Guests at four- and five-star hotels expect luxury. From lobby to corridor, ballroom to guest room, the trend for high end hospitality is warm, plush and textural interiors. Now designers can create this residential feel underfoot with new products from Interface Hospitality. Over the Edge, Urban Retreat and RMS 506™, showing at Boutique Design New York this month, bring to carpet tile the elegance, texture and color once only associated with rolled goods. “Complex textures and colors on a tile are unique to Interface Hospitality,” notes Sarah Pelham, Creative Project Manager with the company. “We believe these products fill a distinct gap in the high end hospitality flooring market.”
Inspired by the textural transitions found in nature, fashion, architecture and art, Over the Edge combines versatility and luxury with the practicality of carpet tile. Three different tiles – Lofty™, Steady™ and Edgy™ – make up the product offering and each plays a unique role in creating a signature interior.
Reminiscent of a hand-carved rug, Lofty combines four pile heights in one tile. The high, medium and low piles blend to create unexpected yet plush texture and movement. Steady, a tightly tufted, low-profile product represents the opposite of Lofty. Dense, with one pile height tufted into a multidirectional basket-weave texture, Steady offers rich, understated elegance. Bridging the gap, Edgy allows designers to transition easily between the two. The high pile of Lofty tiles mix with the low, dense yarns of Steady, creating a distinct stepping stone. All three tiles are designed to work together or alone, and come in different sizes to accommodate any space from a grand ballroom to a narrow corridor.
Over the Edge is offered in a variety of patterns that range from organic to traditional to contemporary. There are 10 suggested colorways, but the tiles can be colored in as many as 12 colors or as few as three, so the opportunity for color customization is boundless. “The whole offering allows for incredible variation,” reports Melissa Tully, Director of Hospitality A&D Market Development, Interface Hospitality. “There are no rules. You could use the same three products in the same colorations and come up with a variety of completely different floors.” To insure proper installation, complex designs are shipped with a template to guide contractors.
Urban Retreat is another offering that focuses less on specific pattern and more on texture. Plush and luxurious, this product line features an organic look that transitions easily between hues. With a pile height that is lower than Lofty’s and higher than Steady’s, Urban Retreat’s story is in its coloration.
“Tiles come in two, three or five colors,” explains Pelham. Designers can play with the pieces to create effects both subtle and dramatic. “The five-color tile is the transitional piece.” It can gradually blend the two other tile colors or be used to create an accent stripe.
Intended for public spaces like ballrooms, lobbies and corridors, Urban Retreat and Over the Edge would be equally at home in a luxury guest suite where a unique, distinctive look is desired. For standard guest rooms, Interface Hospitality offers RMS 506, a carpet “plank” that is available in fat (50 cm by 1 meter) and skinny (25 cm by 1 meter) sizes. Each plank of RMS 506 features four colors that are blended to mimic natural wood tones. The product’s shape allows designers to create a variety of patterns from herringbone to ashlar. “RMS 506 is meant to complement the other offerings,” says Tully. “With it designers can create a natural transition from public space to private.”
All three of these offerings feature a natural, warm elegance that fits well in residential-inspired, high end hospitality. “It’s all about being more tonal and textural,” explains Tully. “That’s been the biggest focus shift we’ve seen in our product line. To meet high end hospitality demands our designs have transitioned to a more neutral and less ornamental look.” Both Tully and Pelham agree that this trend is a global phenomenon.
And a perfect match for Interface Hospitality.
“We are the only carpet company that makes a transitional, textural offering in a tile,” says Pelham. “Our intention was to create a floor you couldn’t design with a broadloom. We want people to be amazed at what you can do with carpet tile.”