2012 CONTRACT COLLECTION
2012 CONTRACT COLLECTION
These Classic and Urban-inspired designs include abstracts, solids and woodgrains, as well as factory specials,
stones, pure metals and multiple finishes to provide designers with a fresh and approachable look for any
project. Six trends played center stage as inspiration for the colors, textures and new Collection graphics:
Urban Landscape & Ethical Consumerism
The trend of consumers moving out of the
suburbs and into urban areas is combined with
the desire for farmers markets and local sourcing,
restaurants with gardens and even materials and
color combinations inspired by nature. Rather
than designing literal interpretations of “green,”
manufacturers are now creating more sophisticated
This playful juxtaposition of distressed surfaces
and glittery details is partnered with Industrial
Chic – a layering of elements and influences
that are distinctly modern.
This trend works with all the others. Exposed
ductwork and pipes, original windows and
brick are all part of the look with metal, concrete,
brick and glass as surfaces of choice.
What’s Old Is New Again
Not only are iconic pieces being reissued in new
ways, but many salvaged materials are being
reused. A number of well-established brands are
reintroducing classic ‘50s and ‘60s designs in
strikingly 21st-century interpretations.
Layering, Perforations & Tessellations
Abstracts are inspired by repeating shapes
found in nature, architecture and fashion.
White marble has been used for thousands
of years for statuary and interior décor. Carrera
marble has experienced a remarkable revival
residentially and commercially. It also reflects
the classic contrast of white and black, shown
today with exciting pops of bright color.
Wilsonart Introduces New 2012 Contract Collection · New Collection Mixes Distinctive Urban Quality with European Influence
Woodgrains have continued to evolve in both color and structure. Grey is a strong influence on several of the new visuals ranging
from charcoal to light brown with taupe and grey mingled as undertones. Structures continue to be more linear in nature offering
a contemporary look. The refinement of grains such as oak, to a softer less graphic approach allows the color to take center stage.
Larger characteristics, color variation and unique features like saw marks make it easier for designers to add subtle and unique
elements to their projects, while maintaining the use of a familiar material – wood!
A sophisticated interpretation of an Oak,
Cafelle is a straight grain design rendered in
a dark chocolate coloration.
A soft approach to Oak, Loft Oak features
straight graining without any of the typically
harsh characteristics most people are used to
seeing. The coloration is a mid- to light-toned brown,
seen in the color play, with a slight grey wash. A light
to dark variation of tones occur throughout the sheet.
An additional color way to Loft Oak,
Warehouse Oak treats this beautiful
soft graining in a color play of mid to
A straight grain Walnut in charcoal grey
with hints of brown undertones. Perfectly
finished in our matte Soft Grain texture.
A beautiful interpretation of “what’s old is
new again.” Predominately a straight grain
structure, it recalls the past with partial
cathedrals and revitalizes it with an
This Walnut has some traditional features
with its cathedrals, but that’s where the
tradition ends. The features are larger and
the color play is eclectic, sporting ambers,
light browns, greys and taupes.
5th Ave. Elm
A subtle planked straight grain Elm with
cross-grain saw marks is a new approach to
finishing woodgrains that can trace its roots
to Europe. 5th Ave. Elm is a contemporary
take on a rustic look especially with the
brown undertones in this overall grey color.
Park Elm is an additional color way to 5th
Ave. Elm and is a lighter brown with grey
and taupe undertones.
A neutral delight in a straight grain
structure. Hints of brown, grey and taupe
make this light design incredibly versatile.
A strong, dark chocolate brown solid
color previously in our non-standard
range and moving up due to market
demands and trends.
Abstracts and solid colors can come from many varied sources of inspiration and can
fill many different needs in the marketplace. Take a walk through an urban landscape -
many of these motifs may be spotted in the varying colors, materials and design
elements seen in the buildings, cafes and streets. There’s a familiarity that draws us
to the images making them natural solutions to interiors.
A neutral background highlighted with
lighter circles and accented with mid-toned
A background of a mid-toned blue
highlighted with lighter blue circles and
accented with graphite circles.
A background of sunset purple highlighted
with lighter circles and accented with
The Fizz Collection is a fun geometric pattern of circles layered on top of circles.
Layering creates interest and depth to a design. In the urban landscape, circles can be
found in rain dropping in puddles, or in your favorite sparkling beverage.
Several layers are at work here on a neutral
brown background. White accents and midtoned
brown lines are pulled together with
dark brown lines to create an interesting
overall design of geometrics.
A bright white design with clean white lines
as well as grey lines.
Just as the arcades of the ‘80s were dimly
lit and the lights and graphics of the games
came to life, Arcade is a charcoal background
with several layers of lines ranging
from black, grey and off-white.
While these three designs might conjure memories of the ‘80s, retro for some, this
geometric could also be an abstraction of the old brick-paved streets in Chelsea
White background with light grey
Taupe background with mid-toned grey
Dark grey background with light grey
Some of the best abstract designs are like chameleons. Need a clean contemporary
design? How about a fun retro design? The Strandz Collection can easily work in many
different spaces and styles. There is no limit when you use your imagination.
A neutral background with crisp white warp
and weft “threads.”
A taupe background with lighter taupe warp
and weft “threads.”
A brown background with lighter brown
warp and weft “threads.”
The Linen Collection offers a versatile pattern that could be considered an optical
solid, but with the added benefit of preserving some texture from a distance.
The lightest of the collection, Organic
Cotton has a very low contrast of white-
on-white features and grey features.
A light brown with subtle grey features.
A taupe with grey and brown features.
The Cotton Collection is a true abstract in that you cannot identify the structure
with an actual material. The name Cotton was used to convey the softness and
non-directionality of the design. There is even a slight sheen from the pearl inks
that may correlate to a sheen seen in fabric.
While Carrara marbles have been enjoying the limelight in both commercial
and residential design, it may not be for everyone or for every application.
That’s where Carrara Santorini comes in with its muted and abstracted
design. It lends itself well to a support role. Go ahead and display that
merchandise, Carrara Santorini is a great backdrop.
Soft, cool blue-grey undertones in this
abstracted white marble.
The beauty of slate is the irregular features derived from its layers of texture
and color that vary from smoky blue green to warm gold. The cozy material
can recreate a lodge or fireside look as well as looks with global influences.
In addition, both designs could be considered abstracted metal with their
aged and patina colorations.
Blue-green colors that feature accents of
chocolate and Aubergine in mid-tones.
Warm golden coloration with natural green
accents and brown undertones.
we continue our inspirational walk through the urban landscape
designs that emulate stones, concrete, and abstractions of stones can
be found in various applications. From museums to lobbies, hospitality
to retail, these designs can be the subtle and unique workhorse for
A park side café may sport an old stone floor or original travertine designs in the architecture.
Buildings and features like these are important in the trends we have observed. They lend a
sense of history and casualness to a space. Our travertine designs can recall as well as support
these great casual environments.
A red-based grey or taupe in a myriad of
silver with golden highlights.
A golden ivory in a myriad of subtle greys
with soft shades of honey.
Just as woodgrains evolved to include straight grain characteristics we now see
stone visuals following suit with linear movement of low contrast designs. The
Limestone collection offers more options in sophisticated aged material looks.
A blend of cool white with soft grey
A sun-kissed neutral with bands of
organic green and bronze.
A cool white neutral with soft hints of
red, blue and grey-green bands create
Bainbrook Grey is a sophisticated stone visual well suited to the
contract market. Designed with a warm/cool color mix it is light and
neutral enough to be paired with many materials and colors. Woodtoned
base cabinets? Perfect. Table bases or display pedestals in
wrought iron or polished chrome? Excellent.
Translates a neutral quality in this
beautiful “white” granite with tones of
warm beige and cool grey.
Soapstone, concrete, or metal? That’s the beauty of the Salentina collection,
the look can adapt to your design intent.
A matte black with a cool
undertone and a hint of silver
adds a patina effect.
A blend of brown and grey in lighter tones
includes hints of gold to create a patina
A blend of sienna and mid-toned browns
has hints of silver to create a patina effect.
Almost has an aged or slightly rusted look.
Salentina Argento has a weathered zinc
look to complement the Industrial Chic and
Rustic Glam trends we see in the market.
The honed and tumbled marbles of the Piazza collection call to mind the
Classic Revival trend and are right at home with the Rustic Glam influence.
Materials with an aged quality and texture are staples in today’s interiors.
A tumbled marble in ivory with
washed accents in white, bronze
and soft grey.
A tumbled marble in golden-beige with
washed accents of brown, bronze and
Classic Revival is all about the rebirth of Carrara and Calcutta marbles with
their classic black and white contrast, but utilized in thoroughly modern ways.
Calcutta Marble 4925-07/
An Italian White marble
exhibiting large, graceful veining
in blue-black, rich browns and
White Carrara 4924-38/
Classically traditional or modern and
contemporary, white marble returns to
interiors. White Carrara balances out
the Calcutta for a more conservative
approach to a white stone.
Black Alicante 4926-07/
A Black marble from Spain, Black
Alicante pairs well with maple, oak,
walnut or mahogany, or painted white
for classic black and white appeal.
The Venetian series has a terrazzo look which calls to mind older commercial
buildings, lofts and warehouses that may have had similar patterns on lobby
floors, bringing to life the Industrial Chic look.
Venetian Ivory 4928-38/
A combination of white and
ivory with undertones of
grey, the design influence for
Venetian Ivory comes from
recycled porcelain chips
embedded in white resin.
Venetian Ale 4930-38/
Colorful chips of amber, brown
and cobalt are displayed in this
warm-grey matrix, reflective of a
recycled glass, or terrazzo design.
Factory Specials offer unconventional solutions for those projects that need
a design that’s just a little bit different from all the rest. Wilsonart® Factory
Specials are made to order and require a bit more of a lead time, but pay
off in the uniqueness of their patterns and finishes. With alternative finishes
on solid colors, we are offering 10 solid colors as Factory Specials that bring
customization to your projects.
In addition, we will be showing our new -12 Soft Grain in six of our existing
wallboard woodgrains. These six designs are a nice sampling of varying shades
The new Soft Grain (#12)/Premium
finish is a dense, woodgrain
structure that is low gloss and soft
to the touch. Subtle highlights of
reflectivity randomly occur within
the embossed grains, creating a
sophisticated raw wood look. The
finish features AEON Enhanced
The new Glaze (#55)/Ultra Premium
finish is a layering of matte features
over a glaze of semi-gloss creates a
time worn effect. The finish features
AEON Enhanced Performance
A light, warm grey.
Matte Grey Bronze
A medium, warm grey.
Matte Gunmetal Grey
A dark, warm grey.
The Metro Collection celebrates beauty that isn’t perfect. These
three anodized metal additions address the move toward more
matte surfaces and the subtle surface characteristics that mirror
time-worn and natural imperfections. The slight tone and color
variations, created with new alloy combinations, are deliberate yet
show overall balance on each sheet. Used as vertical accents, these
pure Decorative Metals complement the designs from the 2012
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