Tartan with charge

April 1, 2016

Self-described as classic American cool, Tommy Hilfiger’s designs fuse traditional sportswear with influences from pop culture, music and even technology. That was the inspiration for a limited edition Solar Powered Jacket that combined classic tartan from a centuries old British woolen mill with the answer to a very modern need—the ability to recharge mobile phones, …

Four walls no more

The modern office environment is changing dramatically as the way people work evolves. Four walls and a door are quickly becoming a thing of the past. The ability to adjust space to accommodate a business’ different needs is becoming essential. To meet changing design requirements, Benjamin Hubert of the London-based design agency, Layer, created Scale, …

Indelible textiles

You may think the purpose of DNA profiling is to prove guilt or innocence or test for paternity, but London-based designer Iona Inglesby has found a way to use it to make art. Human beings share 99.9 percent of the same DNA. It’s that 0.1 percent that distinguishes each person from the other 8 billion …

Coatings for fabrics and leather

A new line of coatings and finishes is now available for specialty fabric and leather hide applications. The VYNGUARD® line includes seven base chemistries custom-formulated for each customer. VYNGUARD Polycarbonate features improved abrasion resistance and improved surface tension for a softer and smoother finish. VYNGUARD chemistries provide a clear protective layer that can mitigate 100 …

Air curtains for comfort

Curtron Products’ 2-Go Pro is a new air curtain designed for drive-through and pick-up windows. The compact unit accommodates openings 24 inches wide by up to 42 inches high. It blocks insects, temperatures and car exhaust from entering a facility with a solid stream of air that keeps a drive-through attendant comfortable even when the …

Against the elements

Donald Franks is the owner of Shade One Awnings, a Toms River, N.J.-based awning company that specializes in residential and commercial awning sales, service and installation. Franks started the company in 2002 and has since set himself apart from competitors by focusing on motorized retractable awnings. Here, Franks talks about how he got his start, …

How does your garden grow?

Swiss-born Miriam Josi and Australian-born Stella Lee Prowse of The Garden Apt. are product designers who met and became friends while studying at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City. When they decided to share an apartment together in Brooklyn, both women anticipated enjoying a garden full of herbs and vegetables, just …

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Tropical canopies

Climate and sustainability goals dictate the choice of ETFE membrane structures for the U.S. Embassy in Laos. In the capital city of Vientiane, Laos, the U.S. Embassy complex recently underwent major rebuilding and a thorough sustainability assessment. The outcome of this multi-year process produced some of the most energy-efficient, sustainable facilities to date for the …