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Pioneering textile designer Tibor Reich - creator of Tibor - was one of the most prominent figures in the British post-war textile industry. Forbo has teamed up with this British design legend on an exciting new flooring range: Flotex Tibor.

Most of the designs are derived from Tibor’s ground-breaking Fotexur collection, launched in 1957. Printed on Forbo Flotex in vibrant colours, Tibor’s innovative Fotexur designs have a timeless feel, despite dating back 70 years.

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    Forbo Flotex & Tibor

    Forbo Flotex & Tibor

    Pioneering textile designer Tibor Reich - creator of Tibor - was one of the most prominent figures in the British post-war textile industry. Although his striking patterns date from the 1950s, they could have been designed yesterday.

    Forbo Flooring has teamed up with this British design legend to create an exciting new flooring range. Most of the designs selected by Forbo are from Tibor’s ground-breaking Fotexur collection, launched in 1957, winner of the Council of Industrial Design’s inaugural Design Centre Award.

    Had he been alive today, Tibor would have relished working with Forbo. Thankfully his creativity lives on through his internationally recognized archives, housed at the Victoria & Albert Museum and University of Leeds International Textile Archive.

    Flotex flocked flooring provides the perfect medium for Tibor’s dynamic graphic designs. The cutting-edge technology of digital printing gives a new lease of life to his arresting patterns.

    Tibor portrait with Onyx pattern

    Tibor & The Art of Fotexur

    Tibor & The Art of Fotexur

    Hungarian émigré Tibor Reich (1916-1996) was one of the most prominent figures in the British post-war textile industry. A multi faceted artist, who designed carpets, wallpapers, ceramics, tiles and vinyl flooring, all in his distinctive co-ordinated style.

    A gifted artist and dynamic entrepreneur, he moved to the UK in 1937 to study at Leeds University. Tibor Ltd, the company he established in 1946 he at Clifford Mill near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, was a leading brand throughout the 1950s and 60s.

    Texture was the defining feature of Tibor’s textiles. As well as his celebrated Deep Texture weaves, he produced arresting screen-printed curtain fabrics, known as Texture Prints.

    Most of the designs selected by Forbo are from Tibor’s ground-breaking Fotexur collection, launched in 1957, winner of the Council of Industrial Design’s inaugural Design Centre Award. The ‘Fo’ refers to photography, while ‘Texur’ evokes texture, both key aspects of these designs.

    Close-up photographs of organic materials, such as straw and bark, provided the starting point for Tibor’s intriguing Fotexur patterns. A keen photographer, he drew inspiration from the natural world.

    His eye was attracted to relief patterns and tonal contrasts in unusual places, such as fissures in a dried up river bed. Tibor also photographed his own weaves and used these images in his designs.

    The Fotexur process began by screen-printing the photograph on paper, before isolating a section of the image and cutting it into squares or strips. Patterns were created by rotating and re-arranging these repeated motifs in different formations to create energetic and rhythmic compositions. Tibor’s bold choice of colour variations provided the final ingredient to these stimulating and eye-catching designs.

    Printed on Forbo Flotex in vibrant colours, Tibor’s innovative Fotexur designs have a timeless feel, despite dating back 70 years.

    Tibor Reich portrait

    Allergy UK

    Allergy approved flooring

    Allergy UK has conducted a survey to ask people how they think about their workplace in relation to the presence of allergens. They concluded that close to 27% of working people could be allergic to their workplace.

    Flotex has a unique construction that captures allergens and fine dust from the air and is easy to clean. It is even a better textile solution for allergens than hypoallergenic carpet floors. Vacuuming a Flotex flooring removes double the allergens compared to conventional carpet floors. This is one of the reasons why Forbo's Flotex flocked flooring is the only textile floor covering to be awarded the prestigious Allergy UK Seal of Approval™.

    Allergy approved flooring

    Images & video

    Flotex Tibor images and videos

    In our image gallery you can find multiple images to give you an impression of the different Flotex by Tibor flooring designs. Furthermore, you can find a video about the collaboration between Forbo Flooring and Tibor Reich, an explanation about Flotex flocked flooring and a few videos to help you install and maintain a Flotex floor.

    Floorcare

    Flotex floorcare

    The unique construction of Flotex allows to release soling like no other textile flooring. The smooth straight fibres of Flotex do not trap particles of soil, allowing them to be removed without difficulty during cleaning. Here you can find instructions to clean and maintain Flotex flocked floorings.

    Download here the Flotex cleaning & maintenance instructions

    Specifications

    Technical Specifications

    Brochure

    Tibor brochure cover