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Talking Textiles at the Milan Furniture Fair, April 12-17, 2011

11 April 2011 by TexSelect in Fashion, Home, Interiors & Auto

Texprint is involved with an exciting initiative called Talking Textiles, instigated and curated by trend forecaster and design champion Li Edelkoort, which heralds the revival of textiles in interiors, held during Milan’s 2011 Salone del Mobile. Increasingly concerned about what she sees as the diminishment of textile appreciation in recent years, Li says: “The installation will bring the freshest European design talent to public attention and expand our perception of where textiles can take us.”

The installation is in two parts:

The venue Spazio Gianfranco Ferre features a celebration of design that uses innovative textile techniques, including the latest works by BCXSY, Bokja, Nacho Carbonell, Kiki van Eijk, Studio Job, Hella Jongerius, Christien Meindertsma, Raw Edges and Inge Sempe, among many others.

At the Ventura Lambrate space, in line with Li Edelkoort’s on-going initiative to promote textile design education, there is an installation highlighting the work of a selection of young designers whose work expands our perception of where textiles can take us. Eighteen of the 22 selected designers are from UK universities.

Edelkoort sees the growing importance of textiles in the interior space as “a reaction to the increasingly digital landscape of our lives, a craving for tactility and dimension”. The exhibit will include lighting, furnishings, installations – all rethought through the use of textiles.

The initiative has been supported by a number of industry bodies, including Texprint. Among those selected are two Texprint alumni, Ella Robinson and Laura McPherson.

Li Edelkoort is one of the most influential women in the design world. In 2003, Time magazine named her as one of the world’s 25 most influential people in fashion, in 2005, Aid to Artisans honouredLi Edelkoort with a lifetime achievement award for her support of craft and design. More recently, in March 2007, she was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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