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Student Challenges

We challenge students from design academies world wide to work with our furniture and pinboard linoleum products and create whatever they feel can be made with these products

Work of art

  • WdkA student challenge, Netherlands
  • WdK Challenge exhibition, Dutch Design week 2015

HDK Steneby, SE

Presenting yourself

HDK Design Academy
HDK introduction

HDK Academy of Design and Crafts

For the 2nd edition of the Student Challenge Forbo approached the Wood Oriented Furniture Design HDK-Academy of Design and Crafts at Steneby in Sweden. Eleven international students were challenged to explore the material properties of our Furniture linoleum and Bulletin board/pinboard materials and to come up with exciting concepts and convincing prototypes for new applications.

White Blank Filler
Sofia Nilsson

Presentation at Stockholm Furniture fair February 2017

Furniture Fair Stockholm 02-2017
Award winning

WdkA Rotterdam, NL

Company visit @Forbo Flooring in the Netherlands

WdkA Rotterdam
Midterm presentation WdkA

Getting to know Forbo Flooring

Forbo Flooring got in contact with the Willem de Kooning Academy to discuss whether a student challenge with our Pinboard linoleum and Furniture linoleum was feasible. The Willem de Kooning Academy is based in the Netherlands and has international students from all over the world.

The Willem de Kooning Academy offers contemporary and cutting edge art courses that complement changing, international practice.

The outside world is no longer looking for the autonomous artist or the graphic designer, but rather for people who possess a multitude of talents and skills and who look beyond the borders of their original discipline. These are ‘creating pioneers’. .

Willem de Kooning Academy website

To be able to understand the products of Forbo Flooring we first gave the students a tour and an explanation of the project in our factory in Assendelft.

Product studies

Product study WdkA
Shape studies WdkA

Exposition Dutch Design Week

All students worked in groups to discover the opportunities of the Pinboard and Furniture Linoleum product and see what options they could find to apply it. Half way we already saw some nice studies which are very promising for the final result.

The results where exposed during the Dutch Design week from October 17th up to including 25th 2015.

Dutch Design Week exposition WdkA

Dutch Design Week exposition