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Designers become artists with the new Artcore collection from modulyss

With unique patterns and gradients that blend seamlessly, the tactile Artcore collection is inspired by the transitions found in nature and beyond.

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Using the principles of biophilic design and manmade structures, Artcore by modulyss is a carpet tile inspired by a material, environment and the ‘space between two states’ changing from one to another. 

modulyss designer, Joris Peutz, paid particular interest to organic lifecycles when creating the Artcore range. Transitions such as the way a forest turns into a meadow, the city gives way to the country and tree bark grows moss sit as the muse behind the collection’s four patterns.

“During the pandemic, I felt the world was going through a transition like never before,” says Peutz. “I began to find similar transitions in the outside world. Transitions between nature and man-made; transition in nature itself. Patterns that quiet the mind and are able to create a sort of sanctuary through their unique shape or dimensions.” 

The unique look of Artcore’s patterns – the base collection Core, and three designs Etch, Litho and Mezzo – means users can be creative with spatial design and curate a space bespoke to them. Gradients in the patterns, moving organically from side to side, turn interiors into interconnected and multi-functional spaces with defined zones. Each design has a transition tile, allowing offering designers endless possibilities to create unique floor plans, zoning and pathways in an organic way.

The collection’s name also nods to the flexibility of the range and its transitional qualities, and each design is named after a printing technique. “We wanted designers and architects to be the artists when working with this collection, by giving them the tools to be truly creative,” says modulyss’ product director, Ruben de Reu.

Artcore’s natural ethos transpires through to its sustainability credentials in production. The carbon neutral tiling is Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold and comprised of 100% ECONYL, or regenerated nylon yarn with modulyss’s own comfortBackeco backing to strengthen the tile and provide shock absorption – with an average improvement of 65% in sound absorption and 25% in absorbing noise from adjacent spaces.

“Colour pigments make a big difference between Silver and Gold, and so making something so beautiful with limited selection of colours was a challenge for the designer!” comments sustainability manager Marie De Laet. “Artcore is the sum of being creative and finding solutions. Our main focus has been evolving our sustainability credentials over the years; we were the first to use Econyl yarn, and from the beginning we have been looking at incorporating sustainable materials into our products. The challenge is to keep evolving, and not just repeating what you know.”

“We also really wanted this collection to contribute to employee wellbeing,” de Reu adds. “We paid attention to the acoustics, and used colours with a optimal LRV (light reflective value) – which is essential for creating a healthier work environment.”

The collection can be found at modulyss’ newly launched Clerkenwell Showroom, designed by Morgan Lovell. Marking the Belgian brand’s commitment to the UK design community, the showroom will host regular events, trend forecasting and sustainability talks throughout 2023 and beyond.

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