posted: September 2016
Architectural teams from six practices competed in this exciting competition to develop highly creative flooring designs using Amtico’s 2016 Signature Collection. The winner, will see their design go into production as part of Amtico’s Designers’ Choice 2017 Collection.
Ceramic tiles - in particular the encaustic variety - were the inspiration for Cousins & Cousins entry. The team decided to create patterns based on ceramics to complement the many timber, concrete, stone and abstract designs in Amtico's collection.
We wanted to create a colourfully patterned ceramic floor. So we thought, why not go crazy with colours and pattern?
Project leader Cristina Martin
Jars of hair clippings, screws and leaves helped explain the narrative behind DLA Design’s Clerkenwell Collection. A group of patterns inspired by the practice’s location in the central London district, each of its three final patterns seeks to evoke the spirit of a different building type in Clerkenwell.
The number of laying patterns and brilliant amount of products – I’ve been very impressed.
Alex Giles [on working with Amtico]
Top Aggregate: Kite laying pattern with Cirrus Twilight, Quill Gesso and Metal Gold Leaf.
Above Vein: Pleat pattern with Galleon Oak, Cirrus Twilight, Parisian Pine, Shibori Lapsang and Metal Gold Leaf.
Left Shale: Arrow pattern with White Wash Wood, Lime Washed Wood, Limed Grey Wood and Parisian Pine.
Moxon Architects took as its starting point the natural feel of wood grain patterns in the Amtico collection and their potential for both subtle colour gradation and contrast. ‘We wanted something a bit jazzy and funky,’ says Moxon architectural assistant Sarah Emilie Vallee. Derived from characteristic visual qualities of extreme landscapes – canyon, desert, cliff, glacier, dune and crevasse – the collection conveys a sense of pressure and formal development over time.
TP Bennett’s Nature Trail collection was inspired by biophilia (love for nature) and the rising importance of well-being in the design of the workplace. The elements that plants need to thrive – water, sun and air – provided the themes for their designs which were deliberately neutral patterns for a more timeless flooring design.
We thought of the biophilia movement and how we live in cities but crave nature…The idea was for Nature Trail to be a canvas for flooring and plants to come together in harmony.
Emily Hume, Associate director
Willmore Iles’ home city of Bristol was the key inspiration for the practice’s interpretation of Amtico’s collection. ‘Our big aim was to have a fun project as opposed to something over-serious and commercial,’ says Willmore Iles architect Simon Baker. The designs reflect the contrasts within the urban grain and in particular the bright colours associated with the vibrant and creative character of the city.
More information about the other teams in the competition and their designs can be found on our Amtico RIBA Journal Competition page, along with a video featuring all of the entrants discussing the competition and inspiration for their designs. The 24 page RIBA Journal supplement is out now and available to view on line.