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Holistic Appeal: 25 Healthcare Textiles to Please Patients and Designers

Holistic Appeal: 25 Healthcare Textiles to Please Patients and Designers

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    Pallas Textiles

    Designer Laura Guido Clark, whose clientele includes the likes of Apple and Mattel, turned to historic handwork and crafting techniques such as block printing and crochet when she created the five patterns in the Freehand collection for Pallas Textiles. Shown clockwise from top are Stamped Out, Laced Up, Criss Crossing, Block Party, and Hooked. Read more.

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    KnollTextiles

    KnollTextiles design director Dorothy Cosonas found inspiration in a Chanel jacket when she designed Sinclair, one pattern in KnollTextiles’s Pavilion collection. The collection also includes two other solution-dyed, performance upholstery fabrics, Noble and Baxter, and two privacy curtain polyester fabrics, Decobeat and Sidestep. All fabrics in the Pavilion collection are Greenguard certified. Shown from top to bottom are Noble, Sidestep, Decobeat, Sinclair, and Baxter. Read more.

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    Momentum Textiles

    More healthcare designers are trying to put into practice the ideas behind biophilia, human beings’ innate affinity to nature. Momentum Textiles attempts to do so with Botanica, a collection of four durable, bleach-cleanable fabric types, which include Naked Nylon 2 (NN2), a recycled nylon upholstery; Silica Tech, a PVC-free silicone and polyester upholstery fabric; Dayspell, a collection of upholstery textiles made from post-consumer recycled polyester and solution-dyed nylon; and Fluent, a privacy curtain made from recycled, fire-resistant polyester fibers. Shown left to right are Silica Tech, Trove (in the NN2 collection), Silica (predecessor to Silica Tech), and Banter (in the NN2 collection). Read more.

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    Jason Ware Imagery / Courtesy Maharam

    Maharam recently introduced several upholstery and curtain fabrics suitable for use in healthcare. Abacus (top) recalls the simple beauty of the forerunner to the modern-day calculator in pre- and post-consumer recycled polyester, which can be cleaned with a water-based cleaner. Tread (bottom left) is a polyurethane fabric with a silane-based antimicrobial. Meanwhile, Carry (bottom right) is a privacy curtain textile that combines an array of colors in vertical stripes that create a subtle gradient without the shock value of a sugary children’s cereal. Read more.

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    CF Stinson

    Michael Graves’s penchant for travel and exploration began during his post-graduate years at the American Academy in Rome, where he immersed himself in the Italian city’s culture, art, and architecture. His career has since taken him around the world on journeys that served as the inspiration for Voyages, a collection of healthcare seating fabrics that he designed for CF Stinson. The collection comprises six durable, cleanable, and printed polyurethane textiles featuring subtle to vivid patterns and a faux leather look. Shown from left to right are Auberge, Entrada, and Auberge. Read more.

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    Bretano Fabrics

    Founded in 1990 with a modest collection of eight patterns, Brentano Fabrics has grown into an internationally represented textile house. As part of its fall 2012 Gallery collection, Brentano is launching Mythos (bottom) and Perspective (top). Made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester, Mythos is a woven fabric finished with GreenShield—an eco-friendly, stain-resistant coating—and is suitable for use on seatbacks. Perspective is a bleach-cleanable, polyurethane upholstery and panel fabric offered in a palette of nine colors inspired by M.C. Escher. It is suitable for bench backs as well as lounge chairs. Read more.

Dated furniture and a palette of sappy pastels can rank alongside tasteless food and double-loaded corridors as grievances that add insult to injury during a hospital visit. Healthcare architecture’s recent emphasis on patient-centered design and sustainable design have opened facilities to more natural light and interior finishes that are hospitable, high quality, and environmentally sensitive. In general, healthcare fabrics must be durable, cleanable, antimicrobial, and flame retardant. However, these rigorous performance requirements do not always necessitate a compromise in aesthetics or comfort. Six manufacturers showcase their newly launched upholstery and curtain fabrics that try to do it all.