MOONDREAM’S TECHNOLOGICAL KNOW-HOW
Our study, coupled with technological advancements, has unearthed great diversity, so much so we now speak of fabrics and not just of fabric in the singular.
Industries ranging from professional sports to architecture, transportation to healthcare, even design to contemporary art, have learned how to craft material.
The origin of fibers is more and more diversified. We count among them glass, carbon and plant fibers — linen, glycine, and hemp.
The advent of nanotechnologies has also made it possible to use new fibers to create intelligent fabrics. Designed to adapt to different environmental conditions, they now have the capacity to become biosensors, thermal regulators, antibacterial, hydrophilic, and therapeutic. These fabrics are so technologically advanced they can even communicate, register physical reactions, provide GPS tracking, and change color based on mood!
What's more, these new fabrics have become much more environmentally friendly in both their design and use. They allow us to actualize comfortable living in a way beneficial to both the planet and ourselves due to their propensity to minimize energy consumption.
Moondream is devoted to increasing the potential performance of all its fabrics to enhance comfort and well-being in your home.
Although drapes remain its main area of expertise, the Moondreamlab is also committed to exploring other applications of its advanced technology, the first of which will be comforters.
Paying particular attention to connected fabric experiences, and new behaviors associated with the Quantified Self*, the Moondreamlab is exploring different solutions that can be adapted to domestic use.
Yet our brand spirit is not focused solely on the pursuit of innovation for innovation’s sake.
For Moondream, Research & Development is pursued with only one aim: to provide our customers with beautifully simple and safe products.
At Moondream we disregard complicated, awkward or intricate innovations - however modern or daring they may be.
To us, this focus on simple innovation is the mark of a good product, and the guarantee that it'll last for years to come.
* The Quantified Self is an advanced way of collecting data about an individual's life using technology in order to facilitate self-improvement..
1. Drapes, linings, curtains and others need not be just strips of fabric. With added technology they can be transformed into barriers against unwanted intrusions such as glaring lights, extreme temperatures, pesky insects and noise.
2. Fabric represents an economic and stylish solution to decorating needs, and has the added benefit of providing homes with the privacy they require.
3. The need for environmentally conscious behavior has encouraged us to seek out alternatives to energy-hungry solutions, like heating and air conditioning, or costly home improvements, such as double or even triple glazing.
The Moondream spirit is centered on a core belief that achieving comfort in your home is an absolute necessity, and anything that can realize this simply and effectively way will always be the best solution.
In contrast, Moondream blackout curtains offer several blackout solutions that don’t compromise the quality of fabric.
The Moondream technological solution
The range of Moondream blackout curtain solutions vary depending on the desired visual effect. They consist of either a flexible coating to the surface of an opaque product, or a straight interlaced weave of different fabrics, for example: a satin fabric mixed with a black weave on the inside. In other words, the desired blackout intensity of a curtain can be chosen based on the model: light or total blackout.
Regardless of the type of solution chosen, each Moondream blackout curtain is light, elegant, and features the soft flowing movement of traditional high quality curtains.
Tests performed by an independent laboratory (Report No. M109 of the ENVEHO research consultancy of June 2011). Comparison of the amount of daylight infiltrating a single glazed window, a window dressed with a standard curtain, and a window with a Moondream light or dark blackout curtain:
- Single glazed window: 85,000 lux (the lux is the unit of light intensity)
- Standard curtain: 19,000 lux
- Moondream light blackout curtain: 18 lux
- Moondream dark blackout curtain: 0 lux
Unfortunately, as they are designed from an aluminum coated plastic film, they are often very stiff and noisy.
In contrast, the Moondream thermal drape lining retains all the thermal insulation benefits present in a traditional thermal fabric, while still remaining supple and quiet like a regular fabric.
Moondream's technological solution
Inspired by nanotechnologies, Moondream has become the first ever company to industrially metallize fabric by injecting microscopic aluminum particles into woven thread. In addition to being truly soft to the touch, this type of fabric also offers a thermal performance comparable to one found in emergency blankets or astronaut suits.
This exclusive process, protected under an internationally recognized patent, applies to linings which can then be combined with any standard curtain or directly incorporated into lined curtains.
An independent laboratory tested the performance of Moondream thermal curtain linings, for both the "summer" and the "winter" lining.
- Refresh by Moondream curtain lining (Report No. PE116 of the ENVEHO research consultancy of March 20, 2009). Comparison of temperatures in a room exposed to the sun equipped with a single glazed window, a window dressed with a standard curtain, and a window with a Refresh by Moondream lined curtain:
- Single glazed window: 93°F
- Standard curtain: 90°F
- Curtain with a Refresh by Moondream lining: 80°F
- Eco by Moondream winter economical curtain lining (Report No. M101 of the ENVEHO research consultancy of September 2, 2009). Comparison of savings in heating costs measured in a room exposed to the sun equipped with a single glazed window, a window dressed with a standard curtain, and a window with an Eco by Moondream winter economical lined curtain:
- Single glazed window: 0%
- Standard curtain: 26.1%
- Curtain with an Eco by Moondream Winter Economical lining: 46%
- Bi-Cool by Moondream lining (Report No. PE 266 of the ENVEHO research consultancy of May 29, 2012).
Savings in heating measured in a room exposed to the sun equipped with a single glazed window, a window equipped with a standard curtain, and a window equipped with a Bi-Cool thermal lined curtain.
Temperature measured in a room exposed to the sun equipped with a single glazed window, a window equipped with a standard curtain, and a window equipped with a Bi-Cool thermal lined curtain.
However restrictive this solution may seem, we at Moondream have used it to our advantage. Rather than make a single layer of fabric heavier, Moondream devised a method of layering multiple fabrics together. Each one of these layers then acts as a barrier to sound, and gives the drape an added advantage of increased opacity and thermal protection.
Moondream's technological solution
This new, multifaceted (U.S. Patent No. 9,475, 260) process from Moondream combines three different components to create a drape capable of offering soundproofing, blackout and thermal insulation effects.
1: interior chosen from among a range of dense fabrics that encourage a full blackout effect
2: exterior made of brushed cotton, selected for the density and high quality of the material
3: sandwich layer made from an insulation fabric sits between the interior and exterior layer to guarantee the acoustic and thermal performance of the drape
a reduction of up to 7 decibels* (Test performed by Kietudes in accordance with EN ISO 10052).
*a decibel is a unit used to measure the intensity of sound based on a scale that differs from normal measurements (the scale is a base-10 logarithm scale). For example, if a washing machine has a sound level of 55 dB, two machines running simultaneously will not have a level of 110, but of 58 dB. On the contrary, each time sound energy decreases by 3 dB it is divided by two!
Moondream sound-insulating curtains also reduce the reverberation of sounds within the room.
For a surface area of approximately 20m² (around 215 square feet), the reverberation time is reduced by 0.4 seconds (test by the Experimental Center for Building and Public Works Research and Studies (CEBTP), experimental report no. BEB2.E.6039-1).
The resulting acoustic environment is warmer and cosier.
- Single glazed window: 70 dB
- With a Moondream sound insulation drape: 63 dB*
* Meaning that the acoustic level has been reduced four-fold. Test performed by an independent laboratory
Up to a seven-fold difference (Report No. PE116 of the ENVEHO research consultancy of March 20, 2009).
Savings of up to 37% on heating costs (Report No. M101 of the ENVEHO research consultancy of September 2, 2009).
Up to 0% luminosity / Up to 100% less light (Report No. M109 of the ENVEHO research consultancy of June 2011)
Also exists in a Room divider curtain version. With identical fabric on either side, it’s the perfect solution for organising your space and creating partitions.
However, the ubiquitous use of mobile phones (with increasingly strong signals) and Wi-Fi has caused a surge in the impact of these invisible emissions, given off by neighborhoods' relay antennas.
Faced with this issue, Moondream has come up with an advanced lining that minimizes the entry of electromagnetic frequencies into your home.
The Moondream technological solution
The technology was developed by the aeronautical and medical industries for which electromagnetic shielding is of crucial importance.
Made from a polyester support and coated with an alloy of copper and nickel (CuNi2, 50% alloy, 50% polyester) the lining forms a highly efficient barrier against external radiofrequencies to minimize the exposure of indoor spaces to magnetic radiation.
Unlike most tests undertaken to measure the efficiency of other EMF Shielding products, Moondream decided to test the performance of its lining under real conditions!
In fact, it is often the case that results reported in laboratory tests are based on abstract conventions - generally conducted inside a box sealed off against magnetic fields (Faraday cage). Based on the assumption that few of us live inside a Faraday cage, Moondream chose to test its EMF Shielding curtain lining in a standard home, located in a normal urban environment.
The results from this test were compelling, but don’t just take our word for it as you too could experience the benefits of Moondream EMF Shielding technology.
Measured reduction* of about 10dB on average within a range of 800MHz to 5200MHz. Tests performed under real conditions.
The Moondream EMF lining and curtains provides highly significant reduction of waves that pass through windows. And it provides yet better protection when used with other protective measures on walls and floors.
*Reduction provided by the drapes: Comparison of waves passing through a window alone and those detected through a window equipped with the Moondream EMF lining or curtain.