How I fell in love with Crypton
May 9th, 2013 7:25 pm
For healthcare designers, Crypton technology was a God-send. It provided a solution to a very important issue of soiling, staining and heavy usage of upholstery. For me, Crypton ended up being more than just about function. It inspired my husband and I to get a puppy, a weimaraner to be specific.
Sometime in 2007, we found a postcard in my mailbox, promoting Crypton’s William Wegman Collection. This is the postcard. We loved the dog on it so much, that we named him “Viktor”. And then we filed it away and forgot about it.
In May of 2008, a few of my designer friends and I attended The Hospitality Design Show in Las Vegas. It was 2 years since Crypton introduced the William Wegman fabric collection, but it was my first physical contact with it. I loved its look so much that I bought a tote bag at the show. It had a silhouette of a weimararner on it. It became my main sample bag. People loved it wherever I went.
I used to say “this bag is the closest I will ever get to owning a dog”. I grew up owning small pets (hamsters and guinea pigs) but never a dog. Little did I know that dog ownership was written in my cards, in not so distant future.
Holidays are a time of contemplation and personal review. My husband and I discussed an option of getting a dog, but the idea overwhelmed us way too quickly and we dropped the topic. Until February of 2012, when I heard back from a breeder who notified me that she had two puppies left. One was being selected by its future owners in a few days, so we had no choice but to wait which one they picked, and settle on the last puppy. She sent us this picture.
We couldn’t resist. The pros and cons lists I continued on reworking, became unimportant in an instant. We wanted a puppy and it didn’t matter how many sacrifices we were going to have to make.
From postcard to tote bag to an actual four-legged family member, some things are simply meant to be. Viktor was described to us as an “explorer” type, by the breeder. We believed her and secured www.viktortheexplorer.com for Viktor’s blog. Every member of the Artka family needs a website, even our dog. You can follow his adventures by following his tumblr blog.