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The Guild: Laurie Crogan Inlay Floors

Floored By Imagination
Crogan uses colored pencils when drawing each installation to scale.

Crogan uses colored pencils when drawing each installation to scale.

When’s the last time you thought of flooring—linoleum in particular—as art? Meet Laurie Crogan, whose wild imagination, skill, work ethic, and personality have clients praising her as the “Rembrandt of linoleum” and suggesting a museum should feature her work. “I don’t just get a floor;” says one architect, “I get an endlessly fascinating, superbly crafted magic carpet … I get an excellent listener, a cheerful collaborator, a prompt and accountable perfectionist.”

A grape motif is inlaid into a checkerboard floor. “The botanicals are the most difficult I cut; I say I’ll never do it again!”

A grape motif is inlaid into a checkerboard floor. “The botanicals are the most difficult I cut; I say I’ll never do it again!”

Perhaps because her home base of Los Angeles is full of bungalows and Craftsman-era homes, some of her designs are inspired by that period. But there’s so much more: retrievers and mice, teacups and spaceships, martinis and dragons.

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A Streamline design is inlaid into a Marmoleum floor, lending a diner aesthetic to this Retro kitchen.

Her creations fall into Craftsman, botanical, and graphic designs, as well as crests and compasses; one portfolio she labels “eccentric.” Since 1984, Crogan has worked for movie stars and moguls, but also for homeowners seeking something unique. “I work in epic mansions and humble cottages alike,” she says.

Crogan’s movable linoleum rugs are an affordable option.

Crogan’s movable linoleum rugs are an affordable option.

She also makes bespoke, movable 1/8"-thick linoleum rugs, which soften and protect wood floors. They can be shipped to customers. Crogan designs, draws, scales, cuts, and installs the floors. Each inlay is precision cut using a scroll saw fitted with jeweler’s blades, as well as a mat knife and fine hand tools. “I walked into a kitchen one day, and the contractor and architect were on the floor measuring my border work. ‘She’s not even off 1 / 16"!’ said one. No one believes I cut them. I wonder: if I were a man, would I be famous?”

Her website is sure to cheer you up—go see!

LAURIE CROGAN
Inlay Floors
Los Angeles & San Francisco
(310) 474 1821
inlayfloors.com

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