Interface’s Human Connections
GLOBAL modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has launched Human Connections, an integrated flooring system that is said to promote biophilic design by embracing nature’s elements and their relationship with interactive, urban neighbourhoods.
The collection, created by David Oakey of David Oakey Designs, exclusively for Interface, responds to what Interface calls increasingly technology driven working environments and peoples’ innate need to connect with each other and the outdoors. Generational demand, technological mobility and flexible work policies are said to have created a tribal culture that allows work to happen anytime, anywhere. Human Connections reportedly draws inspiration from neighbourhood meeting places, such as streets, piazzas, and pathways. Its versatility lends itself to creating what Interface describes as '+Positive spaces' that mimic natural transitions.
‘Human Connections is an example of modular tile achieving a new level of flexibility. The collection features styles that are stunning alone, but even more exciting when used together and, in doing so, can be configured in various ways to achieve dramatically different effects. Whether creating a seamless, organic field, a pathway, or a defined, graphic space, these modular tiles adapt to the needs of any space,’ said Oakey. ‘The product line genuinely mimics city surfaces such as turfs, patterns, textures and grounds, using them to create interiors that function more like neighbourhoods that encourage collaboration.’
Human Connections in detail
The collection is comprised of eight different styles, all 50cmx50cm squares, which fit together in compositions to create pathways, intersections, and destinations. Sett in Stone, Kerbstone, Paver and Flagstone are claimed to recall well-worn city streets, while Moss and Moss in Stone reportedly attach seamlessly to introduce greenery.
These eight styles were developed to coordinate with existing Interface collections, such as Human Nature and Urban Retreat, and work alongside Interface’s LVT, reportedly giving designers, specifiers, and end-users greater flexibility.
Human Connections is said to further demonstrate Interface’s commitment to sustainability by using best practice in design and manufacturing to highlight its mission zero accomplishments and support the new climate take back focus. The collection uses a 100% recycled, solution-dyed yarn system and has an average of 56% overall recycled content. The collection uses Interface’s TacTiles installation system, which is claimed to eliminate the need for glue and form a floor that floats, reportedly making the tiles easy to update and replace.