Interface carpet tile products earn industry honours

Interface collections, Equal Measure™ and Near & Far™, have received top industry honours this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Recent awards for the global collections include the coveted Interior Design Best of Year designation, an Architectural Products Product Innovations Award, and two IIDEX Canada Innovations Awards.

Equal Measure received Interior Design magazine’s signature Best of Year Award. The collection, which moves seamlessly across floors in four directions and recalls well-worn cobblestones, took home the top prize in the Flooring: Carpet/Modular category. It also received a Silver prize in the IIDEX Canada Innovation Awards competition, and Near & Far took the program’s Bronze prize. The Innovation Awards are presented by Interior Designers Canada [IDC] and Informa Canada.

Interface’s winning entries were selected for pioneering design, construction and ground-breaking sustainability. Both fall within Interface’s “Mission Zero®,” a 21-year-old company-wide promise to eliminate any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. Interface’s worldwide carpet manufacturing facilities maintain third-party registration to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard, and the company obtained the first-ever Environmental Product Declaration [EP]) for the commercial floor covering industry in North America. See more here

New Human Nature™ collection from Interface based on our connection with nature

Interface’s new Human Nature™ carpet tile collection takes its cues from the textures found in the most elemental of floor coverings – forest floors, grassy fields and pebbled garden paths.  Made with 100% recycled content nylon yarn, it will be manufactured on four continents in six Interface factories that are, on average, 39% more energy efficient, receive 35% of their energy from renewable sources, and consume 83% less water than when the company began to rethink its impact on the environment two decades ago.

Human Nature features five 25cm x 1m skinny plank carpet tile patterns which flow fluidly from one tile to the next, and pair with 50cm and 1m square carpet tiles. 

Interface and Zoological Society of London complete supply chain pilot project for discarded fishing nets

Global carpet tile manufacturer Interface, Inc. and conservation charity the Zoological Society of London [ZSL] have completed a pilot project and started a commercial venture to tackle the growing environmental problem of harmful discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities.

The innovative collaboration, called Net-Works™, establishes a community-based supply chain for discarded nets to improve the livelihood of local fishers, while providing Interface with an innovative source of recycled materials for its carpet tiles. Most nylon from these fishing nets is the same material used to make carpet yarn.

The viability of the collaboration was proven between June and October 2012.  After conducting research and working closely with local communities and NGOs, Net-Works established the infrastructure to collect the fishing nets, gathering one metric ton of nets in the first month -and substantially cleaning up the beaches in four local communities near Danajon Bank, a threatened coral reef in the Philippines. Operations are now scaling up, with the intention of developing commercial carpet tiles incorporating the collected nets later this year.


Interface names global winner of “Reconnect Your Space” competition

Parisian Student’s Winning Entry Chosen from Hundreds of Submissions


Jesùs Pertuz "Rebolo Eco-Park", designed by Jesús Pertuz of Paris, has been selected as the winner of Interface, Inc.’s “Reconnect Your Space” competition. The competition invited architects, designers and students to submit their visions for how biophilia can influence the design of a new or existing space, either within interior built environments or outside in cities.

Biophilic design incorporates natural elements into man-made environments in order to help people feel and perform better. Rebolo Eco-Park was selected as the most unique, inspiring and purposeful way of reconnecting a space with nature.

The winning entry was inspired by Rebolo, a low-income neighborhood located in Barranquilla, Colombia, a northern part of the country on the Caribbean Sea that serves as a major industrial, maritime port. The aim of Pertuz’s submission was to improve the community by creating a space for social interaction and integration, and as he states: “giving them back a sense of pride and dignity.”

Pertuz is currently pursuing a master of architecture degree from the renowned École National Supérieur d'Architecture Paris Val de Seine in Paris. “This idea was haunting me since a sleepless night at the end of the summer and I just needed a way to take it out and share it with the world,” said Pertuz. “I believe that spaces have a strong and direct impact on people's behaviour. When we empower somebody or a community through design, they are more likely to respond by developing a sense of ownership and responsibility to each other, to their environment, to their community, their neighbourhood, and the rest of the world.”

Rebolo Eco-Park incorporates flower, aromatic and community gardens, along with fruit trees, new social “eco-housing” and a meadow. Within the entry an image of the meadow depicts a section of the Rebolo Canal that collects storm-water surrounded by flora, fauna and people walking, running, biking, resting and enjoying the vibrancy of the space.

Together, these elements form a linear park along either side of the canal. Pertuz’s plan calls for rehabilitating the canal and to connect destinations—the center of the city to a river— while serving as a public one. According to Pertuz, “What is special about this particular canal is the fact that it is located in one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Barranquilla, despite the fact that most people live in poverty it is still one of the most culturally vibrant communities in the city.”

Through the competition, designers had the opportunity to bring their biophilic visions to life and help advance biophilic design. More than 220 entries were submitted after entrants visited the “Reconnect Your Space” page via to upload an image (sketch, drawing, rendering) of their vision for reconnecting a favorite space with nature. The competition also called for a description of their entry in 500 words or less.

The winning entry was chosen by a panel of renowned judges from the global design community. Judges included: Robert D. Fox, principal at COOKFOX Architects based in New York City; Paul McGillick , editorial director at Indesign Publishing in Sydney; and Richard Weston, professor of architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University in Wales.

“Of all the schemes, we felt that Rebolo Eco-Park best incorporated biophilic concepts blended with social responsibility and the reknitting of ecosystems. This proposal aims to contribute to the health and well-being of all the species that will experience it,” said Fox. “It was rewarding to see that biophilia has influenced so many designers across the globe.” The submission was chosen from a pool of six finalists as the best example of a design that reflects the principles of iophilia.

Pertuz’s prize for winning includes travel and accommodations for four days and three nights to experience firsthand biophilia’s influence in design. He can choose a biophilia-inspired experience in one of three locations: Singapore; San Francisco in the United States; or Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Among the trip themes are discovering how Singapore is achieving its goal of becoming a “city in a garden”; exploring natural elements within San Francisco’s popular monuments and dynamic architectural and design scene; and delving into the United Kingdom’s Eden Project that explores humanity’s dependency on nature.
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Interface joins The Buckminster Fuller Challenge in global search for breakthrough solutions

The Buckminster Fuller Institute [BFI] announces a partnership with Interface, Inc. to accelerate the development of restorative solutions to the most critical issues facing humanity. Each year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems. This prize program is a call to the world’s artists, scientists, designers, architects, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs committed to playing a transformative role in addressing the biggest issues we face today.
Interface is a sponsor of the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, lauded as ‘socially responsible design’s highest award’, with the intention of investing for the duration of the Challenge’s current five-year cycle. This year, Interface has committed a $100,000 program support sponsorship in an agreement that will ultimately result in a finalist or group of finalists from the Buckminster Fuller Challenge having the opportunity to engage with the sustainability, co-innovation and/or R&D teams at Interface to vet and hone their solutions.
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