“I like to go where the inventions are and research is my way of designing.” With careful investigation and documentation, themes of local production and underexplored resources characterise the work of Dutch designer Chistien Meindertsma.
Christien Meindertsma was also famous with her talk in TED in 2011, talking about her research and investigation on a pig’s parts with number 05049’s journey to diatributors and suppliers in How the pig parts make the world turn and in her book called PIG 05049, with ISBN: 978-90-812413-1-1.
And lately she has been working with floor maker Forbo on processes that give new creative purpose to unwanted old product in Renoleum. The 2019 research project, is looking into the possibility of re-using old linoleum floors, commisioned by Forbo Flooring and also credits to Mathijs Labadie, Blauw Crushing, Forbo Proeffabriek, Jaromir van Vliet, Dalton College Alkmaar.
Christien Meindertsma worked on her project in Forbo Flooring’s pilot plant. Before that, Meindertsma had taken off old linoleum from a school in Alkmaar, cleaned and processed them into a semi-finished product. She then enriched the material in Forbo’s linoleum pilot plant (see below) and processed them into a fully-fledged new and 100% sustainable raw material.
With this raw material, Meindertsma has been making a stool, colorful building blocks for children, tiles and a sample book from recycled material. She also shows what happens to color when you make linoleum circular.
Meindertsma’s work varieties have been recognised globally, including Flax Project, and Fibre Market.
Linoleum is a floor covering made from materials such as solidified linseed oil (linoxyn), pine resin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate, most commonly on a burlap or canvas backing.
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