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Meet Our New Patterns

Posted by Shawn Voss on Nov 23, 2016 10:03:41 AM

 

We’re excited to introduce 3 new patterns into Guilford of Maine! All are bright, contemporary additions to our line. 2 are multi-purpose fabrics for upholstery and vertical surface applications and one is a panel and acoustic fabric. Read on to see them all and order a free sample.

 

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Color, Acoustic Fabric, Panel Fabric

A Warm Color Story

Posted by Shawn Voss on Nov 15, 2016 11:29:13 AM

It's probably not a surprise that we love color here at Guilford of Maine. One of the greatest parts of working in textiles is being surrounded by all the colors and textures that we have to offer. There are currently well over 1,000 colors to choose from in the Guilford of Maine product line! So if you love color as much as we do, or just have a slight affection, check out our latest color story for a little inspiration, which covers the warm part of the color spectrum.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Color

The Magic of Weft Knitting

Posted by Shawn Voss on Nov 1, 2016 1:19:58 PM

 

Did you know that the same machine that is used to knit sweaters and shoes is also used to knit fabric for furniture? These versatile machines are able to knit a variety of different products and shapes that fit the contours of a chair, and are all knit at our facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read on to learn how this process works and its capabilities.

 

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Topics: Teknit

How a Plastic Bottle Becomes Fabric

Posted by Shawn Voss on Sep 30, 2016 4:02:24 PM

 

Yes, it's true. Most of the recycled polyester we use originates from plastic water and soda bottles. While it sounds pretty unbelievable that a hard drinking container can turn into soft fabric, it's actually a relatively simple process and is used often in our industry as well as the clothing industry. This is the story of how a plastic bottle is turned into fabric.

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Topics: Textiles 101

Why It Matters Where Your Fabric Comes From

Posted by Shawn Voss on Sep 20, 2016 11:44:00 AM

A view of some looms in our weave room - Guilford, Maine

 

When we purchase anything, whether it is a piece of clothing or a piece of furniture, it is easy to overlook where that product is made. It's easy to forget about all of the processes, people, expertise, resources and energy it took to get it into your hands. A lot of fabric is made overseas, but let's examine some of the drawbacks and why we think it's beneficial to purchase textiles made in the USA and Canada.

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Topics: Textiles 101, Sustainability

Upholstery vs. Panel vs. Acoustic vs. Cubicle

Posted by Shawn Voss on Aug 31, 2016 11:15:38 AM

 

What makes a fabric something that is made for you to sit on instead of something to wrap a panel with? Or hang in a hospital? Are the fabrics really all that different? The answer is yes and no, as we will explain in this post.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101, Acoustics, Panel Fabric

How to Win Friends and Influence People Through Design

Posted by Shawn Voss on Aug 16, 2016 1:18:01 PM

 

The spaces we move through, work and live in can have strong invisible and subconscious affects on how we feel, act and react. For example, in an airport, the tile patterns, signage, angle of desks, sizes of doorways and lighting can all subconsciously lead people in certain directions, making it harder to get lost and easier to find our gate. Or more likely to buy a snack. We aren't even consciously aware of these forces, and yet they exist. As designers we have the opportunity to shape how people experience the world around them.

 

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Let's See How Well You See Color

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jul 26, 2016 11:46:21 AM

 

When designing a space, choosing colors of fabric, paint, and other surface materials is a crucial task to making a room look great. As a follow up to our recent posts about the color wheel and color palettes, I thought it would be interesting to share the Farnsworth Munsell color test. It helps answer the question "is what I am seeing what other people see?"

 

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Topics: Color

Content Matters: Polyester

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jul 22, 2016 2:23:05 PM

Patterns shown starting bottom left to upper right: George, Pizzazz, George, Limelight, Mod

 

Polyester is the most common and versatile fiber type that we weave fabric with in our mills and most of our upholstery, panel/acoustic and cubicle fabrics are woven out of polyester. In this article we will cover what polyester is, where it comes from, and its advantages and disadvantages.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101, Panel Fabric

How to Create a Color Palette

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jun 8, 2016 3:58:26 PM

 

Now that we've got the basics of the color wheel down (see previous post here), we can move on to how to use it! There are 7 main color relationships that we are going to cover, plus neutrals, in this post. Knowing these color relationships can help you unpack the mystery box that color palettes can sometimes be. 

 

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Topics: Color