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APRIL 2022 (TUALATIN, OREGON) - Hartmann&Forbes, award-winning maker of sustainable natural window and wall coverings announces new in-house designs for Spring22. A passion for handweaving, design exploration, and a love of nature continues to fuel the evolution and growth of their H&F Studio Collections. The update includes a new Woven-to-Size Papyrusweave series, an update to their soft natural fabrics, as well as an update to their performance fabrics.

WOVEN-TO-SIZE PAPYRUSWEAVE

REFLECTION – Lightweight papyrus produces a rich textural backdrop for refined threading in this soothing series. Reimagining classic designs, the rhythmic black and white warp forms an open, irregular stripe pattern bordered by a distinctive finished edge that frames the design.

SOFT NATURAL FABRIC UPDATE

WEATHERED – A soft, medium-weight linen in stone-washed colors of nature. This easy-going fabric embodies a carefree spirit. Masters of linen certified.

CORDS – Elegance with a rustic twist, this design features tufted cords artistically embroidered onto a heavy linen ground. As wearable as fashion, this contemporary textile will dress any window in chic style. Masters of linen certified.

FIELDS – A perfect expression of harmony in design. This linen beautifully blends two distinct textures into one evocative pattern. Gentle earth tones and visual texture from vertical warp fibers evoke images of undulating flax fields at harvest. Masters of linen certified.

BRUSHED – A soft textured sheer linen milled in the Belgium countryside. Offered in a palette of neutrals to work harmoniously in the home and to coordinate with our natural woven shades. Masters of linen certified.

PERFORMANCE FABRIC

ECOWEAVE: ECO 100 TRANSLUCENT | ECO 200 BLACKOUT – The new Ecoweave not only solves the challenges of performance environments but also offers a lower impact alternative to other performance options. Crafted from man-made materials, this Greenguard-certified, PVC-free fabric is tightly woven with a rich texture and tailored feel in versatile earth tones that complement our range of natural woven shades.

SOLARSCREEN: 5000 – This design combines rich, textured yarns with traditional patterns in natural rich earth tones. Woven from vinyl coated polyester and uncoated polyester yarns, these fabrics are as durable as they are beautiful.

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MARCH 2022 (Tualatin, OR) – This week, Oregon Business magazine named its 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon, recognizing companies with the most satisfied employees. For the first time in the company’s 24 years, Hartmann&Forbes made its debut at #19.

Hartmann&Forbes, maker of luxurious natural windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles all handcrafted of sustainable materials, continually seeks ways to expand on their commitment to workplace best practices and employee job satisfaction. For over 20 years, the company has continued to place importance on fostering and cultivating a diverse community of employees motivated by exceptional craftsmanship, environmental stewardship, and uncompromising service.

“We are humbled and honored to be recognized as #19 under the medium-sized companies’ category across the state that participated in this year’s survey,” says Michael Jones, Founder and CEO of Hartmann&Forbes. “We thank our dedicated team for their leadership and setting the bar so high in terms of what is possible.”

In addition to cultivating a corporate culture that strives to motivate employees, the company offers a flexible work schedule, employee meals and kitchens filled with snacks.

“We all have the same goals to stay sustainable, keep a good work-life balance, and be profitable,” says one satisfied employee.

For nearly a decade, Hartmann&Forbes has made Oregon Business Magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Green Workplaces,” rising up the ranks to #6 in 2021.

Oregon Business is recognized for its pioneering workplace surveys. The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon, is the magazine’s signature research project followed by its two companion projects, the 100 Best Nonprofits and the 100 Best Green Companies. The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon survey polls more than 10,000 employees from a variety of companies across the state. Staffers rated their satisfaction on six workplace practices: work environment, management & communications, decision-making & trust, career development & learning, and benefits & compensation.

FEBRUARY 2022 (TUALATIN, OREGON) - Hartmann&Forbes, maker of sustainable natural window and wall coverings is proud to announce the launch of its first collection with Amy Meier, founder and principal designer of Rancho Santa Fe based Amy Meier Design. Adding to Hartmann&Forbes’ diverse portfolio of designs, her collection deftly fuses inspiration from Japanese design, the Bauhaus School, and traditional Korean cloth.

“This collection, like most of my work (and life), is inspired by seemingly disparate experiences, concepts, and both functional and artistic items.” explains Meier. “As the collection developed, it appeared clear that though these concepts varied greatly in their time and application, they came together to form a diverse, yet congress and cohesive line of window coverings.”

The collection features seven Woven-to-Size Grassweave windowcovering series:

Dapple – True to its namesake, Dapple evokes the dreamy look of sunlight peeking through leaves on a tree. The gauzy ground of handwoven ramie plays host to a freeform grid of ramie slubs. The raised, textural design softly filters the light and lends relaxed refinement to an interior.

Gossamer – Bojagi, a traditional Korean silk patchwork that becomes more beautiful and translucent with age, served as the inspiration for this tonal series. Alternating tight and loose weaves, rendered in ramie and warp threads, produce a beautifully irregular striped pattern, and its natural drape and rich texture highlights Gossamer’s handwoven quality and the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi.

Stitch – Stitch balances the linear architecture of the Bauhaus with the soft, natural appeal of Japanese designs. Multicolored abaca is freely hand-placed through an orderly framework of jacquard-handloomed ramie, creating a compelling play of tension and texture and a subtle sense of movement.

Joinery – Paying homage to Bauhaus textile designer Anni Albers, this weave balances the structure of industry with a natural, organic sensibility. Rectangles and squares jacquard-handloomed of textural ramie and multicolored warp fibers form a complex geometry that conjures images of newsprint on a page.

Fret – Inspired by the lustrous look of natural horsehair, Fret features an earthy, variegated palette of banana fiber handwoven with black warp thread. The understated design, with its refined texture and iridescent beauty, feels both timeless and current.

Stipple – Informed by the crisp geometry of the Bauhaus, while capturing the quiet restraint of Japanese design, Stipple is distinguished by its soothing subtly. Against a ground of refined ramie, a series of small, woven squares produce intriguing nuances in texture and dimension, its neutral palette lending it tonal beauty.

Framework – The large repeating windowpane motif is inspired by the chogak bo or patchwork style of Korean Bojagi. Masterfully jacquard-handloomed of banana fiber, the textural geometry brings dimension and differing opacities to the quiet, monochromatic composition.

 

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OCTOBER 2021 (TUALATIN, OREGON) - Hartmann&Forbes, maker of sustainable natural window and wall coverings announces new in-house designs for Fall 2021. A passion for handweaving, design exploration and a love of nature continues to fuel the evolution and growth of their H&F Studio Collections.

WOVEN-TO-SIZE PAPYRUSWEAVE WINDOWCOVERING

UNITY – Loomed of gently twisted strands of papyrus, Unity’s sumptuously soft texture is balanced by a double warp that delivers definition to the relaxed weave. The series features a diaphanous design that allows light to pass through, its airy look and peaceful color palette lending a Zen sensibility.

NATURAL WALLCOVERING

BEACHFRONT – At once relaxed and refined, Beachfront captures its namesake coastal feel. Artisan-loomed of textural raffia, its hand-painted fibers reveal variable brushstrokes for a laidback look. The colorized warp combined with whitewashed weft fibers in an open weave, creating a dimensional, sun-dappled appearance that recalls casual beach mats.

TAILORED-TO-SIZE GRASSWEAVE WINDOWCOVERING UPDATE

LINEN – Crisp, minimal and delightfully modern, this series has the natural approachability of linen fabric. Offered in a full-color palette to complement a wide range of interior color schemes. Adding one colorway for a total of six in the series.

TAILORED-TO-SIZE PAPYRUSWEAVE WINDOWCOVERING UPDATE

ZEN – Zen philosophy suggests uncluttered simplicity will stimulate tranquility. The Zen series adorns this philosophy with its refinement. Adding three colorways for a total of six in the series.

WOOLEN MILL – The value of woven wool blankets dates back to the earliest expeditions across the American West. Inspired by this legacy, the Woolen Mill series offers a superior balance of rustic textures and natural colors. Adding one colorway for a total of six in the series.

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SEPTEMBER 2021 (TUALATIN, OR) – HARTMANN&FORBES, maker of natural, handwoven window and wallcoverings, is proud to announce the launch of its first collection with Portland, Oregon based interior designer Max Humphrey. Adding to Hartmann&Forbes vast and diverse line of handwoven designs for the window, the Max Humphrey Collection reveals the artisanal quality of Hartmann&Forbes combined with Humphrey’s trademark lived-in layered look.

“For me, design is nostalgia. I’m inspired by things from my New England childhood like gingham, plaids, vintage quilts, cable knit sweaters, and old grain sacks,” explains Humphrey. “Collaborating with Hartmann&Forbes, allowed me the freedom to reinterpret these designs in a modern, natural way.”

Featuring five Woven-to-Size Grassweave windowcoverings, Humphrey celebrates modern Americana with a nod to nostalgia and a fresh take on classic prints and patterns —gingham, quilt and cable knit—rendered in Hartmann&Forbes’ handwoven natural textiles.

The WINDOWCOVERING Collection includes:

Gingham - Humphrey reimagines this traditional gingham check as a versatile neutral in his collection. Its simple, medium-scale motif is loomed of natural ramie fibers, creating subtle variations in each square that soften the geometric grid and highlight its handcrafted quality. The weft fibers are dyed to match the warp, infusing the two-tone pattern with graphic impact and visual dimension.

Grain Sack - Inspired by vintage grain sacks, this series elevates the humble carryall to a nostalgic, handcrafted design. The sturdy ramie weave is accented with slender stripes of red, white or blue against a denim or natural ground, evoking a quintessential Americana mood in a fresh format.

Cableknit - Reminiscent of iconic New England sweaters, this series is distinguished by its rich dimension rendered on a jacquard loom. A dense weave of refined ramie features alternating cable ribs framed in columns. They twist down planes of fabric, imparting visual depth and subtly raised texture in a design at once classic and contemporary.

Cross - An age-old symbol in nature and iconography, the venerable cross is reinterpreted in jacquard-loomed ramie. The crosses, formed of an intricate check pattern, float in a textural landscape delineated by horizontal lines, its tonal black-and-white palette producing a primitive, understated design.

Quilt - A modern take on traditional quilts, this series nods to the nostalgia of handmade crafts with its classic chain motif. The geometric pattern and two tonal colors provide a contemporary twist, while jacquard-loomed ramie creates subtle variations in the weave for rich texture and visual dimension.

 

HARTMANN&FORBES is the world’s leader in ethically crafted, handwoven natural shades. Offered exclusively to Interior Designers worldwide, the company’s sustainable products are distributed through a network of U.S. and international trade showrooms.

For each of the last nine years, the company has been selected as one of Oregon Business Magazine’s Top 100 Green Companies.

 

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JUNE 2021 (Tualatin, OR) – This month, Oregon Business magazine named its 2021 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon, recognizing employers with best-in-class sustainable workplace practices. Hartmann&Forbes, appearing on the list for its ninth consecutive year and continuing to rise up the ranks, came in at #6 jumping from #21 in 2020 and #32 in 2019.

Hartmann&Forbes, maker of luxurious natural windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles, continues to work diligently to reframe the context of responsible design by making products in ways that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. Passionately committed to drive change within the industry, the company continues to lead the industry and brainstorm ways they can reach the next level of sustainability.

“We believe business can be a powerful platform for change, so we are honored to be recognized as a top company in the state for all of our efforts,” explains Michael Jones, Hartmann&Forbes Founder. “In spite of one of the most unusual years of our lives, we are committed to continuing to build a conscious business to drive improvements within the design industry, offering a more sustainable future for the generations that follow.”

Handwoven and crafted with natural fibers including ramie, water hyacinth, and abaca fibers, each Hartmann&Forbes product begins with the careful examination and selection of premium natural fibers. By cultivating unique natural fibers from well-managed ecosystems and weaving near the source, they ensure authentic craftsmanship that leaves a smaller environmental footprint. The company crafts its products using natural materials and techniques that have low or no levels of VOC’s, minimizing the impact products have on indoor air quality. Additionally, each of Hartmann&Forbes natural products are designed and crafted using components that can be recycled, recrafted, or composted at the end of its lifecycle.

The company started Project Green in 2005, a company-wide collaborative effort that empowers the entire staff to suggest and participate in ways to improve its sustainable workplace efforts. Project green has led to numerous initiatives including the use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, corporate recycling, a renewable energy program, carbon neutral deliveries, the use of recyclable shipping products and more.

Celebrating its 13th year and based on Oregon Business’ widely recognized 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon ranking, the 100 Best Green Workplaces come from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, professional and business services, construction, and the nonprofit sector.

APRIL 2021 (TUALATIN, OREGON) - Hartmann&Forbes, maker of sustainable natural window and wall coverings announces new in-house designs for Spring21. A passion for handweaving, design exploration and a love of nature continues to fuel the evolution and growth of their H&F Studio Collections. The update includes Studio Concepts, Grassweave Essence, and Performance Fabric Collections, as well as a new collection of Handwoven Border Trims.

 

STUDIO CONCEPTS
Combinations of unique fibers and techniques are the focus of these new, individual, limited-edition designs.

• HAVANA - Defined by distinctive plaid stripes enriched with an intricate check pattern adding depth and definition against a beige backdrop, Havana is loomed with hand-placed fibers of black abaca and thick, textural ramie. The sensibility is at once relaxed and tailored.

• PIMA - Masterfully interwoven with a mix of thick and thin ramie fibers creating a variegated palette, Pima features a freeform composition of subtle, open stripes. Elegant, white striations are reminiscent of cotton fields, which enhances the tactile richness and rustic-meets refined feel.

• MELANGE- A multihued mix of fibers marks the Melange design. Ramie, palm, and black abaca are skillfully twisted together to evoke the heathered look of eagle feathers. The weave – distinctive and dense – combines natural colors to create a slanted, impressionistic pattern.

• TATAMI - A thick warp of double-twisted palm yarns yields a textural landscape that conjures traditional Japanese mats. Hand-knotted fibers in two earthy colors combine to form a tonal grid pattern while allowing light to pass through like a dimensional screen.

 

GRASSWEAVE ESSENCE COLLECTION
A foundational weave that pairs with a wide range of H&F collections and offers endless customization capabilities now features 25 colorways.

• ESSENCE FIVE NEW COLORWAYS - Rich jewel tones and onyx add to this collection of Woven-to-Size Grassweave, demonstrating refined beauty.

 

PERFORMANCE FABRICS
The solution when you need heat and glare reduction, UV filtration, and privacy. The 9000 series, with a modern textured design, is updated in the ever-popular bright white and shades of grey and brown.

• 9000 - Four new colors added to this modern textured design that offers total light blockage when room darkening is needed. Inherently blocks heat loss and reduces UV transmission.

 

HANDWOVEN BORDER TRIMS
An exquisite collection of border trims handwoven in a new contemporary design.

• STRIATED - Hand loomed from ramie, our custom border trim features an earthy palette of complementary colors that edge in and out for a subtle chiaroscuro effect.

 

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MARCH 2021 (TUALATIN, OR) – HARTMANN&FORBES announces new additions to the highly successful Michael S. Smith Collection that originally launched two years ago. These two new designs embrace the organic nature inherent in all HARTMANN&FORBES products.

“The original Michael S. Smith collection was remarkably successful,” explains founder and chief creative officer Michael Jones. “When Michael expressed interest in collaborating once again to expand the collection, it was an irresistible proposition.”

The additions include one new embroidered wallcovering and one new Woven-to- Size Grassweave windowcovering, both in three complementary colorways.

WALLCOVERING

Madeleine - At once romantic and refined, the Madeleine wallcovering was inspired by a fern motif often used by Madeleine Castaing, the iconic 20th-century French designer and antiques dealer. Natural sisal is meticulously embroidered in a palette of sage, linden, and teal, creating a dimensional pattern of interlocking ferns, which is framed by a crisp windowpane grid. The wallcovering’s lyrical pattern and earthy colors pair perfectly with the Jacob Stripe windowcovering.

WINDOWCOVERING

Jacob Stripe - Lustrous, textural ramie is handwoven in a variegated-stripe pattern that recalls the charming scalloped shop awnings found in French seaside villages. Its relaxed, sun-washed look and soft-hued palette provide the perfect complement to the Madeleine wallcovering.

ABOUT HARTMANN&FORBES

HARTMANN&FORBES is the world’s leader in ethically crafted, Handwoven Natural shades. Offered exclusively to Interior Designers worldwide, the company’s sustainable products are distributed through a network of U.S. and international trade showrooms. For each of the last nine years, the company has been selected as one of Oregon Business Magazine’s Top 100 Green Companies.

 

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MARCH 2020 (TUALATIN, OR) - HARTMANN&FORBES is proud to announce the launch of its first collection with award-winning designer J. Randall Powers. The new collection reveals the artisanal quality of Hartmann&Forbes’ handwoven textiles combined with Powers’ penchant for tailored patterns with a playful twist.

“I’ve always loved working with structured textiles and furnishings. I’ll always choose a plaid, grid, check or diamond over something with curves,” says Powers. “When approaching the concept of the line with Hartmann, I looked for what I loved and what I saw was missing in my search for the perfect shade design or wallcovering. Something tailored and refined but of a scale that was intimate or playful.”

The result includes handwoven windowcoverings and natural wallcoverings that portray the confidence of structured pattern that is a bit playful and invigorating.

WINDOWCOVERINGS

Apsley Check – Clean-lined and classic, Apsley Check is defined by small, even squares that recall the timeless Shepherd’s check. Woven of refined ramie, this weave evokes the textural, lightweight hand of linen and pairs beautifully with the geometric Christopher Check collections.

Christopher Check – A medium check of contrasting colors creates a crisp windowpane pattern. Ramie fibers are framed in bold hues, imparting a graphic punch that enlivens the rigorous geometry. Sophisticated yet friendly, it suits formal and informal spaces alike.

JG Plaid – A fresh take on traditional plaid, this weave is intricately loomed of refined ramie. Strong crisscrossing pencil stripes in an irregular sequence form an intriguing dimensional look. Hand tied knots, a woven edge, and woodland palette of moss and linen play relaxed counterpoint to the structured sensibility.

Baldwin Stripe – An open weave of yarns and dyed ramie form a relaxed rectangular motif. Its intricate warp and weft lending depth and detail to the interior geometry. Artfully accented with bands of color in a subdued palette of mist and cream, the vertical stripes add layers of tonal beauty to the gauzy ground.

NATURAL WALLCOVERINGS

Christopher Check – A large check pattern is gravure-printed upon a field of woven sisal, creating a crisp windowpane pattern. Framed in bold hues, it imparts a graphic punch that enlivens the rigorous geometry. 

JG Plaid - Taking notes from the JG Plaid handwoven Grassweave design, the JG Plaid wallcovering is defined by crisscrossing pencil stripes in hues of linen. The natural woven sisal is flooded with a moss green color and the stripes are gravure-printed for an intriguing dimensional look.

 

HARTMANN&FORBES is the world’s leader in ethically crafted, Handwoven Natural shades. Offered exclusively to Interior Designers worldwide, the company’s sustainable products are distributed through a network of U.S. and international trade showrooms.

 

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J. Randall Powers Collection Press Release PDF >

 

JUNE 2020 (Tualatin, OR) – This month, Oregon Business Magazine named its 2020 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon, recognizing employers with best-in-class sustainable workplace practices. Hartmann&Forbes, appearing on the list for its ninth consecutive year and continuing to rise up the ranks, came in at #21 jumping from #32 in 2019 and #48 in 2018.

“We are proud of this award as it indicates that we continue to improve in a category that is at the core of our brand,” explains Michael Jones, Hartmann&Forbes Founder. “True that sustainability for us was all about the environment. But as we’ve grown our business and learned more, we have embraced the idea that being socially responsible is also part of sustainability.”

Hartmann&Forbes, maker of luxurious all-natural windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles, continues to work diligently to reframe the context of responsible design by making products in ways that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Passionately committed to drive change within the industry, the company continues to lead the industry and brainstorm ways they can reach the next level of sustainability.

Handwoven and crafted with natural fibers including ramie, water hyacinth, and abaca fibers, each Hartmann&Forbes product begins with the careful examination and selection of premium natural fibers. By cultivating unique natural fibers from well-managed ecosystems and weaving near the source, they ensure authentic craftsmanship that leaves a smaller environmental footprint. The company crafts the majority of its products using materials and techniques that have low or no levels of VOC’s, minimizing the impact products have on indoor air quality. In addition, each of Hartmann&Forbes natural products are designed and crafted using components that can be recycled, recrafted or composted at the end of its lifecycle.

In addition to all this, the company started Project Green in 2005, a company-wide collaborative effort that empowers the entire staff to suggest and participate in ways to improve its efforts. Project green has led to numerous initiatives including the use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, corporate recycling, a renewable energy program, the use of recyclable shipping products and more.

Celebrating its 12th year, and based on Oregon Business widely recognized 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon ranking, the 100 Best Green Workplaces come from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, professional and business services, construction, and the nonprofit sector.

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