Photography courtesy of Milliken
While we usually interview products, Millitron® is Milliken’s patented digital dye infusion
(DDI) technology able to create high-definition,
cinematic floor covering patterns that flow across
modular carpet tiles. We just couldn’t pass up
the opportunity to sit down to a Q+A with the
hottest new manufacturing heavy-weight.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
My roots are grounded in technology at Milliken’s
Live Oak manufacturing facility in LaGrange,
Georgia. My humble beginnings were influenced
by Milliken Print Research Scientists, who taught
me how to lead—to work smart, encourage
diversity, and make an everlasting impression.
Now you can find me around the world, including
the United Kingdom, China, and Australia.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIG BREAK?
I made my debut more than 40 years ago and kept
getting better with age. My beauty secret: Milliken’s
unparalleled research and design capabilities.
WHAT’S THE RUMOR MILL CHURNING OUT ABOUT
YOU THESE DAYS?
I’m not usually one to boast, but my remarkable
ability to emulate natural surfaces with the luxury and
functionality of soft surfaces was on full display at
NeoCon 2016. I even accepted the Best of NeoCon
Gold for Milliken’s modular carpet collection, Lapidus.
WHERE WAS THE LAST PLACE THE PAPARAZZI
I appeared in an interactive 360-degree video
that captured every facet of my work at the
Milliken Chicago showroom for NeoCon 2016.
My creations have also been spotted in innovative
offices, schools, libraries, airports, hotels, and
convention centers worldwide. Just look down.
ASIDE FROM SUGAR, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING NICE,
WHAT ELSE ARE YOU MADE OF?
My unlimited color space means I’m made of
whatever you want me to be. I can make your
dreams of color and pattern come true with my
precise computer-controlled dye jets, but unlike
when you wake in the morning, the vivid colors
and patterns I bring to life never wear off.
IF YOU COULD GET ONE PLASTIC SURGERY
PROCEDURE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’m so agile that I can be who I want, when I
want, where I want—from sharp and defined
to nuanced and poetic. No plastic surgeon
needed—it’s in my DNA.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR IDOLS AND INFLUENCERS?
These days I’m particularly inspired by nature. I find
myself emulating natural, unearthed surfaces and
organic structures, but through a contemporary
colored lens for fresh, cinematic aesthetics.
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TURN-ON?
Beautiful, expansive patterns on modular carpet.
But I’m equally intrigued by the understated—I like
to see my unexpected influence on simplicity in a
way that no other technology can deliver.
When it comes to patterning, I can flow across the
floor or celebrate tile intersections. What I don’t
appreciate are those who can’t do either well.
WHO’S YOUR CURRENT BESTIE?
Honestly, I love playing matchmaker for my
closest friends. I form excellent bonds between
color and yarn, and connect patterns better than
anyone else. Color blending and pattern matching
is my forte.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH NEXT?
I’m particularly struck by Eero—Milliken’s award-winning Freelay luxury vinyl tile. His design is
revolutionary but yet easy to approach. Together
we could be iconic.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART ABOUT FAME?
Some people never understand who you are
until after they walk all over you, but I never get
tired of demonstrating why I’m the most versatile
technology in the industry.