you personally and professionally? Several things influence...

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Creating Beauty Out of Chaos
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The one thing that cannot be said about 2017, so far, is that it has been a boring year in terms of new design styles, social activism or fashion. In fact, when I look at the landscape of where we are today versus just a few months ago, I think the best way I can describe the directional change is a blending of dichotomies....

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Designer Mac Stopa to Receive IIDA Titan Award
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Mohawk Group congratulates Mac Stopa, founder of the Polish firm Massive Design, on his 2017 Titan Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The Titan Award is given to design leaders who make significant contributions to the interior design industry. Stopa is a multi-disciplinary designer, working in commercial interiors, product design and fashion. His clients include Google, BMW, Samsung, DuPont and Mohawk Group,...

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Green Lodging Right Down to the Carpet
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For the first LEED Platinum certified hotel in the United States, sustainability is a guiding tenet in every way that hospitality is extended to green-minded guests. That’s why it was important for the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., to make responsible decisions with the waste that was created from a recent renovation. In addition to specifying beautiful custom multi-level cut and loop carpeting from...

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Design Discussions with CallisonRTKL’s Peri Peng
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Peri Peng of CallisonRTKL Chats With Us About the Mixing of Nature + City Life and Her Terrarium Creations We continue our Design Discussions with designers who attended FWD, a place where we explore cultural trends and design influencers in an inspirational setting. Between design lectures, trend forecasting sessions and art excursions, attendees are immersed in inspiration and creativity. Our Design Discussions keep the conversations going,...

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Design Discussions with CBT Architects’ Vickie Alani
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Vickie Alani of CBT Architects Talks to Us About Art + Nature, How Her Perspective Is Challenged and Broadened, and What’s Next For Design We continue our Design Discussions with designers who attended FWD, a place where we explore cultural trends and design influencers in an inspirational setting. Between design lectures, trend forecasting sessions and art excursions, attendees are immersed in inspiration and creativity. Our...

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Scratch Art Made By Students Inspires Mixology Patterns
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  Flooring to Inspire Learning: The Mixology Collection Who better to create the next flooring design for the education market than talented, artistic students? And, what better medium to inspire patterns than scratch art? We combined both concepts in our SCRATCH ART Design Contest, which solicited help from K-12 students across the country to create the next design in our Mixology Collection. A panel of seasoned carpet designers...

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UNCHARTED: A New Visual Language Emerging
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We are living in a time of great uncertainly, where the limits of earth and the solar system are being tested by both nature and man. Man’s quest for new frontiers beyond our farms, suburbs, and cities is driving a new push into uncharted territory. Shifting planes of light and swirling forms connect us to the heavens. A new visual language has emerged, influenced...

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Have You Met Our VP of Sustainability, George Bandy?
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Get to know George Bandy, Mohawk Group’s Vice President Sustainability “Sustainability is a journey not a destination; Living every day with humility and dignity; grateful for meaningful work and loving friends and family.” Living Building Challenge, LEED or WELL Building Standard? All three! Indoors or outdoors? Outdoors Socks or no socks? Socks Hair or no hair? Follicular challenged 😂 R&B or Hip Hop Music? R&B...

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A New Approach to Meeting Room Design
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Moving Floors Exemplifies a Transformative Atmosphere for the New Microsoft Executive Lounge in Vienna, Created by INNOCAD Because of the transdisciplinary infrastructure at INNOCAD, an architecture firm based in Austria, the team manages numerous international architecture and interiors projects, which include residential, office, hospitality, healthcare, mixed-use, retail and interior design. One of the team’s signature office projects is the 2011 conversion and redevelopment of...

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Design Discussions with Gensler’s John Cantu
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John Cantu of Gensler Atlanta Talks the Future of Design, Mediums That Inspire Him, and Why He’s Loving the Open Office Concept Each October, Mohawk Group hosts leading interior designers and architects from around the country at our FWD conference. For three days, we explore cultural trends and design influencers in an inspirational setting. Between design lectures, trend forecasting sessions and art excursions, attendees...

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Why We Love This Courtyard by Marriott
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There isn’t much not to love about this Courtyard by Marriott project. Its design is crisp, sophisticated and comfortable. Located in Brookline, Mass., this hotel features a floor that is a textured and custom-color rendition of Durkan’s Modesto collection. Modesto is made using our state-of-the-art Definity...

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A Nod to the Color of the Year: Greenery
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Pantone recently announced their 2017 Color of the Year: 15-0343, otherwise known as Greenery. A welcome color of optimism in our chaotic times, this color is certainly symbolic of spring and new beginnings. While many shades of green are popular today, this hue is a yellow-based green taken straight from nature. According to Pantone’s website: “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are...

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Designing a Space to Provide Peace to Parents of Hospitalized Children
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Mohawk Group recently had the opportunity to take part in a very special project through Atlanta-based non-profit, Sunshine on a Ranney Day. The organization, which functions as a licensed general contractor, renovates spaces for children with long-term illnesses and/or special needs to help brighten and enhance environments for them, their families and caregivers. The heartwarming project involved the renovation of the family sleep center...

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Our Top Picks For Design Books That Inspire
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We asked Royce Epstein, our Director of the Design Segment, for her current list of top art and design books. Whether you love to read, your coffee table needs some visual interest, or you are looking to gift some inspiration, the perfect book is out there! Know of a book that highlights design and a designer or architect might love? Leave it in the comments...

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Topography Captures Modular Carpet Best Of Year 2016
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Each year, Interior Design magazine recognizes the best in contract interiors for products and projects through its Best of Year Awards. We are honored to be recognized alongside our industry peers, and, there is no better way to celebrate these awards than in New York City. This year, the Best of Year Awards included 2,016 entries from 38 different countries in 130 product and project...

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Experience the Light Lab Design Center
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You may or may not have heard about our Light Lab Design Center — the building that is now home to our commercial and hospitality product design teams within the Mohawk organization. Located in Dalton, GA, the 33,000 square foot Light Lab is a mid-century modern building that features 360 degree views of landscape and natural vistas. And—it is a beacon of sustainability. We hope you have...

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UNBIAS: Past, Present, and Future Present Converge
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The past, present, and future present have converged in this post post-modern era. Historical references have lost their meaning and we have removed all sense of timelines and context. A new society has evolved, one that is cross cultural, nomadic, and more accepting and tolerant of differences in race, age, and gender. We are moving towards a more universal, unbiased world where borders no...

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UNDETACHED: Balance Between Rational And Emotional Design
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We are facing times of dynamic change that influence the way we live our lives. Therefore we seek grounding and connection. The balance between rational and emotional design results in an increase of the user’s consciousness, perception, and consumption. Relevant design provides sensory experiences that connect essence and process in one holistic context. Not only do spaces and objects hold meaning, their significance transcends...

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UNMADE: Returning To Craft And The Handmade
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In this era of nonstop mass production, we are simultaneously seeing the prominence of technology and a return to craft and the handmade. These approaches to making products have converged, and we are rethinking how things are made. We are questioning and seeking authenticity in the process. We are finding ways of humanizing technology. New forms are being created with the rise of 3D printing and manipulation...

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Mark Bryan Weighs In On The Resurgence Of Mod Mix
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In my latest installment for Mohawk’s blog, I thought I would tackle two trends: first, a resurgence of historical styles with a Mod twist, and second, a rekindling of texture that borders on creating a mélange that any Gestalt fanatic would love to analyze. Like a pendulum, the design world and history like to swing from one extreme to the next, picking up bits and...

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R Is For Resilient: Part 2
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Royce Epstein, Mohawk Group’s Director of Design Segment, continues to share her story and journey with our community. In August of 2014, at the age of 45, Royce was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, she gives a behind-the-scenes look into her everyday fight. Her insight and outlook are an inspiration. This is part 2 of...

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Four Color & Design Stories Inspired by Stacy Garcia
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TRACES. Inspired by infinite and intricate formations, Traces explores the deconstruction and transformation of the earth’s innate variations. Showcasing beautiful biomorphic and organic abstractions, each design explores the intersections of light and shadow through fractal patterning and delicate layers. Taking cues from sedimentary rock forms and arid lands, the palette consists of soft sumptuous shades of beige complemented with decadent browns and cool greys. With harmonious...

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Mohawk Moodboards: Circle Obsession
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It’s the end of the summer, time to go back to school, and refocus our energies on new plans and projects. With the close of one season, we begin another – hence the circle of life. Circles have been a motif in architecture, design and art throughout civilization. Euclid recognized the circle as an essential element in geometry. In the modern era, design thinkers...

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A Textile Moment: The Relevance of Soft Goods in Commercial Interiors
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This article was originally written by Royce Epstein for Trend Union’s “Talking Textiles” Magalog for New York Textile Month, which begins September 1st. Trend Union’s magalog is filled with essays and articles about textiles in fashion, interiors, design, and art, and was conceived by Li Edelkoort. The magalog includes an introduction by Li Edelkoort and a foreword by Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design...

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Why We Love This FedEx Corporate HQ Project
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In this edition of Segment Studio…   Why do we love this FedEx corporate headquarters project? It’s simple. Sophisticated textures and a bright color palette against a crisp neutral backdrop create a fresh corporate headquarters for FedEx in Plano, Texas. Designed by HOK, the team used Amused Tile and Entralled Tile from our State of Mind Collection in combination with Reawakened Tile from our...

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Why Are We #Adulting?
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Simple observations and a bit of curiosity–that is how I have been working as a designer for the past 12 years. OK, it might be more than just a bit of curiosity as I seem to have a never-ending list of questions in my head as to why things are done or how they are put together. In my design history, I have worked...

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Commercial LVT Flooring Is Grown Up
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New Commercial LVT Flooring Styles Unveiled At NeoCon we previewed new styles in both our carpet and our commercial LVT flooring solutions. With hard surface in popular demand for today’s environments, we introduced a number of coordinating LVT flooring and carpet collections. Grown Up, part of our award-winning Hot & Heavy collection, is a sophisticated loose-lay luxury vinyl tile. European hardwood visuals receive emboss in register to match...

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Sustainable Commercial Flooring: The Big Picture
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Recently, I read an article from Lisa P. Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, on the company’s sustainability portfolio. Apple has partnered with the Conservation Fund and purchased over 36,000 acres of forests in the Eastern U.S.—more than 32,000 of which is in Maine. It makes you think why is Apple, a technology company already doing great sales worldwide, buying...

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