For example, the versatile plank format provides a more contemporary aesthetic compared to traditional square tiles. Ranging from colourful and complex layouts to minimal, understated elegance, planks can be used to create stimulating and inspiring environments for clients and their employees. Designers can mix and match colours and designs, and create patterns easily, such as chevron or herringbone.
Forbo Flooring Systems has recently refreshed its Flotex Planks range. Comprising 96 colourways across 11 designs and split into two distinct design families: Surfaces and Textures, designers can create interesting flooring schemes within modern workspaces. The Surface designs are inspired by natural materials and include Wood, Concrete, Seagrass, Marble, Ombre and Montage; the latter three of which are new for 2021. Textures is influenced by graphic, geometric and textile patterns, and consist of the all-new Converge, Frameweave and Refract designs, as well as established favourites Triad and Box-Cross.
Although the designs from across the collections are different, the colours are tonally similar, allowing them to be combined easily to either create unique flooring designs, help with zoning spaces or aid wayfinding around a building. As the workplace is often separated into impromptu meeting zones, formal meeting spaces, project rooms and break out areas all within one open plan environment, these new designs can be used in conjunction to define and integrate spaces. Alternatively, as Flotex Planks show little repeat in their patterning, they can be used to create interesting and beautiful floors even when only one single colour is used.