Mannington Commercial is introducing The Hocus Collection, a stunning array of three modular carpet styles designed in collaboration with the renowned minimalist artist, Larry Bell. Bringing forth Bell’s 60-year career of exploring the interaction of light and surfaces, the collection is rich with color and dimension and creates an intriguing flooring option for a variety of commercial environments.
Bell’s Standing Walls series provided the inspiration for The Hocus. The art series features large installations of glass panels revealing complex shapes of transparency, reflectivity and color that change as the observer walks through or around them. In these works, the nature of surface and light is explored, with their curious, even magical, relationship to space and the observer’s shifting perception.
“When you have the opportunity to walk around his work, as our Mannington Commercial Design Studio team did, you immediately notice the play of depth, which makes you feel like a part of the piece. That immersive experience is what we were trying to create with The Hocus,” said Roby Isaac, Mannington Commercial’s Vice President of Design.
The Hocus Collection’s three modular carpet styles include: The Observer, which is available in 24” x 24” and 18” x 36” formats, and uses layered color values to create the impression of angular shapes seen from different vantage points. The Maquette, also available in 24” x 24” and 18” x 36” formats, emphasizes right angles and straight lines to translate the areas of opacity and transparency as seen in Bell’s glass sculptures. Transference’s smaller-scale, textural pattern is available in 24” x 24” and 18” x 36” sizes. It incorporates line work to mirror the depth in cubes, a key shape in Bell’s art.
The Hocus’ color palette artistically ties into the colors Bell explores in his glass sculptures. Each colorway features neutrals alongside soft, airy shades of subdued color.
“We purposely worked three colors into all the colorways to speak to the complexity of how light hits glass,” said Isaac.
Originally previewed during NeoCon 2019, the carpet collection features a special treatment of high-luster yarn unique to Mannington Commercial, which creates the effect of light within the patterns. The mix of luster levels reveals a sense of reflectivity and sheen bringing the colors to life and enhancing the sense of dimension.
“To me, The Hocus means something magical and improbable,” said Bell, who noted that this was his first time working with this kind of media.
“Images of things that I’ve done were played with, changed and combined with different textures and different surfaces. The collection that came from it is beautiful. The patterns, the colors, are just really amazing — and they all work extremely well together. The Hocus Collection has added another dimension to my media that I had not realized was possible.”
With a 3.5 TARR for exceptional durability, the Hocus Collection is made with premium Antron Legacy type 6,6 nylon, which allows the carpet to last up to 75 percent longer, and Mannington Commercial’s Infinity 2 Modular backing for superior performance. Antron Legacy is a thirdparty certified Environmentally Preferable Product. Infinity 2 Modular backing contains recycled content and is NSF/ASI 140 Certified Gold. The Hocus Collection is CRI Green Label Plus Certified to support indoor air quality and features an EPD and HPD. The collection carries a limited lifetime wear and backing warranty, as well as a limited 15-year XGUARD Stain Resistant Warranty and a limited 15-year ColorSafe Bleach Resistant Warranty. The collection is made in Calhoun, Ga., at Mannington Commercial’s ISO 14001 registered carpet manufacturing facility.