Gerflor offers a stunning, inspiring range of vinyl flooring suitable for a wide variety of contract and residential markets. They are exhibiting at this years Manchester Open at stand 9.
We wanted to find out a sneak peek at what they are going to be showing and their thoughts on the industry. Check out what they had to say here.
What are you most looking forward to showcasing at the Manchester Open?
We are most excited to meet creative like-minded people and present our award-winning Creation range along with our design-led Taralay ranges, which honestly look amazing.
What is exciting you about design in the north at the moment?
The increase in off-site modular construction for all different types of buildings is very exciting as it allows flexibility with the layout.
Taking a modular designed building and being able to play around with the layout is really exciting especially when the industry is under pressure to deliver tangible real cost savings into their projects without having to “value engineer” the project to its detriment.
There is an increased awareness to look outside of the norm regarding modern building requirements surrounding sustainability coupled with ‘best value’. Socially sustainable buildings are designed and constructed to address their occupants’ and visitors’ needs. They offer a healthy, comfortable, safe and secure environment that’s easily accessible and well suited to its surroundings.
With the above in mind design has a major part to play – colour full fills many a criteria when for example designing a hospital but without the necessary Health and Safety requirements i.e.: Surface Treatments to aid maintenance & hygiene, adequate slip resistance, noise reduction level therefore colour becomes somewhat redundant.
What are your predictions for the future of design within hospitality/workplace environments?
Innovation in design is key set against several criteria – the main consideration being ‘Buildings can help or hinder productivity’.
Hospitality continues to push the boundaries with the use of different textures, materials and colours on floors, walls and ceilings. Gerflor predict that this will continue with a focus on natural tones and Scandinavian hues.
What do you love most about your industry?
We are in a fortunate position as a market leader to offer a floor for any application, aligned with our extensive offer of over 4500 designs and colours.
The people we get to meet, from Architects and Designers, to site managers and quantity surveyors to flooring contractors and distributors. You are able to engage with people at so many different levels, with a variety of characters. It’s definitely challenging but also great fun!