Mannington Commercial introduces The Case for Silence, a modular carpet collection that offers two styles crafted to coordinate and support a calm and tranquil environment. A member of the Mannington Design Studio designed the carpet after an experience in an anechoic chamber, one of the quietest places on Earth with a negative decibel sound rating. The designer sat in darkness and silence for 20 minutes, which compelled the brain to seek out any sensory input it could find. The designer’s senses were amplified during this time and she began hearing a soft static humming in her ears. The Case for Silence collection is inspired by that humming and combines the flux and variability of the silent chamber experience. Optic Hush conveys the rigidity and formal structure of the anechoic chamber while Static Echo channels the soft yet calming background noise that can be created in our brains when there is an absence of sound. The products are available in 12- by 36-inch tiles and seven neutral colors.