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are as strong
as they are
combines a soft,
velvety hand with
nce, having a young family
meant putting your interior
design dreams on hold. White
couches plus juice boxes equaled disaster,
and pets were a whole other source of
textile-ruining accidents. But thanks to
advanced performance fabrics, a busy
family life and luxury furnishings now
go together just fine. The only challenge
is deciding which of the top durable
fabric brands best suits your needs.
A classic performance fabric,
was invented in the 1960s
by Japanese company Toray, which
still owns the brand. It consists of
three layers of vanishingly thin ultra-
microfibers — surface, structure and
scrim — bundled with a polymer binder
to create a soft, suede-like texture
that’s durable and resistant to spills and
stains. A similarly priced performance
alternative to good leather, it’s just as
durable but softer to the touch and
available in a wider range of colors.
Applications: Ultrasuede is tested for
color fastness, air permeability (which
prevents odors and mildew from
becoming trapped), tensile strength,
and abrasion endurance (passing over
200,000 ‘rubs’ on the Wyzenbeek
standard test). Its exceptionally high
performance in all of these categories
make it ideal for upholstery, especially in
sunny and humid climates. Ultrasuede
is also a great option for pet owners; its
microscopic structure resists scratching,
it’s stain resistant, and it doesn’t have a
weave to trap loose strands of fur.
Green credentials: Since 2010, Toray
has been working toward a more eco-
friendly Ultrasuede production process.
Recent environmentally friendly
innovations include the introduction
of plant-based polyester into the
formula for Ultrasuede, and a chemical
recycling program that has reduced
factory energy consumption and carbon
emissions by 80%. The Ambiance
made from 100% recycled microfiber.
Care: Ultrasuede requires minimal
maintenance to keep it clean and fresh.
It is machine washable, and liquid
spills bead and run off without being
absorbed. Most water-based stains can
be cleaned up with just a damp cloth,
while a mild detergent or solvent will lift
off tougher, oil-based messes. Air dry,
then brush the nap back into place with
a soft brush.
textiles that are right
for your home
In 1993, midwestern entrepreneurs
Randy and Craig Rubin developed
, an antimicrobial, stain
and water repellant fabric that was
breathable and free of the vinyl coating
that was previously considered essential.
That gave Crypton a softer, more natural
feel than its competitors and made it an
ideal fit for high end furnishings.
A heavy duty fabric that looks and feels
like a luxury textile, Crypton is also
resistant to fungus, abrasions, odors,
Applications: Crypton’s popularity
has led to the development of several
different lines, including Crypton
(for domestic specifications)
and Crypton Outdoor
. Today, Crypton
offers over 2,000 upholstery fabric
options in a huge range of colors,
textures and patterns, making it perhaps
the most diverse producer of technical
fabrics. In addition to fabric by the
yard, the Crypton Home line includes
furniture, decor, accessories, and a line
of pet beds and throws, designed in
collaboration with WilliamWegman.
Green credentials: Crypton is a
Gold Certified technology,
which produces low chemical emissions
and is free of potentially harmful
materials. A closed loop manufacturing
process recycles waste, including 100%
of fabric scraps.
Care: Crypton is designed to resist
liquids, causing them to bead and run
off. Most stains can be cleaned with
laundry detergent and water.
Crypton also sells professional grade
stain removers, fabric disinfectant and
a pet safe cleaning spray.
Opting for a performance fabric costs
a little more, but the ease of living
they bring to a busy household is
well worth the added expense. Ask a
Lawrance designer about upgrading to
performance fabric upholstery that can
withstand years of exploration by little
hands and paws.
sectional was designed
by American Leather
and upholstered in
goes right through the
fabric, ensuring that it
looks exactly the same
on both sides.
upholstery resists spills,
including red wine,
keeping your bar stools
and dining chairs safe.