Bleach-cleanable textiles

October 1st, 2020

Wolf-Gordon reports that the newest additions to its RAMPART® wall protection, wallcovering and upholstery textile lines include antimicrobial and bleach-cleanable properties that can help prevent illness and reduce the risk of cross-contamination of infections in commercial facilities. These textiles can be cleaned and disinfected with a 1:4 bleach/water solution, as well as with PeridoxRTU® and […]

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Woven Inspiration recovers the gilded age

July 1st, 2020

Woven Inspiration owner Christine Becker welcomes the challenge of preservation—of history and her craft. by Holly Eamon Christine Becker was destined for a life immersed in design. Born in Verona, Italy, she spent her childhood captivated by the city’s medieval architecture before moving as a teen to the artist-inhabited neighborhood of Greenwich Village, N.Y. Influence […]

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Enhancing corporate culture with fabricated space

September 1st, 2019

The new Capital One headquarters in Toronto includes gathering spaces on each floor for collaboration and inspiration. Photos: Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc. Capital One Corporation had a vision for their new Canadian headquarters in Toronto’s financial district: a design to enhance the company’s collaborative culture and be attractive to young tech talent. The financial services organization […]

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Up-to-date upholstery

April 1st, 2019

The commercial upholstery market is always evolving and changing,” says Lori Roop, director of design for CF Stinson LLC, a textile manufacturer based in Rochester Hills, Mich. Yet, Roop adds, “it’s always the same.” A contradiction? Not really. “There is always a huge value placed on color and design,” explains Roop, who works out of […]

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Pressed Shoes inspired by auto upholstery

March 1st, 2019

Are there similarities between manufacturing upholstery for automobiles and making a pair of shoes? Artist Joris de Groot thinks so. The Amsterdam-based product designer is interested in the tension between craftsmanship and industry. De Groot looked to the techniques involved in manufacturing car interiors to create his In4nite II 2000N Pressed Shoe collection. He chose […]

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New and flexible fabrics

October 1st, 2018

Sound barrier EPT’s XTRM Ply SoundSafe™ is uniquely designed to act as an acoustic barrier, reducing noise transmission through floors, walls and ceilings. It is a smooth, reinforced high-density Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) recommended as an acoustic wrap for machinery, equipment and ductwork. A typical application consists of applying the product over studs, joists or […]

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Recommended fabric cleaning products

September 1st, 2018

It’s pretty simple. People buy boats because they want to have fun. The reality, however, is that work—the opposite of fun—is required to keep any watercraft in tip-top condition. Therein lies the rub. “A lot of boaters don’t want to do all the cleaning and maintenance,” says Marianne Iosso, vice president of Iosso® Products of […]

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Rugged faux leather

March 1st, 2018

The Mitchell Group’s new high-performance faux leather upholstery collection, Sta-Kleen® Polycarbonate (PC), is designed for health care, hospitality, contract and other commercial markets that require a fabric able to withstand demanding applications yet with a luxurious texture and feel. Engineered with high-quality polycarbonate resins, the fabric has outstanding strength, is abrasion, stain and hydrolysis resistant, […]

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Choosing the right foam for your seating project

August 1st, 2017

From cockpit cushions with hull angles to bosun’s chairs and boat mattresses, choosing the best solution for cushion foam is a bit of a science. The task can feel daunting given the complexity of choices in foam types, materials, densities and compression factors, but choosing correctly is crucial to a project’s success. Factor in comfort […]

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Crossover skills give upholsterers business opportunities in many markets

August 1st, 2017

The president of the Professional Upholsterers’ Association of Minnesota proudly states that she was the fifth woman to graduate from an upholstery curriculum at Minneapolis Technical College in 1977. “It was considered a man’s field back then,” says Diana Shroyer Guenther, owner of Shroyer Custom Upholstery in Coon Rapids, Minn. She worked one year for […]

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