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Infographic: How Textiles Are Made

Posted by Shawn Voss on Oct 21, 2015 3:42:10 PM

 

The processes of making textiles can be, well, a little bit complicated. There are a lot of different steps that have to come together in order to make your chairs, acoustic panels, lounge seating, cubicle panels or anywhere else you stick fabric look and perform great. Some of us are visual learners, so we put together a handy infographic to give a broad overview of what the process looks like at our mills in Maine and North Carolina.

 

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

How to Choose the Best Fabric for Acoustic Panels

Posted by Shawn Voss on Oct 8, 2015 2:12:39 PM

Fabrics Shown above - Seating: Sketch. Acoustic Panels: Gray, FR701. Light orange, BeeHave. Dark orange, Highbeams.

 

There are many options for covering acoustic panels, but whether you are looking to cover some panels for your basement theater or fill an auditorium, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing which material to cover the acoustic panels with.

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Topics: Acoustic Fabric, Acoustics

Meet our new patterns.

Posted by Shawn Voss on Aug 26, 2015 10:13:00 AM

 

We are excited to announce that we have just launched 7 new Upholstery patterns and 5 new Panel & Acoustic patterns. All of the Upholstery products (except the Teknit knit) come with our BLOCKaide Stain Repellent and are all 50,000+ double rubs. Also, all the Panel & Acoustic products have been acoustically tested by a third party and are equally at home on a cubicle panel or an acoustic panel. But enough chit chat, I'll let the photos do the talking.

 

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

A Quick Trick to Specify an Acoustic Fabric without NRC Data

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jun 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 

What do you when you want to use a fabric for acoustic panels, but don't have the data to know whether it will result in peaceful bliss or a cacophony of noise? Sometimes an old fashioned trick is just what you need in a pinch.

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Topics: Acoustic Fabric, Acoustics

Monthly Collection: Speechless

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jun 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

 

This month we put together a collection of acoustic fabrics from our entire group of acoustic patterns that go beyond classic FR701. Check it out, let us know what you think, and order a free memo set of this collection!

 

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Topics: Color, Acoustic Fabric

A Beginner's Guide to Acoustic Panels and Acoustic Fabric

Posted by Shawn Voss on Jun 9, 2015 9:29:00 AM


Photo Courtesy of Golterman & Sabo

 

Acoustics matter, but if you aren't an Acoustician or a Sound Engineer, where do you even start when thinking about acoustics in the space you are designing? This post will cover some of the basics of what to consider for the acoustics of a space, acoustic panel basics and what makes a good acoustic fabric.

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Topics: Acoustic Fabric, Acoustics

Monthly Collection: Elevate

Posted by Shawn Voss on May 29, 2015 2:10:34 PM

 

We all know that certain color palettes and patterns are more appropriate for particular settings than others. This month's collection of Upholstery, Drapery and Panel/Acoustic fabrics were chosen to coordinate beautifully and work well specifically in House of Worship settings.

 

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Color, Acoustic Fabric, Drapery Fabric

Content Matters: Pros and Cons of Olefin

Posted by Shawn Voss on May 8, 2015 7:51:40 AM

Pictured above: Ditty, Xceed and Studio 54 

 

What a textile is made of can make a huge difference when it comes to performance, durability, cleanability and where it should be used. Using a textile with the wrong content can result in poor performance in the field. In this post we'll talk about Olefin. What it is and its benefits and disadvantages.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Textiles 101

How to Bring a Little Modern Flair to a Traditional Style

Posted by Gregg Vander Kooi on Apr 14, 2015 2:51:00 PM

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The Traditional style is comforting and classic. The hallmarks for it generally include deep wood tones, architectural details, and elegant furnishings. Rich wood tones, like those found in cherry, maple, and mahogany, are a key element in this style. Architectural embellishments such as elaborate moldings, beveled wood paneling, and intricate tile and wood floor patterns are widely used. One of the most important facets of traditional design are the lines of the furnishings that often harken back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

But what do you do if the “traditional” Traditional is a bit too stodgy? Modern is too sleek? Transitional too eclectic?

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Color, Wallcovering Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Drapery Fabric

How to Instill a Calm Oasis in a Chaotic World

Posted by Gregg Vander Kooi on Apr 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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Color plays an important role in every environment – they make us feel happy or sad… they can make us feel angry or relaxed. As we all know, it’s important to understand the psychological effects colors might have on an average person, or our client’s target audience. When that need calls for a calm experience, it's always nice to turn to neutrals.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric, Color, Wallcovering Fabric, Acoustic Fabric, Drapery Fabric