2021 NeoCon Preview – Floor Covering News

Chicago – For the first time since June 2019, the commercial design community will gather in person for NeoCon 2021, which returns to MART here from October 4-6. This year’s event is themed “Redesign” and includes new product launches from leading and emerging brands, as well as presentations from industry leaders.

NeoCon has security measures and protocols in place requiring attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the show. Masks or face coverings are mandatory for access to the building.

Following is a curated selection of several new commercial offerings that will be showcased at NeoCon 2021:


The design of Coalesce luxury floors was influenced by the transformation of earthy materials into textiles and mosaics from the energy of the artisan touch. Inspired by artisanal mosaic techniques, Geome features a geometric pattern with subtle color shifts, while Oxidize has an anodized metal look, similar to glazed ceramics. Both designs are available in 18 x 36 tiles. Made with patented Diamond 10 technology, Coalesce is a low maintenance solution ideal for commercial environments


Seeing the need for hardwood floors with more durable properties, Kährs applied his expert craftsmanship to create the Life collection. Available in wide and narrow plank options and in 10 colors ranging from light to dark, these floors offer the best of both worlds: a beautiful real wood floor with properties close to LVT – all at an accessible price. An innovative matte finish offers best-in-class abrasion resistance and waterproof properties, so you don’t have to worry about daily spills.


Reverse is Patcraft’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold (v3.1) collection. Reflecting Patcraft’s commitment to sustainable design, the Reverse collection uses a carefully curated selection of materials to raise the bar on material health standards. Reverse has a low carbon footprint thanks to its high percentage of post-industrial recycled content in the back and a yarn system that provides 100% post-industrial recycled content, derived from waste minimization and collection efforts.


Tarkett’s new Modern Refinement collection celebrates the art and craft of antique textiles, elevating the classic beauty of the products with modern engineering. The collection is curated with three new soft surface patterns and a digitally printed luxury vinyl tile that all work together to give each design a sense of handcrafted excellence. Knot Stitch is the most structured and luxurious pattern in the series, the result of Tarkett designers’ admiration for hand-knotted textiles.


Crossville’s Ardesia is a Spacco is a collection of porcelain tile panels whose high-definition surface aims to faithfully recreate the structural depth of Italian split slate. The 1,200mm x 3,000mm size of the high-quality continuous porcelain is wider than traditional porcelain panels, and the thickness of 5.6mm varies to 1.5mm across the surface to realistically mimic the dimensional characteristics of natural slate. Mesh backing provides enhanced strength and durability for use on floors and walls in commercial or residential environments. Two colors are available: Bianco and Nero.


Mohawk Group announces the launch of Data Tide, an innovative collection of modular carpet planks that aims to explore the symbiotic relationship between nature and data through the visualization of water. Data Tide celebrates the unique ecosystem of estuaries where fresh and salt water converge to capture blue carbon and support biodiversity. The Mohawk Group design team used datasets from environmental studies of greenhouse gases to create biophilic patterns through a custom data visualization tool. With this graphic interpretation of the data, the collection celebrates the positive ecological impact of blue carbon capture. Available in eight colorways, Data Tide’s 12 x 36 modular carpet planks have gradations that flow from light to dark to mimic transitional waters.


Shaw Contract’s Dialogue collection is a celebration of communication and its unique ability to foster understanding and connection. Dialogue carpet tile offers diversity and choice to design unique and layered moments that live cohesively in a space. Dialogue provides a soft base for touch-down areas, sitting areas or welcome areas, creating a warm, inviting space for contemplation. Dialogue carpet tiles are optimized for low carbon and carbon neutral. In addition, all Shaw Contract carpet production sites are carbon neutral.

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