When Loop Interior Design founder Stacy Gilchrist specifies wood flooring, the choice is often obvious. From a tranquil yoga resort in Costa Rica to striking Calgary homes, Metropolitan Flooring solutions, Kentwood and Evoke, are featured throughout the award-winning designer’s portfolio. “Quality control and customer service is apparent,” says Gilchrist, “they ensure they are around to service you – and they treat you like family.” Cultivated over its more than 30-year history,
Distinguished by a passion for craft and an ethos to design the most sustainable and ethically made flooring, Metropolitan offers end-to-end flooring solutions, including recommended adhesives, underlayments and acoustic solutions vetted by its in-house technical services team. The highly qualified team provides technical support to architects, designers, builders, developers, specifiers, and installers. What’s even more impressive is Metropolitan Floors’ quality assurance and environmental compliance program, Clean Floors. The program, overseen by the company’s full-time environmental compliance officer, ensures the company’s trademark Kentwood and Evoke floors are crafted with conscience. And just as importantly, the flooring looks the part, providing an elegant focal point — and a tasteful finishing touch thanks to the custom colour-matched trims and transitions — to a wide range of spaces.
For Gilchrist, the project forms part of a longstanding collaboration. “We have been working with Metropolitan Floors for just over 20 years,” explains the designer. “We continue to use them as a resource because of their quality control – and their product lines are beautiful with many selections to fit within project budgets,” says Gilchrist. As for the Metropolitan Floors staff? “Everyone within the company we have encountered has welcomed us with open arms.
In Calgary’s popular Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, a recent residential project by Gilchrist’s Loop Interiors is a case in point. Throughout the home, Metropolitan’s Kentwood Elements Brushed Oak Cirrus fosters a soothing yet bright ambiance, tying together varied settings to create a pleasantly unified space. The contemporary engineered hardwood is elevated by the simple, natural beauty of unadorned wood, making for a clean and sophisticated setting.
And the collaborations continue. At Loop’s Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Costa Rica, Metropolitan’s durable Evoke Syreeta will offer appropriately eye-catching yet hardwearing flooring for the poolside vacation rentals. For Metropolitan Floors, Gilchrist’s projects form part of an expansive international portfolio, ranging from single-family homes to a wide variety of commercial and hospitality settings. It includes beloved institutions like The Broadview Hotel and Gladstone House in Toronto and the west coast’s iconic Vancouver House, as well as the striking Omni Viking Lakes Hotel in Eagan, Minnesota. (At the trendy Gladstone House, the floors even adorn the ceiling.)
Across the continent, the integration of style, quality assurance, sustainability and expertise defines the brand. As Gilchrist puts it, “For any type of project aesthetics is important, but you also need quality control, GREENGUARD gold certification and something that meets your schedule and budget.” From Toronto to Minnesota to Costa Rica, Metropolitan Floors more than fits the bill.
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