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A comfortable canvas for cushion art

December 1, 2012

Canadian Lesley Pennington, a computer design specialist, moved to Sweden to find love, family and a new career path. After purchasing an IKEA sofa, she launched a new business creating designer covers for IKEA sofas and armchairs, using natural, machine-washable fabrics. Bemz, based in Stockholm, Sweden, now sells a variety of fabric covers online and …

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The Custom Shop’s Cuda convertible, sporting Enduratex upholstery modifications

October 17, 2012

Enduratex, Mira Loma, Calif., and The Custom Shop have teamed up to turn out what is sure to be a show stopper at the SEMA Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2012, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Custom Shop will display the Pro Touring 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible, a pro-built street car with street performance, …

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Unique rug-making process combines beauty and practicality

October 1, 2012

Although Liora Manné planned a life in the theater, a textile design class at North Carolina State University changed her career path. Intrigued with the dependence of design on cutting-edge technology, Manné completed a master’s degree in both textile design and textile engineering and headed for New York City. She found her passion in home …

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“Smart Home” highlights 21st century living spaces

September 1, 2012

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), Chicago, Ill., invites guests into 21st century living spaces in its current exhibit, “Smart Home: Green + Wired.” MSI’s Smart Home is a real, functioning three-story modular house built in the museum’s back yard. It is fitted with sustainable materials, repurposed furnishings, energy-saving technology and high-tech gadgets. Solar …

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Beautiful, functional reupholstered chairs

July 1, 2012

[Buckminster Upholstery] Falls City, Neb. A customer of Buckminster Upholstery wanted to redo three old chairs to use in a home theater. The company set about a complete restoration by refinishing exposed wood, including the beautiful grooved and curved trim over the arms and on the front of the chairs. New springing and padding were …

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3D/2D design, prototyping for furniture

June 1, 2012

DesignConcept Furniture V2R3 from Lectra is a comprehensive 2D/3D design and virtual prototyping solution for the furniture market, helping manufacturers review development processes and combine permanent innovation, quick commercialization and optimized costs. System enables users to respond quickly to bids and requests, while providing a larger choice of styles, designs, materials and colors. DesignConcept facilitates …

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High Point outdoor fabric collection from Tri Vantage

April 1, 2012

The High Point collection has expanded to include six new fabric groups, each featuring a graphic pattern that can be complemented with coordinating stripe, textured and solid options. High quality, performance acrylic, High Point decorative fabrics are well suited for use with marine interiors, cushions, scatter pillows and indoor and outdoor furniture. SOURCE Tri Vantage

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Textured wool upholstery fabric blends old with new

January 1, 2012

Camira Fabrics Ltd., Mirfield, West Yorkshire, U.K., returned to its archive of catalogued designs and chose a former favorite to bring back to life in a re-inspired contemporary interpretation. Blending old and new, the textured wool upholstery fabric, first launched in 1985, was released in response to requests from designers for a more hand-crafted look. …

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Bonded leather becoming popular for upholstery

November 1, 2011

Upholstering automotive interiors and furniture with genuine leather involves paying top dollar for irregularly shaped hides that are hard to handle. Rising leather prices “have made it next to impossible to hit key opening retail price points of $799 to $999 with top-grain leather,” according to Don Hunter, senior vice president at Jackson Furniture Industry …

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Performance fabrics available in sophisticated patterns

Phifer’s Designed Fabrics Jardin de Rose Collection conjures images of Paris with a selection of cushion and coordinating sling outdoor furniture fabrics that pair deep reds like merlot with warm gray and charcoal, reminiscent of weathered stone walls and limestone wine cellars. Sophisticated patterns in stripes, solids and traditional florals, using light- and medium-weight linen-like …