Proposte set for another Villa Erba stay

Fabric exhibition Proposte is set to remain at its traditional home of Villa Erba, despite efforts to quell companies exhibiting outwith the show.

‘Proposte will remain at Villa Erba in 2025, adhering to the existing lease agreement. The 32nd edition will take place on May 6- 8,’ says Alessandro Tessuto, Propsoste president. However, he warned that the show was again looking at how to kerb piggybacking of the event by companies showing in Cernobbio but not part of the exhibition. ‘In the meantime, we are collaborating with the exhibition centre management, the Municipality of Cernobbio, and Confindustria Como on a project to regulate participation from companies outside the exhibition.’

The 31st edition of Proposte started with a ‘significant turnout on the opening day’ of 6 May, before ‘a calmer atmosphere’ on the following two days. The furnishing, curtain, trimmings, and wallcovering fabrics show saw a 4% increase in visitors, with non-Italian visitors from 70 countries making up 70% of attendees. There was ‘stability’ in attendance from Germany and the UK, a slight increase from the US and France, and after years of stability, an increase in Italian buyers.

The Lake Como exhibition’s special areas in Ala Lario, including Cometa Formazione, Alliance for European Flax-Linen & Hemp, and Fashion Room, garnered considerable interest. Ala Cernobbio also featured four startups: CDC_Studio, Flocus, Fili Pari, and Ympact, all promoting innovative ideas for new materials and textile upcycling.

‘ComoCrea Interni gives positive feedback; the 23 designers are satisfied with the new contacts established and look forward to continuing their synergy with Proposte.’

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