Hartmann&Forbes Launches the 2009 KottaWeave Collection Update
Submitted by Designer on Fri, 2009-10-02 09:44
COLLECTION EXPANDS TO NEARLY 30 DESIGNS; FEATURES METALLIC THREADS
Date of Release:Friday October 2, 2009
Tualatin, Ore.— Hartmann & Forbes is expanding its KottaWeave Collection with the addition of four new designs. The new weaves feature fine-spun jute grass and metallic threads, each inspired by Miyabi, the ancient Japanese concept of elegance, awareness and simplicity. After months of extensive travels and tireless design efforts, the update expands the collection to nearly 30 handwoven designs, broadening the company’s total offering to nearly 350 weaves from sustainable natural fibers.
“We launched the KottaWeave Collection to offer the most refined natural window covering materials in the market,” said Michael Jones, founder and CEO of Hartmann & Forbes. “This update offers that same outstanding refinement with new filament designs which create a unique shadow aesthetic on the window.”
The first two patterns of the four-pattern update, KW102t Ume Tendril and KW103t Wisteria Tendril, feature jute grass interwoven meticulously by hand so that the filament winds its way vertically from the bottom of the shade to the top, creating a meandering vertical stripe. The Tendril patterns feature jute grasses interwoven into the base fabric, using skills and techniques that are centuries old and extremely rare in today’s machine-made world.
The other two weaves, KW106s Midnight Sun and KW107s Noonday Sun, which took nearly three years to develop, feature metallic threads interwoven with the spun jute. “The metallic threads provide a natural, subtle shimmer that echos elements seen on the fashion runways of Paris and Milan this past spring. The natural luster gives the refined weave surprising depth,” said Jones.
As part of this update, Hartmann & Forbes is also launching their new line of Bamboo Edge binding, which was designed to coordinate perfectly with the KottaWeave Collection. Made from 90 percent bamboo fabric and 10 percent silk, the edge binding finishes the edges of the shades while providing a touch that is soft like cashmere. Bamboo edge binding is available in six rich earthtones, and can be applied to most of Hartmann&Forbes’ 350 total patterns.
Hartmann&Forbes is an independent company dedicated to preserving age-old handcrafting traditions by designing and crafting natural window coverings that reflect today’s definition of luxury. We pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries with innovative designs, unsurpassed quality, and exceptional service. Inspired by cultures and people of the world, our roman shades, draperies, panelscreen, rollershades and top treatments are as distinct in their design as they are subtle in their environmental impact. Hartmann&Forbes window coverings are custom finished to designers’ specifications in the Pacific Northwest and available exclusively to the trade through a network of high-end U.S. and international showrooms.
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