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.
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.
Have you ever wondered what our fabrics would look like on a piece of furniture or as a curtain? Do you struggle to imagine it? We call this the imagination gap.
To help bridge this gap, we at James Dunlop Group (JD Group), have invested in creating high quality digital copies of our physical fabrics. Capturing every thread and fibre so that we are able to create and provide you with photorealistic digital imagery across an extensive range of fabric designs and colourways, through 3D rendering.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.