Corkcomfort in South Africa’s First Green Hotel

16 12 2009
Cape Town, South Africa – 

Hollow on the Square Hotel

Located in the beautiful city of Cape Town, Hollow on The Square is a 4 star city hotel designed by M&B Architects & Interiors offering 114 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, all designed for comfort and tranquility.  The newly added eco-friendly rooms were conceived using nature as inspiration and incorporate materials that reflect natural comfort.

M&B chose Wicanders Corkcomfort products as an innate fit for this project.  Over 8,600 square feet of Wicanders Cork flooring cover the guest rooms, hallways and elevators, earning praise from a number of visiting guests.  Products used include Corkcomfort HPS Identity Spice, HPS Identity Chestnut and WRT Linn Sepia.  

The elegance of these materials and others used at the Hollow on The Square, M&B House, as well as the suave colors and distinctive décor, bring in a sense of total serenity, persuading visitors to enjoy an unforgettable stay.

View more projects using Wicanders Cork Flooring by visiting our Press Room.


Amorim Flooring partners with Architectural Systems, Inc.

8 04 2009

Amorim Flooring North America, Inc. has appointed Architectural Systems, Inc. (ASI, as its distributor in the commercial segment of Wicanders cork flooring.   ASI will cover the  Metro New York and New Jersey areas.

asi-a-logo-with-dotsFounded in 1990, ASI has been known from the start for its fresh, innovative solutions for commercial interiors.  Today, the company’s products are confidently specified by the foremost architecture & design firms and installed globally in major retail, entertainment, hospitality, corporate, healthcare, education and institutional projects.

ASI’s clients return again and again for ASI’s extensive product expertise, professionalism, commitment to service, and collective eye for what’s next®, and the ability to find it all in one place.  Founders nancyron3Nancy Jackson (President) and Ron Jackson (CEO) are design advocates who help their clients materialize their vision and have worked with the most prestige clientele.  ASI’s team of experts has been recognized for their involvement in every part of the contract project process from concept to installation.  Their innovative style and established relationships in the A& D community distinguish them from the rest.  Their exceptional knowledge of the industry is known globally and sets trends before anyone recognizes them as trends.

 Architectural Systems, Inc. (ASI), a family business, is acclaimed by the industry as a leading provider of architectural materials including sustainable products.

Amorim’s international flooring portfolio is known for its unique ecological properties, aesthetic design and technical attributes. 

This new strategic partnership reinforces the demand for high quality eco-efficient flooring solutions, and will strengthen Wicanders’ presence in the New York and New Jersey markets.

We welcome ASI to our family.

Team WIcanders

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How Green is “Green” When Specifying Flooring?

12 12 2008

Consumers across the nation are “going green.”  They are making environmentally friendly choices and buying green products.  When companies claim that their products are green, it is important to do research before you make a purchase.  Mike Holmes, contractor and TV show host of Holmes on Homes wrote an article called Going natural requires some detective work.  He offers 5 questions to ask before making an environmentally-responsible flooring purchase.  And we are proud to tell you, Wicanders passed the test with flying colors!


Is the method of harvesting eco-friendly? Different materials have different effects on the environment. Holmes says “The processing required to get marble or slate out of the ground isn’t so earth-friendly, and the methods of harvesting some hardwood forests, say in Brazil, are questionable.”  But here at Team Wicanders, we know that Cork Oak Trees are harvested by hand, by generations of farmers who’s families have worked with the Montado forests for many years. In fact, more than 100,000 people depend on cork production.

Are the methods of processing and shipping the product responsible? While it’s true that cork is shipped from Portugal, independent studies have shown that even with transport, cork has a negative carbon footprint- meaning that its use is actually beneficial for the earth by retaining CO2  –these forests are responsible for nearly 4.8 million tons of the world’s CO2 retention per year, and trees survive naturally for 150-250 years without any use of synthetic or chemical herbicides, fertilizers or irrigation. ‘The Economics of Climate Change’ report, also called the  Stern Review, stresses that deforestation, which contributes 20-25% of global carbon dioxide emissions annually, adds more to global emissions each year than all the world’s transportation!

Our beautiful Wicanders Cork Oak floors are made from the by-products of cork bottle stopper production!  And, Wicanders floors use Acrodur®, a purely water-based Eco-friendly binder by BASF. It contains no solvents such as the often used phenol-formaldehyde or urea-formaldehyde resins that give off harmful emissions. In a study done by Amorim, the production, use and disposal of wood floors yield 2.5 to 4 times more CO2 equivalents (per square meter) than cork flooring.  Luxury vinyl tiles produce 6.5 to 11 times more!

How is the product installed? Wicanders floors are quicker and easier to install than ever before. With their patented CORKLOC-design, Wicanders flooring saves time, energy, and reduces installation expense.  This easy installation paired with the durability of Wicanders tough, resilient surface finishes means that you won’t have to replace your floors any time soon.  Just another reason Wicanders flooring is sustainable.

How do you maintain the product? In order to maintain Wicanders Cork Oak Floors, all you need is a vacuum (or broom!) and a damp cloth…no harsh cleaning products, waxes or sealants for these floors! It couldn’t be more simple.

Is the material renewable? Harvesting stone or marble is not very Eco-friendly, because once those materials are removed from the earth, they do not come back.  When harvesting trees for hardwood floors, trees are cut down and take many years to grow back.  Cork Oaks are not cut down, only their bark is harvested every 9 years, and the cork grows back!

Don’t forget that Wicanders products count towards LEED credits for “Indoor Environmental Quality, Materials and Resources, Recycled Content, Rapidly Renewable Materials, Low-Emitting Materials: Adhesives and Sealants, and Innovation in Design!”  To learn more about Wicanders flooring, check out the 2007 Sustainability report (which you can find on the column to the right, labeled “corporate”)

These five questions are a great checklist for any and all of your next “green” purchases. Do you have another way to keep yourself in check? Let us know! We would love to hear!


Team Wicanders

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Thanks for coming to see us at Greenbuild!

8 12 2008

For those of you who made it, thank you for visiting our booth at Greenbuild! We were so excited to share with you the sustainability of Amorim’s cork products, and how they represent a unique balance between the creation of wealth and the protection of the environment.

While we all know that cork flooring is environmentally friendly because it’s bark is extracted from the cork oak trees, without ever harming them, there are many other benefits and features that make our Wicanders flooring truly stand out.

Wicanders Cork Oak Floors have received the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® product performance certification and all Wicanders products use Acrodur®, a purely water-based eco-friendly binder by BASF that contains no solvents such as the often used phenol-formaldehyde or urea-formaldehyde resins that give off harmful emissions. And with the best residential and commercial warranties in our industry, Wicanders is the perfect natural choice for all your green building projects.  Whether it’s in your next hospital, university, or retail installation, you can’t go wrong with Wicanders Cork Oak Flooring!

To the newcomers we met, we hope you enjoyed the conference as much as we did…And for those of you who didn’t make it, we hope to see you next year!
Team Wicanders

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Cork Plank with Micro Bevel. A New Dimension in Cork Flooring

8 09 2008

Look what we’ve been up to! You know we never rest when it comes to the latest innovations in cork oak flooring. You’re going to love building green with our new Cork Plank…just as nature intended.

ANNOUNCING: Wicanders Series 100 Cork Plank with Micro Bevel.

Cork Plank Collection

Cork Plank President Collection

Cork Plank—a narrow board at 4 3/8 inches wideis produced and packaged in the USA. Our narrow planks represent a smart  mix of refined class and organic design. Aesthetically, this innovative size works in combination with cork oak’s timeless charm to create a highly personal touch so popular today in homes just like yours.

Our newest member of the Wicanders’ cork oak family boasts 12 stunning colors, including some of the most fashionable colors in flooring. Cork Plank is available in retail stores across the US right now.

Made with cutting edge technology that improves on our patented CorkLoc® floating floor system, Cork Plank’s “angle-drop” click allows for a faster and easier installation over virtually any subflooring system. Installers will love it because it’s very user-friendly!

Cork Plank’s four unique collections—Originals, Moods, Traces, and President—are all protected by Wicanders’ Xtreme WRT (Wear Resistant Technology) finish. WRT is a ceramic micro-bead innovation that is 4x more wear resistant than any in its class. WRT is also available on Wicanders Series 100 floors for commercial and residential applications.

12 Stunning Cork Plank Colors

12 Stunning Cork Plank Colors

Also recently introduced in the US, all of Wicanders’ flooring collections, including Cork Plank, are now made with Acrodur®, an Eco-technology by BASF. Acrodur® is a water-based, eco-friendly binder used in the agglomeration process. Acrodur® is 100% formaldehyde free which promotes superior eco-efficiency and energy savings.

Cork Plank is micro beveled on four sides, ushering in a new look for our Wicanders Cork Oak floors.  For high-moisture environments like kitchens and entryways, a glueless joint sealant called Click Seal® can be applied to the tongue side of the planks during installation, offering a virtually waterproof flooring application.

Moods Collection, Tea

Moods Collection, Tea

Like the other members of our Wicanders’ family, Cork Plank enjoys the many outstanding characteristics of cork oak.  Environmentally friendly and efficient, cork oak is a renewable and sustainable resource. Made of renewable raw material, cork absorbs CO2, reversing the effect of VOC emissions for healthier living.

New Cork Plank with Micro Bevel carries with it a 15 Year Residential Warranty, and a 5 Year Light Commercial Warranty.

To download a Cork Plank brochure, click here, or email us at

Amorim Flooring North America is a proud member of the US Green Building Council, but you already knew that!

Until our next innovation…

Team Wicanders

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A Natural for Green LEED Projects—Cork Plank NeoCon Debut

21 07 2008

For those of you who didn’t get a chance visit our booth at the 2008 NeoCon, here’s an excerpt from Floor Focus Magazine, which features our new product debut—Cork Plank. You’ll love the microbevel!

Wicanders introduced a 4½” cork plank collection called, appropriately enough, Cork Plank. It’s a fairly significant departure from its more traditional cork looks, with the basic feel of wood plank flooring but with the distinctive look of cork.

It’s microbeveled and is installed as a floating floor. Cork Plank comes in 12 visuals and the colors of exotic hardwoods and uses the non-VOC binder Acrodur, developed by BASF, which makes it one of the greenest cork products on the market and a natural for LEED projects. Wicanders is the only cork company using the Acrodur binder. Cork Plank comes with a five-year light commercial or 15-year residential warranty.

It will be available in August or September.”

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Wicanders: ‘Remodeler’s Choice’ product for May

12 06 2008

The votes are in… In an online poll conducted in January, Qualified Remodeler readers have chosen Wicanders Cork Oak Floors as the ‘Remodeler’s Choice’ product for May.

The Wicanders flooring collection generated the highest amount of requests of any other product featured in the January issue. It was chosen by readers because cork oak is a sustainable resource that balances natural beauty and environmental responsibility, and it also absorbs acoustic vibrations, reduces allergens, and prevents thermal transfer, which reduces energy costs.

“What makes Wicanders different from other cork flooring is the finishes that come overtop of it,” explains Ronit McGuthrie, marketing manager for Wicanders. “For instance, we sell the Series 100 flooring with a WRT ceramic microbead finish and that makes it different from other residential cork floorings that usually use an acrylic-based varnish on top of theirs. The ceramic makes the actual floor finish much more matte, stronger and more durable than flooring made with acrylic.

To read the full article, please visit the Qualified Remodeler’s Web site and for more information on our products and to see our latest collections, please visit

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