Shining lights

Beauty is transient? Not at all! It truly emerges with a patina!

Almost 100 years ago, the great Bauhaus architects of the 1920s also chose single-coloured linoleum floors made using industrial production methods, with the vibrant colours creating the perfect framework for their puristic interiors. Simple elegance with a shine was the magic word.

These days, waxing and polishing is out. Today, the modern linoleum floor is treated with a protective coating in the factory, and this provides the flooring surface with perfect protection against damage. The coating contains the same natural materials as were used in the past, such as linseed oil, cork flour and natural resins.

Lino Art, on the other hand, represents a completely new approach to linoleum design: it is inspired by the timeless diversity of metallic surfaces and gracefully-aged industrial architecture – the combination is absolutely unique, with specks of genuine metal giving the floor covering a shimmering elegance.

  From rough to refined – linoleum meets genuine metal

Lino Art Alumino

The industrial grey with aluminium flakes of Lino Art Alumino reflects the light and adapts to its environment naturally.

Gracefully-aged industry!

Metallic reflections, steel, verdigris and the patina of weathered industrial wastelands acted as inspiration for the new linoleum.

Lino Art Bronce

“Lino Art Bronce” offers an exciting interpretation of brass and bronze. Here, the pigments spread out across the brown base colour like an iridescent veil, lending a vintage feel to the flooring.

How did the idea come about?

“What I found fascinating was the combination of traditional, rather matte linoleum with the glittering flakes that give the material a shimmering elegance thanks to light reflections. In order to encourage the architects to make free associations, we developed a leporello book on the collection as a source of inspiration, with imagery from ‘rough to refined’, showing gracefully-aged industrial design combined with sculptures in weathered steel.” (Heike Rittler - DLW Designer)

The expert jury of the red dot design awards showed its appreciation for the collection with an “honourable mention”. The architectural journal AIT awarded the “Innovation price for architecture and flooring” to Lino Art, while readers of the “Eurodecor” magazine chose the collection as “Best innovation of 2010”. What is more, the exclusive leporello book on the collection received the iF communication design award.

Lino Art Firmament

The larger specks in the deep-black linoleum of Lino Art Firmament give the impression of a clear, starry night sky.

Lino Art Alumino in use – Göttingen children’s nursery

The basic structure such as the walls and ceilings consists of precast concrete parts that have not been plastered or concealed. Fittings such as the doors and furniture are manufactured from oil-impregnated softwood. In this way, the feel of the materials – wood and visible concrete – remains visible and noticeable. In order to reinforce the continuous effect of the interior spaces, the doors are flush-mounted in the concrete and the glass partitions are frameless. In addition, the dark yet light-reflecting Lino Art Firmament floor covering extends right to the walls without any skirting boards.

Building information

Client: University of Göttingen
Architects: Despang Architects, Hanover/Oberhaching/Radebeul/University of Arizona, Tucson/USA Completed: 2010
Location: Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 6, 37077 Göttingen Image
credit: Olaf Baumann, Hanover

Linoleum mit Aluminium und Bronze verleiht dem Boden Glanz und Patina und damit zeitlose Schönheit.