Creative Around The World

Renoleum Floors – Assendelft, The Netherlands

To introduce Renoleum by Christien Meindertsma and Forbo Flooring and team. Image by Christien Meindertsma.

“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.

PIG 05049 by Christien Meindertsma. Image by Christien Meindertsma. PIG 05049 by Christien Meindertsma. Image by Christien Meindertsma.

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.

Renoleum by Christien Meindertsma and Forbo Flooring and team. Inage by Christien Meindertsma. Renoleum by Christien Meindertsma and Forbo Flooring and team. Inage by Christien Meindertsma.

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.

Renoleum process by Christien Meindertsma and Forbo Flooring and team. Image by Christien Meindertsma. Renoleum by Christien Meindertsma and Forbo Flooring and team. Inage by Christien Meindertsma.

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.

Renoleum by Christien Meindertsma and Forbo Flooring and team. Image by Christien Meindertsma. Renoleum by Christien Meindertsma and Forbo Flooring and team. Image by Christien Meindertsma.

 

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. 

 

For more information of Christien Meindertsma and Forbo Flooring:

Website christienmeindertsma.com.

Website www.forbo.com – YouTube Forbo Flooring Systems – Facebook Forbo Flooring Systems – Twitter @forboflooring – LinkedIn Forbo Flooring Systems – Pintereset Instagram @forboflooringsystems.

Source: Can lino live forever? — Hergebruik van Forbo-materiaal op WasteBuild-beurs — Forbo Flooring Linoleum list — Linoleum Wikipedia.