A Goodbye to an Inspirational Icon: Ray Anderson of Interface Flooring Dies at 77

August 9, 2011

The questions that people and companies must face, when attempting the daunting task of becoming an environmentally sustainable company, are where to start and what can one person/company do.

The answers can be found and the example has been set by the late, great, Mr. Ray Anderson and his company, Interface Flooring.

The cultural challenges that Ray and Interface have faced are getting employees that are and will continue to be engaged and inspired in Mission Zero.

Mission Zero is one man’s dream for one company’s impact. It has set criteria and guidelines for other companies to follow in the design industries and in world industries of any kind. Interface CEO Dan Hendrix said:

“Not only did Interface and the world lose a great man today, but I lost a friend and mentor. Ray’s iconic spirit and pioneering vision are not only his legacy, but our future. We will honor Ray by keeping his vision alive and the Company on course.”

After 2020, when Mission Zero is reached and Ray Anderson’s vision is brought to life what will be next? With remarkable leadership such as Ray Anderson provided, there is little doubt that Interface will only continue to grow, inspire, create and demand a better future for the entire planet.

This is the end of one man’s life, a great inspiration and innovative person, but his morality and legacy will live on to benefit us all. Thank you, Ray and Interface, for all you’ve given the design world.



Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.