The Rise of the Vinyls

The lifespan of vinyl’s are incomparable to other fabrics. The longevity of their makeup Is remarkable making it a really cost effective and sustainable choice for contract settings.

With 165 vinyl upholstery fabrics to choose from, ILIV’s collections have been intelligently designed to cater to every aspect of the contract market from faux-leather to herringbone and animal skin hide-look finishes.

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Back in 2014, ILIV introduced their first vinyl collection, Burghley, which proved to be their most popular contract upholstery choice. Designed as a stylish faux leather upholstery, Burghley was aimed at the healthcare and hospitality sector as a practical alternative to leather.

Due to high demand, intense popularity and a shift in market needs, this collection has tripled in size. The range now boasts 61 exciting colours ranging from neutral tones through to the more luxurious metallics and bold brights, providing a greater opportunity to select stylish co-ordinates ideal for every contract space.

ILIV wanted to create something which was versatile that would not only cater to a wide audience but also have enhanced durability and reliability suited for severe contract use. All of their vinyl’s are REACH compliant and fire-retardant to crib-5 standards, as well as being waterproof and stain resistant. They also pass Martindale testing with at least 100,000 rubs with Burghley surpassing 760,000 rubs, making it one of the most durable and robust vinyl’s on the market.

Saddle, Chroma and Opal were introduced in 2017 to offer customers a broader range of textures and colours. Chroma, Opal and Burghley metallics added a contemporary twist to the range, allowing designers to create a wow factor in their briefs, whilst still adhering to the rigorous contract testing requirements. Across 11 stunning metallic colours, the embossed, chromatic vinyl’s were and still are intensely popular with international customers.

Available in twenty-five colours and offering a classic antique leather look, Saddle was designed to mimic the feel of a traditional leather whilst offering added benefits such as their anti-microbial and waterproof qualities. Saddle has been hugely popular for ILIV in the hospitality sector, with many customers specifying it for hotel rooms and reception seating as it offers a more sophisticated look.

Following the success of Saddle, ILIV were keen to introduce a sheen version to sit alongside it. Feedback from customers revealed that when they were selecting fabrics for certain settings, the glossier finish translated beautifully to a totally different audience. Ascot is able to bring a relevant and funky look to a brief whilst Saddle is able to offer a more paired back, traditional look.

Over the past few months, ILIV has worked to expand their contract vinyl portfolio with the Rio, Nevis and Lismore collections. Lismore is a two-tone faux leather with a pebble grain effect, which recreated the texture of a tipped leather. Nevis emulates an authentic, rustic herringbone weave running vertically through the design. The trend led colour palettes for Lismore and Nevis have been carefully selected to highlight existing contract collections.

ILIV wanted to prove that there was and is more to vinyl than its stereotypical care home stigma. By bringing out all of these bold trend-led colours on interesting herringbone and tipped leather-look textures, they wanted to change perceptions. Rio is the smoothest, cleanest and crispest vinyl in the range. Soft to touch and punchy in colour, Rio is an exciting new vinyl perfect for bold interiors and bold briefs.

With the way the world is shifting, ILIV are proud to say that all of their vinyl’s are suitable for outdoor seating areas, making them a great choice for beer gardens and outdoor communal areas. Their anti-microbial finish, Feelsafe was recently lab tested and is proven to inhibit the spread of the Covid-19 virus amongst other Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi.


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About Phoebe Train

Phoebe is a Marketing and Events Executive, who joined the BCFA as an English graduate in 2021. Working closely with designers and BCFA members, Phoebe has published an array of content for Design Insider.
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