Antimicrobial: Antimicrobial materials (fabrics or surfaces) are treated with or infused with one or several of a variety of substances (antimicrobial agents, chemicals, etc.) to keep microbes such as bacteria and fungi from flourishing within its fibers or from growing on the surface of a material. Antimicrobial substances will not kill or impact viruses in any way.
Hightower Graded In, Approved Antimicrobial & Bleach Cleanable Fabrics:
Hightower is pleased to have graded-in partnerships with five leaders in the fabric industry. Review a list of graded in and approved* fabrics, that are specifically antimicrobial and/or bleach cleanable. For additional graded in and approved fabrics, please contact our Project Management team at [email protected].
*Testing of fabrics is ongoing at Hightower and this list is subject to change. Please reference our fabrics section for more information on our process.
We believe the specification process should be as easy and streamlined as possible, all while achieving the highest possible level of quality. The truth is, not all fabrics perform well on all products, given individual design lines and upholstery processes. We want to make sure that the Hightower products you specify look their best. Our Pre-Approved Textiles list was created to do just that by providing recommendations for textile application based on our experience with textiles on our products.
Please note, our fabric approvals (or sometimes, un-approvals) are updated regularly. Visit a product's individual webpage for the most current list.
We consult with the leading textile companies to review new products as they are released to determine which Hightower products will upholster well with each of the unique fabrics.
We are also happy to test fabrics as requested. If you would like to include a fabric in our review process, please send your request to [email protected].
You can also make a testing request directly through your Project Manager.
Yardage requirements are based on the use of 54 in. wide plain goods.
Fabrics of narrower widths and / or which involve matching repeats will require additional yardage. Please contact Hightower Project Management for specific details at [email protected].
Hightower’s fabric application default is railroad. Stripes will be applied vertically unless our customer indicates otherwise. In the absence of specific cutting instruction, Hightower will cut fabric at its own discretion following these guidelines.
The majority of pre-approved fabrics are assigned to a "Fabric Group" specified to a product set determined by Hightower. Please download the Fabric Groupings Overview here.
Not all products belong to a specific group - if you are looking for a product not shown in this "Fabric Groupings Overview" please visit the product's page for detailed textile information.
Camira is an award-winning textile innovator designing and manufacturing upholstery and vertical surface fabrics across pure wools, wool-blast fiber blends and recycled polyesters.
Carnegie is a creative company that designs and manufactures innovative textiles. With options in performance as well as plant-based, bio-based and sustainable textiles.
Febrik is owned by parent-company, Kvadrat, and known for its versatile collection, innovative approach, and collaborative attitude. They challenge designers to use textiles as a springboard for interior concepts and industrial designs alike.
KnollTextiles was the first company to address the fabric needs of the commercial interior. Today it is one of the largest textile suppliers in North American with products developed for a wide range of industries.
Kvadrat is a leader in design innovation. Established in Denmark in 1968, Kvadrat has deep roots in Scandinavia’s world-famous design tradition and provides quality contemporary textiles across the world.
Luna was founded in San Francisco in 1994 to introduce a new style to commercial interiors. Since then, Luna has become an award-winning textile innovator designed for corporate, hospitality and healthcare settings.
Ultrafabrics has five decades of polyurethane craftsmanship behind them, continuing to reshape the world of animal-free performance fabrics - one surface at a time.
Not all fabrics are approved, please see individual product webpages for approval lists.
Hightower is pleased to have graded-in partnerships with some of the major leaders in the textile industry. Each manufacturer takes great care and consideration in their products. Each has specific cleaning and manufacturing details that are important for you to be aware of. We’ve listed some resources below, yet we recommend you refer to their website for the most up to date information.
Samples/Memos: We highly suggest getting physical samples (Hightower does not stock fabric memos regardless of graded-in partner relationship, please contact the fabric manufacturer directly). Appearance on computer screens can vary by user and the feel of a material does not translate electronically.
Velvets: Velvet-like fabrics (and other various materials) can appear as different tones depending on many factors such as direction of view and lighting. Also, the more they are touched, sat-on, or brushed-against can highly affect the look of the upholstery. Please specify at your own discretion (must be pre-approved).
Images: Are intended to show example use-case and environment settings for products. We’ll do our best to provide fabric details in a specific photo if requested, but sometimes that information is unavailable because the image is rendered, dated, partner-provided, or a fabric has been discontinued or un-approved. Other aspects such as lighting (angle, brightness, natural vs. artificial, warmth, etc.) or fabric dye lot can affect visualization.
Fabric Approvals: Our team does their best to evaluate a material (many thousands over the years in fact!), but sometimes a fabric needs re-reviewed over time due to unforeseen upholstery difficulties. Open orders will be fulfilled as specified, but Hightower reserves the right to un-approve a material for future use on any of our products. Un-approval decisions are not made lightly, and align with our promise to provide high quality furniture that stands the test of time. This may also translate to images - an image online may show a product in a fabric that is is no longer approved. Images are intended to showcase our products, not fabrics. In these scenarios we're happy to suggest alternative materials that are approved, or please contact your local fabric representatives for their proposed alternate solutions.
Hightower is partnered with Elmo Leather, the leading international tannery who has earned a reputation serving the most demanding clients, and Hightower sales associates have decades of experience working with complex commercial and residential projects.
Our partner factory has perfected the tanning process over the past 75 years. ISO 9000/9001 certified.
Please note, while natural characteristics of leather such as scars are omitted where possible during the upholstery process, they are sometimes unavoidable, especially on large expanses. Hightower is not responsible for these types of material imperfections.
Elmosoft is tanned with a chrome-free process, with $7 million invested in water-treatment improvements.
Note: Not all products can be upholstered with these leathers - please visit the product's webpage for detailed textile information and approvals.
*Not available on all table types, please contact us if a specific edge type is requested.
Powder coats are not recommended for outdoor use. Powder coatings that are applied to metal products exposed to the weather will inevitably degrade over time. A number of conditions, including those found in nature, will contribute to shortening the life of this type of protective finish.
Avoid Harsh Chemical Cleaners. Powder coatings can be damaged by harsh solvents. A number of commercial cleaning products can cause damage to these types of finishes. Once the finish has become damaged, it is much more vulnerable to fading, staining and failure of the finish itself. When harsh chemical cleaners are used on powder coated surfaces, the life expectancy of the finish can reasonably be halved.