Students and teachers will not be the only thing occupying the new Graduate Studies building at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The bold and vivacious colors of Milliken's Fixate collection set against a modern design will help energize students and provide a learning environment that is both motivating and stimulating.
Fixate celebrates the ultimate detail in stripes, exploring precision and varying widths of fine lines. A dense, high performing felt-like cut pile base serves as a canvas on which to showcase the intricate detail and resolution.
We hope you enjoy a few images of the new space, which features the modular carpet collection in two colors - a combination of bright and neutral stripes to help delineate spaces and create intrigue on the floor plane.
See more of Milliken carpet installed in education facilities in our online gallery. Which installation in your favorite?
Claire Kimble, Milliken floor covering designer "Inspiration for me is everywhere. As a creative designer, your mind is always looking, recording, styling, imagining, and absorbing all that is around you. Your eyes collect all you see, and then your mind's library stores it so that it is ready for your next creative project." - Claire Kimble
Inspiration is an everyday necessity for those who work in architecture and design, but it can be challenging to always feel inspired. That's why we're thrilled to share four unexpected ways to find inspiration from Claire Kimble, a floor covering designer who has been part of the Milliken European design team for more than 15 years.
4 Unexpected Ways to Find Inspiration
We are excited to announce that Jim McCallum has joined Milliken as president of our global floor covering division!
Fresh perspectives inspire our team and bring about new innovation. Jim will lead our award-winning division in continuing to create unique floor covering with beautifully-crafted aesthetics, superior functionality and inspired textures and patterns that invite designers to reimagine the floor plane.
Dr. Joe Salley, president and CEO of Milliken, shares our excitement on this occasion, noting, "Jim's experience in the global floor covering industry is unparalleled. His deep knowledge and proven track record of developing products combined with his passion for world-class customer service will make him an excellent leader for our floor covering division. Milliken is committed to providing superior floor covering solutions for the architecture and design industry, and Jim's expertise will bring a new perspective that will continue to carry the division forward."
Jim comes to us with more than 30 years of experience in the textile and carpet industry, with senior leadership positions in Interface, Mohawk and Lees Carpets.
Please join us in welcoming Jim to the Milliken team!
Our Color Wash collection was recently installed at the flagship office of Synapse, a product development company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The collection explores the notion of "soft-tech" by using technology to infuse material qualities with a human and modern fluidity. The result is an interior with subtle color movement that is as intriguing as it is beautiful. We hope you enjoy a few photographs of the space designed by Gensler.
To learn more about Color Wash, view the collection on our website.
This week's recap of architecture and design industry news includes a mix of cultural events and discussions around sustainability, including museum exhibitions, an A&D film festival, and American cities tackling efficiency head first.
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) also announced the 2014 IIDA Educator of the Year Award this week, which recognizes design educators who have deeply impacted their students. We are extremely honored to be able to sponsor such a wonderful award program and are inspired to see how they move our industry forward.
With more than 100 years of environmental stewardship, sustainability is core to Milliken's culture. Since developing the first PVC-free carpet tile in the industry, we have continued to drive sustainable practices forward in carpet and textile manufacturing.
Milliken desires to develop products and practices that make lives better and 'do good' for the world. To live out this mantra, we now have Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) available for all Milliken standard modular carpet tile offerings.
The EPDs serve as a validation tool that offers manufacturers a standard approach for assessing the environmental impact of their products and provides buyers with an effective framework for making direct product comparisons. Additionally, this allows all Milliken standard tile products to contribute to an additional point for LEED version 4, a more strenuous LEED qualification released this past year.
EPD files and transparency summaries for Milliken modular floor covering collections can be found online on the UL website, a third-party verification company which specializes in sustainability.
You can also learn more about the importance of EPDs with the U.S. Green Building Council's CEU course Transparency: The Role of Environmental Product Declarations.
How do EPDs help you specify materials for interior environments?
We are constantly inspired by new things happening in the architecture and design industry. Here are four things we found online that have our creative wheels spinning.
1. The Pencil Made Easy
Image via Design Milk
The Easy Pencil by Akio Hayakawa has a shorter lead piece so that none is left once the pencil is too small to use. We love how a simple modification to this timeless utensil makes it more sustainable and yes, easy to use.
2. Social Media Facilitating Design Collaboration
Image via Pinterest
Three of the top design influencers and bloggers on Pinterest will now be collaborating on a new party-planning collection for Target. According to Mashable, the retailer worked with Pinterest to identify influencers who have a broad appeal, unique style and significant followings. We are constantly inspired by how social media is changing the A&D industry.
3. Iridescent Interiors
Iridescent surfaces bring a glamorous and colorful aesthetic to interiors, while remaining undoubtedly sophisticated. We love these pieces shared on Interior Design's website.
4. Milliken's Nordic Stories In the Media
Nordic Stories in Hidden Plains and Isograd
Milliken's Nordic Stories collection is currently featured on the Interiors & Sources and Azure websites. We are always inspired when we can provide innovative collections that resonate with the A&D community.
The Fretwork collection in Kaleidoscope. Fretwork, one of Milliken's newest floor covering collections, offers unprecedented detail to interior environments through
precision and lightness of line. The
rhythmic and interlacing mathematical patterns create a lace effect that is
both modern and architectural – almost as though there is a delicate geometric
scrim stretched across the floor plane. Milliken's advanced digital printing technology allows for the crisp contrast between fine white and dark lines.
Fretwork, Milliken continues to explore line quality and edge of tile
registration only possible through Milliken’s high-resolution digital printing
technology. All four patterns - Crosshatch, Harmonic, Brise Soleil and
Kaleidoscope - are designed to work within themselves in tile-to-tile pattern
registration as well as between small, mid-scale and large patterns.
The collection recently found a place among lifestyle experts Scripps Networks. The company develops high-profile, lifestyle-oriented content for popular media outlets, including Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel, among others.
We're excited to see how this expertly patterned collection continues to transform interiors.
Fretwork installed at Scripps Networks in New York City.
Custom Milliken floor covering incorporates pops of red against neutral grays at the AMC Theater headquarters in Leawood, Kansas. Image courtesy of Michael Robinson Photography.
We asked Milliken floor covering designer Holly Nguyen what color trends she was noticing in workplace design, and without hesitation, she noted pops of color. Brighter, cleaner colors used for bold color blocking and defining spaces, too.
In today's office interiors, designers are often placing bright pops of inspiring colors against a neutral, clean backdrop of whites and grays. The strategically placed pops allow them to embrace color in a way that is vibrant and fun, yet still sophisticated.
In a recent project for AMC Theaters headquarter offices, Milliken worked with the design firm to create a custom floor covering of tonal grays, with bright pops of red infused throughout the design.
We are seeing this trend carried throughout multiple types of spaces, from design firms to home offices and university libraries. View some of our favorite uses of pops of color in workspaces on Milliken's At the Office Pinterest board.
How are you using pops of color to bring excitement to your design work?