INTERFACE, which describes itself as a worldwide commercial flooring company and global leader in sustainability, has unveiled its latest collection, Embodied Beauty, expanding availability to the UK. The collection offers various carpet tile designs inspired by and manufactured to respect nature. Consistent with the company’s Climate Take Back mission and commitment to lower the carbon footprints of its products, all seven styles of Embodied Beauty are reportedly carbon neutral across their full product lifecycle through the Carbon Neutral Floors programme.
In addition, this is the first Interface carpet tile collection to feature the company’s new cradle-to-gate carbon negative carpet tiles.
Designed by Interface vice president of global product design Kari Pei, Embodied Beauty is said to reflect Japanese aesthetics of minimalism, restoration, and the organic beauty of the natural world.
Interface says the collection evokes feelings of connection with others and with nature, embracing the principles of ikigai, a Japanese concept related to ‘having a purpose’. It adds that these influences come together in an array of unique styles that range from narrow monochromatic patterns to large-scale graphic tufted textures.
‘As our first collection to include carbon negative products, Embodied Beauty truly encapsulates the idea of working in alignment with nature, which is a concept often emphasised in Japanese culture,’ said Pei. ‘This inspired the aesthetics in the design and yielded a wealth of textural and colour options to consider. Looking closely at the styles, you can recognise elements of kintsugi, the art of mending broken objects to create something new and beautiful, as well as sashiko, a decorative form of stitching. The carpet tiles create a refined floor that projects poise and quiet grace suitable for virtually any space.’
The company says: ‘With seven carpet tile styles and six colourways, Embodied Beauty evokes the delicate beauty of antique textiles, irregular gridded textures, woven graphics, and soft, subtle contours of nature.
‘The collection features three cradle-to-gate carbon negative styles: Shishu Stitch, Tokyo Texture, and Zen Stitch. These products combine the company’s new CQuest BioX backing with specialty yarns and proprietary tufting processes and are designed to store more carbon than any carpet tile before.
‘By storing carbon, these innovative styles keep it from entering the atmosphere where it contributes to global warming, and they help Interface customers lower the carbon footprints of the spaces they create.’
Continues Interface: ‘Embodied Beauty also includes four additional styles – Geisha Gather, Sashiko Stitch, Simple Sash, and Vintage Kimono – featuring calm, muted greys in warm and cool tones alongside natural colours for added nuance and palette sophistication. All of the styles combine and contrast tastefully, installing easily and efficiently side by side to deliver an integrated flooring solution with timeless appeal.’
To learn more about carbon negative products from Interface and about the company’s efforts to reduce its own carbon footprint and that of the built environment and for more information about the Embodied Beauty collection, visit the company website.