TEMPLE, Texas - Wilsonart International introduces urban-inspired patterns, including abstracts, solids, woodgrains, stones and new pure metals as part of its 2012 Contract Collection. Inspired by the gritty urban landscapes of lower Manhattan's cobblestone streets and the honey-hued woodgrain flooring of old warehouses along Boston's waterfront, the 2012 Contract Collection also includes a new "Soft Grain" finish that provides an abstracted matte wood tick to a variety of existing and new designs. Six trends play center stage as inspiration for the colors, textures and new Collection graphics:

Urban Landscape and Ethical Consumerism: People are moving out of the suburbs and into urban areas, giving new life to farmers' markets and local sourcing, restaurants with gardens, even materials and color combinations inspired by nature. Rather than openly "green," new materials feature sustainable contents and more sophisticated appeal.

Rustic Glam: This playful juxtaposition of distressed surfaces and glittery details is partnered with Industrial Chic – a layering of elements and influences that are distinctly modern.

Industrial Chic: This trend works with all the others. Exposed ductwork and pipes, original windows and brick are all part of the look with metal, concrete, brick and glass as surfaces of choice.

What's Old Is New Again: Not only are iconic pieces being reissued in new ways, but many salvaged materials are being reused. A number of well-established brands are reintroducing classic '50s and '60s designs in strikingly 21st century interpretations.

Layering, Perforations and Tesselations: Abstracts are inspired by repeating shapes found in nature, in architecture and in fashion. The trend word for the day is "tessellation!"

Wilsonart Introduces New 2012 Contract CollectionClassic Revival: White marble has been used for thousands of years for statuary and interior decor. Carrara marble has experienced a remarkable revival residentially and commercially. It also reflects the classic contrast of white and black, shown today with exciting pops of bright color.

"The distinctive, urban quality of the Collection was influenced by in-depth market research that helped us identify these key trends throughout the country," notes Natalia Smith, senior product designer for Wilsonart. "Even the influence of grey on color, and looks with layering and industrial materials are continually evolving in North America. We also saw a rebirth of fun, retro, graphic approaches to design. These combined influences helped us to create the new line and offer a breadth of durable, affordable and functional design options that meet customers' needs."

Wilsonart® Contract Collection Line Up

The new collection includes the following design categories:

Woodgrains – These 9 designs are available in Wilsonart Premium finishes including new #12-Soft Grain and fashionable #18-Linearity and #7-Textured Gloss:

7933K-07 Cafelle

7964K-12 Skyline Walnut

7965K-12 Walnut Heights

7966K-12 5th Ave. Elm

7967K-12 Park Elm

7968K-12 Loft Oak

7969K-12 Warehouse Oak

7970K-18 High Line

7971K-12 Uptown Walnut

Abstracts and Solid Colors – These 17 fresh looks are available with Wilsonart finishes including new honed/matte #55-Glaze and popular #60-Matte, #38-Fine Velvet and #18-Linearity:

D495-60 Coffee Bean

1869K-55 Salentina Argento

4933-38 Cream Fizz

4934-38 Aqua Fizz

4935-38 Berry Fizz

4936-38 Midway

4937-38 Pinball

4938-38 Arcade

4939K-18 Vapor Strandz

4940K-18 Astro Strandz

4941K-18 Cosmic Strandz

4942-38 Crisp Linen

4943-38 Classic Linen

4944-38 Casual Linen

4945-38 Organic Cotton

4946-38 Natural Cotton

4947-38 Raw Cotton

Stones – These 19 stone-inspired designs hail from the sweeping rugged coast of Santorini, Greece to the stone piazzas in Italy and the sultry slate of the South African hills. Designs mirror natural slate, travertine, concrete, marble and limestone in a variety of colors with a new textured finish "Glaze" to complement traditional, transitional and contemporary interiors:

1855K-55 Carrara Santorini

1856K-55 African Slate

1857K-55 Bengal Slate

1858K-55 Silver Travertine

1859K-55 Golden Travertine

1860K-55 Roman Limestone

1861K-55 Tuscan Limestone

1862K-55 Corinthian Limestone

1863K-55 Bainbrook Grey

1864K-55 Salentina Nero

1865K-55 Salentina Grigio

1866K-55 Salentina Rosso

1867K-55 Perla Piazza

1868K-55 Aged Piazza

4924-38 White Carrara

4925-07 Calcutta Marble

4926-07 Black Alicante

4928-38 Venetian Ivory

4930-38 Venetian Ale

Factory Specials – These 16 designs are available by special order from the Wilsonart factory in Temple, Texas with a short, two-week lead time:

D12K-18 Regimental Red

D26K-18 Persian Blue

D90K-18 North Sea

D91K-18 Slate Grey

D354K-18 Designer White

D381-18 Fashion Grey

D403K-18 White Sand

D495K-18 Coffee Bean

1595K-18 Black (Linearity)

1595K-01 Black (High Gloss)

7919K-12 Amber Cherry

7937K-12 River Cherry

7943K-12 Colombian Walnut

7946K-12 Brazilwood

7957K-12 Zanzibar

7959K-12 Hampton Walnut

Metro Collection Metals: Three anodized aluminum additions address the move toward more matte surfaces and the subtle surface characteristics that mirror time-worn and natural imperfections. The slight tone and color variations, created with new alloy combinations, are deliberate yet show overall balance on each sheet. Used as vertical accents, these pure Decorative Metals complement the 2012 Contract Collection Laminates:

  • 6100 Matte Pewter
  • 6101 Matte Grey Bronze
  • 6102 Matte Gunmetal Grey

More information about each design in the new palette is detailed in Wilsonart's Contract Look Book.

Source: Wilsonart



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