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  • Birdair’s PTFE fiberglass membranes shed as much as 73 percent of the sun’s energy, earning it certification by Energy Star and the Cool Roof Rating Council. Photos: Birdair North America.

    U-shaped UV protection

    Shade canopy to cover U-shaped facility's leading roof edge.

  • A crew of four can inflate the Air Bubble in three hours and deflate it in two, making it a practical and movable public space for concerts, theater and events for up to 140 people. Photos: Guillaume Prié

    Walking on air

    Creating a movable public space: the Air Bubble.

  • Scarves in The Fold collection are folded to fit inside a petri dish, where they are introduced to bacteria that secrete pigment onto the textile, creating mirrored patterns. Photo: Natsai Audrey

    The fold

    Design firm prints bacteria on silk scarves.

  • Using PolyOne’s LubriOne™ compounds, Isilsan Plastik improved its manufacturing efficiency and decreased maintenance requirements for customers. Photo: PolyOne

    Improving productivity

    Isilsan Plastik uses PolyOne technology to increase manufacturing efficiency.

  • Photos: Zero2infinity

    "Bloostar" the rockoon

    Spanish company zero2Infinity launched nanosatellites from the stratosphere in November using balloons for the first-stage portion of the launch.

  • The tensile cover for the Chedraui supermarket looks more like a work of modern art. It protects from the elements in a space that has a translucent airiness during the day and a colorful glow at night. Photo: Lonas Lorenzo S.A. de C.V

    A car park with a view

    Tensile cover turns an ordinary parking shelter into a focal point for a Mexico City supermarket.

  • Seele was responsible for the design and structural calculations for the outer building envelope as well as the erection of the textile facade. Photos: Seele Covertex Membranes (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

    A landmark in record time

    Seele Covertex Membranes (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China, won the Award of Excellence in the frame-supported structures category of IFAI's IAA awards.

  • The South Satellite Service Center, which features a translucent fabric roof, incorporates space for salt and sand storage and truck hauling, as well as liquid storage and a work area. 
Photo: Legacy Building Solutions Inc.

    All under one roof

    Design called for a tension fabric roof; Legacy Building Solutions Inc. constructed and installed the structure.

  • Xorel by Carnegie is traditionally used for wallcovering, wrapped panel and upholstery applications. At the 2014 LOOT: MAD About Jewelry exhibit, it was transformed into one-of-a-kind necklaces. Photos: Carnegie Fabrics Inc.

    High performance art

    For collectors and jewelry lovers, it offers the rare opportunity to meet international jewelry artists and buy one-of-a-kind pieces.

  • Glass louvers with coated-metal fabric panels absorb and disperse sunlight,  shading SBB Railway employees from glare without blocking their view. Photo: ©Lorenz Held

    Louvers create stunning architectural detail

    Save energy and provide employees with a superior working environment while creating a unique facade.

  • Technical fabrics have the ability to protect against all weather conditions, and offer injury protection and up-to-date style. Photo: Dainese

    On the road again ...

    As the years have gone by, the world of motorcycling has gotten more sophisticated.

  • Creative Awards Contest winners included StickerCity’s vibrant Lamborghini wrap, Monster Image’s “Copper Canyon” bathroom and SignCo’s 3-D Octopus. Photos: Roland DGA Corp.

    Tentacles, wheels and a room with a view

    In digital printing capabilities, the possibilities are endlessly creative.

  • Trompe l’oeil canvas masterfully disguises the restoration work at the Palace of Versailles. 
Photos: Pierre Delavie

    The Palace of Versailles ... ?

    Undergoing a major interior and external renovation that won't be complete until spring 2015.

  • Adding to the tropical feel of the Club Regent Event Centre, wire mesh infill is lightweight, allowing for easy removal or readjustment of railings. Photos: Rieger Architectural Products

    The tropics come to Winnipeg

    A popular spot that brings a bit of Las Vegas to the plains.

  • Vinyl wraps on LSO vans turn them into mobile billboards promoting the quality of their delivery service. Photo: LSO

    Branded vans: special delivery

    Wrapped in a series of new motifs—tie-dyed, argyle and camouflage.

  • Practicing sustainability

    Sponsored by IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo

    Achieving sustainability is not a one-time event, but a continuing process. Developing and committing to sustainable practices through designing sustainable buildings, shade products, smart textiles, and manufacturing systems continues to be at the forefront of the worldwide consumer marketplace.

    Our impact on the environment has become a major consideration and is driving efforts in the construction industry to be eco-responsible in mineral extraction, materials and component manufacturing, and building infrastructure development. These developments are creating market opportunities for designers and builders of environments.

    Corporate leaders are instigating key sustainability initiatives through their own organizations and their markets. Company executives are reporting big rewards for their efforts from their employees, communities, business partners and shareholders.

    IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo continues its leadership in this area with custom-designed educational programs that provide business leaders a platform for addressing sustainable trends, materials, technologies and practices that support business growth. Join the specialty fabrics industry as it convenes at this year’s Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, Oct. 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minn.