In the cluttered studio spaces of 1940’s New York City, proponents of the Abstract Expressionism art movement were busy creating a divergent stylistic relative. By withdrawing from the “action painting” methods employed by their dominant abstractionist academics, familiar names such as Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, and Morris Louis began experimenting by removing figurative motifs as subjects of their work and instead elevating the role of color to the upmost importance. “Color is freed from objective context and becomes the subject in itself,” the mantra went, defining the style that would be called Color Field painting.
Milliken’s latest carpet breakthrough inherits both the name of this pivotal artistic revelation as well as its artistic principles while also utilizing signature Milliken proprietary technologies to usher the singular aesthetic to a new frontier. With a color palette composed of 64 hues spanning the spectrum from neutrals to brights and multi-colors, the potential for novel patterns and gradations is seemingly endless. “There is virtually no limit to the pattern scale we can achieve,” affirms Milliken global director of customer experience, Stacy Walker. “Color Field is an excellent illustration of the rich layers of texture that we can create through color.” The harmony of the color palette and the detailed texture of carpet tiles result in the formulation of visual layers, adding a new dimension to how a room is experienced.
Designer autonomy is also increased within Color Field, facilitating the capacity for color scheme exploration and modular carpet tile placement to suit the functional purpose or aesthetic predisposition of any given room.
In addition to the Color Field carpet being comprised of 31% Total Recycled Content, the product omits the application of PVC entirely, instead opting for a “cushion backing” that not only maximizes energy conservation via insulation but also prolongs the product’s lifespan. “Our cushion-backed carpets are designed to withstand many years of heavy traffic,” explains Philip Ivey, Milliken global sustainability leader. “This allows our carpets to be reused in new homes and continue to provide a valuable floor covering solution.” There is a hierarchy of efficacy that exists in recycling according to Ivey, and reusing sits at the throne of it. “We’re creating a more colorful world from the floor up,” Walker puts it, with green representing just one of the 64.