Tarkett, a global leader in innovative and sustainable flooring solutions, has extended its acclaimed DESSO AirMaster carpet collection with the launch of DESSO AirMaster Earth & Tones.
Combining a fresh, design-led colour palette, including soft pastels and statement accents, with enhanced sustainability credentials, the launch offers architects and designers the very latest in design, environmental and wellbeing features.
All carpet tiles in the new DESSO AirMaster Earth & Tones collection are produced using only 100% recycled ECONYL® yarn, combined with the recyclable DESSO EcoBase® backing as standard. Further enhancing the range’s sustainability status, a new low antimony primary backing, Colback® Gold, has been introduced for the first time. This first-to-market product has been designed in close collaboration with performance materials expert Low & Bonar with Cradle to Cradle® principles in mind. It delivers up to a 95% decrease in antimony content. Combined with the DESSO AirMaster patented technology, designed to reduce the amount of fine dust in the indoor air, this collection brings an outstanding new flooring option, with added health and wellbeing benefits, to the commercial interiors market. The DESSO AirMaster Earth range is available in seven distinctive colour options – including five neutral shades and two vibrant accent colours. Each tile also features a statement black yarn threaded into the pattern resulting in dramatic and tactile flooring design.
In contrast, DESSO AirMaster Tones is available in 12 colours, including six neutrals, ranging from dark to light, and six soft pastel accent colours ranging from pink and red to blue and green shades. The result is a delicate and soft colour palette that is a new addition to the DESSO AirMaster family.
The range can be combined to allow designers to create zoning and routing in open plan spaces, or to provide dramatic statement design features and centre-pieces in meeting rooms and reception areas.
“Tarkett is continually exploring ways to improve the materials we use in our production process to boost all key design aspects: aesthetics, wellbeing and sustainability,” commented Ludwig Cammaert, Design and Technical Development Director for DESSO carpets. “That is why we have further enhanced our DESSO AirMaster collections by introducing a new unique low antimony primary backing, Colback® Gold. With Colback® Gold we are offering customers the opportunity to bene t from products with optimised material health, and promoting safer recycling, while also helping to conserve nite raw material supplies.”
DESSO AirMaster is the first product in the world to be certified with a GUI Gold Plus label. Scientists at GUI’s laboratory measured DESSO AirMaster’s ability to reduce fine dust concentration, conducting 15 tests in three test rooms, each furnished with different flooring solutions (smooth floor, standard loop pile carpet and DESSO AirMaster). The result is that DESSO AirMaster is eight times more effective at capturing and retaining fine dust than smooth flooring solutions (PM10). It is also four times more effective than standard carpet solutions (PM10). This alone led to a GUI Gold certification. The Gold Plus certification was awarded for high performance on three further test criteria – suitability for allergy sufferers; high fine dust binding capacity; and low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emission properties.