Suppliers you should know: Wall and Flooring

Suppliers you should know: Wall and Flooring

This past month was a big one for international wall and flooring suppliers, as the global trade fair for ceramics and marble Cevisama held its 34th edition in Valencia, Spain. Having received more than 76,000 visitors from 150 different countries, Cevisama operates as one of the largest business centres for the ceramic cladding industry.

Among the hundreds of exhibitors present, both Cosentino and Roca were in attendance, representing the UAE’s tile and floor industry.

Cosentino launched Dekton XGloss, a new line of polished high-tech ultra-compact surfaces characterised by crystal shine. This new line in the Dekton range, produced by an advanced nano-technological treatment and a mechanical polishing process, offers a luminous and crystal-like shine which combines with the hardness and very high resistance characteristics.

The new XGloss series, which will be launched commercially this coming spring, will introduce five new colours in the Solid collection, and will be available in sizes up to 144cm x 320cm and in thicknesses from 20mm to 12mm.

In addition to Cosentino, Roca Tiles, part of the Roca family, was also at Cevisama exhibiting a number of different tile schemes as a part of its new collections for 2016, inspired by industrial finishes, ceramic effects and a wide range of colours.

With a minimalistic inspiration, Roca’s Derby series was on display. It is a range of full body porcelain tiles that replicates the design of marked cement and its porcelain finish makes it suitable both for commercial spaces and domestic use.

Zarzoso Isidro, president of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), highlighted that the Spanish ceramic industry exported to a total of 186 countries, the main markets being France, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Algeria.

We talked to Oliver Franz Schmidt, founder of El Equipo Creativo design studio, the winner of the 14th edition of the ASCER Tile of Spain Awards in the Interior Design category. The designer explored new ways to apply tiles without sacrificing functionality and was awarded the first prize for his Blue Wave Cocktail Bar project in Barcelona.

“The Blue Wave Cocktail bar is located at the water’s edge and we wanted to recreate the sea waves on the walls and the façade by using tiles. During this project, we conducted major research on tiles and were surprised by the possibilities for their applications. With the new printing technologies the possibilities are endless and 3D tiles are now becoming increasingly popular,” says Schmidt.

There are a handful of new trends taking over the wall and flooring market and Commercial Interior Design speaks to the suppliers you should know.


Tell us about your company

From solutions for glass facades, doors, partitions, pillars, ceilings and walls, 3M offers practical solutions that make spaces come alive. Established in Minnesota, USA in 1902, 3M is a science-based company and its architectural markets business division allows designers to create imaginative spaces by using 3M DI-NOC architectural finishes, Fasara glass finishes and crystal glass finishes, comply adhesive technology and whiteboard film.

What are your best selling products?

3M DI-NOC architectural finishes preserve rare and exotic woods by providing an authentic look that applies easily to minimise waste. Thin, light and seamless, DI-NOC finishes can be applied to various surfaces and materials and are available in more than 600 designs, colours and textures. Incorporating the latest trends, these finishes allow creative freedom while their ability to be converted in-situ affords cost effective refurbishment and repair. Available in more than 50 designs, Fasara films are able to deter 99% of harmful UV rays. These decorative finishes can be used to control light and privacy while enhancing interior aesthetics.

Does 3M offer any matting solutions for buildings?

Under the specialist brand name of Nomad, 3M offers a range of entrance matting specially designed to maintain a clean and welcoming entrance. There are five types of Nomad entry mat – Aqua Plus, Terra, Optima, Modular and Basic Entry – each with its own specialist purpose.

3M has also introduced 3M Safety- Walk, which is designed to be effective in barefoot areas, such as swimming pools. The matting is covered with an antimicrobial coating that inhibits the growth of fungus, mildew and other micro-organisms and subsequently prevents the formation of bad odour.

Safe-tigue is another matting solution that offers a combination of anti-slip and anti-fatigue matting for safety and comfort. Its unbacked, open construction allows debris and liquids to pass through the mat.

PO Box 20191, Dubai Internet City, UAE
+971 4 3670777


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Interface is a leader in the design and production of modular flooring products that combine beauty and sustainability with functionality and environmental credentials. Interface was one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability. Mission Zero represents the company’s vision of becoming totally sustainable by 2020, making significant progress towards its goal.

What are your best selling and latest products?

Interface is passionate about exploring the relationship between design, the built environment and human well-being. Its Human Spaces series studies the impact biophilic design in the workplace has on employee well-being, productivity and creativity. Based on this study, Interface recently launched its Human Nature range. With this range, Interface introduced the skinny plank format to the region for the first time, which proved to be a game-changing design on the market.

What projects have you been involved in?

Interface has recently supplied 10,000m2 of Human Nature to the new headquarters of the Central Bank of Iraq in Baghdad, as well as 17,000m2 of Furrows and Composure products to the new Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank offices. Interface continues to work extensively with key end-users and government projects across the region.

How does the Middle East market differ from the rest of the world?

This market is certainly design driven and is very close to leading design trends in Europe as well as the USA. With a high percentage of new-build versus refurbishment, the Middle East probably has a higher uptake of new products than other parts of the world. We see a lot of influence from across the world but the local talent pool of interior designers and architects has been growing consistently for the past 5-10 years, with leading architects in the region now winning international design competitions for buildings in the USA, Europe and the Far East.

API Business Suites Building, Office 505, Al Barsha
+971 4 3996934

BAFCO Contract Materials

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For 25 years, the BAFCO name has been synonymous with quality office furnishings and exceptional commercial interiors design and fit-out. To expand our offerings, we launched a new division, BAFCO Contract Materials. BCM provides contract materials to builders, designers and the end user. We have searched the globe to source the ultimate in products that offer the best of function, design, quality and price.

What are your best selling and latest products?

Our glass partition wall systems from BAFCO’s own Vision 85 collection are very popular, as they are installed on a track and can be easily dismounted and reinstalled in another location. Our flooring options from U.S. based Bolyu, Lamett of Belgium and Suminoe of Japan are also quite popular because they do not require permanent adhesives, so they can also be removed and relocated as needed. These products are popular because they are designed to adapt and evolve alongside the dynamic businesses that operate in our region.

What trends do you see in walls and flooring?

Office spaces are evolving into open plan environments and with this, acoustics have become a vital element of effective workspace design. BCM now offers a wide range of acoustic solutions that marry function and strong design aesthetics. For example, walls can be covered in preserved lichen that we source in the UAE, or warm wood for an organic look and feel. For a more contemporary flair, we offer BCM’s own acoustic panels that can be covered in a wide variety of European fabrics or leathers and come in several unique design patterns and shapes. These products are also reusable and made from recycled elements, which address the trend towards ecofriendly product lines.

What projects have you been involved in?

Emirates Engineering Center (ENEC), the Securities and Commodities Authority, Sanofi Aventis, and DP World T3.

Two showrooms in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi
+971 800-BAFCO(22326)

Shaw Contract Group

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Shaw Contract Group is the largest manufacturer of carpet floor coverings in the world, including carpet tiles, broadloom and resilient products. Supplying all sectors, we have a dedicated hospitality division and global accounts team.

Shaw Contract Group can assist in the design and development of interior schemes. As a vertically integrated manufacturer we are self-sufficient in the manufacturing of our products. Rarely do we have to rely on third parties which means designers, installers and clients can get the best possible product at a competitive price.

All of our collections are tested in accordance with the US and European quality standards. One of the most environmentally driven manufacturers in the world, Shaw Contract Group recycle more carpet than anyone else in the world.

We run a free takeback and recycling scheme for Shaw Contract Group carpet product. Contact us and we will collect and recycle used Shaw carpet at no cost.

What are your best selling products?

Our carpet tile collections and hospitality collections are our best selling products.

What projects have you been involved in?

Our current projects include the University of Dubai in Academic City, Bukhatir Women’s college in Sharjah, Mafraq Hospital, Al Jaber Hospital in Kuwait, Qatar University Housing in Qatar, King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia and Apple offices in Riyadh.

What trends do you see in walls and flooring?

The integration of various flooring types is significant as part of the total interior design concept. Accreditations for products continue to be key in the specification of flooring. With LEED version 4 becoming standard in August sustainability will be in focus.

Standard Chartered Tower, 5th floor, suite 539, Emaar Square, Dubai


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Geze is one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of construction systems for door, window and safety technology. It offers a range of products including automatic door systems and door technology, glass systems, smoke and heat extraction solutions, safety, window and ventilation technology.

As an innovation and design leader, the independently-managed family company has influenced facility engineering and building technology with pioneering developments, which are constantly being driven onwards in the company’s technology centre.

The highest of quality standards means that Geze products contribute towards some of the most innovative building concepts in the world and ensure convenience and security in building technology.

What are your best selling products?

Geze Slim drive is an automated sliding doors system with a carrying capacity of 125 kg/leaf, it is a sliding door solution with a 7cm operator height suitable for almost any entrance area where a sliding door is required, such as a hotel, restaurant, hospital or a private villa. Geze has recently launched a new solution for ventilation and internal climate control.

What projects have you been involved in?

Dubai Airport, Adnoc headquarters, DAFZA, Al Habtoor City, Riyadh Airport, Makkah Airport, Riyadh bus stations, Mall of Qatar, Al Jalilah Hospital, Suleiman Al Habib Hospital and National Museum of Qatar.

GEZE Middle East FZE, PO Box 17903, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, UAE
+ 971 4 8833112; + 971 4 4541434


Tell us about your company

We are a Swiss company with long experiences of working in different countries, including 11 years in Brazil. With our partner company in Brazil we have been creating semi-precious stone-mosaic tables since 1972. Our customers can select their tables from our own range or send us their individual designs. All dimensions, forms and designs are possible.

What are your best selling products?

One of our favourite tables is the Basel model with white dolomite as background and orange calcite, green serpentine and blue sodalite mosaic inlays. Marrakesh is another beautiful table with exceptionally rich colours. Our products have been exported to various countries such as in the USA, Germany, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.

What projects have you been involved in?

We want to become more active on digital platforms and provide our customers with the opportunity to design their own tables.

We also strive to expand into the area of corporate identity and design, translating corporate logos into attractive, semi-precious stone mosaics, which can also be mounted on the wall.

What trends do you see in walls and flooring?

Flooring trends lead towards white and lighter colours to counterbalance the use of more bold colours within the room design. Our colourful tables fit into such eclectic settings. Different styles of wood and tiles with wood grains will maintain their important role. On the wall large tiles with 3D structure are becoming popular.

Mistama, Liesberg-Dorf, Switzerland
+41-79-533 82 66


Tell us about your company

Muraspec has been based in Dubai since 1994, providing premium wallcoverings across the region. With over 135 years of British heritage, our customers are in safe hands when they choose us.

With several launches every year, Muraspec takes pride in manufacturing wallcovering in thousands of different designs and colour options. Our wallcoverings cater for every sector and budget. Our teams work with our customers to create custom colours and designs that will give you a distinct scheme.

Our specialised digital printing department creates and prints large-scale images to meet customer requirements when the exclusive look is required.

The heart of Muraspec is our production facility based in Kent. All wallcoverings are manufactured in-house using a range of diversified machinery and skills.

What are your best selling products?

Recent launches Moire, Assam and Peru are already firm favourites with designers, combining unusual textures with an understated colour palette. Our best selling Elan collection is now available in a third volume, showcasing natural and fabric-inspired subtle embosses in a range of soft neutrals, greys and accent colours in matte and lustre finishes.

What trends do you see in walls and flooring?

Luxe look finishes are still popular with our customers – from metallics through to skins and textiles. We’ll be showing our new Savannah collection at Index and expect it to be a hit.

Bespoke designs continue to grow in popularity as clients appreciate having something that’s unique to them. Our specialist teams can help you create anything from a custom colour for an existing design through to a whole new scheme just for you.

What projects have you been involved in?

Our recent projects include Hilton worldwide, St Regis Hotel, Tecom Hotel in Dubai, King Faisal Hospital, Marriot Riyadh in KSA and Millenium Shaza Hotel in Oman.

Al Quoz 1, Dubai, UAE
+9714 3387399

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