Aspecta Tilts Forward With New Biophilic Inspired Designs
At Aspecta, we've built a reputation for some of the best styled commercial LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) floors engineered specifically for the contract commerical interiors market. Building on this reputation and furthering our committment to biophilically-driven designs, Aspecta will showcase the new Aspecta Ten Tilt & Tones Collection at NeoCon 2018. Built upon the foundation of the Aspecta Ten portfolio, the latest LVT design breakthrough pairs four new geometrically and biophilically inspired Tilt tiles with the neutral Tones tile palette to achieve custom looks without the added cost and extended lead times normally associated with custom products. Aspecta Ten Tilt & Tones are targeted for availability in March 2019.
Aspecta's Director of Design, Robert Langstaff, provides some insight into Aspecta Ten Tilt & Tones, “The 24” x 24” tiles in this new collection are presented in four color groups, each consisting of 4 unique Tilt tile designs that can be paired with 2 companion Tones tiles. Together they create a random, intriguing and playful motif suitable for Hospitality/Restaurant, Retail, Workplace, and Education/Institutional environments.”
Elaborating on the dual design inspiration, Robert goes further, “Tilt was inspired by hard-edged angles and lines -- geometric shapes created in shadows that the sun casts on outdoor surfaces such as rocks, beaches and manicured lawns -- as well as the fractal patterning also found in nature. Tones evolved from the look of fabric-embossed ceramics and natural stone-based colors, expressed in neutral colorways. The range reflects Aspecta’s immersion in Biophilic Design as an influence in the creation of our ever-evolving product lines.”
TILT & TONES COLOR GROUPS: Variety of compatible neutral palettes
Designers and architects can choose from 4 different Tilt tiles and 2 Tones tiles in four separate color groups. By mixing and matching Tilt designs and Tones colors, contrast and impact can be easily achieved: creating seating areas, wayfinding, borders, or unique combinations of “field tile” all-over color (Tones) and with the graphic tiles (Tilt). Either stay within one color group, or create new combinations by intermixing Tones colors and Tilt patterns from other groups.
- GRANITE – A grey-taupe range captures the visual sensation of softly marbled stone
- PUTTY – Classic neutral earth tones evoke comfort and security
- PEARL – A blend of neutral grey undertones suit a wide range of applications in color and texture
- VELLUM – The Antiquarian look evokes the sense of time and place in old books and manuscripts
Robert cross-referenced the profile colors used by contract office manufacturers to develop the Tilt and Tones flooring as a neutral background and foil for accent textiles, paint colors, furniture and office systems. The stone quality of the design makes a versatile palette to achieve balance in a wide range of interiors.
DESIGN MEETS PERFORMANCE
Beyond good looks and versatility, this exciting new collection delivers all the benefits of the Aspecta Ten’s proprietary rigid core ISOCORE Technology® along with the new Droplock 400™ locking system which offers an expanded range of design possibilities.
Tilt & Tones has been developed with Aspecta Ten’s pioneering new technology called ISOCORE TECHNOLOGY®. ISOCORE is an extruded, closed-cell vinyl structural core that delivers rigidity and strength to ASPECTA TEN while making larger formats easier to install through the new DropLock 400™ locking technology. This unique LVT composite results in a floating floor that is 100% waterproof and provides sound insulating characteristics through its pre-attached acoustical underlayment.
The new DropLock 400™ technology brings new design opportunities to Aspecta Ten. DropLock 400™ enables the installation of 24 x 24 Tilt and Tone square tiles corner to corner in a checkerboard pattern for more design flexibility. The fold down locking technology of DropLock 400™ facilitates a fast floating-floor installation, thereby reducing costs.
Tilt & Tones share the same robust 28 mil wear layer, 10mm overall gauge and 25-year non-prorated commercial warranty as the rest of the Aspecta Ten range. ASPECTA TEN was the first rigid core LVT flooring product in the world with a Declare label, the equivalent to a nutrition label for building products, which has been published in six languages. Aspecta has also issued Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and EPDs for its full line of Aspecta products.All sustainability, transparency, technical specifications and biophilic design information are available at aspectaflooring.com
You can see the new Aspecta Ten Tilt & Tones products at Neocon 2018 at the Mart in Chicago, June 11-13. Please visit the Aspecta booth on the 7th floor at space 7-10115 to view the entire Aspecta portfolio of commercial LVT floors including Aspecta One, Aspecta One Ornamental, Aspecta Five, and Aspecta Ten featuring ISOCORE Technology.
Aspecta® Publishes Product Specific Environmental Product Declarations
Aspecta® has published our first product-specific Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) on the entire portfolio of the Aspecta® family of products (Aspecta® One, Five and Ten). This is an important accomplishment and one worth pursuing for many reasons. For one, these EPDs further our Company’s commitment to transparency at all levels. We have fully embraced the idea of disclosing our product ingredients thru both Declare and the HPD Collaborative; we were the first flooring manufacturer to obtain a JUST label for our China factory, so it simply made sense for us to begin the journey of publishing EPDs for our products.
Industries across the globe are striving to become more sustainable in all aspects of the manufacturing process and we are no exception. EPDs help us to become much more aware of our own processes and allow us to share that information to the marketplace in one concise document, a marketplace which is becoming increasingly interested in the full extent of a product's environmental impact. How can we truly reduce our environmental impact if we don’t know what our impacts are? Working closely with our consultant, WAP Sustainability, this effort helped us to define our baseline and identify our hotspots. Looking into the future this will help us to truly think about environmental impacts and how minor changes can potentially make a big impact.
Aspecta® is a global brand so we wanted to ensure that these EPDs were created following rules that are recognized globally. This started with following ISO 14040/44 for our Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and EN 15804 for our EPDs. Both standards are seen throughout the globe as the protocols for completing LCAs and EPDs. Additionally, we elected to utilize a unique mutual recognition program between UL Environment and IBU. This approach allowed us to create a globally accepted document for a true global brand. We are currently in the process of translating these EPDs into German where they will be made available on the IBU (https://ibu-epd.com/en/) website in the near future. This marks the beginning of our journey into the world of EPDs with more to come in the future.
The Aspecta® EPD’s are now available on the following websites:
Take a Deep Dive into Biophilic Design with Aspecta
Aspecta invites you to take a deep dive into Biophilic Design as you visit aspectaflooring.com and explore how this emerging design discipline is reflected in products throughout the entire Aspecta portfolio of commercial LVT floors. We think you will find it educational and allow you to view the design of the built environment from an entirely new perspective.
If you are new to biophilia, here’s a bit of a primer…
The concept of biophilia was introduced and hypothesized by Edward O. Wilson in his 1984 book “Biophilia” and further popularized by the late Stephen R. Kellert. The basis of Biophilic Design is founded upon the innate desire of humans to be connected with nature, and evidence shows that there are resulting psychological and physiological effects that support healing, learning, cognitive skills, and creativity.
In the business world there are tangible positive benefits that impact the bottom line including improvements in staff retention, job performance, job satisfaction and reduction of absenteeism, use of sick days, and workplace stress and violence. In general, employees are simply happier at work when elements and patterns of biophilia are incorporated into the design of their workspace.
Our journey into the realm of Biophilic Design began in December of 2016 when our Rochelle Routman, Metroflor's Chief Sustainability Officer introduced us to Sonja Bochart (pictured at right), a principal at Shepley + Bullfinch, and a leading advocate and expert in biophilia. Since then, Sonja has been our teacher and guide as we immerse our Aspecta brands and products, as well as our human assets, me included, into biophilia and Biophilic Design.
With Sonja’s help, Aspecta is on the leading edge of advocating Biophilic Design in not only LVT flooring, but the flooring industry at large. Our trade show exhibits have been thoroughly influenced by biophilia at Neocon, Greenbuild (pictured left), and GlobalShop, and will be evident in our spaces at HD Expo and at Neocon 2018.
Earlier this year we released a CEU course, “Biophilic Design and Resilient Flooring”. Aspecta reps and our distributor reps can be scheduled to present the CEU on site by making a request on aspectaflooring.com. The CEU can also be taken online at AEC Daily. The hunger for information on Biophilic Design is evident by the 500+ professionals who have taken the CEU either in person or online in less than 3 months since the CEU was released.
And most recently, we have infused Biophilic Design into the Aspecta story on aspectaflooring.com. Throughout the site you will find the influence of biophilia. Explore the Biophilic Design page where you can learn about the 7 elements of Biophilic Design and and the multitude of associated Biophilic Design patterns. Here we identify and detail the elements and patterns reflected in the designs of Aspecta products. As you navigate our product pages, you’ll find the biophilic elements and patterns that are identified for each product. For those looking for products with specific biophilic elements or patterns, you can drill down and pin point those products using the site’s product filter.
At Aspecta we are taking a leadership position the flooring industry in promoting Biophilic Design. No other flooring manufacturer has embraced Biophilic Design in the same manner, or provided the design community with the tools to specify flooring using the elements and patterns of Biophilic Design as top level criteria. Our immersion in to this exciting discipline truly lays product authority claim for Aspecta as “THE Biophilic Design Specialists”.