#20 - Milan Design Week

Alcantara Textile Goes 3-D

Courtesy of Alcantara

Design appassionati stopped by Corso Como 8 to feast their eyes on the Alcantara Magic Hotel, an artistic treat and a special feature of Milan Design Week 2016. A giant 2-D and 3-D art installation in Alcantara was designed to reproduce the facade of a real hotel.

Conceived and created by Gentucca Bini, the art piece portrayed a special variant of Alcantara that uses photographic printing in ultra-high resolution to provide a high level of detail. On the run during the month of April in Milan, Alcantara has other exhibitions in the works.

Japanese company Toray and Italian company Eni developed Alcantara, a versatile textile material resistant to water, stains and abrasions–among other features; a material that can be found on the steering wheel of elite car models from brands such as Porsche and BMW.

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Hilary Edesess is a freelance journalist based in Marseille, France. She blogs about culture, art and urban design.

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