We are interested in what fabric can bring to life. This journal is a celebration of the lifestyle, culture and design that influences what we do.

Viscose, or Rayon, was the first regenerated fibre to be manufactured for commercial production in the early 1900s. 

As a fabric, it is able to emulate the extremely soft handle and subtle sheen of natural fibres, whilst being more cost effective to produce. Therefore resulting in the continued popularity of viscose in fashion and soft furnishings.

Although viscose begins as a natural fibre, it is different from products like linen and cotton because it undergoes a manufacturing process. During this process, wood pulp is dissolved in alkali to make the solution called viscose, which is then squeezed through a nozzle or spinneret into an acid bath to create filaments called regenerated cellulose, and finally spun into yarn.

As with all natural fibres, viscose has a unique personality and requires special care. In this article we will discuss the characteristics of this versatile fabric, whether it is the right choice for your next project, and its unexpected enemy – H2O.

Selecting a fabric construction that suits your project is essential to optimizing the look, feel and longevity of your furniture and drapes. While the number of options may seem daunting, allow us to breakdown the most commonly manufactured constructions in this two-part article.

Delve back into part one to refresh your fabric knowledge and feel like an expert in the showroom.

These popular textile constructions also fit neatly into the five basic fabric styles, described here in our earlier article

There are five different styles/category of fabric that form the foundation for the vast array of curtain and upholstery fabrics you see on the market today.   Each fabric style outlined below has its own unique characteristics and are produced using different techniques.  Some of these fabric types will be well known to you like plain and printed fabrics, while others less so.

You may be wondering why cotton and linen for example are not included here – this is because they are a type of composition that falls within one of these categories below.   

Here we give you a high-level overview of the styles of fabrics available to you for your home interior or commercial interior project.

Fold Studio is a Sydney based studio designing and fabricating high-end contemporary folding room dividing screens. Stemming from a love of textiles, Pauline Ollman, founder and designer has an extensive background in the architectural and interiors industries overseas and in Australia and her studio aims to create unique, elegant, functional responses to modern-day living needs.  Here, Pauline gives us the lowdown on how her creative concept came to fruition.

When it comes to home interiors and soft furnishings there really is a vast range of curtain and upholstery fabrics to choose from, all with varying attributes for certain applications.  To ensure you start your project off with the right foundations, you need to be selecting a fabric that is most suited to its purpose.

There are various textile constructions/qualities that fall within five fabric “types” we describe in our earlier article here.

In this two-part article we will discuss the most commonly manufactured constructions that you see in the market today.

If you are into interiors you have no doubt seen the growing number of furnishings from cushions, bedding, and upholstery, that are covered in this wondrously tactile fabric.  If you are after fabric that adds dimension texture then Bouclé is the fabric for you.

We have a soft spot for sheep.  For many, sheep are symbolic to New Zealand culture with the rearing of sheep being the backbone to the economy for many years.  

Sheep farming was established in New Zealand by the 1850s and has played an important role in the economy ever since. For several decades wool accounted for more than a third of New Zealand’s exports by value with the sheep population peaking at just over 70 million in 1982.

This number is significant when comparing it to New Zealand’s human population.  By 2020, sheep numbers dropped to 26 million, following a decline in profitability compared to other types of farming, particularly dairying.

While also farmed for their meat, today’s article focuses on sheep wool and its environmental attributes.

As part of our series on Wool, today we hear from the helm of James Dunlop Textiles, Ben Moir, Managing Director.   Ben was raised on a high-country sheep station in the central South Island on the rugged landscape of the McKenzie Country which is synonymous with quality wool.  Ben imparts his insight into life growing up on a high country sheep station immersed in wool, and how his formative years have provided him with the skills and tenacity to lead a dynamic textile business.

Christchurch based interior designer, Lisa Sinke, had a lightbulb moment one early morning.  She realised there was a gap in the market for bedheads that provide a boutique hotel bed-look and are easily purchased by consumers. Unable to find the kind of bedheads that matched her vision, she decided to create her own. 

As part of our series around wool and the textile industry we focus on the design and manufacturing of woollen products providing an insight into how this amazing raw fibre is converted into highly acquired woollen fabrics for home décor and the interior design industry.

Today we talk to one of New Zealand’s biggest design and manufacturing companies, Inter-weave, who has had a long history in the creation of woollen products for both the local market and internationally.

Owner of Inter-weave, Tracy March answers a few questions around the business and how it works alongside the textiles industry.

Born into a family with artistic and creative talents, it was only natural that Auckland, New Zealand based Donna White developed a passion for design from a very early age. We caught up with Donna who shared with us her professional journey, views on interior design and some of her favourite projects.