Pat Perry Tent

March 1st, 2023

To help the Virginia Arts Festival celebrate its 25th Anniversary at a new venue, a new custom tent was needed. Tents LLC, of Frederick, Md., approached the Tukwila, Wash.-based Rainier Tent with a bold and creative idea for the Pat “Bunny” Perry Pavilion, a staple for the annual festival. Rainier’s graphic design team collaborated with […]

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Pavilion for Queen Victoria Gardens

October 1st, 2022

Each year since 2014, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation of Australia has commissioned an architect to design a pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the center of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct. The MPavilion then becomes the focus of a free program season of cultural events and interventions, lively talks, performances, workshops, installations and kid-friendly experiences.  […]

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Sails that sign: Enter here!

August 1st, 2022

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indigenous community in Scottsdale, Ariz., has a dedicated space that is surrounded by a high-end commercial plaza on its land. Located at the crossroads of two major roads, the shopping complex is composed of numerous brick-faced masses that have tribal art affixed to the curved walls. One corner of the complex […]

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The greening of outdoor fabrics

June 1st, 2022

Batyline Elios from Serge Ferrari is an outdoor upholstery fabric that holds the Greenguard label, is UV and mold resistant, extremely cleanable and provides abrasion resistance of more than 50,000 cycles. Photo: Serge Ferrari ©Marie Allain Green. Sustainable. Environmentally friendly. These issues are top of mind for manufacturers of all kinds, and outdoor fabric manufacturers […]

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Wide width shade mesh for zip blinds

February 1st, 2022

Serge Ferrari’s Soltis® Veozip shade mesh for outdoor zipper blinds combines quality and long-term performance with a textile look and feel. The fabric’s natural hemp fiber composition is woven with three different colored yarns to give it a tone-on-tone aesthetic that matches all standard aluminum pergola and façade frames. With an openness factor of 5 […]

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Food for life

July 1st, 2021

As with many food-related companies, the North County Food Bank in Vista, Calif., has had a need to utilize its parking lot due to COVID-19 restrictions. The food bank serves between 200–300 families per day, and the operation was forced out of the building. Volunteers serve a constant line of cars from 9 a.m. to […]

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Rolling out the sidewalk

May 1st, 2021

The Montana Brewing Co., located on the ground floor in the defunct Montana Power Co. building, was one of the first small-scale brewpubs to appear when such facilities sprung up across the country. As the first brewing company in Billings, Mont., it staked out a claim on the main thoroughfare in the historic district of […]

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Shade around the world: custom canopy projects

February 1st, 2021

Ant Walk in Mexico City is a covered walkway by Ketan Membranas Arquitectónicas, intended to be analogous of the form of organization and work dynamics that ants use to provide themselves with resources. Photo: Ketan Membranas Arquitectónicas. Wherever the sun shines, people need shade. These recent canopy projects from around the world fulfill that mission […]

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Roland-Garros gets a retractable roof with Serge Ferrari fabric

October 1st, 2020

Built in 1928, the Philippe-Chatrier Court is the main stadium of the Roland-Garros complex. Construction teams for the new retractable roof were on-site within days of the 2019 championship matches. The 11 wings of the roof unfold independently, and each is 105 meters long and 3 meters high. Photos: Serge Ferrari. Like virtually every other […]

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Protecting structures with fabric

July 1st, 2020

When it comes to protecting structures  from the elements, fabric has it covered. by Jeff Moravec Think Hawaii doesn’t get bad weather? Think again. Wind can be a problem, but protection can be found in the form of a rope and pulley system, like this one from Tropical J’s in Honolulu. Photo: Tropical J’s. Fabric […]

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