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.
‘In March, when the lockdown in The Netherlands started, we had a meeting. Talking about working from home, we said it would be interesting to have a sneak peek in the workplaces of creatives. We were curious to see both the workplace itself and their creative processes. A pinboard is always a good starting point, because it shows both inspiration and current projects. In a way, such a board is like a capsule; a word that is also covering the whole mood of this lockdown, because we all lived in our own bubble.
We contacted designers, stylists and photographers we admire, some of them already worked with Forbo in earlier projects. All were happy to join the project. Some of them suggested even more names of potential participants, and that’s how in the end we provided 34 enthusiastic creatives a linoleum pinboard.’
‘No, there was complete freedom, except for the dimensions of the board (which is 60x60 cm hence the name 0.36m2). The Bulletin Board (pinboard linoleum) that we produce at Forbo Flooring is a natural material. The biggest difference with our flooring linoleum is the high percentage of cork. As our factory primarily produces semi-finished materials we asked Smit Visual in Geldrop to apply the pinboard linoleum to a MDF panel, resulting in a beautiful board ready to be use.
We asked the participant to sent us a frontal picture of their finished board, as well as a picture of the board in their (home)workspace. Resulting in a triptych of each participant: the person, the board and the room. The triptychs are posted on social media and we are preparing a small presentation of the 0.36m2 project at Kazerne Eindhoven during the Dutch Design Week.’.
‘In a broader sense, this whole idea started with being connected. By seeing the work process and studio of creatives, you feel attached to their ideas. It is very intimate and inspiring to see the different ways in which creatives think and work.
We invited people from within a wide range of backgrounds, professions and ages. For example: there is a pinboard of the emerging fashion label Nelson/Johnson, young designers that upcycle leftover denim. At the same time, we also show the work of established illustrator Piet Paris. He actually links his board to the rest of the room by pinning ropes, in this way literally connecting the dots between his work and workplace. Photographer Mirella Sahetapy choose a specific colour of linoleum that blends in with her studio: a subtle hint to the dialogue between workspace and work process.’
‘Yes, so many. Designer and stylist Claire Vos shows her current project, including material tests to show the process. Fashion designer Sjaak Hullekes used his pinboard to showcase the collection of paperclips he collected over time, picking them up from the street. His collage is like a visual diary. Phil Proctor is the only one who worked with the material of the board itself, by carving into it. Another fun board to point out is that of Sander Plug, who uses photographs of the board itself to create as called Droste-effect. Or that of Belgian designers Studio Plastique, who state: “the world is bananas”. Their board shows a banana in different stages of decomposition, to show their fascination with material cycles.’
Thomas: ‘I was inspired by a trompe-l’oeil painting by Edwaert Collier: by spanning a rope, I made a raster in which I clamped pictures and materials of the Rietveld Project I worked on for Forbo last year; the raster is based on a diamond shaped pattern that I use more often in my personal work. The pinboard itself is the same colour of my workspace at home.’
Marijke: ‘I made a pinboard that celebrates the heritage of Forbo, with old items and materials from the archive. It is like a small exhibition combining past and present, making the archive tangible for an audience. I think it is important to celebrate the beautiful heritage we have as a company.’
‘The focus on working from home, or closer to home, will probably remain for a while. It means that people need a more comfortable place to work in: even with little space, you can make your work spot an entire world. This resonates with the vision of Forbo Flooring, that is really all about creating aesthetically pleasing, durable and easy maintaining spaces.’
‘At the moment there is not a specific plan as we are still working on presenting the current project. However, we talked about the idea to ask interior stylist to create a setting on a 60x60 table with a furniture linoleum top. Whereas these pinboards are vertical, the sequel of the project will be horizontal.’