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
What do combat vehicles, children's markers, floor coverings, rubber tires, medical wound dressings, wind turbines, and laundry baskets have in common? They have all been influenced by new discoveries and innovations at Milliken.
Milliken has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people's lives since 1865. Incredibly, you come into contact with a plethora of items that Milliken innovation impacts, from laundry detergent colorants to plastics in food containers and even kayaks.
Experience these innovations first hand with the new virtual Innovation Gallery - an interactive website that explores how 'Doing Good' is at the heart of everything at Milliken.
How are you inspired to innovate? We would love to know.
Take a fresh approach to understanding sustainable architecture and design terminology, including EPDs and HPDs, with the following tips.
NeoCon was quite the whirlwind of intriguing product introductions, inspiring conversations, and humbling awards for Milliken. We are honored that both our products and our people were recognized during the show.
Milliken Awards Received at NeoCon 2014
HiP Design Solution Underfoot Winner - The Lume e Lustro Collection
Designer Cresta Bledsoe with Barbara Haaksma of Milliken
Silver Best of NeoCon Silver Award for Broadloom Carpet - The Dissemblage Collection
HiP People Marketer/Brand Ambassador - Barbara Haaksma
Buildings Product Innovations Merit Award - The Allegory Collection