The Company – what’s your story?
With a history spanning over 140 years, Tarkett is a world leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions that meets design and functional requirements in multiple market segments, offering an extensive range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood, laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks.
Committed to change the game with circular economy and to reducing its carbon footprint, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy based on Cradle to Cradle® principles, fully aligned with its Tarkett Human-Conscious Design® approach. Floors play a key role in building a unique, immersive experience and rethinking environments starts with good design.
Regional design teams continuously monitor trends in the various markets, enabling Tarkett to offer products that correspond to customer expectations. Thanks to co-creation tools, digital printing technology and collaborative work with design studios, Tarkett’s ranges provide endless possibilities for customizing products and creating unique designs.
True to its mindset of collaborating with artists and designers to unleash creativity around its materials, Tarkett has worked with Gustav Winsth a ‘‘Ung Svensk Form” Winner which is a yearly award and an exhibition for young Swedish designers initiated by Svensk Form. The project was created with the aim of increasing the knowledge and widening the scope of new, innovative Swedish design. The artist has created Cross Section, a series of objects made of products from the Tarkett Circular Selection exhibited during Stockholm Creative Edition. The materials have been mounted layer by layer and are shown as cross sections, which inspired the exhibition name. The exhibition consists of a shelf, bench, room divider and bowl made from the recyclable vinyl materials from the iQ Granit and iQ Eminent ranges. The pieces have been created with 3D software and produced by Tarkett’s technical team in Ronneby. When creating Cross Section, Gustav wanted to create three dimensional objects that capture organic forms, through the use of two-dimensional materials. Different assembly techniques were used to make each product, but the common denominator was that each material was mounted layer by layer in cross sections. “Nothing lies flat. The products take up space. I want the visitors to discover new sides of the materials, see how they’re put together and hopefully be inspired to use them in new ways” says Gustav Winsth.
Maximalist design and sustainable materials.
Cross Section is a display of maximalist design, as a reaction to Scandinavian minimalism. The recyclable materials inspired Gustav to maximize volume, technique and colour, which stays true to his style. The products can be taken apart and all components then recycled, something that Gustav wanted to show in the design. The shelf consists of 100 layers of iQ Eminent cut to different sizes and mounted as a topography. The bowl, which is filled with recycled granules, is made of multiple layers of iQ Granit in 12 different shades
What’s your secret?
Our secret lies in our unique commitment to stand with present and future generations: Tarkett Human-Conscious Design®. Our commitment to create flooring and sports surfaces that are good for people and for the planet. And to do it every day. To positively impact not only people’s daily lives but also the generations to come, we have to start with a profound understanding of people – those who create with our products, those who rely on them and those who care for them. Through initiatives such as our Circles of Architects network and our in-depth research into people living with dementia, we continuously engage with our customers to ensure that we respond to their specific needs and expectations.
When it comes to people and the planet, we don’t consider one without the other. We commit every day to the design of great spaces. For us, this means exceeding indoor air quality standards, instituting healthy material norms, reducing our carbon footprint and creating a Circular Economy supported by Cradle to Cradle® principles.
Making conscious choices, for the people and the planet.