At the cutting edge of design, Interface’s latest carpet tile collection Urban Retreat is inspired by people’s instinctive love of nature, a science known as ‘Biophilia’, and provides an elegant solution for built environments creating a connection with the outside, inside.
The collection will be the highlight of the Interface stand at the Index International Design Exhibition at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, from 20 to 23 May 2013.
Interface worked with world-renowned designer David Oakey, who specialises in nature-inspired design, to create Urban Retreat. David was influenced by his travels around the world, where he has increasingly seen references to nature within architecture, design, products, landscape and art.
In the compact living spaces of modern cities, people are searching for a link to the natural world, and Biophilic design is now inspiring domestic and commercial environments around the world. Designers are helping by bringing nature indoors, and Urban Retreat reflects this growing trend.
Steven Pratt, Middle East Regional Director of Interface, said, “For a long time now and as part of our on-going mission to have a positive impact on our environment, Interface has looked to the natural world for inspiration when designing our products.”
“This is the inspiration behind Urban Retreat; by reflecting the living world around us in its design, materials and method of manufacture, the collection brings a little of the outdoors, indoors, helping satisfy our fundamental desire to tune into nature,” he said.
“We’re seeing a lot of demand for our high-end design products and have had a positive response to the initial launch of Urban Retreat. Interior designers in the Middle East want to use the latest products, at the forefront of innovation and technology which is exactly what we’re delivering,” he added.
Reflecting the core elements of Biophilic design, colour palettes within the Urban Retreat collection are evocative of heritage stones, forests, and savannah grasses. The tiles include patterns with soft edges, reminiscent of Lichen on a stone wall or moss in the elbow of a branch.
The collection’s distinctive woven look was created with Interface’s innovative computer driven Colourpoint machine, the first of its kind in Europe.
Urban Retreat includes a variety of hardwearing carpet tiles, able to withstand heavy traffic for lasting performance. The collection is available in three distinct styles, with a range of commercial colours for each product. The tiles can be mixed and matched and installed in a variety of methods to create a unique and calming interior.
Visitors to the Interface stand in Hall 4 will also be able to learn more about two other recent collections, Fotosfera and the award-winning Biosfera. Earlier this year, Interface announced that more than 365 colours and 20 styles across the company’s diverse product range are now available with 100% recycled yarn, for a greatly reduced environmental impact. Customers can also choose from new colours in the Biosfera collection, several brand new ranges as well as new ‘100% recycled yarn’ versions of the brand’s best-selling products.
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