Going Boldly: Textiles Look Forward

HBF, Pallas Textiles, and other manufacturers update tradition through cutting-edge technology and sustainability cred.

With wrapped-panel, drapery, and bleach-cleanable options, Lost & Found boasts a high percentage of recycled yarns and rapidly renewable materials, like content made from discarded T-shirts. Courtesy HBF Textiles

Textile designers are the high-wire performers of the contract industry: See them bound effortlessly from construction to color theory to production; look at them deftly balancing art and science on a razor’s edge. And as they do this, many of these designers are also acting as stewards of material history. Case in point: Christiane Müller—the designer behind HBF’s new Lost & Found Collection—has created a series of upholstery and drapery textiles that utilize or reinterpret techniques ranging from embroidery, which has its origins in prehistory, to ancient Egyptian needlepunching. But Müller goes a step further, pulling off a hat trick: For many of them, she has deployed recycled yarns and rapidly renewable content to give them sustainable bona fides.

So let’s throw a rose to the designers. These collections prove that great textiles are timeless—though, thankfully, technology can lend a hand in making products longlasting, and less harmful to the earth.

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