Tern Point Shade Renovation

January 1st, 2023

Sometimes building a home to capitalize on the view of its surroundings may introduce some unintended problems.  Fabric Structures, based in Whangarei, NZ, had been consulted by the owners of a home that had been designed and built around the north-facing aspect and proximity to the ocean and sand dunes of the Mangawhai harbor. Extensive […]

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2022 New Products Showcase Part 1

April 1st, 2022

Tents, awnings, 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 us information about their latest high-performance textiles. We’ve organized the […]

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Outdoor lifestyles of the rich and famous

April 1st, 2020

A retractable canopy provides just the right shading in the California sun. Photos: Arya Group. Villa Sarbonne, a Bel Air mega mansion, was designed with no detail left unattended. The 25,000-square-foot home boasts nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a movie theater, hair salon, spa and even a car elevator that rises seamlessly from underground to deliver […]

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High UV-protection shadecloth

October 1st, 2019

Now available from U.S. distributors, Comshade® XTRA offers up to 99.7 percent UV protection. The premium extra heavy-duty knitted HDPE shadecloth is recommended for medium- to large-sized high tensile commercial projects where safety and longevity are critical. The fabric is available in 10 designer colors, including the new colors Aspen, Mushroom and Jade. With a […]

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Canopy protects New Zealand kindergarten from UV rays

June 1st, 2016

Mid-century kindergarten in New Zealand gains a contemporary facelift and enhanced enrollment—and a healthy dose of shade. Of all the roles that shade structures fulfill—from aesthetic appeal to space expansion— their most critical function is weather protection. Few places require as much protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays as New Zealand, which, according to the country’s […]

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Sunbrella® introduces first knit shade fabric

September 8th, 2015

Sunbrella Fabrics, Glen Raven, N.C., has announced its first shade fabric engineered for shade sail applications. Sunbrella Contour is the first knit Sunbrella shade fabric, featuring a rich texture with the unique ability to fit to any shape and angle, making it usable for a variety of applications such as shade sails, fixed awnings, shade […]

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