Announced recently were three new collections to Interface Carpets‘ already burgeoning range of Skinny Plank designs: Equal Measure, Near and Far and Narratives. If you’re unfamiliar with the Skinny Plank concept these are 25 x 100cm carpet planks that can be used to create similar patterns to those found on timber or vinyl flooring such as ashlar and herringbone designs. Collections so far have largely focused on biophilic designs. These new collections continue this trend further, focusing specifically on man’s interaction with and interpretation of nature. Andrew Frost of Interface introduced us to the new ranges in the flesh.
Equal Measure is inspired by traditional cobblestone streets and the juxtaposition between man-made and natural surfaces. The range is offered in a palette of eight subdued colours combined with irregular patterns to create the look of a lived-in street. In common with previous Skinny Plank designs, Equal Measure includes a full feature tile (EM553), a transition tile (EM552) and a more simple field tile (EM551).
Near and Far evokes natural materials such as wood and stone that have been weathered by wind and rain or carved by man. Available in eight colour-ways – Driftwood, Shale, Linen, Hemp, Walnut, Felt, Wheat and Mineral – the Near and Far collection features two planks: Subtle grooves run the length of the NF400 tile whilst more variation and texture is introduced to the NF401 tile.
As the name implies, Narratives is inspired by the stories of objects, what we see around us and finding meaning and patterns in everything we see like patterns of tea leaves. Hence, the names of the eight colour-ways; Ginger, Wasabi, Chai, Ginseng, Sesame, Darjeeling, Oolong and Fennel. A figurative scroll pattern created by height contrasts features on the NS230 tile and the NS231 tile is defined by a linear pattern with less contrast in height.