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C O N T E M P O R A R Y H O M E B Y

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These

high-end fabrics

are as strong

as they are

beautiful.

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Ultrasuede

combines a soft,

velvety hand with

incredible durability.

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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.

Ultrasuede

A classic performance fabric,

Ultrasuede

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

,

Dimensions

and Marathon

lines are

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.

Choose performance

textiles that are right

for your home

Crypton

In 1993, midwestern entrepreneurs

Randy and Craig Rubin developed

Crypton

, 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,

and flames.

Applications: Crypton’s popularity

has led to the development of several

different lines, including Crypton

Home

(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.

Luxury and

Durability

DESIGN

PERFORMANCE FABRICS

Green credentials: Crypton is a

greenguard

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.

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This vibrant

sectional was designed

by American Leather

and upholstered in

Ultrasuede.

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Ultrasuede’s color

goes right through the

fabric, ensuring that it

looks exactly the same

on both sides.

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Performance

upholstery resists spills,

including red wine,

keeping your bar stools

and dining chairs safe.