We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our Moment modular carpet collection was selected as Interior Design Magazine's Best of Year for hospitality flooring!
Influenced by the concept of 'art in memory,' photography plays a key role in the Moment collection, introduced by Milliken at HD Expo 2013. The collection of four patterns is a journal through place and time where life is captured forever in our memory - awaiting our recall.
Congratulations to Milliken Designer Kristin Gruenefeld who imagined this inspired collection, allowing us to go on a visual journey of 'art in memory' through her designs. We are honored to have her as part of the Milliken team.
It's true, she's the best!
Image via Pantone
At the end of a year focused on the rich and deep tones of
emerald, Pantone announced today the color of the year for 2014 – radiant
orchid! This blend of purple, pink and fuchsia is a vibrant yet subtle hue, and
according to Leatrice Eisemen, executive director of the Pantone Color
the color “encourages expanded creativity and originality.”
We love the enchanted aesthetic that radiant orchid brings
to interior spaces and fashion alike. Take a look at where we’ve spotted the
hue so far.
The vibrant color was featured on the 2014 spring runway of MaxMara, Yoana Baraschi and Temperly Longon among others.
Image via Fashionisers
Used creatively as a playful accent, this hue makes entertaining that much more festive. We love how it makes this cocktail look like a gemstone.
Image via Pinterest
You can also find the color in many of Milliken's floor covering collections, including Color Wash and our award-winning Allumé collection.
Color Wash in Matter, Fuchsine Allumé in Focus with accent
Read more about radiant orchid and it’s reason for being
selected as the 2014 Pantone color of the year on Pantone.com
and be sure to follow Pantone on Twitter at @Pantone.
What are your thoughts on this color? We would love to know if and how you plan to incorporating radiant orchid into your design work.
believe that good design is imperative to how people function and perform
within a space. Interior design helps facilitate action – whether it is being
highly productive and collaborative in a workplace or comfortably relaxing at home. The very same idea applies to educational spaces - and there is
research to prove it.
Fast Company shared a study conducted by the University of
Salford School of the Built Environment that proves this point
exactly, showing how classroom design affects student learning. The article
might be worth diverting at least a little attention from what’s going on in
classrooms to how those spaces are being designed. The paper, published in the
journal Building and the Environment,
found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact, positive or
negative, on a student’s progress over the course of an academic year. The
difference between the best- and worst-designed classrooms covered in the
study? A full year’s worth of academic progress.” Kyle VanHemert, Fast
Company, [Twitter: @FastCoDesign]
More incredible are factors the study pinpoints
that effect learning.
of the design parameters--color, choice, complexity, flexibility, connection,
and light--had a significant effect on learning. Light…concerns the amount of
natural light in the classroom and the quality of the electrical lights it
contains. Choice has to do with the quality of the furniture in the classroom,
as well as providing "interesting" and ergonomic tables and chairs
for pupils. Complexity and color both have to do with providing an ample amount
of visual stimulation for students in the classroom.” Kyle VanHemert, Fast Company
we work to provide floor covering options that meet the functional needs of
durability within educational settings, we pay equal attention to design
aesthetics, including color and complexity. We hope they evoke intrigue and
curiosity, provoking young minds to ask questions and learn effectively.
do you design spaces that promote learning? We would love to hear from you.
Milliken’s Theory 2.0 collection in Eureka 2.0
(left) and Stimulus Blip 2.0 are ideal floor coverings for educational
Milliken has caught the attention of Vern Yip in his recent column that focuses on home decor trends. The article mentions our Exotic Journey residential collection as a way to add animal-inspired designs to interior spaces.
Milliken’s Exotic Journey carpet allows you to have the animal trend wall-to-wall on your floor or as a rug that can be cut to your exact specifications by a local carpet store.
What other trends have inspired you this season? We'd love to hear from you.
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Milliken's new Landmark collection honors the fundamentals of modern structure, while celebrating the past.
What features of this pattern inspire you? We'd love to hear from you.
Did you know?
Interior designers are able to create one-of-a-kind floor covering through Milliken’s custom capabilities, such as the recent AMC Theaters installation in Kansas City, MO.
Carpet plays an important role in the aesthetics of an interior. Today, we see not so much a particular pattern or color palette, but the desire to have limitless capabilities with floor covering design.
As manufacturers, we believe it is our role to provide a platform for inspiration – and the tools to create new aesthetics for interiors. This includes custom applications, as well.
Milliken is able to provide custom design capabilities by having access to the best technology in the industry for a detailed end product.
See more images (all courtesy of Michael Robinson Photography) from the AMC Theaters installation on our Facebook page.
Kerry Strickland, Milliken's Senior Designer - Solution Dyed Nylon Tufting Specialist, talks about:
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)'s blog addresses what the future of carpet might hold in terms of new technologies.
The article cites technologies, such as Titanium Dioxide, as a treatment that may bring the idea of a self-cleaning carpet closer to reality.
With hopes that these options can bring lower-maintenance, longer life-cycles and more green/sustainable benefits than ever before, the industry will closely watch new developments surrounding this initiative.
We'd love to know: What do you think of a "self-cleaning" carpet?
Hope your day is spook-tacular!
What has Al Roker so interested?
As Hurricane Sandy survivors mark the one-year anniversary of the storm, the national T.V. show "Wake up with Al" focused on disaster preparedness.
Milliken & Company's Concrete Cloth can help in extreme weather conditions.