New upholstery materials


When we’re picking new clothes or replacing old ones, lots of factors play a role. Sometimes we’re more fashion conscious and sometimes we just want something practical. It’s a similar story with covers for upholstered furniture. Perhaps you want to update a hybrid office to a cozier look and feel, or refurbish office chairs that look worn. Whatever the case, picking the right fabrics is always a question of treating resources responsibly.

At Wilkhahn, it goes without saying that both the seating and upholstery materials need to be sustainable. After all, the longer and more we use furniture, the more sustainable and resource friendly it is. Which is why Wilkhahn’s now adding three new upholstery materials to its range. During production, these were already prime examples of ecological standards. In terms of durability and a circular economy, Morph, Re-wool and Oceanic are exemplary.


At a glance


Ocean waste can still be useful – a plastic bottle is recycled to make synthetic fibers and turned into furniture fabric. Or you can use what nature gives you – sheep wool. Image: Wilkhahn

Robust fabrics made from recycled materials

Re-wool by designer Margrethe Odgaard for kvadrat comes in 15 different designs.

Re-wool is a natural fabric made by Danish textile company kvadrat and designed by Margrethe Odgaard. Of the 90% wool content, about half is sourced from waste produced by the company’s own yarn spinning mills in the UK. The design has an exceptional depth of color and iridescent gradients that lend the furniture its dynamic appearance.

The cross-weaving used in Morph by Gabriel lends the fabric visual depth.

Morph comes from Danish manufacturer Gabriel and is made of 85% fast-growing, biodegradable, and recyclable sheep wool. The cross-weaving used in the design gives the cover (and therefore the furniture too) a visual depth.

Camira’s Oceanic fabric uses recycled Seaqual yarn.

Oceanic, the furniture fabric made by British textile manufacturer Camira is only made of recycled plastic waste. Plastic waste from the oceans and old plastic bottles are reused in the fabric made of Seaqual yarn. An exceptionally robust material that comes in many different colors, it’s the perfect match for any design concept.

As a result, the new upholstery materials underscore Wilkhahn’s standing as a design and environmental pioneer. We combine first-class seating-furniture design for a diverse range of office spaces and homes with seminal materials – all in the interests of an eco-friendly circular economy.

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Further information

You can find out more about Wilkhahn’s ecological design principles here.

You can find out more about Re-wool by kvadrat here.

More on Morph by Gabriel.

Read more about Camira’s Oceanic material – here.


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