The Minneapolis Convention Center launched their recent
renovation, diverting approximately 20,000 square yards of Milliken modular carpet
With four semi-truck loads full of our cushion-backed
carpet tiles leaving the convention center, we're imparting the
highest form of recovery with our Landfill Diversion Program – finding new homes for used carpet tiles.
Burns & McDonnell’s Global Reuse Services,
formerly Planet Reuse, is a full-service
engineering, architecture, construction, environmental, and consulting solutions
firm. With their help in the reclamation, the modular carpet will be available for purchase
at local Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity Restores.
Once reclamation is complete, new Milliken carpet
will be installed in the convention center, completing their renovation
process. Stay tuned for images of the newly renovated space.
For more information on this sustainable renovation, visit Finance & Commerce.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein
Passionate interior design educators are critical to the future of architecture and design. We choose to support and recognize
those industry leaders who invest time in advancing and inspiring our industry with the IIDA Educator of the Year Award.
This prestigious award recognizes and celebrates
the outstanding accomplishments of a full-time interior design educator who creatively challenges and inspires students.
About the IIDA Educator of the Year Award:
Nominate a design educator who has spurred you to push the boundaries of design for 2015 IIDA Educator of the Year. Learn more about the award opportunity at iida.org, and apply here.
Also, learn about 2014 IIDA Educator of the Year, So-Yeon Yoon, in Contract magazine.
When floor covering can act as jewelry for the home, designers have the opportunity to
create residential spaces with a balance of luxury and comfort.
Crystal Stitch, part of the Milliken residential Constantine Collection, embodies this idea with subtle hints of sparkle threaded through the broadloom construction. Six curated designs with subdued light- to mid-toned neutrals offer a warm, understated elegance for the home.
According to Ginny Jones, Milliken senior designer and collection creator, they noticed that residential designers were looking for more textural, sophisticated floor covering:
"Surfaces with three-dimensional relief continue to be an essential trend as carpets feature different pile heights and complex surface treatments. We've also seen hints of sparkle in textiles, which elevate them to a more glamorous aesthetic. Crystal Stitch is a combination of both of these ideas, without sacrificing performance and durability."
The inspiration for the collection draws from the Earth itself. Just as the Earth uses layers of minerals, pressure, and heat to form crystals, various yarns, textures, and colors are used to create Crystal Stitch.
Notably, Crystal Stitch offers high-end visual interest with the durability
of 100 percent Stainmaster Tactesse nylon. The collection also features high twist
durability, premium dyes, Alphasan® antimicrobial treatment, and MilliGuard® stain protection to extend the life of the carpet
and provide hassle-free maintenance.
The link between culture and talent recruitment is undeniable. PKWARE CEO Miller Newton understands this link, turning to Chemistry In Place and Milliken when creating a new office for his software engineering company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
From the beginning, Miller had a clear understanding of today’s
workplace: culture is extremely valuable to talent
acquisition and employee collaboration – and it is
inevitably conveyed in office design. Miller
was determined to provide a contemporary,
collaborative environment to incubate thought and
evoke organic industry-leading client solutions.
A converted paint and varnish factory with expansive
open space was selected to create a factory for their
industry, a ‘mind factory.’ Floor-to-ceiling windows
offered panoramic views of the east end of downtown
Milwaukee bordering Lake Michigan, and a long
rectangular floor plane provided the ground for an open
With no walls, floor covering played a major role in
achieving their design goals, many of which were to:
Our vibrant Color Wash collection was selected as the flooring
solution. Large nuanced patterning in two designs –
Matter and Medium - offered subtle movement and
intrigue while connecting the expansive space, and a
1-meter x 1-meter carpet tile size minimized seams for
the aesthetic of broadloom.
Perhaps the most culturally relevant, the watercolor
stripes of Medium were installed vertically, which might
appear counter intuitive but has deep purpose. The layout
physically connects the CEO’s office to the entire space,
creating physical channels for the flow of information and
ideas between all employees.
With tough design parameters and an even tougher timeline (60 days to complete), Milliken surpassed the ordinal design goals, helping to create the ideal environment for the culture-centric firm. Miller states the success of this project best:
“The new space has changed the way people feel coming to
work every day – and the way people work. Communication
and collaboration are phenomenal. We are more interconnected
as a company than ever before.”
- Miller Newton, President and CEO of PKWARE
To access the full case study on this project, click here.
Break off from the ritualistic gifts of flowers and chocolate this year and give your Valentine something design-inspired. Which idea below speaks to your heart?
Constantly evolving learning environments face limitations of resources and budgets, resulting in a certain degree of inadequacy. They can fall short when it comes to capturing the inspired learning environments that students and teachers both yearn for.
To highlight the latest tools for effective learning spaces, McWaters provided an opportunity that would stimulate creative minds and produce a classroom conducive to active learning.
The challenge: for students and teachers to create digital entries that creatively portrayed why their existing environment is inefficient and what it would take to makeover the space to support their dynamic learning process. Seventeen middle and high school Richland School District Two classes, in Columbia, S.C., submitted their concepts.
The winner: Wendi Wimmer's Drama Class at Ridge View High School. They creatively adapted the pop song "Whip It" into their rendition of "Flip It," while explaining the current malfunctions in their existing space.
We partnered with McWaters, Steelcase, and Designtex to bring the winning entry to life, providing our resources for success to create a floor covering that inspires the drama students in a new way.
Notably, the design process was a collaboration with the students, engaging them and yielding a true representation of their needs as students. Being a drama class, they stressed the need for flexibility and mobility in the layout and furniture in their space.
Watch the video McWaters created, which showcases the winning entry and the process behind the final product, and read the MidlandsBiz coverage of the creative event.
Congratulations to all those who participated in this challenge and to our partners for allowing us to join in on the fun.
How do you support learning environments in your community?
As Part 1 of our analysis on color and the economy clearly presents, color forecasting is important in many different industries. So how can we predict them and what is their correlation with the economy?
Akzo Nobel - They are a firm believer in the influence of our economic state in user color choice. They too annually produce a 'Color of the Year' and a style report. Notably, their 2015 color, 'Copper Orange' is relatively similar to that of Pantone's Marsala.
Azko Nobel recently produced a detailed analysis of its best-selling colors and correlated them with the economic conditions. The report authors explain their views:
"Analyzing color trends has shown us that during an economic downturn, neutral colors such as black, white and grey are favored for interiors, while more intense colors are used when people feel more confident. At the end of the 20th century, for example, neutrals were predominantly used. When fear and uncertainty surrounding the dawn of the new millennium faded, color began to reappear in homes, varying form bright, vibrant colors to less saturated tones."
"What we're seeing at the moment is that in Western Europe, sober whites and off-whites are the most popular, while in the U.S., beige and grey are dominant. In Asia, however, fresh colors such as clean yellows, pinks, and light blues are preferred, which could well be related to the local economy."
They basically say 'yes,' when we are comfortable financially, we show out. When we are struggling, we hide and stay muted.
Another scholar on the concept is Leatrice Eiseman who heads up Pantone's forecasting function. In a recent interview with Forbes regarding her thought process on selection, she shared, "It sounds a little woo-hoo, but the human eye is fickle...We start to seek out new information about a replacement and what will intrigue the consumer's eye the next year."
Leatrice's response sparked what may be the underlying apparent link between the economy and color choices people make. We watch the world and its prosperity or deflation with the exact same eyes and vision we use to decide what items to buy and use.
What do you see when you choose what to wear, what to buy, or how to design? Do you believe that sight is the ultimate driving force?
When Pantone announced that the Color of the Year for 2015 was a muted, reddish-brown tint named 'Marsala,' the result was the traditional annual carping about the subjectivity of the whole decision process. Audiences consistently have differing views on the matter. Whatever your opinion, there are two things we know for sure in regards to color trends and our global world.
1. Pantone puts extensive time and effort behind its decision and considers a range of social and economic factors, as well as global fashion and tastes for its announcement.
2.You can gauge social trends and the health of the economy by tracking changes in personal taste.
This connection is important to consider in the influential work of color forecasters. When Pantone created an infographic to illustrate 50 years of changing tastes in color, it was able to do so by aligning them with social trends and economic prosperity.
Practically speaking, industries such as the rapid-paced fashion and design world track changes that change within months, to better determine what products will be long-lasting, and which ones owners will deem as passé and happily discard.
Consider Alan Greenspan, perhaps the world's most famous living economist and the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, as well as a firm believer in the idea that fashion choices reflect our economic status. He suggests that we can determine the health of the economy by simply looking at the length of women's hemlines and heels; or the amount of money men invest in underwear and ties. He also considers a woman's color selections in lipstick.
Another example of the importance of predicting color trends is more fast-paced, but not in the trend-changing way of fashion.
The automobile industry. Each year DuPont produces its own color trends report and each year it reports that 70 percent of consumers choose monochrome car colors in grey, black, silver, or white, deeming them timeless and resalable. Color trends are only seen in the minority of sales, but the industry still needs to understand them to ensure it is marketing and producing what will be high in demand.
So where exactly are these trends generated from and how do they affect other aspects of our world? Visit Part 2 of this series as we reveal the answer.
As members of the creative architecture and design industry, we can't help but have fun every day. However, National Fun at Work Day called for a little extra celebration around the office.
Our associates spent the afternoon at the Milliken Athenaeum partaking in fun and whimsical activities to spark the imagination - and simply enjoy themselves and their coworkers. Activities included a friendly cornhole tournament and an art exercise while enjoying sweet treats throughout the day.
To get creative juices flowing, associates were given a whimsical activity to inspire their imagination and their hearts. With a 20 minute time limit, associates were challenged to create an art piece inspired by the word "love," while respecting a few material guidelines. Pieces had to incorporate a white canvas, pencil, and a pencil sharpener in some way, along with a table full of other possibilities. Hardware, tissue paper, cotton balls, bottle caps, and yarn were among other available materials.
We hope you indulged in some fun on this entertaining day. To see more images from our fun afternoon, visit the Milliken Carpet Facebook Page, and for tips on how to make every day at work lively and entertaining, click here.
IIDA Carolinas Chapter Board Members (left) and Milliken's Heidi Burmeister (right) created works of art while following material guidelines during the organization's 2014 annual board retreat. Fun is a vital aspect of innovation. Whether it is playing creative games or partaking in friendly competitions, there is no question that having fun can result in fresh perspectives to solve issues innovatively.
In honor of National Fun at Work Day on Wednesday, January 28, we've formulated a few ideas to enliven the workday. Take some time out of the hustle and bustle to just have a little fun.