Transparent, self-adhesive textile shades windows

November 1, 2018

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention—or in this case, it’s the father. Specifically, Philippe Lampe, owner of Lampe Textiles in Tielt, Belgium, was looking for a way to provide his son some privacy in his college room. Lampe’s son wanted curtains for his window, but he wasn’t allowed to attach anything …

Curtains for 3-D holograms at the Museum of Applied Art Cologne

The annual IMM Cologne International Interiors Show, held each January, offers a first peek at the trends in interior design for the coming year. More than 1,300 exhibitors from around the world display an exciting and diverse variety of furniture and designs. At the 2018 show, Stylepark AG, the Frankfurt-based online platform for architectural products, …

Acoustical fabric updates arts facility in Toronto

March 1, 2018

Built more than 20 years ago, the Toronto Centre for the Arts’ underused main theater needed updating. The solution involved reducing the overall size and upgrading the systems to create a more efficient facility. Designers of the retrofit, Diamond Schmitt Architects, brought Eventscape into the project to engineer, fabricate and install over 3,000 sq. ft. …

Art and architecture, comfortably

December 1, 2016

The Brickell City Centre, a new $1.05 billion, 5.4-million-square-foot, mixed-use development in downtown Miami, Fla., has it all. There are luxury residences, a hotel, office space and a five-story pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants and cafés. Connecting this vast space into one architectural statement is a 100,000-square-foot canopy called the Climate Ribbon™. Made of faceted …

Hybrid fabric building

November 1, 2014

Farmers by day, musicians by night. When the Central New York Regional Market Authority commissioned a year-round farmers’ market building in Syracuse, N.Y., members expected the hybrid fabric and steel structure to multi-task. Little did they know how rapidly the popular shopping spot for fruits and veggies would become an exciting concert venue, known as …

The versatility of fabric for shade

December 1, 2013

From urban renewal to water conservation to alfresco elegance, the benefits of shade structures cover a lot of ground. By Sigrid Tornquist There’s something about a well-designed textile shade structure that acts like an invitation. Whether the structure is angular or curved, freestanding or an extension of a building, crisp white or in vivid color, …

Hightex wins IAA Award of Excellence for fabric art

November 1, 2013

Hightex Group plc, a systems engineering company for textile architecture and cable systems of large area membrane roofs and façades, won an International Achievement Award (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications for the art installation “Leviathan,” a work created by the British artist Anish Kapoor. The award was presented by the Industrial Fabrics …

International architectural designer shares Energy Tower virtual tour

August 1, 2013

Internationally acclaimed architectural designer Michael Edmonds shared with Dallas energy and real estate leaders his signature vision for how vertically integrated spaces can combine form and function, while maximizing efficiency in terms of construction costs, energy consumption and land use. He used the proposed ENERGY TOWER at City Center in Midland as the cornerstone of …

Fabric ceiling transforms a school gym

May 1, 2013

Arcus Temporum XI, a three-day spiritual exercise August, 2012, blended music, theater and art, focusing on the theme “a search for place.” The festival site, the Arch Abbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary, is a historic monument with a breathtaking view of Lake Balaton—and a boarding school gym that served as a concert hall for guest composers. …

Interior textiles: Part 2

Detailing the development of an industry. By Nicholas Goldsmith Besides the developments described in Part 1, another critical path in the development of tensile fabric interiors also started during the 1980s. Bill Moss, well known since the 50s for his design of lightweight camping tents, introduced a stretch fabric display for trade shows and events. …