Blue Drop Awards 2018. And the winners are...
12-09-2018 in Press Release
The Blue Drop Awards were handed out on the second day of MoOD by Mrs. Katrien De Smet of MoOD, Blue Drop jury chairwoman Niek De Prest and for the Launch Pad jury Jennifer Castoldi of Trendease International. These Blue Drop nomination and awards are an inspiring overview of the “best of the best” of what you can find at MoOD. Selected from creations submitted by exhibitors. Unique in its own way because it is the world’s only quality label of its kind for interior textiles.
Best Upholstery Award
Winner: Velvetex - IT
Approaching this collection, one immediately is overwhelmed by a feeling of luxury. There are multiple reasons to select Velvetex as a winner. First their use of high density weaving, a new technique leading to very dense velvets. But what they do with it is at least as impressive. They combine artificial raffia with (recycled) wool, sparkling details and ‘sashiko’ - Japanese embroidery for functional stitching - on velvet, creating a discrete 3D effect. On top of all that, it was the colour setting in mustard yellow and white that gave it a finishing touch.
Runner up: Sofacover – BE
This young artisanal company has everything in the house. From spinning to creating and weaving. Their collections aim at a select group of buyers who choose natural materials and thoughtful designs. The company mostly creates with flax, but this time they also came up with a wonderful creation in wool.
Runner up: D’Decor - IN
With 200 wefts per inch, D’Decor creates real pieces of art that are strong enough to be used as upholstery. The colours are appealing and on trend and they offer lots of eclectic combining possibilities. One should take a closer look at every fabric to discover the real perfection behind it.
Best Window Covering Award
Winner -GM Fabrics- IN
GM Fabrics produced a range of window coverings in a folky theme. The combination of the colours, the patterns and the embroidery is at the same time trendy, classy and new.
Runner up: Bezmez – TR
For the use of their special PE yarns that lead to sensitive contrasts between matte and shiny effects. But also for the subtle greens combined with embroidery in a classical paisley pattern.
Runner up: -Difference -TR
For the EU market Difference produced a collection in natural yarns, mostly linen, claiming a different position in the Turkisch market. The jury liked the use of materials, the texture and the designs.
Most Promising Collection Award
Winner: Algemene Two – BE
The jury was impressed by the focused and thoughtful combinations. The collection is created to inspire customers and to stimulate cross selling. The colours, textures and high-end feeling of the collection aims at a niche market that is willing to pay for the extreme luxury of alpaca and mohair.
Runner up: Arturo Pozzi – IT
Arturo Pozzi has all production facilities in the house and they use it in a clever way. The use of high performance virgin wool from New Zealand is a deliberate choice for animal welfare. But even more impressive is the colour setting.
Runner up: Muvantex - BE
Muvantex brings a coherent presentation of lager patterns that can also be used on smaller items. A collection presented in black and white.
Launch Pad Blue Drop Award
Winner: Megan Brown - UK
Children’s Interior Playscapes
This is a collection of knitted designs that inspire a playful interior environment for kids. This project is heavily influenced by the concept of sensory play and the developmental benefits it has for young children; an idea that is becoming increasingly recognised not only by parents but also by professionals within healthcare and education.
The visual research that has informed this project is an amalgamation of interesting textures, compositions and colours that were gathered while walking through a children’s play park. These images have helped to inspire bold constructed textiles that are both visually and physically stimulating. With a particular interest in experimenting with natural and synthetic materials, I have developed unusual knitted textures and 3D forms. In addition to this, research into the different types and methods of play has been conducted and considered in my design work. This has been reflected through the use of zips, pull ties and magnets, considering how a child could interact with and manipulate surfaces.
The ultimate aim being, to use interactive design as a tool to create dynamic, playful environments that capture a child’s curiosity to explore, play and learn.
Runners up: Xiao Xiao - UK & Amber Chen - UK