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Proud sponsor of the TOWARDS NET ZERO AWARDS

Forbo Flooring Systems are proud to sponsor the Towards Net Zero Awards

Towards NetZero Ireland Construction Awards is a new, free-to-enter, national construction awards programme devised to acknowledge those who are working towards more sustainable design practices in Ireland. They are open to architects, contractors and engineers who demonstrate significant progress along the path towards net zero energy and carbon neutrality.

As a world leader in responsible sustainability, Forbo Flooring Systems are proud to come on board as a sponsor for this important and timely award, joining other key industry leaders in spearheading the drive towards a net zero Ireland.

Ever since Forbo began making floor coverings, starting with linoleum more than 100 years ago, we have been committed to creating better environments in all the spaces in which people, work, live, interact, relax, heal, learn and play. Today, with a vastly increased range of choices, we remain every bit as passionate about sustainable floor covering and our involvment in the Towrads NetZero Award is a part of that committment to ensuring a better, cleaner and safer world for all.

The panel of assessors includes: State Architect Ciaran O’Conner; Michael Curran, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland; Mona Duff, Senior Manager at International WELL Building Institute (IWBI); Paul Martin, Programme Manager, Technical Standards Development, SEAI; and John Macken, Associate Director, O’Mahony Pike Architects.

Net Zero Award

SARLON | MODUL'UP - Acustics, Design, Speed

A new collection of high traffic acoustic vinyl for both glued and loose lay installation

Sarlon 15dB, Sarlon 19dB, Modul’up 19dB and Modul’up compact

A very large collection of over 90 colours with new designs and new colours are now available in all 4 constructions. Acoustic, Compact, Glued and Loose lay, that means more than 360 possibilities.

Sarlon 15dB and 19dB are known for the best compromise on acoustic, high load requirements and additional comfort.

Modul’up 19dB and Modul’up Compact are a loose lay flooring that matches the sustainability goals of a circular product that can be taken out and reused or recycled after use. Installation is fast and immediately ready to walk on when installed.


Tom Crean Exhibition

Kerry County Museum's new Tom Crean exhibition

Forbo’s revolutionary printed vinyl flooring creates focal point of exhibition

Tom Crean, a native of Annascaul, Co. Kerry, served on three Antarctic expeditions in the early 1900s including the Shackleton Expedition were he was instrumental in the rescue of the crew of the expedition ship Endurance. To celebrate Tom Crean’s achievements the Kerry County Museum has opened a new exhibition exploring his life and adventures in Antarctica, the most desolate place on Earth and how he and his fellow polar explorers survived terrible dangers and endured shocking hardships.

Using Forbo’s revolutionary printed vinyl flooring the exhibition floor has been turned into a map of Antarctica showing the perilous journey Tom and the crew of the lifeboat James Caird took to summon rescuers from the whaling station in South Georgia, making it the focal point of the exhibition.

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Tom Crean Exhibition


Forbo Flooring Systems publishes 2019 Sustainability Report

Eighth consecutive year of reporting environmental improvement for Flooring Systems

The use of biogas, reduction in CO2 levels and making a real start on solutions for the circular economy are some of the topics that are covered in Forbo Flooring Systems eighth consecutive Sustainability Report. This report has been made following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.

Starting with green product design principles and by going all the way from responsible sourcing to efficient manufacturing and environmentally committed sales organizations, Flooring Systems Executive Vice president, Jean-Michel Wins explains how a unique concept and insight helps Flooring Systems to set its goals.

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Sustainability Report 2019

An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí

An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí winner of the RIAI Public Choice Award 2019

Winner of the RIAI Public Choice Award 2019, An Ríocht provides a two classroom Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) suite, with multi-sensory and para-educational spaces, designed around a central activities space, for Scoil Chríost Rí, Boys National School, Caherdavin, Limerick.

The use of colour, materials and finishes were carefully considered following research into autism and colour, where it was found that tones of blue, green, orange and mauves are relaxing and calming.

An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí

“We chose to use FORBO Marmoleum as it is a natural product, CO2 neutral and comes in a wide range of complementary colours for us to choose from. Colour and large pattern is expressed in the flooring, to induce feelings of warmth and comfort. The flooring patterns in the atrium and central activities space create a sense of playfulness and enclosure without boundaries, where informal learning and group work can take place. FORBO's use of mood boards and large samples provided the tools we needed to collaborate with the teachers and staff in choosing the colour scheme.”

Products Used:
Marmoleum Fresco
Marmoleum Real

An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí

Forbo Flooring to sponsor DESIGN POP 2019 - May 2019

Forbo Flooring are delighted to announce their participation in the unique event DESIGN POP 2019.

Design POP is a totally unique and innovative festival which will take place for the first time between May 17th and May 19th 2019 in Cork. Six designers will work closely with six food producers to create a series of bespoke pavilion installations that will pop up all over Cork City centre for the duration of the festival.

As a brand who acknowledges the importance of innovation and design in everyday life, Forbo Flooring are happy to announce their participation in this unique event by coming on board as a lead sponsor.


Forbo: Furniture linoleum and new surfacing material - May 2019

Presenting Furniture Linoleum and new surfacing material experiments at Interzum Cologne

At Interzum in Cologne ForboFlooring Systems will be presenting its renownedFurniture and Wall coverings collections. The Furniture and Bulletin board collections present a unique assortment ofsurfacing materials for all high end 3D furniture designs such as desks, chairs, stools cabinets door and displays or -in the case of Bulletin Board - is to be used as pinboard linoleum for panel and wall applications.

Both Furniture Linoleum and Bulletin Board are made from natural raw materials such as making it a unique sustainable solution for high end finishes.

Come and visit our see our presentation of exclusive and unique finishing materials at Interzum in Hall 10.2 Booth C079. Opening hours are from 09.00 a.m.until 18.00 p.m. daily,from May 21-24.

Furniture Linoleum

Tessera Chroma: A Fusion of Colour and Texture - May 2019

A Fusion of Colour and Texture

Fusing together organic texture with chalkier colours has led to the development of Forbo Flooring Systems new contemporary, high-end carpet tile collection: Tessera Chroma. The carefully composed colourways, which offer a colour balance when combined, allow you to playfully clash shades to create more dynamic and diverse workspaces.

Chroma is the quality by which we communicate colour; it’s how we define a colour’s purity, intensity or saturation. It also provides a measure of how we can fuse relationships between colours to bring balance and harmony to a space and Forbo’s Tessera Chroma collection has been created with this in mind.

Tessera Choma

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Flotex Colour: Smart. Innovative. Colourful. - May 2019

Smart. Innovative. Colourful.

Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its Flotex Colour collection with the addition of a new design and format, as well as an array of new colours that are inspired by the moods and illuminating and spectral shades of cities around the world. The comprehensive flocked flooring range now offers even more flexibility to create contemporary interiors.

There is no denying that certain cities have their own mood and identity, whether it’s the bright neon hues of Tokyo or the darker, more gritty shades of New York; every city has its own unique colour palette, which may be so subtle that perception differs from person to person. From softer, tone-on-tone shades to rich and vibrant hues, the hues found in the rejuvenated Flotex Colour collection have been inspired by the wide choice of colour found in cities and urban landscapes.

Flotex Colour

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FORBO AT THE IVY - March 2019

Forbo Ireland at the The Ivy Restaurant.

Forbo Ireland threw a party recently in Ireland’s newest and trendiest restaurant, The Ivy Restaurant on Dawson Street. Attended by Dublin’s top architects, Forbo introduced their new line of Marmoleum, Marmoleum Marbled, and highlighted its commitment to a sustainable future.

As part of that commitment, Forbo have dedicated themselves to producing products which do not affect worldwide climate change. To that end, Forbo Marmoleum is the only CO2 neutral resilient system on the market and so the best choice for architects concerned with ensuring a better environment for all.

Sincere thanks to all who attended and for making it such an enjoyable and informative affair. Roll on next year.

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Forbo Ivy Event 2019

RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize 2019 - April 2019

RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize 2019

The RIAI in association with Forbo Ireland is delighted to launch RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize 2019 for students of architectural technology.

The final submission date for the RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize 2019 is Friday 14 June 2019.

The awards will be presented at an RIAI Student Awards Ceremony and Exhibition in October 2019.

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RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize 2019

Salone del Mobile 2019 - April 2019

Forbo Flooring Systems presenting Forbo+ Rembrandt in the Dutch Pavilion during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy

Rembrandt’s colours, detail, structure and texture expressed by Forbo’s floor covering designs at the Palazzo Francesco Turati in the Brera district in Milan.

Forbo + Rembrandt is a spectacular presentation of the connection between the paintings of Rembrandt and the way the master applied colour, structure, detail and tactility by using the pigments and materials that today still form the essence of the art of making Linoleum.

Come and see our spectacular installation in the Dutch pavilion and experience the Forbo brand. Opening hours are from 11.00 a.m. until 20.00 p.m. daily, from April 9 – 14

Forbo’s palette is that of Rembrandt

Marmoleum Marbled Collection - Jan 2019

Marmoleum Marbled Collection

Forbo Flooring Systems introduces new and versatile Marmoleum Marbled collection with five modern design ranges.
The introduction of the new Marmoleum Marbled collection completes the renewal of Forbo Flooring Systems’ core linoleum offer. The all new Marbled collection complements the so called Marmoleum Solid and Linear collections that have been renewed in the last two years.

Marmoleum Marbled is presented as a modern classic. With two new designs, Terra and Splash, the range is extended with new visuals that each add value to the concept of Forbo’s marbled portfolio.

Marmoleum Marbled Splash Fresco

Marmoleum Marbled Collection

Marmoleum Marbled Collection

Environmental Milestone for Forbo Flooring Systems - Nov 2018

Marmoleum is confirmed to be carbon neutral, naturally

Forbo Flooring Systems has quantified the environmental impact of its 2.5mm Marmoleum, with an independent Environmental Product Declaration that confirms that it is manufactured as a carbon neutral floor covering.*

Mark Bauer, Environmental Specialist at Forbo Flooring Systems commented: “We now all need to make more conscious decisions when it comes to specifying building and interiors materials; and manufacturers too must now make a commitment to do as much as possible to help their customers make responsible choices.

*We're pleased to announce that our Marmoleum 2.0mm AND 2.5mm are now independently EPD confirmed as CO2 neutral in the cradle to gate stages of the product’s life cycle, without the need for carbon offsetting.

Marmoleum, CO₂ neutral, naturally

Carbon Neutral Press Release

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Marmoleum, CO₂ neutral

Marmoleum, CO₂ neutral, naturally

Best Office Interior Ireland category - Nov 2018

LinkedIn’s European Headquarters wins Best Office Interior Ireland

The Ireland-based European headquarters of LinkedIn has scooped a prize in the European edition of the International Property Awards.

Designed by Irish architectural practice RKD, LinkedIn’s European headquarters was awarded Best Office Interior Ireland.

The International Property Awards are granted to leading architectural innovation, with the winners announced at a ceremony in London.

LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ is centred around global communities and the “village centre. The six-storey building is the social media giant’s first new build outside of the US.

A range of floor coverings from Forbo Flooring Systems’ integrated and comprehensive product portfolio was specified and installed throughout LinkedIn’s prestigious bespoke new office headquarters.

Products used:
Nuway Tuftiguard

LinkedIn HQ, Dublin

Best Office Architecture Ireland category - Nov 2018

Microsoft’s European Headquarters wins Best Office Architecture Ireland

The Ireland-based headquarters of Microsoft has scooped a prize in the European edition of the International Property Awards.

Designed by Irish architectural practice RKD, One Microsoft Place won the Best Office Architecture Ireland category.

The International Property Awards are granted to leading architectural innovation, with the winners announced at a ceremony in London.

Microsoft’s new 34,000 square metre campus-style headquarters in Leopardstown, Co Dublin, cost the company €134 million, and houses close to 2,000 staff. The building has an LED waterfall, an indoor mountain and a “dream space” for education.

Forbo Flooring was the obvious choice when it came to providing the kind of flooring range required for such a prestigious undertaking. Working closely with RKD Architects, Fobo was able to provide a wide choice of flooring solutions from entrance ways and high quality, sustainable floor coverings, to hygienic and slip resistant surfaces.

Products used:
Nuway Tuftiguard

Microsoft HQ, Dublin

Architecture & Building Expo Architects’ Choice Awards - Oct 2018

Architecture & Building Expo Architects’ Choice Awards

Congratulations to Forbo on winning an award at the Architecture & Building Expo Architects’ Choice Awards recently.

Fabscrap received the prestigious Highly Recommended Award in the Interior Product category.

Fabscrap flooring turns unused left-over granules into a vibrant multi-coloured floor covering that offers striking design opportunities.

Pictured at the presentation are (left to right) David Kenny (Forbo), Maria Kiernan, Chair (white jacket), Ann Walsh-Glick (Forbo), Declan Carolan (Forbo), Klaus Unger and Eleanor Heylin-Snith.


RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize 2018 - Nov 2018

RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize 2018

The RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize offered by the editorial board of Architecture Ireland and the RIAI, with support from Forbo, is open to all students of Architecture and Architectural Technology on the island of Ireland.

The RIAI, in association with Forbo Ireland, is delighted to announce the awards for RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize 2018 for students of architectural technology.

The Winner, Highly Commended and Commended were presented with their certificates and cheques by the RIAI President at the Annual Conference on Saturday 6th October.

Winner: Poppy Van Dijk (UCD)
2nd Place: Ryan Dempsey (DIT)
3rd Place: Patrick Brennan (DIT)
Commended: Muireann Dolan (CCAE)
Commended: Emily Jones (UCD)
Commended: Grainne Smith-Muldowney (SAUL)
Commended: David Weldon (CCAE)
Special Mention Photo Essay: Robert John James Hamilton (DIT)
Special Mention Technical Essay: Ian Kavanagh (DIT)

Student Writing Prize 2018

Important Information for Ideal Home Show Exhibitors - Sept 2018

Important Information for Ideal Home Show Exhibitors

Marmoleum Click will once again be featured in the show house at this year’s Ideal Home Exhibiton in the RDS - 26th to 29th October 2018.

Forbo Marmoleum Click is available in 23 colours ranging from soothing neutrals to vibrant bolds. There are 3 panel sizes: the larger 90 x 30 cm and 60 x 30 cm and the square 30 x 30 cm. With Marmoleum Click tiles you can create inviting floor designs that are unique to your home and lifestyle.

Marmoleum Click Collection

Marmoleum Click - Ideal Homes