The student challenge
Twenty-one students of IMIAD, the interior design masters programme at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences in Germany, explored the functional properties and potential of Marmoleum, furniture linoleum and pinboard linoleum through practical experiments and a methodical approach.
The design task was to develop new functional areas of application and design a small piece of furniture or product of choice with Forbo Flooring linoleum. The material aesthetics were to be optimised, combined, and complemented with newly designed elements and an additional ecologically sensible material.
The final prototypes were documented by the students in a photo workshop with photographer Philip Kottlorz and presented in January 2023. Supervision of the semester project was provided by Prof. Karsten Weigel, Dipl.-Des. Alexander Klein (LBA), and Dipl.-Des. Melissa Acker (AM).
The topic of sustainability is gaining more and more practical relevance in spatial design disciplines. Not only industry and politics, but also creative professionals and future planners can make a significant and relevant contribution to a more environmentally compatible built world.
Due to technological advancements, plastics have frequently taken the place of historically reliable materials made from natural raw materials, such as clay and linoleum. For some years now, many of these have been experiencing a veritable renaissance. Linoleum, for example, is more than "just a floor covering" and offers a wide range of design and functional features thanks to its flexible and tactile properties.
The IMIAD student collaboration proved to be very successful, with lots of interesting spin-offs. In March 2023, IMIAD projects were exhibited at the Blickfang Design Fair in Stuttgart. Two months later, a selection of six beautifully crafted IMIAD prototypes could be admired in the Forbo Flooring booth during Interzum, the leading global event for the furniture and interior construction industries.
During this same period, Sophie's project Alba was shortlisted for the One and Twenty Award 2023.
Furthermore, a publication with two double pages on the project has been planned in AIT, an internationally distributed magazine for architecture and interior design.