French savoir faire in furnishings to shine at Proposte 2013

Top Quote Thanks to organisers Espace Textile, 10 family-run, high-end textile companies will exhibit at Proposte, showcasing the best of France's savoir faire in the furnishings-textiles industry. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 16, 2013 - Exhibitors at the trade fair are French-based companies that specialise in fabric for furniture and interior decoration. Proposte, the international trade show dedicated to the sector, will take place from 7 to 9 May 2013 near Como (Northern Italy).

    French savoir faire will be in the spotlight at international trade fair Proposte, in Northern Italy, in early May of this year, thanks to trade association Espace Textile: the best of the sector, in France, will be on display at the trade show.

    For the second consecutive year, Espace Textile, the organisation which assists French-based textile manufacturers, will host a pavilion at Proposte. The trade show - the 21st trade fair of its kind - is due to take place in Cernobbio, near Como (Northern Italy).

    The B2B event only showcases European companies making high-end and luxury textiles that are subsequently used in the manufacturing of furnishing fabrics, curtains and trimmings. The French exhibitors on the pavilion are known to fulfil the highest requirements of interior designers and luxury brands from all over the world, whether long-term contracts or one-off projects.

    Espace Textile is organising the pavilion in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of Northern France, with the support of France's Ministry for Foreign Trade and the Rhône-Alpes region of South-Eastern France.

    The textiles on display have been inspired by various French styles including the age-old jacquard techniques that were invented in Lyons (South-Eastern France) at the beginning of the 19th century. The materials reflect current manufacturing techniques as well as technological innovation, i.e. the successful combination of tradition and modernity that characterizes the sector.

    The 10 well-known textile manufacturers that have a strong international presence are listed below; further details are available on request.

    ALBERT GUEGAIN & FILS manufactures embroidered fabrics, offering both ready-made and bespoke patterns, with archives that date back to 1904. The company will present its creations in tulle, silk, cotton and linen. ALBERT GUEGAIN uses various techniques, such as plaiting, laser cutting, appliqué work and broderie anglaise, among others.

    Stand 49, Ala Cernobbio

    BAYART-VANOUTRYVE was formed in March 2013 from the takeover of the Franco-Belgian weaver Vanoutryve by the French furniture-fabric specialist Bayart Textile. The company designs, manufactures and distributes a range of high-quality textiles for furniture through an international network. Vanoutryve, a family-run SME founded in 1860, specialises in quality velvet and jacquard for furniture items.

    Stand 92, Pad Centrale -

    Founded in 1854, Bergerot is a family-owned business that designs and produces medium-range to high-end plain fabrics, tapestries and jacquards for curtains and seating. Bergerot's textiles are mainly made from natural fibres such as cotton, linen and wool, but artificial materials, including Kevlar®, acrylic or flame-retardant Trevira CS, can be used upon demand. The company exports 50% of its production to Europe and the USA.

    Stand 90, Pad Centrale -

    In 2000, BUCOL, which has developed quality fabrics for high-fashion brands since 1924, took over Holding Textile Hermes (HTH). Today, BUCOL HTH also produces furniture materials for international designers and often collaborates with clients on bespoke projects. BUCOL HTH pays particular attention to the choice of yarns -whether natural (such as silk) or synthetic (such as Trevira CS) - as well as the design, the colour selection and the finish of the fabric.

    Stand 86, Pad Centrale -

    Established in 1999, MATISSE designs and develops new fibres and fabrics from high-quality materials, including thick, light or iridescent linen, polyester twills, intermingled yarn, jacquard, and dévoré fabrics. The company also embosses materials, as well as incorporating embroidery and appliqués into fabrics. MATISSE's expertise in weaving underpins the development of elaborate own-brand creations. MATISSE has a showroom in Paris (France), as well as its own design studio.

    Stand 91, Pad Centrale -

    MUGUET, which was set up in 1906, is a jacquard weaver that produces high-range material for furniture. The company has a range of fabrics for seating and curtains in natural silk, viscose linen, and acrylic treated for the outdoors, as well as flame-retardant polyester for the luxury hotel market. MUGUET's export business accounts for 75% of the company's sales of fabrics in furniture textiles: the company has clients in Europe, Asia and the USA.

    Stand 87, Pad Centrale -

    TASSINARI & CHATEL is the longest standing manufacturer of Lyons silk and has supplied the royal courts of Europe since the 17th century. The company is also regularly chosen to provide decorative fabrics (made from Trevira CS or non-inflammable polyester) for prestigious hotels, such as The Ritz-Carlton in Dubai (UAE). TASSINARI & CHATEL has developed new designs under the QUENIN brand, especially for the Proposte trade fair.

    Stand 96, Pad Centrale -

    Founded in 1929, TADL creates fabrics destined for high-end furniture and is led by Jean-Michel Clairet, the grandson of TADL's founder. The company works with some of the most prestigious international designers and specialises in narrow or wide silks, jacquards and plain fabrics. Fabric can be provided in both natural and artificial materials. TADL combines traditional techniques with cutting-edge manufacturing technology: its weaving mill is equipped with high-performance machinery.

    Stand 97, Pad Centrale -

    TISSUS D'AVESNIERES was set up in 1881 and designs, prints and finishes furniture fabric, linen and textiles for leather goods. The company accompanies both designers and manufacturers of furniture fabrics (such as Brunschwig & Fils) at all the stages of production. A family-run business with a unique savoir-faire, TISSUS D'AVESNIERES was labelled Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (or Living Heritage Company) by the French Ministry of the Economy and Industry in 2009.

    Stand 88, Pad Centrale -

    Created in 1905, VELOURS BLAFO is France's leader in decorative fabrics made from velvet. The company produces other decorative fabrics including silk and mohair, often providing Trevira CS textiles for public places. Focusing on quality control, the company has a strong standing with its international clientele of interior-design architects, decorators and furniture manufacturers. VELOURS BLAFO has previously worked with the Shanghai Opera House (China) and the Bolshoi Theatre (Russia), among others.

    Stand 43, Ala Cernobbio -

    About Espace Textile
    Espace Textile offers a range of services to assist French-based textile manufacturers internationally, from the creation to the marketing of their products and services in the clothing, furniture and technical-textiles industries.

    The Proposte trade show, devoted to textiles for interior design and decoration, will take place in Cernobbio, near Como (Northern Italy), from 7 to 9 May 2013. All the companies listed in this press release will be exhibiting at the trade fair, under the Espace Textile banner.

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    Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer
    UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
    SW1Y 4SP - UK
    Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640
    katherine.woods ( @ ) ubifrance dot fr
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