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Mindful Design: TFL in Retail and Hospitality

Contemporary consumers are no longer just looking for great products at affordable prices – they also have a social conscience. Fair trade goods, ethical marketplaces, and even smartphone apps that guide customers toward purchases they can feel good about are increasingly common. Similarly, many shoppers and guests seek to patronize businesses and companies that embrace environmentally friendly practices, including the materials they use in their storefronts and attractions. In fact, industry leaders such as Starbucks are partnering with environmentally-focused organizations to develop and implement best practices for greener business practices. The company is developing a “Greener Stores” program to examine existing and build new locations to reduce its environmental impact and implement mindful design practices.

Mindful Design with TFL

Arclin TFL – which has, in fact, been the material of choice for many retail locations – is a holistic solution for retail and hospitality industries: attractive, low-maintenance, environmentally sound products that support sustainable business operations. Those seeking to stay ahead with practices that show a commitment to the environment, can find solutions with TFL.

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Conscious Shopping

With Millennials poised to surpass Baby Boomers as the largest population demographic in the U.S. by 2019, the retail and hospitality industries must be prepared to service a new demographic of consumers more likely to be influenced by social concerns in their spending habits. A deeper understanding of what Millennials value as shoppers and visitors is emerging; research is indicating that they choose to support businesses with ethically conscious, environmentally aware practices.

In addition to Millennials, increasing number of consumers of all generations are looking for ways to downsize, minimalize, and adopt lifestyles that reduce environmental impacts. This is an ideal time for companies to explore ways to fall in line with these trends.

Sustainable Options

Arclin TFL covers all bases: stylish design, exceptional performance, and, with materials that mimic the look and feel of natural materials without compromising natural resources, a means to advance green business practices.

TFL is an ideal choice for a variety of retail and hospitality applications: from fixtures to shelving; displays, cabinets, and furniture. Natural-looking woodgrain options are very popular right now. TFL can be a better option than real wood, providing consistency, durability, and cost savings in high traffic customer spaces while still providing the look consumers love. Given improvements in manufacturing technology, TFL can mimic textures and colorations that can be even more attractive than “authentic” wood surfaces.

Arclin’s Retail Design choices provide an array of palette choices and are equally at home in traditional, rustic design schemes, contemporary, abstract settings, and anything in between. Visit our design pages to spark ideas for your unique business needs and mindful design approach.

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.

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