When I was young I loved watching the “Flintstones” cartoon. Not so much for the madcap shenanigans of Fred and Barney. Rather, it seems I was fascinated by the innovative household contraptions they designed.
I loved that the vacuum was a baby elephant, Wilma’s shower loofa was a porcupine, Fred’s golf club was the head of an upside-down pterodactyl and their garbage disposal was a ravenous buzzard stashed under the sink …who knew, nary an animal in the town of Bedrock was unemployed.
This form of resourceful creativity to fill a need fueled my imagination, so when the “Jetsons” was released, I thought my head would explode! A home pod, floating in space where everyday utilitarian needs are supported by fabulous futuristic inventions—I was in heaven! The interior people mover, robot maids, flying cars and Jane’s “Dress Selector!” This is a box that dresses you in the morning, like a mommy, but faster. You just shuffle your bedhead self in one side and come out the other, stylin’ and ready to go! Name one woman who wouldn’t want that machine!
Ironically, the Jetsons set in, year unknown, but created in the 1960s was a feast of clever applications that actually do exist today! Jet packs, drones, holograms, dog treadmills, robot vacuums, smart shoes and watches… all these elements designed to make our daily tasks easier. Apparently, this form of evolution has been going on since the Stone Age, improving the quality of life, by freeing up our time for more enjoyable activities… seems to be the nature of man to look for help when faced with a task.
Today, nothing has escaped a performance upgrade: cars, phones, TVs, DVDs, kitchen appliances, computers and even interior design elements like motorized window blind systems, remote controlled recliners and “Performance Fabrics.” Alas, textiles designed to resist the conditions we live in means integrated solutions, not tacked on after the fact.
Designers, “Performance Fabrics” are part of our hi-tech evolution. We all know spills, stains, static and fading live at home, yet when you use Performance applications made from technologies that target these offenders, you increase the life of the home fabrics by keeping them cleaner and fresher longer. It is important to know these products, what they are and what they can do to make our clients’ lives easier. This is information you can bring to the table, thus supporting your value.
The Nanotex® process uses a certified, scientific nanotechnology to transform the molecular structure of fibers on an atomic scale; bonding with the fabric, rather than coating, and creating a huge new universe of fabrics!
(Oh my, it appears this process is performed in an underground lab by cartoon superheroes!)
They change the structure, without changing the natural characteristics of the fabric, like hand or drape. Remarkably, a fabric treated with Nanotex claims to provide repellency/stain resistance, moisture management, odor control, static elimination and wrinkle resistance! Use after use, Nanotex delivers permanent textile protection, making it almost impossible to stain and it cleans up with soap and water.
In addition to being extremely stain resistant, Crypton® fabrics are known for comfortable breathability. The Crypton technology is built in to the fabric and integrated with an impenetrable Moisture Barrier. Stain, moisture and odor resistant, with “Greenguard” certification, Crypton is also a disinfectable fabric that is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. Although Crypton fabrics are the designers’ choice for contract design, residential designers are now using this beautiful fabric, due to its stain resistance and antibacterial properties, for kitchen chairs and in children’s rooms.
DuraBlock is a backing that can be applied to all fabrics finished with Nanotex. DuraBlock forms a breathable, liquid-proof barrier that prevents liquids and contaminants from reaching the seat cushion. Great for high traffic commercial and residential environments. Fabrics backed with DuraBlock can be recycled.
New Teflon® fabric protector “Shield” and “Clean Portfolio” are advanced care for a better planet. Fabric treated with Teflon will naturally fend off soil, stains and spills, making it easier to keep upholstery and draperies fresh and clean. Outdoors, Teflon provides continuous protection for awnings and furniture cushions from soil, moisture and UV rays.
First it was awnings, then it was boating. Next it was outdoor furniture; today, residential furniture. This solution-dyed acrylic fabrication was revolutionary in the 1960s, with its incredible durability, resistance to spills and being oblivious to fading, even in the brightest sun! It is no wonder this “wonder fabric” stood alone in the marine and outdoor furniture market. Sunbrella fabric awnings reduce energy consumption by 10-60%, aiding in the prevention of sun induced damage to the skin and Sunbrella fabric was engineered for a serviceable lifespan, up to 10 times longer than conventional fabrics.
Now, thanks to intricate jacquard weaving, innovative yarn construction and advanced fabric finishes, they have been able to match the look and feel of fine interior fabrics in hand and hang. Plus, you have all the indestructible properties of the amazing Sunbrella!
This is our future Designers, a world less and less laden with the care and maintenance of our utilitarian lives. Soon, our day-to-day could be managed by a sassy robot maid, a machine will dress us in under five minutes and human mishaps will disappear in a single swipe!
Check out some of our Performance Fabrics:
- Kravet Smart treated with Nanotex
- Duralee Crypton Home
- Robert Allen Performance Texture II
- Maxwell Nantucket Collection with Nanotex
- JF Color Concepts by Meredith Heron and Crypton
- SilverState exclusive Sunbrella fabrics
Now the idea of setting your antique settee in the bay window is a possibility, if it is covered in the non-fade Sunbrella. Go ahead get that white sofa or loveseat your jelly-faced, muddy-shoed, out-of-control grandchildren will play mountain climber on. Your furniture is “Nanotexed!” You won’t have to change the kitchen chair cushions every year if your fabric is Crypton. Nor will you have to clean the patio door drapes as often if the drapes are treated with Teflon.
Become familiar with the “Performance Fabrics” and consider them when you have any issue with durability, cleanability, sunlight, children, moisture or odor. Your clients will thank you.