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in the nude
This year at NeoCon®, Momentum Textiles will bare it all with the Naked Nylon Collection. Why naked? It’s a solution-dyed, recycled nylon that needs no topcoats or treatments to perform. It is inherently bleach cleanable and withstands abrasion naturally. It’s about as pure and simple as a performance textile gets.
Dri , Proximity
Momentum Textiles introduces the indust ’s ﬁrst 100 percent solution-dyed recycled nylon fabric
Developing this seemingly simple product took two years. Momentum partnered with Uniﬁ, a company specializing in producing and processing multiﬁlament polyester and nylon textured yarn. “We approached Uniﬁ as part of our ongoing eﬀort to source and help create new sustainable options,” says Eddie Elizondo, director of marketing at Momentum. The result: a contract-rated upholste composed of 100 percent Repreve® solution-dyed recycled nylon (made from post-industrial nylon). “To date, recycled polyester has been the only meaningful recycled yarn, and its capabilities have been thoroughly explored. Our indust and our customers are looking for additional, meaningful recycled options,” says Elizondo. He also notes the popularity of solution-dyed nylon fabrics because they can be cleaned with bleach and are ve durable, even without topcoats or additives. Yet there hasn’t been a 100 percent recycled product until now. The backing also is constructed of nylon, which makes Naked Nylon recyclable at the end of its life. Because the yarns are solution-dyed, colors are locked in during the ﬁber extrusion process, making the fabric resistant to fading and extremely colorfast (exceeding ACT standards by over more than times), and it can withstand 100,000-plus double rubs. This product also can contribute to LEED-CI and LEED-NC credits for recycled content materials. Created by senior designer Sara Balderi and the Momentum design team, Naked Nylon is based on the design concept “Nature (Re)Interpreted.”
Balderi looked to nature for inspiration and ultimately found it in the sculptural elements of land art. “Because solution-dyed nylon yarns are ﬁlament ﬁbers, they can be ﬂat in appearance,” says Shantel McGowan, design director. As a result, the design team worked with Uniﬁ to create a broader range of brighter hues, and incorporating texture with specialty yarns with various dimensions and surface qualities became a priority. Naked Nylon features six patterns with a total of 42 SKUs. Patterns like Dri are simple with a strié accent, while Estrella and Proximity are more direct references to land art with organic, dynamic elements. The product itself is versatile and is intended to suit a variety of interiors. And the breadth of Naked Nylon—from both performance and aesthetic standpoints—makes it appropriate upholste in healthcare, education, restaurant, and public space applications. Look for Naked Nylon at NeoCon® Showroom 10-147.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - May 2011
Contract - May 2011
Resources: Salone Internazionale Del Mobile
Exhibition: Neocon® Preview
Focus: Timeless Tradition
Focus: In the Nude
Green: Does It Cost More to Build Green?
Practice: Gimme Some Slack!
Process: Cultural Connection
Process: Productive, People-Friendly Places
Contract - May 2011