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During the first semester of my third year at the Willem de Kooning Academy, my classmates and I explored and experimented with Forbo’s Flexible Furniture Linoleum. The goal of this assignment was to discover new and exciting ways to use this material beyond the use for flooring and furniture.

By treating the material as a fabric like leather, a lot of possibilities as wel as obstacles occur. Simple applications such as sewing with a sewing machine become difficult as a result of the fragility of the material.

The goal for my experimentation with the material was to test the limits of the flexibility by transforming the static material into a three-dimensional pattern. Sections of the material are attached by hand-sewing them together with a bright colored rope. To strengthen the holes through which is sewed, a second layer of linoleum is attached to the material to serve as a backing. The pointy ends of this backing ensure the durability of the experiment as there are no harsh lines that could cause the material to break.

For more insight into the Dutch Design Week exhibition, head to @wdka.linolab

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Following up on the material experimentation with the Flexible Furniture Linoleum, I created a final product. Inspired by the transformation of the two-dimensional material into a three-dimensional object, I wanted to create a product that focuses on that exact transformation process. With my fascination for interaction and interior objects, I designed a room divider that invites the user to experience the transformation of the two-dimensional material into a three-dimensional object by pulling at the end of the room divider. The colorful ropes used in the early material sample are implemented in this design as well. The linoleum is suppiorted by a soft felt material for visual contrast and support.

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