Rubber flooring collection reinvents a classic, integrates coconut fibers, and more
The project originated when Artigo asked Milan-based Sottsass Associati, founded by Ettore Sottsass and others in 1980, to design a new version of the company’s classic Bolli pattern; a “round-stud” motif first designed in the 1950s. After six to eight months in development, models and samples were created. “To redesign a classic is not easy,” explains Christopher Redfern, director at Sottsass Associati and designer of the collection. “In the time it took us to come up with ideas for the new Bolli, the ideas for Kayar and Ebony were also conceived.”
The result of the Bolli pattern redesign is Zero.4, an animated take on the traditional studded surface. For the pattern, a purposefully erratic distribution of circles in four different diameters was produced by a molding method developed exclusively by Artigo. Zero.4 is available in 3.3'-square tiles in a .12'' thickness in seven colors.
The Kayar pattern, named for the word for plaited coconut-fiber rope in Tamil, is made from an unexpected combination of coconut fiber and rubber. Integrating rubber with such an unusual material wasn’t without its challenges, says Redfern.
“There were many moments when we thought that the products were impossible to produce. The biggest problem was how to keep the coconut fibers uniform for Kayar and maintain an acceptable quality with random processes and natural materials.” Kayar is made in 6.23' x 32.8' sheets in a .12'' thickness in 16 colors, and in 2' x 2' loose-lay tiles in a .2'' thickness in four colors.
The third pattern in the collection, Ebony, is intended to be a translation of “the tactile and perceptive language of wood.” Made using compression, the most traditional rubber molding process, Ebony’s complex molds allow for organic and casual-looking grains. Ebony is made in .12'' thick, 3.3' x 7.9' planks in four color options. Prf USA, Carlstadt, N.J. www.artigo.com
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