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.
When we think of velvet we might imagine a lush dense fabric such as floor to ceiling drapes in an ornate and traditional setting, or it could be a fabulous armchair that you just want to run your hands over. Either way, the feeling that velvet exudes is one of tradition and luxury.
The latest addition to the James Dunlop textile family now comes with the ultimate in stain-resistant protection – FibreGuard. Renown to be best in class for its easy cleanability, durability and soft handle, FibreGuard textiles can also be trusted to be safe for everyone in the home.
It’s been 15 years since Mokum launched in the US market and over three years for our James Dunlop range. We are thrilled at how receptive the US market has been to our differentiated product offerings and our contemporary design aesthetic.
Here we outline the top fabrics from both Mokum and James Dunlop that are popular in US homes and commercial environments.
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:
Rhea Culliford, formally trained in design at Massey University in Wellington, graduated in 2010 with a background in fashion design and tailoring. Rhea spent most of her early career working in the fashion industry refining her technical expertise. In 2015 she decided to make the shift to textiles, joining the team at James Dunlop.
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.
Around the world, the requirements for the healthcare and hospitality sectors, when it comes to textiles are purposefully strict and it’s for a reason, to protect those within these spaces.
High volumes of people / foot traffic, personal and organisational hygiene, food preparation and fire safety are just some of the considerations when selecting fabrics for these industries.
Let us introduce you to the fantastic attributes offered through our high performance healthcare and hospitality grade fabrics:
- Easy cleanability - inherent stain resistance protection ensures spills and stains are easily wiped away
- Anti-microbial - finishing techniques ensure mildew and bacteria can’t attach to the yarn or foam
- Odour Control - easy stain removal and moisture control means odours are kept at bay
- Moisture Barrier - liquid and stains can’t seep through, they wick, making them easy to wipe off, flexible and breathable fabrics
- Heavy use durability - tested and approved for commercial application in the heaviest traffic areas of a development
- Passes all commercial tests and certifications - stringent heavy duty testing for abrasion, strength, flammability, stain resistance moisture barrier, resistance to microbial growth, cleanability, colourfastness and more
To help you with your Commercial project we have available the following high performance fabric brands for Healthcare and Hospitality Specification:
You may recall the piece we wrote about a local manufacturer, Uren Barsal and their super quick innovative spirit during lockdown in April. An Auckland-based soft furnishing manufacturer, Uren Barsal, quickly needed to adapt in the changing climate to ensure the business, and more importantly the staff had work.
The introduction of the popular Kind Face masks to their soft furnishings product range has been a success with steady sales. Now with the global COVID-19 resurgence, especially across the Tasman, international orders are ensuring the mask category for Kind Face is productive.
FR-One Fire Retardant Fabric is the industry-leader in Inherently Fire-Retardant (IFR) furnishing fabrics for commercial and residential use globally.
Across fashion, homewares and interior soft furnishings, linen is revered for its relaxed beauty, casual sophistication, organic texture and unique inherent characteristics.
The connection between linen and skin is energetic. It’s impossible to replicate the feeling of handling a high quality linen textile; its unique texture, the way it moves, even the sound it makes when you tousle it, is alluring.
Here we delve into the wonderful world of linen, exploring its origins and unravelling its many inherent characteristics.
Check out our linen Instagram Live Series on YouTube.
March witnessed a sumptuous release of new product by Designs of the Time as well as a creative installation collaboration for Melbourne Design Week. Sarah Fox caught up with the creative genius behind Designs of the Time, Yvan and Owen Puylaert, to discuss aspects of their collaboration and the Fuego Collection which blends rich materials and artisanal processes with the quintessential South American colour palette and spirit.