FUTUROTEXTILES AWARDS competition announced

CETI (European Centre for Innovative Textiles) is launching the FUTUROTEXTILES AWARDS, the First International Competition dedicated to Innovative Textiles and Design.

A research centre of international calibre and industrial excellence in the field of Advanced Textile Materials and New Flexible Materials, CETI is dedicated to innovation, prototyping and technological development.

CETI is the flagship project of the UP-tex competitiveness cluster, the objective of which is to promote the emergence of textiles in all industries looking for new levels of performance. Spearheading the urban redevelopment of the Union (Lille Metropolis – France), CETI is being developed as a result of financial support from Europe, the State, local authorities and Lille Metropole Communauté Urbaine, and shall be opened on 10 October 2012.

To mark its opening, a number of events are planned for professionals and the general public: professional conferences, the exhibition FUTUROTEXTILES#3, Cetilab dedicated to business and cultural exchanges and the FUTUROTEXTILES AWARDS, an International Competition dedicated to Innovative Textiles and Design.

The competition FUTUROTEXTILES AWARDS is coordinated by Lille-design, in partnership with CETI, lille3000 (FUTUROTEXTILES exhibition) and FUTEX in charge of the student part of the competition.

The competition is aimed at both professionals in architecture, design, landscape or industrial design (individual, agency or company) and students from higher education establishments.  FUTUROTEXTILES AWARDS aims to promote in general and the use of new flexible and composite materials, in urban design and for everyday use.  It will sign the textile industry and textile design up to a policy of excellence and launch CETI on the international stage by making the metropolis part of an economic, scientifi c and creative dynamic.
The challenge is to highlight one’s creativity to develop the textiles of the future or discover new applications.

The final date for receipt of entries is the 6th of April 2012 – Midday. No participation fee is required. Winners and Nominees shall be announced in June 2012 and may attend to the CETI’s opening.  Visit their site for all information and to apply. Good luck!