The natural flexibility of the furniture linoleum allows for a subtle light effect on the material. The interaction of the light and the material ask for interaction with the viewer and a closer look. 

What do I see, is it a pattern or a shape? By combining the techniques of laser engravind and vacuum pressing this light play can be enhanced an used for optical illusions. The flexible quality of the linoleum is frozen by embossing effect of the vacuum press, changing it to a fixed shape. 


Flexible furniture linoleum is a Forbo material in development. Forbo is the global leader in the market for linoleum, a natural material made from linseed oil, pine resin, wood flour and limestone, as well as jute and pigments. 

The flexible furniture linoleum offers a thinner and more flexible version compared to the regular linoleum flooring, making it very suitable for applications in the context of furniture and interior. 

A group of designers from the Willem de Kooning Academy was invited to explore and experiment with the Flexible Furniture linoleum, and exhibit the endless possibilities and applications at the Dutch Design Week. The result is an archive of material experiments, showcasing the material’s wide range of possibilities, such as flexibility, texture and movement. 





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