"Small as this selection is, it shows that our DOMOTEX exhibitors are developing a comprehensive range of products that designers can use to create atmospheres of wellbeing and ideal workplace environments."
Products for perfect interior atmospheres
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel's most spectacular creation so far and has won widespread international acclaim.
The museum's defining feature is its roofline – a modern interpretation of the classic Arabic dome. A slivery lattice of complex geometric patterns, the dome filters sunlight to create a constantly changing "rain of light" on the building's flooring. For the outdoor area of the museum's waterfront café, Ateliers Jean Nouvel partnered with the design team of DOMOTEX exhibitor YVYRA to develop "Exterpark Louvre" , an exquisite teak decking timber that is installed using an ingenious system of magnetic clips. The planks are inspired by the decking used on luxury boats. The individual timbers are only 57 mm wide and are designed to be installed without visible gaps or screws in mere seconds. They are simply clipped on to an aluminum substructure using a special tool. The planks work together to create a unified, extremely elegant outdoor floorscape. The individual timbers are quick to install and can be removed for redeployment or replacement with consummate ease at any time.
Patricia Urquiola has created a luxury hotel
On the eastern shore of Italy's Lake Como, the Milan-based Spanish-born architect and designer Patricia Urquiola has created Il Sereno, a contemporary-style luxury hotel that evinces loving attention to detail in absolutely every respect. Every aspect of the hotel, from its private boats to its fit-out and furnishings, has been custom-designed to complement the location's stunning natural environment. A private jetty connects the lake with the hotel complex, which is set against the backdrop of the Italian Alps. The outdoor area of Il Sereno features vertical botanical gardens, and the restaurant adjoining the gardens is open on one side, while the flooring design creates seamless indoor-outdoor flow. For the outdoor floorings, Urquiola used thermo-treated FSC-certified ash decking custom-created by DOMOTEX exhibitor Ravaioli Legnami and installed in cooperation with the company Pavilegno. The decking planks are very narrow and have a special concealed milling – characteristics that create a vibrant and unique visual aesthetic.
Decking design from Switzerland
At DOMOTEX 2019, Li&Co presented their new LICO Outex Design outdoor flooring. Outex Design is a wood-look decking product comprising a non-slip, easy-care and weather-resistant synthetic pattern layer laminated onto thermo-treated pine planking. It was first shown to the public on the deck of flooring company Floover's showroom in Barcelona. Floover uses the showroom for prestige events, such as receptions for customers and architects. Floover has a joint venture with Li&Co and sells its contract flooring products worldwide.
"The new decking design gives us a solution for decks that boasts a similarly realistic wood look as the laminated products used indoors," said Floover Sales Manager Jérôme Gaubert. It is ideal, he said, for customers who want to create a quality visual connection between their indoor and outdoor areas. "The new decking design by Li&Co is UV-resistant and extremely hard-wearing, so it is also suitable for commercial use. It is pleasant to the touch, even on hot, barefoot days at the height of summer."
Mediterranean charm in Hamburg
Hamburg-based architect Julia Erdmann is a regular DOMOTEX visitor and believes in creating spaces that are relaxing, enjoyable places to be in. For the gourmet restaurant "Bianc" and adjoining bar "Picnic" owned and operated by star chef Matteo Ferrantino in the Am Sandtorpark neighborhood of Hamburg's prestigious HafenCity precinct Erdmann created a space with a truly warm, inviting atmosphere.
"The aim was give diners the feeling that they're spending the evening somewhere in the Mediterranean region," explained Erdmann. The result is both a new culinary destination and a portal to world of Mediterranean charm, where guests can dine in a piazza setting beneath an olive tree canopy. With its loving attention to detail, the design of the restaurant is reminiscent both of southern Italy's Apulia region and Portugal – the two locations that have most influenced Ferrantino's Mediterranean cuisine. For the interior, Erdmann used outdoor flooring to enhance the al fresco feel that is fundamental to the restaurant's design. The "Biancone" natural-stone outdoor tiles have been specially treated so that they are equal to all the demands and requirements of indoor use. As in Apulia, where the chef is from, the tiles have been laid with wide joints and rough edges.
Monasch by Best Wool by Best Wool Carpets comprises soft and warm pure rugs made of pure wool
The "Monasch by Best Wool" collection by Best Wool Carpets comprises sumptuously soft and warm rugs made of pure wool in a luxurious array of colors, sizes and fits. It includes "Crayons", which is available with border trims of linen, felt or leather for that essential element of contrast. With its superior wool quality, this high-comfort rug collection helps to regulate humidity and create a healthy interior climate. It is also sound-absorbing and hypoallergenic. Each rug is fully recyclable, including the backing layer on the reverse.
Self-adhesive carpet tiles from Girloon
The "Style" collection by Girloon is acoustically absorbent, eco-friendly and can create a whole range of interior atmospheres. A modular system of self-adhesive carpet tiles, it comes in three surface textures and loads of colors and designs. Thanks to the possibilities of digital printing, there is even a variant that customers can personalize.
Low-emission and fitted with acoustically absorbent comfort underlay, the tiles are ideal for commercial interiors. They are "Blue Angel" eco-certified, can be installed without additional glues and tapes thanks to their innovative self-adhesive backing, and can be laid with no pattern repeat to create the ultimate calming, health-promoting indoor atmosphere.
LICO Wall creates a natural room ambience
"LICO Wall Wood" und "LICO Wall Cork" by Li & Co are elegant modular wall coverings made of eco-friendly materials that create a natural room ambience with excellent thermal insulation. The individual modules are quickly and easily installed thanks to their self-adhesive backing, and their noise-reducing properties are enhanced by their decorative, three-dimensional surface structure.
The "LICO Wall Hydro Print" system, additionally, delivers the twin benefits of floor-to-ceiling waterproofing and personalized design. Ideal for bathrooms and wellness areas, they are the wet-area solution of choice for renovations and newbuilds alike.
For relaxing hours outdoors
The "Rhinowood Wax Pine" decking products by Ravaioli Legnami are treated using a patented wax-impregnation process, so they are extremely long-lasting and hold their shape, delivering the ultimate in carefree outdoor living. The natural wax treatment preserves the characteristic grain pattern of the sustainably sourced pine while giving the timber the weatherproof properties of hardwoods.
As an alternative to natural wood, Ravaioli Legnami offers an attractive range of engineered decking products, including its "WPC Deluxe" wood fiber-plastic composite products, which feature an anti-slip three-dimensional wood grain. Both product lines provide the perfect palette for individualized extension from indoor to outdoor.
Hand-scraped wood accentuate the wood’s natural characteristics
Flooring manufacturer ter Hürne crafts warm, inviting parquet floors from specially selected timbers. Its "Unique" collection of parquet planks is available in three main surface structures – hand-scraped, enhanced-knot and split-oak – that accentuate the wood’s natural characteristics. The planks are treated with certified natural oils to bring out the natural wood colors, resulting in an exquisite collection that comprises 12 distinct variants.
The collection is a celebration of natural wood materials, its various elements all working together to create unique floorscapes with an unmistakable aged-wood charm. And like all natural-wood floors, they help create a comfortable indoor climate by regulating humidity.