Always a class act, Electron Top dedicated its first “Keep in Touch!” newsletter of 2015 to wishing the auto upholstery community a Happy New Year, and providing a bit of inspiration for us to lean on.
In the rarified class of super-luxury hypercars, an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, mind-melting interior is the expectation — not exception to the rule. That’s why Italian automaker Pagani Automobili S.p.A. has done very little to promote the gorgeous interior of its $1.6 million Huayra.
Sick of stanky car seats? Johnson Controls, one of the world’s largest suppliers of vehicle interiors, has developed a coating it applies to auto upholstery that renders it anti-odor, anti-stain, anti-microbial, anti-static and water resistant. No, it’s not shellac.
Custom leather supplier Relicate Leather Collection recently launched an interview series that aims to help us “get to know the people behind the sewing machines.” Like our own “10 Questions” series, the interviews provide insight into the backgrounds, inspirations and ambitions of our peers.
The first auto upholsterer to be profiled for the series is Scott Zielinski of Sew It Seams Interiors in Erie, Pennsylvania. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because we recently highlighted a collaboration he did with Josh Laird of Relicate Leather in an article titled: “Putting The Hog Ring Design Studio to Good Use.”
Congratulations to Peter Pittel of Back To The Future Upholstery in Brandon, Minnesota. Not only does he have one of the coolest shop names we’ve ever heard, but he won The Hog Ring‘s contest for “Comment of the Week.” Peter, who goes by the screen name “Whiskey Pete,” takes home this week’s prize: A C.S. Osborne forged steel staple puller and 10 yards of bright white smooth-grain vinyl courtesy of Albright’s Supply.
From 3D-printed cars to ones that drive all by themselves, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, features loads of exciting new developments in the automotive industry. Chief among them is the introduction of four new soft-top convertibles trimmed in topping material supplied by Haartz Corporation.
As a website focused on auto upholstery, it’s no surprise that we’ve been closely monitoring the development of interiors for autonomous cars. However, when larger, more mainstream publications start to take notice of how vehicle cabins are changing due to the technology, you know the industry chatter is on the verge of becoming reality. Case in point: The New York Times just published an article titled: “Automakers Rethink Seats for Self-Driving Cars.”
Check out the February 2015 issue of Performance & Hotrod Business Magazine to see a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad Bel-Air built and upholstered by Johnny’s Auto Trim & Rod Shop of Alamosa, Colorado. The vehicle is a beauty in its own right, but when you consider that the entire interior was wired and upholstered by Ryan Martin — the 22-year-old son of owner and operator Johnny Martin — it’s all the more impressive.
Executing a perfect French seam can sometimes be difficult, especially when you’re only using a single-needle sewing machine. However, the stitch is often only half the battle. Installing the upholstery it’s sewn on can present a whole new set of challenges, particularly when the element you’re wrapping is heavily contoured — like a dashboard or armrest. Automakers, however, have recently found a way to make the process easier.
GUESS WHAT?!? The Hog Ring‘s “Comment of the Week” give aways are back for 2015! And our first contest is being sponsored by Albright’s Supply, home to everything you need to get the job done. Up for grabs this week is a C.S. Osborne forged steel staple puller and 10 yards of bright white smooth-grain vinyl — that’s a $100 value!