Dubai, November 2018
In November, Alcantara played a leading role, together with Alfa Romeo EMEA, at the annual event organised by the Esquire Middle East magazine, held at XXII CARAT VILLA – THE PALM, in Dubai, renamed the Townhouse for the occasion. The partners (including Moreschi, Bremont Watches and Hackett) each took a room of the villa, customising it with a display of its product portfolio. Alcantara shared a space with Alfa Romeo and set it up as an imaginary wardrobe, called “The Alcantara closet”, with everyday items and more. This contained the garments from the latest SS collection by Andrea Incontri (garments, bags and shoes), some hi-tech co-marketing objects (Sennheiser headphones and the Microsoft Surface) as well as accessories from previous partnerships, all covered in Alcantara. All partners in the event were involved in a series of activities with the press, such as talks and themed workshops, for a total of three days.
Milan, September 2018
Introducing the first womenswear collection by Andrea Incontri for Alcantara. Incontri has created a wardrobe with a strong personality for the Alcantara woman, exploiting the material’s high performance by applying it to the latest fashion trends. The collection is made up of influences, of apparent contradictions that instead blend harmoniously together: high-tech and tailoring, street style and couture approaches. Using Alcantara as a raw material, Incontri has created a mix that puts a futuristic spin on tradition. From the coat, the quintessential symbol of Italian elegance, to the skirt that plays the central role of garment-accessory, for an intentionally eccentric style statement. Highly consistent juxtapositions: animal prints and certification of a fully "animal-friendly" production process, namely without the use of animal derivatives. In keeping with the new partnerships project with top names in Italian manufacturing, Andrea Incontri has designed sandals, boots and pumps made out of Alcantara by Sergio Rossi.
Venice, August 2018
Alcantara was honoured to be a partner – together with Connect4Climate-WorldBank and philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions – of X-Ray Fashion, the virtual reality experience created by MANND and directed by the famous fashion photographer and filmmaker Francesco Carrozzini (Franca: Chaos and Creation). X-Ray Fashion was presented at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. The fashion industry accounts for 20% of global waste and 10% of global CO2 emissions. Fashion is often associated with human rights abuses including hazardous working conditions, long hours and more besides. X-Ray Fashion explored the dark side of the industry and its impact on climate change with an immersive, multi-sensory installation. X-Ray Fashion has promoted major initiatives and become an advocate for greater sustainability in the sector.
Venice, May 2018
Multiforms, Declinations Between Space And Time is an exhibition supported and organized by Alcantara for Palazzo Rocca Contarini Corfù in Venice as part of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, open from 24 May to 27 June. For this edition, curator Davide Quadrio has selected three installations from the company’s art collection, created by three extraordinary contemporary talents: Krijn de Koning (Work for Alcantara, Blue Chair), Nanda Vigo (Arch / arcology) and German design collective Zeitguised (Beyond the Nuclear Garden). The exhibition organized by Alcantara aims to respond to the theme chosen by the Biennale, “Freespace”, presenting the selected works in a completely new setting, seeking to establish a connection with history and working towards an idea of an imagined future, as an infinite source of creative potential.
Beijing, April 2018
Alcantara, ambassador of Italian excellence worldwide, has chosen Beijing and the artistic surroundings of the Chao Hotel in the capital’s chic Sanlitun area to host Alcantara Drives Dreams, an exclusive show to bring luxury lifestyle into reality, curated by revered veteran artist and designer Rebecca Moses. Alcantara Drives Dreams, a creative tribute to one of Alcantara’s key assets and distinguishing features – versatility – is held during the Beijing Motor Show to underscore its special relationship with the global automotive industry. In Alcantara Drives Dreams, the installations take guests on a journey of the mind and spirit, where everyday elements push the boundaries of imagination.
Milan, April 2018
Alcantara unveiled during the 2018 Design Week the Interior Capsule Collection INITIAL, a brand-new furnishing project. The collection, entirely made by Alcantara® electrowelded, available in different colours, consists of alphabet letters that chameleon-like turn into pieces of furniture that inspire and amaze: upside-down Ts and Ls that become columns with seats, O-shaped screens, Us that divide up spaces, pouffes in the shape of As, Cs and Is. INITIAL reflects all Alcantara's values and celebrates its inimitable soft-touch, versatility and sustainable soul. The INITIAL pieces have also been protagonist of the Vanity Fair Green House, a project in partnership with Vanity Fair: a green spot in Milan to take a regenerating break, during the Design Week, decorated with the elements of the collection.
Milan, April 2018
Nine Journeys Through Time. Alcantara and Art in the Apartment of the Prince is an exhibition promoted and produced by the Municipality of Milan – Culture, Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) and Alcantara, conceived especially for the rooms of the Apartment of the Prince, and open to the public from 5 April to 13 May, curated by Davide Quadrio and Massimo Torrigiani. With this new project, the Company continues its original research and development activities, opening up once again to both established and emerging artists from various fields of contemporary creativity, inviting them to get to grips with original, complex and unique works of art. In Nine Journeys Through Time, offering an exceptional combination of talents, 10 artistic approaches are brought together through 9 projects (Esther Stocker and Iris van Herpen have come up with a joint project) in a range of media. From the transfiguration of painting to fashion, from digital design to music, they all draw inspiration from the specifics of a unique material: Alcantara®. The 10 artists are: Aaajiao, Andrea Anastasio, Caterina Barbieri, Krijn de Koning, Li Shurui, Chiharu Shiota, Esther Stocker and Iris van Herpen, Zeitguised, Zimoun.
Alcantara S.p.A, the first Italian company to achieve Carbon Neutrality status and established best practice in the field of Sustainability, organized the Symposium “Coping with Change: Global Warming and Decarbonization” with Venice International University.
During the two-day workshop of the 4th International Symposium on Sustainability, world-class scientists, economists, academics, managers of top corporations, science writers, governmental and non-governmental organizations from East and West evaluated the impact of Global Warming and Decarbonization on people’s lives, company behaviors, and communicator activities, highlighting the role played by technology and innovation on this subject.
The “Coping with Change: Global Warming and Decarbonization” symposium was divided into three sessions:
Keynote speeches and a discussion panel were dedicated to each session.
Ambassador Umberto Vattani – President, Venice International University
Prof. Carlo Giupponi - Dean of Venice International University
Lord Nicholas Stern - Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics
Prof. Detlef van Vuuren - Professor of Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Member of the IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Prof. Helmuth Trischler - Head of research at the Deutsches Museum of Munich, Professor of modern history and the history of technology, LMU – Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich
Prof. Massimo Inguscio - President of CNR, Consiglio Nazionale Ricerche
Prof. Andrew Jorgenson - Professor and Chairperson of the Sociology Department at the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College
Prof. Yasuhiro Daisho - Senior Research Professor / Professor Emeritus Research Organization for Next Generation Vehicles Research Council, Waseda University
Industry and other organizations contributors:
Mr. Andrea Boragno - CEO & Chairman Alcantara S.p.A
Onorevole Giovanna Melandri – Founder and Chairman of the Human Foundation - Giving and Innovating, Chairman of the MAXXI Foundation – National Museum of XXI Century arts
Dr. Barbara Buchner - Executive Director of Climate Finance program, Climate Policy Initiative
Dr. Georg Kell – Founder and former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, Chairman of Arabesque Partner
Dr. Daniel Klingenfeld - Head of the Director's Staff, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Ms. Cecilia Tam - Senior Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Dr. Hirohide Furutani – Director, Renewable Energy Research Center, Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Deputy Director, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute
Mr. Ernesto Ciorra - Head of Innovability (Innovation and Sustainability), Enel Group
Dr. Kimitaka Yamane – President, Doctor of Engineering, Yamane Hydrogen Energy Research Laboratory
Dr. Paul Jefferiss - Head of Policy, Long Term Planning and Policy, BP
Mr. Yoshikazu Tanaka – Chief Engineer ZF MS Product Planning Mid-size Vehicle Company, Toyota Motor Corporation
Dr. Hermann Pengg - Head of Project Management e-fuels, Audi AG
Mr. Takashi Moriya - Senior Chief Engineer Technology Development Division 5, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automobile R&D Center
Mr. Ryo Chishiro – Senior Staff Officer, Hydrogen Project Development Center, Corporate Technology Division, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Mr. Paul Voosen - Earth and planetary reporter, Science
Mr. Carl Zimmer - Science writer, blogger and columnist at The New York Times
Mr. Alex Kasprak - Science writer, Snopes.com
Mr. Leo Lewis - Tokyo Correspondent of Financial Times
The “Coping with Change: Global Warming and Decarbonization” symposium was followed live on the Facebook page “International Symposium on Sustainability” https://www.facebook.com/events/2062682560618612/?active_tab=discussion
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San Servolo, Venice, February 2018
After six years of experimentation with the material and as many group shows involving more than 30 designers and national or international studios, the Alcantara – MAXXI project takes a new and unusual course, renewing its contents. With the Studio Visit program, the exhibitions become monographs: each year a well-established designer is invited to participate and design a space inside the museum that reflects his or her personal interpretation of a work from the permanent collection. The first appointment was from February 2 to 25, 2018 with Nanda Vigo presenting Arch / arcology curated by Domitilla Dardi. Selected for her research and interior design ability, Nanda Vigo designed for MAXXI a space that visitors can enter and move around in, created as a tribute to the visionary architect Paolo Soleri whose works are on display in the MAXXI Architettura collection. At the centre of the hall, composed of three walls designed as a black backdrop and open at the front, the designer created a sculpture representing the Single Cantilever bridge, one of Soleri’s designs from the 1960s. On the walls were displayed three-dimensional developments of some designs that the architect had represented only in drawings. This space/installation which after the exhibition will join the MAXXI Architettura permanent collection, was made entirely of Alcantara®, a material that, as always, reveals exceptional application qualities which are also required for conceptual research.