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April 16
Inspiring A&D Events in Summer 2015
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Milliken's showroom at NeoCon 2014 (left); Visitors explore the Allegory collection at NeoCon 2014 (right).

Summer is fast-approaching, bringing sun, warm temperatures, and inspiring design events around the world. Below are a few industry events that we are anticipating with great excitement. Which events will you be attending? ​​

Clerkenwell Design Week, May 19 - May 21 held at various sites in London, England - #CDW2015
  • This three-day event brings together architects and creative businesses with a showcase of leading U.K. and international brands and companies.​
  • Visit the Milliken showroom at 5 Berry Street.

HD Ex​po 2015
, May 13 - May 15 in Las Vegas, NV - #HDExpo15
  • Strives to bring the best available resources to professionals for their projects. It is aimed at the hospitality industry.​
  • Visit Milliken at Booth 2813.

Hotec Design, June 8 - June 10 in Carlsbad, CA
  • A networking opportunity for hospitality design professionals, including designers, hoteliers, architects, management companies, purchasing firms, and innovative suppliers. 

NeoCon, June 15 - June 18 in Chicago, IL - #NeoCon15
  • A three-day event hosting nearly 500,000 professionals in the design industry. Expect more than 100 accredited seminars and 1,000 new products covering​ a range of fields including, workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retails, environmental, government, and education. ​
  • Visit Milliken at showroom 11-1149. 

Archidex 2015, August 12 - August 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • The largest trade exhibition in Malaysia, covering the architecture, design, and building industry, and all aspects of each. 

Design Americas, September 16 - September 17 in Miami Beach, FL
  • A first-ever event featuring products and people from commercial, hospitality, residential, and retail design.


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April 14
When Pen and Paper aren't Enough: Consider a Pin to Design

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What do you do when the traditional pen and paper aren't enough​ to move your design process forward? 

Consider utilizing the many features of Pinterest,  a visual search engine and collection tool that embraces a visual and creative process, making it a perfect tool for designers in all aspects of their process. 

According to RJ Metrics​, a business intelligence firm, the most popular board categories on Pinterest include home décor, art and design/crafts. The pool from which to search is vast and expanding everyday. 

These five tips will help designers use Pinterest to its full advantage:

  • Search for specific terms. Discover exactly what you're looking for from people you don’t follow with similar interests.
  • Follow inspiration boards. This automatically places pins of inspiring images on your Pinterest home page.
  • Stay organized. Keep track of design ideas in an organized, easily accessible manner. For example: Organize pin boards per project, genre, industry, inspiration, or previous work.
  • Collaborate. Use secret boards privately with a client, colleague or partner, and make sharing ideas easy and effective. And, invite users to pin on your board and contribute to your content, optimizing your potential for pin reach. 
  • Connect. Pinterest searches yield results from both people you follow and people you might not yet know. Use this opportunity to connect with new people who share similar interests, learn from one another, and maybe, eventually collaborate together. 

Pinterest is now part of the daily conversation in the architecture and design community, supporting conversations between all users in the design process. It is a perfect place to find inspiration for a project and serves as a medium for your design to grow. 

Are you on Pinterest? Be sure to explore our own inspirational boards, ranging from design ideas and inspiring travel images to educational spaces and, of course, beautiful flooring: Milliken on Pinterest.

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April 07
The Basics and Formwork Help Make a Home for Little Wanderers

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Milliken carpet now covers the office of Home for Little Wanderers, a not-for-profit organization that aims to make a positive impact in our world – a mantra that resonates with our own company as well. 

More about the company: Located in Brighton, Massachusetts, Home for Little Wanderers works with 7,000 individuals each year in behavioral health, therapeutic residential and special education, adoption, and foster care services. They offer programs and services for every stage of child and family development. 

Partnering with the design team, Stantec, we were thrilled to help make a home for this inspiring organization as two of our collections now cover the floor plane. Formwork​ in a bright tangerine serves as the perfect complimentary design, with a simplicity that truly defines function. The Basics Cool is easy, playful and inspiring – all the things that define the company, and the collection. 

More about the collections:​ Both are rated for heavy durability, so the floor coverings will easily withstand high amounts of foot traffic. Additionally, the collections are PVC free, ensuring a healthier work environment for the employees and visitors.  ​

Learn more about Home for Little Wanderers, and see more installations of Milliken floor covering at work in offices around the world online. ​


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April 03
Thinking Outside the Cardboard Box

What would you create with a simple a cardboard box?

For a 9-year-old boy with summer vacation ahead, the possibilities were endless. 

Caine Monroy built an arcade in his garage, imagining all of the customers it would attract over the summer months. Unfortunately, business wasn’t booming – that is until a filmmaker stopped by and stumbled into the arcade, played Caine's inventive games, and created a short film about his experience. Soon, Caine was greeted with an influx of customers and attention from the world, all due to his creative mind, imagination, and tenacity to never give up.

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We were immensely​ inspired by this story of creativity and dedication. At HD Summit 2015 we challenged our colleagues and ourselves to think outside the “cardboard” box. Teams brainstormed, gathered materials, and created incredible arcade games our of cardboard boxes.

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A panel of judges, including some of Milliken’s own and renowned designer Roger Thomas, then judged the final products. After the awards, all of the games were open to play!

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Caine's youthful imagination challenged our own industry to continue to think outside the box. Learn more about Caine's story. We know you'll be inspired, too. 


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March 31
The Importance of Inspiring Design Educators

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In a 2010 study from the Center for an Urban Future, architecture and design degrees were growing at a rate of 40 percent, compared to a growth of 20 percent in all other majors. It is truly inspiring that the number of design students is growing rapidly, ready to absorb the wisdom and knowledge of what we as an industry have to share.

With the growth of our industry, and as the lines between the studio and the classroom, the office and the academy continue to blur, student education in the design community is the key to our future. 

We spotlight our very own Milliken designers to reveal educators who made a difference in their life, and how they are still feel that important impact today. 

Designer Holly Nyguyen pays tribute to her international study opportunities and her professor whom she studied under:

Professor Glen Kaufman is an educator that has definitely influenced my career. I had the honor of studying under him and being a studio assistant of his at the University of Georgia, where he led the Fabric Design department in the Lamar Dodd School of Art and a study abroad program in Kyoto, Japan. He exposed his students to both fiber art as well as industry driven career paths. I owe him my gratitude for what he taught me and for the job he led me to at Milliken & Company. Having the opportunity to have a global point of view in my education has been invaluable. 

Milliken designer Ginny Jones reveals a force that has driven her work:

To me, an educator can be someone whose philosophies impact your work and therefore develop and expand your abilities as a designer. Dieter Rams has been influential to me in that sense with his “Ten Commandments” of good design. I use these fundamental principles as a wonderful “centering” device before starting on new collections.

Who inspires you to continue to evolve as a designer?

Nominate a full-time interior design educator who has impacted your career - and helped inspire you to achieve what you have today - for the 2015 IIDA Educator of the Year Award. Click here to apply by April 6. 


March 27
National Take a Walk in the Park Day

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Spring at the Milliken Arboretum, part of our global headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The 600-acre nationally recognized arboretum houses more than 500 species of plants and shrubs, many of which are rare to the state, and features a Vita Course Challenge that runs throughout the green space. 


In a 2013 study from the New York Times, people were asked to walk the same distances, one inside on a treadmill, one outside in the open air. The results: “...the volunteers reported enjoying the outside activity more and, on subsequent psychological tests, scored significantly higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and self-esteem and lower on tension, depression and fatigue after they walked outside,” reports Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times.

Another study from the University of Michigan and The British Journal of Sports Medicine revels a benefit of exercising outdoors that can call to our industry directly. A spark of creativity can occur up to two hours after exercising​. Add in the landscapes and wonders of nature and the environment, and designers can understand how it can dramatically influence their work.

Walking outside not only makes us feel happy, it can also provide added benefits to help better our performance at work. 

National Take a Walk in the Park Day is Monday, March 30. We encourage you to celebrate and enjoy all that the natural world has to offer, because it is good for you and your mind. Utilize the green spaces and parks in your neck of the woods. We know it will be worth it.

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March 24
Inspiring the Next Generation: IIDA Educator of the Year

What does it take to be "Educator of the Year?"  Amy Campos, who was named IIDA Educator of the Year for 2013, shares her thoughts on the subject - exuding an undeniable passion and skill for interior design education. 

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As a designer and educator, for Amy, the future is key. One of her favorite aspects of maintaining both roles is being able to further discourse about big ideas and lay out trajectories for where design can go. It is a direct way to impact the future and contribute to what it will look like for our industry. 

Amy notes that learning is a continuous process and that she thrives in the classroom - learning from her students, just as they learn from her. One direct example: being exposed to many different generations of students provides opportunities to see different concerns from those generations. "You feel like you’re actually taking part in the future," she shares. 

Amy also emphasizes the importance of dialog and collaboration. Such beneficial tools help both Amy and her students learn from each other. Collaborative working and design innovation are open to anyone who has an opinion to offer - anyone can contribute thoughts and ideas to advance our culture and our world.

Do you know a full-time interior design educator who prioritizes​ the future of design and seeks advancements through their passion for teaching? Nominate them by April 6 for 2015 IIDA Educator of the Year. Click here to apply

Also, learn about 2014 IIDA Educator of the Year, So-Yeon​ Yoon, in Contract magazine. ​

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March 20
Lyceum Offers Easy Customization for School Environments

Learning is a journey. Often inspired by our surroundings, we decide to paint inside the lines, or perhaps, in a youthful spirit, add bold strokes of color to change our thinking. ​

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Defined as ‘gymnasium,’ the term lyceum comes from the first space used to teach by the great original educators. Students would sit on the floor and gather around the teacher in a big, open space. 

Evolving from the original Lyceum in ancient Athens, our new PVC-free carpet collection features a package of two patterns inspired by and named for the original educators  - Aristotle and Plato. Bright colors and textural intrigue encourage students to be imaginative, and accent options can incorporate school colors to foster pride and create an inspiring space for learning.  

  • Plato, a subtle textural pattern, offers the ability for neutral field flooring or bold pops of color.
  • Aristotle features the subtle texture of Plato enhanced with three stripes to incorporate custom accent colors. End users can choose from any combination of 36 bright accent colors with endless combinations used atop 16 neutral backgrounds. 

Lyceum meets the specific needs of educational settings with accent options that can incorporate school colors to foster pride. Similarly, companies can showcase brand identities and continuity with custom accent colors, all with the simplicity of a standard collection - to inspire a life-long learning environment. 

Additional collection features include:

  • Textured loop construction of Milliken-Certified WearOn® Nylon Type 6,6
  • 1 m x 1 m tiles with ComfortPlus® ES Cushion Backing
  • Total Recycled Content of 26%
  • Color range of 16 neutral backgrounds to highlight with 36 bright accents
  • Severe durability 

Discover the entire collection on our website​

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March 16
6 Tips to Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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This St. Patrick's Day, consider going green in a way that will support the environment​ and create sustainable living practices that can change the world.

Implement these six tips for a more sustainable life at home and at work. 

1. Choose eco-friendly cleaning solutions. Determine what products are best to use when cleaning carpet and upholstery​ with MilliCare's Environmental Impact Calculator.

2. Plant a tree. An average tree can absorb ​one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

3. Double up. Configure your office printer or copy machine so it prints on both sides of the page. 

4. Use less hot water. Washing clothes in cold or warm in place of hot water can save as much as 500 pounds of carbon dioxide every year.

5. Microwave > Oven. Use a microwave instead of the stove to save energy. Microwave ovens use around 50% less energy than conventional ovens.

6. Use one less paper napkin. Americans use approximately 2,200 paper napkins each year. If one less napkin a day was used, more than one billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year. Or, consider switching to linen

See how we at Milliken go green everyday. And enjoy another green tip if you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a “cheers.”​

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March 12
Milliken's 9th Year Named as a World's Most Ethical Company

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Joe Salley, president and CEO of Milliken & Company, at the Ethisphere Institute's 2015 World Most Ethical Companies Awards.


"The world rests on principles." - Henry David Thoreau

For nine consecutive years, every year since the award was inaugurated, the Ethisphere Institute has announced Milliken to their prestigious list of companies boasting the designation as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.” 

We're honored to say that this year, 2015 is no different. And we proudly stand alongside only 15 other companies worldwide who can claim this consecutive distinction.

The World's Most Ethical Companies distinction recognizes organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.

We deeply value this award - as it is a result of our associates' continued dedication to upholding ethics and integrity, above all else. Ethical practices are the foundation of our company and key to our success. It drives how we work, what we create, and who we partner with - so that our innovations help improve the world in material aspects.  

We extend sincere congratulations to all the other honorees this year. Thank you to Ethisphere for their recognition and commitment to advancing ethical practices.


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