SOLON, OHIO, December 21, 2018 — Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, introduces FlightPath and AirSpace. Designed by Jhane Barnes, this soft surface collection features Powerbond® and modular tiles offering ideal solutions for office, education and hospitality spaces.
For designer Jhane Barnes, FlightPath and AirSpace were first inspired by the lines and angles of intersecting flight paths on an air traffic map. This aesthetic inspiration quickly evolved into a beautifully functional flooring design—one that could simplify installation in contemporary architectural designs, where right angles and straight lines give way to open, multi-use spaces and curved walls.
“They all take off in different directions and create this beautiful chaos. I thought how interesting it would be to design a carpet starting with just a few of those lines,” says Barnes of her inspiration.
With Tarkett’s Powerbond construction, FlightPath and AirSpace can be installed in any direction—even diagonally. Using an innovative technology created by Jhane Barnes and patented by Tandus Centiva, Jhane flipped and rotated repeating modules to create a large-scale pattern with no obvious repeat, creating an intriguing visual with minimal installation waste. FlightPath contains 14 different matching points in its 22-foot pattern repeat—that’s an opportunity every 19 inches for seams to align. AirSpace uses the same concept on a smaller scale, and can be matched every 9 inches—either with end-to-end installation, or side-to-side. Powerbond’s unique heterogeneous construction fuses nylon and closed-cell vinyl cushion together, creating a wall-to- wall moisture barrier with chemically welded seams. With installations performing more than four decades, Powerbond hybrid resilient sheet flooring is inseparable and impermeable.
Made in America, FlightPath and AirSpace are excellent solutions to adverse flooring. ethos® Modular with Omnicoat Technology™ can be installed over a variety of substrate issues, such as green concrete and old adhesives. When ethos Modular with Omnicoat Technology is installed with TarkettTAPE™, there is no need for pH or MVER testing, as long as no moisture staining or free-standing liquid are present. Powerbond hybrid resilient sheet floorcovering has a closed-cell cushion that provides an impermeable moisture barrier.
In addition to functionality, the color palette for FlightPath and AirSpace have been carefully considered so that they align with the Color Play LVT collection. Based on our latest design research in education and healthcare spaces, the Color Play palette was carefully constructed to include 24 hues in each of three mix-and-match pattern options, for a total of 72 product solutions that support the needs of every age group. All are available in 6” x 36”, 9” x 36” and 18” x 18” planks and tiles, providing endless options for creative installation. From K through 12 to higher education and pediatric exam rooms to acute care reception, these coordinating colors and grounding neutrals help to establish just the right atmosphere for the task at hand—and work beautifully with the FlightPath and AirSpace palettes.
Tarkett believes in placing people in the center of every space. So they’ve developed a portfolio of products designed to work together both functionally and aesthetically. The Tarkett Solution SPECtrum™ helps expertly recommend a flooring platform for the specific needs of every space and every budget, such as classroom concerns. The focus is on proven attributes like acoustics, easy maintenance, and slip/fall reducing strategies to enhance learning environments. With a full palette of colors, patterns, and textures the portfolio is coordinated to work together visually across platforms, offering an endless balance of function, safety, and longevity that is always done on budget, in style, and sustainably.
Tarkett North America believes that together, we can make a positive impact on people and the planet. That’s why we’re Doing Good—Together, connecting our sustainability efforts with what customers value and the world needs. It’s an active, living commitment to create a future where people and the planet prosper in balance. Where sustainable flooring solutions don’t just perform, they inspire.
• ethos Modular with Omnicoat Technology is made with PVB film from recycled windshields and safety glass
• All Tarkett soft-surface products include Eco-Ensure™ soil protection technology, a fluorine-free chemistry that is Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold for Material Health*
• ethos Modular and Powerbond are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver v3.1
• ethos Modular is ILFI Living Product Challenge Imperative Certified
* For more information, visit: www.c2ccertified.org.
More information about all of Tarkett’s products can be found at www.tarkettna.com.
With net sales of more than €2.8 billion in 2017, Tarkett is a worldwide leader of innovative flooring and sports surface solutions. Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood, laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With approximately 13,000 employees and 34 industrial sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to “Doing Good. Together,” the
Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy based on Cradle to Cradle® principles and promotes circular economy, with the ultimate goal of contributing to people’s health and well-being, and preserving the natural capital. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ISIN: FR0004188670, ticker TKTT) and is included in the following indices: SBF 120, CAC Mid 60. www.tarkett.com.
About Jhane Barnes
Jhane Barnes’ 38-year fashion career saw her menswear label grace the shelves of stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Nordstrom. She didn’t stop there! She designed textiles for Knoll for 14 years, furniture for Bernhardt for 10 years, and carpet for Tarkett, now 20 years and counting. Her innovative carpet tile and Powerbond products for Tarkett have been revolutionary. She uses a blend of science and art, incorporating mathematics into many of the products she designs using her custom developed software - software that creates patterns using algorithms. Much of her career has been built on pushing boundaries. She continues to push those boundaries with her current designs. Recently she has been designing custom patterns for large scale airports and university installations along with regular new releases.