The greening of outdoor fabrics

May 1st, 2022

Batyline Elios from Serge Ferrari is an outdoor upholstery fabric that holds the Greenguard label, is UV and mold resistant, extremely cleanable and provides abrasion resistance of more than 50,000 cycles. Photo: Serge Ferrari ©Marie Allain Green. Sustainable. Environmentally friendly. These issues are top of mind for manufacturers of all kinds, and outdoor fabric manufacturers […]

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The shape of safety

February 1st, 2022

As more women perform job duties once dominated by men, they need to have clothing made specifically for their body types. The bottom line for women’s protective clothing is safety, no matter the purpose. Photo: Dragonwear. Fit and function cannot be separated when it comes to protective clothing—and yet for years, anyone who didn’t possess […]

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Crowdsourcing funds a new modular tent system

December 1st, 2021

Diamond Brand Gear’s Tent Rescue Program crew created a miniature LMNL tent—complete with modular panels—out of scraps of materials. Photo: Diamond Brand Gear. Take an established business with a solid customer base, add a great idea for product expansion and what do you get? The need for capital. Product development takes cash—even when developing the […]

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Riding out the crisis

November 1st, 2021

Select Event Group built this semi-permanent structure for the Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. Photo: Paul Corgan, Select Event Group. Tent and event rental companies have weathered tough times before. Most recently in 2008 when the economy tanked, the industry dug deep to keep afloat as clients cut back expenditures and events were […]

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Up against a wall

June 1st, 2021

Engineered for easy installation and removal, Scenic Expressions Taffeta is a peel-and-stick wallcovering developed for use as a non-permanent printed graphics wallcovering for most types of painted interior walls. Photo: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. Wallpaper has been around for centuries—since the 16th century to be exact. In its earliest iterations, wallpaper was printed on […]

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Women on bringing innovation to the textile industry

February 1st, 2021

Innovation and creativity in the world of textiles are always worthy of attention. But because the textile industry—like so many others—has been dominated by men, the contributions of women have often gone unnoticed. Women have always participated in and led the textile world in meaningful ways; however, often the spotlight has not landed on them. […]

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Marine fabrication finishing touches

December 1st, 2020

The pneumatic long nose upholstery staple gun from Sailrite® is engineered to set the staple without the crown penetrating the fabric, reducing rips and tears that can sometimes occur when attaching gimp to an upholstery project. Photo: Sailrite. Materials and techniques for marine trimmings that improve form and function. by Sigrid Tornquist It all matters. […]

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Jumping on design trends in the marine market

August 1st, 2020

by Sigrid Tornquist Aft deck entertaining is at its finest on the upper level of this Viking Yacht Co.’s 93’ Motor Yacht. The Lloyd Flanders furniture is covered in fabric by Sunbrella® and Crown barstools are upholstered in Ultrafabrics® Ultraleather®. Project by WBC Design. Photo: Forrest Johnson. Maybe it’s because boats are so special to […]

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Designing functional PPE

July 1st, 2020

For PPE that is both effective and comfortable—and more likely to be worn regularly and properly—consider a systems engineering approach to design. by Sigrid Tornquist Perhaps never before has the acronym “PPE” been so much a part of the common vernacular. In the days of COVID-19, few are unfamiliar with the term. However, PPE—personal protective […]

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