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Five Design Trends You’ll See in 2018

The new year is almost here, and that means new design trends in interiors are on the horizon. 2017 was a year filled with shades of green and marble overlays, but 2018 has more in store. With new colors, patterns and designs, it will be a forward-focused year.

1. Modern Color Palettes

Color palettes that snuck into the last stretch of 2017 will pop up frequently in the new year. You can expect to see woodsy and warm neutrals that create an inviting atmosphere in 2018. Neutrals will be complemented with gold and green accents. Oranges, reds and yellows will make their mark as well.

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2. It’s All About Patterns

A natural evolution from texture is patterns. This year was all about textures, but 2018 will offer a new way to liven up neutrals when patterns provide a balance of pop without being too busy. Accent colors paired with a hint of patterns boast the perfect combination of cozy and modern ambience.

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3. Bringing it Back to Nature

Tying nature into design is going to continue to be a trend leader. Studies have shown that bringing nature indoors provokes feelings of happiness and peace. Forest green accents, living plants and woodsy overlays will continue to be very popular in 2018. Check out our blog Natural Connection: The Return of Bringing Nature Indoors to read more about this trend.

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4. Redesigning the Workplace

In the past years, office spaces have leaned toward an open concept. Although some open spaces are still appreciated in the workplace, you will be seeing more closed-in collaborative spaces in 2018. We’ve all finally realized how difficult it can be to have a phone call when a others are in the room around you! However, the spaces will be a far cry from a return to cubicles.  We’ll see a happy medium next year between open spaces for brainstorming sessions and places to retreat to when autonomous work needs to get done.

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5. Less is More in Commercial Design

The word minimalism has been widespread over the last year. Minimalism ran through residential spaces, and is making a strong mark on commercial design. We expect minimalistic style will be seen in salons, hotels, and retail stores — just about everywhere in 2018. Take a look at our blog on Mighty Minimalism to read about this trend in retail design.

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We’re excited to see what other trends 2018 will bring to the table. Our blog will be filled with trending topics throughout the new year, so be sure to keep up with our posts. If you’re ready to get onboard with any of the trends listed above, get in touch with us at http://arclintfl.com/contact/ to see which TFL designs match your vision.

Retail Design with Millennials in Mind

Retail design is constantly changing, and keeping up with trends that appeal to modern consumers can be a challenge. Millennials have put their stamp on the world and their interests don’t always match that of their Baby Boomer predecessors. Millennial shopping preferences are affecting business and those in retail should pay attention. What are Millennials searching for when they walk into their favorite retail store? Here’s what we’ve found:

Organization is a Must

If there is one thing to note, it’s that Millennials are not big on clutter. Taking a more minimalistic approach to retail design is the way to go when appealing to Millennial consumers. Keeping the design crisp and neat will draw in these type of shoppers. Whether it’s strategic shelving or compartments, less is always more. Millennials like a more open concepts as well. Be sure to check out our blog post Mighty Minimalism for more insight on the trend.

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Keep it Classy

Cultivating a high-end vibe will attract Millennial shoppers. This generation goes for quality over quantity and isn’t afraid to spend their money on the products they really desire. Even if the merchandise isn’t considered high-end, laying out the store to create that impression will certainly catch their attention. Modernizing the store with a clean and upscale layout will appeal to Millennial shoppers and keep them coming back. This generation of consumers care about how a business brands itself, so keep this in mind if your target audience includes Millennials.

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Make it Easy

Making the customer work harder than they have to is never a good sales strategy, especially when it comes to the Millennial generation. Growing up with technology, Millennials have had unlimited information at their fingertips most of their lives. This means that their level of patience is much lower than Baby Boomers which can pose a real problem in retail. Keep conventionality in mind when designing the layout of the store. Easy navigation is key for your Millennial audience and consumers in general.

Millennials are taking over the retail shopping world and they aren’t afraid to speak up when it comes to what they want out of a business or product. This generation is big on web reviews, so keep these tips in mind to make sure your retail store is up to par.

Mighty Minimalism

It is safe to say that we’ve been noticing that design appreciation is going up for toning it down!

As highlighted in the 2015 film, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (check out the trailer below) many people have been adapting minimalistic values and designers are responding. And while we have seen this trend in residential spaces for some time, retail stores are now getting on board. Stores like Apple, Nike, and Fossil have embraced minimalist designs in their spaces that consumers love and that elegantly put their products on display.   

Here are some ways that retail stores are adopting minimalist designs.

Design over Decor

When embracing minimalism, design always trumps decorations and unnecessary clutter. This strategic design allows the products to be the center of attention. Gone is clutter, brash neon signs, and fussy displays. This way, customers are drawn directly to the product instead of distracted by decor. Retail stores that lean toward minimalism tend to feel more spacious than a fully decorated shop and allows a more free atmosphere for the customer — a plus for spaces with small square footage.

Who’s On Board?

McDonald New ConceptsEveryone. From stylish Brooklyn-based Home of the Brave to international behemoth, McDonald’s, minimalism is on display everywhere. In fact, McDonald’s is experimenting with six different concepts, some which look like they have been pulled straight from an Ikea catalog.

Elegance in the Room

There is a certain elegance that comes with the minimalism trend. Neutral tones and organized spaces are captivating and can never go out of style. This trend evokes feelings of happiness and peace, which will keep customers returning again and again. Remember, for many people, shopping or entering a retail space is an escape from reality, a chance to fantasize, and indulge. 

Creating the Space

TFL can provide a wide range of styles that complement a minimalist look.  Our cost-effective TFL palettes cover all bases when it comes to retail design, from neutrals to textures, wood to abstracts. Free design samples are available so just search our gallery for styles you think may fit your next project. If you have questions about any of our overlays, reach out to us here – we are happy to help.

 

Headed Back to Greenbuild

The 2017 Greenbuild Conference and Expo is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited. If you’re unfamiliar with Greenbuild, it is the biggest green building conference and expo in the world and is dedicated to curating sustainable living and building green. Industry professionals come together to reignite their passion for green building and take it back to their community. This three day conference is packed full of education, inspiration and forward-thinking. With so much going on at Greenbuild, it’s difficult to choose what exactly we’re most excited for; however, here’s what we’re looking forward to at the 2017 Greenbuild conference.

President Bill Clinton and Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Greenbuild speakers never fall short of phenomenal! In the past, speakers have included leaders Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and General Colin Powell to name a few. The opening plenary this year is former U.S.President Bill Clinton and closing is Neil deGrasse Tyson. Regardless of their differing backgrounds, these two leaders have unique, but complementary work that both result in the Greenbuild stamp of approval. Without a doubt, they we are definitely looking forward to listening to and learning from these world changers.

Greenbuild’s Expos

It’s quite possible that the Greenbuild expos are where the magic happens. There’s something inspiring about seeing over 600 different companies come together with the same vision: enhancing sustainable building. Walking through the expo, you will find exhibitors showing off their products and services that benefit the green community. The expo is also interactive and offers applied learning areas and education labs for guests to attend. This year, you can expect fun giveaways and organic networking through a Greenbuild Happy Hour in the expo hall as well.

Summits at Greenbuild

The summits are a part of Greenbuild that we love most. They combine intentional education and networking to create the whole package. This year, there are three summits: Communities & Affordable Homes Summit, WaterBuild – The Water Summit at Greenbuild, and International Summit. These three summits will educate on different aspects of green building that ultimately work together in the big picture. All summits will be held on Tuesday, November 7.

We’re excited to be immersed in the culture of Greenbuild and see firsthand how people are coming together to better the green building industry.

This year’s conference will be held November 7-10 and located at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For more information on Greenbuild, visit their website at greenbuildexpo.com.

Natural Connection: The Return of Bringing Nature Indoors

Look at any architecture or interior design trend list and you are bound to come across a list that touts how bringing nature back indoors is on the rise. And it is no surprise. Natural palettes and textures have been gaining momentum in both commercial and residential interiors. In part, the trend has been infiltrating interiors as reverberation from our technology-drenched lives. Sometimes, we just need to reset and go back to the basics. Here are two ways we are loving the modern version of bringing nature indoors.

Going Green

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Avant-garde in the 1970’s, indoor gardens were a must-have. Today, designers understand that introducing more natural elements indoors add a peaceful touch that can help calm external chaos. This can be done by painting a single wall in the room a green tone, adding a plant wall, or simply just having green accented soft furnishings. All can be incorporated into hotel rooms, classrooms, and even hospitals.

Companies like Ambius specialize in interior landscaping. Though these plant walls are often found inside companies that want to accentuate their sustainability, they are increasingly being used for numerous other uses. From elevating oxygen levels in the space to increasing alertness among employees — these efforts ultimately improve the levels of employee productivity.

Into the Woods

Connected to nature Arclin TFLA 2015 study done by FPInnovations, a Canadian research center, looked into how adding wood into healthcare facilities provides benefits to both patients and their caretakers. In Wood as a Restorative Material in Healthcare Environments, the study showed that woodsy elements reduced stress in participants, among other hormonal and physical benefits.

Natural wood or wood textured decorative overlay allow for a connection with nature, even when inside. Healthcare isn’t the only ones on board with nature-based interior design — restaurants like Nærvær in Copenhagen and hotels like the Clarion in Sola, Norway are implementing these elements as well. Interior designers are aiming to create more tactile surfaces, from textured TFL to soft furnishings to create spaces that feel intimate and cozy.

At Arclin, we are inspired by natural designs and textures. Our Harvest Collection is inspired by natural elements from all over the world. This collection was intentionally cultivated to bring nature to you. Get in touch with Arclin TFL here for samples from our latest collection.

NeoCon 2017

Surface Trends: Some Observations

NeoCon — our favorite time of year. There’s just no other show in this country that provides the visual stimulation or feeds the trend-seeker’s soul quite like this one. Floor after floor of the best and the, quite literally, brightest in commercial interiors design.

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Understandably, we view the show with a decorative surfaces-geek eye, so our top trends veer in that direction. And we saw plenty that made our socks roll up and down this year.

Any recap of the show will certainly point first to the reemergence of Scandinavian influences. Clean lines, lighter tones, pops of bold color. It seems, to us, the logical evolution from the midcentury modern trend that has taken both commercial and residential interiors by storm in recent years. Breaking that down further, here’s what caught our attention.

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Continued shift from veneers to laminates.

Now able to match real wood and veneers in grain fidelity and sophistication, the advantages of laminates are making them increasingly attractive in increasingly more applications. Certainly, desk systems, hospital interiors and educational environments have long embraced laminates, but the once coveted solid wood or veneered focal piece — desk, conference table, cabinetry, credenza — is now showing up in laminate, too, showcasing its enhanced durability and increasing design versatility.

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Subtle, elegant grains.

Where two points converge: the Scandinavian influences coupled with the availability of elegantly designed wood grains came together as we saw an evolution from the subtle lineal patterns that have been a hallmark of commercial interiors surfaces to more elaborate grains and structures. Subtle in color, rich in character.

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Small spaces, slim profiles.

Offices continue to grapple with the seemingly contradictory mandates of “open spaces!,” the need for occasional privacy and millennials’ desire to continually shake things up. No sitting at one desk all day. There are pods and small offices and sitting desks and standing desks and small conversation areas and big meeting areas and still the occasional (egads!) office with four walls and a door. All those spaces living in harmony have contributed to a design trend toward more, smaller spaces and slim profile furniture that is visually appealing, easily moveable and doesn’t clutter up a what-could-be-easily-cluttered-looking space. The surfaces lend themselves to these smaller profiles, adding clean, sleek sophistication that doesn’t scream to compete.

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Pops of drama.

That said, all those muted tones were very often offset with splashes of drama. Subtle colors and grains found complement with a single bold pattern or color, whether hard surface, textile, carpet or chairs. (The chairs! We became obsessed with the chairs!) Those pops are one of the fun things about our jobs, frankly. For every 20 hardrock maples and blond lineals, we get to add something dramatic and bold.

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Expanding sustainability.

A healthy work environment has come to mean more than simply recycling copy paper and introducing low-emissions fabrics and case goods. From ergonomic workstations to what’s in the fridge, everything focuses on the health of the employee and the responsibility of the employer for both environment and that employee’s health. There’s a lot to the sustainability story for laminates if you’re interested in the read.

If NeoCon had a slogan (does NeoCon have a slogan), it should be: Better than Christmas!

Alternative Building Materials That Create a Luxury Look Without a Luxe Price

Marble, granite, steel, teakwood, and mahogany all are expensive to use, especially if covering a large space. But you don’t have to spend a lot to get a luxury look today. Engineered building materials are not only up to 70% less expensive than the real deal, but are often more durable. And because many use renewable sources or recycled materials, they tend to also be more eco-friendly. The result is easier maintenance and longer life of a building. What’s not to like about that?

Here are some materials that can give an elegant look for less.

1. TFL 

Alternative Building Materials TFL - Arclin TFLDesign-forward, versatile, and environmentally-friendly, TFL can match the graphic intensity and fidelity of woods, stone, metals, and abstracts without the price tag of the real thing. This resin-coated sheet of décor paper is directly applied to a substrate, such as particleboard or plywood to create a cost-effective material to build furniture, shelves and to cover walls. And now that textures are available, the options are endless.

2. Stone Veneer

Alternative Building Materials - Stone Veneer - Arclin TFLComing in a 50-60% less cost than real stone, manufactured stone veneer is an attractive option to get a stone look for fireplaces and building exteriors without the weight and construction requirements of real stone. Plus, it comes in a much wider variety of designs and colors. Since it is typically thinner than real stone, the veneer version needs less building materials to adhere it to the wall frame, making it easier and less expensive to build.

3. Bamboo

Bamboo Construction - Alternative Building Materials - Arclin TFLBamboo may seem like an acquired taste but it is actually a sustainable choice for framing buildings. It is fast-growing, lightweight, and can replace steel rebar and concrete in construction. While used for years in areas native to bamboo — think warm, humid climates — conventional construction is beginning to see the benefits.

4. Engineered Marble

Engineered Marble - Alternative Building Materials - Arclin TFLEngineered marble is just as tough (some say even tougher) and wears just as well as real marble. A composite material made of crushed stone bound together by a polymer resin or cement mix, it can give a luxe look to large buildings such as malls, hotels, and department stores. Because so much stone is required to cover the large walls and floors, it is a good choice to keep costs down.

What alternative materials are you using in your new building projects? Share with us on our Facebook page.

Retro Design, Revisited

If you had a chance to head to NeoCon last month, you would have seen that the 70’s style is alive and well. Interiors spaces are welcoming back the best of the era with brick walls, exposed wood beams, and sunken living rooms alongside furniture and decor boasting mod patterns, retro color schemes, and clean lines. Here are a few of our favorite retro-inspired picks from NeoCon that are sure to inspire some of you.

The Pâtissière Series Cafe Chairs by Leland

Today’s retro style often pairs only two colors together to mimic the printing style available in the 70s. That can be seen in Leland’s chair designs, alongside the desaturated color palette and dramatic curves.

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Fern Chair by Haworth

A comfortable chair is necessary for all the hours we spend in from of computers today. But that doesn’t mean they can be fun. Haworth took 70’s inspired clean lines and muted color schemes to inspire the modern work day.

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Lichen Carpet by Mohawk Group

Winning the Gold Award in the Carpet: Modular category, the Lichen rug has an organic, nature-inspired feel with loads of texture, which focuses on 70’s inspired burnt orange.
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Kanso Bench by HBF

Low-slung seating was a popular retro style and HBF brought it back in these playful color combination with mix-and-match pieces. How fun!

 

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And, another example of minimalist furniture we want, now.

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Mod all the way. These fun fabrics fully embrace the geometric style that defined retro. Circles, starbursts, stripes, and other shape patterns lend themselves to a visual dance prominent during that time. And now, today’s walls, chairs, and couches will be ready to make the same groovy statement.

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How do you feel about the resurgence of retro design that was seen throughout NeoCon 2017? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment on Facebook to share your opinion.

Clean & Green: Trends in Hospital Design

The game is changing when it comes to hospital design. Designers and architects are more in tune than ever about how integral design choices are for patient wellbeing. Hospitals all around the country are taking steps in a new direction by cultivating a positive atmosphere through intentional design — and we’re all for it! Here are a few trends hospitals are using to soften the sterile look of traditional facilities.

Brighten It Up

hospital design Trends Arclin TFLOut with the greys and blue, in with the light and bright. We are seeing hospital design replace traditional, more conservative tones with brighter swashes of colors as accent walls in patient rooms, common spaces, and even often-overlooked hallways. Arclin’s Angkor Root or Kinabalu Teak are two choice ideal for creating a clean, modern backdrop to whatever bright color a hospital chooses.

Green Friendly

Hospitals are going green and seeing results. Not only are they using more sustainable material like TFL because of its durability, germ-resistance, and zero-emissions, but they can reduce costs by using more TFL in more places. From furniture to built-ins, wall-coverings to shelving, the TFL can create a clean, consistent space that has minimal impact on the environment and is sensitive to patient needs.

Home Away From Home

Hospitals require a certain level of clinical functionality. However, creating an at-home feel can increase patient satisfaction by making design choices that result in reduced environmental stressors. This is being done through softer linens in sophisticated colors, sturdier and matching in-room furniture such as wardrobes and bedside tables, and accenting patient rooms with greenery and artwork. By creating a more residential feel, patients have a more positive experience.

Comfort in Chaos

Texture is showing up everywhere in commercial design right now, and hospitals are finally coming on board. While a clean and crisp style has always been a go-to in hospital design, we seeing warmth being created by adding wood tones to wall design, lighting fixtures, and ceiling coverings. In the high-stress environment of a hospital, texture can help create a more relaxed, comfortable environment.

Five Trends in Future-Proofing Retail Design

Retail is evolving and changing faster now than ever before. With so many consumers shopping online today, retail experiences should be both memorable and impactful. Not only do retailers want to make a positive impression on each consumer, but they also need to invest their design dollars as efficiently as possible. Having to re-design a retail space every six months to chase a new trend will surely cut into a business’ bottom line. Here are five trends in flexible retail design that give companies the ability to future-proof their stores and improve the overall retail experience.

Arclin TFL Future Proof Retail Design1. Flexible Shelving
Flexible store display systems give retailers an endless range of options for merchandising solutions. Many of these systems are small enough to be moved to various parts of the store with ease. The biggest benefit: shelving can be modified into many configurations or taken out altogether to accommodate a new display. That’s a win.

2. Fixtures on Wheels
Whether a display itself changes or not, you can create a fresh look in a retail space simply by moving around your offerings. Fixtures on wheels are rolling bins, clothing racks, store fixtures that you can move at will — voilà, it’s like a brand new space.

3. Movable Light Boxes
Permanent light box displays can be a pain when you need to redesign a retail space. And it adds up. Instead, future-proof the space by investing in movable light boxes that can be quickly and easily repurposed to changing needs.

4. Advances in Lighting
Arclin TFL Future Proof Retail Design lightsBoy, does lighting make a difference. Those outdated flickering fluorescent lights that can still be found in some retails stores are not only off-putting, but they tend to be unflattering. The LED revolution is well underway, so add these fixtures to your retail space to create a warmer environment and eliminate the notorious dressing room drama.

5. Personalized Shopping Experiences
Integrating technology into the retail space now gives store owners the ability to give each shopper a personalized experience. One survey found that nearly half of shoppers were willing to pay more for a personalized experience. How do you provide this? Just one example is to implement Intelligent Fitting Rooms that use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags to recognize clothing items. These fitting rooms are integrated with a screen that might show complementing pieces and accessories as well as the availability of other sizes. Shopping is definitely evolving.

Today’s customers are now used to an endless stream of fresh information online and expect to have new engagement when they walk into a retail establishment. If they consistently see the same layout, they’re more likely to get bored and not return. These five retail design trends can help nearly any retail store create a fresh look that is economical and relevant to the current market.

For retail surfaces such as displays and shelving, Arclin TFL is a smart choice for future-proofing a space with its trend-forward designs. Now see what design trends are driving retail.

The Evolution of Our Portfolio

Behind Arclin’s Portfolio Changes

As you certainly know by now, we’ve made significant changes to Arclin’s decorative overlays portfolio in the last two years.

What drove our decisions? And why does (or should) it matter to you?

Let’s start with the second question — that’s easy: The changes in our portfolio reflect design shifts across many of the application industries served heavily by TFL — kitchens, closets, retail, healthcare, hospitality, office and more. The 21 new papers (12 designs) in our new Harvest Collection were selected expressly to meet growing and future trends across multiple applications.

How did we go about making our decisions on what to take out, what to add?

  1. We started by purging our portfolio of older designs that had worn out their welcome.
  2. We conducted extensive research on U.S. and worldwide trends, current and future, to find the best opportunities for our customers. (This is an ongoing effort!) Red and orange = out. Walnut, warm grays and browns, tone-on-tone and light colorations = in. Textures abound.
  3. We reviewed the entire portfolio by design structure, type of grain or other structural feature, color, application opportunities and more. We were admittedly far too heavy on the reds and oranges, light on some of the more modern features (see #2, above).
  4. We ultimately selected 12 new designs — with color options, 21 papers — for our new collection. A quick synopsis of the “why” of each:

Alexandria Walnut – probably the most traditional of the new designs, the fidelity and rich coloration of this beautiful walnut make it anything but “old.” Equally at home in traditional structures or exotic applications.

Angkor Stone & Angkor Root – rustic with a touch of elegance, with colorations that hit the trends but with slightly unique hues. These two are applicable virtually everywhere, from closets to cabinetry, hospital rooms to office settings.

Cambridge Classic & Cambridge Bronze – we’ve always said about this one: you have to see the full panel to grasp the beauty of this one. Rich and regal, this one has the potential to carry the room.

Charles Bridge – one of the more exotic designs in the collection, this seemingly in-motion wood grain has been colored for maximum dramatic effect. We can see this one at home in a modern kitchen (imagine the pairing possibilities), or in hospitality and retail settings.

The Glances (Silver, Platinum, Lead) – a brushed metallic effect, we liked this one for its suitability for garage cabinetry, retail environments and more.

Jackson Barn & Jackson Buff – warm, rustic oak with a hint of on-trend cerusing, these meet the demand for high fidelity rustics — with a bit more flexibility than most.

Kinabalu Teak – the midcentury modern resurgence brought teak back into vogue. Now the teak trend looks to have legs. We gave it extra traction, here, with a lighter, almost tone-on-tone coloration. There’s really no limit to the application possibilities here.          

Noce Moscato – rich grays, browns and blacks made this one an easy pick. Gorgeous, dramatic and a design-driver in the spaces it inhabits.

Papa’s Loft – the most popular of the collection, so far, this design proves that TFL isn’t what it used to be. That is, with improvements over the years in performance and fidelity, we can bring fresh designs to life that expand our opportunities to replace traditional veneers and other surfaces. We focused the coloration, too, on current and sustainable trends.

Skyline Dawn, Dusk & Dark – conjuring concrete or stone…even a metallic as you evolve to the darkest shade…this design was selected from among dozens of concrete-based textures we considered. Absolutely on-trend and in high demand.

Stinsons: Gray, Trail & Umber – this design captured three aspects we were looking for in our new collection: a modern lineal, on-trend colorations and extremely versatile.

Sunrise Impression – stone? marble? concrete? We’ll leave it to your impression. Which is what makes it so appealing.

Get in touch for samples, pricing information and more.

 

Close Up – Q&A with Reed Singleton

Q: You’ve been heavily involved in Arclin’s recent efforts to revamp its TFL design portfolio. Where do you see opportunity for Arclin’s customers with the new designs and approach?
A: From a design standpoint, a tremendous amount of forethought and effort — with the help of Arclin’s printer partners and Loop9 Marketing — went into the selection of the new designs. The result is a collection of designs that is both modern and relevant. They’ve been extremely well received by our customers and their downstream customers.

We’ve also shifted our marketing approach to support overall TFL market growth. It’s our hope that, with a more fine-tuned portfolio and greater tools, Arclin’s customers will be able to increase market size and share.  We think the key to growing the TFL market is in reaching downstream, to designers and specifiers, with surface designs that can replace or enhance traditional surface materials.

Read the press release where Reed Singleton talks about the introduction of The Harvest Collection.



Q: Partly under your direction, Arclin has been shifting its sales and technical support approach toward a “One Arclin” strategy — that is, enabling customers to work with one team for both its resin and surface overlay support. How is the transition going and how is it benefiting customers?
A: Arclin is the only surfaces producer in the U.S. and Canada that also produces resin. This is a tremendous advantage to our customers, as we can provide better product quality, more support and greater opportunity for innovation.  Our “One Arclin” approach is going very well, improving our communication and service both to and from Arclin’s customer base.


 

Q: You’ve been with Arclin nearly 20 years, first in Winnfield, Louisiana and now based out of its Springfield, Oregon location. What’s been the biggest change for you, making the move to the left coast?  
A: Obviously there are cultural differences that took some getting used to after moving from the deep south of Louisiana to the Pacific North West. That aside, I have made a lot of great new friends and have enjoyed the inherent beauty of that part of the country.  I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know Arclin’s customers along the West Coast and look forward to building lasting relationships there. In the short year I have lived in Oregon, I’ve developed a lasting love for the region and the people. My only real struggle is convincing folks that THEY are the ones who talk funny.

 

Meet Scot Johnson


Scot JohnsonQ: You’ve got a long history at Arclin overseeing its industrial surfaces business — everything from concrete surfacing to roof and wall sheathing. What unique perspective do you bring to decorative surfaces side of the business — how do you see influencing its growth going forward?
A: I plan to bring the same approach to decorative surfaces that we’ve long employed for industrial — that is, meshing customer and market needs with Arclin’s constant pursuit of developing new chemistries and new application opportunities. For example, we’re constantly looking at creating better-performing products we can offer at lower costs…we’re looking at several opportunities now. And I’m very focused on finding new products that can open whole new doors for Arclin and our customers. I’m excited about our possibilities in the decorative space.

Q: You’ve overseen introduction at Arclin of a number of pretty innovative industrial products. Do you see opportunity for innovation in the decorative surfaces industry? Can you tell us about anything in the works?
A: Yes! We’re working on a lower cost, higher opacity overlay…and at the possibility of an exterior-grade decorative surface — UV resistant, durable and one that can stand up to the elements. It’s in concept phase at this stage, but it’s a product with some pretty cool application possibilities (THAT part, I’ll have to keep secret for bit longer).

Q:  How does a guy who’s been used to dealing with concrete and exterior building products turn his sights to a design-focused product line? Is there a learning curve for you?
A: Hey — concrete can be decorative! Seriously, there’s not much of a learning curve on the chemistry and applications side of the business; they share many of the same characteristics. But I’ve been focused on understanding the design side of it. As we’ve been preparing this portfolio launch for next year, in fact, I’m learning that the design options can be endless and we need to make sure we’re matching our approach to the best opportunities in the market.

Learn more about Scot Johnson and Arclin Leadership here.

Meet Teong Tan

Teong TanQ:  From a quality standpoint, what is your primary focus for Arclin’s decorative surface overlays?
A: Arclin has always been known for our willingness and ability to tackle challenging products — and we have a lot of great products out there. But obviously, that is only beneficial for our customers if we can consistently deliver to our product specifications and performance. We’ve focused on reducing variation from all sources, from raw materials to our own processes to finished goods. Our aim is to deliver on spec, every time.

Q:  What has been your biggest quality improvement accomplishment so far?
A: We’re tenacious about getting to root causes when we have a quality issue. We’ve made that a hallmark of our quality culture. Most recently, we’ve tackled some issues with “blocking” — when TFL overlays absorb moisture from the environment and begin to stick together. We’re hearing from our customers now that we’re surpassing our competitors in eliminating this problem.

Q:  You’ve been with Arclin for 14 years. What has been your path to this position?
A: I started out as a resin chemist. I eventually moved to lead one of the technical teams, ultimately expanding that into a leadership role in overall quality control. I now lead the technical team for all of Arclin’s surfaces (which includes industrial overlays, in addition to decorative). This opportunity to take the TFL business to the next level has been an exciting part of the ride!

Q:  Tell us something about yourself that your coworkers might not even know.
A: I have a newborn and a 2 1/2 year old. I spend any moment I’m not working with them and my wife. Before I had kids, I was an avid watercolor artist; I’ve exhibited in some small scale shows. I love music and play the piano. I ran a couple of marathons…but now I spend my days running after my toddler.