The most innovative introduction at Showtime, the International Textile Alliance’s bi-annual fabric market, was Celliant® Home. This health-enhancing fabric, now available for interiors through Decorative Fabrics of America, is a clinically tested responsive textile technology that, up till now, has been making waves in athletic apparel and bedding. Declared as a medical device by the FDA, Celliant® fabrics are designed to increase blood flow and energy. These benefits are intrinsic to the fabric; they do not wash or wear off.
Textile designer Nicole Casey was intent on bringing Celliant into the home design realm, and pitched the idea of weaving the fiber into home textiles to several people in the industry. It was not until she met with Bob McKinnon, president of DFA, that she found her match. Casey says, “Bob got it. He could connect the dots and had the foresight to invest in the last step.”
Celliant® fabrics offer another type of performance, working for the end user as he or she sits at home on in the office. Made from a mix of minerals selected for their thermo-reactive ability, they convert body heat into infrared energy and emit it back into the body. Because Celliant® is effective through one inch of thickness, Casey and McKinnon are also working on a Celliant® liner of sorts that can be a layer under leather or an other fabric. Casey says, “I wanted to design something that goes back to the end user.”
For more about Celliant Home, please read Adelaide Elliott’s article in Furniture Today.