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Defining Comfortable Spaces with Forbo's New Marmoleum Linear Collection - October 2021

Defining Comfortable Spaces with Forbo's New Marmoleum Linear collection

Public buildings are beginning to move away from the traditional, institutionalised look and instead are adopting more ‘human centred’ designs to support the health, well-being and comfort of end users. In response to this, Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its CO2 neutral (from cradle to gate) Marmoleum Linear collection, with a beautiful natural colour palette, ranging from light earthy tones to cool greys.

Featuring a softly striated design, evoking an expression of wood, Forbo’s new Marmoleum Linear collection will help specifiers to bring a touch of nature inside to create warm, welcoming and relaxing spaces. The linear aesthetic will not only emphasise the softness of a space, but it can also subtly connect various areas within a building and gently navigate end users intuitively from one space to another.

Thanks to its natural colour palette, the Marmoleum Linear collection now exudes a contemporary, personal feel. Comprising 16 colourways – of which 11 are completely new – the range lends itself to four colour groups: cool greys, warm greys, earthy tones and warm browns. The cool and warm greys have a clean, fresh and composed aesthetic, while the earthy tones and warm browns possess a deep and intimate characteristic.

Marmoleum Linear in public space

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Tessera Struktur 1: Pure. Balanced. Contemporary. - June 2021

Tessera Struktur 1: Pure. Balanced. Contemporary.

Designed, manufactured and stocked in the UK, Tessera Struktur 1 is the latest addition to Forbo Flooring Systems’ well-established carpet tile portfolio. Featuring a flat weave texture, thanks to its microtuft construction, the pure aesthetic of Tessera Struktur 1 is inspired by the growing trend for Scandinavian design. The collection will help to create a balanced ambiance within many interior spaces.

Brand new to Forbo, the microtuft construction of Tessera Struktur 1 not only provides a subtle and compact aesthetic, but it is also durable. The collection is ideal for any environment that is subjected to heavy traffic, including those in the office, higher education, retail, leisure and hospitality sectors.

The new collection is available in 18 colourways, comprising a host of neutral tones such as greys and beiges, as well as muted shades of green, yellow, orange and red to allow the creation of softer and warmer spaces.

Tessera Struktur 3707 jarn

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Forbo Announces New Dementia-inclusive Design CPD- February 2021

Forbo Announces New Dementia-inclusive Design CPD

Forbo Flooring Systems has developed a new RIBA-certified CPD, which examines the role of flooring in dementia-inclusive buildings.

The number of people diagnosed with dementia in the UK continues to rise, with the Alzheimer’s Society predicting that almost 1.6 million individuals will suffer from the illness by 2040 . What’s more, 61% of people with dementia are also living in the community and not in care homes . As we anticipate this alarming growth, it’s imperative that we learn to construct more inclusive environments for those with dementia, to help make their lives easier. Forbo’s new CPD focuses on this and covers a range of topics including, ‘why it is important to consider dementia when designing a building’, ‘how a person living with dementia perceives the world’, as well as best practice design advice.

Developed with guidance from the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Design Centre (DSDC), the CPD is perfect for anyone who specifies flooring for commercial and public buildings, or for those that have a passion for creating inclusive environments.

Dementia DSDC accredited product

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Introducing Forbo's New Acoustic Collection- February 2021

Introducing Forbo's New Acoustic Collection

With various studies documenting the negative effects unwanted noise can have on peoples’ well-being , Forbo Flooring Systems has developed a new Acoustic Collection. Combining its well-established Sarlon acoustic vinyl range with its award-winning Modul’up adhesive free solutions, the new collection will be the go-to reference point for any project where impact-sound needs to be minimised. What’s more, with 94 contemporary designs to choose from, the aesthetics of an interior no longer need to be compromised when it comes to acoustic performance.

Forbo’s new Acoustic Collection offers a diverse portfolio of products available in adhesive free or traditional fully adhered formats in acoustic, compact and compact acoustic versions. It consists of Forbo’s industry leading acoustic sheet vinyl Sarlon 19 dB and Sarlon 15 dB, and its innovative adhesive free vinyl solutions Modul’up 19 dB and Modul’up Compact.

The four solutions are available in all 94 designs, which have been split into the following design families: Wood, Material, Colour and Graphic, and include new digitally printed items.

Kubik Pastel 9307 Uni Dark Blue 877

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Forbo Refreshes its Tessera Create Space 1 Range - February 2021

Forbo Refreshes its Tessera Create Space 1 Range

Forbo Flooring Systems has relaunched its popular Tessera Create Space 1 collection with a newly updated palette of 18 colour options, including 11 entirely new additions. The range of commercial carpet tiles also boasts excellent environmental credentials such as a leading 75% recycled content by weight , including ECONYL® nylon, which is produced entirely from regenerated post-consumer and post-industrial waste.

The low-level loop pile of the Create Space 1 range is ideal for any commercial interior including high traffic applications. It has an impact sound reduction value of 25 decibels (dB) for minimal noise transmission, Class 33 durability and is supplied with a 10-year guarantee.

Tessera Create Space 1

Flotex Planks: Smart. Innovative. Modular. - January 2021

Flotex Planks: Smart. Innovative. Modular.

Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its Flotex Planks range with a comprehensive collection of sophisticated designs. Inspired by two distinct themes: Surfaces and Textures, the designs allow the creation of stunning flooring schemes, ranging from colourful and complex layouts to minimal, understated elegance.

The new range consists of 96 colourways across 11 designs, all of which have been split across two design families: Surfaces and Textures. Surfaces is inspired by natural materials, and includes designs such as Wood, Concrete and Seagrass, as well as Marble, Ombré and Montage, which are new for 2021. Visually familiar yet texturally different, Marble challenges perceptions and pushes boundaries; Ombré is a strongly textile, subtly textured design shading from dark to light for a calming ambience; and the textural layers create a complex pattern with an elegant and contemporary feel for Montage.

Flotex planks ombré

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It's all Under Control thanks to Forbo - September 2020

It's all Under Control thanks to Forbo

The newly created “Under Control” collection from Forbo Flooring Systems provides specifiers with a diverse array of flooring products to help control static discharge in sensitive areas of a building. The collection features its popular Colorex tile range, refreshed to include two new products, and Sphera SD/EC, a technically advanced homogeneous conductive sheet vinyl range.

Completely new to the market, Sphera SD/EC has been designed to ease installation in critical areas thanks to the special conductive backing, which is applied directly to the sheet material, allowing the charges to flow away horizontally within the flooring. As a result, only the copper earthing strip needs to be adhered with a conductive adhesive, while the rest of the Sphera material can be applied with a regular adhesive, reducing the risk of adhesion failure and saving up to one third on adhesive costs.

 Sphera SD 550034 and SD 550032 in Scanning Room

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Forbo Reaffirms Marmoleum's Carbon Neutrality - September 2020

Forbo Reaffirms Marmoleum's Carbon Neutrality

As part of its Live Forward campaign, Forbo Flooring Systems is underlining its commitment to sustainability and minimising the environmental impact of its products and processes wherever possible. This includes highlighting that its linoleum product, Marmoleum, is CO2 neutral without carbon offset* and is manufactured from 97% natural raw materials - using linseed instead of plastics.

With climate change driving extreme weather events all over the world, including here in the UK, it is now crucial that our impact on the natural world is curtailed. A key part of this is reducing the environmental impact and carbon footprint of buildings, both during construction and throughout their lifecycle. Specifiers must examine the sustainability of building and interior products and select the options with the lowest possible impact on the environment. Manufacturers have an important role to play in developing these solutions and helping the industry to make the right choices.

Marmoleum Live Forward

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There to Help Through the Challenging Times - May 2020

There to Help Through the Challenging Times

Forbo Flooring Systems has launched an array of services, guidelines and a new product to assist specifiers, contractors and facility managers throughout these challenging times.

With the whole world having to adjust their lives to remain safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Forbo understands the concerns and complexities that now exist as a result of this, including social distancing. As such it has recently launched a range of Coral logo entrance flooring mats, which have been designed to encourage social distancing and prevent unnecessary slips. There is a choice of four clear and informative designs to choose from, which are offered at a special price.

Forbo has also published guidelines on how to safely sanitise floor coverings. The guidelines, which were developed by its cleaning and maintenance partner, Wrennalls Group Limited, explains which products should be used to sanitise carpets, textiles, resilient floors and surfaces within domestic and commercial environments without causing damage to the floor coverings themselves.

Coral Logo Covid Mats

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Flotex at it's Natural Best - April 2020

Flotex At Its Natural Best

Seamlessly blending the appeal of a textile floor covering with the practical and hygienic properties of a resilient, Flotex Naturals is the new range from Forbo Flooring Systems. Consisting of 20 realistic wood designs – ten of which are completely new – the range meets the very latest design trends, with the added benefit of impressive acoustic and slip resistance properties.

Due to the continuing strong demand for wood aesthetics, Forbo has developed the new Flotex Naturals range (part of the Flotex Vision collection) as a desirable solution for where both design and performance are key. Thanks to its digital printing technology, Forbo has managed to craft an array of contemporary and highly realistic wood-effects. From traditional timber and weathered oak, to more contemporary shades such as ash grey and black, along with new plank structures, specifiers and contractors are sure to find a colourway that will complement the overall interior design of a building.

Flotex Naturals 010071 summer chevron

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Tessera Earthscape: Seeing Things From Above March 2020

Tessera Earthscape: Seeing Things From Above

As the distance from ground level increases, patterns, textures and colours reveal themselves upon the canvas of the earth. And it is this new perspective of the world, which inspired Forbo Flooring Systems’ design team to develop its new carpet tile collection: Tessera Earthscape. The heavily textured composition, combined with its natural organic design, creates a warm and inviting surface that will complement a range of interior trends; creating inviting, comfortable spaces.

Developed in response to the demand for a richly textured carpet tile, Tessera Earthscape benefits from a premium multi-level loop pile, which provides comfort underfoot and an opulent textured aesthetic.

The new collection is available in 12 contemporary neutral tones, representing the natural shades found upon the canvas of the earth, with each colourway comprising a mix of four complementing shades to create a varying and seemingly infinite surface design.

Forbo Tessera Earthscape carpet tiles in 3255 Desert

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Made with Passion: Forbo's New Allura Collection - February 2020

Made with Passion: Forbo's New Allura Collection

Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its Allura Luxury Vinyl Tile collection, one of the most popular brands in its extensive portfolio. With more than 120 contemporary designs and a new acoustic offering, the revitalised range enables designers to create beautiful floor spaces and better indoor environments, no matter what the project requirements or budgets may be.

Developed by Forbo’s in-house team of passionate creators and produced in Europe by Forbo, the new Allura collection pushes the boundaries of design and manufacture.

Allura 63510 Dark Vintage Gymfloor 63511 Light Vintage Gymfloor

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The Profession Range for the Professional Fitter: Forbo's new Allura Collection - February 2020

The Profession Range for the Professional Fitter: Forbo's new Allura Collection

Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its Allura Luxury Vinyl Tile collection with over 70 brand new designs. The new collection also includes the introduction of over 50 contemporary designs that can be installed as fully adhered, tackified or click connected (adhesive free) products. With Allura, contractors can be confident that whatever design their customer chooses, there’s a format to suit the installation conditions.

The new Allura range avoids customer disappointment, where they choose a design that ultimately cannot be installed due to subfloor conditions; and offers contractors the flexibility of being able to choose the most suitable installation method for the job in hand.

Allura 60284 | Tessera 1502

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Eternal Trust in Design, Performance and Sustainability October 2019

Eternal: Trust in Design, Performance and Sustainability

Having been the ‘go-to’ general purpose sheet vinyl collection for over 17 years, Forbo Flooring Systems’ trusted Eternal collection has recently been updated to include a selection of colourways and designs that reflect the latest trends, including a popular terrazzo and marble aesthetic, as well as an improved digitally printed offer.

Split into three categories: Wood, Material and Colour, the Eternal collection has been refreshed to align its colour palette with other ranges found within Forbo’s large portfolio, allowing specifiers, contractors and end users to create contemporary, integrated flooring schemes for a wide variety of application areas.

Eternal Colour 40062 & Eternal Wood 11912

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Fast Fit: Stress Free, Hassle Free, Adhesive Free - June 2019

Fast Fit with Forbo

Forbo Flooring Systems’ has launched a new product collection, Fast Fit, which encompasses a range of its adhesive free flooring solutions, all developed to reduce downtime by up to four days, based on a 100m2 installation.

The new Fast Fit collection consists of Forbo’s genuinely loose lay solutions, including its entrance flooring system Coral Click, its luxury vinyl tile collections Allura Puzzle, Allura Click and Allura Colour Plus, as well as its vinyl sheet range Modul’up. Each range has been chosen carefully based on its application, to ensure Fast Fit offers an array of products that are fit for purpose, when it comes to refurbishing an interior.

Allura Puzzle

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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 (2019) - 990002, 990010, 990012, 990019

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Tessera Chroma: A Fusion of Colour and Texture - April 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 Chroma 3604, 3618, 3602, 3606, 3623, 3607

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Forbo's Tessera Nexus: Connect. Communicate. Collaborate. - January 2019

Connect. Communicate. Collaborate.

Drawing on the close relationship between office layout and employee interaction, Forbo Flooring Systems has launched a new carpet tile collection that reflects the trend towards connectivity: Tessera Nexus.

With growing interest in the way physical spaces influence workers’ ability to collaborate, office design is increasingly emphasising informal environments that encourage effective communication. Product development has followed suit and the new Tessera Nexus collection has been conceived as a flexible tool to help unite multi-purpose spaces into one interconnected whole.

Tessera Nexus

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Forbo's New Marmoleum Marbled collection inspired by Mother Nature's colour palette- January 2019

Marmoleum Marbled

Inspired by the breath-taking colours and textures found within natural landscapes, Forbo Flooring Systems has re-launched its Marmoleum Marbled collection. With an independent Environmental Product Declaration confirming carbon neutral status in the production phase, Marmoleum (2.5mm) helps to minimise the embodied carbon of a building – with this latest collection designed to help users feel at one with nature.

From lush countrysides filled with vivid flowers and emerald green trees, rocky grey mountain ranges breaking into the blue sky above and miles of golden coastlines, the UK is home to some of the most incredible landscapes, each one featuring a unique blend of colours and textures. As such, Forbo’s new Marmoleum Marbled range is inspired by Mother Nature’s colour palette.

Marmoleum Real 3173

Environmental milestone for Forbo Flooring Systems as Marmoleum is confirmed to be carbon neutral, naturally. - November 2018

Marmoleum 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.*

As each season passes, we are becoming more aware of how global warming is affecting the way we live, such as the flash floods and the extreme heat waves we are experiencing. And although the UK Government has set climate change targets, in order to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint, these seem no longer to be enough to meet the goals outlined in the Paris climate agreement.

*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

Forbo: The Healthcare flooring specialists- August 2018

Forbo: The Healthcare flooring specialists

With a strong commitment to healthy interior environments, Forbo Flooring Systems will be showcasing its portfolio of floor coverings that are ideally suited to healthcare settings at this year’s Healthcare Estates Exhibition.

Located on stand D17, Forbo’s products are designed to be good for people, buildings and the environment, with a wide range of solutions to cater for all healthcare applications. What’s more, as a recently appointed supplier on the ProCure22 framework, specifiers, contractors and estate managers across NHS England can rest assured that Forbo’s flooring solutions are both approved and affordable for the healthcare environment.

Sphera Glan Clywd

Forbo's New Tessera Cloudscape: Expressive. Calming. Reflective. August 2018.

Forbo's New Tessera Cloudscape: Expressive. Calming. Reflective.

With many businesses looking to take health and well-being to the next level, Forbo Flooring Systems has developed a new carpet tile that helps contribute to the creation of a more relaxed and reflective working environment. The soft and atmospheric patterns of Tessera Cloudscape, inspired by constantly changing cloud formations, provide end users with a comfortable workspace, which encourages mindfulness and an opportunity to reconnect with nature.

Tessera Cloudscape’s softly textured look and feel is delivered by the clever use of a multi-height loop design that delivers calming aesthetics and provides comfort underfoot. The collection consists of 16 naturally inspired tonal colourways, which allows the creation of light, fresh and airy spaces where mindfulness, comfort and reconnection are key.

Cloudscape 3401 3402

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