Clerkenwelll Design Trail: 20-21 September 2022

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Interface’s installation at Clerkenwell Design Week takes you on a visual journey of the company’s history – from petroleum-intensive flooring manufacturer to global leader in climate conscious design and manufacture.

Situated within St John’s Arch, a stone's throw away from Interface’s new showroom in Pennybank Chambers, the installation takes the form of a vortex made from the 100% recycled econyl yarn used in Interface’s carpet tiles.

At one end, black yarn represents dark beginnings and the carbon intensive manufacturing processes that were rife within the flooring industry back when Interface was founded. Moving through time, a ‘pinch’ in the middle signifies the moment in 1994 when Interface’s founder Ray Anderson was asked what his company was doing to support the environment, to which he had no response. A ‘spear in the chest’ moment followed which caused him to completely reimagine how Interface should operate.

Over the last three decades, Interface has made a huge shift away from using petrochemicals, to now offering a comprehensive portfolio of products that are at least carbon neutral across their lifecycle. This journey is evoked with the yarn fanning out into an expansive spectrum of colour before culminating in a beaming ring of light – signifying Interface’s bright future as it aims to become a carbon negative enterprise by 2040.

Stretching across the base of the installation is a bed of greenery, a reflection of the tremendous influence nature has had on Interface’s journey, with Interface’s products being inspired by nature and designed to respect it.

To support Interface’s ongoing ambition to create a climate fit for life while positively impacting people, limited edition bags of flower seeds will be handed out at the installation site for planting at home, enabling visitors to contribute to a brighter future, too.

Share your snaps in the arch using #ClimateTakeBack


Location: St John's Square, EC1M 4DN

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