There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the ‘new normal’. While no one can say for certain what the future will bring, we do believe that recent events have forced a shift in perspective. It’s inevitable that when the activities we took for granted – a day at the office, a meal at a restaurant, a hotel stay, a hospital visit – have radically changed, there is a heightened sense of caution. We’re looking at the spaces and materials around us differently. Yes, they should be clean and hygienic and fulfill their function, and they should also still satisfy our human desire for comfort and support our wellbeing.
The benefits of soft furnishings in contract interiors are manifold. Curtains can help to determine the atmosphere and identity of a space, imbuing it with tactility and comfort while regulating light and temperature. They can soften reverberation and the space itself, connect or divide a room. They give us the opportunity to adjust our spaces to support our wellbeing and help safeguarding our spaces for today and tomorrow.
At a time of increased awareness surrounding hygiene and safety, it’s reassuring to know that Vescom curtains are washable at 158°F, well above the temperature needed to greatly reduce bacteria, viruses and dust mites – or alternatively treated with disinfectants, features that are supported by comprehensive testing.
We’re not only increasingly aware of hygiene, but of the need to practice safe social distancing. This need has led to a surge of makeshift screen solutions that feel anything but human. Curtains provide a more natural and comfortable alternative to partitioning, and most Vescom ranges can be railroaded to achieve a seamless and cost-effective floor-to-ceiling solution.
Vescom has always offered material solutions that balance design and function. Our curtain fabrics look and feel completely natural yet are made from fire-retardant polyester to meet the strictest global standards for public buildings – even hospitals. They utilize all the functional benefits of fire retardant polyester, while answering our human desire for tactile, familiar materials.
Further contributing to comfort, curtains can regulate the natural light that enters a space and improve its thermal climate. We also know that each space has its own requirements, which is why we can provide the total solar transmittance (gtot) and the light transmittance value for all curtain fabrics.