An undulating and colorful canopy brings praise, and customers, to a seaside haunt.
Stadium wrap met the rigorous sustainability and environmental standards set by the LOCOG.
New opportunities in building wraps combine specialty fabrics with dazzling digital effects.
Taction - The Art of Touching Experience was a 3-D example of how the sense of touch, the personalities of textiles and Superwide dye-sublimation printing interact and complement an interior space.
LEAD Inc.’s collaboration with light architect Meeß-Olsohn.
For 10 days in November 2008, downtown Eindhoven, The Netherlands, became an open-air museum to several dozen art and design installations of light in the third edition of GLOW, an international light event.
Fabric and graphics in a downtown carries the message of universality.
The challenge was to create a storefront display that better utilized the customer’s expensive retail space and to create an environment that provided privacy without being totally closed off.
Tension fabric R & D leader, Transformit, has contributed its expertise to the recently opened Jamestown Settlement Museum.
An evocative memorial to the victims of the 2004 train station bombings in Madrid provides a focal point for all those whose lives were touched by the horrific blasts.
New technologies bring light—and the message—to fabric.
The fabric was used when the Abteiberg Museum moved temporarily into a vacant theater.
Fabric suppliers see continued economic pressure for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy rebounds, the architectural building market segment will be sluggish. Growth will continue in selected areas of the world experiencing commercial building booms, such as China and Dubai. The industry will continue to consolidate and will emphasize higher quality fabrics where there tends to be a more steady, reliable demand (and better profit margins).
Manufacturers see slow growth for the U.S. lightweight structures market in 2009, which will be aided by the growth of ‘green' projects and the trend toward using fabric in building projects in place of traditional (and often more expensive and less efficient) materials such as steel and concrete. They feel that the industry will continue to suffer from a shortage of skilled labor.
Coupled with the increasing cost of raw materials and a slowdown in both commercial and residential construction, these factors will likely continue to drive up the cost of doing business and inhibit business growth. Yet there are opportunities to grow and stay profitable for companies that manage their businesses closely, monitor all costs, and make smart, long-term decisions that focus on optimizing value (emphasizing quality and innovative products) for their customers.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.