We focus on the right product for the application not just in terms of aesthetics but in long-term performance and ease of maintenance.

Active Campaign

  • Chicago, IL
  • Internet Marketing Service
  • Images Provided by Eastlake Studio


  • Chicago, IL
  • 80,000 sp ft
  • Financial Tech Firm
  • Shaw Carpet Tile, Interface Carpet Tile, Amtico LVT and Armstrong
  • Images Provided by Eastlake Studio


  • Downers Grove, IL
  • 13,000 sp ft
  • Insurance Agency
  • Milliken Carpet Tile, Amtico LVT, Armstrong VCT, and VPI Base
  • Images provided by INTERFORM Architecture + Design
  • Design Entry for Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring (click for details)

The flooring solution was a major consideration – INTERFORM worked with Vortex to determine products that would maximize the design impact of the space. We utilized Milliken Remix product, in 1m square tiles in 4 colorways that emphasized the client’s brand colors. We utilized luxury vinyl products from Mannington – Amtico Sedimentary Gray Stone in the reception area, and Spacia Satin Weave in the café & work rooms.

Cara Program

  • Chicago, IL
  • 33,000 sq ft
  • Non-profit Organization
  • Karastan Broadloom
  • Images Provided by Eastlake Studio

College of DuPage – McAninch Arts Center

  • Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Education and Arts
  • Antron Carpet Fiber, Antron, ARDEX Americas, Tarkett | Johnsonite, Mannington Commercial Carpet, and Tandus Centiva
  • Gold Winner Education, Bronze Winner People’s Choice – Design Awards – Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring (click here for details)

Through the introduction of carpet tiles and Powerbond capable of producing intricate and stimulating design throughout the building, not only were the challenges met but they were exceeded. Apart from meeting the acoustic challenge were the installation challenges presented through complex pattern inlays, scale of various shapes and patterns, unique radius and inlay spacing, flooring shifts, directional dependency and the difficult phasing required to maintain the integrity of the final and intended design.

College of DuPage – Student Resource Center South

  • Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Education
  • Roppe and Tandus Centiva
  • Bronze Winner – Design Awards – Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring (click here for details)


  • Chicago, IL
  • Food and Health

FTI Consulting

  • Chicago, IL
  • Shaw Carpet Tile, J&J Carpet Tile, Expanko Cork, and Ecosurfaces
  • Business Management Consultant

Getty Images

  • Chicago, IL
  • 13,600 sq ft
  • Digital Media Company
  • Armstrong VCT, Lonseal, Milliken Carpet Tile, and Johnsonite Base
  • Images Provided by Box Studios


  • Chicago, IL
  • 400,000 sq ft
  • E-commerce Marketplace
  • Shaw Carpet Tile, Mondo, Milliken LVT, and Armstrong VCT
  • Images Provided by Box Studios
  • Design Entry and Honorable Mention for Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring (click for details)

Merchandise Mart 16th Floor Corridor Renovation

  • Chicago, IL
  • 14,400 sq ft
  • Hospitality, Public Space
  • Tandus Centiva
  • Design Entry – Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring (click for more details)

The decision was made to install Tandus 6’ Powerbond Cushion RS. In order to accommodate the aggressive phasing schedule, RS was ideal to minimize any slip and fall risk and the side-to-side installation allowed us to terminate a phase essentially anywhere on the floor. We worked closely with the Tandus Designers and discovered we could create the patterns that coordinated if we re-calculated the placements of their standard thread-ups, adding bright colors in three color ways, but utilizing standard colors as a neutral background in all three patterns.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

  • Chicago, IL
  • Personal Injury Attorney
  • Designer: Horn Design
  • General Contractor: Skender Construction
  • RE Broker and Project Manager: Advocate Commercial Real Estate
  • Size: 18,026 sqft

Horn Design worked in close collaboration with Salvi for the design of a space that is light and tranquil, with material choices which complement their desire for a contemporary yet timeless environment.
The reception area and public spaces are defined by Nydree Vanilla Ash wood flooring. The elevator lobby features Mohawk broadloom carpet which draws the eye toward sweeping views of the Chicago lakefront. Nydree Natural Walnut flooring frames the open areas and transitions to Mohawk woven broadloom for the offices.
The Salvi Café features Mohawk large format “ombre” luxury vinyl tile, providing a place for people to enjoy lunches and gather with their fellow employees.
Vortex provided consultation to Horn Design throughout the design phase, and professional project management and installation services during construction, helping to fulfill Horn’s concept for this professional space.

Tishman Speyer Spec Suites Reimagined

  • Chicago, IL
  • Corporate, Spec Suite
  • Tandus Centiva
  • Images Provided by Box Studios
  • Design Entry – Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring (click for more details)

With the financial downturn in through 2010, many tenants flocked to existing conditions and prebuild offerings called “Spec Suites”. A typical Spec Suite consisted of a few offices, new carpet, lighting and paint. The purpose of the reimagined Spec Suite was to transform the traditional space to a Spec Suite that offered not only a few offices but a break room, conference space and collaboration spaces with a focus on fresh design materials in flooring, lighting and wall treatments like wall covering and paint.

West Chicago Park District ARC Center

  • West Chicago, IL
  • 70,000 sq ft
  • Hospitality, Public Space
  • Gold Winner – Design Awards – Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring (click for more details)

The challenge involved integrating the new “bright green” logo color to a previously bland gray and blue palette while providing a design solution which brought both energy and movement to each space. Vortex installers brought the flooring design success full circle by meeting every installation challenge which included intricate pattern and large scale inlays and the use of various products producing unique texture, pattern and tonal characteristics requiring matching.

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