Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, introduced the Decorative Shade Collection during 2014 IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo in Minneapolis, emphasizing the aesthetics of shade design and expanding the fabric portfolio of the 53-year-old brand.
Comprised of three distinct lines, “Fundamental,” “Alloy” and “Unity,” the collection opens up new shade application possibilities and is the result of two years of design and development work by Glen Raven.
Fundamental is a jacquard shade fabric driven by classic elements with a modern twist, ideal for upscale, highly decorative applications. The first fabric of its kind in the U.S., the fabric utilizes Sunbrella fabric construction and a simple stripe concept resulting in a classic woven houndstooth pattern. Available in Charcoal, Sand and Walnut, Fundamental’s pattern is distinct close-up, yet subtle from a distance. The fabric is ideal for fixed-frame or retractable structures, as well as umbrellas.
Building on the increased interest in metallic and solid surface shade products, Alloy takes the edgy, technical look of those structures and elevates them with fabric construction, allowing light and water to filter through the material. Using a combination of PVC and standard acrylic yarns, the fabric has a stunning metallic sheen—a mix of materials that creates a dichotomous matted and shiny look. Available in Silver, Vapor (light pearlescent), Steel and Bronze, Alloy takes on a different look with each installation, including fixed-frame structures, shade sails and roller shades.
Unity is made from recycled content and offers a rich dimensional texture. It combines up to 50-percent post-industrial recycled Sunbrella fiber with virgin Sunbrella fiber and achieves a unique style and vintage charm while providing rich color, distinctive texture and excellent performance. Available in Ashe, Granite, Char, Leaf and Garnet, the fabric is ideal for any decorative shade application.
Fabrics in the Decorative Shade Collection carry a five-year warranty.