• Chieftain Fabrics Stand Chieftain Fabrics at Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

    Chieftain Fabrics Stand

    May 23rd – 25th 2017 was the first time that Chieftain Fabrics exhibited at the Clerkenwell Design Festival. We have visited Clerkenwell Design week in the past, but this year’s experience was totally different. It was great to be a part of this prestigious event.

    Chieftain Fabrics Stand

    Clerkenwell is an area of London which is home to many creative businesses and architects making it one of the most important design hubs in the world. Clerkenwell Design Week was created to showcase leading UK and International brands which are presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area. This year CDW celebrated its 8th year and it is clear that the award winning show has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival. There were more than 300 exhibiting brands with over 34,000 visitors during the three days of the festival. We were proud to be part of this event. With so many companies without showroom facilities in the Clerkenwell area, it is fantastic to still feel welcome to exhibit in any of the pop up areas at the heart of the festival.

    CLerkenwell Design Week Stand

    Chieftain Fabrics exhibited in the Project area of Clerkenwell and we can not recommend it highly enough. On the day before the show began the set-up ran like clockwork. Workers were onsite to help with lighting, carpet or any technical issues and were very obliging, nothing was too much trouble. The show organisers were always on hand from start to finish.

    Throughout the 3 days of the festival we met interesting people from both the UK and abroad. There was a constant buzz of people in the surrounding areas and everyone was there for the same purpose – to learn something new about design. We really enjoyed our time in Clerkenwell Design Week and it felt very special to be a part of the event itself. So much so, in fact, that we are looking forward to exhibiting at the event in the Project area next year.

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  • Product information: Chieftain MultiStretch

    Performance fabric – Chieftain MultiStretch Rosemary


    At Chieftain our passion is producing the best vinyl fabrics possible. As part of this process we work closely with specifiers, designers and members of the upholstery community. This group helped us at every step in the development of MultiStretch, an eight way stretch fabric ideally suited for seating where comfort is paramount.

    Technology fabric
    All of the Chieftain MultiStretch range consists of a backing cloth which is 92% cotton and 8% Lycra.
    Lycra (also known as Spandex or elastane) is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. It is stronger and more durable than natural rubber and is a polyester-polyurethane copolymer that was invented in 1958.
    With this mixture, we have virtually eliminated directionality, making the fabric easy to use and superb in upholstery.

    Performance fabric
    In situations where comfort needs to be at a maximum, the fabric must also remain practical for both the patient to use and staff to clean and maintain. We add silver zeolite based Ciba IRGAGUARD B5000 which inhibits the growth of bacteria, mould and yeast. Furthermore, these protective ingredients have allowed MultiStretch to counteract C.difficile, E.coli as well as MRSA and the vast majority of bacteria

    Colour palette
    MultiStretch consists of nine colours ranging from lighter to darker shades which provides beautiful tonal balance within the range while providing uncompromised durability. Although a limited spectrum, we have carefully focused the range to ensure it works where required.

    Conscious Design
    MultiStretch is REACH compliant, according to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals.

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  • Anatomy of our contract grade vinyl fabric

    Electron microscopes are used to investigate the ultrastructure of a wide range of biological and inorganic specimens including microorganisms, cells, large molecules, biopsy samples, metals, and crystals.

    At Chieftain Fabrics, the electron microscope is often used for quality control and analysis.
    Recently we caught the attached image in our lab which shows the side profile of our just colour range of vinyl.

    False colour has been added to help differentiate the various layers at 100x magnification.


    Electron Microscope Image of our contract grade vinyl fabric


    In the image, starting at the bottom, you can see the strands of the cotton backing cloth with the adhesive layer on top.
    Next is the foaming layer with unmissable ‘bubbles’ and on top is the lacquer layer.



  • Just Colour Range 2014

    As we begin the new year here at Chieftain Fabrics, we are delighted to launch our new range of just colours range as part of our 2014 collection. We have just put the finishing touches to our new colour card and we expect to start sending them out in late January/early February 2014. We have some really exciting colours and names which have been developed in-house along with industry experts. Whilst incorporating contemporary colours, the new range is now more versatile than ever and suitable for almost every environment. Engineered and designed to sit amiably alongside other furnishings, the new range performs perfectly in standalone pieces or in conjunction with any palette when a bold design statement is required.

    To pre-order our new card, get in touch today.

    Or, download a digital version here.

  • New Just Colours for 2014

    We’ve just added a whole load of new colours to our Just Colour range.
    Thanks to everyone who submitted their ideas – you know who you are and we are still getting in touch.

    To have a sneak peak of what is coming in 2014, check out the following:


    Thanks to all who submitted their ideas.

  • Chieftain Fabrics MD nominated for Award

    The launch of the fourth annual Meath Business and Tourism Awards 2013 took place on Thursday the 19th of September in the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, Co Meath, Ireland. The aim of the awards is to highlight and emphasise the successes of local Meath companies. It is organised annually by the Meath Chronicle in partnership with Meath County Council and Meath Tourism. Chieftain Fabrics have been entered into the awards for an “Environmental Responsibility” Award.


  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital


    HB Furniture supply the finest British furniture using a close network of talented people, their products are manufactured in the UK using a combination of traditional skills, new technology and the finest materials. The Curve Collection was developed in conjunction with an interior designer for Birmingham Children’s Hospital specifically for the main reception in the children’s ward.


    HB Furniture: “The initial brief was to create a fun, dynamic and practical seating layout which would appeal to the patients and parents. We focused on specific requirements for both private consulting areas and general seating and play areas.”

    HB Furniture also introduced the curve booth which allows patients and nurses to have private areas for consultation.  In contrast, the large back to back curve seating areas allowed the children to have free reign. All furniture produced was made to the highest standard in terms of frame and foam construction to guarantee a robust and comfortable product.


    The Curv Booth


    In terms of finish and fabric selection, HB Furniture chose the Chieftain Fabrics Just Colour range principally for the colours and technical specification that it offered within a hospital environment. Chieftain Fabrics have over 60 years experience in the design and production of high-quality performance fabric and contract upholstery and with their unique mix of specialist expertise, innovative R&D and advanced materials, Chieftain Fabrics produce an inherently better fabric which was an ideal fit for HB Furniture.

    HB: “It was critical that this fabric had antimicrobial and stain resistant qualities combined with a crib 5 fire rating.”

    With regards to the general construction of these products, all sewing and stitch lines were reinforced to add to the longevity of the seating.

    Formed in 1998 by Richard Berry and Gordon Hunter, hb has evolved into an established company committed to providing a professional and creative service, promoting the very best of British design and manufacture. To learn more about hb, visit hbgroup.co.uk