Forbo’s new Marmoleum Marbled collection inspired by Mother Nature

Inspired by the 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.

Consisting of five organic structures, two of which have been newly developed, the collection represents a walk through nature: Fresco has a soft marbled structure, which is available in subtly blended tone-on-tone shades that are said to form a delicate aesthetic, such as a lavender lilac, to lemon zest and ruby; ‘real’ is Forbo’s classic blend that comprises warm neutrals and calm greys; while Vivace is said to be the liveliest blend, manufactured from six to eight colours. The differentiated elements combine to create a chameleon-like product, that adapts to a multitude of interiors.

New design blends include ‘terra’, a small-scaled marbled structure inspired by igneous rocks, which is available in a mix of natural shades; and ‘splash’, which from a distance appears light grey with a slight nuance in tone, yet up close it is an overall light grey with the flecks of colours peeking though. This playful design is ideal for use on its own but can also act as a connecting floor covering between more classic marbled and solid Marmoleum collections.

Tamar Gaylord, senior designer – linoleum at Forbo Flooring Systems, commented: “The new Marbled collection has been designed to help create inspirational interiors to re-connect end users with nature, naturally – no matter what environment it is installed within, whether it be in a hospital, a retail location, school or an office.

“When we design a new collection, we experiment with our blends to see what beautiful new designs and colours we can create and as this collection is inspired by Mother Nature’s colour palette, it takes the humble marbled decorative effect and elevates it to new heights. By blending a multitude of different colours, we have managed to create a collection that has the same emotive beauty as natural landscapes.”

Marmoleum is manufactured from 94 – 98% natural raw materials (including linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, jute and limestone), which is said to make it one of the most sustainable floor coverings available on the market. The 2.5mm version of Marmoleum is now reportedly also independently Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) confirmed as a carbon neutral floor covering in the manufacturing phase of its lifecycle, and all without the need for carbon offsetting.

In simple terms, the CO2 produced in the extraction, transportation and manufacturing process of 2.5mm Marmoleum is balanced by the removal of CO2 through the growing of its natural ingredients such as flax, jute and rosin.

What’s more the collection is finished with Forbo’s Topshield2, a water-based polymer that is UV-cured finished to deliver a durable and easy to clean floor covering – which ultimately helps to reduce maintenance costs, according to the company.

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