Edelkoort Talks Textiles


Reviving the art of creative weaving at the Milan Furniture Fair

One of the most important and talked about events of Milan Design Week 2011 was the TALKING TEXTILES exhibit curated by fashion trend forecaster Li Edlkoort in collaboration with Spazio Rossana Orlandi & Spazio Gianfranco Ferré.  The exhibit explored the possibilities and potentials for reviving the textile industry, while reminding us of its historic importance.

This exceptional body of work was created by a varied collection of international contemporary design talents including Maarten Bas, Nacho Carbonell, Studio Job, Bojka, BCXSY, BLESS, Raw Edges, Aze Designs, Paul Smith for Maharam, Scholten & Baijings, and the Campana Brothers. The incredible creativity of this renowned group gives the world of textiles a unique dimension and much needed lifeline.

Crossing a broad spectrum of materials, techniques, methodologies, while bridging handmade and artisanal craft with the newest frontiers of technology, has resulted in the revival of the importance of this tactile and multi-dimensional medium. On display were functional and artistic pieces that included curtains, furniture, lighting, rugs, multimedia installations, digital animations and film projections.

The creativity of these projects reflects an updated relationship between the artist and the machine. According to Edlkoort, “These textiles will speak loud and clear, and become the fabrics of life, narrating stories, designing pattern, promoting well-being and reviving the act of creative weaving.”

The significance of this exhibition and its overwhelming response, has proven to be so great that there is further conversation regarding expanding the initiative and making it available to additional locations.

Judi Roaman is a retailer, designer, createur of product, contributing editor at House Beautiful, and the author of the blog/website: The Accessorator.