CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY PROCEDURES COVID-19

Project NHS Nightingale Constution Industry Guidelines Covid 19

At Duraflor we believe protecting lives and saving the NHS are imperative, and we support the many sites that have been closed down to enable this. We also appreciate that some contractors are now supporting important NHS projects and other projects, which are deemed essential. We will of course do everything in our power to help in these circumstances.

There is obviously a high level of uncertainty in the industry at present and changes are unfolding daily. We are aware that the Construction Industry Council has published a list of circumstances when sites can remain open and they have also issued guidance on site operating procedures.  This is likely to be subject to change. And, while there is no substitute for Government official websites and trusted news sources, it is probably worth monitoring sites such as the Construction Industry Council, who are keen to keep those in our industry as up to date with developments as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation closely ourselves and provide as much information as we can to our customer base.

Image: Project NHS Nightingale

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Paul Revell

We are pleased to welcome Paul Revell to the Duraflor team. Paul joins us as Business Development Manager for Scotland and brings with him a wealth of experience in the specification market and wider construction industry. The flooring sector is also no stranger to Paul, joining us with over 14 years of knowledge of supplying flooring products to the commercial sector.

Paul is becoming part of the team during an exciting period of growth for the company.  Based in Edinburgh, he is very much looking forward to meeting with his customer base and introducing our 2020 programme of new products. We feel sure he will add a great deal of insight to the business and be able to assist our clients with a wide range of project requirements.

ESPRESSA – IMPRESSIVELY FAST AND STYLISH FLOORING

Espressa fast and stylish flooring

When it comes to knowing what designers and flooring contractors want, the flooring experts at Duraflor think they have it covered, especially with this new looselay range. Espressa is an impressively fast and stylish flooring solution in so many ways….

Created specifically with the needs of the interior designer in mind. We understand the importance of making a good first impression; and the ability to instantly create a stunning look, particularly one that will stand the test of time.

When we were thinking of a name for this range, we wanted to conjure up that idea of an ‘impressive’, yet ‘instantly achieved’ look that didn’t restrict the opportunity to ‘express’ creativity. Something that even a tight range of well-designed Luxury Vinyl Tiles can afford, if carefully selected.

This concise but on-trend colour range is available from stock.  This enables us to offer a fast turnaround, but but still meet many of the design and specification requirements of a busy commercial environment. We appreciate for project managers and for flooring contractors offering both these benefits is a major factor, when determining a supplier.

However, the benefits don’t stop there, being loose lay means installation is fast and easy, and with a wear layer of 0.7mm and an R10 slip-rating, the range is ideal for heavy traffic areas.

SET TO KICK UP A BIT OF A BLIZZARD

Blizzard in office with luxury seating

The new Blizzard range has just been launched from Duraflor, and is likely to kick up quite a storm. Quality in a modern design, competitively priced – it could prove quite a force to be reckoned with.

It partners with the Duraflor Magnitude range to make a very different type of design Collection. Magnitude in both name and styling is all about singular direction and force. It is a popular linear design in classic colours, that will add perspective and energy to a room.

In contrast, Blizzard available in the same colourways, provides a non-directional swirl and subtleness to your canvas. Tiles laid randomly come together seamlessly, just like the perfect storm might do.

Combining both, as you move through a building, you are able to completely change the feel of a room, while still keeping continuity of colour scheme.

DURAFLOR ARE NOW ON PINTEREST

Blue Pinterest Example Duraflor

Duraflor are now on Pinterest with some very inspiring boards that take insights from colour trends, texture, nature and of course the design and build environment within which we operate.

However, as we were adding the Pantone colour of the year Classic Blue, it got us thinking beyond our Blue Pinterest Board, with its stunning blue carpet tiles and inspiring designs, to the meaning of blue sky thinking itself. A natural leap for us, but what about ‘blue sky thinking’ being a natural leap for everyone? We found a great article on ‘thinking outside of the box’ – or rather thinking ‘inside the box’ and why that might be preferable.

The article explains the need to think about the constraints of the box to truly come up with innovative solutions that work. In other words, the box actually defines the realities and the details that you need for your idea to have any legs. This is where Duraflor, as experts in flooring can really help. Our heritage, and the unique experience of our staff, means we really understand the needs of both flooring contractors and designers. We actually talk about this and our philosophy around ‘creative thinking inside the box’ on our people page.

Our ranges are both inspired and practical, and created with differing budgets in mind. Ranges that are grounded in the reality of a client’s needs, yet still reflect the inspiration we all seek from platforms such as Pinterest.

While Duraflor are now on Pinterest, so you can see our tiles and some of the inspiration behind them in the virtual environment; we also offer a very special Project Service, you might find of interest to. A sample presentation box with a selection of tiles from different ranges, so you have everything you need to help either you or a client make a quick decision. We will even write the project or client name on the box for you. So if it is a selection of blue tiles you are looking for in 2020, look no further we are here to help.

MOMENTA NEW DESIGNS – NOW IN STOCK

Momenta Limed Elm New Designs

When you have a range as successful as Momenta, it is important to keep it fresh. The new designs in the MOMENTA range do just that. We now stock 20 wood, metallic and stone effect designs in popular colours.

Many favourites remain in the range, while new designs such as Weathered Oak, Limed Elm (above), Shadow Oak, Poured Lead and White Sparkle have been added, so as to ensure that the range remains on trend.

Sales Manager Edward Smerdon said of the new colours “it is not just that we were looking to keep the range fresh, we have increasingly noticed how our customers have been combining designs to create interesting tonal effects on the floor – we were keen to offer up a range that could maximise this creativity.”

The MOMENTA range is ideal for high traffic areas, giving a client both functionality and style, and now it offers even more design possibilities.

CIENNA – FOR SAFETY & STYLE

Cienna Amber Oak Safety Vinyl Flooring

When it comes to safety vinyl flooring you don’t need to compromise style for safety. The new CIENNA Collection available in 2m rolls combines impressive credentials in both. It includes a special innovative grip technology and is R11 slip rated. However, what really makes it impressive, is the textures reflected in the designs. A strong wood effect patterns, as well as imaginative on-trend concrete patterns, are what really makes this range striking.

The CIENNA Safety Flooring Collection is suitable for offices, retail establishments, leisure facilities and public buildings, especially where there is a high slip risk. Choose between 8 wood-effect and 4 stone-effect designs.

Why not take a look at this latest addition to our Safety Flooring range, and if we can be of any assistance, we would be delighted to provide you with samples and discuss options for your project.

NEW AXIS OAK NATURE

Axis Oak Nature roomset

AXIS is without a doubt one of our most popular vinyl flooring options. Being a looselay Luxury Vinyl Tile, makes it perfect for fast installation and heavy traffic areas. From a design perspective, the natural wood textures and stone effect tiles, plus the unusual patterns achieved both with woven graphite and brushed anthracite, have all proved to be winners.

We are therefore very excited to be adding a new natural oak design to the range – AXIS OAK NATURE has a beautiful depth of grain and a light tone that makes it an ideal choice to lighten any commercial space. As with all the AXIS range, its 0.7mm wear layer means it can be installed in the toughest environments and through a simple maintenance regime will look stylish for years to come. Oak Nature’s popularity as a colour, also means it is the perfect choice not only from a specification perspective, but also from contemporary design and aesthetics standpoint.

PROGRESSION PLANKS

Progression Plank

We are seeing more and more how designers are looking to add different tones to their floor schemes, to create additional interest and standout. It is therefore not surprising that one of our most popular ranges, which is now available in planks, is proving such a winner.

The Progression Range in Planks adds extra interest to any floor, while its subtle tones do not overly detract from an overall design plan, allowing the furnishings to still be a key feature of any design scheme. Take a closer look at the possibilities and the specification of Progression Planks – the possibilities it offers are right on trend.

SEPTEMBER EXHIBITIONS – INTERIOR DESIGN

Man in a booth in an office - interior design exhibitions headers

Interior Design Exhibitions this month

 

A quick reminder to all our customers that September is a key Interior Design Exhibitions time for the Industry. We like to visit all of these shows to stay up to date with the latest trends.

 

DesignJunction

DesignJunction 2019 – Kings Cross 19-22 September

Designjunction brings together the newest and most forward-thinking furniture, lighting & accessory designs of 2019. There are also some key talks that cover key topics such as wellbeing in the workplace – a regular feature of our Practical Design blogs. There are also talks on designing the agile office and designing for disabilities.

100% Design

100%design 2019 – Olympia 18-21 September

Another favourite and marking its 25thyear. Talks on colour and wellbeing feature in the programme – colour being another topic we cover at length in own design blogs. Plus, there is loads around sustainable design and CPDs. Of course this also a great place to see new products and learn about trends.