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Fabrics and Soft Goods

Textiles are ubiquitous, playing an integral part of our everyday lives. The paradox is they are often invisible to us in the environment in which we live. Understanding the science of textiles; their properties, construction and aesthetics is required to make an appropriate selection as part of the design process. With textile technology, the modification and creation of new fibers and fabrics seems limitless. This guide will consider the sustainability of different fabrics in the context of the design industry.



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Introduction to materials

The reasons for selecting certain textiles includes functional and aesthetic considerations. With an overview of the materials, components, construction and finishing of different textiles and soft goods, this chapter provides a framework for understanding the characteristics and use of fabrics. This guide on using soft goods in the interior space explores how a space can be brought to life by the introduction of a soft accessory.


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The Science of Textiles

The discovering a development of textiles was one of humankind’s earliest technical achievements. This text assist the designer in making connections between textile science and interior design, supporting design with the practical application of relevant science with an index on different textile performance concepts and properties. This introduction to natural and manufactured textile fabrics explores how the physical, mechanical, chemical and environmental properties of a fibre determine its performance and therefore its use.


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Sustainability, Safety and Codes

Consumers and professionals in many industries are increasingly conscious of environmental concerns; with awareness, consumers and manufactures alike are voluntarily reducing the materials and recycling resources. This chapter delves into concepts such as: sustainability and the ‘cradle-to-grave’ system within manufacturing with an overview of environmentally focused design considerations within the textile industry. Learn about the concept of environmentalism and the role of fabric standards, renewal of resources and low-emitting interior products in green and sustainable design in this overview.

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