Biophilia

Human Spaces

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.

June 16, 2016
Introducing Award Winning World Woven Collection
Interface introduces World Woven™, a global collection of Skinny Planks™ and squares that is deeply influenced by the timeless familiarity of local textiles found around the world throughout history.

A Foundation for Beautiful Thinking

Designs inspired by Nature have been around as long as we have. 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.

November 14, 2012
Interface at Greenbuild 2012
Interface is taking the floor at Greenbuild 2012 with programming that will help enlighten, inform and inspire its design industry peers about biophilic design. Increasingly, biophilic design is used to describe architecture and design that incorporate nature or natural elements to improve productivity, health, community relations and more.

September 20, 2012
Interface Carpet Tile at IIDEX 2012
Interface previews UR501™, a new Urban Retreat™ pattern, at IIDEX 2012. UR501 is a long, narrow plank style with a carved texture reminiscent of rough-hewn hardwood. Its unique shape and an additional eight bright colour options create additional design opportunities.

September 25, 2012
Interface Carpet Tile Wins 2012 IIDEX Awards
Interface wins five IIDEX Innovation Awards at the 2012 IIDEX Conference & Expo. Winning products include the Urban Retreat Collection and the new UR501 style, Walk the Plank and A Peeling. Interface also won an award for its airy, urban nature-inspired display.

30 x 30 Nature Challenge 2016

Join Interface in David Suzuki's 2016 30 x 30 Nature Challenge. Embrace your innate love of nature and commit to spend 30 minutes outside for 30 days in May.

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


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.


Human Nature

Interface’s Human Nature™ Collection—a range of Skinny Planks™ 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.

June 13, 2015
NeoCon 2015 Press Release
Interface continues to lead the discussion on biophilia as it heads to NeoCon 2015 with two new carpet tile collections influenced by nature’s ability to inspire and energize.

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.


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 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.


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.

Net Effect

Net Effect is a carpet tile collection that honors 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.

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.


May 16, 2013
Interface Reconnect Design Winner
"Rebolo Eco-Park", by Jesús Pertuz of Paris, France, is the winner of Interface, Inc.’s “Reconnect Your Space” competition, which invited architects, designers and students to submit their visions for how biophilia can influence design.

October 22, 2014
Greenbuild 2014
Where we create affects what we create – that’s the bottom line when it comes to design that impacts wellness, productivity and even stress levels, say the experts on biomimicry and biophilia at Interface. Informed by the belief that the integration of natural beauty in our built environment can actually encourage the kind of compassionate, creative thinking needed to address issues large and small, Interface is asking Greenbuild 2014 participants to help #MakeBeautyHappen.

Pledge to #MakeBeautyHappen

Join us at Greenbuild to 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.


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.


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 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.


November 13, 2012
Vision for a Sustainable Urban Future


COOKFOX “walks the green talk” with its own LEED-CI Platinum certified office space.


November 8, 2012
The Promise of Biophilic Design


Biophilic design is a defined design methodology with proven benefits for human performance and well-being.


July 10, 2013
Interface Introduces Net Effect
Carpet tile manufacturer Interface has journeyed beyond the typical design boundaries of carpet squares and planks. And it’s now breaking through to new levels of environmental and social responsibility, sustainability and the next wave in product design. A new modular carpet collection, Net Effect™, is inspired both by the ocean’s life-giving power and its plight – marine life and habitats that are endangered by discarded fishing nets, acidification, over-fishing, pollution and climate change.

Biophilia

Biophilia is the theory that humans have a biological need to connect with nature and that this connection affects our well-being, productivity and relationships. It gave rise to biophilic design, an offshoot of the sustainability movement that seeks to integrate nature and structure, even in the most urban spaces. At Interface, we use design to bridge the gap between these seemingly divergent environments.