R+T trade fair set

September 1, 2017

R+T, an international trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems, is set for February 27 through March 3, 2019, at the Messe Stuttgart, Germany. At R+T, attendees will find a va-riety of products, including exterior Venetian blinds, awning control systems, fire protection doors and gates, and security equipment. More online information is …

Glen Raven to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills

August 2, 2017

Glen Raven Inc., a global provider of performance fabrics, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills, a market leader in the design and manufacture of decorative jacquard fabrics. Under the agreement, Sunbury will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Glen Raven Inc. and will operate as part of Glen Raven Custom …

Eco-friendly prototype looks to the future

August 1, 2017

Living sustainably often means challenging the status quo to develop new, more eco-friendly alternatives. That’s the case with Breathe—MINI Living, a unique housing prototype introduced at Milan Salone del Mobile 2017. Designed by New York-based architects SO-IL for MINI Living, Breathe—MINI Living challenges people to think about how much space they need, how the space …

Fabric creates a forest canopy

July 1, 2017

Imagine walking through a dense forest canopy made entirely of fabric. That was the vision of French designer Élise Fouin, who was tasked with showcasing the Sunbrella® Indoor-Outdoor 2015-2017 Fabric Collection in a new and unique way. Fouin created a mosaic of colors in shades ranging from earth red to various hues of green and …

Italian library and café features colorful shade

The Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, a plaza central to the city’s history, is a popular tourist attraction and gathering spot. A short walk away, located amidst a series of courtyards, is the Brac Bookstore + Café, a fresh, modern respite from the hubbub of the square. Recently, the 807-square-foot space was renovated to …

Dramatic stadium opens in Saskatchewan

An exciting new stadium is rising on the Canadian prairie. Part of the Regina Revitalization Initiative, the new Mosaic Stadium will be home to the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Slated to open in the summer of 2017, the multipurpose facility seats 33,000 and can expand to 40,000 in order to hold large events like …

Educate the Professor seminar set on using fabrics as building materials

June 30, 2017

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA) and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), both divisions of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), are hosting an introductory two-day Educate the Professor seminar on the fundamentals of using fabric and films as building materials. Professors who attend these courses can bring their knowledge to students at their respective institutions. …

New Soltis line available

June 1, 2017

Serge Ferrari’s new Soltis line of shade fabrics, available with openness factors of 14 percent, 8 percent, 4 percent and opaque, can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, for screens, awnings, retractables and pergolas. Offering dimensional stability, the fabrics will not stretch or curl, and the edges will not fray. Thin and lightweight, …

Flame retardant usage increases

Worldwide consumption of flame retardants in construction applications is projected to increase 3.2 percent per annum through 2020 to 803,000 metric tons, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, Ohio-based industry research firm. Between 2010 and 2015, a rebound in the U.S. construction industry fueled the gains, as well as double-digit …

Tempotest releases new screen fabric

Tempotest USA has introduced Tempotest StarScreen®, a new screen fabric that provides shade and privacy and absorbs up to 97 percent of the heat caused by solar radiation while allowing for the passage of light. The eleven designer colors are available, and the fabric can be used indoors or outdoors. Made from recyclable PET solution …