Common Ground Workshop take cues from the urban realm at Embassy Gardens
Common Ground Workshop have completed a new speculative hospitality development including a restaurant, bar and events space at Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms.
Taking its name from carpet’s core material and its inspiration from two of the world’s iconic cities, the collection encourages a new perspective on urban exploration.
Interface has launched NY+LON Streets, its first range to be paired with CQuest Bio – a new backing containing net carbon negative materials. The backing, which is central to the company’s mission to lower the carbon footprint of commercial spaces, has been created through investment in innovation and is guided by materials science.
The process to create the new backing began by adding new bio-based materials, and more recycled content. Then, Interface measured how these materials influence the carbon footprint. These new materials, measured on a standalone basis, are net carbon negative – reducing the total products carbon footprint.
The new NY+LON Streets collection is inspired by the world’s most iconic cities, as well as one of the carpet tiles core materials – nylon and was created by David Oakey, Founder of David Oakey Designs and product designer exclusive to Interface. Oakey focused on the trend of old becoming new again, a design approach that involves renovating older structures and adapting them for use. These repurposed buildings frequently showcase rustic aesthetics juxtaposed with contemporary elements and can have a lower carbon impact than new construction projects.
‘The inspiration for this collection came to me while standing on the street in London when I noticed the anti-slip surface on the sidewalk. The diversity and randomness of the repeating squares within the pattern lend themselves well to flooring design, especially carpet tile, and became the basis of the entire collection,’ explains David. ‘To round out the collection, we shifted our focus to New York City with the beautiful, iridescent colours found in glass vault lights as well as the distressed metal plates peppered throughout the city’s streets and sidewalks.’
The playful carpet collection uses fresh textures and patterns to encourage a new perspective on urban exploration. Wheler Street, Old Street, Dover Street and Reade Street interpret familiar urban textures, such as asphalt, worn metal, and distressed pavement, in a variety of scales. Mercer Street embraces an unconventional grid pattern that Broome Street punches up with contemporary colour.
As part of Interface’s flooring system, architects, designers and other specifiers can easily and efficiently pair the collection’s 50cm x 50cm carpet tiles with Interface luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and nora® rubber flooring to achieve integrated flooring solutions.
This collection will be the first available with CQuest Bio, but the innovative backing is also being rolled out as standard on 11 of Interface’s collections – a total of 46 products.
Altogether, the collection brings new meaning to the phrase, ‘Take to the streets!’
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