First Living Product Challenge Petal Certified Flooring Captures Awards in Healthcare Design

Nov 15, 2017 2:15 PM ET

ORLANDO, Fla., November 15, 2017 /3BL Media/ — Mohawk Group, a leading commercial flooring company known for cutting-edge and innovative flooring solutions, announced today that the company’s Lichen carpet plank collection is a winning product in the prestigious Nightingale Awards program at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. Resulting from innovations that merge leading concepts in biophilic design and sustainability, the world’s first floor covering to achieve Living Product Challenge Petal Certification was honored with two key awards: best of competition and gold for carpet.

“We are very honored and excited to be recognized by this outstanding awards program for our commitment to create innovative flooring solutions that promote optimum health and wellness,” said Cynthia Hubbell, vice president of healthcare and senior living for Mohawk Group. “Our mission is to cultivate design, innovation, research and development, technology and sustainability so that we can foster high performance interiors that enable us to thrive.”

Presented by Healthcare Design and Contract in partnership with The Center for Health Design, the Nightingale Awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that helps facilitate healing. Named in honor of Florence Nightingale and initiated in 1990 by Contract magazine’s editors and The Center for Health Design’s founders, the Nightingale Awards recognize products that are juried by seasoned healthcare design professionals and healthcare facility managers. The jury makes selections based on the product’s contribution to a healing environment, functionality, quality and durability, aesthetics and style, pricing and innovation.

Earlier this year, the Lichen Collection also captured a Metropolis Likes award and a Best of NeoCon Gold award for modular carpet.

“Lichen is a strong embodiment of our promise to the healthcare segment, from its inspiring sustainability story to its manufacturing and community engagement, helping contribute to healthier spaces that nurture and heal the human mind, body and spirit,” added Hubbell.

The International Living Future Institute’s Living Product Challenge is a product certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in product manufacturing today. Designed by Jason F. McLennan, the founder of the Living Product Challenge, in collaboration with Mohawk Group and his team at McLennan Design, Lichen is inspired by the idea of “Nature’s Carpet.” The Red List Free collection is made with Duracolor premium nylon fibers, making it functional for the most demanding healthcare environments because of superior inherent stain- and wear-resistant qualities. The collection’s anchor is a large-scale field of lichen blooms that help create a calm healing environment, changing in shape and form by colorway. Other patterns include a transition style that has less bloom as well as a style that is solely textured ground. The styles can be used together in a wide range of healthcare environments as a system, or separately, depending on the desired configuration of texture and color.

Held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Nov. 11-14, the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference is sponsored by Healthcare Design magazine and is the premier design exposition and conference for healthcare interiors in North America.

About Mohawk Group
Mohawk Group, the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, delivers industry-leading style, cutting-edge innovation, unmatched service and superior sustainability. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, Mohawk Group has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. The company’s enduring family of brands—Mohawk, Karastan and Durkan—are widely regarded as the most trusted names in the commercial flooring business. Together, these brands function beautifully, delivering the perfect flooring solution for all markets and price points. Rounding out its esteemed product offering, Mohawk Group also offers a full spectrum of hard surface flooring products and installation accessories that exceed the most rigorous performance standards.