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Precision-Woven Fabric Manufacturing for Interior and Exterior Use

Over the past 180 years, Sefar has grown into one of the world's leading producers of precision-woven fabrics. Working alongside experienced lighting engineers and polymer experts, Sefar has developed a process to manufacture a completely new generation of fabrics.

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Over the past 180 years, Sefar has grown into one of the world’s leading producers of precision-woven fabrics. Working alongside experienced lighting engineers and polymer experts, Sefar has developed a process to manufacture a completely new generation of fabrics.

The process treats precision-woven fabrics with special finishing and coating techniques. Particularly where light and sound are concerned, these textiles display qualities, which other materials can scarcely match.

Translucent, precision-woven fabrics for interior and exterior use

Sefar translucent fabrics are both lightweight and hardwearing, making them popular alternatives to conventional materials for interior and exterior use.

In exterior architecture, translucent fabrics are used in areas such as facade lamellas, sunshades or roofing. Interior applications include room dividers and acoustic panels, as well as translucent roofs and walls.

Central hall illumination for Art in Construction. SEFAR<sup>®</sup> Architecture IL-80-OP.
Funnel umbrella for Café Mozart in Vienna. SEFAR<sup>®</sup> Architecture fabric EL-35-T1.
Retractable roof on centre court at Wimbledon. SEFAR<sup>®</sup> Architecture TENARA<sup>®</sup> fabric.
Light ceiling for forecourt and foyer of FBC office tower, Frankfurt, Germany. SEFAR LIGHTFRAME<sup>®</sup> with SEFAR<sup>®</sup> Architecture fabric IL-80-OP.
SEFAR<sup>®</sup> Architecture VISION, laminated into glass. The headquarters of one of the world’s largest fashion groups in Madrid, Spain.
Louis Vuitton Store, Singapore, SEFAR Architecture Fabric EH-35-T2.
Pou Manawa at Auckland International Airport, SEFAR Architecture Fabric EL-55-T0.
New roof for Salzburg Main Station, Austria, SEFAR Architecture TENARA Fabric 4T40HF.
Städel Museum with walk on roof in Frankfurt, Germany, SEFAR Architecture Fabric IA-80-CL.
Light ceiling Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany, SEFAR Architecture Fabric IA-95-CL.

The harmonious interplay of light, sound, optics and acoustics take planners into a whole new dimension.

Light-transmitting fluoropolymer for artificial and natural light

PVDF as a high light-transmitting fluoropolymer deployed in photometric fabrics permits a high degree of diffusion of both artificial and natural light without colour displacement.

This level of spectral transmission and reflection cannot be achieved with any other product. It is a unique feature that allows architects, designers and lighting planners to set new standards in optical illumination for museums, lamps and illuminated textile surfaces.

The interior line is the perfect solution for the highest photometric requirements in museums, lobbies, showrooms, offices or public buildings. Architectural design is possible to a large degree and translucent and opaque coatings create interesting effects. Specifically coordinated, perforated or open-porous fabrics with defined flow resistance make a measurable contribution to room acoustics.

High optical-transmitting fluoropolymer for durable exterior constructions

The unique, textile material PTFE as a high optical-transmitting fluoropolymer makes it possible to create durable exterior constructions such as large umbrellas, sun awnings, roof coverings and facade adornments.

Structural designers and membrane constructors are important partners to Sefar. The material features high-resistance to tearing, low weight-to-surface ratio as well as defined e-module values for warp and weft.

Fabric for retractable and non-retractable permanent structures

SEFAR® Architecture TENARA® fabric offers an unprecedented combination of attractive design and durability. Its unique patented, double-coated technology produces a fabric with high light transmission and great flexibility. SEFAR Architecture TENARA fabric is perfect for both retractable and non-retractable permanent structures as a load-bearing architectural element. Unlike in all PVC materials, Sefar Architecture fluoropolymer fabrics contain no plasticisers at all. Such plasticisers are critical in many aspects (e.g. critical to health, critical to room atmosphere).

Patented light frame for improved artificial and natural lighting

The patented unobtrusive frame makes the SEFAR LIGHTFRAME® an attractive element for providing improved quality to artificial and natural lighting and acoustic properties. New design preferences for using illuminated textile surfaces opens up a wide range of innovative applications for architects, lighting and general interior designers.

High-precision fabrics from black synthetic fibres

SEFAR® Architecture VISION is a range of high-precision fabrics produced from black synthetic fibres.

Vision fabrics are coated with metals using a sophisticated process. The metals used are aluminum, copper, chromium, titanium and gold, as well as an aluminum / copper alloy. A one-sided metallic coating is used exclusively in the basic product range. The reverse side of the fabric is neutral in colour. It is also possible to have different metallic coatings on the front and reverse sides of the fabric.

SEFAR Architecture VISION can be used in combination with laminated glass or other transparent materials and has multiple fixtures and fittings possibilities from a simple door to a complete glass facade.

White Papers

  • Sefar: Interior / Exterior

    Together with specialists in polymer technology and lighting, Sefar has successfully developed a new generation of high-tech fabrics which meet these demands. By carefully selecting raw materials and using special finishing and coating techniques, Sefar is able to manufacture strong and durable fabrics with high UV resistance.

Press Releases

  • Metzgergasse Buchs Breathing New Life into the Town Centre with SEFAR Fabric

    Shops and restaurants prefer to make their surroundings more attractive. Often they choose to move to newly-built premises in shopping malls at the edge of larger urban populations. But what if it were possible to revive and enhance the neighbourhood they are already in, and make it attractive and pleasant-to-be-in, regardless of the weather?

  • Renaissance in Saudi Arabia

    The way in which tried and tested building materials and new elements clearly complement one another symbiotically can be seen at the King Fahad National Library in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • SEFAR Faces Up to Sun and Wind on the Mediterranean

    It would be difficult to live any closer to the sea. This exclusive villa on the southern coast of France seems to be almost immersed in the endless blue of the Mediterranean. The client’s wish was to be outdoors and enjoy the special Mediterranean glow while protected from wind and sun.

  • Light Domes: Natural and Artificial Light in Perfect Harmony

    What's to be done when a museum can't relocate? When it wants to remain in the heart and soul of the city? When green spaces should be preserved? When every possibility for expansion appears to be exhausted? Then go underground - and almost double your floor area.

  • Salzburg Main Station in a New Light: a Masterly, On-Track Achievement

    With the conversion of Salzburg Main Station from terminus and transit station to a transit station only, new design possibilities were created for the landmarked barrel vault in the platform area. The final result is a skillful lighting effect and cosmopolitan atmosphere, protection from wind and weather, and conformity with the structural specifications.

  • The Art of Showing Art in the Right Light

    The Sefar light ceiling at the Museum Folkwang combines aesthetics and functionality. The Museum Folkwang in the city of Essen is one of the most significant art institutions in Germany.

  • New Zealand's Lightness of Touch

    New Zealand thrives on nature, expanse, sun, and light. And naturally these qualities are to be found at Auckland Airport as well. With an almost endless lightness of touch, SEFAR Architecture Fabric provides shade for the new shopping centre in the terminal building, capturing the very essence of the country in a section of the tree which recreates the history of the Maori people.

  • Place Going for Open Air: Sefar Plays for Safety

    Even the glorious backdrop of one of the world's favorite cities with the nearby Grouse Mountain can offer no certainty of glorious weather conditions. For this reason, operators at BC Place in Vancouver decided to have its original roof - constructed in 1983 - replaced.

  • SEFAR at London Design Festival

    The London Design Festival is the largest of its kind in the world and therefore a benchmark indicator for leading architects, corporations, partners and sponsors.

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