Textiles of tomorrow

January 1, 1970  |  News

Design firms like Creation Baumann of Zurich, Switzerland, take the lead in using textiles to transform interiors, whether as opulent eye-catchers or quiet, understated backdrops. Its new Efalda opens out like a fan, thanks to ingenious fold technology that changes a curtain’s color via the vi…
Drivers, turning points

January 1, 1970  |  News

According to a Grand View Research report released in January, protection and military applications accounted for the largest market share (27.5 percent) for smart textiles in 2012. The rest of the pie was split between architecture (20.6 percent), sports/fitness (17.3 percent), transportation (14.8…
Looking good

January 1, 1970  |  News

As with any other piece of garment, style and quality are key. We decided to design and manufacture all our products in the USA and Italy by leveraging exclusively the highest-quality artisanship and materials available. — Davide Vigano, Heapsylon For most markets, style is going to be very im…
Wing Inflatables meets new, stringent U.S. Army requirements

January 1, 1970  |  News

Wing Inflatables’ P Series combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) recently met a challenging set of never-done-before requirements released by the U.S. Army for inflatable boats. The CRRC is made with Cooley Group’s Coolthane® polyurethane fabric to provide a longer life and up to three …
Vehicle repair

January 1, 1970  |  News

Anchor Industries, Evansville, Ind., was recently awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to supply its vehicle maintenance shelters to the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia, Pa. The shelters are engineered specifically for the military market, designed for multip…
Sound investments

January 1, 1970  |  News

The recently relocated College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta, Ga., sports an insulated tensile membrane roofing system made from Birdair’s Tensotherm™ that enhances the facility’s thermal performance. Designed by Thompson, Ventulett, Staninback architects with Sykes Con…
Fabric solar house competes at Versailles

January 1, 1970  |  News

This summer, one of the most lavish residences in the world was home to some of the most unique and sustainable dwellings imaginable when the Palace of Versailles hosted the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, a showcase of 20 solar-powered homes built by college students from around the globe. Among the e…
Stretching to new heights

January 1, 1970  |  News

Stretch fabrics are more popular than ever in the entertainment industry, thanks to the trend toward projecting light and images on three-dimensional forms. But there’s another reason they’re in demand, and it’s a purely practical one. Remember the wrinkle-resistant men’s sla…
Infinite possibilities

January 1, 1970  |  News

Seeking sun protection for his patio, Dr. Alan Shargani could not find a solution that was reasonably priced or didn’t take several weeks to make. He ended up designing his own and created Infinity Canopy Inc., a versatile and customizable shade system that is simple to install, affordable and…
A greener clean

January 1, 1970  |  News

Canvas cleaning companies walk a fine line when it comes to sustainability. The problem isn’t that safe, relatively sustainable cleaners can’t be made; it’s that cleaning is at best a once-a-year job, so customers don’t tend to value “greenness” very highly. They&…