Carpet designed to calm the mind by reimagining patterns from nature.
In nature, the most striking design elements stem from nearly imperceptible markings, such as the bark of a tree or the texture of a forest floor. There’s also scientific evidence that these subtle patterns, known as fractals, help reduce stress and improve overall wellness, making a strong case for biophilic design. As designers seek out flooring options that reimagine colors and textures found in nature, Mohawk Group’s latest workplace carpet collection, Relaxing Floors, goes beyond aesthetics.
To accurately capture fractal patterns found in nature for collection styles chillD and mellowD, the design team utilized proprietary software to reimagine patterns scientifically correlated with stress reduction. A third style, restD, is inspired by the eye’s neurons and success in mimicking eye movements that take place when we view natural scenery. Completing the Relaxing Floors collection is Fractal Ground, which offers a coordinating organic groundcover visual.
The carpet plank collection, now available for specification, was developed through a three-way partnership between Mohawk Group, Martin and Anastasija Lesjak of 13&9 Design, and University of Oregon physicist and Fractals Research founder Richard Taylor. The collection, which stands alone in its ability to meld art, science, and human-centered design, earned a 2019 HiP award at NeoCon. “Comprehending the science behind biophilic design is part of our commitment to diving deeper into understanding how we create environments for decompressing and getting away from the overload of technology we live with every day,” said Jackie Dettmar, vice president of design and product development at Mohawk Group.
The 12″ x 36″ carpet plank collection is manufactured using Mohawk Group’s Duracolor Tricor solution-dyed nylon fiber, which utilizes a triangular-shaped core to deliver stain resistance, colorfastness, durability, color clarity, and enhanced soil performance, as well as EcoFlex NXT tile backing. The collection’s four styles are manufactured at Mohawk Group’s Glasgow, Virginia “Living Site” carpet tile plant to achieve Living Product Challenge Petal Certification, delivering a net positive impact for people and the environment.