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  • Environment Trees

    Forbo stories

    Building with a conscience

    Building with a conscience

    We believe in building with a conscience. Ultimately, what matters is what our priorities are. What will be our legacy: missed opportunities or ecological sustainability and wellbeing?

    COP26 aspires to some specific objectives: secure global net zero and keep 1.5 degrees within reach, adapt to protect communities and natural habitats, and work together to deliver.

    If, as a collective, we hold ourselves accountable to these same objectives, there is still some hope...

  • CooLoo

    The CooLoo Circular Canopy

    A future-proof concept

    The CooLoo Circular Canopy

    We are always looking for other ways to reduce, reuse and recycle our production, installation and post-installation waste. That is why in 2019, we started a collaboration with CooLoo, resulting in the CooLoo Circular Canopy with a coating made from Marmoleum waste material.

  • Trend report 2021

    The story behind

    Our 2021 trend directions report

    The story behind our 2021 Trend Directions

    At the beginning of August, our design team launched its 2021 Trend Directions report, giving insight into the current design and flooring trends and the trends we see for the coming year. Marijke Griffioen, Senior Designer Concepts, and Thomas Eurlings, Senior Designer Vinyl, explain how this report came together and what they believe are the most important trends to follow.

  • Marmoleum Stories

    The story behind

    Marmoleum stories

    The story behind our Marmoleum Stories

    In our Marmoleum Stories, we make space for designers, architects and others to explore their own personal connections with our flagship linoleum product, Marmoleum. In a series of mini film documentaries, a handful of passionate people speak in the first person to the camera, describing their affinity and relationship to the flooring, and offering their own unique and interesting perspectives.

  • Overview Factories and Circularity | Forbo Flooring Systems

    Circularity

    Forbo recycling in practice

    Factory facts: Forbo recycling in practice

    At Forbo Flooring Systems, we are committed to transforming all our linear processes and products so they support the circular economy. Read more on how recycling at Forbo Flooring Systems is done in practice.

  • Sarlon | Modul'up divers colours

    The story behind

    The Sarlon and Modul'up colelction

    The story behind - The Sarlon and Modul’up collection

    The new Sarlon and Modul’up collection offers the most comprehensive and qualitative answer to all your needs with an unprecedented diversity of products. Margareth, Head of Vinyl Design at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains the story behind this collection.

  • Making of Marmoleum, the movie

    The making of

    Marmoleum the movie

    The making of Marmoleum the movie

    A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of our epic and breath-taking new Marmoleum video, which focuses on the fact that Marmoleum is a true CO₂ neutral resilient floor covering, measured from cradle to gate, without offsetting and without buying carbon credits.

  • Sarlon | Modul'up 409 black & white doodle

    Ear to the ground

    Part 3: Acoustics for performance

    Ear to the ground - Part 3: Acoustics for performance

    In this 3-part series from Forbo, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments.

    The third in our series, this blog focuses on the acoustics challenges present in the education and commercial sectors.

  • Allura Decibel in bedroom

    Ear to the ground

    Part 2: Acoustics for comfort

    Ear to the ground - Part 2: Acoustics for comfort

    In this 3-part series from Forbo Flooring Systems, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments.

    The second in our series, this blog focuses on the acoustics challenges present in the healthcare and residential sectors, as well as discussing the optimal acoustic conditions for the leisure & hospitality industry.

  • Sarlon Cement grey 433572

    Ear to the ground

    Part 1: Acoustics and why it matters

    Ear to the ground - Part 2: Acoustics for comfort

    In this 3-part series from Forbo Flooring Systems, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments.

    The second in our series, this blog focuses on the acoustics challenges present in the healthcare and residential sectors, as well as discussing the optimal acoustic conditions for the leisure & hospitality industry.

  • Sarlon | Modul'up, grey and yellow

    Design trends

    Pantone colour of the year 2021

    Design Trends: Pantone Color of the Year 2021

    “For a designer working at Forbo Flooring Systems, it is always important to think ahead when it comes to the use of colour in new collections,” Thomas Eurlings, Senior Designer Vinyl at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains. When Pantone presented their Color of the Year 2021, we were delighted to see that both colours are already very present in several of our recent collections.”

  • Allura 62419

    Therapeutic

    Design Principles

    Therapeutic - Design principles

    Cultivating a healing environment becomes more and more important. By taking a more holistic and patient-centred approach to design, architecture and interior design can help to create better environments.

  • Biophilic Design

    Biophilic design

    A healthy dose of nature

    Biophilic design - A healthy dose of nature

    Research into new circular materials, responsible materials sourcing and zero-emissions manufacturing processes: these are just some of the ways in which an increased respect for the environment is evident within the building sector. On an interior design level, this elevated environmental consciousness is expressed in a trend for sustainability. With this has come a blurring of the boundary between outside and inside. Most notably, through the trend for biophilic design.

Product

Product stories

  • Sarlon | Modul'up 409 black & white doodle

    Ear to the ground

    Part 3: Acoustics for performance

    Ear to the ground - Part 3: Acoustics for performance

    In this 3-part series from Forbo, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments.

    The third in our series, this blog focuses on the acoustics challenges present in the education and commercial sectors.

  • Allura Decibel in bedroom

    Ear to the ground

    Part 2: Acoustics for comfort

    Ear to the ground - Part 2: Acoustics for comfort

    In this 3-part series from Forbo Flooring Systems, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments.

    The second in our series, this blog focuses on the acoustics challenges present in the healthcare and residential sectors, as well as discussing the optimal acoustic conditions for the leisure & hospitality industry.

  • Acoustic flooring

    Ear to the ground

    Part 1: Acoustics and why it matters

    Ear to the ground - Part 1: Acoustics and why it matters

    In this 3-part series, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments. This week: acoustics and why it matters.

  • Sarlon | Modul'up divers colours

    The story behind

    The Sarlon and Modul'up collection

    The story behind - The Sarlon and Modul’up collection

    The new Sarlon and Modul’up collection offers the most comprehensive and qualitative answer to all your needs with an unprecedented diversity of products. Margareth, Head of Vinyl Design at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains the story behind this collection.

  • Designing with linoleum

    Marmoleum

    designing with linoleum

    Marmoleum - Designing with linoleum

    Linoleum is a 160-year-old innovation.
    What makes this material special is its scope for endless new possibilities. One of the challenges our Design studio faces, is identifying these possibilities and translating them into a new visual that is in-keeping with the modern zeitgeist.

    Read the full article

  • Sustainability

    Linoleum

    How sustainability is done

    Linoleum - How sustainability is done

    Linoleum from Forbo is naturally good. It captures more climate-harming CO2 than it releases, if you produce it the right way, like Forbo does. The Netherlands is home to the most modern linoleum plant in the world, a factory that shows how industry and ecology really can be compatible.

    Read the full article

  • no heat involved

    The slim chair

    There may be no heat involved

    The slim chair - There may be no heat involved

    “There may be no heat involved, but it’s hot stuff nonetheless” says designer Elvin den Haan about his and Jan Nijland’s latest Lonc chair: the Slim. Not only is this chair cold-pressed, requiring significantly less energy to make, it is also produced using a by-product from Zaanstreek-based linoleum factory, Forbo.

    Read the full article

  • Furniture Linoleum 4184

    Linoleum

    Rise of Off the Floor Applications

    Linoleum - Rise of Off the Floor Applications

    The naturally smooth and durable nature of linoleum lends itself perfectly to finishing all kinds of surfaces, with the versatile material being used for much more than just creating beautiful floors. Our Senior Designer, Marijke, takes a look.

    Read the full article

Design

Design stories

  • Trend report 2021

    The story behind

    Our 2021 trend directions report

    The story behind our 2021 Trend Directions

    At the beginning of August, our design team launched its 2021 Trend Directions report, giving insight into the current design and flooring trends and the trends we see for the coming year. Marijke Griffioen, Senior Designer Concepts, and Thomas Eurlings, Senior Designer Vinyl, explain how this report came together and what they believe are the most important trends to follow.

  • Sarlon | Modul'up, grey and yellow

    Design Trends

    Pantone colour of the year 2021

    Design Trends: Pantone Colour of the Year 2021

    “For a designer working at Forbo Flooring Systems, it is always important to think ahead when it comes to the use of colour in new collections,” Thomas Eurlings, Senior Designer Vinyl at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains. When Pantone presented their Color of the Year 2021, we were delighted to see that both colours are already very present in several of our recent collections.”

  • Allura 62419

    Therapeutic

    Design Principles

    Therapeutic - Design principles

    Cultivating a healing environment becomes more and more important. By taking a more holistic and patient-centred approach to design, architecture and interior design can help to create better environments.

  • Biophilic Design

    Biophilic design

    A healthy dose of nature

    Biophilic design - A healthy dose of nature

    Research into new circular materials, responsible materials sourcing and zero-emissions manufacturing processes: these are just some of the ways in which an increased respect for the environment is evident within the building sector. On an interior design level, this elevated environmental consciousness is expressed in a trend for sustainability. With this has come a blurring of the boundary between outside and inside. Most notably, through the trend for biophilic design.

  • Designing with linoleum

    Marmoleum

    designing with linoleum

    Marmoleum - Designing with linoleum

    Linoleum is a 160-year-old innovation.
    What makes this material special is its scope for endless new possibilities. One of the challenges our Design studio faces, is identifying these possibilities and translating them into a new visual that is in-keeping with the modern zeitgeist.

    Read the full article

  • Faust

    Faust

    Passion for Linoleum

    Faust - Passion for Linoleum

    What inspires us most about linoleum is its incredibly velvety and pleasant feel, the variety of its deep-matt colours, and the fact that it is also a sustainable product made with linseed oil. Material properties such as these are held in high regard, particularly as a table surface in the office area.

    Read the full article

  • Design series

    Design Series

    The Dynamics of A Building

    Design Series - The Dynamics of A Building

    Over time, there has been a strong shift in segment design. Before, there was clear uniformity; a hospital would look like a hospital and an office would be designed to be exactly what you would expect from an office, simply a place to work. Our designer takes a look at how the boundaries between different segments have blurred, and buildings are adopting a variety of identities.

    Read the full article

  • Sensory experience

    Sensory Experiences

    Bespoke Flooring

    Sensory Experiences - Bespoke Flooring

    In today’s competitive economic environment, businesses are constantly looking for ways to stand out. Whether it’s unique branding or clever marketing campaigns, Dorothé Kessels, Head of Vinyl Design, looks at how companies continually seek out opportunities to set themselves apart from the competition.

    Read the full article

  • no heat involved

    The slim chair

    There may be no heat involved

    The slim chair - There may be no heat involved

    “There may be no heat involved, but it’s hot stuff nonetheless” says designer Elvin den Haan about his and Jan Nijland’s latest Lonc chair: the Slim. Not only is this chair cold-pressed, requiring significantly less energy to make, it is also produced using a by-product from Zaanstreek-based linoleum factory, Forbo.

    Read the full article

  • Finding magic

    Finding Magic

    Blending Materials

    Finding Magic - Blending Materials

    With an increasing focus on creating interiors that have a more ‘lived in’ look, many designers are breaking down pre-conceived conventions by juxtaposing seemingly disparate materials, finishes and styles to create more fluid spaces.

    Read the full article

  • Tessera Nexus 3501 3507

    Connected Spaces

    Collaborative Working

    Connected Spaces - Collaborative Working

    When it comes to workspace design, many researchers seem to agree on the positive impact of face-to-face and informal interactions – providing distinct connections and opportunities for information exchange, collaboration, networking and problem-solving.

    Read the full article

  • Furniture Linoleum 4184

    Linoleum

    Rise of Off the Floor Applications

    Linoleum - Rise of Off the Floor Applications

    The naturally smooth and durable nature of linoleum lends itself perfectly to finishing all kinds of surfaces, with the versatile material being used for much more than just creating beautiful floors. Our Senior Designer, Marijke, takes a look.

    Read the full article

Sustainability

Sustainability

  • Forbo Stories | Building with a conscience

    Forbo stories

    Building with a conscience

    Building with a conscience

    We believe in building with a conscience. Ultimately, what matters is what our priorities are. What will be our legacy: missed opportunities or ecological sustainability and wellbeing?

    COP26 aspires to some specific objectives: secure global net zero and keep 1.5 degrees within reach, adapt to protect communities and natural habitats, and work together to deliver.

    If, as a collective, we hold ourselves accountable to these same objectives, there is still some hope...

  • CooLoo

    The CooLoo Circular Canopy

    A future-proof concept

    The CooLoo Circular Canopy

    We are always looking for other ways to reduce, reuse and recycle our production, installation and post-installation waste. That is why in 2019, we started a collaboration with CooLoo, resulting in the CooLoo Circular Canopy with a coating made from Marmoleum waste material.

  • Overview Factories and Circularity | Forbo Flooring Systems

    Circularity

    Forbo recycling in practice

    Factory Facts: Forbo recycling in practice

    At Forbo Flooring Systems, we are committed to transforming all our linear processes and products so they support the circular economy. Read more on how recycling at Forbo Flooring Systems is done in practice.

  • Making of Marmoleum, the movie

    The making of

    Marmoleum the movie

    The making of Marmoleum the movie

    A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of our epic and breath-taking new Marmoleum video, which focuses on the fact that Marmoleum is a true CO₂ neutral resilient floor covering, measured from cradle to gate, without offsetting and without buying carbon credits.

  • Sustainability

    Linoleum

    How sustainability is done

    Linoleum - How sustainability is done

    Linoleum from Forbo is naturally good. It captures more climate-harming CO2 than it releases, if you produce it the right way, like Forbo does. The Netherlands is home to the most modern linoleum plant in the world, a factory that shows how industry and ecology really can be compatible.

    Read the full article

  • Marmoleum Fresco 3271 & Splash 3430

    CO2 Neutral

    A Conscious Choice

    CO2 Neutral - A Conscious Choice

    With slow progress being made on the Paris climate agreement, Mark Bauer, Environmental Specialist at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains why we should all be striving to make a conscious choice when it comes to choosing building and interior products – as well as taking a closer look at the difference between carbon offsetting and carbon neutral manufacturing.

    Read the full article

Segments

Segments

  • Retail

    Retail

    Making An Entrance

    Retail - Making An Entrance

    Enhancing the shopping experience starts from the moment a customer sets foot in the building. As part of our ‘Floored It’ blog series, Louise Serjeant, Key Account Manager for Retail, discusses the importance of choosing an effective entrance flooring system for retail environments.

    Read the full article

  • Healthcare

    BIM

    The Rise of BIM in Healthcare

    BIM - The Rise of BIM in Healthcare

    It is clear that Building Information Modelling (BIM) is steadily taking its place at the forefront of the construction sector. Here, we look at how the many benefits of BIM are becoming most apparent within the healthcare sector, assisting in the efficient construction of our country’s new, modern and technologically advanced medical facilities.

    Read the full article

  • Office

    Office

    Towards a new work landscape

    Office - Towards a new work landscape

    Whereas a number of years back, flexible working meant being able to work at any workstation in the office, the term has now evolved to encompass pop-up work places. After all, you can work any time, any place these days.

    Read the full article

Meet The Maker

Meet The Maker

  • Allura 2020 - Thomas Eurlings

    Meet The Maker

    Thomas Eurlings

    Meet The Maker - Thomas Eurlings

    In the first of our Allura Meet The Maker blog series, we catch up with Thomas Eurlings, Senior Designer Vinyl at Forbo Flooring Systems, to find out more about his involvement in the creation of the new collection, what it means to him, and current design trends within the flooring industry.

    Read the full article

  • Allura 2020 - Arjen Roelofs

    Meet The Maker

    Arjen Roelofs

    Meet The Maker - Arjen Roelofs

    As part of our Allura Meet The Maker blog series, we catch up with Arjen Roelofs, Director of Research and Development and Forbo employee for over 28 years, to find out more about his involvement in the creation of the new collection, what it means to him, and what working in the Forbo R&D department really involves.

    Read the full article

  • Allura 2020 - Roy Schepers

    Meet The Maker

    Roy Schepers

    Meet The Maker - Roy Schepers

    As part of our Allura Meet The Maker blog series, we catch up with Roy Schepers, Product Manager LVT at Forbo Flooring Systems, to find out more about his involvement in the creation of the new collection, what it means to him, and the new products within the collection designed to make installation easier and quicker.

    Read the full article

  • Anna Ray

    Meet The Maker

    Anna Ray

    Meet The Maker - Anna Ray

    Earlier this year, renowned textile artist, Anna Ray, took up a three-month residency at our Bamber Bridge factory, creating artworks inspired by the colours and yarns used in our carpet tiles, before premiering her creations at this year’s National Festival of Making in Blackburn, Lancashire.

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