Interface’s global Human Spaces Report is building the case for biophilic design. Led by renowned organizational psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper, the report reveals that employees who work in environments with natural elements have a higher level of well-being, are more productive and more creative.
A Foundation for Beautiful Thinking
Designs inspired by Nature have been around as long as we have. After all, what’s more beautiful and inspiring than nature itself? There’s even a term for our innate affinity to nature - biophilia. And design that incorporates natural elements – biophilic design – fosters the kind of creativity and beautiful thinking that move the world. At Interface the connection between Nature and people is literally and figuratively woven into every square and plank of carpet we produce.
Our 25cm x 1m skinny planks bring new proportion and scale to carpet tile, giving you new power to create fresh, exciting floor designs.
At Interface, we live where we work. This may seem fundamental, but it makes us unique in the carpet industry. To be global in thought and action—with outposts and people on the ground in six continents—is truly extraordinary.
Interface’s Human Nature™ Collection—a range of Skinny Plank carpet tiles that remind us of the materials, textures and tones we find in the natural world—is inspired by the vital, mysterious link between the nature as we observe and this same nature within ourselves. It helps answer the question we always ask when seeking inspiration—'how would nature create an interior floor?' The Human Nature Collection is available globally from Interface.
2016 – A Year in Colour
A recap of the colours of the month from 2016
April 28, 2016
A Love Letter to Nature
The patterns of nature can heal us and its models can guide us. Reconnecting with nature will not only lead us to more circular systems, but also help us become healthier and more productive.
April 21, 2016
Connection to Nature – An Interview with Sir Cary Cooper
The findings of a survey led by Sir Cary Cooper make the unambiguous case for biophilia in the workplace. Incorporating natural elements such as greenery and sunlight can lead to an increase in productivity, creativity and well-being.
Be inspired by beautiful floors that are easy to browse, customize and share.
March 28, 2016
Design Trends Found at Stockholm Furniture Fair
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world's largest event for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. This year, opulence was a prominent theme with lots of metallics on display, along with the glamorous Pantone Colour of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. Interface featured colourful inspiration boards and was positioned amongst influential and trend setting brands.
February 24, 2016
ANF Architects Creates Dynamic Workspace
Teacher Town Commons desired a dynamic, invigorating space for its new offices so they partnered with ANF Architects/Interior Design to convert an old warehouse into a modern workspace.
February 17, 2016
Biomimicry & The Biomimetic Office Building
The Biomimetic Office Building, designed by Michael Pawlyn and Exploration Architecture team, uses biomimicry to rethink the workplace into a beautiful, resource efficient structure.
February 1, 2016
Natural Healing with Biophilia
Five expert approaches to improving health and well-being through biomimicry and nature
December 14, 2015
My Boutique Tour of NYC
Sarah Pelham took to the streets of New York to see hotels offering fabulous boutique hospitality trends. Sarah visits the new Park Hyatt, The Quin and 1 Hotel Central Park and shares this experience with us in her blog.
December 8, 2015
A Ray of Hope – Ray C. Anderson Foundation Global Design Challenge
The Ray of Hope prize will recognize visionaries who are developing biomimicry-inspired solutions. This prize complements the Global Design Challenge which launched in 2015.
November 30, 2015
What’s Trending in Boutique Design?
BDNY is the time for boutique hotels to find the coolest, hippest design elements to enhance guest experiences. After visiting this trade fair in New York, Sarah Pelham gives a glimpse of the hospitality design elements that she found inspiring.
November 23, 2015
A Tribute to Mentors
Tell me who you run with and I’ll tell you who you are. This was one of many words of wisdom from a group of highly successful business men and women who spoke about the power of mentoring at an American Marketing Association Atlanta Chapter event moderated by Interface’s CMO Jo Ann Herold.
November 16, 2015
What Does ‘Beautiful Thinking’ Mean?
How do we know when our ideas are beautiful? We've been dwelling on this question a lot lately - particularly with respect to how it impacts a sense of well-being in sustainably designed spaces.
Are you in touch with nature?
Take the quiz to find out how you rank. Interface believes the more connected we feel to nature, the more likely we are to protect it. Are you in touch with nature?
November 6, 2015
Hospitality Carpet: A Design Evolution
In response to a shifting landscape, the hospitality industry is coming up with subtler, more sophisticated environments and a more judicious use of colour.
October 27, 2015
Small space, big impact
Who said you can’t make a huge impact in a small space? GPD Group in Akron, Ohio recently remodeled a 3,000-square foot space for its marketing department. Designer Kimberly D. Miller describes how her firm took a dark, isolated space and transformed it to an open layout inspired by how our minds and bodies respond to being in or around nature.
The Net-Works programme proves collaborative innovation can create positive, sustainable change
October 5, 2015
Learning Comes Alive with Aquaponics
Fifth graders at Ford Elementary brought science to life with aquaponics, a project supported by Interface's Environmental Education Grant.
September 24, 2015
Good Guys Need to Hang Together
Ray Anderson used to say, "Good guys need to hang together," knowing that it takes courage, sometimes found in numbers, to think and act differently. See what we did to show support to New Belgium Brewing for standing up for their beliefs.
September 21, 2015
The Effortless Beauty of the Narratives Collection
The Narratives Collection, explores a story of elegant simplicity inspired by ancient and exotic details related to Asian design.
August 25, 2015
One Man’s Trash: From Landfill to Zerolandfill
Interface Account Executive, Jeff Krejci, recognized the need to collect and recycle old commercial product samples. Out of this concern for discarded materials came the brainchild called Zerolandfill – an upcycling program that re-purposes expired specification samples and diverts this material from ending up in local landfills.
July 30, 2015
Part 2 – From Daylighting to Skateboards: An Exploration of Restorative Potential
This is the continuation of a discussion on the potential of restorative business between David Stover, CEO and co-founder of Bureo skateboard company, and Bill Browning, expert in biophilic design and partner and co-founder of Terrapin Bright Green.
July 8, 2015
Part 1 - From Daylighting to Skateboards: An Exploration of Restorative Potential
We had the pleasure of hosting David Stover, CEO and co-founder of Bureo skateboard company, and Bill Browning, expert in biophilic design and partner and co-founder of Terrapin Bright Green, at our Chicago showroom during NeoCon for a panel discussion on the potential of restorative business.
July 7, 2015
The Future is Now: NeoCon 2015 Cultural Trends
There is a cultural shift taking place and it became largely apparent at NeoCon this year. More and more millennials are entering the work force, widening the generational gap in work environments and introducing fresh perspectives. Renewed interest in the individual versus the collective is rising to the surface, inciting interesting conversations about how design can be a solution for the diverse work environment. There is no better time than now to talk about the future of the workplace.
July 1, 2015
A Net Effect Experience
We talked to Wilma Rendon, designer and director of business development for JDJ Architects in Chicago, to learn more about her experience using our Net Effect™ Collection on a recent project.
June 1, 2015
Glitz, Glam and Gold
All the glitz of Vegas shone bright at HD Expo 2015! The colour of the year was gold in an array of shades, leaving Marsala, Pantone’s colour of the year, just a memory. See images of this and other hospitality design trends we found in this blog from Sarah Pelham.
May 11, 2015
Q&A with Kari Pei
We recently welcomed Kari Pei, recognized design leader in the textile industry, as Interface’s new global product designer. She will work closely with our internal product design and development teams as well as sustainability leader David Oakey Designs.
April 22, 2015
Can we identify "healthy" products?
Mikhail Davis, director of restorative enterprise for Interface, offers three questions that need to be considered as firms engage manufacturers in an effort to identify “healthy” products.
30x30 Nature Challenge 2016
Join Interface in David Suzuki's 2016 30x30 Nature Challenge. Embrace your innate love of nature and commit to spend 30 minutes outside for 30 days in May.
March 17, 2015
Raising the Bar
The Bullitt Foundation creates an inspiring net positive office building that aims to be the most eco-friendly building in America and the first structure of its size to achieve Living Building certification.
February 23, 2015
2015′s colour of the year is Marsala. Marsala isn’t quite red, and it isn’t burgundy or maroon either. It’s best described as a dusty shade of wine.
January 20, 2015
On Being Inspired
When your world is communicated through the medium of squares, the idea of a rectangle is radical indeed. In a moment of unbridled geometric experimentation, we created the skinny plank. We were so excited about the possibilities of planks as a new modular carpet format that we felt it demanded new collaborators to express its potential. So Interface became the real life client for a class of 14 students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta. Wildly collaborative, the experience inspired us and the students’ work is sure to inspire all who experience it.
SCAD and Interface Collaboration
As we considered a unique way to inspire designers with our skinny planks, we realized we needed a partner who could offer a new point of view. So we opted for a group of talented multi-media design students from Atlanta’s Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). They were young and unfamiliar with our industry. Who better to give a fresh perspective?
December 3, 2014
Licence to Chill
Interface Hospitality makes it easy to achieve a seasonal shift in your space with our modular carpet products. Accent rugs are a simple, cost effective way to refresh your interior’s seasonal mood. Sarah Pelham explains in her latest blog.
November 6, 2014
Moments and Memories from Greenbuild 2014
Led by the indomitable George Bandy, Vice President at Interface, and Chairman of the USGBC Board of Directors, our team had a great week of learning, sharing and collaborating at Greenbuild in New Orleans. Members of the Americas Sustainability Council, sales and marketing teams share their favourite memories and moments from the show, including the WELL Building Summit, Women in Green Breakfast, Sustainability and Design Leaders event and insights from Interface's Eco Dream Team - Janine Benyus, Bill Browning, Paul Hawken and John Picard.
October 21, 2014
Serving Schools Around the World with Green Apple
Working at Interface, our commitment to close the loop and make our carpet out of 100% recycled materials has made us incredibly aware of the scarcity of natural resources. But there is scarcity of another precious and limited resource that the Green Apple Day of Service illustrated to us – our time. In our hurried, fast-paced, and busy lives, it takes real effort to slow down and focus on what matters.
Pledge to #MakeBeautyHappen
Learn about our evolution of beautiful thinking and pledge with us to #MakeBeautyHappen.
October 13, 2014
Who Needs Beauty?
Who needs beauty? We all do. Interface explores how biophilic design can use beauty to satisfy this inherent need while providing healthier, more productive built environments that may ultimately lead its inhabitants to create a better world.
Greenbuild 2014 Events
Join us at Greenbuild booth 1623 as we explore the relationship between beauty and sustainability, and be sure to catch our in-booth presentations with David Gottfried, Bill Browning, Janine Benyus, Paul Hawken, John Picard, Kirsten Ritchie and more.
September 25, 2014
Oh What a Difference We Can Make
When Deb France of Oh planning + design, architecture was asked to expand a small renovation project at Reynolds High School in Portland, Oregon after a tragic school shooting, she immediately enlisted help to make it happen.
August 25, 2014
Living Cully – Building a Park & a Lasting Legacy
Recently, the International Living Future Institute and founding sponsor Interface teamed up with Verde to transform a run-down public right-of-way in Northeast Portland into a safe, beautiful and refreshing green space—Thomas Cully Park.
August 20, 2014
Why Does Sustainability Need Beauty?
Between Interface’s two-day workshop exploring how to bridge the divide between beauty and sustainability and the Living Future conference, which was themed “Beauty and Inspiration”, Lindsay James came to some conclusions regarding the intersection of beauty and her chosen career of sustainability.
July 17, 2014
Mind the Gap
Continuing our series on the intersection of beauty and sustainability, Julie Hiromoto of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill reflects on her retreat with Interface and fellow architects when these thought leaders discussed how to close the gap between sustainable design and beautiful design.
July 16, 2014
The Intersection of Beauty and Sustainability – Twitter Chat Recap
To kick off our blog series on the intersection of beauty and sustainability, design and sustainability gurus Lance Hosey of RTKL Associates and Julie Hiromoto of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill joined our own Vicki deVuono, VP of Creative, and Lindsay James, VP of Restorative Enterprise, in a live Twitter chat. What unfolded was a thought provoking discussion in bite-sized nuggets – 140 characters or less, of course.
June 24, 2014
Trend Spotting with Gretchen Wagner
Gretchen Wagner explores the design trends she discovered at ICFF and NeoCon this year.
June 18, 2014
New Direction. Fresh Start.
A new corporate headquarters facility serves as the foundation for a culture change that has driven Biogen into a new era of growth.
June 10, 2014
Beautiful Spaces Inspire Beautiful Thinking. It’s Human Nature.
Interface introduced its global Human Nature™ collection of skinny plank carpet tiles during NeoCon 2014 in two showrooms built upon our belief that beautiful ideas are inspired by beautiful surroundings.
June 9, 2014
Interface Introduces Human Nature at NeoCon 2014
Interface’s latest global carpet tile collection, Human Nature, takes its cues from the visual, tactile textures found in the most elemental of floor coverings – think forest floors, grassy fields and pebbled garden paths. Human Nature includes five skinny plank styles.
June 2, 2014
What is Human Nature? A Beautiful Foundation for Beautiful Thinking.
Together, man and nature must co-exist. Join in Interface's exploration of this beautiful combinations potential. Explore Human Nature.
May 20, 2014
In design, it seemed that Nature's value was our endless source of resources. Because of this notion, we now face global challenges. To remedy, Interface is being a part of nature, not apart. Explore Human Nature.
May 16, 2014
Interface Hospitality Launch in Asia
Interface is launching its dedicated hospitality offering in Asia following successful roll-out in the USA and Europe. Interface Hospitality is part of the company’s strategy to expand its business beyond its corporate office heartland.
May 15, 2014
We’re pulling back the metaphorical curtain and showing you how Interface designs with our own products - inspiration to installation.
May 6, 2014
Milan Design Week: Trend Report Pt. II
Gretchen Wagner speaks on the emerging cultural trends in the design community.
April 29, 2014
Milan Design Week: Trend Report Pt. I
Inspired by none other than Milan, Interface's Gretchen Wagner discusses current and forecasted trends.
April 11, 2014
Have Bus, Will Travel
Milan Week - Travel Blog from Gretchen Wagner: Goodbye to Milano. Hello Acro, Italy. See what our guest have experienced during our tour of Italy.
March 20, 2014
Platform Shoes & Skinny Planks
Certain moments in our lives have shifted our perception of the world. Interface's Chip DeGrace discusses this shift, and how he felt when he discovered Skinny Planks.
March 19, 2014
Three New Skinny Planks and a Whole New Set of Possibilities
Mindy O'Gara introduces 3 new Interface skinny plank carpet tile products and a whole new set of possibilities. Harmonize, Ground Waves & Reclaim.
March 18, 2014
2014 CEFPI School of the Future Competition
The School of the Future competition challenges students from across the globe to think creatively as they plan and design tomorrow’s 21st century learning environments to enhance teaching and learning, being healthy, conserving resources, being environmentally responsive and engaging the surrounding community.
March 11, 2014
Go In Style
Interface introduces it's newest collection of skinny plank carpet tile -- POSH.
March 10, 2014
International Women's Day, March 8
Interface's treasured Octogenarian reflects on the meaning of International Women's Day, March 8.
March 6, 2014
PITCHAfrica brings water to a thirsty world
Interface teams with the Buckminster Fuller Institute and PITCHAfrica to bring water to a thirsty world, one school at a time.
March 5, 2014
Designing Outside the Box
Designing outside of the Box - Creative flooring solutions without sacrificing simplicity and efficiency.
February 19, 2014
Less pattern, more texture
Less pattern, more texture. Interface introduces our newest carpet tile products: POSH Collection, Reclaim, Harmonize, Ground Waves, Main Line & Sidetrack
February 4, 2014
IIDA’s Student Sustainable Design Competition
Winners of IIDA’s Student Sustainable Design Competition prove that sustainability is no longer a trend.
January 23, 2014
Interface Inspires the Next Generation of Green Designers
Interface Inspires the Next Generation of Green Designers at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Architecture.
January 16, 2014
New Year. New Rules. New Trends.
Pantone's Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid. Perfectly selected colours that represent the essence of all we have to look forward to in 2014.
January 7, 2014
Greenbuild 2013, Interface asks "What does it mean to be a restorative enterprise?"
December 19, 2013
Toby Heaps elaborates on the evolution and the vision of Council for Clean Capitalism.
December 17, 2013
The Mobile Office
Technically, we no longer need space outside of our homes. Discover the ever-changing possibilities in corporate environments.
November 26, 2013
Danish Design: Efficiency & Simplicity
Explore the beauty of simple & efficient design from Denmark.
November 21, 2013
Interface Recognizes Waterbank Schools for Additional Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award
Interface Recognizes Waterbank Schools for Additional Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award
November 19, 2013
What Does Restorative Mean to You?
“How do we leave the world better with every square metre of carpet we sell?” That was Interface Founder Ray Anderson’s response to the question, what does restorative mean to you?
November 12, 2013
Designer Ken Wilson Takes a “Rational” Approach
Interface caught up with Ken Wilson of Perkins + Will to find out more about his beliefs on good green design.
November 6, 2013
On Top of Their Game
Re:Vision designs a new state-of-the-art headquarters facility for real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle that reflects best practices in commercial design across the board.
October 31, 2013
David Ashen, dash design, speaks to Interface about where he gets his design inspiration and how he defines success.
October 29, 2013
Partnerships Lead to Expanded Impact
As one company, we have learned we can have an influence on others. But add additional partners and our collective influence grows exponentially. In 2013, Interface & IIDA partnered together to make a larger impact on Green Apple Day of Service.
Net Effect is a carpet tile collection that honours the ocean not only in its aesthetic references but also in a unique and tangible way through a project called Net-Works™. Net Effect One is a collection of three textures in 50cm squares that, when placed side by side, describes the precise moment when the sea foams into the shore. Net Effect Two is a collection of three products in our new 25cm X 1m skinny plank format that captures the fluidity of water even in linear patterns with expanding and contracting rhythms.
May 30, 2013
Interface Co-Hosts First CaGBC Legacy Project
Modular carpet tile manufacturer, Interface, joins the CaGBC to host the first Legacy Project at the CaGBC National Conference & Expo.