INTERFACE, which describes itself as a worldwide commercial flooring company and global leader in sustainability, has opened a new showroom in London’s design district, Clerkenwell.
The 2,000sq ft space is located in the architecturally inspiring Pennybank Chambers, a former Victorian artisan tenement block on the corner of Clerkenwell Road and St John’s Square.
Says Interface: ‘The new space brings to life the company’s commitment to creating beautifully designed commercial spaces that foster collaboration, creativity, and support wellbeing, while positively impacting the planet.
‘True to Interface’s values, the space has been designed with sustainability in mind, from the flooring and furniture to fixtures and fittings. All elements of the showroom have been carefully specified based on their sustainability credentials.
‘The space, created in partnership with office design specialist Morgan Lovell, also embodies the principles of biophilic design, with planting incorporated throughout which can be seen from all angles. Meanwhile, a neutral colour palette and natural materials and finishes, such as timber, come together to complement the original architecture.
‘The Pennybank showroom is an immersive space for Interface’s team as well as customers, architects, and designers to meet and collaborate. The flexible, hybrid working space includes collaboration zones, quiet working areas, flooring mock-up spaces, a private phone booth and a kitchen and bar, as well as an outside terrace.’
The company continues: ‘The space showcases Interface’s portfolio of carbon neutral products including carpet tile, LVT, and nora rubber flooring which come together as a centrepiece, connecting all zones, while mirroring the ceiling and lighting grid above. Collections on display include the recently launched Woven Gradience as well as the company’s first collection to feature carbon negative carpet tiles, Embodied Beauty.’
The new showroom opened its doors with a series of events starting on Monday 14 February. Interface’s concept design and sustainability teams hosted drop-in sessions to offer customers expert advice, while giving them a tour of the space. The team also gave small groups of customers the opportunity to get involved in evening chocolate-making workshops to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The showroom is now officially open for consultations, events and as a co-working space – which can be organised via the showroom manager.
Laura Light, concept design team leader at Interface, said: ‘Clerkenwell is the heart of the design community so our new showroom really had to live up to this reputation and rich heritage. The new space is dynamic and flexible, giving us the opportunity to host a whole range of workshops, seminars, and consultations for our clients. As soon as we viewed Pennybank, we knew it was the perfect location and we’ve worked closely with Morgan Lovell at every stage of the project to create a space that truly reflects our values and incorporates the latest trends. We’re really proud of this incredible space that our colleagues and customers can come and enjoy.’
Karolina Samuilaite, senior designer at Morgan Lovell, added: ‘This space is more than just a showroom for Interface, it’s a statement of who they are as a company. It’s a hub for collaboration and creativity, and completely embodies the company’s incredible sustainability story.’