Interface Italia S.r.l.
Sede legale: Via Francesco Sforza, 19
20122 - Milano MI
Partita IVA IT08897490150
sede operativa: Corso di Porta Romana, 6
Tel: +39 02 89093678
InterfaceFLOR is the modular flooring division of Interface Inc., a worldwide leader in the design and production of high-quality, innovative modular floorcoverings and widely recognised as an environmental pioneer.
Our global head office is located in Atlanta, USA, and we have employees all over the world, with significant manufacturing operations in the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia and Thailand. In Europe, InterfaceFLOR has manufacturing facilitie in Northern Ireland, West Yorkshire and Holland, as well as sales offices in most major cities. We also have sales and marketing offices in most countries worldwide as well as a global distribution network.
The home of innovation
We have a reputation for being innovators and pioneers due to our history of developing products that open up the possibilities of what can be achieved with modular flooring. Our random design and microtuft technology are two example of how our innovative approach has led to the creation of ground-breaking products. With random design products, installation waste is dramatically reduced thanks to the flexibility they offer when being fitted, and our microtuft technology uses 30-50% less oil-based yarn than other products, significantly reducing the environmental impact of the tiles.
Throughout our history, we've always combined style, innovation and practicality, but since 1994 we've also added to this a clear vision of becoming more sustainable. Our commitment is encompassed in promise, whereby we aim to become ecologically sustainable by 2020, and ultimately to become restorative in terms of our impact on the planet's resources.
Synonymous with inspiration
We enjoy being the first port of call for interior designers and architects looking for the unique combination of style and function that our flooring offers. That is why we aim to supply our customers with forward-thinking, responsibly-produced and high quality products that meet their ever changing demands.
In response to the needs of the commercial office sector, Anderson led a joint venture between British company, Carpets International Plc. (CI), and a group of American investors to produce and market modular soft-surfaced floorcoverings. And with this Interface was born. On its first day in business, the new company had only 15 employees, and was immediately faced with the challenge of the sharply rising cost of petrochemical, which was a key raw material in the carpet industry at the time.
Meeting demand and continuing to grow
CI's advanced cutting and bonding technology helped sustain the company and enabled it to meet the demand created by the office building boom of the mid-1970s. Modular carpet tiles continued to grow in popularity and by 1978 Interface sales had reached $11 million. The company went public in 1983. Through acquisition, Interface entered the European and Middle Eastern markets, and the core business extended to include woven broadloom carpet products, specialty carpet-related chemical operations and other associated office furnishings industries. In 1987, the company's name was changed to Interface, Inc. With its acquisition of Heuga Holdings B.V. - one of the world's oldest manufacturers of carpet tiles - Interface became the undisputed world leader in modular flooring. A short time later, Interface invested in Prince Street Technologies, Ltd., a producer of upper-end broadloom carpet now known as Bentley Prince Street, Inc. It entered the residential market in 2003 with the introduction of FLOR. Over the years, the company's growth has been augmented by more than 50 acquisitions.
A change of direction
In the mid-1990s, Anderson took the decision to completely shift the company's strategy, aiming to redirect its industrial practices to include a focus on sustainability without sacrificing its business goals. He wrote his first book, entitled Mid-Course Correction, in which he discussed his own awakening to environmental concerns and presented a model for how Interface would become truly sustainable by 2010. He called this Mission Zero. Anderson then wrote his second book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, in 2009, in which he continued to build on his vision of how businesses can alter their past ways to operate in a more sustainable way in the future.