Established in the year 1973 by Ray Anderson, they are world’s largest designer and maker of carpet tile. They have always followed the vision where they want to go and what to produce. They always think of design of the products without compromising in quality. With an environment to give your point of view and create space they help to realize design visions. For sustainable business, in 1994 they change the way of doing the business by focusing more on design.
In 1973 Ray C. Anderson founded Interface Inc. Offering floor coverings to offices and modern work places. To produce and market modular floor coverings they led a joint venture between British company, Carpets International Plc. (CI), and a group of American investors. The very first day they have only 15 employees and immediately faced a challenge of rising cost of petrochemical, which was said to be the key raw material in carpet industry at that time. The advance cutting and bonding technology helped them to sustain the business and meet demand in mid 1970s. The modular carpet growth increased and gained popularity by 1978 the sales reached $11 million and the company went public in the year 1983.
They did acquisitions to enter into the Middle Eastern and European markets. The acquisitions led to extension of the core business to woven specialty carpet-related chemical operations, broadloom carpet products, and other related office furnishings industries. They acquired Heuga Holdings B.V., which were one of the world's oldest manufacturers of carpet tiles and became world leader in modular flooring. With the introduction of its product FLOR they entered residential market in 2003. They have done more than 50 acquisitions to increase the growth and become market leader. In mid 1990s they decided to once again change the strategy and redirect industrial processes to become more sustainable and effective without sacrificing goals.
A mission zero was formed in the year 2010 to make products environment friendly and sustainable. A number of books from the founder came in the market assisting and guiding other businesses to operate in more sustainable way in future.
Design and innovation are the two factors that the company gives priority every time to strive forward in the market. They have a team of experts and professionals who understands the need and demand of its clients and customers and then accordingly after the feedback from different sources they develop the products. They believe that products should be customizable according to the need and requirement of the customers. The installation team consist of experts who first measure the space how much is to be used and then sit with the customer to understand their need and then accordingly provide its assistance to what to use and what not to use. They provide a proper service to the customer and clients to remain reliable and trustworthy player in the minds of them and hence strive forward for success.
Where Interface Flor is heading
They always try to be innovative, find new methods, design, materials to inspire people and its customers to experience modular flooring. As the time goes on they want to meet with more and more demand of customers and fulfil those demands in an optimum way. That’s why they encourage others to do right thing to help society in achieving their goals.
Ways through which they are doing
They learn from the feedbacks and mistakes to move forward. With so much experience in flooring solution they can imagine how it can look 20 years from now. At then they question what material will be economical at that time, how designers respond to change, raw materials and about the global warming.
All the above questions were formed to take the necessary steps in overcoming the issues in future. This shows that they are visionary in what they do. They know how network is important to keep them at forefront in the industry.
They have a vision to become totally sustainable and ultimately restorative by 2020. In order to achieve this vison they show commitment and dedication in the work.
They have setup a consultancy service just to share experiences with others. This can influence people to think and desire what they want to achieve in the future.
They give freedom to its customers and clients in choice. That's why in its product line they also include customize products.
It is you who has to decide the pattern and design that you want to print on, they just print your bespoke design onto the carpet tiles.
They know that customers according to their needs and requirement buy products. Hence understanding those needs and demand they develop customize products. You can choose any brand colour, coordinate flooring with interiors, re-colourations and many more they are ready to help you out.
Create a computer simulation of your designer flooring
They offer SIM service to its customers and clients to sit with their experts and design team and develop a model or pattern with the help of computer drawing.
Key benefits of bespoke carpet tile design
Custom sample lead times
- You can get a personal design service.
- They offer tailored solutions.
- And various other endless possibilities.
- They offer on request Fusion bonded re-colorations.
- They offer 5 working days for using standard yarn and 15 days for custom yarn in Tufted product re-colouration.
- For SIM service they give 3-5 days.
Tile Take Back: Reentry
This scheme is very useful for them as well as for the environment. That volume which is send to the landfill is recycled by them. If needed the recycle part is used in developing the new product. Hence this makes them to manufacture 100 % recycled carpet tiles. Diverting the carpet helps the local community in number of ways.
Key benefits of ReEntry include:
- An initiative of recycling carpet tiles.
- The products are re-purposed.
- It helps to reduce wastage and environment.
Cool Carpet – Carbon Neutral Carpet Tiles
This is the service a carbon neutral service which reduces the greenhouse gas emission related to the products. It is included as the standard for all its products and different collections. In the climate change strategy they use carbon offsets by introducing renewable energy.
With lot of assessment they measure carbon footprints of its products. Right from the raw materials, manufacturing, use and maintenance till the disposal they measure the total carbon footprints in CO2 equivalent and then accordingly they purchase carbon offsets to neutralize emissions. This program is verified by SGS, a leading company in the area of inspection, verification, testing and certification.
The tiles are easy to install, remove and replace. This means it is highly flexible and requires low level of wastage when compared to other flooring solutions. They provide greater sustainability.
They provide a proper flooring and installation in less time at significant cost.
They have a team of experts who starts from the centre of the room and then covering the edges. They either use an adhesive to fix or simply free-laying the tiles. At last the edges are cut to fit. They have a wide range of colors and patterns to choose from. Sometimes these patterns and colors are mixed to create a new design according to the need and demand of the customer or client which results in a unique floor designing. In this modular technique tiles are fixed using adhesive. Tiles are clean, neat and flexible which requires less time during installation.
Types of installation
The main laying patterns are quarter-turn, ashlar, brick, non directional and monolithic.
Quarter Turn: Tiles turned 90 degrees to one another - also known as Chequer Board or Tessellated.
Monolithic: Arrows should all point in the same direction - also known as Broadloom or Sheet.
Brick: Arrows should all point in the same direction with the tile bond displaced by half a tile in the width direction.
Ashlar: Arrows should all point in the same direction with the tile bond displaced by half a tile in the length direction.
Non Directional: Tiles installed without regard to direction and orientation.
Duolithic: An installation method whereby tile arrows can be pointed in opposite directions, resulting in a broadloom installation.
Find out more about Installation
Please contact your local dealer or Interface office in your country for more details or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org