There was a time when megayacht owners relegated luxurious fabrics to the interiors of their yachts. But Extex fabrics, made solely for the megayacht industry, are turning more and more clients on to the concept of treating their exterior spaces as showcases, too. To that end, Extex, used aboard notable megayachts like Adastra and Nirvana, among others, has a new line of luminescent fabrics called Solar that come alive at night.
First, a little background. Extex was created in 2002 by Marina Mill, a family business producing high-end interior fabrics for fine homes, yachts, and megayachts for more than two decades. The move was made in response to the belief—quite right, we might add—that deck furnishings were dull. There was a widespread misconceived notion that, due to exposure to sun, salt, lotions, and more, exterior fabrics couldn’t possibly be both sophisticated and practical.
With the Solar fabric collection, Extex is adding a bit more fun to deck chairs, lounges, dining areas, and more. The swirls adorning the fabric were inspired by galaxies and star systems. In daylight, they simply look like tone-on-tone patterns, but at night the colors come alive, nearly neon, thanks to glow-in-the-dark ink with particles that absorb light. Even just a few minutes of exposure to sunlight can mean a few hours of fabulous-looking decks.
Solar comes in three color patterns, aptly named for planets: Mars (sandy tones), Neptune (light-gray tones), and Venus (creamy vanilla tones). Mars is shown here, with the background fabric looking much darker due to the nighttime light conditions. Visit the Extex website to see what the colors look like in daylight and with subtle lighting/candlelight at night.
Regardless of your fabric choice, you and especially your crew will appreciate that Solar fabrics are soil-, oil-, stain-, and water-repellent, plus chlorine-resistant. They’re further machine washable and can be tumbled dry. Finally, Solar fabrics are backed by a two-year warranty.