The Capital hosted the first edition of Contract & Commercial Design Show

The national capital witnessed the launch of the first of its kind business to business show for commercial interior design in India, CCD 2018, hosted by Tech Communique Multimedia (TCMM), a renowned B2B media and events company. The Contract & Commercial Design (CCD) 2018 exhibition organized at Pullman Hotel & Resorts, Aerocity (New Delhi) presented the visitors with a walk-through design experience bringing together and creating a perfect blend of workspace innovation, design, and concepts.

The event was witnessed & experienced by over 500 architects, design professionals, project management companies, corporate clients, corporate real estate & facility management professionals, general contractors, consultants, project and housekeeping teams of the hotels along with the leading companies in commercial flooring, furnishing, furniture, lighting, bed and bath displaying their unique products and solutions.

Being the only platform in South Asia, CCD 2018 opened a whole lot of amazing business opportunities by connecting the buyers and sellers in the Commercial Design industry. With this year’s focus on workspace innovation along with hospitality, the show brought together the stalwarts of the industry in unique exhibits, informative panel discussions, and interactions. The design competition for students ‘Future Workplaces – Design for 2030,’ where students unveiled their talent and illustrated their vision regarding the future of the industry was also a big opportunity for students pursuing architecture & interior design programs to showcase their skills and expertise.

The evening’s festivities ended on a lighter note with the product launches by the top Industry’s Suppliers and presentation of awards to the winners of the Student’s Design Competition & the winners of the Best Experiential Zone at the Show along with the Felicitation to the Industry’s Top Designers and CCD Advisory Board.

While sharing views about CCD 2018, Manjeet Singh Bakshi, CEO, TCMM says, “With handpicked exhibitors and industry stalwarts at one place, CCD 2018 turned out to be an ideal platform for giving birth to several crucial business deals and decisions. We are proud that our first ever walk-through design experience at the Show turned out to be a success bringing together the virtual abilities with reality. Also, it has created a bridge between professionals and organizations like never before. On the whole, CCD 2018 is a successful initiative to develop a strong nexus between the industry players.”

Exhibitors at CCD 2018: Buzzi Space, Tencel, Standard Carpets, Décor Guild, Zynna, Micro Cotton, Humanscale, WAE, Raj Overseas, Trezi by Smartvizx, Mohawk Group., Asian Paints, Classic Furniture, Teknion, Steelcase

Partners at CCD 2018: Knowledge Partner- Knight Frank, JLL, CBRE, Gensler; Symposium Partner- iDream Advisory, URBANE the Design Workshop; Community Partner- Cowrks; Consulting Partner- Brands of Desire; Institution Partner- IVS School of Design; Hospitality Partner- HPMF; Housekeeping Partner- PHA; Outreach Partner- Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID – DRC). The other supporting organisations are — Cherry hill, Hafeez Contractor, RSP Build, Berger India.

The event will be concluded on 03 November 2018 at Pullman Hotel & Resorts, Aerocity (New Delhi).

Interface: We make carpet tile, but we sell design

Companies are invited to join Interface it as it is committed to running the business in a way that is restorative to the planet and creates a climate fit for life

Interface is a global commercial flooring company with an integrated collection of carpet tiles and resilient flooring. The company’s modular system helps customers create beautiful interior spaces which positively impact the people who use them and our planet.

It’s mission, Climate Take Back, invites other companies to join it as it is committed to running the business in a way that is restorative to the planet and creates a climate fit for life.

Unlimited Swank – Planks!

Interface’s 25cm x 1m Skinny Planks bring new proportion and scale to carpet tile, giving you new power to create fresh, exciting floor designs.
A more expressive visual vocabulary

The Skinny Planks scale and directionality gives you an expanded range of design options. Create floors that better reflect the geometry and flow of surrounding space. Use contrasting Skinny Planks to create large-scale tile patterns, provide wayfinding cues, or work and activity zones. And this is just the beginning!

In a Blue State of Mind – Net Effect

You would be hard pressed to find a perfectly straight line in nature – certainly not in the undulating raw power of our oceans and seas. Designed as a tribute, Net Effect is a carpet tile collection that honors the ocean not only in its aesthetic references but also in a unique and tangible way through a project called Net-Works.

The Human Side of Nature

That vital, mysterious link between the nature we observe and this same nature within ourselves is the inspiration behind Interface’s Human Nature Collection—a range of Skinny Planks carpet tiles that remind us of the materials, textures and tones we find in the natural world.

The Human Nature Collection is made of up to 81 per cent total recycled content, including 100 per cent recycled content nylon face fiber and the highest post-consumer recycled content backing. At the same time, these products can be recycled via Interface’s ReEntry recycling process.

New wave of future: Carpet Tiles

The global flooring market share was led by soft coverings accounting for approximately 35 per cent in the last two years. Broadloom, carpet tiles, and rugs typically constitute soft covering flooring, which have dust-binding characteristics.
Carpet tiles constitute a very important area of soft flooring. The carpet tiles market is driven by a recovering real estate industry and is dominated by the corporate segment which has the largest share amongst all the segments. Rising investments in real estate along with increasing occupancy in the office spaces has fuelled the growth of the market. There is tremendous scope for growth in the global carpet tiles market, according to industry watchers and experts. It is estimated that the growth in market size has till now not risen beyond 6 per cent CAGR in most regions and segments. Further, between 2016-21, the global market for carpet tiles is expected to be driven by Asia-Pacific and Middle East region.

A growing category in the commercial market for decades, carpet tile has found favor with the architecture and design community due to its willingness to evolve, its style-forward character and its ease of installation and replacement. While the category was invented by the Dutch firm Heuga, U.S. companies are responsible for growing carpet tile into what it is today in terms of style, construction and application.
Today, both in the U.S. and abroad, the carpet tile category has reached an interesting crossroads. Technology-wise, it is poised for even greater style and design breakthroughs, but share-wise, it finds itself cornered by both its own overwhelming growth in the corporate market and LVT’s rapid rise.
So, while there is no doubt that the category will continue to see expansion, BMCW Associates, a UK based analyst of the global carpet tile market, believes that growth here and abroad will be restrained over the next year, with the U.S., Asia and Australia/New Zealand each at 4 per cent to 5 per cent and Europe flat to marginal, as the category capitalizes on its ability to substantially tap into additional sectors.
The global carpet tile market can be segmented on the basis of its end users; into residential and non-residential. Non-residential comprises of offices, educational institutes, retail, healthcare, and hospitability.
Meawhile, as per the research report “Global Carpet Tiles Market: Trends, Opportunities and Forecasts (2016-2021) – (By Value, By Region-North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East, ROW; By Segment – Corporate, Hospitality, Institutional; By Country-USA, UK, Germany, Japan, India, China, UAE; Key Players, Recommendations)” by Azoth Analytics, the market is dominated by key global players like Interface, Shaw Contract Group, Dixie Group, Milliken and Tarkett, etc. The presence of large number of regional manufacturers keeps the global industry share fragmented, while product innovations, portfolio expansion, joint ventures and acquisitions are the major strategies adopted.
Carpet tiles are especially suitable for use in contemporary office environments. They are a particularly flexible carpet solution which makes for very easy access to the floor underneath. This means that technicians can easily gain access to underfloor cables, which is especially important in rooms that are constantly subject to change. Further, carpet tiles are easy to use and easy to fit and replace as the tiles weigh less than conventional carpet tiles. The lightweight tiles make life easier for the fitter, whose working conditions are better for not having to lift heavy rolls of carpet. Despite their low weight, carpet tiles are easy to work with as they have a stable textile backing.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles among hottest in the market

There’s no question that luxury vinyl products make a beautiful floor, but there are some things people need to know about them to ensure that no problems arise.

Fortunately, homeowners no longer have to choose between form and function. Luxury vinyl tile and plank floor coverings (LVT) are among the hottest flooring products in the market today, and their use is growing exponentially in the commercial, hospitality and residential markets. These products are cannibalizing market share from within the vinyl category, making gains at the expense of sheet vinyl and VCT, and they’re also taking share from other hard surface floor coverings, like hardwood and ceramic, as well as from broadloom and carpet tile.

LVTs market in India is concentrated among 5-6 brands and these are entirely dependent on imports. LVT will witness CAGR over 6 per cent up to 2024, According to a new research report by Global Market Insights. Improved comfort, resilience, environmental safety and ease of installation are the key properties fueling the product penetration. Additionally, wide range product portfolio due to ease in designing will open lucrative opportunities for business growth.
The product is used in niche segments and is dependent on the influence of leading architects and consultants. There’s no question that luxury vinyl products make a beautiful floor, but awareness is must in order to enjoy flooring made from these. Several factors make LVT products unique. For one, they are very realistic looking, with embossed or textured surfaces generating looks that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Also, LVT is typically thicker than traditional vinyl flooring materials, like sheet vinyl, and it comes in various shapes and sizes, with the plank format being the most popular.

A lot of the LVT on the market incorporates installation systems that hook, snap or lock together, or they have self-adhesive systems—or they are glued directly to the subfloor. Some have stabilizers and some don’t, and some feature special backing materials for various performance attributes.

Substrate preparation is eminently important for a successful flooring installation of any kind, but it’s even more critical for a vinyl flooring installation that includes luxury vinyl tile and plank. Of primary concern is how level and flat the substrate is. Since vinyl flooring materials have “drape,” they will conform to the surface they are applied to and irregularities will telegraph through. If the floor is not level and smooth, any unevenness can cause the material to “run off” when installed.

Having said that, LVT most often has a pattern, such as wood, stone, metal, etc., and because of the pattern the flooring may better hide irregularities from beneath. But it’s not just about the appearance.
When not installed on a level surface, a luxury vinyl plank floor can shorten in length when it rides over high and low areas, and it can also lift on edges or ends where a substrate irregularity exists. Substrate issues can also cause gaps on edges and potentially in the width. These small effects can impact fitting issues overall and even compromise click or lock systems.

The next consideration is moisture in the substrate. When installing vinyl flooring materials, it’s important to remember that all concrete substrates, especially those on or below grade, contain moisture, despite readings from moisture testing. The older the slab, the greater the chance of moisture, and moisture can and will affect vinyl flooring materials.

The substrate must also be clean and free of any old adhesives, bond breakers, contaminants, chemicals, paint, oil, grease, markings on the floor from anything other than pencil, abatement chemicals, and any other residual agents or chemicals that could compromise the installation and vinyl flooring material itself. Luxury vinyl is particularly sensitive to the influence of abatement chemicals, which will wreak havoc on all vinyl flooring materials, not to mention creating numerous other issues.

For luxury vinyl plank there are also a variety of click or lock systems to install them. These floors are more susceptible to lifting edges when the material has planar stability issues. Gluing the flooring down should help keep the material flat, but if there are any stability issues with a product, it will eventually manifest on the floor.
Appearance issues are vitally important for vinyl and one has to be keenly aware of the use and traffic the vinyl flooring is going to receive. To make sure the flooring performs up to expectations, it’s essential to increase its high performance characteristics for environments with higher traffic and heavier loads. Just because you think something will work, or someone sold it to you and said it would, doesn’t mean it actually will. Remember, words don’t change the laws of physics. So if you think that the argument of “you said this flooring wouldn’t do this” actually has merit relative to what the floor can or cannot do, you are mistaken, because the floor wins every time. Also remember that the flooring color, pattern, maintenance, contaminating foot traffic and finish will have a great deal of influence on how the floor looks and performs.

It is possible for moisture to affect vinyl flooring, especially over concrete that is emitting moisture, as moisture and alkalinity can affect plasticizers in vinyl, creating changes in the material. There can also be stress on the luxury vinyl that can cause curling, cupping, lifted edges and dimensional instabilities, especially if the material is not properly annealed, has recycled content or has no stabilizing material. These problems are extremely common and generate large numbers of claims.

Another very important factor is the space where the flooring is installed. Vinyl flooring can be greatly influenced by heat and cold, and it will expand and contract, so the environment where the flooring is installed must be controlled constantly.

Also, putting soft underlayments beneath vinyl flooring material is typically not a good idea. In principle it may sound like something that will solve one concern, but in reality soft underlayments can cause problems. To deaden sound beneath vinyl flooring, a good way is to incorporate a sleeper-type system that won’t compromise the integrity of the flooring material. This system is essentially a thin substrate under the flooring, with sound deadening material installed underneath. Sleeper systems have been used over concrete for sports flooring and wood flooring for years, and they can be an ideal system for use for sound deadening and insulation with vinyl flooring as well. The drawback is that they add height to the flooring that you’ll have to deal with.

It’s important to know the products, who makes them and how strong the warranties are. It is important to sell and install luxury vinyl from seasoned flooring manufacturers that have long track records of success, stellar reputations and technical back up.
Previously, LVT was at a disadvantage in the commercial market previously because its ingredient list contained phthalates, which are viewed with a degree of skepticism by some in the A&D community due to health concerns. In the last few years, LVT producers have engineered new forms of phthalate-free LVT, substituting teraphthalates or bio-based plasticizers, and that has made it much more appealing to the commercial market. However, concern about PVC itself remains a major factor. LVT’s advancements in style play an important role as well. Wood, stone and tile lookalikes are becoming more realistic. What’s more, the category is evolving beyond simply copying other materials to create visuals that are style-forward, offering colors and looks that celebrate the material itself.

Rug companies focus at Las Vegas Market in 2019

Eleven area rug companies have exited the AmericasMart in advance of the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, which will take place Jan. 9-15, but will show at Las Vegas Market from Jan. 27-31.

According to The Mart, this list includes: Bashian Rugs, Central Oriental (Natco Home), Couristan, Dalyn Rugs, Dynamic Rugs, Karastan/Mohawk Home, Momeni, NOA Living, Rizzy and United Weavers.
For Karastan/Mohawk Home, the move was part of a change in focus going forward, explained senior vice president product and operations Bart Hill.
“For our go-to-market strategy as well as better alignment of timing on the calendar, we have chosen to focus and build upon an East Coast specialty market at High Point and a West Coast specialty market with Las Vegas. Our national market in New York is unchanged.”
The AmericasMart noted there will be nearly 100 rug suppliers, including 78 hand-knotted suppliers exhibiting at January market.
Area rug companies that will be showing next month include: Amer Rugs, Capel Rugs, Harounian Rugs International, Jaipur Living, Jaunty, Kalaty, Kaleen, Kas Rugs, Loloi Rugs, LR Resources, Nourison, Orian Rugs/Palmetto Living, Oriental Weavers, Radici, Safavieh and Surya.
Among these, Loloi Rugs – which exhibits at AmericasMart as well as Las Vegas and High markets – recently renewed its lease with the AmericasMart.
In May, International Market Centers (IMC), parent of High Point and Las Vegas markets, acquired AmericasMart. IMC currently owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of permanent showroom space across the three venues, making it the world’s largest permanent mart operator for furniture, home decor, rug, gift and apparel.
“Floor coverings is an important category for IMC overall, and many of the industry’s leading rug manufacturers exhibit in all three of our markets in order to maximize their geographic reach, distribution opportunities across all retail channels and access to interior designers,” said Julie Messner, IMC senior vice president of furniture and home décor leasing. “As we continue the integration of our businesses, IMC is examining how best to ensure the maximum benefit for our customers in Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas.”

Limitless possibilities with Mohawk carpet tiles

With a commitment to excellence in design, innovation and sustainability, Mohawk Group provides a wide range of flooring solutions, especially carpet tiles

The versatility and flexibility of carpet tiles from Mohawk Group offers nearly limitless possibilities without compromising style, quality and value. Carpet tile is a durable solution for the commercial space, allowing added texture, edgy combinations and endless options in running line and custom patterns. Mohawk says that it’s carpet tiles create boundless design, flexibility with effortless installation and ease of maintenance.

The award-winning Healthy Environments carpet and hard surface collection is inspired by the alluring, soothing colors and textures of species native to the American Southwest. In addition to their natural beauty, the innate hardiness of these plants provides a paradigm for perseverance through difficult challenges and environments. Healthy Environments was honored in 2018 summer with the Best of NeoCon Innovation Award for Healthcare Flooring.
Healthy Environments incorporates three 12″ x 36″ carpet tile patterns influenced by nature. Baccharis is inspired by the organic fluidity of desert broom plants. Chitalpa features an organic grid visual in homage to the utilitarian desert willow branches. Xeric’s randomly flowing appearance was influenced by the tops of mesquite trees and branches below. Each carpet plank is manufactured using sustainable Duracolor Tricor premium nylon fiber, making it functional for the most demanding spaces with inherent stain and wear resistance, advanced soil-hiding capabilities and enhanced color clarity. Healthy Environments carpet tile comes standard on Red List-free EcoFlex NXT carpet tile backing.

As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years.
Mohawk Group’s mission is to serve those who heal, live and work in the healthcare built environment by creating innovative flooring across multiple categories, of which carpet tiles are a very important part.

The one-and-only HFTW will be back in 2019

Stakeholders and veterans can vouch that there is no other event of this nature and stature and in India. TCMM provides a unique platform for machine manufacturers of the textile industry. Even the audience/participants visiting the event received an excellent platform and food for thought as far as ideas and understanding of textiles and their production is concerned.

The wait for the sole home textile and floor furnishing technology event, Home Fashion Technology Week (HFTW India), organised by Tech Communiqué Multi Media (TCMM), will soom come to an end. The fourth edition of the event will take place on two occasions in 2019.
The first season will happen in Karachi, Hotel Ramada, on February 20. Around 80 -100 people are expected to attend this event. Then in September, the second session will happen in 295, Textile Buiding, New York. This would be attended by an even greater strength of more than 200 people. As expected, the niche event will witness handsome participation from the industry leadership.
The unique HFTW 2018 had won all praises and for 2019 too, the companies are very positive on participation at this event where potential clients from all India will be present and will also be provided with a platform where they were able to inform the clients on how they can add value in any part of the value chain in Home textiles and Rugs and Carpets.

Last year’s HFTW event saw the special focus on bed linen, towels and curtains and witnessed participation in large numbers. With fully packed booths, the industry event in 2018 generated $60-70 million worth of technology related inquiries, an enhanced figure in comparison to 2017. A large number of business deals also materialised. It is expected that in 2019, the numbers will be much higher. The next HFTW is expected to generate about $NNNNNNNN billion.

Team TCMM has been talking to previous years exhibitors and are quite hopeful to have them repeat their presence in the show. This will include the names of the likes of Durst, Tuftco, Magetron, Espritech, Smart MRT, Sontech, Stentex, Sunwin, Staubli, SMS Gartex, Zund, The Ideasmith, SP Setia & Associates, Home Textile Views, Textech Communique and Floortech Communique. Some of the prominent visitors included Welspun, Trident, SSM Mills, Indocount, Alok Industries, Rangoli Solapur, Deesan Group, GM fabrics, Li & Fung and GOTS, among others and will be invited again for this prestigious show.
The event is further strengthened by the fact that representatives from various companies, who are veterans in their field, will make presentations before the industry, which provide solid input, outlook, as well as vision for the textile industry and its future. The animated discussions bring about fruitful analysis. The organisers are happy about the fact that the various editions of HFTW fulfil its aspiration and aim to benefit Home and Floor Furnishing Industry of India on a single platform bringing all four segments together – Machinery & Technology Suppliers, Buyers and Consultants, Indian Retailers and Home and Floor Furnishing manufacturers.
HFTW is the only platform that brings together the world’s most influential textile machinery manufacturers and Indian home and floor furnishing producers in presence of niche buyers to know about the best technology available from around the world to help producing Home and Floor Furnishings products at each region of North India, West India and South India with better efficiency in line with ‘Make in India’.
Industry experts opine that such kinds of events are the need of the hour for the Indian home & floor furnishing industry. The industry must invest in the latest technology, given that technology is the base on which the survival of the industry depends. In spite of difficult times, companies having good R&D and an advanced infrastructure are doing good.

Welspun targets Rs 1,000 cr sales from flooring

Home textiles major Welspun is bullish on its new flooring venture to clock a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore in the next 3-4 years on the back of its new modular solutions. Welspun Flooring, an integrated and independent flooring vertical of the $2.3 billion Welspun Group, is looking to tap the potential of the renovation segment of the Rs 35,000-crore overall Indian tiles market.

“Our target is to achieve a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore in the next three to four years,” Welspun Flooring CEO Mukesh Savlani told PTI. Commenting on distribution network plans, Savlani said: “We will have presence in 30 cities, from metros up to tier III, by March 2019. Currently we are in the process of appointing distributors.” Further, he said from the middle of next year, Welspun Flooring will start exports to the US, Europe, Australia and southeast Asian countries.

Bullish on the potential of the business, Savlani said:”The overall Indian tiles market is around Rs 35,000 crore per annum, of which 90 per cent is for new construction and 10 per cent is renovation. Our belief is that the renovation segment will grow significantly.”

Welspun Flooring will offer stone polymer composite luxury performance tiles, carpet tiles, wall to wall carpets and artificial grass to begin with. The company is in the process of setting up its Rs 1,150 crore manufacturing facility spread over 600 acre in Hyderabad, where it will produce items for residential, hospitality and commercial applications.

The plant will be operational by March next year, and at present the company is in the pilot stage of marketing its products. The facility will have an initial capacity of 10 million square feet in the phase I and can be further upgraded as per requirement.

JTN Rugs & Home and Amer Rugs to Join Forces

JTN Rugs and Home, one of the most exciting recent entrants in the field of carpets and home accessories, is pleased to announce it is joining forces with an established global leader in the same: Amer Rugs. JTN is the brainchild of its founder, the highly regarded Sanjay Purohit, who has worked with rug suppliers and manufacturers around the world for the past twenty-six years. Now he brings this expertise, renowned consultancy skills, wide-ranging experience, and proven performance to Amer as he joins the Board of the firm as Executive Director.

Mahesh Choudhary founder of Amer said: “Over the years we have built a solid foundation for Amer. As the company is now poised for the next level of growth, we are confident that with Sanjay [Purohit] on board we will achieve ever greater levels of success.”

Through his commitment and perseverance, Amer has emerged as a leader within the international rug industry. Since its start over three decades ago, Amer Rugs has become a truly global operation with its dedicated staff and team of thousands of weavers and designers working around the clock to ensure the order placed in North America is processed and fulfilled correctly in India before final delivery to the client. This is the commitment Amer makes to all of its clients: world-class quality and service.

Amer relocates headquarters, bullish on 2019

With steady sales growth in 2018 under its belt, Amer Rugs expects a strong 2019 and lays the foundation for continued gains with a new headquarters facility in Norcross, and plenty of product innovation.

The new headquarters features 43,300 square feet, which includes a new warehouse facility to accommodate the company’s expanding product assortment. In addition, Amer just announced an updated logo designed to represent the company’s new direction.

“”January 2019 is going to be much stronger for us for many reasons,” said Raj Choudhary, president. “We have refreshed our look, which is a reflection of our vibrant regeneration at Amer, and we have added new product lines to cater to all price-point categories from high-end knotted to machine-made products.” Choudhary pointed out that the company’s just-announced new logo mark is designed to reflect its updated spirit.

“We have observed a steady growth since last year [2017] and our sales have also increased in comparison,” he explained. The company’s hand-knot category remains its strongest revenue generator with best-sellers including the Majestic, Mystique and Zenith collections. “We have received excellent response to our hand-loom products like the Paradise and Heaven collections. And, in machine-made, the top selling lines were Hamilton and Venice.”

Following a positive High Point in October, Amer expects to end the fourth quarter ahead of the same period one year earlier. “We are expecting to end 2018 with a strong quarter,” Choudhary said. “This can be attributed in a huge part to our product diversity. We are able to offer a variety of products in terms of price point. Whether you are looking for low-price machine-made or high-priced unique hand-knotted rug, you come to Amer.”