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Tips & How To

"We want to share our years of fabric experience so everyone can understand the basics when it comes to soft furnishings and fabrics."

Elegant and thoughtful; striking and daring; lush and leafy; bold and colourful; calm and serene. Creating successful home interiors is part design magic and part functional excellence and we have developed a wealth of knowledge over our many years in the business.  

We want to share our fabric insights so everyone can understand the basics when it comes to soft furnishings and fabrics.  So whether you are new to all of this, or maybe you just need a refresher, we strive to provide something for everyone. Browse the topics below to find helpful tips and advice to ensure you get a great end result.

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.

Colourfastness is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, Seam Slippage) 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 colourfastness so we asked our Mokum studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.

Pilling is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Seam Slippage and Colourfastness) that we are going to cover over the next few weeks to provide some background as to how we test and why.  

Test results provide us with critical information about a 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 pilling and we asked our Mokum studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.

The world is your oyster when it comes to decorating children’s bedrooms, and as a child there is nothing more exciting than to have all of your favourite things set out in you room whether that be numerous soft toys lined up on the bed, brightly patterned bedding and cushions, stacks of your favourite books, knick-knacks and trinkets galore, and pictures of unicorns, dragons and rugby heroes posted across the wall.

What our children love from a décor point of view and what the parent might like are sometimes quite different!  To manage some of this less desirable décor, ensure you start with a design plan in mind, talking if over with your child/ren to ensure the room will look cohesive and considered – and ultimately enjoyed and loved by them.

Here are our top 5 tips for styling kids spaces:

“Which way does the stripe run?” One of the most frequently asked questions we receive both in our showrooms, and over the phone. It is a question that can be easily confused, especially when interpreting fabric specifications from a small sample and how that translates to a roll of fabric.

A ‘pill’ or more commonly known as a bobble, fuzz ball, or lint ball is a small ball of fibres that form on the face of a piece of fabric.  It is caused by abrasion on the surface and is considered unsightly as it makes fabrics look worn.

“Our unique environment impacts on our lifestyle and shapes the way we live. Kiwis and Aussies are often regarded as relaxed and “easy going” – there’s a casualness to how we live, speak and design and this is reflected in our preferred colour palettes too.” - Stephanie Moffitt, Mokum Design Director