Building & Renovating

Unusual Floor Patterns You Never Knew Existed

Here's how to play with your floor designs

Photography: Listone Giordano

You’ve probably encountered the classic wood floor design or wood parquet patterns—or even have them at home. There is the linear, straightforward simplicity of the brick pattern, the graphic intricacy of the basket pattern, and the classic appeal of the herringbone style. (To see how these look like, click here.)

But if you’re the adventurous type who doesn’t want a traditional wood parquet pattern, you might want to explore the different floor pattern styles of Listone Giordano, an Italian wood flooring company. The unusual shapes can help designers create their own dynamic patterns, which they can change via the layout and choice of stain or color to create a unique pattern. At the recent Surface Innovation Talks at Diamond Concept, Listone’s export manager Carlo Matiolli introduced these patterns:


The Chevron—diagonal lines in the shape of a V—is a classic pattern that creates a strong, diagonal design that can give small rooms the illusion of being bigger. This type of Chevron-patterned flooring by Listone Giordano has a wide shape, creating a more modern-looking pattern when laid out.

Multiple shapes and patterns

The Slide wood tile, which was designed by Listone Giordano’s Daniele Lago, is composed of three quadrilateral (meaning: four-sided) shapes that you can configure into literally hundreds of floor patterns. It’s a mathematical solution to modern flooring, and the “crazy” patterns can add a dynamic, fresh touch to a conservative room.


Another Italian designer, Marco Tortoioli Ricci, created the aptly named Vibriazoni. At first glance, it looks like your typical straight plank. But if you look up close, the edges are actually cut at a slight angle, which give the illusion of  “bending,” creating a very subtle diagonal slant. If you alternate colors, it looks like it’s vibrating. Brilliant.

Are you dizzy yet? We think it’s beautiful!


The last pattern is the most awe-inspiring of all. Designed by superstar Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, who is known for her out-of-the-box, whimsical furniture and accessory designs, Biscuit does look like a biscuit (more like Speculoos cookie).

But here’s where it gets brilliant: each wood parquet piece has a notch, or a “biscuit bite,” that makes it interlock with another biscuit piece, creating unique floor patterns that can be laid out longitudinal, or herringbone-style.


Each piece has a slight curve to it, giving it a “bombe” or raised look. The style comes in five “biscuit shapes” with different notches of “bites.”

All floors are from Listone Giordano, available locally at Diamond Concept, Inc. 2100 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati City, mobile 09178478518, or follow them on Facebook. 

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