Johannes Heissenberg

In my research I was looking for ways to make the linoleum as a material more flexible. 

During that process I discovered by ’scaring’ the material with a wire-brush drill tool I can create a textured surface on the linoleum resembling wood grain, leather, or thick skin.  

Besides the aesthetic aspect of that material modification, it turns the linoleum sheets more flexible and in case of the material breaking it guides the cracks in a controlled way which makes it almost unnoticeable.  

Furthermore, to emphasize the newly won texture in different ways I am finishing the linoleum with coatings such as acrylic varnishes, silicone, and linseed-oil, which also protect it from getting damaged easily. 

I decided to present the material in the shape of toy blocks which allow the textures to be explored in a playful way.  

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The final result

Process and testers

Johannes Heißenberg

In my research I was looking for ways to make the linoleum as a material more flexible. 

During that process I discovered by ’scaring’ the material with a wire-brush drill tool I can create a textured surface on the linoleum resembling wood grain, leather, or thick skin.  

Besides the aesthetic aspect of that material modification, it turns the linoleum sheets more flexible and in case of the material breaking it guides the cracks in a controlled way which makes it almost unnoticeable.  

Furthermore, to emphasize the newly won texture in different ways I am finishing the linoleum with coatings such as acrylic varnishes, silicone, and linseed-oil, which also protect it from getting damaged easily. 

I decided to present the material in the shape of toy blocks which allow the textures to be explored in a playful way.