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Forbo Flooring, JP Assendelft, Netherlands
Dorothé Kessels is the Director of Global Design at Forbo Flooring Systems with responsibility for the company's global brand portfolio. Before joining Forbo in 2005, Dorothé was a partner at Amsterdam Design Associates and gained international experience in the development of surface designs and colour collections for wall cladding, textiles and the paint industry. After graduating the Design Academy in Eindhoven, she gained her first freelance activities in Asia, where Dorothé realized that interaction with end consumers and the translation of local or cultural requirements are crucial to good design. At Forbo Flooring, design is the key differentiator for success and is firmly anchored in the corporate vision. The design team at Forbo has won numerous competitions, including two iF Design Awards. (January 2020)