Introduced for the first time at NeoCon 2014, Human Nature is a new commercial modular carpet tile collection from Interface.
Designed by David Oakey, Interface’s longtime collaborator, Human Nature features five 25cm x 1m skinny plank carpet tile patterns that evoke a variety of earthly textures, from tumbled pebbles to freshly cut grass, all the while offering smooth transitions to surfaces that mimic traditional hard flooring, like well-worn wood and polished stone. The skinny plank format is one that naturally encourages design diversity.
The innate connection humans have to the earth informs the collection, and it takes its cues from the visual, tactile textures found in the most elemental of floor coverings – forest floors, grassy fields and pebbled garden paths. Human Nature also embodies Interface’s 20-year history as a sustainability pioneer.
Made with 100 percent recycled content nylon yarn, it will be manufactured on 4 continents in 6 Interface factories that are, on average, 39% more energy efficient and consume 83% less water than when the company began to rethink its impact on the environment two decades ago. Additionally, these manufacturing facilities now receive an average 35% of their energy from renewable sources.
The skinny planks flow fluidly from one tile to the next, creating a seamless broadloom look in linear installations. They also pair perfectly with 50cm and 1m square carpet tiles, and they are ideal for composing imaginative floor designs — herringbone patterns, inset area rugs, and directional patterns for way-finding. The mix of textures can also be configured to help in delineating spaces that are intended for private work and those for collaboration.
Additionally, the format offers another important advantage over hard surface flooring: Carpet tile has been shown to absorb sound more effectively than many hard surfaces and thus allows for the inclusion of zones with improved acoustics, creating more comfortable, productive work environments.