We are pleased to share that Milliken has once more been named to the World's Most Ethical Companies list by the Ethisphere Institute for 2014. This marks the eighth consecutive year that we have been recognized, every year since the list was first published.
We are honored that our efforts to "Do Good" have led to a continuation of this distinction. We believe that a healthy enterprise and healthy earth are vitally linked - and we are inspired by the strong sense of purpose to do good. In fact, innovation across Milliken is aimed at "Doing Good" in one way or another.
We work to carry out this mantra by exceeding customer expectations and challenging what is possible in floor covering innovations. By holding ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards, Milliken continues to discover new ways to make this world more sustainable.
Through true innovation, our promise is to "Do Good," adding value to people's lives, improving health and safety, and making this world more sustainable.
To learn more about the distinction, please read a release announcing the award on milliken.com. Also, view Milliken's Code of Conduct and see how respect for one another - and the world we live in - guides our actions every day.
Inspiration is when the world speaks to you loudly and clearly, making your heart and mind race with passion and possibility. It's as if the world has whispered - or screamed or sung - directly into your ear.
And suddenly, life brims bright with opportunity. You are enthused, empowered, and engaged. You see the world anew, afresh, and aglow. You never know from where this inspiration might come from or even how to find it. But when it strikes, your world is forever changed.
Discover inspiring images that challenge us to see the world through a new lens at www.inspiredinspiring.com.
Milliken recently used a secret board to create a collaboration board with Amy Campos, the 2013 International Interior Design Association's Educator of the Year. Amy secretly pinned inspiring images, her design work, and more, before presenting it to the public. This allowed us to make sure the board was presented in a finished and complete state before allowing any other viewers.
With the addition of Pinterest Secret Boards in 2012, the architecture and design community has a whole new way of searching for and collecting ideas, products, and inspiring spaces online. Below are three ways that Secret Boards can enhance you daily design process.
3 Uses for Pinterest Secret Boards
Are you interested in learning about how the architecture and design community can take advantage of what Pinterest has to offer? Ask your local Milliken sales representative about our CEU course, "Pinterest and the A&D Community: Sharing and Inspiring in a Digital World," or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For step-by-step instructions to create a secret board, visit Pinterest.
Milliken's new Walk the Line collection brings the straight path of the roadway to interiors. Sharp, contrasting lines in varying tones invite designers to obey the rules or find their freedom. Neutral and graphic or fast and furious with a splash of color, the balance of vivid accents and asphalt-like background are sure to inspire the journey ahead.
The modular carpet with an open linear pattern brings sophisticated movement to the floor plane. Available in 16 colors, accent options from bright pops and neutrals also add versatility to the range of interior aesthetics possible through the design.
Many benefits and features of the collection include:
How will you challenge the status quo and Walk the Line with your designs?
The award-winning Zipcar® headquarters in Boston incorporates all of the innovations of the modern work environment, including a comfortable, inviting design and creative spaces for brainstorming.
Office environments continue to evolve to meet the changing work habits of today's culture. In Part 1 of our discussion about trends reshaping today's workplace, we noted how the three trends of co-working, the multi-generational office and the need to focus are a main topic of importance. It is also known that flexible work environments, corporate identity and talent management, and wellness and productivity are challenging offices to provide the best possible experience for employees.
4. Flexible work environments
Technology and the new working cultures it allows may have freed us to work in previously inconceivable ways but what is most intriguing about the ongoing debate is how it has shifted perceptions of the workplace. Far from spelling the end of the office as futurologists thought around twenty years ago, flexible working has changed our relationship with the workplace. It is many things to many people, especially those for whom the 9 to 5 is no more (or never was). It is a link to the firm, a repository of knowledge, a meeting place, a social space, a source of identity and a source of comfort.
This enduring human attraction to bricks and mortar, despite whatever technology makes possible, is what made flexible working a big workplace debate of today. The desire for flexible work environments has been accompanied with data showing that employees are not as effective in specific ways when working apart from one another. This is especially evident as innovative companies around the world provide offices designed to encourage in-office collaboration, noting the importance of physically being at work.
5. Corporate identity and talent management
There has always been a close link between the labor market and office design. In the wider business community, the conundrum that has dominated management thinking over the last two decades is this: if your main asset is knowledge and that knowledge is largely locked up in people’s heads, how do you attract those heads to your organization? Then, how do you make them stay there?
It is this riddle that has led to the dominance of ‘soft’ issues in management thinking and why workplace design has focused increasingly on softer business issues such as corporate culture, the environment and knowledge management. It has driven the growth of flexible work practices as organizations have tried to give people a better work-life balance. It has driven the softening of the workplace itself, the growth of break-out space and the focus on the team. And, of course, it has pushed on the idea of employer branding and how to convey identity at work.
Branding in the workplace may largely have focused on replicating a corporate identity, but now there is a far greater focus on reflecting important values to staff. Where once you had logos in the carpet and walls in corporate colors, now we have visualizations of how the company addresses business and environmental issues, the intelligent use of colors and materials to convey ideas and emotions, imagery from packaging and marketing campaigns and manifestations of the outside world.
6. Wellness and productivity
We know that workplace design has an impact on individual productivity and business performance. At some level, whether through academic research or personal experience, everybody knows that there is a link between our surroundings and our wellbeing and happiness. That is why what we find in practice is that most people work in decent, if not exceptional, workplaces and are provided with a fair degree of comfort, natural light, fresh air and control over how they work along with all other features of the contemporary office.
Designed by O+A, the Cisco headquarters in San Francisco highlight many workplace trends in today's offices.
It’s nothing new to suggest that the workplace
is in a state of flux. Yet, while the underlying drivers of change remain
largely the same, what does change each year is the focus on different aspects of the
revolution in the places we work. Some are new and some represent a more
informed and sophisticated take on things we were already aware of.
Primarily a way for the new generation of
small businesses, freelancers and contractors to share space, the co-working
phenomenon is also influencing ideas about office design and property
management for larger organizations. It has even prompted the British Government to pilot a program that would see nearly all of its vast portfolio established as shared space for all public sector departments.
The growth in the use of co-working spaces
is rapid. A report from real estate trade association NAIOP estimates there are
now around 800 of them in the U.S. compared to just one in 2005, increasing by 83
percent last year alone. They are often found in tech hubs serving start-ups
and freelancers, but are increasingly applicable to the larger corporate workforce.
While there is a great deal of talk about
the influence of Gen Y in the office, it turns out that the workplace is
increasingly multigenerational. According to data from the U.K.’s Department of
Work and Pensions, there have never been more over 50s in work in the U.K. There are now 2 million more over-50s in jobs
than there were 15 years ago and they will form a third of the workforce by
The workplace will not
be dominated by one specific generation, but shared by everybody. This will mean finding ways of
balancing the needs, attitudes and skills of different generations. It also
means challenging stereotypes. For example, research published last year by the
Max Planck Institute in Berlin found that older workers perform more
consistently in memory tests than younger people and that there is a great deal
of variability between the performance of individuals within age groups.
The challenge of providing a degree of solitude, peace and quiet in an office is an issue that
most people in A&D deem very
important. Yet it has proved to be one
of those intractable issues that suffers both from and to need to balance it
against other factors, including the shift to open
plan working. Hence why there has been so much talk over recent years about
acoustics in the workplace. But the debate is now moving on as more research
emerges to suggest that what we need is not silence, but an ability to focus.
A recent survey of 90,000 people by
architects Gensler found that ‘the most significant factor in workplace
effectiveness is not collaboration, it is individual focus work’ and that
‘focus is also the workplace environment’s least effectively supported
idea is backed up by researchers at the
University of Sydney who found in a survey of 43,000 U.S. office workers site lack of privacy as the top frustration.
In practice this means that designers and
facilities managers not only have to manage levels of noise at work but also
offer staff choices about where they work, so they can strike the right balance
between working with colleagues and staying focused on specific tasks.
Stay tuned as we continue to discuss relevant trends reshaping today's workplace and their involvement within architecture and design conversations.
Innovation is a highly valued component of sustainable building design, so much so that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has introduced the LEED Innovation Catalog, a new credit reference resource for architects. According to Batya Metalitz from USGBC, the catalog is "a place for project teams to find innovative strategies for use on their projects."
The catalog includes a number of innovation credits, including:
Read more about the new LEED Innovation Catalog on the USGBC website.
Inis Mór in Ballybane and Kilronan installed in multiple colors on the diagonal provides a structured argyle pattern.
Inspired by the structure of Irish fishermen's sweaters, Milliken's new Inis Mór collection draws upon the influence of a traditional looped stitch - of the most basic, yet complex forms of textile creation. Two designs, Ballybane and Kilronan, provide small and large-scales of organic pattern that offer ease of movement across the floor plane.
Reflected in both pattern and construction, the all loop textile delivers incredible resilience and withstands the extreme wear and tear of high traffic areas.
A blend of various yarns with twisted, chunky textures gives the collection a beautiful flecking and heathering effect as individual yarns capture light differently. The visual interest resulting from these irregularities ties into the inspiration of a hand-made knitted sweater. These imperfections illustrate the beauty in the organic quality.
The collection boasts many features and benefits, including:
Designers can easily tailor the collection using multiple hues from the color line to create a gradation of color. Creatively placing tiles also brings a new dimension to the design. If installed on the diagonal, the cable knit pattern is more visible, which provides a more linear structure.
How would you use the Inis Mór collection to create unique interior environments?
Inis Mór in Ballybane and Kilronan in Helm, a light color reminiscent of traditional Irish wool sweaters.