Cloud ceiling

October 10, 2019

2019 IAA Outstanding Achievement Award The client wanted to create a more enclosed luxury retail space while retaining a view of the iconic domed roof of the O2 London, one of the largest tensile fabric structures in the U.K. The result was a stunning suspended ceiling system made of 256 fabric fins set 1250 mm …

Quiet Critters

2019 IAA Award of Excellence The eight 5-foot by 8-foot sound-absorbing “Acoustical FireFlys” that float above the Patten Free Library teen area allow a lively range of programming to take place, including films and maker workshops, without disturbing other library patrons. The new teen area has a distinctive high ceiling and a curved outer wall …

Committing to e-textile standards

October 1, 2019

The European market influences open international standards for e-textiles.  by Chris Jorgensen In the spring of 2017, companies representing the global e-textiles community formed the IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee to develop IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries®) international standards for their industry. As word spread about the committee and its activities, the committee roster grew to …

Long-term growth: The right equipment, the right software, the right employees

At each step along the supply chain, customers demand quality, efficiency, flexibility and speed.  The right kind of equipment, with the right kind of software and the right kind of operator, can lead to long-term growth.  by Maura Keller Today’s consumer expects faster turnaround times and custom quality at low prices, which means that manufacturers …

Student winners: Textile Structures for New Building 2019

A student competition for textile structures highlights the Techtextil show—and presages new building technologies. by Marie O’Mahony The Techtextil student competition is now in its fifteenth year, sponsored by Brussels-based TensiNet, which has provided €8,000 in prize money for the winning submissions. In his opening remarks at the show, Professor Stefan Schäfer, chair of the …

Health care textiles with therapeutic designs

The Biophilia 2.0 collection of health care textiles includes 10 woven and coated textile designs featuring large gestural motion, geometric shapes and various construction techniques, including printing, yarn floats, embossing and expansive box motions. At the intersection between neuroscience and architecture, the collection offers a mix of hues while staying true to the inspiration source …

Don’t like what you see? DIY!

You see the perfect bag but wish it were just a bit more tangerine. Now Freitag®, the German-Swiss maker of recycled bags, has a proposition that eco-conscious trendsetters can’t refuse: make it yourself. Freitag came on the scene in 1993 with a messenger bag made from used truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes and car …

Base for smart textiles

E-WEBBINGS® e-textiles are designed to serve as a customizable base for a wide range of smart textile applications within the Internet of Things (IoT). The smart textiles serve as the foundation layer to which electronic intercommunicative technology is integrated directly, and allow for smaller final product size, lower weight, optimal user comfort and significant cost …

Newly certified FR fabric

Lightweight flame-retardant fabric Odyssey FR has passed California State Fire Marshal Title 19. The product was recently tested by a certified third-party facility and the state of California accepted the results, issuing a certificate under registration number F-28501. Utilizing the same base fabric as the popular Odyssey brand, the FR fabric is 7.25-ounces/square yard, available …

Rising to sustainable heights: solar balloons

Imagine a thousand balloons gently floating in the air above a public square collecting energy from the sun. That’s the vision of Superspace, an Istanbul, Turkey-based architecture and design studio. Its design “solarCLOUD” was shortlisted for Land Art Generator, an annual international design event that invites ideas for sustainable energy infrastructures that are also public …