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Beautiful Spaces Inspire Beautiful Thinking. It’s Human Nature.

Day One of NeoCon 2014: The unveiling of our Human Nature™ Collection at our showroom in the Merchandise Mart and at our permanent Chicago showroom on North Wells Street.

In designing our showrooms, we built upon our belief that beautiful ideas are inspired by beautiful surroundings. Using our latest carpet tile collection, Human Nature, we created a space built by humans through imagination, a creative element that separates us from other species.

We believe that in these challenging times we need more creative and systemic thought applied to the biggest problems facing the globe. And while nature is a great teacher, it’s not a short-term engagement. The more we internalize the idea of natural inspiration, the more sophisticated the result becomes. We at Interface hope to stimulate such inspiration and contribute to a more sensory environment.

For those who can’t be at NeoCon with us, we want to bring you an inside look at our spaces at NeoCon 2014.

Sensory Stimulation through a high degree of tactility not only feels good, but in proper proportions is also a significant contributor to a healthier environment.

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Natural Variance is non-predictable change in an organic way. It’s more than a pile of pebbles or a field of grass. An irregular, asymmetrical path through a space clearly demonstrates a biomimetic influence. With its skinny plank format and textural shifts, the Human Nature Collection offers a multitude of design options. Use one product alone in a seamless installation or mix products and colors to create unique designs that fire the imagination.

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Man as a Part of Nature, Not Apart from Nature. How would Nature design a floor? More importantly, how should humans think about designing “floors” that mimic a natural system? Not just looking like a natural material but moving like one. At Interface we believe that working in spaces that are a designed, abstracted interpretation of nature can stimulate our senses–and thus what we create–in the same way that nature does.

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“I love how your product is always one with nature, which stays true to Ray’s vision.”
- Rose Tourje, founder and president of Anew

 

 

Learn more about Human Nature, or stop by during NeoCon June 9-11 | 9 am – 5 pm | Merchandise Mart Suite 10-136 & our permanent showroom across the street at 345 North Wells Street, 3rd Floor.

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Go Play

Gretchen Wagner

At Interface we love to inspire you with endless modular design possibilities. Whether it be through the photography and tile configurations on our website or the brand spanking new Workbook 2.0, you always experience the clean, perfect as we intended. Today, I’m going to bring you inside our messy creative studio where we get down and dirty with our carpet tiles and show you how we take an idea for a floor from inspiration to installation. We’re pulling back the metaphorical curtain and showing you how Interface designs with our own products.

Over the past year, Interface has been exploring the concept of composite rugs where not only colors, but also textures, from different products are mixed together in a single installation. Having recently completed a few different rugs with this concept, I was feeling inspired to take it to a larger scale and a more refined color palette. I started finding inspirational imagery of transparent glass that formed new colors and depths of shading when pieces overlapped.

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Since our IT department had just moved into a new space and needed new carpet, I decided to see if it was possible to create the same effect by changing the color or texture of the carpet when shapes on the floor overlapped. A design plan slowly began to emerge featuring large, triangular shapes that overlapped and subtly changed color from one end of the office to the other. I wanted to have a wide range of textures and colors in the floor, so I sought a handful of products from our consumer brand, FLOR, which brought shaggy and chunky textures into the mix.

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The floor quickly developed into a beautiful, prismatic flow of colors, but I had to develop a plan that our installers could easily follow. The result is a highly contrasted grid where the product was identified by a numeric and color key for easy interpretation. As soon as the installers arrived with the product on site, they cross-referenced the tile boxes with the numbers on the installation plan and got started cutting tiles on the diagonal to create the triangles.

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I don’t want to glaze over the nitty gritty details, but a plan like this requires extra attention on the front end of the design. If you adequately provide installation plans that are both visual and informational, you’ll be good to go developing a truly unique floor for your space.

Interface provides you with the building blocks to design an exceptional floor whether you’re working with squares, planks, FLOR or cut tiles. All you need is to find your inspiration and go play.

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IMAGE CAPTIONS:
1. Raw Color: http://www.rawcolor.nl/project/?id=411&type=ownProduction
2. Prism Rug: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/66005950762641121/
3. Colored Triangles: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/36732553182569589/
4. Photograph of Pool Room rug at Catawba

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Platform Shoes & Skinny Planks

Chip DeGrace

ChipDeGrace_2014_SkinnyPlanks2_webWe’ve all had moments in our lives when we have experienced something that has shaken us to the core and shifted our very perception of the world. For example, becoming aware that there was an opposite sex, getting your drivers’ license or your first pair of platform shoes. Suddenly a door opened that expanded your options and gave you a brand new vocabulary you hadn’t had in the moments prior. This is how it was for me when I saw my first Skinny Plank.

Being an interior designer I’ve certainly specified carpet that came in rolls. But for all intent and purposes, the best carpet solution for commercial space came in modular squares. It was logical, practical, and even became an expressive way to design floors for any client or application. There’s something energizing about taking a piece of fabric and giving it structure like other architectural finishes. Carpet tile in squares has been my medium of choice. I’ve designed them and exclusively designed with them. Then a friend of mine showed me carpet tile in a rectangle, the Skinny Plank.

ChipDeGrace_2014_SkinnyPlanks3_webI know you’re thinking I need to get out more, and maybe I do. But a real sea change in floor covering is hard to achieve. People walk on this stuff and it needs to look good and wear well. Gimmicks quickly become tiresome, historical footnotes (pun intended). Skinny planks are a legitimately new medium that allows designers to create a whole new geometry to quietly support architectural expression, or embody expression themselves. In the Interface system, Skinny Planks can be used with the full range of Square Carpet Tiles.

The most effective buildings and interiors being designed today are elegant systems of integrated components. Same with Interface Carpet Squares + Skinny Planks. Give your platform shoes away and check out the full range at Interface.com or call your local Interface account executive.

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Three New Skinny Planks and a Whole New Set of Possibilities

Strike a Perfect Chord
Tune into Harmonize™ and Ground Waves™— two 25cm x 1m companions grounded in the same neutral palette. Harmonize mixes just the right notes of color, contrast and texture in colorways that can be mixed or used alone to create a muted, seamless look on the floor. Ground Waves adds two different bands of accent color that vary in frequency, making each tile seem unique.

Old School Charm
Reclaim™ calls upon the weathered beauty of painted wood planks, playing with layers of texture and hue in each of the 8 colorways. These colorways have a sweeping quality that gives the final installation variation and movement.

All are made with 100% recycled content Type 6 Nylon made from reclaimed materials like used carpet and discarded fishing nets and as i2® styles, you’ve got the additional benefit of mergeable dye lots and easier selective replacement.

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Go In Style

Mindy O'Gara

Our latest skinny plank collection—Posh™—draws from the elegant accommodations wealthy Europeans enjoyed during early twentieth century transoceanic travel. A highly textured blend of two shades in one, SH901™ creates a striking look on the floor alone or with its more softly textured, solid companion, PO801™. Both are offered in a neutral, sophisticated palette and create ultimate luxury underfoot.

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