The International Furnishings and Design Association's NYC event gave a look ahead to the kind of new materials that are being used to create fashion and design innovations.

This week at global materials consultancy Material ConneXion’s NYC location, the IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) gathered textile lovers to view, discuss, and touch the latest fabrics trending in design and retail. Designer and Materials Specialist Ana Linares previewed the latest in polymer innovation, with a focus on high performance fabrics that offer aesthetic sophistication, but in a functional fashion:

Consumers are more concerned with the content of everything they buy these days, especially when it comes to knowledge in the home furnishing sector. The composition and performance of textiles has become an important factor. A textile that looks and feels good is always more appealing when it has the added value of performance.

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