As members of the creative architecture and design industry, we can't help but have fun every day. However, National Fun at Work Day called for a little extra celebration around the office.
Our associates spent the afternoon at the Milliken Athenaeum partaking in fun and whimsical activities to spark the imagination - and simply enjoy themselves and their coworkers. Activities included a friendly cornhole tournament and an art exercise while enjoying sweet treats throughout the day.
To get creative juices flowing, associates were given a whimsical activity to inspire their imagination and their hearts. With a 20 minute time limit, associates were challenged to create an art piece inspired by the word "love," while respecting a few material guidelines. Pieces had to incorporate a white canvas, pencil, and a pencil sharpener in some way, along with a table full of other possibilities. Hardware, tissue paper, cotton balls, bottle caps, and yarn were among other available materials.
We hope you indulged in some fun on this entertaining day. To see more images from our fun afternoon, visit the Milliken Carpet Facebook Page, and for tips on how to make every day at work lively and entertaining, click here.
IIDA Carolinas Chapter Board Members (left) and Milliken's Heidi Burmeister (right) created works of art while following material guidelines during the organization's 2014 annual board retreat. Fun is a vital aspect of innovation. Whether it is playing creative games or partaking in friendly competitions, there is no question that having fun can result in fresh perspectives to solve issues innovatively.
In honor of National Fun at Work Day on Wednesday, January 28, we've formulated a few ideas to enliven the workday. Take some time out of the hustle and bustle to just have a little fun.
As residential design evolves, there are many trends worth noticing. One trend in particular, known as "Past Modern," encourages the reinterpretation of traditional art forms or designs with digital interventions.
Hardanger, a new residential collection from Milliken, is a great example. According to Ginny Jones, Milliken floor covering and collection desinger, "Hardanger takes the look of a traditional embroidery form and modernizes is for the floor through color, scale, and texture. This nod to the past while designing for the future is truly Milliken's legacy."
The collection's foundation brings to mind the large woolen yarns knitted into chunky cables on your favorite winter sweater. Generously scaled patterns, warm texture, and soft colors offer a strong sense of sophistication and comfort for the home.
Seven broadloom patterns, created in 100 percent Stainmaster Tactess Nylon, offer a glamorous interpretation of traditional prints. For a modern aesthetic, a foundation of thick knitted cables is layered with playful textures, soft colors, and large-scale patterns, which mimic the squared threads of Hardanger often seen in Nordic embroidery.
Near solid coordinates, modern patterns, and timeless colors give interior designers a range of floor covering options and a comfortable way to approach a project.
Notably, Hardanger is PVC free and carbon neutral, as the Milliken family of companies is a carbon-negative manufacturer certified by the Leonardo Academy Cleaner and Greener® Program. It also features high twist durability, premium dyes, Alphasan® antimicrobial treatment and MilliGuard® stain protection to extend the life of the carpet and provide hassle-free maintenance.
How might the Past Modern trend inspire your home?
It took us a while, but we've trimmed down for the New Year with plank and skinny plank carpet tiles. Two new sizes (50 cm x 1 m and 25 cm x 1 m) offer varying widths to create larger-scale patterns through the strategic placement of tile, ensuring that there are no limits to your design possibilities.
Browse some of our favorite new and trusted designs within the Milliken Planks Program:
Elevation in True North (left), and Nordic Stories in Tectonic (right)
Southern Analog in Panoramic (left), and Sound and Fury in Intensity (right)
Notably, all skinny and plank tiles are PVC free and carbon neutral, thanks to the Milliken family of companies - carbon-negative manufacturer certified by the Leonardo Academy Cleaner and Greener Program.
When colors come together to form a dynamic and cheerfully fresh pattern, people surrounded by it can't help but be inspired. This is truly the case at Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon, a Puerto Rico-based design firm that strategically selected our Fixate collection to be a part of their new LEED-Platinum office space in San Juan.
Fixate not only gives vibrancy and jollity to the workspace, but it also aligns with AD&V's desire to design sustainable spaces. The collection is PVC-free, which extends the life of the carpet by up to 50 percent, and is carbon neutral, thanks to the Milliken family of companies, a third-party certified carbon negative manufacturer.
"The AD&V offices have become something of a cultural icon in [San Juan], and the firm is immersing themselves in a local effort to reawaken this urban city. They are involved in neighborhood cleaning efforts, eat at local food trucks, and support surrounding events. The offices are used as a showroom and they are composting and feature an urban garden on their balcony. They aim to be a zero-waste operation." - AnneMarie Martin, Interiors & Sources Magazine
AD&V exports their services internationally to create fresh designs, all with a green initiative. They lead by example in their own office, boasting a LEED Platinum Certification, currently the only architecture firm in Latin America and the Caribbean with this accreditation.
As leaders in their community they strive to educate Puerto Ricans on sustainability, starting with their own office space. We are proud to be a part of their green design choices as Fixate runs throughout their studio. To see more photos of the space, click here.
More about the Fixate collection:
What is your New Year's resolution? We have comprised a list of our top four resolutions that blend classic goals with a sustainable perspective as we work together to do more good in the world.
With ideas from Inhabitat, here are a few of our favorite resolutions to make 2015 a more sustainable year.
1. Create a healthier you and a healthier earth - In addition to eating healthier and exercising more, take into consideration choices that are also healthy for the world. Biking to work instead of driving your car cuts down on emissions, and exercise increases neuroplasticity, which, in turn, increases creativity.
2. Reuse items in good condition - The greenest interior products available are the pieces that already exists. Consider refurbishing furniture or deep cleaning flooring to find the perfect piece for both a space and the environment.
3. Work for sustainable companies - Search for the right company to work for by considering its green initiatives. Consider obtaining LEED accreditation or other green credentials to set you apart.
4. Minimize clutter by donating used items - Unwanted clutter in homes and offices slowly accumulates throughout the year. Instead of watching the pile build, consider donating items. You can reduce landfill build up by sending unwanted items to places such as Goodwill or your local thrift shop. For used commercial carpet, learn more about Milliken's Landfill Diversion Program.
What other ways are you making 2015 a more eco-friendly year for yourself, the A&D community, and the world around you? Tell us more.
As we conclude our countdown of top moments from the past year, we celebrate the humbling honor of being celebrated. In 2014, we were fortunate to receive an array of distinguished industry awards throughout the year. We cannot begin to express the gratitude and affirmative feeling when our work is noticed by some of the most notable and prominent leaders in the A&D industry. We consistently strive to create fresh approaches to what we do, to what we create, and how we deliver.
We hope you enjoy a list of some of our most accomplished moments in awards this past year.
Number two in our countdown of top moments from the past year, we celebrate launching our Milliken Guest Blogger Program.
This year we introduced a guest blog series to discuss interior design trends and issues with designers, industry organizations, and other architecture and design manufacturers. Partnering with fellow A&D leaders online gave us the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by other professionals. By opening up the floor to our colleagues, we were also able to share a range of fresh and insightful viewpoints with you.
Topics in our guest blog series ranged from perspectives on sustainable design, innovative design, and workplace design trends and influences. During 2014, participants included: