Technical knitting is an advanced capability which allows textile components to be knitted in a single piece, with no cutting or sewing required, and no bulky seams. Components are “knit to fit”, becoming an extension of the furniture design either as a 3 dimensional shape or a self-supporting mesh fabric, all with unlimited design and patterning potential. All yarns are EU Ecolabel certified.
Back in the 1980s
The background to our technical knitting capability goes right back to the 1980s when textiles giant Courtaulds set up Teknit to commercialise patented 3D knitting technology, firstly into automotive, then the office interiors sector. The first Herman Miller Aeron actually chair sported a 3D knitted cover when it launched in 1994. A management buy-out took Teknit into independent ownership before it was bought by the forerunner to Camira in 2000.
How we work
Ideally, we’d love to work with the furniture designer or manufacturer right at the product design stage, but in practice we’re often given a prototype chair part or concept drawing, or asked to retro-fit a knitted fabric to an existing model. Whichever way it works, our design engineers are crucial to the process, drawing on their skill and expertise to translate the initial concept – using CAD-CAM systems – through various iterations to the finished article.