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Upholstery & Trim International Council to join IFAI

May 9th, 2022

Photo: Rick Wisotzkey The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced that the Upholstery & Trim International Council (UTIC) with its members are joining the IFAI. UTIC membership is comprised of manufacturers and distributors of fabrics and accessories for applications in the automotive, marine, industrial and contract markets. “We are so glad to have the Upholstery […]

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Good gossip

January 1st, 2022

Custom cushions created by Patricia Wallace of Bear Paw Custom Design contribute to the warm, relaxing feel in the salon of this boat. Photo: Bear Paw Custom Design. What’s the best way to market your small upholstery shop? It comes down to one simple concept, “word of mouth.” It doesn’t matter whether your shop is […]

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The balancing act of textile treatments

June 1st, 2021

The pandemic changed consumer lifestyles, with people working, exercising and eating at home. Those new habits translate into higher demand for stain resistance and other performance features in home textiles. Photo: © Alexey Rumyantsev, Dreamstime.com Fueled by consumer demand, textile treatments are evolving to provide an ever-growing array of performance benefits. This development has also […]

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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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