Linoleum is made from a blend of natural materials that offer durability and premium feel—it’s an ideal material to expand our desk pad lineup. Read more about how it’s made, and why it’s not what you think of when you hear ‘linoleum.’
Linoleum was discovered accidentally in the 1850s, when the inventor noticed a film forming on the top of an open bottle of linseed oil. He coined the word ‘linoleum’ for the durable flooring he created from this discovery, based on the latin word for flax (linum) and oil (oleum). However, over time the name became generalized, and in the 1950s and 1960s, natural linoleum was widely replaced by synthetic, plastic-based alternatives, usually made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride). This synthetic version is what most people think of when they hear the word linoleum, but the two are very different materials.
Using natural linoleum, rather than the synthetic alternatives, allows us to build a desk pad that really works well for your workspace—it’s durable and protects your desk, with the right premium feel. Adding a laminated cork bottom gives it a little extra cushion. It’s smooth surface feels great to touch. It’s antistatic, avoids fingerprints, and is a pleasure to write on.
Natural linoleum is made from a mixture of pure oxidised vegetable linseed oil and natural pine rosin, mixed with wood flour and calcium carbonate (usually from limestone). The furniture-grade product we use has a tooth similar to high quality paper, and a smooth feel.