Surfaces are the unsung heroes of school design. Because of their ubiquity, we tend to discount their impact on the overall bearing of a classroom, an auditorium, or a corridor. The following selection highlights floors that deliver on durability and aesthetics, tabletops that can withstand the most aggressive wear and tear, and easy-to-install wall applications that facilitate serious learning and inspire play. Some, like colorfully imaginative silk-screened appliqués, surprise, and others, like high-contrast tiles, dazzle. All make the grade.
Floormations FLM Honeycomb — Construction Specialties
Hemsworth — Cambria
High-Performance Flooring — Sherwin-Williams
Walscape — Arden Studio
Arche Noah by Sonnhild Kestler — Maharam