Environmentally friendly casual furniture fabrics now available from Tri Vantage®

March 24, 2011

GeoBella®, a line of outdoor cushion fabrics combining performance, comfort and recyclability, has been added to furniture fabric offerings from Tri Vantage®. Woven by Phifer Inc. using post-industrial olefin yarn wastes, GeoBella fabrics are PVC-free and 100 percent recyclable. Available in 78 solid colors, stripes and patterns, GeoBella fabrics offer a soft hand and are …

Now accepting entries for the 2011 Upholstery Awards

March 10, 2011

Get your leopard print lounge chair and gold-glittered vinyl seating to strike a pose; it’s time to enter the 2011 Upholstery Awards. We welcome your upholstery entries into what was formerly the Upholstery Journal Design & Craftsmanship Awards and now is a part of the International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition. You’ve not heard of IAA? …

Custom auto upholsterers craft classic interiors

March 1, 2011

Successful custom car upholsterers know how to take a client’s idea and turn it into a one-of-a-kind interior. By Jill C. Lafferty When brothers Adam and Noah Howard began doing custom interior upholstery work for hot rod enthusiasts, they were surprised by the roller coaster of emotions exhibited by their clients. Customers were initially excited …

New patterns for contract seating

New from J. Ennis Fabrics: two new grade one patterns for contract seating. Spot On is a small print textured pattern, nondirectional, with a four-way stretch in ten trend-setting colors. Single is an abstract, subtle stripe with four-way stretch, also in ten stylish colors. Both fabrics pass California Bulletin 117-Section E and UFAC Class 1 …

Weathered leather from Texstyle/Jamie Stern

February 8, 2011

Sedona, a new introduction from Texstyle/Jamie Stern Leather, is inspired by the beauty of metal which, over time, and left out in the elements, gains a unique characteristic. During the process of weathering, the metal takes on a completely different range of colors from its original form. Sedona, named for the Arizona town famed for …

Reviving the outdoor furniture market

February 1, 2011

Economic turmoil, fewer new housing starts, scarce credit and consumer insecurities interrupted a healthy growth trend in the U.S. outdoor furniture market, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA), San Jose, Calif. That growth will resume in 2011, thanks to trends toward outdoor living, increased focus on quality time at home and …

Chairs feature custom-made fabrics and digital prints

December 1, 2010

Fabric artist Suzanne Meyer-Pistorius of Blu Girl Art, Springfield, Mass., describes her unique chair designs simply: “The only thing all of the chairs in our constantly changing collection have in common is … they have a past.” Her one-of-a-kind chair designs consist of antique or vintage chair frames that are repaired, refinished and re-upholstered with …

B & D Upholstery creates award-winning chair designs

B & D Upholstery, Reading, Pa., received a platinum award in the antique chair division of the Upholstery Journal 2010 Design and Craftsmanship Awards for its classical, yet funky, chair designs. Business owners Brenda Drey and David Blimline reworked frames of two antique chairs, then added new springs, eight-way ties, tufting over two-inch foam, new …

Chairs utilize new upholstery technique

November 1, 2010

The Industrial Upholstery standard office side chair seems modestly comfortable, stable, even conventional in shape (in spite of the organic stone-like appearance of the back and the candy colors). However, chair designer Gilli Kuchik of Bakery Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel, was aiming for something more radical—a new upholstery technique that uses fabric without a frame …

Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. expands sustainable product line

October 27, 2010

Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. (UTSC) continues to be a global leader in sustainability with the introduction of REPREVE® FDY, a 100 percent recycled fully drawn yarn. The REPREVE family of recycled products available from UTSC now includes recycled filament polyester, recycled staple polyester, recycled filament nylon and recycled performance fibers, available with flame retardant, …