MoOD reveals Blue Drop winners
The winners of the coveted Blue Drop awards at fabric exhibition MoOD have been chosen, with visitors to the Brussels show having their final opportunity today to decide the Visitors award.
The awards jury, chaired by Hebe Verstappen of TextielLab, TextielMuseum Tilburg, awarded the Blue Drop for Innovation to Dussk. 'This company proves the value of creativity by presenting a product that is actually two fabrics in one. By day, it shows a clear design because of the light from the back. At night, it looks like a uni fabric.' Other nominees were Monteiro Ribas-Revestimentos, Müller Zell, Microfibres Europe and Flocart.
Tavelmo received the Blue Drop for Upholstery, by creating an innovative kind of pelt, similar to fur. The jury particularly praised the softness of the material, obtained with the naturally anti-bacterial bamboo fibre. Monteiro and Bayart Vanoutryve each received an honourable mention.
Bamboo, by Universal Textile Mills, was awarded the Blue Drop for Windowcovering. This product demonstrates a remarkable 3D effect, obtained with traditional, but creatively applied bindings on a flat loom.
The Blue Drop for Wallcovering went to Omexco, thanks to its wallcovering made from wood sticks and coloured paper strips. The jury called this effect both classy and non-conformist, but above all very good looking and excellently suited for the contract market. Elvin Tekstil San and Flocart created other interesting designs.
Müller Zell received the Blue Drop for Contract for the extremely light and transparent windowcovering Calm and Quiet, satisfying the demand for fine but sound absorbing materials, which is increasingly important in today's contract market. Other nominees were Microfibres Europe and Edmund Bell & Co.
Te Blue Drop for Yarns, went to Turkuaz Tekstil. This fabric incorporates polypropylene yarn, which gives the material a look of cord or jute. Vlnap and F.LLI Baroni also received praise from the jury.