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December 23
Top 5 Moments of 2013: Number 1

Number 1: ​Milliken Named Best of Year, Received Two GOOD DESIGN Awards

This past year has been very exciting for Milliken, and we are incredibly honored to have been given some of the highest recognitions and awards in the architecture and design industry. In addition to the NeoCon Gold Award and Best Booth for Architectural Sensibility at HD Expo, we also received a Best of Year Award and two GOOD DESIGN Awards.

As we conclude our series of Milliken's Top Moments of 2013, we reflect on every moment large and small that we have spent with our incredible customers. You are inspiring - and compel us to create even more innovative floor covering solutions in the year to come. 

2013 Best of Year Award

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  Moment - Swept Away, Milliken Designer Kristin Gruenefeld

Our Moment collection, originally introduced at HD Expo 2013, was named Best of Year for the hospitality flooring category. From the very beginning of creating this collection, it was evident that Kristin Gruenefeld had an incredible floor covering design in the making.

"The idea for this collection occurred when I started to think about the journey within a property and how design can reflect a customer's experience throughout the hotel, casino, or convention center," said Gruenefeld. "From this thought, came the idea to merge photographic imagery and solid graphic elements, supporting the progression from shared public spaces through the gradual retreat into completely private spaces that are undisturbed."

The resulting collection includes four designs that takes the visitor on a visual journey. As the nuances of the collection are revealed, the movement of line and shape bring the beauty of motion to life in an almost cinematic way.

To view the Moment collection, please click here.

2013 Good Design Awards

Two award-winning Milliken floor covering collections introduced in 2013 have also received another honor - a GOOD DESIGN Award. Both the Moment collection and the Art Media collection were given the award, on behalf of The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Notably, the GOOD DESIGN Awards were established by world-renowned architects Eero Sarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Edgar Kauffman, Jr.   

 Art Media - Action Painting

Designed by Cresta Bledsoe, Art Media is a library of patterns that reinterpret iconoclastic modern art techniques and media that inclue charcoal, chalk, graphite, action painting, drip painting, and the optical illusions of Op Art. By exploring the boundaries of media art, the floor plane becomes a canvas for larger-than-life installation art or fine detail that feels like an intimate secret, through the use of advanced digital technology.

"Through the Art Media collection, we treat the floor plane as a giant canvas where installation size has no limitation, allowing designers to view 'space' in new and different manners," said Barbara Haaksmam, vice president of design and marketing for Milliken's global floor covering divison. "By combining both science and design, our clients are free to think and feel differently about the role flooring can plan in commercial interiors."

Notably, Art Media was also given a NeoCon Gold Award in June. To view the Art Media collection, click here.

 ​Moment - On the Avenue

In addition to being named Best of Year for hospitality flooring, the Moment collection also received a Good Design Award.