To The Floor - Wellbeing

To The Floor is a design competition initiated by Milliken and DINZ as a biennial design competition, with its first successful inception won by Ashley Oswin  in the 2020 To The Floor - Lifeforce competition.

To The Floor invites entries to create a design, based on a theme, that is to be translated for commercial spatial environments.

See entry form at bottom of page to enter.

To The Floor 2023 - Well-Being

The Global Well-being Institute defines well-being as the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.

 ‘Well-being is not a passive or active state but rather an “active pursuit” that is associated with intentions, choices and actions as we work toward an optimal state of health and wellbeing. Well-being is linked to holistic health—that is, it extends beyond physical health and incorporates many different dimensions that should work in harmony.

Wellbeing is significantly influenced by the physical, social and cultural environments in which we live’.

 Wellbeing can be reflected through, but not confined to:

Physical: Nourishing a healthy body through exercise, nutrition, sleep, etc.

Mental: Engaging the world through learning, problem-solving, creativity, etc.

Emotional/Empathy: Being aware of, accepting and expressing our feelings, and understanding the feelings of others.

Spiritual: Searching for meaning and higher purpose in human existence.

Social: Connecting and engaging with others and our communities in meaningful ways.

Environmental: Fostering positive interrelationships between planetary health and human actions, choices and wellbeing.

What makes you feel good, what is well-being to you, where would you find your expression for well-being.

Wellness is a sensory experience, improving the human experience through interaction with the environment and space. It can be emotive, a connection, comfort, contentment, happiness, health, prosperity, safety, peacefulness, homeliness.

In this competition To The Floor – Well-being, we are looking for designs that embrace a blend of positive interconnectedness that enriches people’s lives physically, psychologically, socially, and ecologically.

To The Floor – Well-being provides the opportunity for you to create a design inspired by how well-being feels for you.

From all design inspirations entered, Milliken will work with the winner on developing flooring carpet tiles that will be used to enhance well-being in spaces. Flooring is an element that anchors the other design elements and provides the connection and experience for the occupants’ sense of well-being as immersive and inclusive.

Now more than ever wellness and well-being are intricately connected to the spaces we occupy and how they make us feel.

Commercial spaces are increasingly taking cues from residential interiors to create connectivity and comfort for an inviting and productive atmosphere.

 “Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind and spirit.  The realisation that everything we do, think, feel and believe has an effect on our wellbeing”  Greg Anderson

Design Crietria:

  • Entries are invited from designers of all disciplines.
  • Entries may be an individual’s entry or a group of individuals.
  • Entries will need to demonstrate an inspired approach to wellness and well-being; exceptionally crafted work that promotes a sense of care, and help develop calmness, resilience, restoration, self-reflection, and connection.
  • Entries must include a synopsis of the design inspiration and an explanation of the inspired design approach.
  • The judging panel will award the original design concept, craftsmanship, innovation, execution.

Development Process for the Winning Design:

The collaboration will commence with DINZ coordinating an introduction between Milliken and the winner. This will allow Milliken to meet the winner and gain an understanding of their creative narrative and the development of their design concept.

It will also provide an opportunity for Milliken to gain valuable insights on how the winner’s concept can be utilised to develop the commercial collection with true authenticity based on their design and the competitions’ theme.

The winner will have the opportunity to visit Milliken’s creative studio and manufacturing facility in Sydney and meet the team. They will be introduced to Milliken’s design, print and manufacturing capabilities and it will be the start of the collaboration process of developing patterns and suitable colour palettes to achieve a mutual commercial outcome. Every step of the design process, both the winner and the Milliken design team will be in constant communication and discussions working towards the final collection piece. This includes developing carpet samples at appropriate times for feedback and evaluation from the winner.

Key Dates:

1st March

1st May

19th May

24th May

Milliken Terms & Conditions below.

If you have any questions please contact or 027 473 2399

Upload entry images here

Add up to 10 images to your entry, then drag to reorder. The first image will be used as the hero.

Images must be in JPEG or PNG format (RGB mode) in portrait or landscape orientation with minimum dimensions of 2,475 × 1,755 pixels (A3 @ 150dpi).

Milliken Competition Terms & Conditions


(a) Milliken and the Designers Institute of New Zealand Inc (“DINZ”) offer the To the Floor 2023 (“Competition”), subject to these Terms and Conditions (“Terms”).

(b) By submitting an entry to the Competition, you agree to be bound by all of these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, you are not authorised to participate in the Competition and must not submit an entry.

(c) You acknowledge that you will be solely responsible for ensuring compliance with these Terms and any associated laws relating to your participation in the Competition. Such compliance will not be the responsibility of Milliken or DINZ.


(a) We are under no obligation to select a winning entrant (“Winner”) of the Competition and may elect to reject all entries.

(b) Except for clauses 4-9 of these Terms, no legal or other obligations shall arise on, or be imposed upon or bind, Milliken or DINZ in relation to the conduct or outcome of the Competition.

(c) If an entry contains a defect or fails in some way to comply with the requirements set out in these Terms, we may (in our sole discretion) waive the defect and accept the entry.


(a) Entries can be submitted by either an individual or a group of individuals (entries cannot be entered under the name of any design house, company or studio).

(b) Entrants (including all members of a group) must be New Zealand residents. Employees of Milliken and DINZ are not entitled to enter the Competition.

(c) More than one entry may be submitted by an entrant. Where an entrant submits multiple entries, each must be submitted separately.

(d) Entries must be:

  • (i) Submitted electronically on the DINZ website and adhere to any technical specifications notified on that website;
  • (ii) Accompanied by the entrant’s full name(s), physical address, email address, phone number and GST registration number (if any); and
  • (iii) Entries must be received before 6.00pm NZST on the specified closing date as published, unless stated otherwise by the Organisers.

(e) If an entry is submitted by a group, then the group must nominate a representative person. Milliken and DINZ shall communicate with the nominated representative (and if no such representative are nominated, then a member of the group chosen by Milliken and DINZ) and that person shall have sole and complete authority to represent the group for all purposes relating to the Competition, including (if the group is the Winner) payment of Royalties.


(a) All Intellectual Property Rights in the entries will remain the property of the entrant.

(b) By submitting an entry, you warrant that:

  • (i) All elements of the entry are your own, original work; and
  • (ii) You own or are lawfully authorised to use any Intellectual Property Rights in the entry, which does not otherwise infringe the rights of any third party; and
  • (iii) Milliken and DINZ are fully entitled to use that entry without restriction, for the purposes of the Competition.


    (a) Milliken undertakes to hold your personal information securely, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993 and our General Data Protection Policy, available here. We will not pass any personal information on to any other third party unless demanded and required under the laws of New Zealand. You may access and correct any personal information we hold for you.

    (b) You agree that we may use your contact details to inform you from time to time about future events, competitions and other activities of Milliken which may be of relevance to you.


    (a) The Winner will be selected by a panel of judges (“Judging Panel”). The Judging Panel’s determination of the Winner will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. The Winner will be notified by email, phone or post. Where ongoing and reasonable attempts to contact the Winner fail, the award will be deemed as forfeit and the Judging Panel will select another winner.

    (b) The winning entry (“Winning Design”) will be used to produce a product which will be marketed and sold globally by Milliken. The Winner grants Milliken an irrevocable, transferrable, exclusive (except as permitted by us in writing) licence over the Winning Design. The licence will be perpetual and will terminate only at the cessation of production of the Winning Design, which will be decided at our sole discretion (we will notify the Winner when production ceases). We do not guarantee any minimum production period or volume for the Winning Design.

    (c) The Winner:

    • (i) Acknowledges and accepts that we do not guarantee a minimum production period or volume for the Winning Design;
    • (ii) Will be attributed as the Competition Winner in announcements and other publicity arranged by us;
    • (iii) Must (at our expense) participate in the preparation of any publicity that may be required by us, in which the Winner will be attributed;
    • (iv) Must (at our expense) sign all documents as reasonably required by us to ensure our rights to use and produce the Winning Design in accordance with these Terms;
    • (v) Is solely responsible for payment of any tax obligations arising from the Royalties; and
    • (vi) Waives any claims to any other payment, attribution, right or remuneration (except as expressly provided for in these Terms).


    For the duration of production of the Winning Design, we will pay to the Winner quarterly royalty payments at a rate of 3% of net revenue from product sales (“Royalties”). Milliken will calculate the Royalties payable for the preceding quarter and notify the Winner of such amount. The Winner must subsequently produce and submit an invoice to us for the amount notified (including provision of payment details), which will be paid by us within 14 days of receipt.


    To the fullest extent permitted by law, Milliken and DINZ will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever resulting from your participation in the Competition.

    We reserve the right to:

    (a) Amend, vary, extend or discontinue the Competition and/or these Terms at any stage, for any reason;

    (b) Exclude any person from participating in the Competition on reasonable grounds; and

    (c) Refuse or revoke any award to an entrant who we decide (in our sole discretion) has violated these Terms, gained unfair advantage in participating in the Competition or won using fraudulent or improper means.


    The laws of New Zealand apply to these Terms and your participation in the Competition. You agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand Courts.


    In these terms and conditions:

    “Intellectual Property Rights” means any patents, copyright, designs, and any other right granted by the operation of law which confers protection on any written or artistic work created by intellectual effort and all associated intangible assets created as a by-product.

    “we”, “us”, “our”, “Milliken” means Milliken Australia Pty Ltd and its group (including its subsidiaries, ultimate holding company and affiliates).

    “you”, “your” means the person submitting the entry to the Competition, including the Winner.