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Discarded chairs molt into ‘Hybreeds’

October 1, 2013

An industrial designer in London, England, admits to having close personal relationships with chairs. “Not every chair speaks to me,” says Charlotte Kingsnorth. “There are special characters. Sometimes I will find beautiful chairs just dumped on the side of the road with a missing spindle or worn upholstery. I can’t resist bringing them back to …

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Indoor/outdoor, high-performance cushion and sling fabrics from Phifer Inc.

August 12, 2013

Featuring on-trend color combinations and designs in furniture fabrics—from solids and stripes to florals in traditional and contemporary weaves—Phifer’s chic, durable furniture fabrics can easily transition from an outdoor room to interior living spaces. GeoBella™ is Phifer’s unique line of high-end, performance indoor/outdoor cushion fabrics made of 100 percent olefin yarns recycled from post-industrial waste. …

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“Canvas” seating hits the wall

August 1, 2013

Japanese design studio YOY, a Tokyo-based studio composed of Naoki Ono, a spatial designer, and Yuki Yamamoto, a product designer, intended to “create a new story between space and objects” at the Milan Design Week 2013 exhibition. The international design event featured YOY’s “canvas” chairs. On first look, the chair appears to be a two-dimensional …

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Insectiban Thread with anti-bed bug treatment

Coats has developed threads and zips with an anti-bed bug treatment based on naturally occurring durable plant extract and oils. The treatment is harmless to humans and pets but fatal to bed bugs after extended exposure (about four days). As bed bugs use the seams and tape edges of mattresses and other furniture to hide …

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Printing home décor: generation next

July 1, 2013

Younger consumers want to live in environments that reflect their individuality and interests, and Maxwell Dickson, Los Angeles, Calif., prints canvases, pillows, clocks and coffee tables with images that grab the imagination. “We try to create an urban, colorful vibe in our products that appeals to our market demographic,” says James Freeman, who, with Bart …

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Hybrid cradle chair—an upholstered hammock?

Reclining in a hammock is the ultimate in summer comfort, while sitting in an upholstered chair is a routine feature of home or work life. Benjamin Hubert, a London-based industrial designer, partnered with Italian furniture company Moroso SpA to create the cradle chair, which combines features of hammocks and upholstered chairs to create a new …

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Custom RVs: homes on the road

June 1, 2013

As sales of RVs trend upward year after year, so do the opportunities for fabricators in custom shops. By Carla Waldemar The news for custom shops that tap into the RV market just seems to get better. Shops that connect with this group of ardent road enthusiasts could enjoy a comfortable niche—and a boost in …

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Smart Printing with E.Volution

E.Volution, a new platform for textile printing, combines the latest technologies with artistic creativity and environmental responsibility. Latest-generation printers produce exceptionally clean images; specially formulated inks offer high quality and color fastness, using less water than traditional processes; the system results in up to 90 percent reduction of CO2 emissions and 57 percent less energy …

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Fire-blocker first for aircraft seating

National Nonwovens has created the aircraft industry’s first fire blocker for all aircraft seating dress covers, by upgrading from aramid to high-performance fiber made from SABIC’s inherently flame-retardant ULTEM™ resin. Sold under the Ultra-Protechtor™ fire blocker brand, the new product can be used with leather, synthetic leather and woven fabrics. The Ultem resin produces higher …

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Comfortable, functional wood-framed marketing

As summer approaches and outdoor bars, restaurants, pools and beaches gear up for fun in the sun, nothing gets attention like a comfortable chair made of fabric printed with color custom advertising. Tex Visions, Carlisle, Pa., manufacturer of display hardware and custom textile printing, recently introduced a line of comfortable natural beechwood collapsible chairs with …