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Making Spaces into Places

  • Global Recycling Day

    March 2020

    Global Recycling Day blog
  • On Global Recycling Day (18th March 2020), we look at why it is so crucial to recycle and what the flooring industry can do to help reduce unnecessary waste of natural resources. Read the full article

  • MIX Design Seminar

    Is CAT A+ The Future?

    Mix January Cat A Roundtable Group
  • As almost all elements of the commercial workplace are being questioned, and developers are awakening to the need to provide options for tenants who don't want the costs or hassle of creating their own workplace, we teamed up with MIX magazine for a round table discussion on whether Cat A+ is the future? read the full article

  • Keeping It Quiet

    PRS/BTR Sector

    Allura Decibel 8WAU01 Pale Authentic Oak 3SL01 Mortar Slabstone
  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), excessive noise seriously harms human health and interferes with people’s daily activities, whether that is at school, at work, at home or during leisure time. Getting the acoustic comfort right in PRS is therefore paramount, after all, unwanted noise pollution could lead to countless complaints, poor sleep quality and the risk of losing tenants. read the full article

  • Dementia Design

    Do's and Don'ts

    DSDC
  • Carefully considering the interior design of care environments is vital in order to aid residents’ independence and avoid causing distress. To aid in your decision making, this blog looks at our top 5 ‘Do’s and Don’t’s’ when it comes to designing dementia-inclusive interiors…read the full article here

  • Time Inc Forbo Flotex HemingwayXForbo
  • In today’s competitive economic environment, the PRS/BTR sector is looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. In this blog Julie Haake, our Key Account Manager for the PRS & BTR sector takes a look at how the recent advancements in digital printing technologies will enable designers to push the boundaries. read the full article

  • Fly Forbo

    New York with our 2018/19 Winner

    New York
  • Filled with stunning architecture and inspiring art, each year we send our Fly Forbo competition winner on a trip of a lifetime to New York. As the deadline for this year’s competition looms, we caught up with 2018/19 winner, Michelle Hardy, Senior Creative at Honest, to hear about her time in the Big Apple. Read the full article here

  • Pantone

    The Future of Colour

    Pantone Colour Direction
  • In September last year, we organised a series of Pantone Colour Workshops across the UK, with the purpose of giving an insight into the future of colour within workplace design. If you missed it, don’t worry, as in this blog we’re taking a look at the big trends for 2020, as presented by Carola Seybold, Director of Business Development at Pantone.read the full article here

  • 2019

    Round Up

    Marmoleum Splash
  • As 2019 draws to a close, it has been another busy and exciting year for us here at Forbo. With the launch of eight major product collections, we were also named as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) framework, scooped another award for our Modul’up product range, while also getting out on the road to meet you all at exhibitions across the country. Read the full article here

  • Private Rental

    Sustainable Spaces in PRS

    Flax plants used in the production of Marmoleum
  • With the Private Rental Sector increasingly asking for more ‘green’ buildings, Julie Haake, our Key Account Manager for the PRS/BTR sector looks at how manufacturers are striving to do as much as possible to help designers, architects, contractors and property developers to make more responsible choices when it comes to interior building products.Read the full article here

  • Design Series

    The Dynamics of A Building

    Tessera Chroma
  • 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. Here, our Senior Designer, Marijke Griffioen, takes a look at how the boundaries between different segments have blurred, and buildings are adopting a variety of identities. read the full article here

  • Care

    Keeping Floor Coverings Clean

    Forbo Eternal in Care Home dining room
  • Within care home environments, many areas can be prone to spillages as well as being subject to heavy footfall and wheeled traffic, Here, Mark Jackson, Key Account Manager Care Sector at Forbo Flooring Systems, discusses the various flooring options available that will help ease the maintenance of care homes.
    Read the full article here

  • Private Rental

    Improving Occupant Wellbeing

    Flotex flocked flooring in bedroom
  • On average we are spending around 90% of our time indoors, with 65 per cent of this time said to be spent at home. As part of our "Floored It" blog series Julie Haake, Key Account Manager for the Private Rental/Build to Rent Sector, looks at the various environmental factors which can have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of occupants.
    read the full article

  • Linoleum

    Rise of Off the Floor Applications

    Peaks and Plains Furniture Linoleum
  • 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

  • Gaining An Insight

    iGov FM Survey 2019

    iGov Survey 2019
  • We recently partnered with iGov to conduct a survey of central government and non-departmental public bodies, as well as NHS organisations, to see just how important hard FM (which relates to the physical fabric or structure of a building) is to these sectors.
    Read the full article here

  • Meet The Maker

    Anna Ray

    Anna Ray Artist Talk at the Festival of Making 2019
  • 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.
    Read the full article here

  • Retail

    Making An Entrance

    Coral Brush Entrance System
  • 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 here

  • iQ Accommodation

    Fly Forbo Highly Commended 2019

    iQ student accommodation
  • With the Fly Forbo 2019/20 competition now open, we spoke to last year’s recipient of the Highly Commended award, Lisa Green, Director of Maxwell Green Design Ltd, to find out more about the iQ Hammersmith project, where she injected a new lease of life into the student accommodation block with the help of our floor coverings.
    Read the full article

  • Flocked Flooring

    The Proven Cleanability Benefits

    Flotex Colour Planks
  • With a combination of performance attributes that is hard to beat, flocked floor coverings have seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years, thanks to advances in technology. As part of our "Floored It" blog series, we look at the versatile floor covering and demonstrate how it offers an unrivalled cleanability compared to other constructions of flooring. Read the full article

  • BIM

    The Rise of BIM in Healthcare

    BIMObject
  • 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

  • Caudwell ICC

    Autism-Friendly Design

    Caudwell Childrens Hospital Flotex Penang
  • Upon the recent launch of the Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC), we caught up with Trudi Beswick, CEO at Caudwell Children, and James Pass, Director and Architect at C4 Consulting Ltd, who worked together to meticulously design the building, to find out more about designing autism-friendly environments.
    Read the full article

  • Halifax Flagship

    Fly Forbo Winner 2019

    Halifax Flagship
  • As the 2019/2020 Fly Forbo competition opens for entries this month, we catch up with last year's winner Michelle Hardy, Senior Designer at Honest, to find out how creating an integrated flooring scheme for the Halifax flagship project helped her to achieve the goals for the new state-of-the-art branch. Read the full article here

  • Hotel Lobbies

    The New 9-5 Office?

    Allura Stone S62408 grey slate
  • With the rise in technology and flexible working hours having led to the line between work and life becoming increasingly blurred, as part of our Floored It blog series we look at how the need for social, remote working spaces is shaping hotel lobby design. Read the full article

  • Design for the Mind

    CHP Roundtable - May 2019

    CHP UK Roundtable
  • Organised by Care Home Professional, we joined experts from the world of care home design, specification, research and operation to discuss the development of a fit for purpose dementia design framework. Read the full article

  • Sensory Experiences

    Bespoke Flooring - May 2019

    Alura Fusion WP60405
  • 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

  • New Analogue

    A Spacial Concept - April 2019

    Mix Design Collective New Analogue
  • A spacial concept that turns work spaces into family places, Gensler Interior Designer Gurtake Singh explains the concept of New Analogue in workplace design and how they turned a relatively small room into a multi-functional collaborative space as part of the 2018 Mix Design Collective.
    read the full article

  • CO2 Neutral

    A Conscious Choice - March 2019

    Marmoleum Splash
  • 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

  • Finding Magic

    Blending Materials February 2019

    Marmoluem Marbled Mood Board 3
  • 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

  • Connected Spaces

    Collaborative Working January 2019

    Tessera Nexus 3501 milestone 3507 share
  • 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