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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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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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JANUARY 2020 (NEW YORK, NY) - HARTMANN&FORBES is proud to announce the launch of its 2020 collection. From handwoven designs influenced by the Scottish tradition of cloth-making to wallcoverings resembling the majestic sandy coastlines in the summertime, the collection is inspired by nature coupled with a nostalgic nod to the past.

“We played with the subdued colors of nature, shades of light and shadow and natural fibers of rich texture that when manipulated by the handloom convey a sense of calm,” says Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Michael Jones. “The intention of this collection was to offer the mystical beauty expressed through nature – to help you create sanctuary spaces through natural design.”

Handwoven and crafted with natural fibers including ramie, water hyacinth, and abaca fibers, the collection offers a variety of versatile designs with simple and understated elegance synonymous with HARTMANN&FORBES.

WINDOWCOVERINGS

Studio Concepts – A concept is an abstract notion or general idea. An archetype is an original pattern or first prototype. Studio Concepts is a fusion of these two ideas founded by artistic curiosity and aimed at presenting a grouping of individual limited-edition designs, that over time, may evolve and reside inside a broader collection. Offered in 4 unique designs.

Jazz – Woven-to-Size Grassweave – Inspired by the visual rhythm of classical guitar strings, the Jazz Series imbues the tonal qualities of a bygone era, yet leans toward the future. Offered in 6 colorways.

Wicker – Woven-to-Size Grassweave – The legacy of hand-weaving wicker basketry and furnishings dates back to the ancient Mesopotamians. Inspired by this tradition, the Wicker Series offers a superior balance of woven textures and natural hues. Offered in 3 colorways.

Essence – Woven-to-Size Grassweave – This foundational weave from the Woven-to-Size Grassweave Collection delivers a refined elegance with an uncomplicated narrative. Offered in 20 colorways, including 7 new offerings that perfectly complement Mirage, a new linen fabric.

Aura – Woven-to-Size Grassweave – A complex design with a spirited sensibility, this weave of refined ramie creates a gentle and meditative atmosphere.

Elements – Woven-to-Size Grassweave – Fresh, pure and timeless, this richly refined linen-like textile offers sophisticated beauty in a dramatic darker tone. Offered in 10 colorways including our new black weave.

Awareness – Woven-to-Size Papyrusweave - With a simple and understated elegance, this design connotes a rustic simplicity and stillness. Offered in 7 colorways.

SOFT NATURAL FABRICS

Sahara – Masters of Linen Certifed. Resembling windblown desert sands, this luxury linen exhibits a delicate rippling of soft color favoring the natural beauty of the desert. Offered in 6 colorways.

Mirage – Masters of Linen Certifed. Heat reflecting from the barren desert floor delivers playful light refraction. The organic pattern of the Mirage Series captures this seemingly random effect. Offered in 6 colorways.

HANDCRAFTED WALLCOVERINGS

Baja – Resembling the majestic sandy coastlines in the summertime, the Baja Series radiates with a warm and inviting pale, sandy-patina, unique to natural fibers such as mother of pearl, raffia, and waterlily. Offered in 3 colorways.

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HARTMANN&FORBES products are available exclusively to the trade through a network of U.S. and international showrooms. For more information and additional showroom locations, visit hartmannforbes.com

JUNE 2019 (TUALATIN, OR) – This month, Oregon Business Magazine named its 2019 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon, recognizing employers with best-in-class sustainable workplace practices. Hartmann&Forbes, appearing on the list for its eighth consecutive year, ranked at #32 jumping from #48 in 2018.

Hartmann&Forbes, maker of luxurious natural windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles handcrafted of sustainable materials, continually seeks ways to minimize its impact throughout its harvesting, weaving and crafting processes, as well as drive change within the industry. By cultivating unique natural fibers from well-managed ecosystems and weaving near the source they ensure authentic craftsmanship that leaves a smaller environmental footprint. 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.

The company continues to brainstorm on how they can reach the next level of sustainability. “It’s a process that we continue to build on,” explains Pam Ward, Director of Marketing. “Initially, we focused on the environment side of things. But it is more than that. It’s the idea of being socially responsible.”

“The company’s focus on environmentally friendly products naturally carries over into its workforce culture,” says Kim Leagjeld, Sample Director and Chair of Hartmann&Forbes Project Team. “Diversity and inclusion are important factors of sustainability today

Hartmann&Forbes is dedicated to that end with hiring staff through a non-profit that strives to find employment for immigrants and refugees. This practice has brought diverse cultures and languages to the company including Spanish, Ukranian, Russian and Nepalese.

Celebrating its 11th 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. The 100 Best Green Workplaces are determined by an anonymous employee survey and an independent assessment of the employers’ sustainability practices. 

ABOUT HARTMANN&FORBES Hartmann&Forbes was established with the goal of delighting interior designers worldwide by handcrafting natural home furnishings of distinction. They do this with innovative designs, uncompromising quality and exceptional delivery and service. With designs inspired by nature’s raw beauty and artisanal workmanship that utilizes traditional handweaving and crafting methods, their award-winning windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles are made of unique best-of-class natural fibers that are sustainably cultivated in well-managed ecosystems. Hartmann&Forbes’ products are available exclusively to the trade through a network of U.S. and international showrooms. For more information...

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APRIL 2019 (NEW YORK, NY) - HARTMANN&FORBES is proud to announce the expansion to their Woven-to-Size Grassweave and Performance Fabric Collections as well as a new line of Handwoven Border Trims. Launching in showrooms Spring 2019.

“The 2019 product launch offers foundational designs that bring the designer a strong creative edge,” said Founder and Chief Creative Officer Michael Jones, “They especially complement the globally-inspired designs from our Designer Collaboration Collection with Michael S Smith.”

WINDOWCOVERINGS

Woven-to-Size Grassweave: Essence

This foundational weave is offered in a broad assortment of sophisticated colorways to create a shade for every room. Handwoven with artisanal technique to exquisite detail up to 180" wide, this design is handwoven with naturally dyed colored threads and refined ramie fibers. Its refined beauty and lightweight design provides universal appeal with a pure and simple narrative. Available in thirteen colorways.

PERFORMANCE FABRIC

A collection of designs using man-made fibers woven to achieve peak performance characteristics including heat and glare reduction, UV filtration and privacy. Fabrics are durable, meet or exceed commercial fire standards and are virtually maintenance-free. The new 8000 series offers a refined texture with 5% openness displaying a soft contemporary design. The 7000 and 9000 series are updated with new colorways to coordinate beautifully with our natural weaves.

HANDWOVEN TRIMS

An exquisite collection of custom handwoven border trims featuring geometric designs: Diamond and Chevron. These artisanal designs are handwoven with natural refined ramie fibers using original foot-treadle looms. By-the-Yard or handsewn to the bottom of a Roller Style shade or Roman Shade with Drop Hem upgrade. Coordinates beautifully with the various colorways of the Essence Series.

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FEBRUARY 2019 (PORTLAND, OR) – HARTMANN&FORBES is proud to announce the launch of a new collection of sustainable windowcoverings and wallcoverings from renowned designer Michael S Smith. The collection of seven distinct designs launches in showrooms February 19, 2019, and represents the award-winning brand’s inaugural designer collaboration. The line showcases Smith’s reverence for the past viewed through a modern eye and blends natural sustainable fibers with a striking assortment of colors, patterns and textures.

“Michael S. Smith is a rare design talent,” said founder and chief creative officer Michael Jones. “Partnering with him was a thrilling experience – his creativity and originality can be awe-inspiring. Anyone who appreciates beautiful design will find this collection irresistible.”

The line includes handwoven windowcoverings of metallic strands, meticulous, decorative weaving and elegant Sashiko-type stitching. Especially designed to complement the windowcovering collection, Smith’s handcrafted wallcoverings are adorned with saturated pigments painted over neutral backgrounds. These designs are inspired by antique, hand-carved abaca stencils, architectural lattice screens, and artistic Japanese imagery.

“The fine craftsmanship and artisanal quality of Hartmann&Forbes is evident in everything they produce,” explains Michael S. Smith. “With their dedication to handwoven, sustainable product, and their uncompromising commitment to excellence, I knew this partnership would result in a beautiful and unique collection. It was an honor to work together.”

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MARCH 2018 (PORTLAND, OR) – HARTMANN&FORBES, award-winning maker of fine handcrafted windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles of sustainable natural materials is pleased to announce its 20th Anniversary New Arrivals including 17 Woven-to-Size designs in 44 colorways.

Hartmann&Forbes began with a passion for designing and weaving unique textiles of sustainable fibers. Through its journey, it has challenged existing standards with its innovative textures and handwoven artistry. The company is expanding the already largest handwoven natural shade collection in the industry, accompanied by a growing selection of natural wallcoverings and fabrics.

“We are proud to launch our largest addition of intricately designed woven-to-size weaves in celebration of our 20 years,” says Michael Jones, founder of Hartmann&Forbes. “We owe our achievements to the rich community of farmers, weavers and designers who have continuously supported our vision. We look forward to many more years of collaboration.”

The new Rhythm series is an artisanal textile inspired by indigenous music tradition and its melodic essence. Handwoven using original foot-treadle looms, this process creates pattern compositions that add a vibe of tribal heritage to an interior space.

Offering subtle variegated stripes in nature’s hues, the Tarbaret series creates a harmonious mix of status and pedigree. The Essence series tells a simple and pure narrative with its sophisticated colorways, providing universal appeal with its refined beauty and lightweight design. These two weaves coordinate well together with a unity of pattern and simplicity.

The Earthen series offers a complex textural identity that is exotic, yet modern. This new design is handwoven with the hearty organic root fiber of vetiver, possessing a warm woodsy scent.

Soliciting an interplay between light and fiber, the new Interlace series possesses an innovative yarn-warp structure with gauze-like ramie fibers that candle incidental light in a graceful dramatic dance.

“In this anniversary collection, we have integrated our vision of innovative design with age-old techniques, combining natural elements with the patterns and colorways of historical cultures. Each weave is a representation of our continuous aim to advance the ordinary,” says Rebecca Welch, director of product development.

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