Vendor Feature: Interface

When it comes to carpet tile, Interface has commonly been referred to as a standard in the industry. Around in Europe since 1955, the organization aims to create a quality line of carpet tiles, while giving back to the community and being environmentally responsible. By the time Ray Anderson, along with a group of investors, brought the modular tile to America in the early 1970’s, the stage had been set for Interface to manufacture a cutting-edge, durable, and well-designed product. Most recently, Interface has been at the forefront of designing and producing some of the most innovative carpet tiles on the market. Here are some of their newest, most versatile collections on the market.

Net Effect Collection

Taking inspiration from the flowing and swelling of the world’s oceans and seas, Net Effect features 6 styles that coordinate with one another to create a beautiful and unique finished installation. With 8 colorways in hues found at the shoreline, from the grays of “Artic”, “North Sea”, “Black Sea” and “Caspian”, the blues of “Atlantic” and “Pacific to the tans of “Driftwood” and “Sand”, there are a variety of applications to mix and match. The Net Effect Collection is a socially-responsible line, with the yarn created from recycled from discarded fishing nets. The collection of the nets helps to clean beaches and waters of small villages in the Philippines – providing income to help the area’s population.

B601, B602, B603

Styles B601, B602, and B603 are reminiscent of waves crashing on the shore. With random patterns looking like currents and sea foam, the products make for a uniquely dynamic installation. These styles are available in square 50 cm x 50 cm tiles and are constructed in a tufted pattern loop. Styles B601 and B602 are created from 64% recycled content, with B603 at 63%.

B701, B702, B703

Net Effect styles B701, B702, and B703 feature a more linear striation, inspired by the calm fluidity of the ocean, as well as the natural lines of driftwood and sticks floating in the current. The 25 cm x 1m planks are particularly impactful when installed in either an ashlar or herringbone pattern. Each style is constructed differently – B701 tufted sheared, B702 tufted pattern loop, and B703 tufted cut pile – which creates an interesting aesthetic when placed together. In addition, these styles have between 61% – 79% recycled content.

Trio & Duo

With the endless design possibilities of plank tiles, Interface’s Trio and Duo styles complement each other to create a classic aesthetic for any space. With tufted cut and loop construction created with 63% recycled content, the 25cm x 1m plank tiles can be installed in ashlar and herringbone patterns. The neutral colorways from grays and beiges to browns are muted and comforting. Trio offers a linear pattern with lines of varying thickness running lengthwise down the center of the plank. Trio’s complement, Duo, has subtle linear shading that serves as a more neutral backdrop to Trio’s pattern. In addition, Trio and Duo are both great additions to patterns featuring the Net Effect Collection.

The products above are the tip of the iceberg of interesting, colorful, and fun carpet tiles. Interface has built an exceptional online community, where customers and followers can stay informed about new products, company initiatives, and trends in the industry. With the launch of their updated website and presence on social media – Interface has created a fun and creative community for design professionals and fans alike. We encourage you to visit their new website at and check out one of our favorite parts of their social media community – their Pinterest page.


*all photos courtesy of Interface

Flooring & Design Trends for 2014

Even though it’s been cold here in the Northeast, there are a lot of flooring and design trends heating up in the new year. We’re excited to share some of our favorite trends for the coming year and look forward to seeing how our favorite designers and companies implement these trends in the coming months!

Reclaimed Wood Floors

Back in September, we discussed some of our favorite wood installs, including reclaimed wood. This eco-friendly product is extremely versatile and can be used in homes, offices, and restaurant applications. Here at Consolidated, we have formed a partnership with local urban forestry pioneer company Citilog, who upcycles and repurposes urban trees into wood flooring, cabinetry, and millwork. The product, much like other reclaimed and restored wood that is installed as flooring, is a beautiful and rustic – providing charm and warmth to any space.

Viridian Engineered Flooring - reclaimed & recycled wood products

Viridian Engineered Flooring – reclaimed & recycled wood products

Industrial Design

Industrial finishes have been booming in popularity over the past several months. From dark wood and exposed brick to metal detailing and lighting, many corporate workplaces have adopted this aesthetic in their offices. The sparse and simplistic design is often contrasted with pops of color in accessories, as seen in the photo below. Our favorite aspect of the industrial trend is the move to using more concrete flooring in the spaces. With finished or stained concrete floors, spaces can be uniquely transformed.

Interior Architects for J. Walter Thompson in Atlanta, Georgia; photo by Eric Laignel via Interior Design Magazine

Interior Architects for J. Walter Thompson in Atlanta, Georgia; photo by Eric Laignel via Interior Design Magazine


As carpet and resilient products evolve, the shapes and installation methods introduced in the market have created some of our favorite trends. Plank shapes are one of the trends that we are looking forward to seeing more of in 2014. Carpet manufacturers like Interface have plank styles that can be installed in traditional brick and ashlar methods, as well as herringbone patterns. Mohawk Group encourages the installation of their patterned tiles to form plank patterns. The style options are endless with these designs!

Interface Net Effect Plank Products

Interface Net Effect Plank Products

Vibrant Colors

In markets like ours in New York City, neutrals have been king for years. More frequently than ever, we are seeing pops of color in the workplace – enhancing way finding throughout the space, creating focal points, and distinguishing collaborative areas from other spaces. In many cases, colors that are found in the organization’s logo are added to the design of the space to create heightened brand awareness in the office culture.

This organization's red found in their logo, can be seen in accessories around the office. Photo via Gensler

This organization’s red found in their logo, can be seen in accessories around the office. Photo via Gensler

What other trends are you enjoying in 2014? Tell us in the comments section!

Site Feature: St. Mary’s Hospital

Great Room

Project: St. Mary’s Hospital

Location: Bayside, NY
Completed: 2012
Scope: 85,000 square feet
Major Products Used: Forbo Marmoleum Dual TileEco Rubber Tile, Interface Carpet Tile
Architect: Stantec Architecture, Columbus, Ohio

Photography Credit:  Ichiro Kameoka, Ike Kameoka Photography, Columbus, Ohio

Industry Trend We’re Into: Non-Traditional Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are known for their versatility and ease of installation. Traditional carpet tiles are manufactured in square sizes such as 24” x 24” and 50 cm x 50 cm. However, we’ve been enjoying the innovations of new carpet tiles that have created interesting new shapes: crystals, hexagons and planks. These non-traditional tiles have seen a popularity increase as many of the major manufacturers have debuted these designs as recently as the 2013 NeoCon Showcase.

Plank Tiles

The “plank” design for carpet tiles has been catching on in popularity over the past few years. With several of the major carpet manufacturers producing their designs, there are many options to choose from. One of our favorite products is Interface’s “Walk The Plank” – a 25 cm x 1 m plank tile available in a variety of colors. The striations allow for a beautiful installation in both ashlar and herringbone patterns – and can even be installed along with the company’s standard 50 cm x 50 cm tiles. Mannington Commercial recently debuted their Redefined Collection of plank tiles to great reviews and fanfare at NeoCon. The collection, which features herringbone, tweed and other classic fashion patterns can also be installed in ashlar and herringbone layouts. The tiles, which are 18″ x 36″ are available in classic neutral colorways such as charcoal, cream and chocolate. Bentley Mills also offers their stylishly designed products in 18″ x 36″ planks.

Hexagon Tiles

Another popular debut at NeoCon this year was Shaw Contract’s Hexagon Collection. The collection features four designs with bevel, linear, and solid designs that can be installed together or separately for a range of aesthetics. Because these tiles have six sides, the design impact of the installations are endless.

Crystal Tiles

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is a premier arena, receiving acclaim for it’s design since opening last year. The custom crystal carpet by Vorwerk was installed throughout the space, including the suites, corridors and VIP areas. With neutral colors and a unique crystal cut pattern, this carpet is one of a kind and something worth noting as a trend for other manufacturers to take note of.