How to use textiles in humid spaces

In this month's article I'd like to talk about a frequently asked for functionality: that of the use of textiles within humid spaces such as bathrooms. These are cases where we need to consider the tolerance of textiles towards variation in humidity.

Here are four projects completed in different conditions. The first two where contract projects and the other two residential ones.  

A "Jacques Dessange" beauty parlor in Paris:

sliding panels in black sun screen fabric
sliding panels in sun screen fabric
"milky way" design on sliding panels in black sun screen fabric

Already a client to date, this beauty parlor contacted me in order to renew their space dividers after complete renovation of their spaces. They needed me to separate the "humid space" (where the washing and colouring basins are) and to mask them from the view of the passers-by on the street. It was necessary to choose the right kind of fabric combining functionality, strength and design.

Our sun screen fabrics answer all these criteria as they are stable to variation to both humidity and temperature. They are also easy to clean on the surface using a humid and clean sponge. I added on each panel a different version of my "milky way" cut out design. The idea was to create a unique and relaxing atmosphere while preserving clients' visual privacy.

I also installed three panels to dissimulate a rarely used door opening towards the court yard.

These two series of panels are made from the same material but do not offer the same degree of visibility as one is lightened on both side and the other from one side only. The first one offers transparence while the other one seems quite opaque.

For this project I used:

 

"Shiseido" training center in Paris:

sliding panels in sun screen fabric for the "Shiseido" training center in Paris
"champagne" design on sliding panels in white sun screen fabric
"champagne" design on sliding panels

The French space planning agency "Form'a" commissioned me to create and install window treatments for this class room where future beauticians are trained to use Shiseido cosmetic products. The room is on the ground floor opening up to the court yard. The client needed a solution that would provide maximum sun light as well as preserve the trainees' privacy.

Our sun screen fabric addresses both these needs through its one-way vision functionality providing transparency towards the outside only during day time and towards the inside at night fall. It is also easy to clean on the surface using a humid and clean sponge.

For this project I used:

Bathroom in a Parisian flat:

sliding panels in sun screen mesh
"souffle" design on sliding panels in sun screen fabric
sliding panels in sun screen fabric
"souffle" design from the trompe l'oeil collection

This project was done for a bathroom in a private home where there was need to hide away towels, cleaning and beauty products on shelves.

The bath room had no windows and needed a porous fabric that would resist to humidity.

I again used the sun screen fabric which is initially designed for outdoor use. It is very resistant to all variations in humidity and temperature and does not block air circulation.

As the panels are not back-lit, they are opaque and perfectly hide all objects stocked behind them.

For this project I used:

Bathroom in a Parisian flat:

"siesta" design on sliding panels in transparent fabric
"siesta H" transparent sliding panel"

This project was done for a bathroom in a private home where there was need to hide away an unaesthetic little window while keeping maximum light coming through it.

For this project I suggested a transparent fabric as the position of the window made it impossible to be seen through anyway. This textile solution offers maximum day light to the bath room and visually warms up the atmosphere. It also gives the illusion that the space is bigger than it really is.

For this project I used:

Liens

Autres articles

  • I'd like to present you a recently finished project that I found very interesting and special to work on. This project was done in the north east side of Paris for a client who has naturally become a friend over the years and projects she has commissioned me with. A loft with two levels, entirely.../...

    Read more
  • I am proud to present you a recent project accomplished in 2016 for Accenture Paris, in collaboration with Tetris Design & Build and Kardham.

    Read more
  • I'm proud to present you my installations for this Parisian apartment mixing contemporary as well as classical French styles.

    Read more