In Love With Lino

— 04 March 2020

New for 2020, beautiful, finely textured, linoleum table tops are now available on several of our ranges. Lino has a satin matt finish and is a natural, warm and tactile material that is inherently pleasant to work with, and to work on, as well as having considerable environmental and health benefits.

The lino we have chosen, from flooring manufacturer Forbo, is made in the UK using 100% renewable electricity and is carbon positive, with a carbon footprint of -0.25 kg CO2e per m2. Produced from linseed oil, extracted from the beautiful flax plant (linum usitatissimum) once widely grown for the UK’s linen industry, lino contains 97% natural raw materials, of which 72% are rapidly renewable (can be re-harvested within ten years) and is naturally compostable.

Due to Forbo’s excellent ‘Back to The Floor’ initiative, on site off-cuts and scrap produced during manufacture mean that our lino tops have a post-industrial recycled content of 27.5%.

Lino is durable, easy to clean, hygienic and naturally anti-static helping to prevent dust and dirt settling and sticking to its surface. A lino table top has a little ‘give’ to it, creating a natural, comfortable, welcoming surface that is a pleasure to touch, with one other important attribute; it won’t show fingerprints.

Lino surfaces can contribute to the acoustics and natural light sources of a space, the colours we offer have LRVs of between 6 and 35. Available in six colourways, choose from a palette of mellow colours; pebble, conifer, olive, burgundy, charcoal and smokey blue.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly when considering workspace interiors, lino is a naturally low-emitting material and thus can help towards maintaining good indoor air quality. Despite its flexibility, it is phthalate free and completely non-toxic, supporting a healthy indoor environment. Our lino table tops can help contribute to credits under environmental assessment methods such as WELL, BREEAM, LEED and SKA Rating.

Lino has a very distinctive feel and aesthetic that embodies the very best use of natural materials and emanates superior quality. Lino table tops are available as a premium option on selected ranges within our collection.