Inspired by a rich variety of visual media, ranging from exotic fruit trees and reclaimed timber to modern architectural surfaces and engineered metals, the new Expona Design collection of luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor is, says the company, a unique and unrivalled combination of exceptionally creative design and strong commercial appeal.
“Our aim is to push back the boundaries of creative freedom in relation to commercial floors whilst at the same time responding to current and anticipated design trends,” says Polyflor UK’s luxury vinyl tile product manager Craig Moorhouse. “To this end we have developed, in close collaboration with global colleagues, designers and printers an attractive, realistic and unique collection suitable for a vast array of commercial interiors.”
The new Expona Design collection offers a beautifully balanced choice of 26 wood, 15 stone and 15 material reproductions, incorporating a total of 12 different surface finishes, eight alternative tile and plank sizes as well as bevelled edge options.
Several important developments in print technology triggered by Polyflor’s design process can be seen in the new range. In the wood collection a new standard surface with a fine, long pore emboss has enabled the creation of the authentic Indian Apple, Brushed Oak and American Nut Tree wood effects, whilst hand-hewn timber floorboards inspired the dramatic new surface emboss of Swiss Nut Tree and the subtle shade and texture of Egyptian parchment inspired Blond Papyrus.
Among the material tiles Aluminium Rivet Sheet ??? mirroring the panels of an Airstream caravan ??? demonstrates how new in???register embossing graphically accentuates the look of the rivets as well as the aging of the metal surface. Aged rustic renderings bring Antique Travertine and Roman Limestone to the stone collection alongside a new selection of grey tonal concrete effects and black and white oil shale tiles which subtly play with ambient light.
Solid colour options in the original Expona range are transformed ??? thanks to the Saharan desert sands. Working from photographs showing the tonal effect of the dunes, the design team enlarged, pixelated and recoloured the images to produce the more muted colours currently preferred.
With a 3mm gauge and a 0.7mm wear layer, new Expona Design is suitable for very heavy commercial use and ideal for a variety of retail, leisure, corporate, education, and specific healthcare installations. The polyurethane surface treatment aids maintenance and helps to negate traditional restrictions on freedom of design choice.
Highlights of the collection include:
Original shoe prints belonging to the Objectflor Customer Service people were used to create this new effect. This is associated with a floor covering which 10,000 people have walked on daily. The design could be used as a highlight, but could also be employed widely in shoe stores or in areas that are difficult to clean.
Light and Dark Contour (7214 and 7215)
An elegant striped design which looks like woven metal. The tile measurement of 30.5 x 91.4 and the embossed stripes make the design exciting and intensify the three???dimensionality of the print.
Black and White Oilshale (7200 and 7201)
A look to give the impression of “Oil on water”. The colours could be an alternative to slate or black and white marble. The design reflects light as a result of the metallic effect printing. The white tile appears to be completely white or resembles mother of pearl, depending on the direction of the light. The tile measurements of 30.5 x 91.4 cm and the bevelled edges underline this modern tile look.
“False Solids” (8030 to 8039)
The French calls this effect “Faux Unis” or ‘false solids’. It looks like a solid in the space, but on closer examination, one can see a very subtle design. The rastered photograph of a desert landscape shadows the otherwise subtle colour tones.
Metal stones (7206, 7207, 7208, 7209 and 7210)
The same film is used here for all 5 designs and is just coloured differently in each case. The starting point here was oxidized sheet steel. Created using metallic effect printing, the colours could resemble high quality ceramic tiles. Others offer very eccentric looks, which could be widely used within shopfitting, as they are reminiscent of the floor in an old factory hall.
Rivet Sheets (7213 and 7216)
An exciting addition to Polyflor’s sheet steel looks. The silver coloured rivet plate, which looks like American Airstream house trailers, and the copper metallic coloured rivet plate both employ in???register embossing for the rivets and corroded metal etching over the entire surface.
Untreated Timber (6186)
Yet another original Objectflor commercial flooring design. Colleagues in the warehouse discovered this wood and suggested turning it into a design. This is an especially attractive characterisation of the pallets on which Polyflor receives their goods from Asia.
Indian Apples (6171, 6172, 6173 and 6174)
An extremely rare and expensive type of wood from India is involved here. It is a very lively wood with strong contrast, which comes to the forefront as a highlight in a room design. The linearity of the decoration is underlined by the long, narrow plank format.
Burnt and smoked beam (6180 and 6181)
Talk about design recycling! If one places old designs on a copier and copies them in various ways, one can obtain new, surprising results. The basis is the design of 6158, printed without any colour, only with contrast. The light coloured plank is associated with the appearance of formwork wood; the dark one can be associated with burnt wood.