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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought significant changes in corporate interiors with flooring and floor coverings now receiving increasing attention in the design of such facilities, says KBAC Flooring CEO, Brandon Park. KBAC Flooring, with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, are the South African distributors of acclaimed sustainable products of several top European and local designers and manufacturers all of whom are now focussing on new ways of improving health in the office environment.
“Several of our supplies already now have ‘specialised’ flooring products which feature space demarcating or directional patterns in office layout, and depict the distance for healthy staff interaction. Indoor air quality is another important factor in corporate interiors. Flooring – particularly carpet – plays an important role in dust control and corporate tenants now seem much more aware of the need for regular floor cleaning and maintenance,” Park stated.
He believes designers of flooring products as well as corporate interior specifiers will rise to the challenge of using healthy and “directional” flooring creatively to ensure that the aesthetical aspect of corporate interiors is not compromised.
“Modular flooring, with its capacity for rapid change and innovation, is likely to become increasingly specified in future in commercial premises. We also expect robust and disinfectant matting and flooring, able to remove dirt and debris from the shoes of staff and visitors, to become almost obligatory at the entrance to corporate premises,” Park added.
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