An important initiative such as “A New Point of Materials” has confirmed Lineapelle’s soul of contemporary research and satisfied the initial expectations: to act as a reference point for the knowledge and study of the universe of next-generation materials and technologies. The rich and accurate selection was presented by telling the story of the entire production process, a detailed story that accompanied the visitor in the discovery of the innovative, industrial and experimental component of each material, highlighting its performance and sustainability.
Together with the reasoned exhibition of leather and materials, A New Point of Materials offered an agenda of talks and demonstrations on the hottest topics regarding the green approach to production, corporate philosophy and retail, hosting international speakers who offered Lineapelle’s audience a new vision of the market and its needs. Two interesting projects were also presented: “Dynamics in the Future” with the participation of four students from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London – Angus Kramer, Greg Harrison, Matthew Thompson, Sena Fuwa – and “Leather in the Future” with the participation of four students from the Accademia Costume & Moda in Rome – Azzurra Toppi, Caren Meirle, Elisa Simonetti, Nicola Hasslacher.
Specifically, A New Point of Materials took the form of a space for new discoveries, information and debates, resulting in a stimulating mix of technologies, materials, craftsmanship, tradition and innovation. The space at the fair unravelled through technological islands open to the public where machines demonstrated live special applications and processes.
One of the most interesting projects was that of Universal Robots which uses its “mechanical arm” to operate a 100% customisable and controllable multitasking automation, seen here specifically in a millimetric application of studs selected and applied by AI according to colour and shape, with the possibility of gluing and decoration.
The Stratasys company presented a direct-to-textile 3D printer calibrated to save material and produce customised parts only in the quantities needed. The machine also allows efficient on-site production, eliminating packaging and shipping costs (including environmental costs).
Moving on to the segment of embroidery machines, the technology proposed by Coloreel attracted great interest. It allows using a single embroidery thread (e.g. transparent recycled nylon as demonstrated at Lineapelle) and – through the innovative dedicated software – dye it directly inside the machine in any existing shade and then use it immediately to embroider. This type of “instantaneous” colouring process eliminates water waste and water pollution. It also eliminates the need to keep a large stock of colours or to have to create one at the customer’s request. What’s more, Coloreel’s cartridges are recyclable and refillable.
This varied journey between technology and sustainability was made possible thanks to D-house by Dyloan, in collaboration with Lineapelle and C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy), which gave its business partners the opportunity to be architects of truly fascinating experimental moments and to be protagonists not only of a classic exhibition stand but of an innovative concept that only a close synergy with their interlocutors can generate. All the performances presented were achieved thanks to the machines provided by D-house Laboratorio Urbano, a spin-off of Dyloan, a manufacturing company founded in 1987, whose main objective is to bring technological innovation into the world of fashion, art and design.