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Brentano Collection Looks to Life's "Most Basic Building Block"
Introducing 17 new fabrics inspired by relationships with water

02.01.2012
Quadro - upholstery in devore velvet look

Brentano's latest collection is a call for attention to water, a resource that has historically been taken for granted due to its abundance. Water is vital for all forms of life on Earth. Clean water is essential for humans and other life forms, although nearly one billion people lack access to safe drinking water. And while it covers nearly 71% of Earth's surface, lack of access to water is rapidly becoming a crisis that will continue to spread and affect our entire planet. Water conservation, as well as a draw toward the tranquil and universal nature of water, was in the forefront of Brentano Design Director Iris Wang's mind while developing Brentano's spring 2012 collection.

The Back to Basics collection embraces water, the most basic building block of life, in several ways. Whether it's by utilizing advanced green technologies to produce eco-friendly textiles, turning to manufactures with proven water conservation practices, or by featuring natural and simple patterns in pastoral colors, all 17 textiles ask that we consider what is vital to good design.

Plein Air and Zinnia
Brentano expands their outdoor upholstery offerings with Plein Air and Zinnia, both of which stand up to the elements while offering an array of fresh colors. The sophisticated, outdoor upholstery Plein Air is woven from polyethylene and polyester with a double-beam construction to suggest the appearance of rattan, while providing increased wearability and affordability. Available in 7 colorways, its classic twill pattern looks refined in the neutral shades Snow, Granite, and Sand, but also looks fresh in the blue shades of Morning Sky and Lagoon. 54" Plein Air is remarkably durable, passing 200,000 double rubs (Wyzenbeek). It also has a polyester backing and antibacterial finish, making it the perfect pattern for any outdoor setting.

Created in response to overwhelming requests from clients and our sales team, Zinnia maintains the same Japanese stencil-inspired, botanical pattern of Brentano classic Dahlia but re-imagines the weave for outdoor requirements and re-colors it for a fresh take on this successful, graphic upholstery. Woven from 100% high energy-dyed polyester, Zinnia meets contract performance standards at 30,000 double rubs (Wyzenbeek). It also offers strong lightfastness and has both Teflon and antibacterial finishes. Available in 9 colors ranging from classic neutrals, like Dreamland and Aztec, to the established blue of Art Deco, to the bold and fun Sunbow and Peppermint Stick.

Back to Basics also features 7 additions to the Brentano Green fabric label that continue to expand the boundaries of what is possible in green design. Several new additions are eco-friendly wools that use a water-conserving fiber-dyed process and a trio of Belgian linens that use a "field-retting" process as opposed to the water-polluting "stream-retting" process more commonly used.

As always, the collection offers luxurious residential textiles such as Current, a well-priced, refined textural pattern; Instinct, a clever, sophisticated take on animal-print; and Arcadia, a pattern with a relaxed stripe and an "upscale-primitive" feel that is ideal for residential interiors that want to look casual and elegant. In keeping with their motto of beauty + performance, Brentano rolls out their most high-performance textiles to date that utilize antibacterial, solvent resistant, GreenShield, and Teflon finishes, as well as provide wearibility up to 250,000 double rubs (Wyzenbeek).



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