November 7, 2012

– The Freehand Collection from Pallas® Textiles, designed by Laura Guido Clark, won the gold Nightingale Award in the Fabrics and Textiles category at HEALTHCARE DESIGN 2012. A panel of healthcare facilities executives and interior designers selected the collection in a design competition sponsored by Contract magazine in association with The Center for Health Design and the HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference.
The Nightingale Awards Competition recognizes the best new products that contribute to the quality of healthcare. The Freehand Collection celebrates historic handwork and crafting techniques such as block printing and crochet with a modern twist. Its patterns respond to the human desire to revive hand-made techniques in a world of high-tech manufacturing.
“Healthcare is a market in need of a human touch and a sense of emotionality,” said David White, vice president and general manager, Pallas Textiles. “That’s the inspiration behind the Freehand Collection, which offers a range of beautiful, high-performance, sustainable fabrics that balance the delicacy of handcrafting with the demands of the healthcare industry. We’re excited to introduce this award-winning collection to our friends in the design community.”
Woven from both high-performance and sustainable materials, the Freehand Collection offers simple yet intricate patterns in a varied palette of colors.
The Freehand Collection includes:

Hooked—Around the world, crochet became a thriving cottage industry that supported communities where traditional livelihoods had been damaged by wars. The multi-colored background and lyrical looping doilies of Hooked create a modern twist on this traditional craft. Hooked is available in 8 colors: Natural, Butter, Mango, Poppy, Pine, Ocean, Cocoa and Espresso.

Criss Crossing—Criss Crossing mirrors the equally sized X-shaped stitches in cross-stitching patterns. This modern version layers small and large X shapes to create a spontaneous pattern within a rational grid. Criss Crossing is available in 11 colors: Natural, Pumice, Butter, Mango, Poppy, Berry, Grass, Aqua, Ocean, Cocoa and Espresso.

Laced Up—Lace-making is an ancient craft once again coming to the forefront. Laced Up is an openwork fabric, playing off the positive and negative spaces of lace. Laced Up is available in 13 colors: Natural, Pumice, Butter, Mango, Poppy, Violet, Berry, Citrine, Olive, Aqua, Ocean, Cocoa and Espresso.

Block Party—Mimicking a wood block printing technique, the powerful graphic contrasts a negative background against a positive surface relief. Block Party is available in 13 colors: Natural, Pumice, Butter, Mango, Poppy, Berry, Violet, Citrine, Pine, Aqua, Ocean, Cocoa and Espresso.

Stamped Out—Rubber stamps are enjoying a renaissance. Sophisticated layering effects are accomplished by placing ink colors one on top of the other, creating a watercolor look. Stamped Out is available in 11 colors: Neutral, Pumice, Butter, Mango, Poppy, Berry, Citrine, Aqua, Ocean, Cocoa and Espresso.

Pallas Textiles crafts sustainability and performance into its textiles:

• Hooked contains 100% Recyclable Solution-dyed Nylon; Block Party contains 79% Post-consumer Recycled Polyester; Stamped Out contained 54% Post-consumer Recycled Polyester and 46% Post-industrial Recycled Polyester.

• Criss Crossing offers Crypton, a specially engineered fabric system with an integrated moisture barrier that is stain-, moisture-, mildew-, bacteria- and odor-resistant. All Crypton fabrics use Silver Ion Technology to inhibit the growth of a broad spectrum of medically relevant microorganisms.

• Laced Up offers Crypton InCase™, an advanced stain- and microbial-resistant treatment that does not require a moisture barrier. Using Evergreen technology, InCase is the first fabric protection with no detectable PFOAs and has earned both SCS Indoor Advantage (Gold) and MBDC Cradle-to-Cradle (Silver) Certifications.

• Hooked, Block Party and Stamped Out offer Greenshield, an environmentally safe high-performance nanotechnology that builds permanent spill and stain resistance into the fiber structure of the fabric, while preserving the hand of the fabric.
• Hooked and Block Party are both bleach cleanable (CDC-approved 10:1 water/bleach mix). Rinse the surface with clear water after cleaning. Use of standard extraction equipment is recommended.

About Pallas Textiles
For more than 20 years, Pallas Textiles has collaborated with some of the best-known textile designers to create an impressive portfolio of award-winning collections. Named for Pallas Athena, Greek Goddess of Weaving, Pallas Textiles offers sophisticated, elegant products that are smart, balancing high performance characteristics and environmental responsibilities. Collections include textiles for contract upholstery and panel systems, wall-coverings, textiles for healthcare environments and casements. Pallas Collections are designed to harmonize with the total interior environment and its furnishings. For more information, visit


Aiden McGuire
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