Mindful making

Take an exclusive look at the making of Kvadrat’s first outdoor textile

From collaborations with fashion designers to the reuse of end-of-life fabrics, there is not much Danish brand Kvadrat have not explored in the world of textiles. Outdoor fabrics are a surprising first though, and Kvadrat have left no stone unturned, creating something that is innovative to the core.

Launching at IMM Cologne (14-20 January), Patio is designed by Copenhagen-based weaver Karina Nielsen Rios with a burst of three colours. Staying true to the brand’s environmentally-conscious ethos, Patio is built using specially-developed Trevira CS yarn with enhanced UV stability. ‘We spent over three years searching for an alternative to the conventional top coatings,’ says Lea Nordström, technical manager at Kvadrat of the dynamic fluorocarbon-free finish they achieved.

Material innovation doesn’t stand in the way of quality though, as Kvadrat manage to create a soft touch in the textile while still maintaining its outdoor requirements: water-repellent and fast-drying. Writer: Sujata Burman. §

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