Through the April 2008 online edition of Readymade Magazine, I learned of Modern Fabrics, a North Carolina business run by couple James and Ewa Powell that rescues landfill-bound remnant fabric from furniture manufacturers and sells them at deep discounts.
From their About page:
We focus our selections around designer textile companies including Maharam, Pollack, Sina Pearson, Knoll Textiles, Momentum, Luna Textiles, Designtex, Jhane Barnes, ARC Com, Kravet, and many more. These textiles are generally only offered to-the-trade (designers and professionals), yet we make them available to everyone.
As you can see, these aren’t bottom-of-the-barrel La-Z-boy upholstery fabrics, they are gorgeous, high-end, retro/modern designs. It makes me a little sick to my stomach to learn that people routinely throw fabric out, so the Powells are not only reducing waste, they are saving fabric lovers everywhere from queasiness.
The only bummer is that you can’t order only the yardage you require for a project, you have to buy the entire length of fabric that they have in stock.