Meet Oceanic - a recycled polyester with a purpose

Introducing Oceanic

Woven entirely from recycled plastic taken from the sea and rescued from the land, Oceanic is a fabric born of the SEAQUAL Initiative to achieve a waste free environment. One small drop in the mission to clean both the earth and its ocean, this strikingly contemporary fabric is a polyester with a purpose.

Explore the palette here 

With a refined colour selection of 16 shades, Oceanic brings muted, neutral hues together with soft pastels and bright bolds to provide a versatile palette that echoes the shades visible in the ocean and its shoreline, as well as introducing a number of vibrant, trend-led tones. 

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Yoredale - A love song to Camira's home county

A beautifully textured, naturally sustainable British wool fabric – inspired, designed and manufactured in the place we call home.


Intricately detailed and highly textured, Yoredale is a complex fabric brought to life by our expert designers, makers and manufacturers. A celebration of the rugged, time weathered Yorkshire landscape which has captivated artists and designers throughout the ages, this scenery is now perfectly encapsulated in a fabric.


Inspired by nature, authentically recreated, skilfully crafted, Yoredale encompasses the very essence of Camira, and everything we are proud to be.

Explore the story behind its creation in the video below.



Sonus / Sonus Etch

With a fibre felted finish and appealing mélange effect, the Sonus range is the perfect enhancement for a variety of vertical surfaces.


Designed to mimic the tactility of wool, its needle felting provides a soft touch synthetic alternative that’s lighter in weight, making it a versatile and acoustically transparent covering for screens and panels.


The Sonus palette of 17 colourways offers a tempting mix of sugary sweet mid pastels alongside soft comforting neutrals, and bold colour pops.


Its complimentary Sonus Etch brings added depth and intrigue with a subtly embossed lattice design, and is available in two understated shades of grey that work across muted and vibrant interiors alike.

 

 

Jens Risom Family Interview and Mill

A look inside Jens Risom's textile mill
 
One of the most exciting discoveries in Camiras exploration of Jens Risom’s mid-century fabrics, are the images taken by Sven Risom inside his father’s Massachusetts textile mill provide a rare insight into this often-forgotten part of the Risom design legacy. 

Camira spoke with Sven to find out why a furniture designer whose skills lay firmly in that most traditional of materials, wood, was drawn to the fluidity of textiles… 

Tell us, why did Jens decide to set up his own textile mill?

He started making furniture and the company was doing very well, but he was becoming more and more frustrated by the lack of good textiles. He was getting them from a couple of different sources, but they weren’t well woven, they couldn’t get the colours right, they couldn’t get complex colours and, given his Danish and Scandinavian background, he knew what he wanted. 

A textile company wasn’t doing very well at the time, and he decided, along with a few others, to purchase that company. It was never fully integrated within Jens Risom Design, and was managed by a gentleman named Win Stutter – but it meant that Jens was able to get the textiles he wanted and, as you know very well, however beautiful the piece of furniture or product is, the wrong textiles can change everything or, more importantly, the right textiles can make it perfect. And that was very exciting for him.
 
What are your memories of visiting the textile mill?

When I was about the age of 10, we would go and visit and, you know how it is, you are a little kid and it feels like the world’s your oyster and it was just fun to see people working at the plant and hear all these loud machines. But, you know, these plants were in areas that were not economically well off – these were jobs that people counted on and Jens wanted to support his employees, he did much more around education programmes than he did about anything else; helping staff to finish high school and their college courses. 

Even now, there are reunions of 75-100 employees that come back 70 years later just to have lunch together and sort of reminisce on those times because it was a very exciting and fun and great time.

What did Jens enjoy about textiles?

I will never forget the days when Jens would come back with these boxes of swatches and we would play with them, using them in different things. And it was always about what does it feel like? How is it open? What’s the woven structure like? And colours – if you look at some of his furniture, and this is very typical, Jens would put a bright orange along with a nice piece of walnut or a bright blue against a maple - he found colour exciting; how it brings furniture alive, so you almost use the wood in the base and the furniture itself as the background. 

In the same breath, he loved texture, and the complexity you can get with a deep weave is really, really interesting. He loved the fact you can get different hues, you can get different tonalities, different colour depths and temperatures. We can see this with Zap and Armadillo, none of the shades are a flat, straight colour. They’re all a bit more complex, a little bit more unique and that makes it interesting right? I mean we can all make blue and we can all make red but to make it where there’s depth and texture to it, both visually and tactically, that’s important. 

How do you and the family feel about Jens’ textiles being recreated for the first time?

We are thrilled, really excited about this for many reasons. Jens’ had a passion for colours, for the balance between textures and the textiles and the wood or the materials, and he loved the fact that in architecture it was the total complete package, you know, the fabric, the furniture, the surfaces, the leather, the wood, whatever it may be, he liked that package. So, we as a family couldn’t be happier with Camira’s reimagining, the interpretations are fantastic, and we are very excited.












Jens Risom: The Film

Camira worked with the Risom family and FORM Portfolios to produce a film telling the story of Jens Risom, the Danish American designer who pioneered the mid-century design movement.


Explore his history through rare archival material, an intimate interview with Jens' son Sven, set in the famous Risom-designed Block Island summer house, and an exploration of the partnership with Camira which has seen these long-forgotten textiles brought to life for a new era. Click here to watch the video now.





Riveting News

Introducing Rivet -  our ‘fixating’ new fabric made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. Designed to connect seamlessly with the modern collaborative workplace, Rivet also forms a bridge between textile traditions and future innovation.

Rivet is a lightly textured hopsack construction with intriguing duotone colour detail, emulating the swathe and sheen of sophisticated suiting in a well-heeled synthetic. 
The palette of 33 colourways offers muted tonal shades and bold darker colours that work together with other ranges.
Rivet is made from an entirely new yarnstring, using 100% REPREVE, a brand of recycled polyester fibre that is created from recycled materials, including used plastic bottles. Because it offsets the need to use new resources, such as petroleum, and emits fewer greenhouse gases, REPREVE helps provide a reprieve for the planet. 

Our Collaboration

Introducing Weave In / Weave Out

The latest in commercial upholstery fabrics from at work. As the commercial division of Textilia, at work have been busy developing a collaboration with one of New Zealands leading creative talents - Simon James.

'Our shared vision was to develop a collection of high quality, environmentally friendly NZ wool fabrics, sensitively in keeping with the clean, simple and refined aesthetic that is Simon James'.                                      

Aptly named Weave In/ Weave Out, the slightly unexpected palette plays with the best of quiet neutrals alongside more adventurous and sometimes vibrant solids. Comprising 15 colour ways that happily work together in clean classic or more quirky combos, the two designs cross effortlessly from commercial to domestic interiors. Weave In / Weave Out - a unique celebration of truly homegrown New Zealand textile and furniture design and manufacture.

Say Hello to Synergy

Welcome to the world of Synergy.

Synergy is a natural evolution of our bestselling wool fabric Blazer. It’s softer and stronger, lighter and brighter. Its development has been a journey of discovery, taking time, creativity and mutual collaboration. The result? A beautiful fabric with hidden depth and intrigue.

Synergy’s heart and soul comes from premium New Zealand wool, used in the woollen spun weft in combination with a fine worsted warp. This gives a smoother finish, softer still from the gentle milling process, closer surface crop and light pressing. The refined finished cloth combines beautifully relaxed drape with sublime handle, yet achieves 100,000 Martindale abrasion cycles thanks to the inclusion of just 5% polyamide in the overall composition. And the colour palette is our largest offering in 75 intelligent shades. Synergy supports the fabric of life by aligning with international water aid charity, Just a Drop, to help deliver accessible, clean and safe water where it’s needed most. Around the world there are an estimated 750 million people without safe water and a staggering 2.5 billion without adequate sanitation. So for every metre of Synergy Camira sells, they make a donation to Just a Drop, in support of a water project in Kenya. The first project is to build a water tank at Ikalaasa Primary School to provide clean water for 460 pupils. This donation is kindly matched by wools of New Zealand, with additional contributions from the wider supply chain.