Vinyl Furniture, Upholstery and Wall Coverings Emerge as Design Trend

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Vinyl - the material best known for classical recordings, weatherproof siding and energy saving windows - is now coming into fashion for high-end interior designs, according to a new generation of East and West Coast designers.

Everyone asked about the chair - and wanted to know where they could buy one. We even raffled the chair off at the end of the show, which kind of gives a new meaning to the phrase 'have a seat'.

Vinyl - the material best known for classical recordings, weatherproof siding and energy saving windows - is now coming into fashion for high-end interior designs, according to a new generation of East and West Coast designers.

Alexandra Angle of Aqua Vitae Design in Los Angeles says vinyl fits perfectly with the new trend toward retro-style furniture.

"Vinyl is such a unique material," said Angle. "All the wonderful qualities it brings to a wall or piece of furniture simply cannot be duplicated by another material. It is bringing a whole new dimension back to interior design."

According to Sarah Van Arsdale of the Sheffield School of Design in New York, vinyl is one of the most popular modern textures being used for wall coverings today. In addition, the popular Design Talk Web site identified the return to chrome and vinyl kitchen tables as one of the design trends for 2006.

Interior designers and fabric companies are adding vinyl to their furniture and textile designs. The vinyl upholstered Arc chair designed by Angle has received national attention in many design trade publications, including Metropolitan Home magazine.

According to Angle, more fabric companies like Maharam and Larsen are re-introducing vinyl into their fabric lines because of high demand from designers and consumers.

"Vinyl provides the look of leather without the expense; it is flexible, durable, has a great sheen and is just plain 'cool'," Angle said. "I am in love with it."

Angle's original concept of the chair was in vinyl, inspired by the various organic forms and the era of the '30s and '40s in Scandinavia. Although the chair can be upholstered in almost any fabric, vinyl is the material of choice.

"Everyone who buys the chair wants it in vinyl, said Angle. "Adding vinyl to the chair gives it that special extra something it needs. The chair is literally a conversation piece."

The Vinyl Institute liked the Arc chair so much, they made it the feature of their 2006 Greenbuild exhibit in Denver this November.

"It turned out to be the hit of the show," said Tim Burns, President of the Vinyl Institute. "Everyone asked about the chair - and wanted to know where they could buy one. We even raffled the chair off at the end of the show, which kind of gives a new meaning to the phrase 'have a seat'."

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