Armstrong Flooring Brought Pattern Heritage Brick

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Armstrong Flooring Brought Pattern Heritage Brick


The most popular elastic floor model of the 20th century – now returns as a player of the 21st century! Yes, in what is certainly the biggest novelty of the year, Armstrong Flooring is reintroducing its famous pattern #5352 – now called “Heritage Brick” – in four color. Armstrong Flooring is in the process of introducing the revived Design through flooring retailers and expects it to be more widely available during the year. I spoke last week with the Designer Mark Zeamer, responsible for the project. Above: One of the new color variants, coral.

Thanks to reader Steve and Paul for giving advice on this story. In particular, a shout out to Paul’s link to this thread on the Professional Car Society forum, which showed the first images of this product launch.
April 2021 Update: When I asked Armstrong for an update on this story and heard from a reader at the same time, I learned that the Coral and Camel color were no longer in production.

Note that Armstrong tells me that the stock of these two models is limited, but that the availability and stock of these two color variants vary by region. Check with your local dealer.

The other two color, Serene sapphire and Dusk, which, according to the company, were a success, are still in production.

Mark Zeamer, digital designer at Armstrong Flooring, was the lead designer who worked to recreate this model using modern technology.

“My Residential Arc project manager, David, had received requests from our leaders and the field service to bring this model back,” Mark said. Over the past few year, the company has received many requests from various customers and companies. “People love this model and wanted to see it again.”
Mark said he started the project in early November. 2019 and was completed in February 2020.

He started by searching the company for tools — real machines — that could help verify the original design. But he didn’t find much: “When I looked to find everything I could find in the rooms and rooms, nothing was saved. I found miniature stencil, 20″ x 20”.”

So, using old models and model books as references, Mark recreated the model on a computer. Explaining his work process (which I found fascinating), Mark said: “I built a digital mask on the computer system that exactly matched the repetition of the original pattern. I then created breakups. I try to get as close as possible to the consolidated template. Then it took a while to come and go to capture the image, the three-dimensionality, the lights and the darkness, the movement of the original pattern – I didn’t want to lose that.”

The goal of the brands was to make the new pattern as close as possible to the old pattern. Has he accomplished this? Yes, he said: “It’s almost dead!”Hurrah!

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