Design Museum and Tarkett Form Partnership 
Committed to Diversity & Design

Design Museum Foundation is excited to announce Tarkett’s National Title Sponsorship of our upcoming exhibition, We Design: People. Practice. Progress. “We are thrilled to partner with Tarkett on this important program.” said Liz Pawlak, Vice President of Design Museum Foundation. “Their support will enable us to bring We Design to more locations both locally and nationally, to showcase and celebrate the range of career paths, people and professions in the design industry.”

Pictured above is Elyse Ayoung, a local designer in Boston, MA.

“Tarkett is thrilled to be working with Design Museum on this important endeavor for the design industry. Diversity, equity and inclusion is a major focus in our business and we view this collaboration as another step towards driving positive change.” said Mausi McDaniel, VP Brand Marketing for Tarkett North America. “We know design aesthetic and function are vastly improved when we are inclusive of diverse perspectives. Too many voices have been pushed away from the table for far too long, and we’re excited to be a small part of changing that.”

We Design is a multimedia exhibition celebrating a variety of creative professionals — of differing ages, genders, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities — showcasing their unique career paths through stories and photos, along with examples of their work throughout their careers including design process imagery and artifacts. The exhibition also explores the need for more diversity in the design and innovation industries through quantitative and qualitative data visualizations and case studies.

To develop this exhibition, Design Museum formed a committee of advisors in the field made up of experts in design, art, education, career development, human resources, among others. Our team worked firsthand with all the featured participants — through interviews, site visits, and collecting images and artifacts.

This full exhibition will be free and open to the public, premiering in early October 2019 at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Roxbury, MA. From there the exhibition will continue to travel around Greater Boston, and beyond over a multi-year period; and eventually cataloged in a print publication.

Pictured clockwise from top left: Sabrina Dorsainvil, Denise Rush, Saba Ghole, Phil Kongtcheu, Debra Latour, photos by Nancy Carbonaro; Phil Freelon, photo by Mark Herboth.

About Design Museum Foundation

Design Museum Foundation is a nonprofit, nomadic museum of design. Our mission: bring the transformative power of design everywhere. We inspire people by showing  what’s  possible  through  public  exhibitions,  events,  and  content. We educate people to become creative  problem  solvers  using  the  design  process. We transform, using design  to  take  action  and  make  change,  demonstrating  its  impact.

About Tarkett

With a history stretching back 135 years, Tarkett is a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, with net sales of more than €2.8 billion in 2018. Offering a wide range of products, including vinyl, linoleum, rubber, carpet, wood, laminate, artificial turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in over 100 countries across the globe. Tarkett has 13,000 employees and 36 industrial sites and sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to “Doing Good—Together,” the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy that is based on Cradle to Cradle principles and promotes a circular economy, with the ultimate goal of contributing to people’s health and wellbeing, and preserving natural capital. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ISIN: FR0004188670, ticker: TKTT) and is included in the following indices: SBF 120 and CAC Mid 60