Where did you grow up?
I was conceived with a view to nature at David Oakey’s Pond Studios. I think David was wondering how Mother Nature might cover a floor. But I grew up at the Interface mill in Troup County, Ga., which operates on 96 percent renewable energy.
What was your first big break?
I’m really lucky. I was born into the i2 family at Interface, and my ancestors were pioneers—the first-ever modular products that could be installed randomly so that no two floors are alike—just like Mother Nature intended. My generation is a little different. I don’t want to say they were squares, but today we have a long, skinny line and distinct patterning and use of color that allows me to morph on the floor in ways never before seen. Check me out at interface.com to see the many ways I can come together.
What’s the rumor mill churning out about you these days?
That I’m up for the next season of Dancing with the Stars. I guess you could say I can really cut a rug.
Where was the last place the paparazzi photographed you?
They follow me everywhere I go—the library, school, work, and any type of public space where a beautiful, nature-inspired floor covering would fit in.
Aside from sugar, spice, and everything nice, what else are you made of?
As you might suspect, you can trace my roots back to something found on the beach—specifically, fishing nets that have now been recycled into 100 percent recycled content nylon. I have 62 percent total recycled content, a low carbon footprint and am so stable that you don’t even need to glue me to the floor. I’ll hug the floor and connect to the tiles next to me.
If you could get one plastic surgery procedure what would it be?
I’ve thought about being twice as wide or half as long—anything is possible—but for now I remain long and skinny. You can choose my more neutral or colorful sides and even invite some of my extended Interface family members along to bring your floor to life. We all work together.
Who are some of your idols and influencers?
Like all of my i2 cousins, my greatest mentor has been Mother Nature. She taught me that we need diversity to thrive and I’ve taken that to heart. No matter how you install me, I’ll create a unique, flexible and long-lasting floor every time. After that, I’m a huge fan of old barns, weather-worn objects, reflections, and geometry.
What’s your biggest turn-on?
I am at my best when I am close to the natural world. It’s where I get back to who I really am.
Landfills and carbon footprints.
Who’s your current bestie?
Shiver Me Timbers.
Who would you like to work with next?
The sky’s the limit. I have Woo (a strength defined by Gallup as winning others over) so I like to work with all kinds of people in all kinds of places but I’m also always glad to bring along my family. We were born and bred to work together.
What’s the worst part about fame?
As much as I love my fans, they always walk all over me everywhere I go.