Milliken introduces eight collections at NeoCon 2011

Inspired floor covering for inspiring interiors on display at showroom 11-1149

SPARTANBURG, SC – Eight new floor covering collections were featured at Milliken’s showroom 11-1149 at NeoCon 2011, during which the global floor covering leader will present its new identity to the contract design industry.

“With a new look and newly named global creative director, we’re continuing to build on the excitement of this year, while moving product forward in ever-inspiring ways,” said Barbara Haaksma, vice president of marketing and design for Milliken’s floor covering division. “These collections are conversation starters, allowing us to explore potential uses of the products, share where our inspiration comes from and foster creative conversations with attendees.”

NeoCon 2011 introductions
Fixate – designed by Cresta Bledsoe, who was recently named global creative director for Milliken’s floor covering group – celebrates the ultimate detail in stripes, exploring precision and varying widths of fine lines. A dense, high performing felt-like cut pile base serves as a canvas on which to showcase the intricate detail and resolution.
• The high performance, low height cut pile bridges the gap between soft and hard surfaces.
• Playful and bold multicolor combinations capture a brighter attitude and more optimistic time.
• Fixate provides monochromatic combinations in fresh, clear colors, as well as subtle neutrals, providing an option for a sophisticated, highly detailed floor that lies down – and doesn’t “pop”.

Monuments & Shrines – designed by Todd van der Kruik – pays homage to the neon signs that were the hallmark of Las Vegas culture. While time has moved on, the dramatic static display of size, scale and texture is captured in three patterns: Stardust, Nugget and Horseshoe.
• Total recycled content of tiles range from 45 percent to 55 percent.
• Large scale fluid lines with bold, integrated color separations create their own textures.
• The colorline coordinates with Southern Analog and Sound and Fury, while making a bold individual statement.

Urban Knit – designed by Todd van der Kruik - explores the trend-setting practice of “yarn bombing,” which describes artistic installations of crochet coverings on existing objects. This new collection brings that aesthetic to the commercial interior in a playful, yet exuberant way.
• A series of textures give a knitted feel in both horizontal and vertical planes. With a 6’ x 6’ pattern repeat, the floor highlights a randomized look.
• Total recycled content of tiles range from 45 percent to 55 percent.
• The colorline coordinates directly with Monuments & Shrines, as well as has cross-over companions to Southern Analog and Sound and Fury.

RINASCITA and ISOS, are two new additions to Milliken’s luxury portfolio in the Constantine Collection. Both products feature strong sustainability benefits, as well as redefine flooring materials in a new and dynamic way.

Rinascita – designer Cresta Bledsoe in collaboration with Spinneybeck – redefines luxury floor covering. The recycled leather tile grouping features reclaimed and recycled carpet backing and was inspired by the notion of upcycling common material waste into a luxury aesthetic.
• Rinascita recently was awarded Silver Best of NeoCon award for the resilient flooring category.
• Rinascita, meaning “revival” or “rebirth,” features rich embossed textures, which takes eco-products to new levels of refinement.
• The collection’s two textures – Bufalo and Castoro – receive a hand-rubbed finish providing a depth and natural quality.
• With recycled carpet backing, Rinascita is composed of 95 percent recycled content – 85 percent recycled leather composite and 10 percent natural rubber.

Isos – designed by Cresta Bledsoe – is a 100 percent wool tile that celebrates a luxurious surface through a simple, graphic color block approach. Each installation is made up of a subtle range of colors for large scale drama, complemented and balanced by the complete purity of form.
• Isos offers three patterns – Diagonios, Finite and Myriad – highlighting diagonal shapes that present a whole new way to think about solids.
• Three scales of patterns can stand alone as a pure graphic, as well as work together to create a more varied aesthetic.
• The ability to utilize a neutral-only color group, or interchangeably add the impact of a tinted neutral accent, allows for a subtle and refined approach to color.

Windows – designed by Ruth McRae and Bob Weiner– was inspired by the layers of shadows created when light comes through a window.
• This exciting new collection of subtle large-scale graphics coordinates perfectly with a precise pinstripe base.
• The Windows color line is adjacent to the ISOS collection and feature 18 colors.
• The technology highlights digital color placement on a new textured nylon base.

Illumine – designed by Cresta Bledsoe and Bob Weiner - delivers the height of luxury to commercial application.
• Highlights a series of luminous and subtle textures that uniquely create interplay with light.
• The heavy ounce weight patterns range in degree of loop and tip shear composition.
• Features three patterns – Lambent, Lucent, Candescent – and 19 colors.

Continuum – designed by Kate Poland and Bob Weiner – offers a range of broadloom and tile options that bring a level of value and sophistication to commercial interiors.
• Subtle patterns, colors and textures have an elegant and upscale aesthetic.
• Continuum features four patterns and 18 colors

About Milliken’s global floor covering division
Milliken has a rich history of delivering innovative carpet and hard surface flooring from its award-winning global design studios, research center and manufacturing facilities. Driven by a desire to bring meaningful experiences to interior environments, Milliken delivers unexpected and purposeful flooring solutions that add value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world sustainable. Headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., Milliken is online at, on Twitter at and on Facebook at

About Milliken
Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Our community of innovators has developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a private U.S. company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit

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