Try as you might, you will be hard-pressed to find a perfectly straight line in nature — certainly not in the undulating raw power of our oceans and seas. Although he designs within the exacting dimensions of squares and planks, David Oakey, owner of David Oakey Designs, and exclusive designer for Interface, found inspiration and synergy while creating Net Effect , a collection that reflects the beauty of our largest natural resource. The Net Effect product collection provides a subtle visual reminder of the sea on its surface, with a design reminiscent of swirling currents.

Introducing Net Effect 

Every body of water on the planet has its own unique symphony of blue. While most of the sun's UV rays are absorbed into the depths, the short wavelengths of blue light are reflected off algae, phytoplankton and marine life—leading to swirling sapphires, aqueous aquamarines and turbulent teals. All of which inspired the colourways in Net Effect's .

Net Effect's three 50 cm square tiles – comprising a neutral ground, transition tile and textural accent—evoke the sea with a texture that references the moment when waves wash over land. Discover the nuance of transitions when the three different textures are set side by side in the same colour. The three tiles can be combined to create design elements including continuous transitions, borders and inset area rugs.

The square tiles’ organic forms pair beautifully with three 25 cm x 1 m skinny plank styles that capture the fluidity of water and convey the expanding and contracting rhythms of the tides with more linear patterns. The square and plank tiles’ shared coastal colour palette of two blues and six neutrals was drawn from the depths of the ocean, and the sun-and-salt-bleached wood and stone found on shore.

Reimagining the complexity of light moving through water by mingling several of the eight colours into one composition.

Beautiful design goes beyound product

The collection was born of Net-Works, an innovative global business and conservation partnership between Interface and the conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Net-Works addresses the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities, and second, to help solve the problem of finding a viable waste stream to feed the company's ambitious post-consumer nylon recycling goals.

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