"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
In Harmony with the Environment
"288 Pacific" is a sleek, new residential development surrounded by historic buildings in Jackson Square, one of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhoods. The lobby of the apartment building with its marble and timber-clad interior was designed by Handel Architects to harmonize with the building’s immediate surroundings. By contrast, the lobby’s modern interior furnishings in vivid colors are a nod to modernity. For the seating area in front of the fireplace the interior designers chose a specially made hand-tufted rug from Creative Matters . The rug’s striking design is reminiscent of intricate graffiti-style artwork and features a total of 35 color gradations. It was inspired by the abstract expressionist paintings of Cy Twombly.
The high-quality rug’s sound absorbing properties promote acoustic wellbeing and round off the lobby’s exclusive atmosphere.
From canteen to restaurant
At its plant in Żary, Poland, SWISS KRONO has transformed its staff cafeteria into a stylish restaurant dubbed "5 DÉCO". The restaurant is still used by the company’s local employees, but now also gets used for customer events. Its Art Decostyle interior design provides a unique atmosphere that accentuates the beauty and elegance of the SWISS KRONO products used. For the cafeteria’s floor, walls and furnishings, interior designer Maja Palczewska selected SWISS KRONO laminates and decors that perfectly match the iconic design style that typified the Art Deco period. The re-design was developed in consultation with Polish Art Deco experts.
The restaurant’s floors consist of black and vanilla HPL laminate that transitions into ash timber laminate. The grain of the highquality wood-look laminate decors used is visually and haptically barely distinguishable from that of real timber. However, unlike real timber, SWISS KRONO's timber laminate flooring is very tough and hard-wearing. A broad strip of metallic brass laminate marks the transition between the different flooring zones and further accentuates the elegance of the restaurant’s elegant design.
Atmospheric room effect due to solid oak flooring
In a steakhouse restaurant in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, the solid oak flooring from T&G Wood's "Cinzento Custom Made" range is a critical part of the interior design scheme. The rustic appearance of the natural materials used in the room’s design, such as wood, leather, straw and wool, and the color palette of warm brown tones are reminiscent of a South American hacienda. The floor was custom made and oxidatively oiled to facilitate intensive use and easy maintenance. Visible flaws, such as knotholes and fissures, have been accentuated with black filler in order to give the floor planks their authentic vintage look – and turn the floor into an eye-catching feature in its own right.
Where historical architecture meets modern architecture
"Zabeel House Mini" is a new boutique hotel located in Dubai's popular Al Seef quarter, which features a mix of historic and modern architecture. It was designed for the sophisticated young traveler with an interest in culture. Its interior features an eclectic mix of references to traditional Middle Eastern culture, pop art style elements and contemporary art and design.
The lobby is a creative roomscape of comfortable upholstered elements of varying sizes interspersed with cushions aplenty. The floors are sumptuously adorned with used-look rugs from Belgian manufacturer Louis de Poortere . Their overlapping arrangement helps to dampen the sound levels in the lobby, which makes for a more relaxing atmosphere for the waiting guests.
Design Studio Ippolito Fleitz
Architect and interior designer Peter Ippolito is chairman of the DOMOTEX "Flooring Spaces" expert selection panel, an honor he has already held twice before. He and his design studio, Ippolito Fleitz, created a diverse range of workrooms complete with communication zones and timeout areas for an international business consulting firm in Frankfurt's Taunusturm office complex. The project spanned two levels of the tower block and encompassed some 4,000 m2 of floor space. The floor is a broad expanse of solid parquet made up of polygonal shapes – a motif reflected in the wall styling. This solid surface is covered with rugs that have a deep-pile bouclé structure, ensuring excellent sound insulation. The rugs help to visually delineate the meeting areas and, in combination with acoustic fitted carpets and closable drapes, help reduce overall noise levels. There are also dedicated meeting nooks which are finished with fitted carpets and acoustic panels, creating a quiet atmosphere for meetings.
Innovative underlay by Selit Dämmtechnik
DOMOTEX exhibitor Selit Dämmtechnik has developed SelitPRo Aquastop TwinFoam 2.2 mm, an innovative underlay that significantly reduces airborne and impact sound in parquet and laminate floors. Selit marketing director Lydia Bober explains that this superior sound performance has been achieved by "combining a flexible foam layer and a rigid foam layer in a single underlay." Prior to the launch of this product, users were faced with a binary choice between highly rigid and highly resilient underlays. Selit’s underlay protects floors from damage due to prolonged high traffic and falling objects. According to the manufacturer, the product can also reduce impact noise by as much as 21 decibels.
Aldwych Theatre in London
The Aldwych Theatre is a heritage building located in the heart of London's West End theater district. First opened in 1905, it recently underwent a major refurbishment that restored the building to its former glory. All of the theater’s grand public areas – a total area of some 3,000 m2 (32,290 sq. ft.) – were re-carpeted by DOMOTEX exhibitor Oriental Weavers Hospitality, which selected a carpet design characteristic of the theater’s period styling and rich ornamentation. The sumptuous Axminster carpets were custom-woven for the project and are made of an 80/20 wool/nylon blend, which makes them highly durable. Created in collaboration with a team from the Nederlander group, who own the building, they are a key component of the theater's unique atmosphere. They also reduce airborne and impact sound in the auditorium and adjacent corridors, thus ensuring a minimum of distraction for theatergoers.
Lounge at Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon
TAP Air Portugal's new premium passenger lounge at Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon is an 800 m2 oasis of exclusive luxury and service that can accommodate up to 260 passengers at a time. The lounge's rest areas use natural cork in their furniture, flooring and wall cladding. In order to enhance the acoustics, architect Miguel Arruda employed dark-brown cork composites in the wall cladding, supplied by DOMOTEX exhibitor Amorim. The same logic was behind the choice of Wicanders Hydrocork for the floor. Hydrocork is a vinyl product with a resilient cork core and a high-resolution oak decorative layer. It is highly durable and 100% waterproof. The cork core makes the product comfortable under foot and, according to the manufacturer, reduces impact sound by up to 53 percent. Arruda: "The aim of the design and the materials used was to provide greater passenger comfort."
Panorama 2962 restaurant on the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak
Guests at the newly renovated Panorama 2962 restaurant on the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak, can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Alps. As part of the renovation project, the design firm Raumausstattung Kraus installed some 800 m² (8610 sq. ft.) of solid-wood floorboards with the aid of eco-friendly products from Uzin Utz. Part of the pre-existing floor was tiled, while the rest was surfaced with rapid screed cement. The first step in preparing this substrate was to remove all the loose tiles and even out small imperfections using diamond grinding. With this done, the installers then applied a reduced-odor, solvent-free epoxy primer-sealer – the product of choice for sustainable building projects. The purpose of the primer-sealer was to protect the solid-wood boards from residual moisture from the substrate and stabilize weak spots. To eliminate tensile and shearing forces between the sold-wood boards and the substrate, Raumausstattung Kraus then installed low-emission fleece underlay. The 20 mm-thick solid-oak boards were then bonded to the underlay using a parquet adhesive that is free of chemical plasticizers and is “"Blue Angel" eco-certified. This installation methodology resulted in a healthy room environment free of solvent fumes, not to mention an attractive wooden floor that heightens the restaurant’s natural and inviting decor.
Vielaris Art Parquet, Lithuania
Vielaris Art Parquet, Lithuania, specializes in the restoration of floors in historic buildings. The company also leverages its restoration expertise to create new parquet floors for high-end modern interiors. For example, at the offices of a real estate investment firm in Paris it installed a floor using "Trio", a system of parquet panels made of beech laminated with an upper layer of oak. Trio is a sustainable floor covering system in which geometric triangle, diamond and trapezium elements are laid to form an elegant and highly expressive pattern. The unique look of the natural wood floor is further accentuated by sparingly placed triangles of brass. For its projects, Vielaris Art Parquet uses wood, a renewable material, which it precision-crafts into exquisite, made-to-order floors, with options for inlays of wood and metal. One key feature of the Vielaris’s two-ply parquet panels is that all technical elements and details are connected throughout the entire space and the products are made using a traditional process that combines good looks with long life.
Freudenberg Performance Materials at DOMOTEX 2019
The display stand operated by Freudenberg Performance Materials at DOMOTEX 2019 caused quite a stir. Visitors to the stand were able to immerse themselves in a deceptively real-looking natural environment. It was all thanks to the carpeting, which featured Freudenberg tuft backings and extremely realistic moss and forest motifs created using high-end digital printing technology. At Freudenberg, sustainability is a core value that finds practical expression in numerous projects aimed at reducing energy, water and raw materials consumption. "We are constantly improving the environmental sustainability of our tufted carpet backings without compromising on performance," commented Freudenberg Performance Materials Chief Technical Officer John McNabb. The company recycles its waste materials, is steadily increasing the certified-recycled component of its material mix, and avoids the use chemical binding agents. "At the same time, we're helping to improve our customers’ environmental 'handprint' by offering 100%-recyclable single-component tufted backings," McNabb said. Themed "Sustainable Backings", the stand was thus also used by Freudenberg as an opportunity to engage with customers on the subject of partnership for a sustainable future.
"Wave Collection" by Corà Parquet at Ireland’s Ring of Kerry Golf Club
For his makeover of the Greens Restaurant & Bar at Ireland's Ring of Kerry Golf Club, Vinny Smith, the managing director of the boutique interior design firm Northern Backdrop Interior Design, used timber planks from the "Wave Collection" by Corà Parquet. The organically shaped boards are made from European oak and have a glossy gray grain color and finish. "The Greens Restaurant affords its guests spectacular views of Kenmare Bay, the Atlantic and the breathtakingly rugged landscape of Country Kerry," Smith said. "I wanted the design to match the area's natural environment." For the wall cladding in the bar Smith used oak planks with undulating contours to "recreate the waves of the sea and mimic the reflection of light on the water. The form, colors and texture of the cladding lend impact to what is a rather small bar, making it a unique design signature and focal point for the restaurant." The manufacturer, Corà Parquet, uses high-quality wood that is processed with great care and engineered for longer life. The wood is FSC certified and produced in accordance with high environmental and social standards.
Mama Shelter Hotel in Belgrade
The interior of the Mama Shelter Hotel in Belgrade was styled by São Paulo-based interior designer Jalil Amor, who had previously worked at the architectural offices of Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck in Paris. Amor's design evokes the rich history of Serbia's capital city and its centuries-long legacy as part of the Ottoman Empire. The hotel's expansive restaurant and lounge area, for instance, features a mix of oriental patterns with a modern twist and creative pop art elements. Brightly colored round stools from Zollanvari's "Mafrash Home Décor Collection" serve both as comfortable seating and stunning eyecatchers. The collection itself is made up of one-of-a-kind mafrash coffers designed to be used as stools, tables and chests. The coverings are made from old fabric carry bags hand-woven by Ghashgha'i and Luri nomads using kilim, soumak and ziggurat techniques. For its flat-weave fabrics with their elaborate three-dimensional structures, Zollanvari uses the finest high-country wool from Iran's Zagros mountains. The hand-made "carpet stools" make a key contribution to the relaxed, creative atmosphere of the Mama Shelter’s rooms. The exquisite textiles from which the stools are made are thus cleverly repurposed and used sustainably.
Deutsche Telekom's flagship store in Munich's Marienplatz square
Deutsche Telekom's flagship store in Munich's Marienplatz square was fitted out in line with the company’s "Collector’s Lab" retail concept, which involves arranging "collector's items" in "emotionally appealing display islands amid a high-value setting". The objective is to create an inviting and highly personal shopping experience. The store's flooring design employed two different resilient floor coverings made by DOMOTEX exhibitor Windmöller. White and magenta-colored strips on an industrial-style polished concrete floor draw the visitor’s gaze to various product displays. Purline organic flooring combined with wood-panel walls and comfortable upholstered furniture are used to create homely lounge and consulting areas. Purline is a high-quality polyurethane flooring solution made from ecuran, a high-performance composite material that is manufactured primarily from plant-based oils such as canola oil or castor oil and naturally occurring mineral components such as chalk. "Mindful living and working are more important than ever before to consumers." explains Annika Windmöller, Partner and Director of Corporate Communications at the Windmöller Group. "People's strong environmental consciousness and desire to engage in sustainable consumption and maximize their personal wellbeing are key drivers for us. Durable Purline organic flooring is ideally suited to meeting these needs." Gerda Karal, the team leader at Cologne-based architectural firm Lepel & Lepel who was responsible for the interior design of the flagship store, stressed that a key objective of the project was to achieve "a perfect balance between ecology and style".
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.