HBL Tradeshows: Live from Proposte

Friday, 6 May 2011

B&T Textilia at Proposte 2011

WGSN-homebuildlife reports live from Proposte in Como, Italy, presenting three of the most prominent trends from the show.

Global references: the sophistication and fine aesthetics of European textiles is beginning to transcend towards the key characteristics of textiles from around the globe. Focus has turned to techniques, patterns and qualities of handcrafted textiles from India, Turkey, north America and Africa. Tie-dye patterns, rough and natural textures and eastern motifs are being recreated using western technology and yarns produced in Europe. Refer to WGSN-homebuildlife A/W 12/13 macrotrend Hyperculture to see how the direction will develop.

Devantex Textilia at Proposte 2011

Inspired by rugs: large scale Aztec and ikat patterns are woven using heavy gauge yarn. The weight of these fabrics and motifs are more traditionally associated to a rug rather than upholstery fabric. Devantex translated the trend using a unique mix of heavy gauge cotton and linen with velvet to create a thick, deep pile.

Lodetex at Proposte 2011

Graphite: this versatile colour is applied to a variety of qualities and techniques. Prints and jacquards appear to be hand-drawn with graphite, for a soft ethereal quality. Darker shades of charcoal are seen as a solid colour in velvet for a rich, wintery and warm feel. Alternatively, grey is woven with white in fine gauge linen and yarns, creating lightweight sheers for window treatments. Also, graphite is seen combined with accents of yellow for a fresh contemporary look.

WGSN-homebuildlife subscribers can read our full live report, including our pick of the top three exhibitors this year, here.