Courtesy Ultrafabrics Organic Matter Ultrafabrics’ first bio-based collection, Ultraleather Volar Bio, uses renewable plant-based materials to provide a sustainable, high-performance alternative to leather. Composed of 29 percent bio-based content including corn by-products, polyurethane resins, and wood pulp, the fabric is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program. The result is a matte surface with a semi-lustrous base that is ideal for furniture and wall surfaces in commercial settings. In addition to reducing dependence on the earth’s nonrenewable resources, the fabric is both REACH-compliant and SCS Indoor Advantage Gold–certified, lending itself to healthier interiors. Since the collection’s launch in 2019, Ultrafabrics has expanded Volar Bio’s palette to 15 colors including a selection of rich neutrals among earth-inspired hues that it says represent “the healing power of minerals.” Courtesy Designtex Strong as Silk Medieval armor, with all its flamboyance and intricate decoration, was a response to a design conundrum—how to make a knight look impressive while also protecting him from the lancer charging at him at full gallop? The team at Designtex was inspired by a similar challenge in designing four luxurious and sustainable upholstery fabrics for the post-pandemic commercial interior. Velvet Corduroy (shown far left) provides all the […]

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