Biophilia

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.

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.

November 8, 2012
The Promise of Biophilic Design


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

November 13, 2012
Vision for a Sustainable Urban Future


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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

February 1, 2016
Natural Healing with Biophilia


Five expert approaches to improving health and well-being through biomimicry and nature

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.

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.

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.

Inspired by Nature

The biophilic qualities of Interface’s Human Nature™ collection inspired a holistic design for Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, that promotes the well-being of its employees in spaces that are both forward-looking and ultra functional.

Feeling Good, Working Well

Meridian Credit Union’s transition team worked closely with designers Bullock + Wood and Interface to craft new offices that emphasize and support the well-being of its employees.

June 12, 2017
Interface Creates Positive Spaces with Two New Collections

Interface offers more opportunities to create +Positive spaces with its introduction of two new global collections, Global Change and Human Connections. Both use nature as a muse and provide the inspiration needed to create positive human impact indoors through a connection to the outdoors.

July 18, 2017
Interface Introduces the Human Connections Collection

Interface's Human Connections Collection responds to increasingly tech-driven working environments and our innate need to connect with each other and the outdoors.

Nature in the Space

Incorporating Nature in the Space into office design embeds real elements of nature into our urban domain.

Nature of the Space

Nature of the Space patterns look at the design of the built world around us and, more importantly, how we relate to it.

Natural Analogues

By using the gentle, ordered or complex art of natural analogues we can trigger our biophilic link to nature

Interface and Biophilic Design - Urban Retreat

Led by designer David Oakey, we introduced Urban Retreat™, our first carpet tile collection intended to satisfy that subconscious need to stay connected to nature even in the most urban environments, biophilia.