Humanscale Introduces Two New Seating Textiles

Ginkgo and Lotus Provide New Looks and Versatility for a Variety of Applications


Karen Brooking
NEW YORK, May 27, 2009 ­— Humanscale announces the introduction of Ginkgo and Lotus, two new textiles by award-winning designer Elizabeth Whelan. Offering new color choices and exceptional utility, Ginkgo and Lotus provide exciting new options for Humanscale’s task and conference seating lines.
Ginkgo, made from 100% wool, gets its name from the Ginkgo Biloba tree, as the texture of the fabric closely resembles the delicate parallel veins of the tree’s leaves. Durable and appropriate for a variety of diverse environments, Ginkgo exhibits beautiful, saturated colors that stay vibrant for years. Because wool is a rapidly renewable material, Ginkgo can help contribute to a valuable LEED-CI Materials & Resources credit. And because it is a non-emitting material, Ginkgo is suitable for all of Humanscale’s Greenguard-certified seating.
Humanscale’s second new textile is aptly named for the Lotus plant, which is known for its healing properties, beauty and cleanliness. True to its name, the Lotus textile is water-repellant and easy to clean. Made of a urethane face with nylon backing, Lotus boasts a soft texture that is pleasant to the touch while still offering exceptional durability and meeting all performance requirements for task seating applications. Like Ginkgo, Lotus’s four-way stretch fits the ergonomic shape of Humanscale cushions to increase comfort for the user. Having passed all heavy-duty contract and healthcare tests easily, it is particularly well-suited for hospitality and healthcare environments. The Lotus color palette includes earth tones, deep chroma colors, and uplifting hues designed to contribute to wellness, healing and comfort.
Lotus will be available in July as a Grade 1 textile and Ginkgo will be available in August as a Grade 2 textile.


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