Bold, decorative, durable and hygienic, these are Architectural Record's best textiles of the year.
This new bleach-cleanable fluorine-free technology produces fabrics that are water-repellent, stain-resistant, and durable, with a bio-based source. Balance is the first collection to feature Sunbrella Assure, but, in time, more of the company’s contract fabrics for health-care and other uses will feature Assure.
KnollTextiles has developed a bleach-cleanable and antimicrobial all-loop épinglé fabric for indoor and outdoor upholstery applications. Inspired by the structure and linework of modern architecture and the defined rows of tulip fields in the Netherlands, the acrylic-polyester blend is Clean Air GOLD–certified and comes in five colorways.
Roy, Screen, and Score
This update to Wolf-Gordon’s Woven Upholstery collection includes the three patterns named above in complementary scales and colors. The polyester blend is well suited to seating and is approved for use in panel applications for noise reduction or social distancing in active environments.
In collaboration with HBF Textiles, Kelly Harris Smith was inspired by objects from her hometown of Boston such as telephone poles, paver stones, and iron fences. All five textiles in the series utilize post-consumer recycled polyester content and are woven at employee- or family-owned mills in North America. Also approved for panel applications, UP is SCS Indoor Advantage Gold–certified.
Designtex + West Elm Collection
These woven upholstery fabrics take inspiration from classic textiles and mid-20th-century fashion. The four styles—Boucle Melange, Chenille Chevron, Chunky Tweed, and Corded—come in subtly retro colorways. Because the fabrics feature Crypton, they’re durable, stain-resistant, and easily cleanable.