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Young UK Designers at Talking Textiles, Milan

19 April 2011 by TexSelect in Fashion, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

The annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan is the largest and most authoritative event of contemporary furniture and interiors of its kind in the world. Running concurrently to the Salone are related events scattered in different venues across the city, including Talking Textiles, an initiative curated by the renowned trend forecaster Li Edelkoort.

The initiative took place in two spaces. The first was housed in what is the hot new area of the moment, Ventura Lambrate. Situated in the north-west of Milan in a former industrial area near the Citta Studi student quarter, Via Ventura 6 is a complex of contemporary gallery spaces. Here, Talking Textiles presented the work of 23 newly graduated textile designers, 18 of whom gained their degrees from UK universities and two were Texprint alumni. The ground floor featured 14 designers in a bright white space, and on the mezzanine balcony a further six were on show, with three more presenting their work on monitors.

Despite the venue being off the beaten track, there was an impressive list of enthusiastic international visitors: major publications including CasaVogue, the New York Times, Elle Deco, Domus, Arte, la Repubblica, and a broad range of representatives of influential organisations from the Pompidou Centre to Seymourpowell.

Catriona Macnab, creative director of trends at WGSN-homebuildlife, commented: “It’s so significant that Li Edelkoort – a lover of all things textiles – has gathered together this elite group of international designers and makers, many of whom recently graduated from British colleges. The international design industry will be looking at these beautifully crafted objects and prototypes of fabrics and materials and noting their potential within interiors.”

Nine of the young designers managed to attend for at least the first few days, although they had to fund their travel and accommodation themselves. All said how excited and grateful they were for the wonderful opportunity, both to have their work endorsed by Li Edelkoort herself and also the chance to present to the peak of the professional world of interiors. More information about the designers chosen can be seen on, and their work will be featured soon in a section on the Texprint website.



The stunning Spazio Gianfranco Ferré in the heart of Milan was the other venue for Talking Textiles, celebrating innovative textile techniques used by more established contemporary designers including works by Hella Jongerius, Ulf Moritz, Paul Smith and BCXSY among many others.

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