November 18, 2014

The making of our beloved “Furore”

Our decoration fabric Furore is a technically complex masterpiece. The base cloth comes from Lyon in France and is a netlike fabric, the technical terminology for which is "tulle". The pattern of this decoration fabric - stylized flowers arranged as an ornament- was created by Christian Fischbacher's designers in St. Gallen, Switzerland and is printed as a heavy opaque flock on tulle. It is astonishing that the print sticks to the open-net fabric. So how does this happen? The short fibres, also called flock, are uniformly applied on a metal table. The metal table top then is connected to a high-voltage generator. Subsequently, the tulle is stretched on the table and the adhesive for the flock fibres is applied to the tulle in the shape of the design. Next, during screen printing, it is distributed through a fine mesh fabric by using a rubber squeegee. All this is done manually. The fabric will now be flocked from the other side. For doing this, a container filled with the flock fibres is positioned over the tulle. The bottom of the flock container consists of a metal sieve and is connected to a pole of the generator, the metal plate to the other pole. It builds up a voltage that causes the flock to fall through the sieve onto the tulle where it aligns itself vertically to the fabric. The container is pulled slowly and repeatedly across the fabric, and thus the uniform, velvety effect is created. The printing process is now complete, and the tulle is placed on a trolley and rolled into the drying oven.