Calhoun, Ga.— Mohawk Group’s Relaxing Floors collection, a modular system designed by 13&9 in collaboration with Fractals Research and Mohawk Group, is now available for specification.
This collection is the culmination of art, science and human-centered design based on fractal patterns, which scientific research shows have stress-reductive qualities. Relaxing Floors utilizes fractals to give our eyes a break from the digital world and deliver the essence of nature to the contract built environment.
Martin Lesjak and Anastasija Lesjak of 13&9 worked closely with Richard Taylor, founder of Fractals Research and professor of physics, psychology and art at the University of Oregon, to create the next generation of flooring solutions with Mohawk Group. The designers of Relaxing Floors look to holistic thinking in design and employ strategies that value people in their built environment.
Two styles within the 12 x 36 carpet plank collection mimic the eye movements that take place as we view natural scenery. “Comprehending the science behind biophilic design is part of our commitment to diving deeper into understanding how we create environments for decompressing and getting away from the overload of technology that we live with every day,” said Jackie Dettmar, vice president of design and product development at Mohawk Group. “Bringing together our transdisciplinary team to create Relaxing Floors has been such a dynamic and amazing experience. In fact, the outcome is like nothing we’ve ever produced before; this project is going to have a groundbreaking impact on the built environment.”
Relaxing Floors is manufactured using Mohawk Group’s Duracolor Tricor solution-dyed nylon fiber and EcoFlex NXT tile backing. Duracolor Tricor utilizes a modified, triangular-shaped core to deliver stain resistance, colorfastness, durability, color clarity and enhanced soil performance. The collection’s four styles are manufactured at Mohawk Group’s Glasgow, Va., carpet tile plant to achieve stringent Living Product Challenge Petal Certification. As a Living Product collection, Relaxing Floors has a net positive impact for people and the environment through innovations in materials, manufacturing and community involvement initiatives.