Products & Collections

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.

When designing and developing fabrics whether that be for residential, commercial or hospitality projects, Zepel considers consumer safety and the environment as an intrinsic part of business practice. Collaborating with mills that can provide industry relevant certifications that fabrics are safe for you, your family, and for the environment is a part of this responsibility.

To any Northern Hemisphere folk reading this, apologies, but we are heading into summer here ‘Down South’ and it coincides with the lifting of restrictions, and honestly, we cannot WAIT to get out there! In Australia and New Zealand, we have a very special and unique interaction with our outdoor spaces that often blur into our living areas, and for at least half the year act as an extension of our interior. Accordingly, there is an intrinsic link between developments and inspirations that influence the interior space, and outdoor design is every bit as trend rich and responsive to fresh ideas and culture shifts that affect other aspects of design. There are some emerging currents we are beginning to see for ‘outdoor’ and we wanted to explore a few here in more detail - in readiness for the warm long days ahead.

The current advances in yarn technology continue to evolve, and at Zepel we seek opportunities with our high-performance brands to take advantage of these innovations. Our newest addition, FibreGuard Outdoor, introduces further refinements to yarn that combat Australia’s harsh elements. The secret to this innovative range is the composition of Solution Dyed Polyolefin which has numerous benefits, most notably its powerful resistant to UV exposure and easy clean qualities. A yarn that is specially created for outdoor environments, this powerful synthetic material is first solution dyed, penetrating the fibre in its entirety, and then extracted for yarn manufacture. These fabrics are also moisture, mildew, odour resistant and anti-microbial. 

Even though these exclusive benefits appear to take the limelight, it is also FibreGuard Outdoor’s modern style, aesthetics, and textural designs that are equally notable. Outdoor fabrics are no longer limited to basic neutrals, stripes, or leafy patterning, but have become sophisticated and striking.

At Zepel we are renowned for our modern and sophisticated fabric designs with practical attributes. The versatility of collections within our range are ideal for residential and commercial applications, proving a popular choice with designers and home renovators across the country.  Our focus is providing quality high performance ‘life-friendly’ textiles, fabrics that are durable, easy clean, modern and epitomise everyday luxury.

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our new FibreGuard Outdoor fabric range just in time for the long-anticipated summer months ahead. And, if you didn’t already know about the specialist attributes of the FibreGuard brand, then read on.  
 
FibreGuard is an innovative fabric technology that provides in-built, stain resistant technology while also offering innovative features including water repellence, easy clean properties, and colour fade and mildew resistance while still maintaining a stylish finish in a variety of colourways.  And did we mention that you can easily remove sunscreens and skin products from these fabrics! 
 
Outdoor dining or lounge furniture takes the brunt of the harsh Australasian climate, and with outdoor living and entertaining as popular as ever, it pays to ensure you can rely on your high-performance upholstery fabric to last the distance.  

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.

Proven to be both stain-resistant and long-lasting, FibreGuard fabrics are engineered from the inside out to perform for the home, for work and for you.

The inherent FibreGuard protection is the result of years of research and testing by interior designers and textile engineers offering a range of fabrics ready to stand up to anything daily life can throw at them.

The FibreGuard effect is permanent, meaning that the stain-free properties are inherent in the fabric and will last long after washing or prolonged use.  The easy to clean nature of the fabric means you can easily maintain your upholstered furniture.

The unique benefits of FibreGuard make it the ideal choice for both residential and commercial interiors and this is showcased below in projects from across the globe where FibreGuard has been specified:

Jannah Stevens began her creative studies in set design in Brisbane back in 2005, from here an interest in interior design grew.  A move to Melbourne saw Jannah undertaking formal training in both interior and textile design, finally graduating in 2009. 

 

After several years working in the textile industry and gaining a great foundational knowledge of textiles, she then started up her own small business creating and hand painting watercolour designs for digitally printed, homeware accessories.  As momentum increased, Jannah’s business evolved into a brick n mortar pop-up shop for 12 months on high Street in Armadale.   It’s this experience that Jannah draws upon today when developing product for Zepel where she has been the Product Development Co-ordinator since 2018.

FR-One Fire Retardant Fabric is the industry-leader in Inherently Fire-Retardant (IFR) furnishing fabrics for commercial and residential use globally.