Low static with TENCEL

May 1st, 2013

For the first time, TENCEL® fibers are being used in upholstery fabric for a distinctive sheen and intense colors. But it’s not just the beautiful appearance of TENCEL Botanic Lounge that is important. A moisture level of 13 percent, compared to polyester that may have just 1 percent, prevents static electricity and, with good dimensional […]

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Crypton 2.0 fabrics are GREENGUARD SelectSM certified

May 1st, 2013

Soft, luxurious and beautiful, Crypton 2.0 contract upholstery fabrics offer pliability, loft recovery and repel-and-release cleanability to protect against ground-in stains. The fabric also includes bio-based materials and is GREENGUARD SelectSM certified. Crypton 2.0 also requires less energy and results in lower greenhouse gas emissions. SOURCE Crypton Inc.

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Recycled fiber for shade products

May 1st, 2013

Sunbrella® Renaissance Unity fabrics from Glen Raven contain 50 percent post-industrial recycled Sunbrella fiber, resulting in a vintage canvas look that is subtly textural with a “substantial feel,” that retains Sunbrella’s fade-resistance and sun-protection qualities. The initial launch includes five solid colors designed to coordinate with a variety of exterior building trim and fascia materials. […]

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Better-than-new boat seats

April 1st, 2013

[Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc.] San Juan, Puerto Rico When the owner of a high-profile speedboat wanted a total replacement of its exterior upholstery, Sand Sea and Air Interiors used a vinyl with silver-ion technology for a striking look and durable finish. The seating area had both exposed and recessed hi-lo cushions that could […]

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Driving the upholstery market

April 1st, 2013

Durability and cleanability top the performance list for transit upholstery fabrics, but style, comfort and safety (and economy) aren’t far behind. By Holly O’Dell When a news organization hired a university biology lab to examine the wool-covered seats within the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in the San Francisco, Calif., area, the results weren’t […]

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Hemp creates a buzz in new Architecture for Humanity headquarters

March 25th, 2013

Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit design services firm, has completed its new headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. Partnering with Gensler for the interior remodel, Architecture for Humanity wanted to provide a flexible, collaborative space for workers who are in constant global communication with their members and overseas offices. Coalesse Bob chairs were selected and upholstered […]

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Dramatic power boat redo

March 1st, 2013

[Marine Concepts] Osage Beach, Mo., U.S.A. A customer of Marine Concepts hired the company to completely customize his high performance power boat, giving it a distinctive look to suit the boat’s Dragon logo. To do that, the company also made carbon fiber dash panels and side panels for the boat to match the carbon fiber […]

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Trends in marine style

March 1st, 2013

The push and pull of tradition and fashion keep fabrics and fabricators in touch with customers. By Dara Syrkin The first quarter of each year is rife with predictions. Will the clothing color trends you see in Sunday newspaper advertisements appear in your customers’ boats? Maybe. Has technology responded to boat owners’ needs and desires? […]

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A comfortable canvas for cushion art

December 1st, 2012

Canadian Lesley Pennington, a computer design specialist, moved to Sweden to find love, family and a new career path. After purchasing an IKEA sofa, she launched a new business creating designer covers for IKEA sofas and armchairs, using natural, machine-washable fabrics. Bemz, based in Stockholm, Sweden, now sells a variety of fabric covers online and […]

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The Custom Shop’s Cuda convertible, sporting Enduratex upholstery modifications

October 17th, 2012

Enduratex, Mira Loma, Calif., and The Custom Shop have teamed up to turn out what is sure to be a show stopper at the SEMA Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2012, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Custom Shop will display the Pro Touring 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible, a pro-built street car with street performance, […]

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