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Armstrong Metal Ceiling, Linoleum Floor Featured in Nation Building Museum Exhibit


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Custom Installations Are Representative Of Design
Revolution Going On Overhead And On The Floor

A custom-designed metal ceiling and a custom-designed linoleum floor, both from Armstrong World Industries, are two of the innovative products featured in the National Building Museums new "On The Job: Design and the American Office" exhibit. Both installations are representative of a design revolution going on overhead and on the floor.

At one time, for example, suspended ceilings were considered nothing more than a necessary evil when it came to interior design. They were a way to cover up pipes and cables, while providing convenient access for maintenance. Noise reduction was also a benefit, but often offset by the look of plain vanilla fissured squares resting in all-too-conspicuous metal grid.

Today, few corporate designs settle for the mundane look of one-dimensional, wall-to-wall suspended ceiling planes. Nowhere is this more evident than the metal ceiling above the "On The Job" exhibit. This unique, pentagonal-shaped ceiling was custom made to fit the space using MetalWorks, a collection of metal ceiling products from Armstrong.

Metal Ceilings Grow in Popularity

Long popular in European commercial design, metal ceilings offer distinctive aesthetics and performance advantages not always available in standard mineral fiber ceilings. They combine stylish design with functional performance.

Armstrong's MetalWorks ceilings, for example, are offered in a broad range of standard sizes and edge details in addition to the custom capabilities. Manufactured from corrosion-resistant electrogalvanized steel, the ceilings are available in a global white, silver gray, gunmetal gray or custom color finish.

Perforated MetalWorks products can be lined with an acoustical fleece to provide excellent acoustical performance. Architectural quality, powder-coated paint provides added sustainability. And, the metal ceilings are environmentally compatible, since steel is 100% reclaimable.

Even the Tartan Grid System in which the exhibit ceiling is installed offers an assortment of features, including acoustics, lighting and aesthetic options. This modular system allows the ceiling to be subdivided in longitudinal and transverse directions.

The exhibit's 96-foot-long corridor also features an Armstrong MetalWorks ceiling. Measuring 1-foot-wide by 5-feet-long, each ceiling plank in the corridor is perforated and lined with white fleece to allow light to enter the space.

Renewed Interest in Linoleum Flooring

Floors have also emerged as an interior design canvas, especially in view of the renewed interest in linoleum flooring. Linoleum has a classic visual and is noted for its beauty and durability. Yet, the flooring is made today essentially the same way it has been for over 120 years; namely, from renewable ingredients and natural raw materials.

The relatively recent renaissance of linoleum is due in large part to increased environmental awareness of building materials. In fact, today many designers consider linoleum to be the "greenest" flooring product available for commercial interiors.

From a design point of view, linoleum is a versatile classic, and is suitable for a broad spectrum of commercial interior design motifs and markets. Available in both sheet and tile, linoleum products include traditional, contemporary and unique visuals in gauges ranging from light commercial to heavy industrial.

The linoleum on the floor of the "On The Job" exhibit features a combination of Armstrong's DLW Marmorette and Uni Walton lines. The Marmorette pattern features the fine marbling characteristics of classic linoleum that provides a timeless look. It is offered in 35 colors, from vivid, saturated colors to subtle neutrals for design flexibility.


The Uni Walton line is a basic, solid-colored floor with a smooth finish, making it ideal for creating borders, accents and custom designs. It is available in 12 colors all of which coordinate with other Armstrong DLW Linoleum colors.


Linoleum flooring's natural ingredients combined with its long life cycle and environmentally compatible installation adhesives paint a highly "green" picture when compared to many other floor coverings.

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of interior finishes, most notably ceilings and floors. Its commercial products include acoustical ceilings, ceiling suspension systems, and linoleum, wood and vinyl floor coverings. In 1999, company sales totaled more than $3.4 billion. The company has a workforce of approximately 18,000 employees.

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