Tandus floorcoverings makes tufted and woven broadloom, including modular carpet tiles, and Powerbond VCTT (variable cushion tufted tile) under their three brand names, Monterey, C&A, and Crossley. Their Manufactured Landscapes Collection has received a lot of attention (see >3rings coverage from NeoCon Canada 2008) and a lot of awards (see Interior Design Magazine’s Best of the Year Awards 2009).
The modular tiles that make up the Manufactured Landscapes Collection can be combined to create many different shapes and, therefore, many different patterns, depending on how one joins the “six different textures, within three separate and distinct 24-inch carpet tiles.” However fantastic, it is Tandus’ singular Powerbond flooring that consumers should be paying attention to. A “hybrid resilient closed cell cushion sheet flooring” from C&A, Powerbond “combines the durability of hard-surface flooring with the appearance and style of a soft surface.”
Originally, Powerbond was created for the education and healthcare markets, where durability is the #1 concern. And Powerbond has been nothing if not durable. If you want proof, just ask the principal at Westminster High School in Colorado. Powerbond floorcovering covers about 80% of the school’s 143,000 square feet. And it looks great -after being installed 35 years ago! Recently (a few days ago), Tandus received the 2009 Antron® Carpet Fiber Sustainable Flooring Performance Award (its fifth year in a row) for this particular installation. Why should anyone take notice? Because the hardy floor/carpet hybrid has graduated. “Powerbond products have evolved in design,” and they can now compete with Tandus’ more popular modular carpet tiles. Designs like Brainstorm, Curves, and Dots offer smart choices. Add inlays like Box and Color Spectrum, and the look is genius. Powerbond is the carpet version of artificial intelligence.