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New Mitchell Group website showcases faux leather upholstery collections

October 5, 2011

The Mitchell Group, Chicago, has launched a new website to better display its brands and expanded collections of faux leathers. The site,, features the company’s leading brands: Sta-Kleen® dry-erase performance urethane, ReCast® enhanced faux leather and the Mitchell Collection of popular patterns. The faux leather upholstery collections include everything from traditional leather looks to …

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Sofa features mixed fabrics and textures

August 1, 2011

Republic of Fritz Hansen™, headquartered in Alerød, Denmark, brings Danish values of sustainability and timeless design to its furnishings. Award-winning Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayón brings a colorful, extroverted style to his work. The collaboration of the two became an embrace—the FAVN™ (a Danish word for embrace), a curving sofa launched in April during the Salone …

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Salmon skin leather

Touted as a guilt-free luxury furnishing, salmon skin leather offers an eco-friendly upholstery suitable for the finest yacht interiors. German company Nanai sources the skins from fish raised on organic salmon farms in Ireland. The salmon hides look similar to python skin and easily pass as an exotic leather once thoroughly treated and deodorized. The …

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Polyurethane performance fabric

June 1, 2011

Sta-Kleen® is the first polyurethane performance fabric that allows for complete erasing of marks and stains that could permanently damage other upholstery materials. “Erasable Man” presents an entertaining example to designers and manufacturers, demonstrating how stains such as ballpoint pen, permanent marker and mustard are erased from his trademark Sta-Kleen jacket. The performance fabric meets …

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Purple Haze antiqued leather introduced by Texstyle

May 31, 2011

A new leather from Texstyle/Jamie Stern offers multidimensional appeal, with color, sheen and a little bit of antiquing. The challenge was to create a durable, affordable leather with surface interest that will work in any high-traffic area. Texstyle/Jamie Stern will create a custom color in Purple Haze with only a one-hide minimum, offering the versatility …

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Chic chenille for dog day afternoons

May 20, 2011

For luxury performance textiles that can stand up to visits from four-legged friends, Chella Textiles durable solution-dyed acrylics are machine washable, lightfast and tough enough for relaxing pets. Shown is Aretha in Ash Bark and Papaia, a 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic in a luxury chenille jacquard weave; it is lightfast and machine washable, resists mildew …

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Outdoor furniture fabrics

May 1, 2011

Twitchell Corp.’s outdoor furniture fabrics from Custom Cut Fabrics, including Textilene Sunsure and the Leisuretex line, withstand the wear and tear of everyday use and prolonged exposure to the elements—rain or shine, from the elegant Bellezza for the ultimate in outdoor seating, to Diversatex, a value cushion line offering fabrics made with recyclable yarns. Some …

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Eco-friendly seating fabric

SuperFabric® materials continue to advance in commercial seating applications. Bus companies recognize the benefits of transportation SuperFabric over traditional seating materials such as vinyl, and their passengers find them to be cleaner, visually appealing and comfortable. Durable, easy to maintain, stain- and UV-resistant, SuperFabric is also environmentally friendly. SOURCE Higher Dimension Materials Inc.

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Camira Fabrics to launch designer David Fox fabric collection

April 28, 2011

Textile innovator Camira Fabrics Ltd. is collaborating with award-winning British designer David Fox to create a stunning new fabric collection for launch at this year’s NeoCon, June 13-15 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Fox will make a personal appearance at the Camira booth on Tuesday, June 14, to introduce the unique fabrics. The outcome …

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Hygienic upholstery on the move

April 1, 2011

One disadvantage of public transportation is the musty smells of bodies in various stages of hygiene that get trapped in the upholstery. Moisture from sweat, spills or condensation accumulates inside the upholstery, leading to growth of mold or bacteria. The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, is researching new types of upholstery that would transport or manage …