Foodies visiting Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in Cornwall can admire more than just the cooking after Tarkett produced a bespoke floor for the popular eatery. As part of a recent renovation project, the flooring experts from Tarkett’s Floorcraft Design team were commissioned to produce a unique design.
Using 128,000 individually cut tiles, the team created a repeating black and beige pattern that was installed at the entrance and around the bar area. In total more than 80 square metres of flooring was created from Tarkett’s Luxury Vinyl Tile iD Inspiration 70 range.
Leadng the project was Samantha Jones, Head of Tarkett’s Floorcraft Design Service. Samantha said: “Producing the flooring for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall required us to cut exact replicas of thousands of tiny tiles no bigger that 25mm. A high degree of accuracy and attention to detail was vital. Thankfully it was all worth it as the results look fantastic.”
A sonic blade was used to cut the tiles. The blade oscillates at 20,000 cycles per second, creating a precision cut which can produce details as small as 3mm in diameter. Samantha said: “We can be incredibly accurate and because of this can create almost any design. Designers and architects come to us with all sorts of ideas and fulfilling them is a challenge we enjoy.”
The 128,000 individual tiles were then used to build 320 larger 50x50cm tiles for easy installation. Tarkett’s iD Inspiration 70 range was introduced to the market back in 2013 and has proved hugely popular across a variety of sectors.
The flooring is manufactured with a 0.70mm transparent PVC wear layer which means it’s incredibly hard-wearing without losing any of its visual appeal. The range is also environmentally friendly being 100% recyclable, and includes a minimum 48% recycled content.
Tarkett’s LVT range is one of the few products on the UK market that is manufactured and designed in Europe. This means both products have a carbon footprint lower than those manufactured in the Far East. VOC emissions are also below quantifiable levels, contributing to an optimal indoor air quality.
Matthew Thomson, Chief Executive of Fifteen Cornwall, said: “We’re really pleased with the finished design. Visually it’s very impressive and contributes to an excellent looking restaurant.”
Steve Urwin, Tarkett UK Marketing Manager, said: “Our LVT flooring range is proving incredibly popular with designers, architects and specifiers. As this project shows, it’s incredibly versatile and being so hard-wearing is suited for use in a wide variety of sectors – including retail, leisure and care. The designs created by our Floorcraft team show their creativity as well as the flexibility of the Tarkett product.”