Carpet tile firm Interface has launched its latest collection World Woven, made up of Skinny Planks and squares and inspired by textures found around the world throughout history.
Materials that are hand crafted and imperfect are becoming more sought after, with product designer David Oakley of David Oakley Designs has woven together modern sensibilities with memories of some of the most durable textiles of the past, such as tweeds and bespoke woven tiles of Oakley’s upbringing in the UK.
“The beauty of hand-weaving is that it’s closer to nature than the synthetic uniformity of ‘modern’ machined production,” said Oakey. “In traditional Scottish tweed, for example, what looks like solid green actually has at least 10 to 15 colours, which is similar to the way nature works with colour. Other artisanal fabrics, like the freeform weaves known as Saori, are similarly diverse.”
“These products lend themselves to a wide range of possibilities – from a simple neutral background, or a composition of multiple textures to create diversity and movement like that found in the natural world,” continued Oakey. “World Woven itself does not create spaces with an outdoorsy aesthetic; rather, designers may be attracted to the collection for its residential feel, or its mix-and-match capability.”
Helmich Jousma, Concept Design Teamleader at Interface, explained: “The World Woven collection is a reflection of the residential-like trends we’re starting to see unfold in European workplaces. There is most definitely a shift towards more comfort in commercial design.
“This movement clearly illustrates that the workspaces of the future will be places users want to be in with surroundings that make workers feel good, and this collection spearheads that change.”
The collection includes six 25 x 100cm Skinny Planks and three square ranges, each with eight colour options.