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Forbo's Step: Making Spaces into Safer Places- February 2018

Forbo's Step: Making Spaces into Safer Places

Forbo Flooring Systems has improved its genuine Health and Safety Executive (HSE) compliant safety collection, STEP, offering new on-trend colours and designs to give more freedom in creating beautiful interiors, without having to compromise on slip resistance. But that’s not all; clients can now have any design they wish digitally printed onto the surface of STEP safety flooring.

The new STEP collection, which consists of 11 individual ranges and covers all relevant slip ratings, offers true design freedom, while providing peace of mind to specifiers and end users that it is genuine safety flooring, having been tested to EN13845, which guarantees lifetime slip resistance performance.

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Marmoleum, the most sustainable floor covering, goes modular- February 2018

Marmoleum, the most sustainable floor covering, goes modular

Forbo Flooring Systems has revitalised its modular offering of the market’s most sustainable floor covering Marmoleum, introducing new colours, structures and embossed designs to help specifiers create simple, yet contemporary flooring schemes.

Manufactured from 88% natural raw materials, 76% of which are rapidly renewable and with a 58% recycled content, Marmoleum Modular is the ideal collection for projects where sustainable design is at the top of the agenda. The natural raw materials, such as linseed oil and flaxseed, which are harvested from annual crops, has resulted in Marmoleum having a naturally low carbon footprint, as well as being phthalate free – contributing to a healthier indoor environment.

The refreshed collection is now available in three tile and plank sizes (100x25cm, 50x50cm and 50x25cm) in over 50 colourways, across the following ranges: Lines, Shade, Colour, Marble and the two new embossed ranges Textura and Slate, which bring a deeper dimension to the offering.

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Sphera Evolution: Taking Homogeneous Vinyl into a New Dimension- October 2017

New Sphera Evolution

The third brand new homogeneous vinyl range to be launched by Forbo Flooring Systems, Sphera Evolution offers a unique and vibrant high-end design with alluring and complex visual effects, providing specifiers with the chance to create differentiated and eye-catching flooring designs.

Evolution’s striking visual aesthetics are a result of the intricate mix of spheres, granules and colour pigments included within the manufacturing process. The luxury palette is a compendium of 24 colours, all of which contain a mixture of innovative gold, silver, glitter or transparent chips to add depth, expression and draw curiosity.

The range is split into three visual themes which have been created to work alongside each other as well as in their own right: Plain, which is a collection of striking, solid colours with silver or gold highlights; Shaded, which consists of a darker colour palette with contrasting metallic glitter effects, and Pearl, a range of lighter tones featuring transparent chips and a pearlescent effect.

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Flotex Plank collection scoops German Design Award- September 2017

Flotex Plank collection scoops German Design Award

Forbo Flooring Systems is delighted to announce that its Flotex Planks collection has been awarded the 2017 Iconic Award from The German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung), thanks to its modern design and construction.

The Flotex Planks collection was awarded high scores in all categories of the annual awards, which cover innovative building projects and architectural concepts, as well as building products and interior finishes.

Janet Lowe, Head of Marketing UK & Ireland at Forbo Flooring Systems said: “We’re thrilled to have won this prestigious German award, especially after launching the collection less than a year ago. Combining the comfort of carpet, the durability of a resilient floor covering and the design versatility of a plank format, the collection lends itself perfectly to contemporary workspaces, as well as high traffic areas such as hotels and transport hubs.”

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Forbo Direct: Five-day flooring delivery or your money back- September 2017

Forbo Direct

Designed to ensure confidence in stock availability, Forbo Flooring Systems has re-launched Forbo Direct, its delivery promise that allows contractors to order up to 500m2 of a selected range of colours from its Tessera Layout and Outline carpet tile range, with guaranteed delivery within five working days or your money back.

Running from 1st September to 31st December 2017, the service will mean contractors no longer need to spend time checking stock and confirming delivery dates. Orders can simply be placed with complete confidence on both counts, which is ideal for last minute projects or where storage opportunities are limited on site

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Forbo Flooring Systems attending the Restaurant & Bar Design show- July 2017

Restaurant & Bar Design Show September 2017

Forbo Flooring Systems is delighted to be attending the Restaurant & Bar Design Show, at ExCel London on the 26th and 27th September. Forbo will be showcasing its integrated flooring solutions for the restaurant and bar industry, with a variety of stylish, design-led yet practical flooring solutions, including their bespoke design and colour services.

Forbo has a long history of supplying flooring to the restaurant and bar industry, most recently at national pub chain Brewers Fayre. The family dining brand commissioned a bespoke Flotex Vision design inspired by The Beano to create a series of vibrant recreation spaces across the country for its younger guests to enjoy. Moreover design-led luxury vinyl tiles and safety flooring contributed to the Japanese aesthetic at Leicester’s newly refurbished restaurant YO! Sushi, whilst providing the slip resistance required for a busy restaurant.

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Hat-trick of design awards for new Marmoleum Solid collection- July 2017

Marmoleum Cocoa Awards Release

Forbo Flooring Systems’ new Marmoleum Cocoa and Slate ranges, both from the Marmoleum Solid collection, have scooped three awards from two world-renowned design leaders; Marmoleum Cocoa won an iF DESIGN AWARD and, along with Marmoleum Slate, each product was presented with a Red Dot Design Award 2017.

Marmoleum Cocoa won over the 58-member jury at the German-based iF International Forum Design, which was made up of independent experts from all over the world, to win this year’s Product category at the iF DESIGN AWARDS. One of the most prestigious design competitions in the world, the iF logo has become recognised as a seal of excellence; a testimony of quality.

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Relaxed and Familiar workspaces with Forbo's new Tessera In-touch- June 2017

New Tessera In-touch

By taking inspiration from natural craft textiles and artistic hand weaves, Forbo Flooring Systems has launched a new softly striated carpet tile collection; Tessera In-touch. Designed to help de-formalise office interiors, the new range allows designers to create a more relaxed and calming working environment.

With an increased focus on flexibility and space efficiency, many organisations are now embracing informal workspaces to encourage collaboration and Forbo’s new Tessera In-touch carpet tile planks (100cm x 25cm) have been developed with this in mind. The collection is designed to gently reflect the shift from work-life to life-work balance by promoting a harmony between the two.

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Forbo's Coral Click: The first steps in protecting your building- June 2017

New Coral Click

In response to the growing demand for a hybrid entrance flooring system, Forbo Flooring Systems has launched Coral Click; a new versatile modular matting system comprising durable PVC tiles with contemporary Coral Brush textile inserts.

The new cost effective, ‘off the shelf’ modular entrance flooring system can withstand heavy traffic and effectively remove dirt and moisture from the soles of shoes and wheel treads, all the while delivering an attractive design.

Available in 12mm and 17mm depths, the 24 x 24cm Coral Click tiles are exceptionally easy to install and handle thanks to the innovative press and lock construction. And with a choice of five award-winning Coral Brush inserts, design doesn’t need to be compromised.

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Tessera Seagrass: Tranquil. Textured. Planks- April 2017

New Tessera Seagrass Planks Collection

Echoing the latest trend of biophilic design, Forbo Flooring Systems has expanded its delectably softly striated Tessera Seagrass carpet tile collection to incorporate a new range of naturally inspired colourways. The result is a beautiful plank collection, exuding a very natural organic aesthetic that offers comfort and tranquillity.

The relaxed linear design, with its understated linear effect, presents 12 colourways, each infused with a neutral, warm palette that delivers a natural, organic harmony to a wide range of environments. Sitting alongside the more solid favourites of black, oyster, white and indigo, are entirely new shades such as pewter, dandelion, meadow, and teal, giving a very real and earthy interpretation for interiors.

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Feel. Touch. Love. Forbo's Furniture Linoleum- April 2017

New Furniture Linoleum Collection

Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its Furniture Linoleum Desktop surfacing collection with a new contemporary colour palette. The rejuvenated range now offers specifiers and craftsmen a modern, natural surfacing material that delivers a beautiful high-end finish to a variety of furniture designs – unlike any other surface material available.

Renowned for its elegance, durability and finesse, Furniture Linoleum’s satin matt surface acquires a beautiful patina over time, and combined with its warm and tactile texture ensures that every object it is applied to, whether a desk, chair, door or cabinet, will have a truly distinctive and individual look and feel.

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Marmoleum Solid: Pure Design. Pure Material. Pure Emotion.- April 2017

New Marmoleum Solid

Marmoleum Solid is the contemporary new linoleum collection by Forbo Flooring Systems. Authentic in nature, its five individual ranges provide the foundation for creating pure, distinctive and modern spaces. Building on its exemplary natural ethos, Marmoleum remains the most sustainable resilient flooring product available and its new Cocoa range supports this profile further by introducing a new upcycled natural raw material.

Created from 97% natural, raw materials including linseed oil and wood flour, 72% of which are rapidly renewable, and with a 43% recycled content, Marmoleum already achieves a natural high performance. The introduction of the Marmoleum Cocoa range goes one step further by adding a seventh natural ingredient, upcycled cocoa shells from a Dutch chocolate producer.

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Forbo Celebrates Mid-Century Design with new Tibor Collaboration- April 2017

New Tibor Flotex Collection

Flotex by Tibor Reich is the latest creative collaboration by Forbo and the company founded by this icon of mid century design, to produce visionary printed textile flooring. Famous for revolutionising surface pattern design, and particularly in developing many cutting edge design techniques still relevant today, it is only fitting to celebrate this icon with the new Tibor collection.

Texture was the defining feature of Tibor’s textiles, which was showcased through his ground breaking 1957 “Fotexur” designs. Some of the timeless yet arresting patterns have been reproduced using the outstanding digital printing possibilities offered by Flotex flocked flooring, to provide specifiers with a premium floor covering for high-end, design led projects.

The collection consists of eight designs: Ziggurat, Mosaic, Quartz, Tessello, Onyx, Tweedy, Arbor and Atomic – all of which were inspired by photographs of various natural objects and textures, such as straw, rocks and pebbles, cracked mud and the bark of a tree. Indeed, Tibor’s uniquely innovative design style enabled him to capture the beauty in everyday items.


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Sphera Energetic - Adding Colour to the Curriculum- January 2017

New Sphera Energetic

Hot off the heels of its very first homogeneous vinyl collection, Forbo
Flooring Systems has launched its second range: Sphera Energetic. Reflecting the latest education trend colours, with low emissions and high LRVs, the new phthalate free collection will help contribute to a stimulating, yet healthy indoor environment for any educational establishment.

Forbo’s Sphera Energetic is a bold and exciting new range that challenges traditional flooring design in the education sector. End users are presented with a fresh and playful colour proposition consisting of 52 shades: 41 ‘flecked’ colours alongside 11 complementary “vivid” hues, which feature corresponding highlight chips to create an integrated flooring solution. The colour options are ideal for zoning and way-finding through corridors, as the palette has been designed with intrinsic tint combinations to create stand out and inspiring flooring schemes.

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Shape and Form with Forbo's New Allura Collection

The New Allura Collection

In response to the growing trend for combining shapes, sizes and colours to create contemporary juxtapositions, Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its popular Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) collection, Allura. Playing with scale, direction and combinations across the range, the result is the introduction of new shapes and sizes to the market, alongside digital print options.

As Form plays an ever growing part in influencing how interior designs take shape, Forbo’s Allura collection now includes new large scale 180 x 32cm giant oak planks, 1m x 1m tiles, as well as small 50 x 15cm planks. The new XXL plank sizes are designed to help create the illusion of larger and lighter areas in buildings where space is limited, creating more spacious and social interiors and emulating the Scandinavian design trend for a neutral feel and finish. While the smaller planks are often used in smaller areas creatively or used sporadically in the body of more traditional floor design to spark interest.

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LVT Made Easy with the new Multi-Format Collection- January 2017

New Allura Multi-Format Collection

An attractive re-fresh of Forbo Flooring Systems’ Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) range Allura, has seen the introduction of Allura Multi-Format – a nifty collection offering an appealing selection of colours, designs and sizes all available in Stick, Tack or new Click formats.

Allura Multi-Format has been specifically developed to help contractors ease the selection process, with a micro collection of 34 designs that can be installed any of three ways. Clients will now be able to choose from a range of inspiring designs and concentrate on the finish they want to achieve, leaving the contractor to choose the installation option that will best suit the project’s requirements.

Stick, Tack and Click options provide flooring contractors with complete control based on their client’s budget, subfloor condition or access time. From providing a permanent bond with ‘stick’, allowing for quick installation and post use removal with ‘tack’ or overcoming slight subfloor imperfections and offering enhanced acoustic performance with ‘click’ – the choice is made easy by this flexible range.

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Forbo's new Flotex Planks: A choice not a compromise- December 2016

Flotex Planks

As modular formats continue to increase in popularity, Forbo Flooring Systems has developed a new Flotex Plank collection, allowing users to create stunning, contemporary floor designs for areas where safety, hygiene and well-being are priorities.

Combining the comfort of carpet, the durability of a resilient floor covering and the design versatility of a plank format, the new design collection lends itself perfectly to contemporary workspaces, as well as high traffic areas such as hotels and transport hubs.

Offering six new designs: Triad, Box-cross, Lava, Seagrass, Concrete and Wood, in plank sizes of 100x25cm, the collection provides endless design possibilities, from colourful and complex layouts to minimal, sophisticated aesthetics, which use shape and pile direction to create a stimulating floor pattern.

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Forbo Sphera: A new era in Homogeneous vinyl - November 2016

Sphera Homogeneous Vinyl

Sphera, from Forbo Flooring Systems, has been born out of a brand new, state-of-the-art production facility, utilising all the latest insights and technology to set a new standard in homogeneous vinyl flooring. With a unique in-house chip making process and the use of innovative new colour pigment spheres, Sphera Element offers the freshest, cleanest colour palette available on the market, with a harmonious range of contemporary tones.

Heralding a step change in how homogeneous vinyl is manufactured, Forbo’s new internal extrusion process enables the creation of multiple chip sizes and shapes depending on the design effect desired. What’s more, the new production techniques and processes means that Sphera achieves best in class dimensional stability, which helps to ensure the long term appearance and performance of the floor covering.

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Forbo's Improved Coral Entrance System: Protecting Buildings One Step at a Time With Style - October 2016

Forbo's Improved Coral Entrance System

Forbo Flooring Systems' Coral collection has been improved and refreshed to offer even more design freedom, while providing safety for visitors, protection for floors and style for interiors. A must for any building where people trample in dirt, moisture and pollutants underfoot, the Coral collection has also been developed with the overall visual in mind, to make a design statement in its own right.

Independent testing by Cleaning Research International has shown that by installing Forbo's Coral collection, up to 95% of walked in dirt and moisture can be removed from the soles of shoes in just six steps, which can reduce cleaning time by up to 65%. These savings mean that the product and fitting costs can be recouped within just six months of use.

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Tessera Inline adds texture to Forbo's portfolio of co-ordinated plains and stripes

Tessera Inline

Forbo Flooring Systems is introducing a tactile option to the Tessera loop pile family of carpet tiles following a refresh of its Tessera Inline collection. The range is designed to complement the colours in Tessera Layout enabling naturally flowing design schemes. Tessera Inline’s chunky texture and broken linearity aesthetic can equally be used to create an individual look all of its own.

Designed to maintain its appearance, even in the most demanding heavily trafficked areas, Tessera Inline can be installed in any part of a building that requires a contemporary yet durable floor covering solution.

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Health of one and all - June 2016

Committed to the health of one

Forbo Flooring Systems Environment Specialist, Mark Bauer, has become a member of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Task Group, which will focus on enhancing the health and well-being of people in the residential sector by compiling a ‘Better Homes for People’ report.

Findings from the UKGBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices (2014) report stated that buildings have a material impact on the health, well-being and productivity of occupants. As such the council’s mission is to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.


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Three designs, three shapes, three textures; one holistic workplace - June 2016


Forbo Flooring Systems’ Synergy collection brings together for the first time a selection of carpet tiles and Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) that have been specifically designed to work alongside each other. Synergy enables designers to create on-trend office interiors with stimulating floor designs, all while meeting the various demands of activity-based work settings.

Available in a variety of modular formats, colours and textures, the Synergy collection provides users with complete design freedom and almost endless combination possibilities.


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Synergy Press Release

Synergy Collection

Synergy collection

Define spaces with Forbo's new award winning Marmoleum Linear collection - May 2016

Marmoleum Linear

Forbo Flooring Systems’ new Marmoleum Linear sheet collection will allow end users and specifiers to define spaces through intriguing floor designs, by playing with texture, colour and installation directions.

Recently presented with the iF Design Award*, the collection has been designed to reflect the latest trends across the office, retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. Divided into three ranges; Striato Original, Textura and Colour, this collection is Marmoleum, but not as you know it.

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Marmoleum Linear collection

Marmoleum Linear collection

Acoustic. Design. Confidence. - May 2016


Forbo Flooring Systems’ has revamped its Sarlon Acoustic Vinyl range to include over 100 designs and up to 19dB impact sound reduction to help users create a contemporary, yet comfortable environment for all.

Reducing noise pollution is essential to promoting the well-being and comfort of people working or learning in a building. As such, Forbo’s Sarlon Acoustic Vinyl collection is now available in two levels of impact sound reduction: 15dB and 19dB and can be specified in an array of colours and designs – meeting the performance and aesthetic requirements of a variety of sectors.

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Sarlon Acoustic Vinyl Collection

Sarlon Acoustic Vinyl Collection

Allura Flex 0.55 – As convenient as it is stylish - March 2016

Allura Flex 0.55

Perfectly capturing the beauty of the natural world, Forbo Flooring Systems’ new loose lay Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) collection, Allura Flex 0.55, consists of contemporary and in demand, reclaimed wood designs and natural stone aesthetics - taking the trend for nature inspired interiors to a new level.

Reflecting the grains, patterns and tones found within wood and stone elements, the new LVT range comprises of authentic, realistic designs that will connect end users to the natural world inside. The loose lay format also means that the collection has a cost effective installation, as it is quick and easy to fit.

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Allura Flex 0.55 Press Release

Allura Flex 0.55 collection

Allura Flex 0.55

Forbo's answer to modern workspace designs - March 2016

Tessera Layout and Outline

Forbo Flooring Systems has launched a new low-level loop Tessera carpet tile collection, consisting of two ranges: Layout and Outline. With the light to dark colour palette of Layout and the clean lines of Outline, specifiers can combine the ranges seamlessly to create striking transitional designs, or use them separately to highlight a variety of workspaces.

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Tessera Layout and Outline Press Release

Tessera Layout and Outline Press Release

Tessera Layout and Outline Collection

Tessera Layout and Outline

HemingwayDesign x Forbo: The Collaboration - October 2015

HemingwayDesign x Forbo

With a long history of breathing new life into existing concepts, cutting through the ordinary and expected with powerful, visionary design, it was only a matter of time before HemingwayDesign became interested in reinvigorating a selection of flooring materials that have a history of their own and yet could easily take on a new identity. This collaboration, HemingwayDesign x Forbo, is a forward thinking reinvention of Forbo Flooring Systems’ products into various distinctive, graphic compendiums of fun designs, inspirational for all sectors.

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Forbo's functional, yet stylish pinboard - October 2015

Bulletin Board

Designed first and foremost as a functional solution to share information, Forbo Flooring Systems’ Bulletin Board collection is an indispensible choice for specifiers and end users that want to create a practical, yet stylish notice board, functional wall or furniture surface finish that can enhance the interior design of a room.

The flexibility, resilience and durability of Bulletin Board makes it the ideal material for surface areas in educational buildings, offices and even healthcare establishments, where ideas and information are exchanged. Manufactured from 91% natural raw materials and with a 43% recycled content, Bulletin Board retains its grip and does not crumble like traditional soft boards, as the pinholes close after extraction, ensuring a long and useful lifecycle.

Bulletin Board

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Colour, service and performance from Forbo's Tessera Teviot carpet tiles - July 2015

Tessera Teviot

One of Forbo Flooring System’s most popular carpet tile collections, Tessera Teviot has received a stylish colour refresh with new classic, contemporary and high impact shades now included. Designed to enhance the creative versatility of this practical yet high performance flooring option, Tessera Teviot’s diverse new colour palette will make it the go-to collection for commercial, educational and public sector applications.

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There's a royal win for this year's Fly Forbo competition - May 2015

Fly Forbo Winner 2015

Forbo Flooring Systems is pleased to announce that Hazel Pearson from Michael Laird Architects (MLA) will be jetting off to Chicago this June following the company’s win at this year’s Fly Forbo competition - due to its impactful design at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) premises in Edinburgh.

For the winning project, MLA created an efficient layout that clearly defined key areas within the RICS building. MLA achieved this by specifying Forbo’s Allura Wood vinyl tile and Tessera Mix carpet tiles in a very neutral colour palette, which acted as a backdrop for the striking accents of rich purple from Forbo’s Marmoleum range that helped to zone off the key areas.

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