Color Trends, Part Two

Interior fabrics move outdoors

Sunbrella’s new sheer fabrics in Parchment and Mist

In addition to acrylic, polyester and the standard construction elements of outdoor fabric, several companies have offered alternatives. Glen Raven has introduced Sunbrella sheer, chenille and velvet. Sunbrella sheer has been “well received,” Wicker said, and is perfect for an architectural-type frame over a sofa or daybed, privacy panels or curtains in a showroom. Silver State fabrics, a division of Silver State Inc., debuted the first Sunbrella velvet in June and two collections of Sunbrella sheers and shade in July. “Luxsoleil combines the luxury of velvet with the performance of Sunbrella, providing designers with unprecedented flexibility and performance,” said Manoli Sargetakis, a principal of Silver State Inc. “We are

Spinneybeck Acqua waterproof leather
Spinneybeck Acqua waterproof leather

very excited about the Luxsoleil line. Whether residential or hospitality, now our customers have the opportunity to add the richness and luxurious hand of velvet to our boucles, damasks, stripes and many small- and large-scale coordinates.” Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills, the makers of Bella-Dura performance fabrics, added chenille to its line-up as well. Called Bella-Dura Plush, the novelty yarn has anti-microbial resistance, mildew resistance, inherent stain resistance and water repellence.   “The overwhelming response we received from the design community to Bella-Dura fabrics convinced us we needed to expand our product offering,” said Irwin Gasner, president and CEO of Wearbest. Richloom FabricsSolarium line now offers a base cloth that is as soft as indoor fabrics, but carries the essential properties for outdoor  -- weather- and wear-resistance. Phifer has found success with its Phifertex Marquesa fabrics that can be used for cushions and designed for sling, as well.

Sunbrella’s LuxSoleil Collection

Sunbrella’s LuxSoleil Collection

Ultrafabrics has expanded its collection of Ultraleather Brisa Soleil to include Polar, Swimming Hole, Sunflower and Brick Walk, reflecting hues in the white, blue, yellow and red color families, respectively. “We’ve spent a great deal of time and research narrowing down the best color choices to fit the outdoor market’s needs,” said Louise Russell, creative consultant for Ultrafabrics. “Our latest additions complement Brisa Soleil’s current color offering, which was developed to harmonize with natural environments.” The Ultraleather Brisa Soleil fabric line, distributed by HomCraft, was introduced to the casual industry in 2005 with 12 color choices, six of which are available in a distressed leather finish. “We’ll continue to address this segment and bring new ideas to the forefront, as consumer demand for outdoor living remains strong,” Russell said.

Pfifertex Marquesa Cushion fabric

Pfifertex Marquesa Cushion fabric

During the Casual Show, Ultraleather Brisa Soleil can be seen in the following showrooms: Tropitone, Gloster, Bellini, Woodard, Laurie Bell Outdoor Occasions, Carter Grandle, Homecrest, Suncoast, Casual Creations, Anacara, Summer Classics, O.W. Lee, Laneventure, Outdoor Lifestyle and Wood Classics. In 2002, Spinneybeck, a 40-year-old company known for developing leather for upholstery, introduced a waterproof leather called Acqua. Designed for the marine specifier, the leather became popular in different industries and now boasts 40 colors. “When we first developed Acqua waterproof leather, the 17 colors were specific to the marine industry,” said Spinneybeck President Roger Wall. “We’ve seen specifications for universities, spas, stadiums, bars, residential applications, corporate areas and car interiors.”

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