By Jackie Kalis
From durability-boosting technological advances to increasingly realistic faux finishes, materials and flooring are among the most forward-looking categories in in-store environments. Trends exemplified by Shop! members’ latest products include:
- Large-format tile sizes infuse installations with an ultramodern feel.
- Pliable metals make for stunning, one-of-a-kind decorative elements.
- Custom-printed adhesive products designed for nonpermanent uses enable easy graphics changes.
- New quartz, laminate, and polyurethane plank collections convincingly mimic natural materials.
- From LVT to tile, out-of-the-ordinary shapes enhance opportunities for unique custom environments.
Read on for a sampling of Shop! members’ latest materials and flooring offerings. For more information on Shop! member products, visit supplierconnect.shopassociation.org.
Inspired by the hexagon, iD Mixonomi LVT is the embodiment of a creative freedom where shapes and colors are combined and mixed together through thematic harmonies. With eight graphic shapes and three mini-shapes that can be combined in a huge variety of impactful layouts, iD Mixonomi’s standard running line of colors and geometric shapes provide a custom flooring experience—without a custom price tag.
The Crater Lake Collection is an exclusive Thermally Fused Laminate line featuring two new textures and nine exclusive colors. The collection embraces strong natural elements inspired by Crater Lake located near Panel’s Oregon facility. The rustic, weathered neutrals, cool grays, and warm taupe tones bring nature inside. The two new textures, Caldera, with prominent cathedrals and arches; and Cleetwood, a linear woodgrain; add richness and depth to Panel’s offering.
Wilsonart’s six newly imagined quartz designs express textures, colors, and patterns inspired by the earth’s ancient mineral compositions, elevating quartz surfaces to nature-inspired works of art. The beautiful neutrals range from white to dark and moody. Constructed of up to 93% natural stone, the stain-resistant, nonporous, foodsafe surfaces make for durable finishes that perform in high-traffic interiors while exhibiting upscale aesthetics.
Architectural Fusions are micro-thin, pressure-sensitive architectural overlays that come in more than 1,700 patterns designed to emulate natural materials such as wood, stone, metal, and leather. Architectural Fusions transforms existing retail surfaces such as fixtures, cashwraps, millwork, and storefronts.
Metal Collective is a resilient tile collection featuring metallic accents inspired by the Kintsugi practice of repairing broken pottery using metallic ink. Metal Collective has been delicately curated to reflect the patina of natural surfaces, answering a market-driven trend for realistic concrete visuals.
Outwater’s Class A Fire Rated Reclaimed Barn Wood Style Planks (Plank It Wallscapes) offers all the benefits and appeal of real wood at a fraction of the time, cost, and labor required to install solid wood planks. These extra-durable, lightweight polyurethane planks provide the variation and warm character of authentic wood.
A soft metal mesh with an iridescent effect created by the interweaving of stainless steel and red enameled copper wires, Rosso Fiammante is pliable enough to bend into almost any shape imaginable. From wall coverings to partitions, warm colors to flowering patterns, and loose rolls to glass panels, Materials Inc.’s metals will introduce you to new versatile options.
Mat Tech is a premium supplier of logo printed floor and POP mats to the retail design industry. Its products include custom printed floor and countertop mats, branded entrance mats, custom rubber POP mats, and logo anti-fatigue mats. Mat Tech’s products have been proudly made in the USA for over 25 years. Pictured: High Definition POP Logo Mat.
SpotOn Floor 200 is a print media for short-term, indoor floor graphics without the need for lamination. It boasts a post-printed “low slip potential” rating that allows for vibrant, slip-resistant floor graphics right off the printer. SpotOn Floor 200 has been specifically developed for a simple, easy, and tool-free installation.
Crossville’s Alaska porcelain tile collection replicates terrazzo. Produced with the latest tile manufacturing technology, Alaska’s finish combines matte and shimmer to mimic terrazzo’s style. The line’s five colors range from light to dark with nuances capturing glints of true terrazzo. The tile sizes—24 in. by 48 in., 24 in. by 24 in., and 12 in. by 24 in. — are modern formats. The collection also offers two mosaics, a 2-in.-by-2-in. square and a 12-piece polygon. Bullnose and covebase trims are available to create fully finished installations.
BILD Print Media is a completely designable, multiuse print media, perfectly suited for both long-term and short-term floor graphics. BILD is available in a variety of colors, surface textures, sizes, and thicknesses to serve any need, and lasts anywhere from zero to 120 months. Permanently cover an entire area wall-to-wall for retail spaces, or create moveable, free-floating, reusable graphics for POP, wayfinding, directional signage, floor mats, countertop mats, tradeshow floors, and more.
Brown Wood creates distinctive wood products manufactured to your exact specifications. Its custom display parts are designed to captivate and draw attention to items you want to showcase, providing functionality without sacrificing appearance. Offerings include globe stands, display racks, jewelry displays, carousel displays, and more, available in hardwoods, softwoods, laminates, veneers, and a wide variety of wood species. With Brown Wood’s customization process, you have the option of tailoring each and every feature of your display part.