Made by Serge Ferrari and available from Keyston Bros.
PVC-coated polyester with acrylic finish is designed to withstand extreme environments.
Jeongmoon Choi transforms rooms, walls or even staircases into new territory for the imagination.
Vinyl fabrics offer flexibility and less permanent creasing at a competitive price.
A popular, art-filled forest at the Rothbury music festivals.
The duck floated in to oversee the Australian city’s annual art festival in January 2013.
Floating layers of geotextiles transform a school gym into a concert hall.
The half-time performance called for an air-powered fabric recreation of Beyoncé's hair.
A walkway above a fabric structure offers an adventurous experience—and a spectacular view of London.
The display used polyester backlit fabric with zip-on and zip-off interchangeable graphics.
The floating, organic fiber structure illuminated the Amstel River.
Multimedia technology takes fabric exhibits to a new level.
Fabric structures helped turn a 60,000 square-foot warehouse into multiple “vignettes.”
Seven organic tension fabric shapes created this unique 57-foot-by-20-foot environment.
A fabric shade structure provides solar protection for a penguin habitat.
Fabric suppliers see continued economic pressure for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy rebounds, the architectural building market segment will be sluggish. Growth will continue in selected areas of the world experiencing commercial building booms, such as China and Dubai. The industry will continue to consolidate and will emphasize higher quality fabrics where there tends to be a more steady, reliable demand (and better profit margins).
Manufacturers see slow growth for the U.S. lightweight structures market in 2009, which will be aided by the growth of ‘green' projects and the trend toward using fabric in building projects in place of traditional (and often more expensive and less efficient) materials such as steel and concrete. They feel that the industry will continue to suffer from a shortage of skilled labor.
Coupled with the increasing cost of raw materials and a slowdown in both commercial and residential construction, these factors will likely continue to drive up the cost of doing business and inhibit business growth. Yet there are opportunities to grow and stay profitable for companies that manage their businesses closely, monitor all costs, and make smart, long-term decisions that focus on optimizing value (emphasizing quality and innovative products) for their customers.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.