A Collection of ‘Modern Art’: Sunbrella and United Fabrics Unveil Dynamic New Fabric Assortment


Sunbrella is proud to unveil Modern Art, their third joint-contract upholstery collection with United Fabrics. Featuring 32 new durable, soft, and bleach-cleanable fabrics in a range of bold colors and playful patterns, Modern Art is designed to complement the Origins and Reflections collections, as well as other fabrics within the Sunbrella Contract portfolio.

“Art, expressionism, and creativity are central to the design landscape,” said Greg Voorhis, executive design director at Sunbrella. “This Modern Art collection is a celebration of color and artistic creativity and is meant to inspire countless design possibilities. We’re proud to once again partner with the United team to provide soft and comfortable fabrics with the added durability required for commercial spaces.”

Chair bench seating with multicolored fabric designs

Rubix is a mid-century inspired fabric that comes in several colorful design schemes.

Inspired by Art

Inspired by iconic art styles that pushed boundaries, this new collection is informal yet spirited, with fabrics that demonstrate how color and pattern can evoke a sense of playfulness and creativity within a space. These textiles are engineered with durability and stain resistance to hold their vibrant color even in high-traffic spaces.

“Modern Art inspires creativity and artistic exploration. It was a pleasure to partner with Sunbrella on our third contract upholstery collection together and our intent was to honor the role that Modern Art plays in the design world and in our everyday lives,” said Lindsey Josepayt, director of design and marketing at United Fabrics. “The patterns in the collection were inspired by richly saturated color field paintings, the bold use of graphic shapes in pop art and, of course, gestural mark-making in abstract expressionism. This collection invokes designers to make a statement with not just the art on the wall but the functional design of the furniture in a space.”

Standout Patterns

Standout patterns from the collection include:

Abstract fabric swatch

Jackson – This dynamic brushstroke pattern captures the energy and emotion of an abstract expressionist composition.

Rothko – This playful and modern take on a classic cabana stripe is woven in a variety of fresh color combinations.

Rubix – A graphic inspired by mid-century trends, this pattern is playful, multicolored and a great feature pattern for colorful design schemes.

Toggle – This playful Sunbrella Contract mainstay for United Fabrics lives on through new colors.

Pop – Distinctive and unique, this large-scale pattern features a bold graphic dot motif with inspiration from pop art and the layered process of screen-printing.

An easel with a painting showing swirling black lines sits beside fabric covered canvases.

Jackson is a dynamic pattern inspired by the process of putting paintbrush to canvas.

Modern Art is suitable for a variety of commercial hospitality settings, from hotels to restaurants and beyond. The exclusive collection is available for purchase through United Fabrics and for sampling on Material Bank.

You can browse the full portfolio of Sunbrella Contract Upholstery and all the Sunbrella fabrics created in partnership with United Fabrics.