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Five Fresh Spaces with Fixate

Posted on Feb 11, 2016, by Mollie Williams

The versatile Fixate collection lays line after line of vibrant hues in dynamic parallels, each delivering movement and energy to the floor plane. The stripes, which vary in width, add a chic, modern element to any space. With a diverse color palette and a range of carpet tile sizes, the collection’s versatility is evident in the following five unique office environments.


1. Chicago's Merchandise Mart


The Merchandise Mart is a historical, iconic building in Chicago, which annually hosts NeoCon – the largest design event in North America. Last year, design firm marquardt+ inc. selected Milliken’s Fixate collection to help develop a fresh point of view on the building's eleventh floor without overshadowing showroom presentations. The goal was to create a modern experience and offer ease of maintenance, while upholding the Mart’s sustainability standards and meeting the building’s LEED Gold certification.

The crisp, linear design of Fixate enhances the floor’s wide, lengthy corridors without competing with client spaces. A vertical ashlar floor covering installation provides an innate sense of movement to the space, and interspersed horizontal tiles highlight corridor intersections to promote wayfinding.


2. Celgene


Photography © Benjamin Benschneider.

Celgene, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on discovering and developing products to treat cancer and other immune diseases. Its goal is to make these remedies commercially available for those in need. Last year, design firm Aedas refreshed Celgene’s office in Seattle, Washington. The open space is bright and inviting with cheerful, yellow accents and sprawling glass walls. Fixate lends a sense of movement and direction to the office, complementing the spirit of innovation and progress the company embodies.


3. Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company 


Photography © Marcel Page.

For nearly 80 years, Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company has provided a portfolio of insurance programs. The legal mutual reserve company located in Glenview, Illinois was founded on family values and maintains a dedication to quality products and successful relationships. In 2015, its main office in Illinois embarked on a redesign, led by TZS Design. Fixate was among many Milliken collections installed in the space. Be sure to visit Milliken’s Online Image Gallery in the coming weeks for more photos of the space.




Photography © Gensler

CBRE, which stands for Commercial Real Estate Services, Worldwide, is the world’s largest firm of its kind, serving owners, investors, and occupiers. As the global leader in its field, CBRE boasts thousands of employees in dozens of countries. CBRE’s first New Jersey office opened in Saddle Brook 40 years ago in 1976. The space, designed by Gensler, features three Milliken collections: Fixate, In Color, and Linen 2.0. In a mix of neutral, green, and gray tones, the office accommodates sitting, standing, and walking desks, built around modified treadmills. Milliken’s durable collections offer support and longevity for the variety of office layouts, while delivering a clean and polished aesthetic to the real estate giant.


5. Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón


A Puerto Rican design firm based in San Juan, Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón selected Fixate to refresh its LEED Platinum-certified space – the first of its kind Puerto Rico. Husband-and-wife team Ricardo Alvarez-Diaz and Cristina Villalon chose PVC-free modular carpet tiles in green, white, and brown, which completed the modern look of the office. Sharp, parallel lines mirror the architectural features of the space, while also providing the sustainability attributes required for LEED’s highest level of certification.

Further explore Milliken's Fixate collection here on our website.


Feature photo: Celgene in Seattle, Washington. Photography © Benjamin Benschneider.


Topics: Design, Sustainability

Mollie Williams

Written by Mollie Williams