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Journal

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.

Proven to be both stain-resistant and long-lasting, FibreGuard fabrics are engineered from the inside out to perform for the home, for work and for you.

The inherent FibreGuard protection is the result of years of research and testing by interior designers and textile engineers offering a range of fabrics ready to stand up to anything daily life can throw at them.

The FibreGuard effect is permanent, meaning that the stain-free properties are inherent in the fabric and will last long after washing or prolonged use.  The easy to clean nature of the fabric means you can easily maintain your upholstered furniture.

The unique benefits of FibreGuard make it the ideal choice for both residential and commercial interiors and this is showcased below in projects from across the globe where FibreGuard has been specified:

Time spent in Italy during the war exposed a young Southland creative, Ivan Bulling, to a new way of looking at things. Italian design and materials were so different to New Zealand and the long history of craft tradition reinforced his love of design and quality materials. This year marks 65 years of Ivan Bulling Ltd, starting in his grandfather’s shed tinkering and honing his skills.  Today we hear from Grant Bulling to tell us more about this iconic Invercargill-based design business.

Modern living areas tend to be multi-functional spaces acting as lounging, dining, theatre, gym, library & meditation areas and, at present, classroom & workplace all at once. Treating this space with maximum consideration is vital when it comes to decorative and functional elements.

Before you open your wallet however, it’s important to consider your overall design style. Eclectic?  Scandi? Contemporary? Traditional? Or do you prefer the sobriety of raw materials? With so many options, it can get confusing. Look to what you already have and how you can add to, accentuate, or adjust what is there. Whatever design style makes you comfortable, feels natural and brings joy, follow your gut.  

We’ve pulled together an edit of styling ideas that will maximise the opportunities of this central hub of the home, and ensure you feel inspired and comforted whenever you spend time there. 

When the design studio recolour a Mokum ‘Classic’ they inevitably start with matching the previous best selling fabrics, which tend to include timeless neutrals, and enhance and improve some of the more classic existing colours.  

Our latest collection Ikigai is an evolution from our La Primavera collection, adopting many of the same key themes of feminine design, visual optimism and bringing the outdoors in, but shifting to a more Asian aesthetic. 

Given our close geographical proximity to Asia, we share an inherent love of simplicity, quality and craftsmanship. This was a key source of inspiration for the collection which includes a preference for natural fibres and complex weaving techniques.

Abrasion Resistance is one of four key topics (others include Pilling, Seam Slippage and Colourfastness) that we are covering to provide a background as to how we test and why, and we will try to keep you awake while we do it! It’s actually pretty fascinating stuff.

Test results provide us with critical information about a textile’s durability and suitability for certain applications, allowing us to make appropriate recommendations about usage. We externally test all James Dunlop and Mokum textiles in Melbourne at a highly reputable laboratory who are amongst the most conservative and stringent in the world, due to the extremely harsh environmental conditions we face here in Australia and New Zealand.

We have gathered a number of frequently asked questions relating to abrasion so we asked our Mokum Studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.

We understand you have a set of non-negotiable tests that each textile must pass to make it into range, which you refer to “gateway” tests in your development process. One of the important gateway tests for an upholstery textile is that of abrasion resistance. 

Seam Slippage is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, and Colourfastness) that we are covering to provide some background as to how we test and why. 

Test results provide us with critical information about textile’s durability and suitability for certain applications. We externally test all James Dunlop and Mokum textiles in Melbourne at a highly reputable laboratory who are amongst the most conservative and stringent in the world, due to the extremely harsh environmental conditions we face here in Australia and New Zealand.

We have gathered a number of frequently asked questions relating to seam slippage so we asked our Mokum Studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.

Today we hear from New Zealand manufacturers, Creative Upholstery who have been in the game for 30 years. Originally supplying the retail sector, they have developed their product offering to ensure the business is equipped to supply not only retail but commercial projects as well.  Chris King tells us more below.