Cityscape means carpet without compromise for a local homeware brand with international reach.
Wallace Cotton is a family-owned New Zealand homeware business whose products have been in homes worldwide for more than 14 years. Their focus on beautiful design and great quality is reflected in the fitout of their new Auckland offices, which are enhanced by Cityscape Atlanta carpet tiles from Advance Flooring.
Rather than engage a designer, Wallace Cotton guided the fit-out themselves, from the floor plan up. ‘We were striving to create a space that was aspirational, yet felt more like a home than an office,’ says general manager Bill Wallace. ‘That aesthetic runs through the finishes and the furniture, with a focus on timber and warm comfortable spaces.’
The upstairs offices and boardroom are arranged around a central lobby, separated by glass partitions with black powdercoated joinery. Downstairs there is another glazed wall between offices and warehouse.
With their variegated pattern in shades of grey, Cityscape Atlanta carpet tiles complement the design scheme’s restrained colour palette and extensive use of wood. ‘We wanted something dark to contrast with the light walls,’ says Bill. ‘A subtle pattern that would enhance the joinery colour.’
Visually, the use of wooden walls, floors, light fittings and furniture warms up the office environment. The Cityscape tiles serve to soften the overall effect. ‘Acoustics are very important, too, as we have a lot of hard surfaces,’ says Bill.
Wallace Cotton knew they wanted carpet for their new space; they also knew they wanted a more commercial solution than broadloom could offer. ‘In our previous space we had carpet, and when walkway areas wore down we had to replace the whole lot. We were recommended Advance, and so with the Cityscape tile we can simply swap out a tile if a tile is damaged or gets too worn.’
With the selection of Cityscape Atlanta, there was no compromise on looks and function. The reaction from the team? ‘Everyone absolutely loves it.’
Designer: Wallace Cotton
Product: Cityscape Atlanta carpet tiles
Photographer: Mark Scowen