What would you create if given a blank canvas, specific materials of various forms, and told not to use a paintbrush? That is exactly what board members of IIDA Carolinas were challenged with at their annual retreat hosted at the Milliken Athenaeum.
Parameters were simple, yet stringent enough to require creativity and a unique perspective.
Participants had 1.5 hours to use:
1. A 12" x 12" blank canvas, signed and time stamped prior to the activity
2. A pencil and pencil sharpener, which must be incorporated in the artwork
3. A sharpie
4. Various materials laid out on tables, including yarns used to construct carpet, magazines, leafs, paints, resins, hardware, buttons, glue, and more.
5. Methods of application other than a paintbrush
The resulting pieces of art are a true illustration of the creativity that abounds in the architecture and design industry. When faced with design challenges, designers continually find inspiration to create unique interior environments.
Creative activities like this help exercise the imagination, so there is never a lack of fresh perspectives when approaching design.
How do you exercise your imagination? We would love to know.
The artwork created by IIDA Carolinas board members will hang in the Milliken dining commons at our international headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
We love seeing how designers create various unique interior spaces using the same Milliken floor covering collection. Incorporating additional patterns, pops of color, and creative tile placement can lend a collection an entirely new aesthetic.
Southern Analog, one of our most popular collections, is a great floor covering solution for any space. Take a look at the collection at work in government spaces, education settings, and corporate offices.
Southern Analog is combined with the Sound and Fury collection at a gas and utilities provider in Northern California. To view more images of the installation, click here.
World Wide Technology in Missouri features Southern Analog in dark and light shades of blue. In addition to Southern Analog, the space features the Out of the Shadows and Monuments and Shrines collections. To view more images of the installation, click here.
To discover patterns for the Altered Form Collection, the Milliken Design Team viewed the transformation of energy in nature through micro and macro perspectives.
The desire to create new experiences in interior environments is a critical driving force in moving interior design forward. However, the idea is much often easier said than done.
At Milliken, we look to help designers create unique interior experiences by adopting a new perspective when designing our floor covering collections. Here are two ways that we achieve this goal.
1. Take a fresh perspective on what is proven. Capitalize on what has been successful in the past and reimagine how it can be enhanced or reinterpreted.
2. Take a fresh perspective on interpretation. Open your senses to rediscover something experienced every day. Simply looking at something through a pointed lens can reveal something not noticed before.
New viewpoints and constant curiosity inspire innovation. We hope that you too will find meaningful discoveries when viewing the world's moments - small and large - through a fresh perspective.
View this article in Interior Design designwire.
Social media is truly changing how the architecture and design industry shares design work, gains inspiration, and experiences design. We're excited to announce that we have joined Instagram to have conversations with the A&D community in a new way.
Join us @MillikenCarpet as we share inspiring images, examples of our collections at work in various settings, thoughts and ideas around sustainability, and essentially the lifestyle of design and environmental stewardship that we live at Milliken. We hope that our musings on Instagram will inspire and challenge you to redefine design.
Are you on Instagram? We look forward to following you on the site, too.
If Instagram is not your social media tool of choice, we would love to connect with you on Facebook at facebook.com/millikencarpet, Twitter at twitter.com/millikencarpet, and Pinterest at pinterest.com/millikencarpet.
Ballad from the Allegory Collection
Creating beautiful spaces that are environmentally friendly and help provide a healthy space for inhabitants is a vital component of architecture and interior design.
Inspiring, innovative interior aesthetics and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive. Follow these five tips to select sustainable interior pieces for any interior space.
1. Specify pieces that emit low or zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to help improve Indoor Air Quality. Look for floor coverings that are certified by CRI Green Label Plus, which test carpet, cushions, and adhesives to help specifiers identify products with very low VOC emissions.
Products that are SMaRT certified are required to be PVC free. According to SMaRT, the certification is the world's leading sustainable product standard and label approved by credit by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program globally, the Canada Green Building Council, and the Australia and New Zealand Green Building Councils.
2. Use Health Product Declarations (HPDs) to make accurate comparisons of the components of building products. These documents provide clear transparency into what is used to create a product, and will denote components in the case that any are harmful to human health.
3. Reference Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to make accurate comparisons of the environmental impact of a product over the product's entire life cycle. EPDs act like a Nutrition Label for building products and include environmental concerns.
4. Look for Declare transparency labels, which reviews product components against a strict list of hazardous or "Red List" materials. The labels name products as either declared, Red List compliant, or Red List free. According to Eco-Building Pulse, Red List chemicals and components include asbestos, cadmium, chlorinated polyethylene and chlorosulfonated polyethylene, chlorofluorocarbons, chloroprene (neoprene), formaldehyde (added), and a known carcinogen, halogenated flame retardants, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, lead (added), mercury, petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides, phthalates, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and wood treatments containing creosote, arsenic, or pentachlorophenol.
5. Look for ethical product manufacturers who are environmental stewards and take steps towards reducing their carbon footprint. The sustainability of a product is more than the individual product itself. It encompasses a company's manufacturing practices, environmental policies, and ethical standards as well as the environmental and health aspects of the components, longevity, and renewability of the products themselves.
To learn more about Milliken's efforts to be an environmentally friendly manufacturer of sustainable floor coverings, visit our website.
Photos by Sherman Takata.
Milliken's Fixate collection was recently installed in the new WhitePages office in Seattle, Washington. We love how the innovative space, which was designed by IA Interior Architects, embraces the new workplace with vertical bike storage, an energetic aesthetic, and creative spaces for meetings.
The Fixate collection celebrates the ultimate details in stripes by exploring precision and varying widths of fine lines. The construction is a dense, high performing felt-like cut pile, which serves as the ideal canvas to showcase the intricate detail and print resolution.
Quarles & Brady - A Case Study
As a national law firm with many locations across the United States, Quarles & Brady found that meaningful office design plays a vital role in both cost control and talent recruitment.
This video case study highlights how Quarles & Brady and design firm Chemistry in Place looked to Milliken for a floor covering leader with innovative solutions to fit any market. The result is a creative, modern design that meets the standards of today and will remain relevant for years to come.
Inspiration is everywhere. You just have to look with a fresh perspective and open mind to see a world of new possibilities.
We've collected our favorite tips to discover inspiration and foster creativity from both the Milliken Design Team and industry sources. We hope you'll be inspired, too. 8 Ways to Discover Inspiration