In 1906, Marshal B. Lloyd opened the Lloyd Manufacturing Company in Menominee, Michigan, where he developed a timeless and unique process of creating fine woven furniture.
The Haven Collection – woven vinyl.
In 1917 Marshal Lloyd created a process by which cellulose strands are woven into a wicker fabric, an alternative to the then popular method of wrapping cane around a frame. Each hand crafted piece of Lloyd Loom furniture that is created today uses the same technique to create the loom fabric, though new advanced techniques have been added to the process to produce a continuous strand that will not bur, crack, or peel, resulting in a consistently smooth weave. Lloyd Loom furniture is still made in the same factory where this process was developed, almost a century ago.
The fiber used to create the Lloyd Loom fabric is twisted into a sturdy cord and wound onto small spools, then rewound onto larger spools that feed into the looms. The loom draws cord simultaneously from more than 500 spools to weave the Lloyd Loom fabric. A unique feature of Lloyd Loom is the use of aluminum stakes encased in loom fiber which enhances the stability and durability of the fabric.
Once the loom fabric is woven, it’s sealed to withstand the elements, dried and wrapped onto massive spools. These spools are taken to the cutting room, where the wicker fabric is cut to shape for each piece of furniture. Skilled craftsmen fit these pieces of fabric to aluminum frames that are shaped and welded in their facility, taking great care to stretch the wicker into place and secure it with custom-made stainless steel staples. The edges are trimmed and wicker braid is fitted into place by hand so that each piece is beautifully finished.
Once the pieces are fully assembled they are taken to the paint shop, where each receives two coats of environmentally friendly yet exceptionally tough Durium® paint. This advanced finishing material is a high solid, polyester resin based paint that’s as flexible as it is durable, so it coats the furniture beautifully while providing a finish that can withstand summer heat and winter snow.
Lloyd Flanders vinyl furniture is made with 100% virgin vinyl and has no extra filler. This ensures that the vinyl will remain soft and pliable through many years of use and will continue to hold its shape. UV inhibitors are added to protect from sun damage and fading.
Like the Lloyd Loom products, Lloyd Flanders vinyl furniture features welded all-aluminum frames that are corrosion-resistant and extremely durable. Lloyd Flanders vinyl collections are available in a variety of distinctive colors, textures, and styles that are suited for all of today’s outdoor living spaces.
Lloyd Flanders creates timeless and quality furniture that will last you a lifetime. Stop in at Nature Works or the Designworks showroom to see why we stand by Lloyd Flanders and their made in America, heirloom furniture.
All photos are courtesy of Lloyd Flanders.