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Modular Movement Adds New Face To Floors

WELL into the 1990s, carpet tile design was in its infancy and the looks were basic and fairly uninteresting. People didn’t really know how to work with it and muddled along for a while until they started looking at the modularity of tile itself as a design tool.
Now designers and contractors love working with tiles because it’s all about forging new territories, and in recent years tile formats have established themselves as an engine of design innovation.
Tiles form an integral part of the modularity movement that continues to grow as a trend in many segments, not just offices, because of the associated benefits including ease of transport, simple installation, less wastage and the flexibility of design.
Modular flooring works perfectly in almost every application, with products mixing easily with other materials, whilst still satisfying the particular performance requirements of each area.
Modularity can be seen working across all aspects of interior design – not just flooring. With clients demanding interior designs that will remain contemporary over years to come, furniture is also being introduced in modular formats in order to sustain quick assembly and easy change.
When it comes to office or retail environments, linoleum was not considered by many due to the sheet format and the difficulty of combining it with other modular products in flooring design.

However, with linoleum having a multitude of performance features that can benefit a variety of sectors, new linoleum modular formats have now been created to address and overcome the barriers to using one of the most sustainable and durable products in an inspirational, time and cost saving way.
These modular tiles can really open up a wealth of flooring design opportunities, offering a playful experiment with colour and structure resulting in wholly individual flooring designs.

The modular theme allows contractors and their clients the possibility to create the floor design of their choice, by combining and connecting various shapes, sizes and colours of tiles to develop a completely new look. Indeed, with the trend for creating floor designs simply from directional installation of tiles, linoleum modular options vary in size to complement.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the colour of tiles there are a few clear trends emerging – and the breadth of choice in linoleum modular tiles will most certainly satisfy.
One popular trend is the installation of bright colours used as accents to complement the range of low-key neutrals – particularly greys – that currently dominate interior designs.
Different forms of teal are also strong right now, as are purples, and orange seems to have definitely secured a spot for itself. What’s more, bright colours can also be used to create visual markers or to highlight zones within spaces, as well as establishing paths and way finding around a building.
By combining linoleum options within the modularity theme, contractors have an additional option to produce durable, sustainable and design–driven flooring designs.
Julie Dempster is marketing manager at Forbo Flooring Systems

This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal. You can find them at