Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Product Highlight: Center-Pole Fiberglass Umbrellas


Soho House Bangkok is a great showcase of our Hainan umbrellas made with fiberglass

The Case for Fiberglass 

The sustainability of fiberglass starts with its main ingredient which is glass.  Glass is made with silica from sand, an abundant, natural, non-depleting resource, making fiberglass a highly sustainable solution. Due to this composition, fiberglass is known for its very low embodied energy ─ the total energy required to produce a product from the raw materials stage through delivery of fiberglass products. Typically, fiberglass requires no added materials to reinforce it, thereby reducing the bulk and weight the product, helping cut transportation costs in the process.

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Fiberglass too, is designed, tested and built to last for decades. It can last 50 to 80 years, which essentially is a lifetime. As fiberglass products have extremely long life cycles, it means that there is less waste heading to landfills in the short term to medium term.  

Can fiberglass pultrusion be recycled? The short answer is yes.  Fiberglass recycling is a two-stage grinding process that results in a fine by-product that can be utilized as a filler in common building components such as concrete and asphalt or as a filler in a fiberglass pultruder’s own resin matrix as well. 

Furthermore, because fiberglass is a thermally-set, inert and petroleum-free material, it will not emit any volatile organic compounds over its entire lifespan, and even if placed in landfill, it will not leech chemicals into the ground or waterways. 


Fiberglass vs Wood Umbrellas 

Fiberglass cannot be compromised as easily as wood—it holds its shape perfectly. This is fairly significant considering that if wood is not properly treated, is susceptible to water, UV radiation, and weathering. Frames can warp and decay over time. This can lead to a multitude of problems, including structural integrity issues, which ultimately leads to more costs, not less. 

Although fiberglass is considered a relatively new material in umbrella frames, it has been used in other products for many years. One industry that has adopted fiberglass composites over wood much earlier is the marine industry. It is easy to find real life examples of fiberglass boats that remain seaworthy after 50 years and beyond with little to no degradation while being exposed to the corrosive marine environment. Fiberglass is a stable, inert material that is impervious to time, temperature and corrosive agents. Its use in the boating industry highlights its exceptional benefits in coastal applications. 

The current price points of fiberglass umbrellas may find some resistance despite its recognized benefits. At Suniture, we help businesses transition to fiberglass by offering our fiberglass collection at the same price point of the traditional hardwood ones.  Our Fiji Round Umbrellas as well as Finey Square Umbrellas are all made of fiberglass. Contact us through info@suniture.com for more information.


Friday, March 22, 2024

Phuket Projects Round-Up

Phuket in Thailand is one of the country's best tourist destinations and consists of the island of Phuket and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. Phuket has some of the country's most popular beaches and we are proud to be the preferred supplier of some, if not most, of the biggest hospitality names on the island. Here are some of them:

Xana Beach Club

Como Hotel
COMO Point Yamu

Akyra Phuket
Akyra Beach Club Phuket

Dewa Phuket
Dewa Phuket

Friday, March 1, 2024

Project Highlight: Soho House Bangkok

Situated within the Sukhumvit district and formerly known as the Eugenia Hotel, Soho House Bangkok is a three-storey building that offers an array of amenities and services.

(Image from Soho House Bangkok)

This sensational new property represents the latest addition to the Soho House brand, and signals their arrival in Southeast Asia. As the first location of its kind in the region, the property promises to offer a unique and dynamic experience for members.

Soho House Bangkok
(Image from Soho House Bangkok)

Created for the creative community, prospective members can choose between two types of membership, each catering to unique preferences- one that extends access solely to Soho House Bangkok and the other providing unrestricted entry into all Soho House establishments worldwide.

(Image from Soho House Bangkok)

Suniture is proud to be one of the preferred suppliers of this landmark project. The umbrellas, sunloungers and cushions in the pool area, as well as some of the restored vintage furniture in the club room were done by our team. 

Designing a new project? We can help you turn your designer dreams come true. Get in touch with our team through info@suniture.com

Thursday, February 1, 2024

2024 Outdoor Contract Catalogue Out Now!

We are thrilled to announce that our Outdoor Contract Collection is now available to browse and download. Contact us through info@suniture.com.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Project Highlight: Tribe Phnom Penh Post Office Square, Cambodia

Tribe Phnom Penh Riverside

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and indulge in a good book and a refreshing drink at the TRIBE Phnom Penh poolside. 

Tribe City Phnom Penh Cambodia pool area

Escape the demands of everyday life and immerse yourself in a world of relaxation and tranquility at the TRIBE Phnom Penh poolside. The inviting pool area offers the perfect oasis to unwind, whether one chooses to dive into a captivating book or simply bask in the sun while sipping on a refreshing drink.

Tribe Phnom Penh Riverside

With its serene ambiance and luxurious amenities, the poolside is the ultimate destination to rejuvenate one's mind, body, and soul. At TRIBE Phnom Penh, we understand the importance of taking a break from the hustle and bustle of daily routines. The poolside is thoughtfully designed to provide a serene retreat where one can escape the stresses of life and indulge in pure leisure.  Our sunbuns are perfect for it.

Working on a new and exciting project? We have standard and custom-made products that provide truly creative and stunning results. Contact us today for a free quote.