We’ve noticed something happening in the contract textile world that is delightful and exciting. Fabric designers are drawing from the deepest parts of what makes us human to create designs that are destined to last and feel fresh as long as the fabrics themselves. These very modern feeling designs are drawn from antiquity, from a time when human hands crafted everything and machines were a thing of the future.

One such new and notable collection is Stitch from Mayer Fabrics. Designed by Jeremy Noonan, Stitch incorporates C-Zero Plus with moisture barrier, Crypton’s NEW, non-fluorinated performance option. The entire collection is GREENGUARD Gold Certified. Offering impermeability and best in class fluorine-free stain protection, Stitch is an excellent choice for an environmentally responsible specification.

Gray and cream patterns from the new Stitch Collection by Mayer Fabrics

Gray and cream patterns from the new Stitch Collection by Mayer Fabrics

A portion of the profits from Stitch will benefit The Common Thread For The Cure Foundation, which seeks to unite the furnishing industry in the fight against breast cancer. In that spirit, the fabric designs in Stitch celebrate the restorative qualities and resiliency of the human spirit. The collection was inspired by textile traditions of repairing and renewal. Examples of stitching, patching and layering are mending techniques that can be found throughout the history of textiles. The patterns are characterized by the use of linear elements (connections), texture (touch), and textile heritage (history).

Green patterns from the Stitch Collection by Mayer Fabrics

Green patterns from the Stitch Collection by Mayer Fabrics

The Stitch Collection fabrics are well suited for healthcare, hospitality, corporate and educational interiors. C-Zero Plus’s innovative technology resists water-based stains and prevents moisture from sneaking beneath the surface. The new C-Zero Plus technology with moisture barrier is stocked by Mayer and is also offered to order with various additional options for flexible specification. These include:

  • C-Zero Plus with odor resistance and moisture barrier
  • C-Zero Plus with odor resistance
  • C-Zero Plus without moisture barrier

All are fluorine-free, Made in the U.S.A. and GREENGUARD Gold Certified.

Previewed at NeoCon 2017, and launched at HD Expo this month, Stitch was honored under the Fabric & Textiles category of Interior Design Magazine’s annual Honoring Industry People & Product (HiP) Awards.

Explore the spectrum rich colorways and patterns of Stitch, and do let us know how you’ll innovate with it in your future projects.


In the groundbreaking book, Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space, contributing essayist Alexa Griffith Winton explores the evolving role of textiles as “an interstitial interface” in the context of contemporary design practice “in which advanced computational and fabrication technologies combine to create textiles capable of both reacting to their surrounding environs and responding to their inhabitants.”

Winton argues this evolution is literally changing the way textiles, objects, and buildings are designed, “facilitating new ways of addressing the human body at every scale, from nano-objects to large-scale buildings. Designers and artists are making use of this technology in provocative ways and consequently envisioning new means of connecting humans to our built environment.”

She’s right.

While technological innovation and textiles may appear to be distinct disciplines, in reality, they share more in common than many realize. Advances in textile technology have enabled designers to do more with fabric than they previously thought possible—and Crypton is excited to be on the leading edge of these advancements.

As most specifiers know by now, Crypton begins with the formulation of patented chemistry that imparts permanent resistance to spills, odors, and stains. What may not be as obvious is the fact that these formulas are developed by combining a variety of active ingredients that are screened for environmental and human health concerns (no plasticizers, PVC, flame retardants (FR), or harmful chemicals) before being processed through a series of baths and ovens that encapsulate each and every fiber and integrate a moisture barrier. Breathability isn’t sacrificed in the process, however; the pores in Crypton fabric are large enough to allow the passage of individualized water molecules (e.g., vapor) but are impermeable to droplets, enabling it to meet ASTM’s E-96 standard for breathability.

Our fabrics are also treated to prohibit the growth of molds like Aspergillus niger (“black mold”) and the spread bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus (“staph infection”). Additionally, they can be completely disinfected thanks to our proprietary, EPA-registered quaternary hospital-grade disinfectant that kills E. coli, hepatitis A and B, herpes simplex 1 and 2, HIV, influenza, staphylococcus, streptococcus (“strep throat”), salmonella, and more.

Other innovations we’ve pioneered include:

  • Crypton Outdoor: the first, 100% bleach-cleanable and UV-retardant Crypton fabric.
  • Crypton Green: a collection of SCS Indoor Advantage-certified fabrics that use environmentally preferable fibers and chemistry that can contribute to LEED-CI and Green Guide for Health Care credits.
  • Leather Powered by Crypton: a cleaning and restoring system for use on leather in heavy usage areas available through Conneaut Leather.
  • C-Zero Plus: our newest finish technology specially formulated for those looking for a fluorine-free solution for stain resistance on fabrics.

The beauty of it all is that none of the performance characteristics come at the expense of aesthetics or hand. Just like any other beautiful fabric or textile, Crypton Fabrics are offered innumerous textures and weaves, such as chenille, boucle, and suede.

As technology continues to transform the practice of design, so will the role that textiles play not only in making spaces more attractive, but also how well they perform. And at Crypton, we wouldn’t have it any other way—because at the heart of it, we’re inventors. We saw a need for a fabric that looks and feels beautiful, but could stand up to the demands of high-use, heavy traffic environments—and so we created one. What the future holds is unclear, but what’s certain is that Crypton will continue to take the best that technology has to offer to elevate textiles well beyond the surface.