Dekoma presented the "Alcantara @ Dekoma" exhibition at the Atelier Myszkowski gallery in Poznań (from 12 to 15 March 2019) during Arena Design trade fair and Miasto Żyje Designem (ang. City Lives by Design) project. An inspirational collection of unusual Alcantara finishes, whose creation was supervised by the new artistic director of the company, Andrea Incontri, took the form of an installation, prepared in cooperation with a well-known Poznań painter, Piotr Gonzaga Myszkowski.
Visitors could see an inspirational collection of Alcantara samples, which had been created by its new artistic director, Andrea Incontri together with the Alcantara product research and development department. The fabric was subjected to, among others, weaving, digital printing, laser cutting, wrinkling, serigraphy (screen printing), perforation, lamination, embossing, embroidering, white resin coating, rotary printing, electric welding, polyurethane finishing, laser engraving, thermal welding, weaving and knitting.
In this way, an unusual collection of unique materials was created, distinguished by colours, textures and techniques rarely encountered in the world of textiles.
Poznań was the second location in the world where Alcantara presented its collection, the first being January’s Deco Off fair in Paris. This collection is not intended for regular sale. Its aim is to demonstrate the technical capabilities of the Italian company but it is possible to order the presented fabrics in quantities of at least 200 running meters.
fabric: Alcantara SOUTH 5B, production technology: thermal welding
fabrics, from above: Alcantara CIRCUIT 17, production technology: laser engraving + perforation; Alcantara CIRCUIT 9, production technology: electro welding
fabric: Alcantara SOUTH 8A, production technology: laser cutting
Thanks to the spatial installation and cooperation with the gallery's resident Piotr Gonzaga Myszkowski, we managed to show that the art of fabric design is on the par with photography, painting or graphics, and that modern techniques allow for turning fabrics into a new, interesting field of artistic expression. In the first gallery room, visitors to the exhibition could see 18 large, white pillows with the motif taken from one of Piotr Gonzaga Myszkowski’s works printed on Alcantara.
fabric: Alcantara Shape, production technology: UV print
In other rooms, the samples from the new Alcantara inspirational collection were presented in the form of paintings - framed, with a white passe-partout. This simple procedure highlighted the graphic nature of patterns containing references to abstraction, op-art, suprematism and other trends in contemporary art.