Modern Fabrics

Modern Fabrics

Jonathan B.
Oct 7, 2008

AT:Boston readers have heard about Modern Fabrics before, but we'd like to follow up with a few more points on this remarkable source for reclaimed designer fabric.

The American southeast has long been the industrial center for the manufacture of furniture, and increased shipping costs are leading to a slight surge in the industry—in fact, IKEA is building their first US factory in Virginia. When a hotel or large office orders a run of upholstered furniture, there's almost always a few yards left over at the end of the manufacturing run. These are usually thrown away.

Modern Fabrics purchases these perfectly usable leftovers and sells them to the public at cut rate prices... and they've got a separate category for eco-friendly green textiles that includes fabrics made of natural fibers, includes recycled content, has certification, or has minimal offgassing. All their fabrics are green, though, because the textile industry is one of the world's most polluting, so keeping new and usable fabric out of landfills makes sense.

Fabrics, top to bottom:

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