On the occasion of the 2023 edition at the enchanting Castello Sforzesco, Nesatex will be attending alongside Santoni, inside the BYBORRE booth that invites you to explore the works of the heroes who are shaping the future of the textile supply chain and listen to the stories of the pioneers of change.

Thanks to the collaboration with Santoni, Suedwolle and Eva&Carola, we created a new upholstery concept for poufs and sofas.

The design created aims to show how different techniques and skills can be combined to create an out-of-the-box effect.

We relied on Eva&Carola, a pair of Dutch designers, who developed for us a nature-inspired pattern that, again this year, is confirmed to be a trend in furniture, wanting to show how collaborations between different players can give rise to exclusive designs.

This specific design wants to pursue the affirmation of beauty, seeking the to make a modern concept timeless. It wants to convey the idea of being within a new level of the future that is rooted in the classic. This design starts from the passion and admiration towards a historical, cultural and aesthetic movement that characterized Italy in the 1600s: the Baroque. In a parallel way, inspiration was also drawn from what surrounds us today in modern times: nature and its nuances.

Eva&Carola started from a timeless classic to revive what was defined by the French historian Fernand Braudel, as “a new form of taste,” who was convinced that this movement would give rise to “a series of modern creations.” Therefore, Eva&Carola wanted to create a new generation of the classic, mixing historicity and innovation, creating a luxurious texture that gave the right value to opulence, but in a neo-classical way.

We know how great ideas can be incredible, but often unrealizable. Our goal was to emphasize on the fabric all the features that the design had, giving right value to the nuances and depth that was given to it.

So the biggest challenge was figuring out how to put our graphic idea into practice, which was to create a 3D wavy, almost natural effect on specific elements of our pattern and, specifically, on the baroque elements. We are a market-conscious company and, over the years, we have managed to create a level of expertise that has allowed us to develop innovative weaving techniques. In this case, we were able to create a knit structure with a controlled indentation of the fabric at finishing that allowed us to emphasize the 3D effect on the elements we wanted to give relevance to.

Since we had to create a fabric that was ductile to the upholstery of an ottoman, we needed fibers that possessed certain characteristics in order to make a product that was not only aesthetically beautiful, but also functional. So we focused on the characteristics that the fabric had to possess, and specifically, we looked for softness, breathability and strength. We needed something that at the same time would not deform and would be able to resist abrasion without sacrificing its elasticity.

We therefore decided to use synthetic, regenerated and GRS-certified yarns on the back that allowed us to develop the 3D volumizing effect seen on the front. On the latter, we used natural fibers, such as RWS wool and GOTS cotton, resulting in an entirely sustainable product.

The whole process for us was the result of great learning. First, by relying on Santoni’s sophisticated technology, we were able to challenge ourselves as a company on the level of technical expertise. However, there was no shortage of difficulties, and the countless trials in mixing stocks, compositions and yarns to identify the right combination of fibers led us to the result we have today. We are therefore fully satisfied with this work, because it allowed us to test ourselves in a field different from our own and to have achieved the goal by developing a cutting-edge project.