Design Inspirations

Inspired by the Art of Handcrafting | Interface

Handwoven textiles inspired our World Woven carpet tile collection. Among these inspirations: Saori woven cloths.

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.

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.

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.

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.

i2

Observing the organic rhythms of a leaf-strewn forest floor inspired us to devise i2, an innovative advancement in modular carpet tile design. Rather than make each carpet tile the same, they vary in patterning and coloring within one style and colorway. Learn the advantages of i2 carpet tile over broadloom and other carpet tile products.

April 4, 2016
Designing With Color: Neutrals


Where warm colors excite and cooler hues are calming, neutrals can provide a canvas for either, giving designers a wide array of options.


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.


On Principle: An Interview with David Oakey | Interface

David Oakey explains the inspiration behind World Woven™, his latest collection for Interface.

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.

Skinny Planks

Our 25cm x 1m Skinny Planks™ bring new proportion and scale to carpet tile, giving you new power to create fresh, exciting floor designs.

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.

June 12, 2012
Interface’s Urban Retreat Wins Best of NeoCon
Interface receives Best of NeoCon honors for its new Urban Retreat modular carpet tile collection.

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.

Skinny Planks Floor Ideas

Discover how easy and fun it is to work with Skinny Planks™.

April 9, 2013
Inspired Design: Modern Contemporary Studio Palette


The Contemporary Modern Studio Palette selects pearly shades with a single placement of rich dark neutral to anchor the otherwise ethereal composition.


April 16, 2013
Inspired Design: Modern Classic Studio Palette


Modern Classic Studio Palette selects straightforward textures in a particular range to reflect the archetypical Classic Modern style.


March 27, 2013
Inspired Design: Formal Chic Studio Palette


The Formal Chic Studio Palette brings Palm Beach, Fifth Avenue and Beverly Hills into view with a savvy use of color and pattern in a dark chocolate floor with sun-yellow trim, pattern with pattern.


February 12, 2013
Inspired Design: Alternative Dog & Bike Studio Palette


Studio Palettes: Alternative Dog & Bike. Be inspired by this compilation of some of our most popular products.


April 30, 2013
Inspired Design: Modern Mid-century


The Mid Century Modern Studio Palette selects colors that recall the optimism of the middle of the last century.


February 26, 2013
Inspired Design: Alternative Branded Studio Palette


Studio Palettes Alternative Branded: Be inspired by this compilation of some of our most popular products.


April 2, 2013
Inspired Design: Formal Salon Studio Palette


The Formal Salon Studio Palette uses light colors with warm tones. Be Inspired by some of our most popular products.


March 19, 2013
Inspired Design: Formal Estate Studio Palette


Studio Palettes Formal Estate: Be inspired by this compilation of some of our most popular products.


March 13, 2013
Inspired Design: Alternative Minimalist Studio Palette


Studio Palettes Alternative Minimalist: Be inspired by this compilation of some of our most popular products.


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.


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.


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.


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.


May 1, 2014
Hospitality Design Inspiration


Join us as we follow 2 designers from concept to execution as they create custom hospitality vignettes for HI Connect.


April 13, 2012
Biomimicry Trend of the Last 250,000 Years


Over the last 15 years, curious designers and innovators of all walks of life have been revisiting the inspiration and guidance from the time-tested strategies of the other 30 million species on Earth.


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.


Redesigning Our Products

We challenge assumptions and bring elegant approaches and innovative technology to the design of modular carpet. By posing different questions, we developed a more holistic view of the impacts our products and processes have on the planet. This has allowed us to be more strategic in minimizing—and ultimately eliminating—the environmental impacts associated with our products.

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.


June 1, 2015
Glitz, Glam and Gold


All the glitz of Vegas shone bright at HD Expo 2015! The color of the year was gold in an array of shades, leaving Marsala, Pantone’s color of the year, just a memory. See images of this and other hospitality design trends we found in this blog from Sarah Pelham.


February 23, 2015
Marsala


2015′s color 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.


September 13, 2013
Easy Maintenance Meets High Level Design


Hamilton City School District received a make over when SHP Leading Design designed eight new elementary schools using Interface carpet tile for the flooring.


April 2, 2014
Inspired Design with Skinny Planks


Explore your creative side with Skinny Planks. Gretchen Wagner expands on the flexibility with Interface's skinny planks carpet tiles.


January 16, 2014
New Year. New Rules. New Trends.


Pantone's Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. Perfectly selected colors that represent the essence of all we have to look forward to in 2014.


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 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
Design Strategist


David Ashen, dash design, speaks to Interface about where he gets his design inspiration and how he defines success.


October 17, 2013
Healthy Conversations: Top Trends in Design for Senior Living – Part Two


Inspired by a series of panel discussions called Healthy Conversations, which focused on trends in the design of senior living facilities, several experts offered thoughts on how this market segment will evolve in the years ahead. We asked four of the panelist for their projections of top trends in the years ahead. Part 2 of a two part series.


October 22, 2013
Walk the Plank: Wind & Water


The expanded Walk the Plank colorline lends itself to some beautiful palettes inspired by the diversity of our planet's ecosystems; Wind and Water.


August 22, 2013
Into the Wild


There are few better places in the world to connect to nature than Alaska, so it stands to reason that Jason A. Gamache, AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP BD+C, of McCool Carlson Green in Anchorage, is passionate about sustainability—and particularly passionate about sustainable learning environments.


October 10, 2013
Healthy Conversations: Top Trends in Design for Senior Living - Part One


Inspired by a series of panel discussions called Healthy Conversations, which focused on trends in the design of senior living facilities, several experts offered thoughts on how this market segment will evolve in the years ahead. We asked four of the panelist for their projections of top trends in the years ahead. Part 1 of a two part series.


July 23, 2013
Forward Thinking


Adobe’s leaders enlisted architects from Valerio Dewalt Train’s Palo Alto office to transform its spaces to reflect the forward-thinking solutions it delivers to its customers. The results exude an arty-techno quality that aptly resonates with Adobe’s philosophy and aligns with its creative image in the business world.


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 15, 2013
Walk the Plank Inspirational Palettes: Earth & Fire


The new Walk the Plank colorline lends itself to some beautiful palettes inspired by the diversity of our planet's ecosystems; Earth and Fire are the first two.


June 12, 2013
Designer Spotlight: Christian Davies


The work of British designer Christian Davies’ of FITCH has been recognized extensively in the industry, including multiple first place category honors from every major retail design award in the U.S. Christian Davies shares with Interface what inspires him.


September 24, 2013
Net Effect: Pacific Palette


Incorporating the Net Effect collection we find the perfect ocean balance by offsetting tidal blues with the neutrals found in the objects worn away by the ocean salt and sun.


October 1, 2013
Net Effect: Sand Palette


The Net Effect Sand palette surrenders to the rich textures of the ocean and its sandy beaches. Get inspired by Net Effect.


September 17, 2013
Net Effect: Atlantic Palette


A moonlit beach excursion and textures of the ocean inspired our latest Net Effect palette.


October 2, 2013
The Quiet Side of Sustainable, High-Performance School Design


We know that learning occurs not only in the traditional, formal settings of a school but also that much is learned outside of the classroom, in informal settings and from one’s peers. The sustainability movement has complemented and enhanced this idea, raising the profile and value, from an educational standpoint, of gardens, green roofs, and even mechanical rooms as meaningful settings for children to learn.


June 3, 2013
The Ripple Effect


What if we could build a truly inclusive business model – buying discarded nets from local fishermen – giving them extra income – and cleaning up the beaches and oceans at the same time?”


December 8, 2011
Introducing Head Over Heels


Interface Hospitality announces Head Over Heels.


June 10, 2013
Introducing Net Effect


Interface’s exclusive product designer, David Oakey, owner of David Oakey Designs, along with co-innovators from around the globe, has brought forth all of the ingredients necessary for true synchronistic design – creating a beautiful product line, Net Effect, while simultaneously empowering a community and restoring our oceans and seas.


February 8, 2012
Planks: An Added Dimension


Versatile rectangular tiles—to be used alone or in conjunction with our other interchangeable components—offer design possibilities limited only by the imagination, as demonstrated by these inspiring patterns.


August 9, 2012
Developing the Renaissance Mind


The school of tomorrow will be focused on preparing our youth to hold their own in a highly competitive, global workforce, while giving them the knowledge and critical thinking skills to be well-informed members of society.


May 21, 2013
We are One


Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary of Chicago-based Simeone Deary Design Group share the formula for success behind their prospering firm, their fascination with technology, and the all-important role of design in the hospitality sector.


May 28, 2013
9 Top Trends in Hospitality Design


What’s next on the hospitality front? We tapped three designers—Michael Suomi of Stonehill & Taylor, Patricia Rotondo of VOA Associates, and Angela Denney of FRCH Design Worldwide—for their take on what’s trending


June 13, 2012
Introducing Urban Retreat


Urban Retreat™ is a collection of nine styles sorted into pattern studies that range from refined textures to broad organic forms— all offered in a complimentary color palette.


August 16, 2012
Unapologetically Minimalist


When Parker Hannifin decided to build a new European headquarters in Etoy, Switzerland, to reflect its growing international business, it turned to WRL and principal Ronald Reed.


May 14, 2014
HD Expo 2014
Interface Hospitality modular carpet tile has become a gold standard in the hospitality sector, valued for its flexibility, simple installation and replacement, extended design possibilities and sustainability properties. Upping the ante further, the company is offering up new product options plus online design tools to inspire and help designers create unique floor design layouts.

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?

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.


December 3, 2014
License 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.


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.


September 8, 2014
Shape Your Floor with De Stijl


Looking back at historical design movements, one style struck a chord with hospitality product stylist Sarah Pelham in relation to Interface Hospitality’s product dimensions—De Stijl. De Stijl was popular from 1917-1931 and was built on the geometric principle of straight lines, squares and rectangles. Interface Hospitality has 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.


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.


April 4, 2013
Trends in Senior Living


Nowadays senior living spaces are more urban, service driven, often affiliated with nearby universities, and community-based with enhanced amenities. Find out how the changing demographic of senior living communities is affecting the design of these facilities.


November 8, 2011
Introducing Solace and Muse


Bring a touch of the outdoors in with our newest modular carpet styles, Solace and Muse.


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.


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.


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.


March 11, 2014
Go In Style


Interface introduces it's newest collection of skinny plank carpet tile -- POSH.


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.

May 15, 2014
Go Play


We’re pulling back the metaphorical curtain and showing you how Interface designs with our own products - inspiration to installation.


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.


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 5, 2014
Designing Outside the Box


Designing outside of the Box - Creative flooring solutions without sacrificing simplicity and efficiency.


May 12, 2013
Interface Hospitality at HD Expo 2013
Interface Hospitality introduces innovative product offerings at HD Expo 2013.

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.


February 2, 2012
Learning From a Ponderosa Pine


If you’re familiar with Interface, you may also be familiar with Biomimicry, the practice of emulating nature’s genius to improve human design of products, processes, and systems — a favorite source of inspiration for our sustainability journey.


April 25, 2013
Interface Does Milan


Interface & Aquafil hosted 33 international A&D during the 2013 Milan Design Week. Here's what they said was hot in Milan.


May 2, 2013
Design Inspirations: Blue color palette


Inspirations from the color Blue, one of the most substantial colors of our planet.


September 25, 2013
Interface Carpet Tile is MSR’s Design Tool for Beautiful Library Floors


MSR has designed dynamic, award-winning spaces for more than 180 libraries across the country. Whether to meet design, performance, or sustainability goals, MSR specifies Interface carpet tile as a dependable flooring solution for many of its projects.


March 26, 2013
It’s a Footrace: Acute Care Design Trends


The importance of flooring in the Acute Care environment and latest design trends.


January 8, 2013
A Virtual Conundrum


As retailers look for ways to keep shoppers in physical stores, design has an important role to play.


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.

October 8, 2013
Presbyterian Senior Living


When Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) decided to install Interface carpet tile in six of its many mid Atlantic locations, it was for two key reasons—functionality and timeless design.


July 3, 2013
Hospitality Design Inspiration: Lavender Palette


Contemporary meets traditional just as modern day collides with the past. In the Lavender palette our new distressed Persian pattern takes you back in time with bold majestic purple hues. It emulates a modern spin on transforming pieces of worn Persian rugs into new patchwork creations.


August 6, 2013
Hospitality Design Inspiration: Neutral Palette


The Neutral Palette demonstrates how Interface Hospitality products in creamy, sophisticated tones can be used in multiple environments depending on what they are paired with.


July 30, 2013
Hospitality Design Inspiration: Scarlet Palette


The Scarlet Palette using Interface Hospitality products is rich in texture, mixed with warm camels, walnuts and saturated reds brings you an inviting, down to earth feeling.


August 15, 2011
Three Trends in Office Design


It’s hard to define precisely what the “office of the future” will look like, but top corporate designers from around the country agree that it will look nothing like our traditional concept of the corporate workplace.


January 31, 2012
More sustainable, durable alternative for military families


Interface partnered with Lend Lease, a property solutions provider responsible for about 40,000 U.S. military homes, to institute a flooring solution that has resulted in notable cost-savings and increased efficiencies for Lend Lease and its tenants.


March 21, 2013
One Happy Customer


The design team from Gensler’s Dallas office crafted a light-filled, dynamic workspace for the company that not only encourages collaboration and the free flow of ideas, but has literally transformed how its employees do business.


March 13, 2013
Behind the Evidence


Roz Cama, FASID, principal of Cama Inc. has built an influential career around healthcare design, a segment of the industry that many designers shy away from as being too complex or too institutional.


August 10, 2012
Faster, Cheaper, Better


What is the design response to the many social, economic, political, demographic, and technological trends tugging at the healthcare sector? “The value proposition is better, faster, cheaper.”


January 19, 2012
SPURing Public Process


It’s hard to define precisely what the “office of the future” will look like, but top corporate designers from around the country agree that it will look nothing like our traditional concept of the corporate workplace.