Celebrating 150 years of Linoleum
Frederick Walton discovered linoleum and patented its manufacturing process in 1863. It is quite remarkable that a product, discovered in the days of gas lights and horse-drawn carriages, is still used in applications for which it was originally designed, such as flooring in healthcare and educational facilities.
Over 100 years and more, linoleum has found its way into an incredibly large number of buildings all over the world. It was the dining hall flooring for the famous Alcatraz prison in San Francisco, CA, as well as the elegant White House in Washington, DC. Not to be outdone, linoleum is also installed in the Kremlin in Moscow, the German Reichstag and Buckingham Palace. Even Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam (1938) featured linoleum, as did Sorbonne University and the institute of Madame Curie.
Marmoleum is still found today in many public buildings world wide from the new opera house in Olso or the latest tribal art museum from Jean Nouvel in Paris. Marmoleum remains a classic that is loved by Architects because of its authenticity and versatility.
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The craft of manufacturing linoleum has evolved over the last 150 years. Forbo has been driving this development through its Marmoleum brand.
Making Marmoleum is an art, which is not learned at any trade or craft school. In fact, only a handful of people know how to make Marmoleum.
To find out more about the art of making Marmoleum, you can watch our online video by clicking here