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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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EXPANDING THEIR INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT WITH PRIMAVERA INTERIOR FURNISHINGS

JANUARY 2018 (PORTLAND, OR) – HARTMANN&FORBES, the award-winning maker of fine handcrafted windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles of sustainable natural materials announces a new partnership with the Primavera Interior Furnishings showroom in Toronto, Canada. This relationship will bring further global expansion to Hartmann&Forbes’ designer market.

“We are excited to be adding such a talented, gracious and supportive partner to our International Showroom Distribution,” states Dee Cornett, Hartmann&Forbes’ director of business development.

Working in the interior design community for 46 years, Primavera Interior Furnishings has grown to become one of the premier trade resources in all of Canada. Their showroom of 10,000 square feet displays the finest selection of fabrics, furniture, lighting, leather, carpets and drapery from around the world. Hartmann&Forbes adds its natural windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles to this extensive collection.

“Our collaboration with Primavera is a celebratory milestone to our 20th anniversary. In our journey, Hartmann&Forbes has continuously challenged and advanced the standard with our innovative textures and handwoven artistry. Our unique designs will be well represented by Primavera, with their values of elegance, quality and style,” said Michael Jones, Hartmann&Forbes’ founder.

About HARTMANN&FORBES 

Hartmann&Forbes, named one of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon for five consecutive years, 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 utilizing 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, visit hartmannforbes.com.

Hartmann&Forbes, ® award-winning maker of handcrafted, natural windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles, is pleased to announce the addition of sixteen new textural designs to its signature Woven-to-Size Grassweave and Papyrusweave® windowcovering collections for Fall 2017.  

Beauty and contrast exist at the surface of the natural world, creating varied textures held in natural harmony. As in nature, texture provides interest, balance and beauty to an interior space. This fall, Hartmann&Forbes presents an intermix of both traditional and new weaving techniques with intricate detailing including delicate braids, inlaid fibers and patterned weaves. Contemporary in color and design, these new texture-rich weaves add elegant layers that captivate and set a mood of restful sanctuary.

Inspired by Southwestern weaving, Mesa’s palm and ramie fibers, in modern earth-tones, mingle with hand-placed water hyacinth strips in a tapestry-like design. Interbraid presents intricately hand-woven ramie braids in pale grey and golden wheat which delicately rise above a finely woven field, creating a gentle horizontal pattern of natural restfulness.

Artisans masterfully guide shuttles wound with handspun ramie, in variegated thicknesses, through a composition of colored threads to achieve Tartan’s haberdashery-inspired pattern. Reminiscent of Japanese screens, Tranquility is an open framework of line and space created using two different colored pulp-weft fibers in combination with stylized warp threading for a refined, modern statement.

“Experimenting with interesting warps and applying natural fibers in new ways allows us to develop more modern textures,” says Hartmann&Forbes’ Director of Product Development, Rebecca Welch. “It’s rewarding to preserve and develop an art-form while offering designers the timeless, natural textiles that bring a sense of balance and harmony to a space.”  

A time-honored method of shade making, Hartmann&Fobes’ Woven-to-Size collections are handwoven on traditional wooden looms to a window’s dimensions, up to 180" wide without seams. No-charge memos are available from local trade showrooms or online at hartmannforbes.com

About HARTMANN&FORBES

HARTMANN&FORBES, named one of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon for four consecutive years, 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 utilizing 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, visit hartmannforbes.com.

For a full press kit or more information please contact us at hfmarketing@hartmannforbes.com.

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Hartmann&Forbes,® custom maker of handcrafted windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles of sustainable natural materials, announces the release of the Rainfall series, including four natural woven-to-size windowcoverings and the Cathedral series, offering six handcrafted natural wallcoverings.

Shimmering raindrops are the inspiration for the Rainfall series. To create a pleasant variance, softly reflective metallic and colored threads dance with white ramie weft fibers in harmonious, handwoven choreography. These custom woven-to-size shade and drapery styles are available in seamless widths up to 180," perfect for covering large modern window expanses.

Resembling the glossy bark of rain-soaked Aspens in the Cathedral region of the Colorado mountains, this innovative design is created with hand-sliced cork skillfully placed on metallic-backed paper, then printed with a design inspired by winter woodlands. The meticulous hand process results in a lasting artisanal impression. These natural wallcoverings are available in 8 yard rolls, 36" wide, and harmonize perfectly with the new Rainfall series.

The reflective characteristics of the designs acknowledge the winter season, embracing the natural beauty offered during this contemplative season,” said Hartmann&Forbes’ in-house Designer and Director of Product Development, Rebecca Welch. Further, she states that “These new products are exquisitely matched to enhance one another, and bring an austere simplicity to any interior, all year long.

About HARTMANN&FORBES

HARTMANN&FORBES, named one of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon for four consecutive years, 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 utilizing 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, visit hartmannforbes.com.

For a full press kit or more information please contact us at hfmarketing@hartmannforbes.com.

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Hartmann&Forbes,® maker of handcrafted natural windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles, recently released 54 new products for 2016 to complement their extensive collections of natural products. After months of design experimentation and discovery, newly launched products include 19 additions to their hallmark collection of woven-to-size windowcoverings.

Customized up to a width of 180”, Hartmann&Forbes’ grassweaves are produced from sustainable, blended fibers and precisely crafted to create heirloom-quality, handwoven artisanal shades. Along with the new series, stunning new colorways have been added to enhance the designs of existing windowcoverings.

Featuring the company’s renowned “loom-finished” edge is a new series called Crosshatch, a chic interpretation of chambray fabric woven with palm fibers and Italian-inspired spun yarn. Also recently added to the Glisten series is an exciting new design called Aura. Its delicate accent of silvery filaments infuses this weave with metallic that sparkles under incandescent lighting.

“Enhancing our collection of Grassweave windowcoverings for 2016 has been challenging, but very satisfying,” said Hartmann&Forbes Founder Michael Jones. “Our hope is that, by maintaining our unique point of view and building a body of work that is truly artistic, our products will provide enduring interior spaces that create sanctuary through natural design.”

Each of Hartmann&Forbes’ natural windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles are available exclusively to the trade through the company’s network of U.S. and international showrooms.

About HARTMANN&FORBES

HARTMANN&FORBES, named one of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon for four consecutive years, 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 utilizing 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, visit hartmannforbes.com

For a full press kit or more information please contact us at hfmarketing@hartmannforbes.com.

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