Putting the art in fabric architecture

May 1, 2021  |  Feature

James Wines is known as a provocative artist who creates building-sized installations that some would say are more architecture than art. Indeed, he wrote a book about the fusion of these two artistic expressions called De-architecture, where he insisted that “buildings don’t need a defensive ra…
Bringing digital printing in-house

May 1, 2021  |  Feature

Standing out from the crowd has become more important than ever for businesses of all stripes, and many turn to vibrant, riveting digital graphics to get their messages across.
Persevering, innovating, and daring mighty things

May 1, 2021  |  Editorial

When NASA’s Perseverance rover was named in 2019—by a seventh grader in a “name the rover” contest—no one could have predicted what the word “perseverance” would mean for us in 2021. We’ve been persevering and flexing and pivoting for more than a year. The rover’s landing on Mars i…
Electric and solar vehicles drive the future of automotive textiles

May 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Recent reports illuminate key factors that will influence the automotive textiles segment in the future. Most notably, the automotive lightweight material market is expected to reach $247 billion by 2026, according to Global Market Insights Inc.
Mobile exhibition glows with Sattler membrane fabric

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

From its forests to its flag, the state of Styria fulfills its reputation as the “green heart of Austria.” Now, a glowing green pavilion is helping tell the region’s story.
Responsive textiles: The future of athleisurewear

May 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Most of us still can’t (realistically) answer the siren song of working in pajamas. However, we’re certainly becoming au fait with the comfortable, functional clothing that can help us power through long, testing days at an essential workplace or hours of Zoom meetings for those working from hom…
Heathcoat Fabrics delivers a soft landing on Mars

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

When the Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars on Feb. 18, NASA engineers and space enthusiasts around the world celebrated—along with the fabric engineers and production staff at Heathcoat Fabrics Ltd. in Tiverton, U.K., who were responsible for developing and producing the fabric for th…
Portico shade structure opens up new possibilities

May 1, 2021  |  Awnings & Canopies, Markets

When a client requested a cover for the entry of a workshop/studio, Schafbock Design Workshop of Gujarat, India, took on several challenges, according to Schafbock’s Shehzad Irani. These included the timeline, which was just 45 days from concept design to installation, and the site, a fully functi…
Stryv medical gowns are FDA-approved

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Stryv Medical, maker of innovative and stylish healthcare work apparel based in St. Cloud, Minn., has advanced to produce Level 2 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medical gowns. The gowns support health care workers performing blood draws, suturing, and working in intensive care unit…
2021 Specialty Fabrics Showcase, Part 2

May 1, 2021  |  Feature, Specialty Fabrics Showcase

wnings, tents, shade sails, marine upholstery, protective gear, furniture: regardless of the end product, the fabric needs to perform in harsh conditions while looking good, keeping the planet green and fitting into a client’s budget. For our two-part annual showcase, we asked contributors to send…