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a new
dimension

Tarkett's Milan Design Week installation, 'Formations,' featured
its new iQ Surface in a range of contexts-challenging the way
we think about vinyl flooring.
During Milan Design Week 2019, Tarkett partnered with Stockholmbased Note Design Studio to present "Formations"-an exploration
into the creative possibilities of Tarkett's new iQ Surface material.
Designed by Note, and supported by Magis, the exhibition questioned
notions of scale by turning architectural archetypes on their head in
the historic Circolo Filologico Milanese in Milan's Brera Design District.
The possibilities for iQ Surface-a flexible, durable, and
sustainably sound material-are virtually limitless. Able to be wrapped
around objects or fastened to walls and surfaces, it represents
the future of traditional materials, such as granite, marble, or stone.
The installation represented the first time the company had expressed
the potential of a homogeneous vinyl through its aesthetics,
functionality, and sustainability attributes with such emphasis.
"At first, the collaboration started around the development
of the new iQ Surface collection a couple of years ago," says Florian
Bougault, EMEA art director at Tarkett. "As the project developed,
there was such an excitement about the design possibilities of this
product that we thought of extending the collaboration and built
an exhibition in Milan to fully express it."
In the main hall of the Circolo Filologico Milanese, a towering
glass ceiling and open balconies created depth and change in light
over the course of the day-allowing the 24 varying sized columns,
clad in iQ Surface, to challenge perceptions of the building's
architecture, space, and volume. Covering geometric objects and
round-ended columns in a variety of shapes and sizes, the hall was
a physical example of the design possibilities for iQ surface-
a contemporary twist on a typical vinyl display.
"Formations took archetypes of design principles and transformed
them into oversized shapes and flowing forms that dressed the
different spaces of the historic Circolo Filologico Milanese," Bougault
says. "The installation used iQ Surface in ways that aimed to shift
even the most stubborn of preconceptions about the possibilities
of vinyl, seeing it as a design material with its own identity."
Other spaces in the installation included an upstairs library-
featuring an open table with small prototype arches, curves, rings,
cylinders, and stairs, clad in iQ surface-and two meeting rooms-
featuring an iQ Surface-covered partition wall and table-gave other
contextual examples of ways the material can be used. -MEGHAN DWYER
At 2 millimeters thick,
iQ Surface can be sculpted
across undulating features.
Available in five different
colorways and made using
recycled materials, it gives
architects and designers
the opportunity to experiment with a loved material
that combines design
and technology in entirely
new contexts.

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