InterfaceFLOR Announces the India Launch of Once Upon a Tile and Biosfera Collections


New Delhi - InterfaceFLOR, a worldwide leader in the design of innovative modular flooring and a recognised environmental pioneer, announced the launch of its Once Upon a Tile at the ILFS Expo 2011 held in Delhi on 23rd September, 2011.

Raj Menon, Country Manager India at InterfaceFLOR said, "Our latest collections are inspired by today's top cultural, social and artistic trends. The influence of vintage revival, a desire for luxury, the industrial look, and a return to more natural, organic shapes can all be seen in our latest designs. Reflecting the trends of the moment, whilst evoking nostalgia for all things past, these latest collections include a wide variety of colours, textures and installation techniques, allowing customers to create an ultra-modern interior with a certain timeless quality. "

The Once Upon a Tile collection has a vast range of designs including Vintage Collection, Scribble, Cellular, Consolidation, Luxury Living and Concrete Mix.

In keeping with InterfaceFLOR's design credentials, Once Upon a Tile collection showcases products against a mystical backdrop of Fantasy and Fable, which is targeted at architects, flooring contractors, specifiers and interior designers, throughout India.

InterfaceFLOR also unveiled its most sustainable product Biosfera I, the first carpet tile collection in the industry to include 100% recycled yarn. Biosfera I is made from a combination of pre consumer and post consumer raw material from sources including InterfaceFLOR's own products. The collection has also been manufactured to include less yarn than ever before, significantly reducing its environmental footprint without compromising performance.

Independently verified by third party auditors, the recycled yarn in Biosfera I consists of 30% post consumer recycled raw materials from a variety of sources; these include reclaimed commercial fishing nets that have reached the end of their useful life and end of life yarn and backing material from InterfaceFLOR's own products. The company reclaims the carpet tiles and reprocesses the yarn and backing through ReEntry 2.0, a pioneering carpet tile recycling system that makes InterfaceFLOR the only carpet tile manufacturer to achieve like-for-like recycling today. The remainder of the yarn used by Biosfera I is made from pre-consumer recycled raw material from internal and external sources.

The Biosfera I collection includes three products: Bouclé, Velour and Micro. Based on popular tufted designs, these have been re-engineered to include as little yarn as possible, whilst maintaining high performance. InterfaceFLOR has achieved the lowest yarn weight ever for a carpet tile with Micro, which is manufactured using the company's pioneering Microtufting technology; this offers the durability of a hard floor with the acoustics and feel of soft carpet.

Products available in the Once Upon a Tile collection includes:

Vintage Collection (Ornate, Refine, Reissue)

Inspired by a trend towards heritage, history and a 'lived-in' look, reflecting a current nostalgia for days gone by, the Vintage Collection features authentic yet subtle decoration with longevity. With high durability and a range of installation methods and colours, this range keeps appearances up and costs down, while offering complete freedom of expression. Pile yarns and backing contain post industrial recycled material and Cool Carpet is included as standard.

Scribble

Random, even chaotic doodles feature strongly in the latest trend forecasts, evoking a sense of unpredictability and freedom as people react against the growing sophistication of today's design. Scribble features tiles with non-geometric and meandering tufted design patterns, in a wide range of colours and the option to customise colours for spaces over 300m2. Scribble also minimises its mark on the environment, with post industrial recycled content in both the pile yarn and backing, Cool Carpet included as standard, plus non-directional installation, resulting in lower installation costs and less waste.

Cellular

This range picks up the shapes and patterns of cell structures and organic forms, which are set to be a key theme for interior design as people go back to basics and evoke the simple patterns and structures of the natural world. Each tile is truly distinctive and explores layering through pile heights and textures, providing inspiration you can feel as well as see. Cellular also includes post industrial recycled content in both the pile yarn and backing, Cool Carpet as standard and non-directional installation, reducing environment impact.

Consolidation

With its distinctive printed design, Consolidation has a feel that is both 'constructed' yet organic, capturing today's fascination for yesterday's craft skills combined and the current trend for creating texture through layering. This range includes Cool Carpet as standard and has a Microtuft construction that uses minimal yarn improving the environmental credentials of 'less is more' The result is flooring with the durability and look of a hard floor but the acoustics of a soft floor.

Luxury Living

This range showcases indulgence, a trend driven by a growing desire by consumers to invest in high-quality long-lasting products that provide comfort and reassurance. Luxury Living offers three tufted cut-pile styles in a range of 36 opulent colours, with an option for customised colours for areas over 100m2. Its extra-high pile ensures good acoustic performance, as well as resilience and comfort, making this range ideal for hospitality and leisure environments. The range also includes post industrial recycled content in its backing.

Concrete Mix (Brushed, Blended, Broomed, Lined)

Based on the trend for all things structural, linear and layered, Concrete Mix is architectural and industrial, softened through subtle shading. This range is available in four loop pile styles that complement each other and can be combined with a range of installation techniques, providing endless design options. Highly resistant and hardwearing, with a great castor-chair rating, Concrete Mix is ideal for high-traffic areas. The tiles include post industrial recycled material in both pile yarns and backing, reducing environmental impact.

About InterfaceFLOR

InterfaceFLOR is the modular flooring division of US-based Interface Inc. The company is a worldwide leader in the design and production of high-quality, stylish, innovative modular floor coverings.

Interface was one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability, when it made a pledge in the mid-nineties to eliminate its impact on the environment by 2020. Known as Mission Zero, this goal influences every business, manufacturing and design decision made and underpins all dimensions of the company: people, process, product, place and profit.

Interface is now more than half way to reaching its Mission Zero goal and has been widely recognised for its achievements to date. Its products have also received several awards, specifically for design and innovation.

Global facts:

- 82% reduction in waste sent to landfill since 1996 per unit of production

- Water intake in manufacturing is down 82% since 1996 per unit of production

- Total energy use down by 43% since 1996 per unit of production

- Non-renewable energy is down by 60% since 1996 per unit of production

- Actual reduction of Interface GHG emissions by 35% from baseline 1996

- 30% of global energy is from renewable sources

- 40% of total raw materials are recycled or bio-based materials

- Cumulative avoided waste costs totalling $438 million since 1995

- All factories in Europe operate on 100% renewable electricity

- 99% of the products sold in Europe were manufactured in Europe

For more information on InterfaceFLOR India, visit www.interfaceflor.in.

Media Contact:

Deepti Somasekaran, InterfaceFLOR India

Tel: +91 80 30589356

Email: Deepti.Somasekaran@interfaceflor.eu

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