A single carpet collection can help create a myriad of aesethics by simply incorporating additional flooring materials, various colors, and creatively placing tiles.
Explore how our award-winning Art Media collection, which reinterprets iconoclastic modern art techniques and media, transforms the floor plane into a canvas for larger-than-life installation art in four unique workplaces.
At Epsilon in Chicago, IL, Art Media - Action Painting brings a fun pop of bright color to the lobby area in contrast to sleek concrete base flooring. See more.
Collective in New York City, NY uses Art Media - Op Art as a neutral backdrop for other vibrant interior elements. Click here for more on this project.
Art Media - Op Art helps transform a white box office into a flexible, client-centric space that intuitively grows to remain relevant over time at Quarles & Brady, LLP in Indianapolis. To see more, click here.
Art Media - Chalk in gray grounds the Charleston Regional Development Alliance in Charleston, S.C. Discover more.
Who are you? It’s a question often asked when meeting new people or having new experiences - and it’s a question that often causes pause, requiring to reflect on the here and now to find the right words.
We asked the architecture and design industry at HD Expo 2015 to share their identity in six words - no more, no less. Inspired by Smith Magazine's Six Word Memoirs, the constraints proved worthy as we shared our identities at that exact moment in time.
Here are some of our favorites of their self-described identities, from thought-provoking mantras to six simple words:
Megan Sullivan with Lodging Magazine shares her identity in six words: "Travels lead to adventure and discovery" (left); Hospitality Design Associate Editor Allisa Ponchione sports a 'Writer' personality button (right).
So, who are you? What six words would you
Just like human beings, spaces carry an identity. The subtle differences are what make it memorable and identifiable.
With Identity One, designers can use a kit of parts to create unique interior aesthetics with the simplicity of a standard collection. Colors, textures, scales, and sequence can be easily interchanged. Although the initial designs are the same, how various features are manipulated will determine how identifiable a space becomes for you, the client, and those who inhabit the space.
Explore the dichotomy between our true similarities and how subtle differences impel us to create our own identity.
Be true. Be yourself. Create an Identity One.
Introduced at HD Expo 2015, our newest hospitality collection, Identity One, finds inspiration in two marked features of the human form - the
unique curve of line and fine texture of the human fingerprint,
and our perceived similarities of the facial profile. Although similar on the
basic level, they’re highly intricate with respect to individuals. In abstract
adaptations, the design’s varying curvilinear approach reveals diverse intricacies
within each human identity.
Why is research important for design?
Consider this: A study revealed that when
patients in hospitals have visual and physical access to nature, they recover
faster, are less stressed and require less pain medication. Result: designers
should create hospitals with easy access to gardens or artwork of nature
depicted on walls (Interior Design Reference Manual by David Kent Ballas).
Design research is necessary for creating
products, services, and systems that respond to human needs in effective ways.
The researchers who conduct such work go
beyond and provide insightful resources and reasoning for the choices that we
make – a unique insight on how to advance our
industry while merging design and industry-leading research for purpose-driven
Such dedication should be celebrated and
honored. That’s why we proudly present, along with Interior Designers of Canada
(IDC), the inaugural IDC Design Research Award.
Nominate a design researcher today.
Experience how Milliken's expertise in modular carpet provides a unique approach to scale, color spectrum, and customization from a standard kit of design components. The resulting designs move effortlessly across tiles without disrupting pattern flow - or forsaking functionality.
Not able to join us? Follow Milliken Carpet on Twitter and Instagram and search #HDExpo15 for live updates throughout the show.
Be true. Be yourself. Create an Identity One.
Instagram can offer
more than witty memes and filtered portraits; it can be a creative tool for anyone
in the architecture and design industry. It offers a mobile-friendly,
interactive channel to engage with the architecture and design industry. By
searching relevant hashtags, for example, #interiordesign, #corporatedesign,
#floorcovering, #design, you can even discover new opportunities and ideas from
people and companies you do not directly follow.
Critic at Dezeen, Alexandra Lange discusses how our industry can utilize the platform: "Social media can do more for architecture and design than showcase pretty faces and soundbites," she states, "Architects need to start thinking of social media as the first draft of history."
Even more: Consider
the app Morpholio Board: It provides a board
layout allowing users to layout, collage and illustrate with a series of
photos, images, sketches and annotations to generate boards to meet their personal
interests or needs.
Who are some of our
Here’s a list of some other favorites throughout the
industry (via Interiordesign.net):
We also regularly share a range of topics including installations, products, inspiring images, company events, and industry news. Be sure to also follow Milliken on Instagram at www.instagram.com/millikencarpet.
How do you infuse artwork into interiors?
At HI Connect 2015, a hospitality tradeshow that features vignette experiences, design firm Interior Image Group saw art as an architectural tool beyond the walls, viewing the floor plane as a new canvas for artistic expression.
IIG Designer Kangana Bhatnagar shared the concept behind the art-inspired floor covering, which set the tone for the HI Connect bar and lounge area.
“One of the biggest trends in hospitality design is transforming the floor into an exciting, and even defining, design factor. Given the sheer mass of it, flooring quickly becomes quite an integral component to every hotel. Whether it’s clever wayfinding, graphic or artistic accents, or just a neutral textural base, flooring truly becomes the canvas for the overall design," Kangana shared.
“Also trending in hospitality is the implementation of artwork in unique and extraordinary ways. Local artisans are brought into the space to infuse the context of the community into the breath of the hotel. The idea is to make all hotels feel like a destination, allowing the guest to experience the true flavors of the local neighborhood. This recent art movement is what inspired us to showcase Pamela Nielson’s art beautifully printed across Milliken carpet tiles."
As an artist,
Pamela is inspired by abstract
colorscapes and the energy of movement, swooshing colors on small and large pieces of metal and clear or color Plexiglas. She appreciates blending both simple and various colors, all dependent on the
mood of her piece.
Working with a bold design theme for HI Connect based on gender perceptions of the bar experience, Pamela was challengedd to create a piece of art that would connect the space and reinforce the male-to-female design aesthetic. She took to her creative board to paint several pieces with silvers, pinks, and blacks.
"Our feisty design theme, based on men’s and women’s varying interpretations of the bar experience, was a perfect fit for Pamela with her famous broad strokes and love for bold colors. Working closely with our team, Pam’s artwork brought our design story to life and reinforced the male-to-female aesthetic design," Kangana continued.
Incredible color placement and pattern precision is required to reinterpret the color movement in Pamela's artwork accurately on modular carpet. With Milliken's high-resolution print capabilities, not only was the color vibrant and saturated, but the pattern moved seamless across tiles, as tiles were printed in pattern registration. Even the art of installation was enhanced with InCode, which made installing more than 200 unique carpet tiles as easy as paint by numbers.
Pamela beamed when she saw the final result: “I couldn’t have
been happier with the carpet. It looked fantastic, and the
tile seams were flawless. You didn’t notice the seams, you noticed the design.”
Learn more about Pamela on her Facebook page to see what inspires her.
“Research is creating new knowledge.” -Neil Armstrong
What is Evidence Based Design (EBD)? It's when decisions about physical space are based on research and data. It is a growing trend in our industry – one that is here to stay because of its proven value in effective design strategies.
Consider this study performed on daylight in schools:
Researchers began with a theory that natural sunlight directly affected student learning. An analysis of more than 2,000 classrooms from school districts within three states comparing the 21,000 testing results from math and science students took place. Finally, a meticulous peer review took place by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before revealing the results. A very thorough process that supports the value that EBD provides – and its credibility (Whitemyer, 2010)*
Design researchers provide unique insights on how to advance our industry – merging design and industry-leading research for purpose-driven solutions.
With the first-ever IDC Design Research Award, Milliken and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) honor the dedicated researchers who move architecture and design forward. A $5,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner in the practitioner/educator category, and a $2,500 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of the student category.
We are proud to be a part of this award. Company-wide, Milliken is deeply rooted in science, research, and development, and this partnership speaks to our shared beliefs in the importance of research to drive the design and architecture industries forward.
Our very own Stacy Walker, global director of customer experience, shared:
"Continuous research on the impact and influence of interior design is critical to he future of our industry. It uses proven results to help determine what 'good design' truly means, so that our work is a relevant as possible. The IDC Design Research Award aligns with our continuous pursuit of innovations that 'do good' for our world. We honor the inquisitive nature to discover the path to meaningful design through research."
Learn more about this opportunity by downloading the entry kit and submitting by May 22.
In honor or Earth Day 2015, we partnered with Interiors & Sources to host a Twitter Chat on leading the pursuit of sustainable design. Enjoy highlights from the conversation, or recap the entire chat by searching #LeadDesign on Twitter.
Q1: Is the pursuit for sustainable buildings being led by the architecture and design industry or end users?
There are continuous advancements in sustainable design. The key take-away from our conversation: keep exploring and make sure to research! Events and open discussions, such as this Twitter Chat, will help keep the industry at the forefront of sustainability. Pooling our thoughts and ideas are imperative to keep advancing sustainability.
Earth Day has been recognized worldwide for 45 years strong. With one billion people in 192 different countries participating, Earth Day is the largest civic observance in the world (earthday.org).
This year, on April 22, Earth Day’s Global 2015 theme is ”It’s Our Turn
to Lead” - compelling the global community to take responsibility and lead initiatives that better our world.
Make the most of Earth Day 2015 with these five fun, informative, and environmentally
enlightening ideas to lead the conversation about protecting our Earth:
Be sure to share how you're honoring Earth Day on social media, using these hashtags to join in on
the worldwide celebration: #ourturntolead #ED2015 #billionactsofgreen #climatechange
To learn how Milliken strives to protect the earth every day, learn about our sustainability initiatives.