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O’Sullivan Films resistant fabrics

May 1, 2013

O’Sea® offers press polished sheets ideally suited for applications requiring exceptional optical clarity and durability, such as marine windows, awnings, tents and restaurant enclosures. This thermoplastic vinyl has excellent scratch resistance, UV durability, superior stain and chemical resistance and flexibility. skai® Sovellino is a premium synthetic leather with a trendy rust and shale look. With …

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Odyssey Collection offers vibrant colors

The Odyssey Collection of upholstery fabrics from Johnston Textiles offers 12 vibrant colors for each pattern: Apollo in bright, lively colors for high-fashion hospitality; Kratos in earth tones for commercial seating; Zeus in a bright mix for an upscale look; and Athena in modern earth tones for office seating. Developed for commercial customers needing dependable …

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Low static with TENCEL

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

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

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 1, 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

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 25, 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 1, 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

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? …