Shape Your Floor with De Stijl

Sarah Pelham

There are times when I’ll see a so-called “new” trend and think to myself, “That’s a derivative from another time—slightly morphed into a fresh idea.” Some of these “new” ideas are inspired by a great artistic movement like Bauhaus. Other trends have no origin and, frankly, we hope they never come out of retirement. Like the velveteen recliner. Who thought that was a good idea?

But as I looked back at historical design movements, one style struck a chord in relation to Interface Hospitality’s product dimensions—De Stijl. Dutch for “the style,” De Stijl was popular from 1917-1931 and was built on the geometric principle of straight lines, squares and rectangles. The simplified visual compositions included vertical and horizontal directions of planes and the designs used only primary colors along with black and white. You’re likely to see this common theme repeated in everything from formal gardens to architecture to later paintings by Mondrian.

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The geometric principle of straight lines, squares and rectangles is found in formal gardens, architecture and paintings by Mondrian.

Aspects of the De Stijl influence on architecture remained long after 1931. Mies van der Rohe evidenced its influence in his design of the Barcelona Pavilion with free walls that separated spaces asymmetrically. Another example is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, which limited itself to the use of rectangular shapes with regular groupings and intersections of the planes. However, the only structure completely true to the De Stijl movement is The Schroder House, which was designed by Gerrit Rietveld from 1923-1924 and is still in existence in the Netherlands.

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Pictured left to right: Barcelona Pavilion, Falling Water, The Schroder House

So how does this relate to Interface Hospitality? Specifically carpet tile? Although our products vary in color, pattern and texture, they completely align when it comes to shape. We’ve developed a collection of square and rectangular products that work together as building blocks that allow you to create your own floor using a combination of sizes. Four distinctive shapes mold our collection: the 50cm square, the 1m square, the 25cm x 1m skinny plank and the 50cm x 1m plank. The sizes work together mathematically, which makes designing floors extremely easy. With this vast number of components, you have endless design options to create your own, one of a kind installation. And if you have an odd shaped floorplan, a combination of carpet tile sizes can produce a more economical installation. Meet some of the players below.

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Products left to right: Lofty M0968 1m x 1m, Hip Over History M0938 1m x 1m, Hip Over History M0938 50cm x 1m, HN850 25cm x 1m, B602 50cm x 50cm, UR101 50cm x 50cm, UR103 50cm x 50cm

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Composed floor using seven products featured above

Feel free to play with these building blocks; mix textures, patterns, colors and sizes. If you like to go outside of your typical boundaries and “color outside the lines,” go for it by installing a rug that is free floating in form, texture and color. Use our TacTiles® glue-free installation system to create a floating floor mosaic that offers high performance for heavy public space traffic with virtually zero VOCs.

Be a trend setter. Apply your own twist on the De Stijl movement and design a floor with the interactive Floors tool at

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