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Tarkett: a big move

It's always a nice feeling when our industry partners approach us for design collaboration. We were floored when Tarkett connected with us for their new West Loop showroom. Their goal for the space was to combine the existing showroom with their office environment to create an inviting and functional space for all. The space itself is an inspiring one. Located in the heart of Fulton Market, the 10,000 SF floor plate boasts nearly 360-degree floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the bustling neighborhood. We knew we wanted to take advantage of the daylight and use it to really celebrate the floor. Ideas started flowing immediately once this project kicked off.

Materials such as mixed metals, wood, and textured glass were proposed as a nod to the neighborhood, the former meatpacking district.

A welcoming entry was always envisioned and a top priority. Not only is it a guest's first impression but also an opportunity for an impactful floor.

While formulating our vision for the space, we simultaneously conducted an extensive inventory of their sampling department and documented program needs. We quickly learned that the sampling library would require 1/3 of the space and jumped right into space planning. We opted to divide the sampling library from the gathering space by utilizing the need for a large presentation wall. Guests walk right through reception into this area set over an array of product vignettes.

As with many showroom designs, the biggest challenge is typically how to thoughtfully show as much product as possible while keeping the design cohesive.

Another design challenge was to create a welcoming environment where clients could stay and work or socialize without covering an expansive collection of flooring. Lounge areas were strategically placed over a handful of carpet vignettes to encourage a change of posture and host multiple conversations.

For the conference room, we designed a glass partition that would create interest and privacy while still allowing natural light to flood the space. This partial-height fluted glass did just that while housing a flexible room for 16.

A bright hospitality kitchen was a must for employees and events. This area is a meeting point for three different flooring materials connected by a generous island for large gatherings.

Oversized drum fixtures soften the space both visually and acoustically.

We thoroughly enjoy working with our industry partners and love hearing how well Tarkett's space has been received by their employees and our design colleagues.

Design: Kuchar

Photography: Christopher Barrett


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