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Carpet tile designed to help to keep social distance

Carpet tile designed to help to keep social distance

Milliken’s Social Factor collection features informational graphics that can be embedded into any carpet tile layout. The graphics include signs that promote social distancing and attention to hygiene.

As the COVID-19 epidemic is getting slower, the society looks for the new ways to live under restrictions. One of them is keeping of social distance. The set of signs will be really helpful, decided the engineers from commercial carpet manufacturer Milliken. Last week, the company has released a new collection of carpets designed to help businesses make this adjustment.

While the epidemic moves into a new phase in different corners of the planet, lockdowns are easing. However, it is becoming clear that businesses will need to adapt their offices and way of working. Safety and well-being are now firmly at the top of the corporate agenda.

The unique carpets were designed to support the culture of the new workplace, a post-COVID office environment. The tile made also to bring, safety messages to life with lively and imaginative design treatments created «to promote a spirit of positivity and commitment to a safe and healthy workplace.”

These can be customised to allow businesses to use their carpeting to direct workers or customers to walk in a one-way system, as a reminder to wash their hands and stay six feet apart and more. The graphics come in a number of different styles, to suit a variety of businesses environments.

Signage, an important part of reminding people to keep social distance

While signage will be an important part of reminding people to stay safe, designers are working on a number of other ideas for incorporating safety into commercial design elements. We have recently covered a stylish cone of safety that could help restaurants reopen and aeroplane seats that reduce the risk of contamination.

These new carpet designs are an acknowledgement that businesses are facing many challenges and an entirely new way of working — one that is likely to last for the foreseeable future.

The post-COVID workplace will need rethinking, and this will create more opportunities for companies like Milliken to develop effective solutions. Surely, a design will have a big role to play in the ongoing anti-virus response, and in helping offices to reopen safely.

In the UK and Europe, Milliken has also released the Chase the Rainbow collection, which features a variety of rainbows. These symbols of hope supported the NHS medical brigades during the epidemic. The rainbow collection is meant to serve as a reminder to stay positive while allowing businesses to turn their floor into an art installation.