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Living Alfresco

The antipodean lifestyle

"Our Southern Hemisphere summer is in full swing and the majority of us are spending a lot of time relaxing outdoors. The antipodean lifestyle embraces the benefits of outdoor living spaces and the furniture that defines these spaces."

Outdoor fabrics need to be durable and resistant to all types of climatic conditions; however they also need to have a soft hand and complimentary designs. We take a look at the benefits of outdoor textiles and the wide range of fabrics on offer to suit any outdoor living space.

Designed and engineered for both outdoor and indoor use, contemporary outdoor textiles are durable, easy care and have excellent sunlight resistance.

Due to technological advancements, the latest outdoor textiles achieve a more natural appearance, softer handle and finer construction than ever before. This improves the flexibility of application, enabling outdoor textiles to work seamlessly in both indoor and outdoor spaces where the fabric is subjected to direct sunlight and heavy usage.

Our outdoor fabrics are primarily woven with solution dyed olefin/polyolefin/polypropylene which give the best possible resistance against colour fading from direct UV exposure. The production of these yarns is generally environmentally friendly, being recyclable and resulting in minimal waste.

The benefits of olefin/polyolefin/ polypropylene:

  • Excellent colour fastness and resistance to fading.
  • Fast drying.
  • Highly stain and soil resistant.
  • It is a strong fibre and has excellent abrasion resistance.
  • Resistant to fading and mildew.
  • Resistant to mildew and chemicals, making it easy to clean.

 

Outdoor Fabrics

Below are some of our wide range of outdoor fabrics – from textured plains to bold patterns, we have textiles to suit any outdoor environment.

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Did you know?

As well as UV resistance, many of our outdoor textiles offer high performance aspects such as soil and stain resistance, mildew resistance, high abrasion results and fire retardancy along with the added value of being machine washable. This ensures they are suitable for both high performance residential and commercial applications.

Tip

When upholstering for the outdoors, it is important to use outdoor reticulated foam which allows water to reticulate or drain away ensuring the cushions dry quickly and maintain their shape, comfort and durability. They come in three densities – soft, medium and firm. When outdoor reticulated foam is combined with quality high performance fabrics and manufactured using a mesh base, the furniture’s cushions will dry out easily and effectively and thus provide comfort and superior performance for years to come.

 

"Our Southern Hemisphere summer is in full swing and the majority of us are spending a lot of time relaxing outdoors. The antipodean lifestyle embraces the benefits of outdoor living spaces and the furniture that defines these spaces."

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