New Limited Edition Pet Beds Available Exclusively for BarkGoods

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Crypton Fabric is excited to introduce a new line of limited edition designer pet beds that will be made available exclusively on The BARk Magazine’s new online retail store, BarkGoods. We’ve been a huge supporter of The BARk for many years, so we’re thrilled to have been one of the first pet bed suppliers they reached out to for their launch of BarkGoods.

BarkGoods’ mission is “to connect dog-lovers with products we believe in… scouting out the finely crafted and innovative products that enhance our dogs’ lives, and our own. We think dogs deserve the very best.” Just what you’d expect from the people that built a business around the phrase Dog is my Co-Pilot®!

Not only do they look great, they are strong, built-to-last and unbelievably resistant to troublesome stains, moisture, odor and bacteria. Imagine pet furnishings you don’t have to hide from your guests! We did. Our Crypton pet solutions stay clean and never smell because nothing gets into a Crypton cushion. Since they are made from the highest quality fabric in the world, you can rest easy knowing your investment will last for years.
Don’t you and your pets deserve the very best? We think so.

Crypton Pets partnering with BarkGoods seems like a perfect union indeed. Not only do Crypton pet beds look great, they are strong, built-to-last, and unbelievably resistant to troublesome stains, moisture, and odor. Our pet solutions stay clean and never smell because nothing gets into a Crypton cushion. The removable fabric covers also make machine washing a breeze!

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For The BARk we developed 3 exclusive styles that you can only find on BarkGoods.com. First, we reintroduced our popular William Wegman Hound in the Round square beds in 6 different options using refreshed gusset and piping selections for a sophisticated appeal. Our most popular bed, the bumper bed, received an update with the whimsical Wegman Floretta fabric in 2 neutral, décor-friendly color offerings. We also created a new rectangle bed with one of our favorite Crypton patterns, Bed of Roses in black, using contrasting green and purple piping for both boy and girl pups.

“The Bark is excited to work with Crypton… We are thrilled at the prospect of offering special limited edition products from Crypton, such as bringing back a small run of classic Wegman beds,” Cameron Woo, publisher at The BARk. All 3 exclusive styles are limited editions, so make sure to snag them while supplies last!

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The super talented duo of Bill and Nat at Photo Lab Pet Photography shot the lifestyle images for the BarkGoods store. They still shoot on film, and the attention to photography as craft really shows in their work.

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Crypton Green Makes Cover of Healthcare Design Magazine

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Healthcare Design Magazine May/June 2014 Vol. 14 No. 4

The cover story of Healthcare Design Magazine’s May/June 2014 issue, Common Goals Inspire MaineGeneral Hospital Project, gives a project overview of MaineGeneral’s beautiful new 644,000 square foot inpatient facility in Maine’s Kennebec Valley. The featured story focuses on how the client was dedicated to building a local project team that executed the project via an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) system, which reduced construction time from the projected 36 month schedule to just 26. The project, completed in August 2013, earned a LEED Gold Certification.

That’s all exciting stuff! But we here at Crypton are also pretty excited to see that, not only has Crypton Green been specified on the project, it made the cover! SMRT specified Momentum Textiles’s Upside pattern in At Ease for the cafeteria banquets, which are protected from oil- and water-based spills using Crypton technology.

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Momentum Textiles Upside fabric in At Ease powered by Crypton Green

The fabric is comprised of 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Polyester, so it is offered as part of our Crypton Green lineup. The fabric can contribute to LEED Materials & Resources credits for recycled content, and is GREENGUARD Certified to contribute to LEED Indoor Air Quality credits. Additionally, as with all Crypton technologies, Crypton Green was developed with environmentally preferable chemistry and is processed in our closed-loop facility in Kings Mountain, NC.

Architecture firm TRO Jung Brannen of Boston partnered with SMRT of Portland, Maine for design, and a joint venture betweenRobins & Morton of Birmingham, Alabama and HP Cummings of Portland, Maine handled the construction. You can read more about the design approach on TRO JB’s blog.

We’re proud to be included in such a beautiful, thoughtful, and environmentally conscious project. Congratulations to all involved on a project well done!

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Crypton Cast in Backstage Role in Broadway’s Of Mice and Men

Violet and Blue backstage with trainer Lydia DesRoche at Of Mice and Men on Broadway

Pup stars Violet and Blue backstage with trainer Lydia DesRoche at Of Mice and Men on Broadway (Amy Nicole Swift 2014)

Of Mice and Men is in its closing week after a successful run starring the high-powered talents of Chris O’Dowd, James Franco, Jim Norton, and Leighton Meester, but the four-legged players are who truly stole our hearts. This was the Broadway premier of senior rescue pits Violet and Blue, but with their stage presence and star power you’d never guess they weren’t longtime vets of the theatre or the limelight.

Violet and Blue’s success can of course be attributed to their dedicated trainer, Lydia DesRoche, owner of Sit Stay Dog Training in New York City, who has coached them on and off the stage throughout the show’s run. Although this is DesRoche’s first Broadway show, she has been training dogs for over 14 years, and counts many celebrities and A-list New Yorkers on her client roster. DesRoche’s reputation is what caught the attention of company manager Bobby Driggers, who found her through the dog training website Do More With Your Dog.

DesRoche’s long-time rescue pet, Blue, who is named for his one striking Blue eye, was originally cast in the role of Candy’s dog because he was a perfect fit for the dog Steinbeck described in his classic novel. DesRoche then sought out a client’s dog, Violet, to play his understudy.

“Every time Violet looked at me she reminded me of Blue. There was this look in her eyes that Blue always had – that same soulful stare that would get people to bring their cheeseburgers outside of restaurants and offer them to him,” said DesRoche. “So we brought her in as the understudy then she took his job! She outshined him!”

Violet arriving to the Longacre Theatre in her Canine Taxi, Blue and trainer Lydia her entourage (Amy Nicole Swift 2014)

Violet arriving to the Longacre Theatre in her Canine Taxi, Blue and trainer Lydia her entourage (Amy Nicole Swift 2014)

Violet and Blue, both aged dogs with a storied past, are unlikely stars of the stage. Violet is somewhere between 13 and 15, and Blue will be 16 in August. Violet was rescued 3 years ago by one of DesRoche’s clients so little is known of her background, but DesRoche rescued Blue from a junkyard 15 years ago where he had been living amongst feral cats.

Working long hours backstage with senior dogs on Broadway is grueling for both DesRoche and the dogs, so she reached out to New York Walk and Train to provide assistants for the shows. “New York Walk and Train is amazing. They’ve been incredible. I don’t know what I could have done without them.”

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Violet in her Crypton Bed of Roses Bolster Bed on opening night  (Lydia DesRoche 2014)

She also was faced with the challenge of creating a comfortable greenroom for the dogs on the hard basement floor, which was no small task. “I was looking for something that would be comfortable for them, where they could really spread out. I wanted something with a bolster in case they wanted to lean. They’re both senior dogs so I wanted to get something that could handle any messes that happened.”

DesRoche chose Crypton’s Bed of Roses Bolster Bed in black and blue. “It’s a really great pattern. I get tons of compliments on the bed. Everyone loves them. The assistants curl up on the beds with them… They’re big enough for a person!”

Crypton was granted access behind the scenes to check out how the beds are holding up under such intense wear. Violet receives a full-body makeup treatment every show, so inevitably the excess has been ground into the bed over time. But makeup is no match for Crypton. “They wash up really easy,” said DesRoche. The covers come off the bed and can be put through the wash, like new every time.

The dogs also take breaks outside to find respite from the frenzy of the show. “We have a Travel Bed of Roses that we use when I take them to the park,” said DesRoche. “We love it. Not only is it padded, but it also cleans up really well. I use it anytime, like if we’re going to sit in the alley or go backstage. It’s really nice to take it around with me, and I think it’ll be really great to have once the show is over.”

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Violet and Blue taking a snuggly break between shows on their soft Crypton Travel Bed of Roses (Lydia DesRoche 2014)

The durability of Crypton has also caught the attention of stage manager Jane Grey, who sometimes brings her dog to the show. “I am sold on this fabric line and am so glad to have gotten to touch it and feel the different qualities,” said Grey. “This fabric should be pitched to Broadway designers and prop people because shows give furniture and soft goods a real beating.”

Though the show is coming to a close this week, DesRoche is hoping that her experience with Of Mice and Men will lead to other opportunities on Broadway. When asked what her favorite memory was from the show she recalls the many times watching Violet waiting backstage for her cue with Jim Norton, who plays her owner, Candy. “She marches, she looks up at him, she smacks her lips, she noses his hand – she’s like, ‘C’mon let’s do this!’”

Of Mice and Men is playing through July 27, 2014 at the Long acre Theatre in New York. Tickets are still available before Violet and Blue take their final bow with the cast.

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Kids Show that Mess Free is the Way to Be

Who says that fashion can’t be functional? Crypton recently hosted a Nanotex fashion show at our Bloomfield Hills, MI headquarters showcasing clothes that are cute and easy-to-clean on a very discerning (and messy) crowd made up of some of metro Detroit’s cutest kids!

After 20 years of creating exceptional fabric made for upholstery, walls, carpet and more, Crypton decided that it might be time to broaden our reach — into apparel. Earlier this year, Crypton acquired Nanotex, a company that specializes in making technology that keeps apparel dry, clean and odorless.

“The difference in these clothes is that every fiber is protected by Nanotex, which means that every fiber is protected. When a spill hits that fabric, it rolls right off and stains are easier to clean.” said Crypton Chairwoman Randy Rubin.

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Nanotex has been a wonderful addition to the Crypton family. You can find children’s clothing with Nanotex technology at beloved retailers, such as Gap and Target. These pieces are resistant to messes and still attractive.

“What’s so great about [the clothes] is that they’re cute today, they’re going to be cute tomorrow and they’re going to be cute on their brothers and sisters.” said Rubin about the look, feel and longevity of the clothing.

The Nanotex fashion show featured kids from metro Detroit who modeled the adorable fashions and then partook of a delicious, messy pizza dinner, which of course included plenty of spills. All fun and no mess or anxiety from parents — they could trust that the clothing would be protected by Nanotex technology.

“It’s just a whole new kind of apparel. It’s stuff you don’t have to worry about.” said Rubin. “You don’t have to stress about your kids eating messy things or being dirty or playing in the mud. It’s just a game changer.”

If you’re interested in cute clothing for kids that will make your everyday life mess free and stress free, consider clothing with Nanotex technology.

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Inspired by William Wegman

William Wegman is a renowned artist known for his esteemed works of modern art. In fact, his prominent pieces that feature whimsical Weimaraners have inspired an entire collection of Crypton Fabric products. We were honored to host him in metro Detroit where he shared his artwork, expertise and encouraged students, and the general public, to create their own masterpieces at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

We are thrilled that Wegman also found the artists he encountered equally inspiring. He shares his reaction exclusively with us on our blog:

Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting metro Detroit, MI and collaborating with Crypton Fabric on a new project. Thank you to Crypton’s Chairwoman Randy Rubin for hosting me. I visited Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, MI and met with graduate photography students. I also gave a talk at the Cranbrook Art Museum in the evening.

The next day, I visited Brookside Lower School. Surprising, illuminating and entertaining beyond words, the visit was one of my best experiences as a visiting artist. More than 500 children greeted me with enthusiasm beyond words!

I showed them a puppy image and was delighted at the creative outcome.  The students swooped in on this image of mine and beamed it through their own luminescent vision making pages and pages of fantastical drawings.

They were shown this:

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Given this:

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And came up with this:

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Now, I have lots of material for my next book.

Continuing to Inspire

After his visit to Detroit, we invited our social media community of pet owners to create and share their own William Wegman-inspired photographs on our Crypton Fabric Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. After the great turnout of pet photo submissions we received from our amazing community, we are thrilled to announce the winner of our photo contest…Kristin Halliwill for her “Bird Dog” photo.

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As our big winner, Kristin will receive one of our unique Crypton Throver designs! Congrats, Kristin, and thanks again to everyone who entered!

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Contest: Photos Inspired by William Wegman

William Wegman’s February 9th visit to Detroit (check out the Mlive.com coverage of the event) proved so inspirational, we thought we’d try something a little different. So to extend the fun everyone had on Friday evening, we’re inviting our social communities to get out their cameras, get creative and have a great time.

Show Us Your Best Impersonation of Wegman

Now through February 23rd (this Sunday), we invite our social community pet owners to create and share their own William Wegman-inspired photographs via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Crypton Fabric pages. Just follow, tag us and use the hashtag #CryptonFabric. This can be either a new creation or one from the past, and participants can either adopt one of Mr. Wegman’s creative styles or come up with one of their own. The only rule is that your pet must be the subject of the photo. And by pet, we don’t just mean your K9 companions.  We also mean your cat, hamster, goldfish, lizard, snake, frog, spider or whatever other beautiful creature you’ve invited into your family.

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Visit William Wegman’s website for more inspiration.

We’re Giving Away A Crypton Fabric Throver

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What’s the best way we can show our appreciation for participation? That’s right — a Crypton Fabric Throver. So following the close of submissions on Sunday night, we’ll randomly select one winner from all of the photo submissions. This winner will be awarded one of our unique Throver designs, possibly from the Crypton William Wegman Collection.

So get out that camera and start snapping. We can hardly wait to see what funny, artistic creations everyone comes up with.

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Crypton Fabric Welcomes William Wegman to Detroit

Crypton Fabric, in conjunction with the Cranbrook Art Museum, is proud to sponsor a unique glimpse into the wild world of photographer William Wegman, filled with Weimaraners and wonder.

“We are thrilled to welcome William Wegman to Cranbrook to speak about his life and career,” said Crypton Chairwoman Randy Rubin. “Wegman’s body of work is held in high regard in the community of modern art. To have such an esteemed artist speak with us is truly an honor. His work has inspired our pet collection and it’s exciting that he will be inspiring the young minds of the Cranbrook Academy of Art.”

On February 9, William Wegman will deliver a lecture at the Cranbrook Art Museum. This special event titled “An Afternoon with William Wegman,” will provide the artist with an opportunity to discuss his career, as well as his newest body of work. The following day, Wegman will visit the Brookside School and teach the students there how to illustrate using his technique and talk about his popular children’s book, Flo and Wendell.

Wegman’s Art

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Flo and Wendell

William Wegman is best known for his photography of dogs. And before you assume he takes your run-of-the-mill, dog rolling on your living room floor photos, you should know that Wegman’s photos are world-class. His photographs of dogs hang in some of the world’s major museums: the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.  You might even recognize one of Wegman’s most famous dogs: Fay Ray (named for the actress), who starred on Sesame Street from 1987 to 1995, in a series of shorts about counting made by Wegman.

Bring Wegman’s Art Home

William Wegman shows his love for dogs by putting them in his art. At Crypton Fabrics, we show our love for dogs by giving them art – in the form of a beautiful, functional dog bed. Crypton pet beds not only look and feel like a great place to sleep, but they are uniquely resistant to pesky stains and bacteria. Inspired by Wegman’s fun and sprightly style of photography, Crypton has created a line of pet beds, throvers, aprons, totes and other accessories that ring true to Wegman’s signature whimsical style. Available online, the William Wegman Line is perfect for pets and pet lovers alike.

Join Us February 9, 2014

Interested in hearing more about the incredible career of William Wegman? If so, visit the 2014 Spring Edition Lecture Series website to learn more.

We hope to see you there!

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Interior Design Trend Predictions For 2014

January is one of the biggest months for the interior design industry with dozens of shows and seminars throughout North America. We thought we’d throw our own hat into the design prediction ring with a few thoughts on the trends that we think will hit it big in 2014.

Colors and Patterns, Oh My!

Connor Sofa with Crypton Super FabricWe’ve heard everything from “Gray is the New White” to “Black is the New Gray”, though we place our prediction somewhere in between. We see shades of light gray as a soothing, stylish alternative to white walls, but black will always have its place as an agent of design contrast. Along with black, we also expect to see more use of cool colors, such as soft blues and shades of turquoise, to accent and add mood to gray scale walls.

Crypton Fabric Room DesignWe expect patterns to be as popular as ever. From whimsical, bright, mood-setting patterns to conservative, predictable designs, patterns are an amazing way to highlight and play upon a particular style. We think patterns will be especially embraced when it comes to our next interior design trend prediction — revisiting, renewing and repurposing old furniture.

Old Furniture, New Life

It may be well-worConnor Chair with Crypton Super Fabricn, but that couch or chair might not have reached the end of its long life just yet. We see refinished and reupholstered furniture as a big part of 2014 as the old adage, “What’s old is new,” finds new truth. This is especially true of Mid-Century (think early 60s) and modern furniture. We see designers expressing their creativity by combining esthetics to provide a unique and distinct tone. We predict light wood grains, bright solids and vibrant patterns to dominate.

Get Inspired, Turn Predictions Into Reality

As we mentioned earlier, January is a huge month for the interior design industry. One of the biggest shows of the year, the Interior Design Show (IDS), kicked off in Toronto, Canada on January 23. The IDS highlights the products, designers and trends that will shape the coming year. This is a great show to follow to inspire that next amazing idea to rethink, reshape and reinvent a space in your home.

Are You Ready To Create Something New?

Inspired yet? If so, put that inspiration into action. Start by checking out the Furniture, Upholstery Fabric and Home Accessory options available on our website. Or if you have a project you want to get rolling on today, you can also find Crypton Super Fabrics at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Do you have your own trend interior design trend predictions for 2014? If so, we’d love to hear about them. Connect with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages.

Wising you a stylish start to 2014!

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Get a Smart, Stylish Start to 2014

One of our resolutions for 2014 — give our readers more ideas for clean living and making a happier home. In that mission, we’ve come up with three simple ideas that you can do today to enhance everyday life at home.

Reupholster That Couch (Or Chair)

You love the style. The frame is quality, and as solid as a rock. But the fabric is shot.

There’s no need to pitch a piece of furniture just because it’s been so beloved that its surface is worn out. Instead, consider highlighting your own style by picking out a new fabric and reupholstering, especially if you have a piece that was well-made to begin with. Reupholstering can often be less expensive than buying new, particularly if you are just looking to replace the fabric. And if there are structural issues, a good upholstery shop can often work with you on those, too.

Reupholster CouchCrypton Upholstery fabrics are an ideal choice for every piece and every room. Whether you go with slips, covers or all-out reupholstering, our fabric is super-soft, breathable and stain resistant — ideal for homes with kids and pets. We offer over two dozen designs, and all of our fabrics are low-emitting, earning them GREENGUARD Gold certification. Crypton fabrics are aimed at creating a healthier, happier home for you and your family.Reupholster Solids

Contact your local upholstering shop for a quote, then shop for a fabric that fits your style. Or, if it is time to say goodbye to that old, TV-time friend, check out our beautiful collection of Crypton covered furniture, only available here at the Crypton Online Store.

Make Something Cool

So you’ve just taken delivery of your newly reupholstered couch. It really makes the room look great, but something is missing. New curtains? Pillows? Why not create your own? It’s easy and can give your pocketbook some relief.

Create Something

A simple search around the web (check out our Pinterest page) can yield tons of simple, inspirational ideas for turning your favorite fabric into great décor for any room. You can find Crypton Super Fabrics at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Or make use of any fabric that might be left over from the reupholstering project.

If craft time simply doesn’t match up with either your skill set or your busy schedule, we offer a variety of Home Accessories that can help you up your decorating game.

Create A Cozy Pet Space

Create A Cozy Pet Space

Even though Crypton fabrics are incredibly pet-friendly, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want your four-legged friends crawling all over your newly reupholstered furniture. But they are still a big part of the family, and you want them to be comfortable and cozy.

The Crypton lineup of pet products is designed to help your furry friend carve out a little home within the home. All of our beds, mats and throvers are created with three things in mind: cleanliness, comfort and style. And like all Crytpon products, our pet products are incredibly durable so your investment will last through the years.

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Crypton Welcomes Nano-Tex, A Leading Performance Apparel Brand, to its Family of Companies

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest addition of our family of companies! Crypton Fabric recently acquired Nano-Tex, a technology-focused textile company that specializes in creating supreme performance apparel textiles.

Like its name suggests, Nano-Tex applies a “nanotechnology approach” to their technology, creating performance finishes that beloved brands, such as Gap, Target, Maidenform, Bass Pro Shops, Nordstrom, Land’s End and Fisher-Price, have used in their products.

As our chairwoman Randy Rubin told Interior Design, “When we developed Crypton 20 years ago, a performance textile was a new commodity in the Contract, Hospitality and Healthcare markets. Today, performance is one of the most requested attributes of a textile. We firmly believe that our collective brain trusts of superb chemists and researchers and our branding acumen will take us to an even higher level.”

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At a molecular level, Nano-Tex textiles provide the necessary features of a performance fabric: moisture wicking, odor control, stain and water resistance, wrinkle-free properties, and static elimination. Put together, these features make fabric that are long-lasting while remaining as comfortable as they were at first use.

“The pairing of two great performance textile brain trusts will only be enhanced by the shared technology of the two companies,” Rubin told Furniture Today. “We will each bring new resources to this union, which will only strengthen us both in the retail and contract marketplace.”

Nano-Tex will now be headquartered with us in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, but will maintain its operations in Asia, Europe and the rest of the United States. We are confident that the addition of Nano-Tex to the Crypton Fabric family will be fruitful in our efforts to create the best in revolutionary textiles.

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