Style vs Substance | All Things Flooring
When it comes to commercial design, there are some cases where you can argue that style has been favoured over substance.
But often, if you take a closer look, you realise that sometimes style and substance work in perfect harmony, especially when it comes to flooring. Let’s take a look at some examples.
Alain Ducasse, Macau
Located in the Morpheus hotel, the highly anticipated Alain Ducasse restaurant offers French haute cuisine to its diners.
As well as fancy fare, the design of the restaurant is certain to be a big talking point. Diners will be greeted by bright orange resin flooring, juxtaposed with plush grey carpeting and dark wood around the bar area.
There is certainly no denying that style was key during the design. We can’t help but feel that the juxtaposition of the bold resin with the soft grey carpeting is a reflection of the Instagram-worthy presentation of the haute cuisine, alongside its delicate flavour.
But substance was surely a deciding factor too; take the resin for example. As well as being extremely hard-wearing, making it ideal to withstand footfall, wheeled drink trolleys and the movement of chairs and tables, the resin is also seamless, making it extremely easy to clean.
The absence of cracks and joints leaves no hiding places for food and dirt, reducing the risk of bacterial growth and keeping the flooring looking its best!
Corporate Office, Poland
Whilst the carpet used in Alain Ducasse restaurant was likely chosen to provide a soft, luxurious setting for the diners, there are plenty of other reasons for carpet to be used in commercial spaces.
Take an office setting for example. Carpet is often used for its noise cancelling abilities, especially in corridors or around meeting rooms where there needs to be little disturbances.
In reception areas however, seamless resin flooring is often required as it is quick and easy to clean, meaning that any mess can be cleared away, maintaining a great first impression to visitors.
Spanish City, North Tyneside
There are occasions when there is an almost indistinguishable line between style and substance of course.
A great example can be seen in the recently reopened Spanish City.
Having first opened in 1910, ‘The Dome’ was host to several leisure activities, including a theatre and dance hall. Now, the space hosts Spanish City’s restaurant.
To pay homage to twentieth century glamour, a decorative terrazzo flooring solution, in two complementary colours has been used in concentric circles around the outer rim of the restaurant, with dark wood used in the central circle.
The contrast in the flooring here may be deliberate, in order to mirror the changes in the ceiling. Directly above the dark wooden centre of the room is the iconic and majestic dome, whereas the concentric circles could represent the decorative balconies above, and the rooms beyond the overlook.
Mercedes Showroom, Malaysia
Such contrasts can generate segmented areas, without the need for unnecessary barriers or divides. A further example can be seen in this car showroom in Malaysia.
From utilising three different flooring solutions, we can see a clear ‘customer area’ on the wooden flooring, whereas the light grey system outlines a distinct pathway between the darker stone carpet system, which supports the luxury cars.
The use of a shimmering black gloss stone carpet system definitely makes the cars stand out, as though they are on their own podiums! It’s a very clever example of merging style with substance, and it works to perfection here.
The use of dark greys and blacks here is also reminiscent of tarmac, giving the impression of the cars being outdoors. This possibly helps to subliminally influence potential customers through the visualisation of the cars being on the road.
We hope that we’ve been able to show you that style doesn’t have to be sacrificed in favour of substance, and vice versa! You can have both and flooring experts are always on hand to help you find the ideal solution. If you’d like advice for your space, please give us a call, or leave a comment below.