Modular flooring manufacturer Interface partnered with the design company Source8 to redesign Rolls-Royce’s Data Experts Office in Derby.

The challenge was to transform the 1,700m2 Data Experts Office, which covers one floor, into a multifunctional hub of creativity and productivity, creating a balance between the company’s heritage – Rolls Royce established over 100 years ago – and its role as a global innovator. The company has a long-standing commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its products, services and manufacturing activities.
Rolls-Royce needed a multipurpose space with meeting rooms, breakout areas, quiet zones and a wellness room that encouraged social interactivity with the other business groups occupying the floor and wanted to incorporate an urban and industrial feel using textures, patterns, and color.

To meet the company needs, the team blended carpet tiles coming from three different collections:

  1. Equal Measure collection, inspired by traditional cobblestone streets.
  2. Human Nature collection, that takes inspiration and cues from nature. The range, also, incorporates the principles of biophilic design to support wellbeing and encourage creative thinking in the workplace.
  3. World Woven® collection, with warm and uplifting patterns that help to foster a positive working environment.

Interface uses ECONYL® yarn, 100% regenerated nylon coming from pre and post-consumer nylon waste such as fishing nets, textile scraps, and old carpets.

Interface Concept Designer Donna Dent commented: “The brief was to produce a New York loft-style space with an industrial feel, using textures, raw materials, and soft edges. We wanted to introduce pathways in the floor scheme using subtle influences from street markings, which also helped to support Source8’s street seating design. We knew that Rolls-Royce wanted to combine a number of products, but the firm was unsure about how to blend these together seamlessly.

Lauren Marshall, Interior Designer at Source8, said: “Interface listened to the brief and presented a design that did not disappoint. The concept design team’s blended approach and use of a variety of designs and textures, particularly from the Human Nature range, meant there wasn’t a straight line in sight. The biggest challenge was convincing everyone that floor coverings don’t have to be a block of color or follow a structure. Interface added huge value to the project. All parties involved from Rolls-Royce to the carpet installers are more than pleased with the final result.