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  • Overview Factories and Circularity | Forbo Flooring Systems

    Circularity

    Forbo recycling in practice

    Factory facts: Forbo recycling in practice

    At Forbo Flooring Systems, we are committed to transforming all our linear processes and products so they support the circular economy. Read more on how recycling at Forbo Flooring Systems is done in practice.

    Read the full article

  • Making of Marmoleum, the movie

    The making of

    Marmoleum the movie

    The making of Marmoleum the movie

    A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of our epic and breath-taking new Marmoleum video, which focuses on the fact that Marmoleum is a true CO₂ neutral resilient floor covering, measured from cradle to gate, without offsetting and without buying carbon credits.

    Read the full article

  • Sarlon | Modul'up 409 black & white doodle

    Ear to the ground

    Part 3: Acoustics for performance

    Ear to the ground - Part 3: Acoustics for performance

    In this 3-part series from Forbo, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments.

    The third in our series, this blog focuses on the acoustics challenges present in the education and commercial sectors.

    Read the full article

  • Allura Decibel in bedroom

    Ear to the ground

    Part 2: Acoustics for comfort

    Ear to the ground - Part 2: Acoustics for comfort

    In this 3-part series from Forbo Flooring Systems, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments.

    The second in our series, this blog focuses on the acoustics challenges present in the healthcare and residential sectors, as well as discussing the optimal acoustic conditions for the leisure & hospitality industry.

    Read the full article

  • Acoustic flooring

    Ear to the ground

    Part 1: Acoustics and why it matters

    Ear to the ground - Part 1: Acoustics and why it matters

    In this 3-part series, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments. This week: acoustics and why it matters.

    Read the full article

  • Marmoleum campaign

    Building a

    Sustainable world

    Building a - Sustainable world

    Around the world, more and more cities, countries and businesses are adopting pledges to become more sustainable. In this blog, we explain our vision, plans and ambitions for creating a more sustainable world and why products like Marmoleum are helping in this endeavour.

    Read the full article

  • Sphera SD 550034 amethyst | SD 550032 soft lilac

    Keeping Static Discharges Under Control

    ESD Flooring in Healthcare

    Keeping Static Discharges Under Control - ESD Flooring in Healthcare

    There are a range of different environments within a hospital that require protection from electro-static discharges (ESD) for the protection of patients, staff and equipment. But do you know how static discharge can be controlled? Garry Bateman, Head of Technical Sales at Forbo explains all here.

    In hospital areas such as operating theatres, intensive care units and imaging diagnostic facilities, the flooring presents its own unique set of challenges. Not only does the choice of floor covering need to comply with strict hygiene standards to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections, but the generation of electrostatic charges can pose a serious risk to sensitive electronic equipment and devices.

    Read the full article

  • Sarlon | Modul'up divers colours

    The story behind

    The Sarlon and Modul’up collection

    The story behind - The Sarlon and Modul’up collection

    The new Sarlon and Modul’up collection offers the most comprehensive and qualitative answer to all your needs with an unprecedented diversity of products. Margareth, Head of Vinyl Design at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains the story behind this collection.

    Read the full article

  • Sarlon | Modul'up, grey and yellow

    Design Trends

    Pantone Color of the year 2021

    Design Trends: Pantone Color of the Year 2021

    “For a designer working at Forbo Flooring Systems, it is always important to think ahead when it comes to the use of colour in new collections,” Thomas Eurlings, Senior Designer Vinyl at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains. When Pantone presented their Color of the Year 2021, we were delighted to see that both colours are already very present in several of our recent collections.”

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  • Allura 62419

    Therapeutic

    Design principles

    Therapeutic - Design principles

    Cultivating a healing environment becomes more and more important. By taking a more holistic and patient-centred approach to design, architecture and interior design can help to create better environments.

    Read the full article

  • Biophilic Design

    Biophilic design

    A healthy dose of nature

    Biophilic design - A healthy dose of nature

    Research into new circular materials, responsible materials sourcing and zero-emissions manufacturing processes: these are just some of the ways in which an increased respect for the environment is evident within the building sector. On an interior design level, this elevated environmental consciousness is expressed in a trend for sustainability. With this has come a blurring of the boundary between outside and inside. Most notably, through the trend for biophilic design.

    Read the full article

  • Claire Vos Bulletin board

    The 0.36m2

    of pinboard linoleum

    The 0.36m2 - of pinboard linoleum

    During the recent lockdown, Thomas Eurlings (Senior Designer Vinyl) and Marijke Griffioen (Senior Designer Linoleum) came up with an exciting plan: for their 0.36m2 project they offered a selected group of creatives a pinboard with Bulletin Board of 60x60 cm and invited them to use it in any way they wanted. Here they explain the story behind this idea.

    Read the full article

Product

Product stories

  • Sarlon | Modul'up 409 black & white doodle

    Ear to the ground

    Part 3: Acoustics for performance

    Ear to the ground - Part 3: Acoustics for performance

    In this 3-part series from Forbo, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments.

    The third in our series, this blog focuses on the acoustics challenges present in the education and commercial sectors.

    Read the full article

  • Allura Decibel in bedroom

    Ear to the ground

    Part 2: Acoustics for comfort

    Ear to the ground - Part 2: Acoustics for comfort

    In this 3-part series from Forbo Flooring Systems, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments.

    The second in our series, this blog focuses on the acoustics challenges present in the healthcare and residential sectors, as well as discussing the optimal acoustic conditions for the leisure & hospitality industry.

    Read the full article

  • Acoustic flooring

    Ear to the ground

    Part 1: Acoustics and why it matters

    Ear to the ground - Part 1: Acoustics and why it matters

    In this 3-part series, we will be exploring the influence and effect of sound in buildings, and how acoustics can be controlled and manipulated for optimal outcomes in specific environments. This week: acoustics and why it matters.

    Read the full article

  • Sarlon | Modul'up divers colours

    The story behind

    The Sarlon and Modul’up collection

    The story behind - The Sarlon and Modul’up collection

    The new Sarlon and Modul’up collection offers the most comprehensive and qualitative answer to all your needs with an unprecedented diversity of products. Margareth, Head of Vinyl Design at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains the story behind this collection.

    Read the full article

  • Designing with linoleum

    Marmoleum

    designing with linoleum

    Marmoleum - Designing with linoleum

    Linoleum is a 160-year-old innovation.
    What makes this material special is its scope for endless new possibilities. One of the challenges our Design studio faces, is identifying these possibilities and translating them into a new visual that is in-keeping with the modern zeitgeist.

    Read the full article

  • Sustainability

    Linoleum

    How sustainability is done

    Linoleum - How sustainability is done

    Linoleum from Forbo is naturally good. It captures more climate-harming CO2 than it releases, if you produce it the right way, like Forbo does. The Netherlands is home to the most modern linoleum plant in the world, a factory that shows how industry and ecology really can be compatible.

    Read the full article

  • no heat involved

    The slim chair

    There may be no heat involved

    The slim chair - There may be no heat involved

    “There may be no heat involved, but it’s hot stuff nonetheless” says designer Elvin den Haan about his and Jan Nijland’s latest Lonc chair: the Slim. Not only is this chair cold-pressed, requiring significantly less energy to make, it is also produced using a by-product from Zaanstreek-based linoleum factory, Forbo.

    Read the full article

  • Furniture Linoleum 4184

    Linoleum

    Rise of Off the Floor Applications

    Linoleum - Rise of Off the Floor Applications

    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

Design

Design stories

  • Falling leaves

    How to prepare

    For Autumn and winter

    3 tips to prevent falls and slips

    Keeping your floors clean is of course important from an esthetic point of view; people feel more at ease in a clean and tidy environment. But there are other reasons to take dirt seriously.

    Without a proper entrance flooring system, leaves, sand, and dirt will find their way indoors and lead to scratches and wear and tear on the rest of the flooring. Intensively used floors – such as those in schools, shops, and office buildings – will consequently need replacing much sooner.

    And as beautiful as the fall foliage is, leaves can become slippery underfoot when it rains, posing all kinds of risks for people entering or leaving the building.

    Read the full article

  • Sarlon | Modul'up, grey and yellow

    Design Trends

    Pantone Color of the year 2021

    Design Trends: Pantone Color of the Year 2021

    “For a designer working at Forbo Flooring Systems, it is always important to think ahead when it comes to the use of colour in new collections,” Thomas Eurlings, Senior Designer Vinyl at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains. When Pantone presented their Color of the Year 2021, we were delighted to see that both colours are already very present in several of our recent collections.”

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE

  • Allura 62419

    Therapeutic

    Design principles

    Therapeutic - Design principles

    Cultivating a healing environment becomes more and more important. By taking a more holistic and patient-centred approach to design, architecture and interior design can help to create better environments.

    Read the full article

  • Biophilic Design

    Biophilic design

    A healthy dose of nature

    Biophilic design - A healthy dose of nature

    Research into new circular materials, responsible materials sourcing and zero-emissions manufacturing processes: these are just some of the ways in which an increased respect for the environment is evident within the building sector. On an interior design level, this elevated environmental consciousness is expressed in a trend for sustainability. With this has come a blurring of the boundary between outside and inside. Most notably, through the trend for biophilic design.

    Read the full article

  • Claire Vos Bulletin board

    The 0.36m2

    of pinboard linoleum

    The 0.36m2 - of pinboard linoleum

    During the recent lockdown, Thomas Eurlings (Senior Designer Vinyl) and Marijke Griffioen (Senior Designer Linoleum) came up with an exciting plan: for their 0.36m2 project they offered a selected group of creatives a pinboard with Bulletin Board of 60x60 cm and invited them to use it in any way they wanted. Here they explain the story behind this idea.

    Read the full article

  • Designing with linoleum

    Marmoleum

    designing with linoleum

    Marmoleum - Designing with linoleum

    Linoleum is a 160-year-old innovation.
    What makes this material special is its scope for endless new possibilities. One of the challenges our Design studio faces, is identifying these possibilities and translating them into a new visual that is in-keeping with the modern zeitgeist.

    Read the full article

  • Faust

    Faust

    Passion for Linoleum

    Faust - Passion for Linoleum

    What inspires us most about linoleum is its incredibly velvety and pleasant feel, the variety of its deep-matt colours, and the fact that it is also a sustainable product made with linseed oil. Material properties such as these are held in high regard, particularly as a table surface in the office area.

    Read the full article

  • Design series

    Design Series

    The Dynamics of A Building

    Design Series - The Dynamics of A Building

    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. Our designer takes a look at how the boundaries between different segments have blurred, and buildings are adopting a variety of identities.

    Read the full article

  • Sensory experience

    Sensory Experiences

    Bespoke Flooring

    Sensory Experiences - Bespoke Flooring

    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

  • no heat involved

    The slim chair

    There may be no heat involved

    The slim chair - There may be no heat involved

    “There may be no heat involved, but it’s hot stuff nonetheless” says designer Elvin den Haan about his and Jan Nijland’s latest Lonc chair: the Slim. Not only is this chair cold-pressed, requiring significantly less energy to make, it is also produced using a by-product from Zaanstreek-based linoleum factory, Forbo.

    Read the full article

  • Finding magic

    Finding Magic

    Blending Materials

    Finding Magic - Blending Materials

    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

  • Tessera Nexus 3501 3507

    Connected Spaces

    Collaborative Working

    Connected Spaces - Collaborative Working

    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

  • Furniture Linoleum 4184

    Linoleum

    Rise of Off the Floor Applications

    Linoleum - Rise of Off the Floor Applications

    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

Sustainability

Sustainability

  • Overview Factories and Circularity | Forbo Flooring Systems

    Circularity

    Forbo recycling in practice

    Read the full article

    Factory Facts: Forbo recycling in practice
    At Forbo Flooring Systems, we are committed to transforming all our linear processes and products so they support the circular economy. Read more on how recycling at Forbo Flooring Systems is done in practice.

    Read the full article

  • Making of Marmoleum, the movie

    The making of

    Marmoleum the movie

    The making of Marmoleum the movie

    A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of our epic and breath-taking new Marmoleum video, which focuses on the fact that Marmoleum is a true CO₂ neutral resilient floor covering, measured from cradle to gate, without offsetting and without buying carbon credits.

    Read the full article

  • Marmoleum campaign

    Building a

    Sustainable world

    Building a - Sustainable world

    Around the world, more and more cities, countries and businesses are adopting pledges to become more sustainable. In this blog, we explain our vision, plans and ambitions for creating a more sustainable world and why products like Marmoleum are helping in this endeavour.

    Read the full article

  • Sustainability

    Linoleum

    How sustainability is done

    Linoleum - How sustainability is done

    Linoleum from Forbo is naturally good. It captures more climate-harming CO2 than it releases, if you produce it the right way, like Forbo does. The Netherlands is home to the most modern linoleum plant in the world, a factory that shows how industry and ecology really can be compatible.

    Read the full article

  • Marmoleum Fresco 3271 & Splash 3430

    CO2 Neutral

    A Conscious Choice

    CO2 Neutral - A Conscious Choice

    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

Segments

Segments

  • Sphera SD 550034 amethyst | SD 550032 soft lilac

    Keeping Static Discharges Under Control

    ESD Flooring in Healthcare

    Keeping Static Discharges Under Control - ESD Flooring in Healthcare

    There are a range of different environments within a hospital that require protection from electro-static discharges (ESD) for the protection of patients, staff and equipment. But do you know how static discharge can be controlled? Garry Bateman, Head of Technical Sales at Forbo explains all here.

    In hospital areas such as operating theatres, intensive care units and imaging diagnostic facilities, the flooring presents its own unique set of challenges. Not only does the choice of floor covering need to comply with strict hygiene standards to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections, but the generation of electrostatic charges can pose a serious risk to sensitive electronic equipment and devices.

    Read the full article

  • Retail

    Retail

    Making An Entrance

    Retail - Making An Entrance

    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

  • Healthcare

    BIM

    The Rise of BIM in Healthcare

    BIM - The Rise of BIM in Healthcare

    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

  • Office

    Office

    Towards a new work landscape

    Office - Towards a new work landscape

    Whereas a number of years back, flexible working meant being able to work at any workstation in the office, the term has now evolved to encompass pop-up work places. After all, you can work any time, any place these days.

    Read the full article

Meet The Maker

Meet The Maker

  • Allura 2020 - Thomas Eurlings

    Meet The Maker

    Thomas Eurlings

    Meet The Maker - Thomas Eurlings

    In the first of our Allura Meet The Maker blog series, we catch up with Thomas Eurlings, Senior Designer Vinyl at Forbo Flooring Systems, to find out more about his involvement in the creation of the new collection, what it means to him, and current design trends within the flooring industry.

    Read the full article

  • Allura 2020 - Arjen Roelofs

    Meet The Maker

    Arjen Roelofs

    Meet The Maker - Arjen Roelofs

    As part of our Allura Meet The Maker blog series, we catch up with Arjen Roelofs, Director of Research and Development and Forbo employee for over 28 years, to find out more about his involvement in the creation of the new collection, what it means to him, and what working in the Forbo R&D department really involves.

    Read the full article

  • Allura 2020 - Roy Schepers

    Meet The Maker

    Roy Schepers

    Meet The Maker - Roy Schepers

    As part of our Allura Meet The Maker blog series, we catch up with Roy Schepers, Product Manager LVT at Forbo Flooring Systems, to find out more about his involvement in the creation of the new collection, what it means to him, and the new products within the collection designed to make installation easier and quicker.

    Read the full article

  • Anna Ray

    Meet The Maker

    Anna Ray

    Meet The Maker - Anna Ray

    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.

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