We challenge students from design academies worldwide to work with our products and create whatever they feel can be made with it. Working with young designers allows us to look at our products in a different way, exploring the possibilities from a different angle, whilst allowing students to express their creativity and gain work experience. Have a look at the astonishing results of some of our Student challenges from the past and click on the link to get some additional information.
In October 2021 twelve Master students from the Parisian Design school ENSCI - Les Ateliers searched for new applications of Furniture linoleum with a focus on the contemporary working environment.
With the support of designer Pauline Esparon, the students discovered new qualities and properties of Furniture linoleum that enabled them to present a wide range of beautiful projects.
What happens when you ask Swedish design students to come up with new floor patterns for either Flotex or Marmoleum in only three weeks? It seems like an almost impossible assignment, yet - spoiler alert - the results were astonishing. A conversation with the lead players of this special project.
In this collaboration, 27 third-year design students of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam were challenged to explore and experiment with our Flexible Furniture linoleum.
In September 2019, Professor Christian Blyt from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver approached Forbo Flooring Systems and Danish retail brand BoConcept about the possibility of doing a collective project with his third-year Industrial Design students.
Very quickly, a collaboration was formed that allowed his students access to Furniture Linoleum, a unique and sustainable material made by Forbo, and the opportunity to design and build a multi functional cart for compact urban living spaces.
Twenty students from the Architecture & Design Institute LISAA in Paris, were challenged to design spaces by using the different dynamics of a building as a starting point. By using the possibilities offered by the broad choice of floors from Forbo Flooring, these creative students were able to reach remarkable results.
In January of 2020, Forbo Flooring Systems connected with the Zokei University in Tokyo, to discuss a potential collaboration. Together with Professor Toshiaki Morita the project scope was discussed, in which Furniture Linoleum would be the starting point.
To approach this collaboration from a fresh angle, Toshiaki proposed to involve the FUTURE LIFE FACTORY, a studio in Panasonic’s Design Center specialized in cutting-edge development. They are always rethinking the question: what will living well mean in the future?