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.

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BMW and Toyota remodel with Wicanders

5 11 2009
With the aim of creating a sophisticated atmosphere reflecting the quality and technology of the cars they market, BMW and Toyota, in Germany, have redesigned their showrooms with the new Wicanders® Woodcomfort product line in the attractive “American Walnut” wood visual

  

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BMW showroom in Germany

BMW B&K, with offices in 17 different German cities, remodeled its branch in Taunusstein, a wealthy suburb of Frankfurt, with approximately 5000 square feet of the product in its offices, reception area and lounge.

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Toyota showroom in Berlin, Germany

At Toyota Weller, with 10 branches throughout Germany, a first stage saw over 5000 square feet installed in the sales offices and bar of its Berlin branch.

hpsIn both cases, the excellent technical performance of the HPS surface finish was chosen for maximum resistance to wear. 

The new Wicanders® Woodcomfort product lines offer an immense range of decorative, versatile and sophisticated options, providing distinctive and customized atmospheres in accordance with the highest standards of quality and comfort.

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Amorim Flooring partners with Architectural Systems, Inc.

8 04 2009
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Amorim Flooring North America, Inc. has appointed Architectural Systems, Inc. (ASI, www.archsystems.com) 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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Whatever you’ve thought about Green flooring design has now changed

29 12 2008

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Get ready, because in 2009, Nature’s palette will be in your hands…

Timeless comfort you can touch.

Organic design that radiates discrete and refined luxury.

Distinctive textures and exotic contrasts to celebrate your identity, your personal expression.

Whatever you’ve thought about Green flooring design has now changed.

With a new year, comes exciting new collections, textures, and possibilities. Be one of the first to preview our 2009 Corkcomfort, Woodcomfort and Vinylcomfort collections right here on our blog. Wait a minute… Did we say wood and vinyl too? Maybe you’ll just have to check back to find out…

Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Green New Year!

Cheers!
Team Wicanders

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All Cork Oak Flooring Warranties Are Not Created Equal

23 12 2008

Hello Group! Our Wicanders team has spent hours crawling the web looking to bring relevant and interesting articles to you.  We are focusing today on an article from floorbiz.com about another company’s cork floor product line. This article mentions their Lifetime Warranty on all eco-friendly residential floors. Wow! Lifetime!

We thought we’d better check it out. For the warranty to be honored, the proper maintenance guidelines must be followed to a tee. These maintenance procedures include an extensive refinishing with an oil urethane rub throughout the entire floor area, a 6-8 hour dry time and days before the floor can even be cleaned again with a dry mop. On the flip side, Wicanders suggests using only a vacuum cleaner and a mop during regular maintenance of our Cork Oak floors.

Checking a little deeper into the warranty we learn that they guarantee the surface layer will not “wear through”.  Well, the term “wear through” is defined as the 100% reduction of the surface wear layer over an area comprising 10% the total area. 10% is not as good as it sounds, as Wicanders warranty is half that at 5%. And of course things like scratches, gouges, scuff marks, moisture, humidity, UV light, roller skates, golf shoes and pets are not covered by their warranty. Really?

So from our perspective, what good is a Cork Oak floor if you cannot live with it? We know in most homes we all have more important things to worry about then keeping up with the floor maintenance schedule. Most of us have to worry about kids running up, running down, chasing pets, and trying their new skate grind down the banister. One key to a great product is durability and low maintenance. Now that we can all live with!

Cheers!

Team Wicanders

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Reduce your Thanksgiving Carbon Footprint

26 11 2008

girlWe all contribute to global warming when we do things like heat and cool our homes, drive our cars, and fly on airplanes.

In fact, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, with the number of trips Americans take to and from destinations of 50 miles or more away increasing by 54% during the six days surrounding the holiday.

There’s no way around it: traveling miles and miles to share a single meal or weekend with family and friends may not be the greenest of ways to spend the Thanksgiving holiday. Yet that’s what the holiday is all about: close family ties, good food, great fun, and sharing precious time with those we love.

The good news?

With the holidays right around the corner, there’s still time to green your home so you can welcome friends and family in style and make a healthy impact on the environment as well.cat

Want a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint? Look down to your floors.

Carbon offsets and personal carbon reductions provide viable solutions to global warming. The Montados Cork Oak Forests are responsible for nearly 4.8 million tons of the world’s CO2 retention per year. Amorim’s annual production of wine stoppers alone retains over 25,000 tons of CO2. And based on calculations by Ecobusinesslinks.com, by choosing Wicanders cork oak flooring, consumers can participate in offsetting the emissions of over 7,042 cars every year.

legosAnd now that you all know that The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) has awarded five product lines of Wicanders Cork Oak Floors with its prestigious GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® product performance certification, and that our floors are also FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified, the choice is clear: with Wicanders, you can have a green home and eat your turkey too!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

See you next time…
Team Wicanders

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Frank Lloyd Wright Chose Cork Floors too!

3 11 2008

“Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.”

–Frank Lloyd Wright

We are all familiar with Frank Lloyd Wrights‘ most famous architectural designs like Fallingwater and the Guggenheim. He designed hundreds of famous structures and enabled the evolution of modern architecture.

What does Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy have to do with Wicanders Cork Oak Flooring you ask? Well, one of the most famous concepts he developed was Organic Architecture.  This idea of promoting harmony between people and nature sounds pretty familiar doesn’t it?

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic Architecture reminds us (surprisingly enough!) of Wicanders Cork Oak Flooring. Combining nature with sustainable design is what Wicanders does so effortlessly. Not only does the design of Wicanders flooring feel pure and natural, but it is beneficial to two environments; the natural environment in which the Cork is harvested, and the environment in which Wicanders’ flooring is installed. In Portugal, the generations of families who have nurtured the cork oak trees in the Montado forests rely on them for their livelihood, and never harm the trees during the harvest process. And by choosing Cork Oak floors, we are providing a safe, healthy, comfortable, and sustainable environment for those we love. Frank Lloyd Wright would be proud.

Oh, and the best part…Frank Lloyd Wright was a fan of cork- not only did he use cork in his home and studio, but he also used Cork Floors in his most famous design, Fallingwater.

We believe Nature’s architect would be proud…both of Frank Lloyd Wrights’ vision, and other architects who have been pioneers in Organic Architecture. It’s just what nature intended!

Born of nature, and fashioned for living. What a unique idea…

Team Wicanders

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