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How Interface Aims to Reverse Global Warming – One Carpet Tile at a Time

February 5, 2021

Often technology-driven brands come to mind when people think of companies pledging to reduce or eliminate their carbon emissions. However, to really have an impact on the gigatons of annual emissions that contribute to global warming, businesses across a variety of industries—not just technology—need to go beyond pursuing carbon neutral and aim to develop carbon negative solutions.

Creating Unique Spaces for Exploration at Science World

January 25, 2021

Science World’s iconic, geodesic dome from Expo ’86 is a well-known Vancouver landmark. And with approximately 700,000 visitors a year, the science centre is one of its most popular attractions. Science World offers experiential learning in a variety of galleries and circulation spaces with different themes that require a unique look and feel. Good design is…

Reimagining the Workplace for a Post-COVID World

January 12, 2021

These days, as we’re all learning to navigate a new normal, laying the grounds for an office where employees feel comfortable starts and ends with safety. It’s about adapting the workplace to solve issues like distancing, wayfinding, acoustics, and sustainability—all while maintaining a sense of style.

And companies such as Interface recognize that flooring is an essential design element when creating the foundation for a safe space.

Reapproaching Base Camp: Identifying Our Next Design Plan

January 5, 2021

During our Base Camp redesign project, keeping employee behaviors, expectations and needs at the core of decision-making remained a priority. At the same time, we wanted to ensure the design and culture of our global headquarters remained intact. With key redesign objectives top of mind, we tapped Perkins + Will, the architecture firm that led…

Reapproaching Base Camp: A New Look at the Space

December 15, 2020

While there may be some time before a sizable return to our Atlanta-based HQ, Base Camp, putting a design plan in place was an immediate need, especially as employee feedback showed newly established fears around the open floorplan at Base Camp related to COVID-19. Armed with data and feedback from our employees, Interface’s core project…

Why Ikigai is the Design Philosophy We All Need Right Now

December 7, 2020

Whether organizing your way to happiness or embracing hygge, the Danish philosophy of cozy living, it always seems that just when you catch up to a design craze, insiders are already on to the next. So while the ascendance of ​Ikigai​ was intriguing, skepticism seemed wise. ​Ikigai​, which translates to “having a purpose” in English, is of Japanese origin, associated with the feeling of self-fulfillment earned by pursuing a meaningful life. Today, it’s being embraced by the creative community.

Ontario Association of Architects Meets Carbon Neutral Goals

November 30, 2020

Given its role as a regulator, promoter, and resource for Canadian architects in Ontario, it’s hardly surprising that the Ontario Association of Architects would want its Don Mills headquarters building in Toronto to meet the loftiest of sustainable standards. Originally designed by Toronto architect Ruth Cawker, who won a province-wide competition to create the building…

Inscape’s Showroom Optimizes for Wellbeing and Adaptability

October 28, 2020

Inscape, a furniture and architectural solutions leader, has been designing products and services focused on the future since 1888.  When the opportunity arose to create their newest showroom in Toronto, they knew they wanted to foster a welcoming space that set a new benchmark of design for the rapidly evolving workplace.

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Mindy O'Gara

Mindy O'Gara

With a passion for design and learning, Mindy O’Gara blends both of these talents into her daily role as Director of Product and Learning Experience at Interface.

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