Interlocking Floating Porcelain Floors

Interlocking porcelain floors are not new but they seem to pop up more in conversations in regards to tiles that look like planks of wood these days.

Floating porcelain tile flooring systems are designed to enable the installer to achieve professional results quickly and cost effectively.

Advantages of  floating porcelain floors include sound deadening, the option to  conveniently install the tile over existing hard surfaces and they are reusable. Continue readingInterlocking Floating Porcelain Floors

LEDs and Carpet

LED integration into surfaces is growing by leaps and bounds and stands to add an exciting dimension to interior design. Let’s look at what is making news.

The Cell+LED Carpet from Lama Concept

It’s hard to believe it’s been 7 years since this carpet made it’s debut at the Paris Airshow fitted into the isles of the Airbus A350. Since then it’s been used in various commercial applications and even in the Land Rover LRX Concept.

Lama Concept Cell | KitchAnn Style

The carpets and rugs are made from 100% wool felt strips that are formed around eye-like forms – like knots in wood. Some of these knots are replaced with LED lights and oriented with the direction of the strips. The carpets can be created to form a directional path with the LEDs, or the lights can just be placed randomly for a glittering array.

Lama Concept Cell | KitchAnn Style

Although this carpet might not work with every decor, it’s an innovate approach to flooring that opens the door to endless design possibilities.

Phillips and Desso

Two Dutch-based companies, Phillips Lighting and carpet maker Desso, recently announced a partnership to create light-transmitting carpet–smart flooring capable of displaying all kinds of information.

Desso LED  | KitchAnn Style

Desso envisions the new light emitting LED carpet as serving several purposes. One would be to quickly and intuitively guide people through buildings including to designated safety routes and exits. Another would be to add to the ambiance and atmosphere of public spaces. The carpet would add “lighting, design and color” as the joint statement from both companies explains.

For now, the partnership is limited to the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and the official product is slated for sometime in 2014.  Who knows, one day we may be able to turn an average living room into a disco lounge with the touch of our phones or tablets and use the same system with our fire alarms enabling it to send a signal to specifically light the best way out of our homes.

Playful Flooring

If you like the warmth of wood flooring but find that planks are a little plain and parquet is too dated then the Enigma Collection might be the answer you have been looking for.

Jacks

This playful pattern is sure to draw attention to a room with it’s 3 interlocking shapes.  Install it in a contrasting finish as shown or a single finish for a more subtle effect.

Jigsaw

Perhaps the most well know pattern of the flooring collection, the Jigsaw pattern is perfect for a child’s room or a modern office. For added interest, consider a pattern with two different wood species.

Lotus

The curvacious shape of this floor was inspired bu the lotus flower.  This floor can be installed with the pattern all in one direction or with it alternating.  The alternating pattern shown creates a lot of movement in a room.

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