Seaman Corporation recognized for favorable work culture

March 23, 2020

Established in 1949, Seaman Corporation is a world leader in the production of innovative, high-performance coated fabrics. Headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, with additional manufacturing in Bristol, Tenn., Seaman was recently named one of the top companies to work for in Ohio by Comparably. Comparably is a platform that provides culture and compensation data for public …

Stunning shade

March 1, 2020

Exterior Shades and Screens, International Achievement Awards 2019 Award of Excellence   The client wanted an eye-catching element to provide protection from the sun and to establish a shady destination area. These shade panels span the area between two buildings and create a comfortable and attractive protected area for shoppers at this high-end shopping center. The …

Artful camouflage

Exterior Shades and Screens, International Achievement Awards 2019 Outstanding Achievement  As part of the renovation of the outdoor Muny Theatre (St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre), the client wanted to hide the enormous stage speakers from the audience. Two large mesh panels, each 10 feet 10 inches by 34 feet 6 inches, were installed behind cables to …

IFAI’s 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Awards

December 1, 2019

At this year’s annual meeting during IFAI Expo 2019, IFAI presented the Outstanding Volunteer Awards, recognizing members who generously gave of their time to serve on different boards, task forces and committees, judged competitions and provided education and leadership to others in the industry. This year’s winners: Amy Bircher, president, MMI Textiles Inc. Jonathan Chakales, …

Student winners: Textile Structures for New Building 2019

A student competition for textile structures highlights the Techtextil show—and presages new building technologies. by Marie O’Mahony The Techtextil student competition is now in its fifteenth year, sponsored by Brussels-based TensiNet, which has provided €8,000 in prize money for the winning submissions. In his opening remarks at the show, Professor Stefan Schäfer, chair of the …

2019 International Achievement Award winners announced

November 1, 2019

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 3 at IFAI Expo 2019. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Orange County Convention Center …

2019 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition winner announced

The Fabric Structures Association, a division of IFAI, recently announced the recipient of the 2019 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition. Association representatives announced the winner at IFAI Expo 2019, held Oct. 1-4 in Orlando, Florida.  First place went to Omar Fabrisio, Avellandea Lopez and Ramon Sastre for their project “Vertex Pavilion.” The Vertex Pavilion is …

Quiet Critters

2019 IAA Award of Excellence The eight 5-foot by 8-foot sound-absorbing “Acoustical FireFlys” that float above the Patten Free Library teen area allow a lively range of programming to take place, including films and maker workshops, without disturbing other library patrons. The new teen area has a distinctive high ceiling and a curved outer wall …

Cloud Ceiling

2019 IAA Outstanding Achievement Award The client wanted to create a more enclosed luxury retail space while retaining a view of the iconic domed roof of the O2 London, one of the largest tensile fabric structures in the U.K. The result was a stunning suspended ceiling system made of 256 fabric fins set 1250 mm …

2019 Show Stoppers at IFAI Expo

All the best from Florida: Thursday morning, Oct. 3, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The eighth annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services …