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Specifying and purchasing the right flooring is a key consideration for any interior project, but finding the right product need not become a compromise between function and design. Alison Kitchingman, Director of Marketing and Design at Milliken, discusses the importance of choosing the right flooring solution.

When purchasing flooring, factors to consider typically include cost, ease and speed of installation, ease of maintenance, sustainability, acoustics and underfoot comfort and aesthetics. It is also essential to specify the right flooring for the right areas. Different designs and materials can be used to break up the floor space and create an engaging environment. Modular carpet tiles, by Milliken, provide a solution to these requirements that blends innovative design with robust performance.

While practical considerations are important, the design and aesthetic of a flooring solution should never be overlooked. Typically the most visible surface in any room, flooring plays an important role in setting a vibrant tone for an interior. A change in carpet tile colour, no matter how subtle, can have a big effect on the mood or feel of a space. As it usually forms the largest blank canvas available in a building, flooring provides a great opportunity to engage innovative design in any environment. Innovative interior design can also display corporate identity. Brands such as Microsoft and Google, for example, have become synonymous with exciting interior design in the workplace, strongly reflecting their corporate identity.


Flooring can also offer additional advantages – different colours in complementary styles can be used to effectively ‘zone’ multiple areas of an open-plan space, for example, reducing the need for physical barriers or divisions which can negatively impact the flow or feel of an open-plan environment.

The latest award-winning flooring solution from Milliken encompasses both practical and aesthetic considerations. Inspired by iconoclastic modern art techniques and the media, the new Art Media collection recently won the prestigious NeoCon Gold award in the category of ‘Best of Modular Carpet’, at NeoCon 2013. With the use of advanced digital print technology for accurate and intricate design, the Art Media collection explores the boundaries of media art, transforming the floor into a canvas, for a larger-than- life art installation. The patterns in the range are repeated in varying scales, displaying variation throughout even large-scale areas.

Art Media is supplied in 1m2 modular

tile format and produced using Milliken’s patented MYI®


yarn infusion process. To reduce its environmental impact, the collection is PVC-free and manufactured from 25%

recycled materials. By using advanced production and print technology, Milliken is able to reduce its water and chemical consumption, and therefore minimise waste.

In addition, Milliken is able to provide additional performance benefits alongside many of its carpet tile collections. Cushion Plus®


backing ensures underfoot comfort, offers acoustic benefits and absorbs the effect of wear, preserving the appearance of the carpet and extending its life. In addition, Milliken carpet tiles can also be supplied with TractionBack®

, an innovative backing

system that enables adhesive-free installation and therefore improves indoor air quality.

The Art Media collection is the latest innovative range from Milliken. Incorporating the latest breakthroughs in printing technology and the work of experienced designers, Milliken’s extensive carpet tile ranges combine high quality comfort with award-winning design, producing flooring solutions without compromise.

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