Nature and Man Come Together in Urban Retreat

We embraced biophilic design with the same enthusiasm we brought to biomimicry. Biomimicry, after all, led us to our best-selling and perhaps most innovative product to date, Entropy®, and ultimately spawned an entirely new category of flooring products for us, i2®. We knew the possibilities that await when you use nature as a model and frankly, the concept of biophilia, this innate love we have for our natural world, just made sense.

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. Oakey credits two particular events as the inspiration for this unique collection. The first was a walk through the Montana countryside with Biomimicry Institute founder, Janine Benyus, which provided inspiration for color. From tree bark to lichen and stone, these were compelling as nature’s neutrals. During a second walk through Yorkshire with Interface’s UK design team, Oakey saw moss growing on stone walls in the town and reflected on the “unbelievable beauty of nature and man coming together”.  

Back in his studio, David and his team went to work on what ultimately became the Urban Retreat Collection. A mix of pattern studies that range from refined textures to broad organic forms, Urban Retreat evokes the quiet and sanctuary of an old-growth forest floor down to the occasional moss or lichen-covered stone. We also see the soothing, calming neutrals with energizing splashes of color just where they’re needed. And it’s made with a 100% recycled content nylon made with reclaimed fishing nets, carpet fiber and other waste materials.

Five years later Urban Retreat still resonates across the globe as a foundation for engaging interiors that draw people in.

Urban Retreat Gallery

  • Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color 103502 Charcoal/Lichen   Product UR102   Color 102992 Charcoal   Product UR103   Color 100638 Lichen   Interiors Blitz Architecture + Design   Photo © 2016 Jasper Sanidad
  • Medical Offices   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color 103505 Flax/Grass   Product UR102   Color 102995 Flax   Product UR103   Color 100641 Grass   Interiors Burkavage Design   Photo © 2014 Burkavage Design
  • Medical Offices   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color 103505 Flax/Grass   Product UR102   Color 102995 Flax   Product UR103   Color 100641 Grass   Interiors Burkavage Design   Photo © 2014 Burkavage Design
  • Bullitt Foundation   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color 103503 Straw/Grass   Product UR102   Color 102993 Straw   Product UR103   Color 100641 Grass   Interiors Robin Chell Design   Photo © 2014 Brent Smith Photography
  • Bullitt Foundation   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color 103503 Straw/Grass   Product UR102   Color 102993 Straw   Product UR103   Color 100641 Grass   Interiors Robin Chell Design   Photo ©2014 John Fleck Photography
  • Whole Foods   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color 103501 Bark/Moss   Product UR102   Color 102991 Bark   Product UR103   Color 100640 Moss   Interiors Wirt Design Group, Inc.   Photo ©2013 Y.K. Cheung Photography
  • Unilever   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color Custom   Product UR102   Color 102992 Charcoal   Product UR103   Color 100641 Grass   Interiors AECOM & IA 49   Photo ©Sarawut Chulajata
  • Traders Point Christian Church   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR102   Color 102995 Flax   Product UR103   Colors 100641 Grass, 100639 Ivy   Interiors Jill Duzan, LLC   Photo © 2014 Brent Smith Photography
  • Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR501   Colors 103621 Granite, 103611 Grass, 103617 Ash, 103608 Moss, 103618 Stone, 103616 Navy, 103615 Blue, 103612 Ivy   Installed Ashlar
  • Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR304   Color 103663 Sage/Citrus   Installed Monolithic   Product Monochrome   Color 103650 Citrus   Installed Monolithic
  • Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR301   Color 103522 Stone   Installed Non Directional   Product UR303   Color 102972 Stone   Installed Monolithic
  • Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR201   Color 101893 Stone   Installed Ashlar
  • Envi Con   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color 101505 Flax/Grass   Product UR102   Color 102995 Flax   Product UR103   Color 100641 Grass   Photo ©Headroom Photography, Jörg Bakschas
  • Willis Towers   Collection Urban Retreat   Products UR101, UR102, UR103   Colors Custom   Interiors In-house from Willis Towers Watson and M Moser   Photo Allan Fernandes/©Archphoto India
  • Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR202   Color 102966 Ash   Installed Monolithic
  • Fukuoka Financial Group, Kita-Kyushu Headquarters Building   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color 103508 Ash/Ivy   Product UR102   Color 102998 Ash   Interiors/Architecture Nikken Sekkei LTD & Nikken Space Design
  • Standard Chartered Bank   Collection Urban Retreat   Product UR101   Color 101505 Flax/Grass   Product UR103   Color 100641 Grass    Collection Human Nature   Product HN840   Color 104222 Nickel   Interiors In-house from Standard Chartered Bank and Aedas   Photo ©Trizone Graphic Photo
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