Fabric Office Chair

Smart fabrics in office chairs

Executive office furniture is often used to set the tone for an entire organization. This type of furniture also suits luxury apartments. The executive workspace should be a little luxurious and yet designed for maximum comfort and usability even in a luxury setting. Typically the executive suite should accommodate clients or other guests while creating an impression of fashionable function. When choosing the office furniture for your business or luxury flat, consideration should be given to style, budget, and purpose. Make every effort to pick out pieces that will meet the needs of the executive, providing ample storage and workspace while creating a positive impression.

Consider fabric choices for health reasons

Long-lasting fabrics that are fire-resistant, durable, cleanable, are not simple to find. Often fabrics used are of lower quality and lack the ingredients and treatments that make the difference when it comes to high-end furniture pieces. It’s not just the fabrics used in finishing that you need to consider but also the fabric choices in the padding that will make a huge difference to the cost and long term enjoyment and health of the furniture. We use allergy-resistant materials and smart fabric choices to create enjoyment that is not only visually appealing, comfortable but also healthy. Healthy fabric choices in your office furniture will ensure that fungi, dust mites and health challenges that are associated with old not well cared for office furniture do not create a toxic environment for your office staff.

The scope of technical fabrics used in office furniture

The term “technical textiles” was coined in the 1980s to describe the growing variety of products and manufacturing techniques being developed primarily for their technical properties and performance rather than their appearance or other aesthetic characteristics. It largely superseded an earlier term “industrial textiles” (still widely used in the USA) which had become too restrictive in its meaning to describe the full complexity and richness of this fast-growing area. A major international exhibition, TechTextil, was launched in 1985 to reflect the growth of technical textiles and soon developed a simple taxonomy that has been used ever since to describe the scope of this new industry and market sector.

Within each of these headings are literally hundreds of products and applications for textiles, some traditional, some replacing other well-established materials and techniques, and some that have been newly created by the unique properties and capabilities of textile materials and structures, for example: & fabrics in fashion.

The automotive industry is not only one of the largest single markets for technical textiles but also one of the most diverse ranges of smart fabrics. Applications range from tire cord, hose and drive belt reinforcements to thermal and sound insulation, safety belts and airbags, filters, cable harnesses and textile reinforced composites for body and suspension parts. Even the internal furnishings of a car – headliners, seating, carpets, parcel shelf, and trunk liners – are all regarded as functional fabrics because of the extremely demanding specifications to which they are made and tested.

As just one other example, the medical and hygiene textiles market ranges from high volume disposable products for babies’ nappies, feminine hygiene, and adult incontinence through to extremely specialized and high-value textile products for use in blood filtration, surgical sutures, prostheses and, most recently, scaffolds for new tissue growth.

The economic importance of technical textiles

The fabric and textile sector in the UK alone is worth £1.3 billion per year and at least double that in terms of downstream processing and fabrication activities. Worldwide, fabrics are the future with technical textiles accounting for 25-30% of all textile manufacturing and approaching 50% in some regions.

Most advanced textile economies (now including the likes of China, South Korea, and Taiwan) have embraced technical textiles as a new source of growth and as an alternative to low added-value, mass production textiles and clothing. Indeed, as the technology and functionality of these textiles increase, including combinations with other materials such as metals, ceramics, polymer films, foams and powders, many technical textile producers are now seeking to redefine themselves as part of a new advanced flexible materials industry, adopting new manufacturing techniques and addressing new markets which have little in common with their traditional activities. Likewise, many manufacturers from completely outside the textile sector are adopting textile and fiber-based materials and techniques wherever they see these as appropriate but without ever regarding themselves as part of the textile industry.

Meanwhile, many of the technologies and products of this advanced materials sector are diffusing across into consumer applications. The first generation of such ‘performance’ products were the membranes and breathable coatings of protective clothing textiles, first introduced into the high-end ski and out-door wear but now almost an everyday component of leisure clothing. Similarly, a growing range of ‘well-being’ textiles has evolved from products initially developed for medical and other technical applications, in combination with innovative technologies such as microencapsulation and nanotechnology.

Beyond technical textiles

The new promise of technical and performance textiles is an emerging generation of products combining the latest developments in advanced flexible materials with advances in computing and communications technology, biomaterials, nanotechnology and novel process technologies such as plasma treatment.

These will eventually have a direct impact on all sorts of consumer textile markets, including both clothing and furnishings. The field of ‘wearable electronics’ has already captured the imagination of many researchers and large corporations and, although most products on the market today are relatively unsophisticated ‘implants’ of conventional electronics and wiring, the prospect of truly ‘interactive textiles embodying sensors, actuators and logic circuits built into the structure of the fibers, yarns, and fabrics themselves is not impossibly far-fetched.

‘Technical textiles’ already sounds a terribly antiquated and inadequate term to describe much of what is going on in this exciting new market.

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