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We are interested in what fabric can bring to life. Our blog is a celebration of the lifestyle, culture and design that influences what we do.

It was fortunate timing that Zepel introduced the high-performance fabric range, FibreGuard Pro, in late 2019. This collection has thoughtfully considered our increasing concern when visiting hospitality and healthcare premises. The interior furnishings within these spaces that our body comes in contact with, such as couches and chairs, the surfaces we touch, and possibly the drapery, require suitably engineered fabrics to ensure we are protected from any harmful bacteria and germs. It may seem like an exaggeration and something we would never consider before, but untreated fabrics in hospitality and certainly in healthcare, can harbour harmful germs and bacteria. Furthermore, with the increasing requirement to uphold stringent hygiene in public spaces, a fabric range that could eliminate this stress in our view is invaluable. No need to fret however - our FibreGuard Pro fabrics while being specifically designed for high traffic, demanding interiors, are also germ repellent while being visually attractive.

No matter what happens, 2021 is set to be a fascinating year as we see changes in our home and working lives and, rejuvenating our homes to suit the current mood.

Across the world many of us have embraced elements of the popular tradition of ‘Wabi Sabi’ by incorporating the Japanese aesthetic for rustic minimalism into our lives through fashion, art and interiors to create a more stress-free environment.

It’s a common thread throughout the interiors world – one of turning our homes into a haven like retreat – somewhere to relax in a calming space, that is attractive to many of us after the ups and downs of 2020.

Have you noticed that the web is full of ‘one trick’ wonders for cleaning pretty much everything in your home? From baking soda to rid carpet stains, grapefruit to clean your bath, and vinegar for bad odours, there is a home remedy for any occasion. 

We all like natural products, but sometimes things are taken a bit too far and it is hard to know what actually does and doesn’t work.

It is due to this (unscientific) information that we are frequently asked about using different cleaning hacks on our stain-resistant fabrics, especially when it comes to FibreGuard sofa fabrics. 

In this article we will cover some key questions relating to the cleaning of your FibreGuard fabric.

Part two of this article explores the more recent approaches to wallpaper production delving into the refinements made in technical processes, and the influence of history and art on current wallpaper artistry. 

In this two-part series, we will provide a brief history on the evolution of wallpaper highlighting the various methods of production, technical advancements along with the impacts of manufacturer, style, and consumer trends. 

This year in particular, there has been a general sigh of relief with the first long hours of sun and balmy temperatures. This dose of positivity is a welcomed sight, and reinforces feelings of optimism and embracing a renewed, hopeful season. The notion of revitalisation is that we improve something that is existing, that holds integral meaning, (and in this instance the home setting), and create a transformed or diverse look/feel to a space. This alternate look can also represent something more than aesthetics and possibly a new shift of perspective experienced from the challenges of a year to an increased appreciation of simple comforts. With sunny weather on our side, it’s the perfect opportunity to infuse optimism into your interior styling that reflects whatever your renewed focus on home, and living may be.

Here are some easy and effective methods to refresh interiors, featuring new designs from Zepel and Casamance that will enhance beginnings.

We have opted to present two contrasting interior styling options - a subtle method, and dramatic statement. As these are the prevalent approaches, this will assist you in adapting these base styles to your chosen interior flair. Remember, revitalising rather than completely remodelling a space is key, so these easy to tackle style tips, can be completed in a weekend or even an afternoon.

The pursuits of Christian Fischbacher to implement advances in sustainability and unconventional methods with the manufacturing of recycled textiles and yarn, have been remarkable. Our partnership with this luxury Swiss brand has been fortunate, and Zepel are honoured to represent a brand producing high quality, sophisticated fabrics that promote new methods in sustainable practices. It’s with no surprise that with the recent renovation to their warehouse that Michael Fischbacher, (CEO Christian Fischbacher), decided to opt for a green approach and install a solar power system comprising of 267 modules. 

The interior style of modern rustic is gaining momentum and arrives at an ideal moment, or perhaps it’s this current uncertain time, that has ushered in this inspiring trend. There is a focus on creating stress-free environments that combine elements of natural fabrics, raw materials, earthy colour schemes, and extreme comfort combined with an underlying sense of escapism. Almost like a faraway retreat or cabin in the mountains, even though we can’t physically be there, this mood can be created. This ideology perfectly marries with the notion of ‘cocooning’. First proclaimed by trend forecaster, Faith Popcorn, the interior style of cocooning revolves around the idea of creating a safe, comforting interior, removing you from the angst and uncertainty of the outside world. Sounds perfect right?

Here we take a look at some of these modern rustic ideas, and fabrics from Zepel that emulate this growing trend.

Sheer fabrics are often overlooked when window coverings are called for. However, they provide another layer to a room, as well as privacy. “Spaces tend to feel more intimate and quite ethereal,” says interior designer Kerry Phelan, director of K.P.D.O. Interiors + Architecture.

“They can also be used to create a sense of mystique, something beyond,” says Phelan, who regularly uses Zepel’s collection of sheers for a variety of projects from residential projects through to hospitality.