Agatha Ruiz de la Prada in Como for the Continuous Creativity project

Thursday 19 April 2012
6.30 p.m. – at Confindustria Como
Entry free and open to the public



Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Spanish fashion designer and international fashion icon, famous for her innovative style, for generally bucking the trend and for her colour eccentricity, will be the next high profile figure to lend her support to the Continuous Creativity project organised by comON.


Thursday 19 April 2012
6.30 p.m. – at Confindustria Como
Entry free and open to the public



Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Spanish fashion designer and international fashion icon, famous for her innovative style, for generally bucking the trend and for her colour eccentricity, will be the next high profile figure to lend her support to the Continuous Creativity project organised by comON. There will be an open encounter with the designer on Thursday 19 April at 6.30 p.m. at Confindustria Como.

“The body as design vertigo” is the theme of the meeting with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. It offers a fascinating opportunity to enter her world of imagination populated with creativity, colours, fantasy and glamour, in an international situation in which the Continuous Creativity project is plunged into the real market place, the world of technology and of the latest and most creative trends. Our guide on this voyage into fashion, design, experimentation and project development is the whimsy and originality of the Spanish fashion designer herself. The meeting will be introduced by Cristina Viganò, who heads the Continuous Creativity project and by Salvatore Amura, managing director of the Aldo Galli Fine Arts Academy of Como.

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada has been one of the most important figures in the world of fashion over the last thirty years, famous for her fun yet at times provocative style which is characterised by strong colour and great creativity. Starting out as a pop art inspired painter, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada made her debut in the fashion world at the age of just twenty-one in Madrid, gaining an immediate iconic status. With respect to the fashion that had been typical of Spanish experience up to that moment, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada’s style was nothing short of revolutionary: strictness and sobriety gave way to her vivid colour and patterns containing motifs of moons, stars, suns and hearts. Her creations amounted to authentically artistic forms of expression that thus found their way into major art galleries all over Spain. Even though Agatha had success right from the outset, her real triumph was to come when she joined forces with the great Spanish department stores of El Corte Inglés. From that point on she and her fame began to cross borders as she acquired international recognition on the catwalks and in exhibitions all over the world. She has since 1991 been expanding into the design of furniture, household interior features, accessories, complementary articles, perfumes, cell phones, stationery products and much more besides, working with the likes of Swatch, Hierba Monesal, Absolut, Audi, Air Europa and NH Hotels. In 2008 Agatha launched a new collection of gold and diamond jewellery, a line of carpets and even a range of reinforced doors. Up to now Agatha Ruiz de la Prada has distributed her products all over the world through a network of around fifty licensees. The success, the creativity and the originality of her “creations” has been confirmed by numerous international awards including the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Career Prize at the Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art.

The Continuous Creativity project has been organised by comON 2012 in collaboration with the Aldo Galli Fine Arts Academy in Como. The initiative sees the participation of fourth year students of the Creative Schools of Como and Varese in “The Imaginary Table” competition. The selection of students involved aimed at bringing to the fore and giving special opportunities to the most deserving students best able to express the potential and spirit of creativity of comON. The programme involves a series of encounters, open to the public, with creative individuals, designers and professionals in the field, at the end of which the young people will be called upon to design and create the compositional elements of the table that has been the object of their study (including the table itself, the tablecloth, the menu, la decorative elements and the furnishing elements). All the projects will be exhibited in October in Creativity Week.

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17 febbraio 2012
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29 dicembre 2011
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20 ottobre 2011
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19 ottobre 2011
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19 ottobre 2011
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18 ottobre 2011
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15 settembre 2011
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15 settembre 2011
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6 settembre 2011
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2 settembre 2011
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1 settembre 2011
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16 luglio 2011
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29 giugno 2011
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9 giugno 2011
20 projects from the school competition are chosen
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15 aprile 2011
Nomad Bag: the school competition gets underway

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29 marzo 2011
comON IED contest

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15 marzo 2011
AAA YOUNG DESIGNERS WANTED

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2 febbraio 2011
comON Wifi
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1 ottobre 2010
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27 settembre 2010
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31 agosto 2010
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26 luglio 2010
comON Textprint water competition 2010
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30 giugno 2010
THE FIRST PHASE OF comON Design Contest CLOSES WITH EXCELLENT RESULTS
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26 maggio 2010
ragazzi del liceo Classico Alessandro Volta, reporter di ComON!
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25 maggio 2010
NEWS3
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25 maggio 2010
NEWS1
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25 maggio 2010
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21 maggio 2010
comON DESIGN WORKSHOP 2010 - “THE RECYCLE OF AN IDEA”
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10 dicembre 2009
On line i commenti dei Designers 2009!
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10 novembre 2009
Everyone face the wall on 23 November from 19.30 at Loom Cafè!
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3 novembre 2009
Remember him? He was winner of the FashiON Award and other international awards in 2008.
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27 ottobre 2009
The jury, announced the project winner on Saturday 24 October
Harmony of Inversions by Caterina Aicardi, Carlo Angus and Cristiano Alli.

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21 ottobre 2009
Michael Jackson vs. Freddy Mercury. Kiss vs. Marylin Manson.
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16 ottobre 2009
“Innovative intuition absolutely must move ahead of market demand”, textile designer and researcher Luisa Cevese starts by saying “if all you do is respond to market requests you are getting there too late. That is not innovation.”
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16 ottobre 2009
L'evoluzione della cucina negli ultimi quarant'anni.
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16 ottobre 2009
Un distributore di merendine. 10 euro in beneficenza e uno degli occhiali da sole più cool del momento è tuo.
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14 ottobre 2009
The ASF and ComON campaign presented to the press
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12 ottobre 2009
"International stylists and designers were welcomed yesterday evening at the Loom Café for the debut of the 2nd edition of ComON.

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"In addition to the English, Dutch and German delegation, the Creativity Week will also see participation by young designers from the top academies in Europe, the winners of the competition THE LINK – Living Ideas for New Keys and the winners of the Style.it contest. For all of them and for the city of Como – ComON is up and running!"

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12 ottobre 2009
Mini Shuttle
MINI Shuttle is the free service for citizen of Como.

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6 ottobre 2009
The jury chose one from Pistoia and one from Israel…
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29 settembre 2009
5 workshops not to miss at ComON '09.
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28 settembre 2009
The kick-off for the Art Project “SUSTAINABLE CREATIVITY”, an “exhibition of exhibition pieces” by Roberto Borghi.
"Six under-36 artists have been selected to display their projects at the Como Polytechnic, projects that will be created in recycled material and installed in one of the old town squares. Matteo Galbiati, Jessica Anais Savoia, Davide Longfils, Caterina Aicardi, Laura Santamaria and Marta Casati have been chosen a) because of their patience and helpfulness; b) because they have already exhibited pieces or written about the relationship between art and nature Amongst them, Longfils and Santamaria, are artists who make enviro-friendly pieces and/or works situated in nature. More info here! "

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25 settembre 2009
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi participated at the opening event of Milano Unica, the Italian Textile Show.
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25 settembre 2009
And should you want to be one of the 30 ComON designers selected to take part in a week of prestigious creative events?
"Then take part in the Style.it competition; there is still room for two more talented young designers at ComON 2009! Style.it requests all students and recent graduates of Italian design and fashion schools, aged between 18 and 25, to work on a complete outfit project (clothing + accessories) on themes related to environmental responsibility and eco-sustainability. The authors of the two best designs consigned on and not beyond 3rd October will be guests at Como for the duration of ComON, and will be able to participate in all the events. Join in! Click here for all info and competition conditions."

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21 settembre 2009
Some space dedicated to ComON's creativity in the September issue of Vogue Italia, and space to talk about the meeting between the textile industry and the young designers.
Two images have been selected to best portray the high creative quality of the event content; the Eindhoven Design Academy exhibition and a detail from the collection by the designer Alberto Messina, winner of the 2008 ComON Fashion Award (and not of the Design Academy Eindhoven as erroneously published).

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10 settembre 2009
ComON presenta i due Tutor della Design Exhibition, Massimiliano Adami e Lorenzo Damiani.
Massimiliano AdamiNasce a Monza il 28 Novembre 1969. Formazione artistica presso l’Istituto d’Arte di Monza, con specializzazione in design per l’industria e l’ambiente, frequenza del corso di Disegno Industriale presso il Politecnico di Milano, esperienze lavorative in vari studi di architettura e design, realizzazioni di progetti personali per clientela privata. Partecipazione a diversi concorsi in Italia, dal 1998 al 2004. Lorenzo DamianiNato nel 1972, si è laureato al Politecnico di Milano e specializzato alla Scuola Politecnica di design di Milano. Si è fatto conoscere agli esordi come designer di prodotti ambivalenti: le cose, basta saperle guardare, con semplici trasformazioni possono diventare altre, assolvendo nuove funzioni. Ha vinto il Compasso d'Oro nel 1998. Due le personali: nel 2003 "Il doppio senso delle cose", curata da Cristina Morozzi e nel 2005 "In- Coerenza". Ha partecipato a varie edizioni del Salone Satellite di Milano e collabora con varie aziende industriali, tra le quali Campeggi, Cappellini, Acqua di Parma, Illy Caffè, Tod's.

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4 settembre 2009
"The new ComON ExpoTesi during the week of creativity.

12th -23rd 0ctober
OPENING 6 pm on the 14th October

FREE ENTRY
"The Board of the Architectural Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists of the Province of Como is promoting the second edition of the Exhibition of Degree Dissertations of the newly registered students (between 1st May 2006 and 1st May 2009), which follows the first appointment that was held in January 2007. It offers observations on themes and ideals which lie within the architectural training course, and which define the way in which a career in architecture is shaped. The kinship of new generations with the meditation on creativity and research which distinguishes the concept of the ComON proposal, suggests ideal synergy between the two initiatives. And so this year the new EXPOTESI of the Order’s young architects will coincide with ComON week of creativity, which will be held in our city from the 12th to the 18th October. Invitations have been forwarded to newly signed-up students, with no bias regards subjects, themes or work methods. The aim of the initiative is above all to involve new students, each with their own skills, within our professional organization, so that the first contact with the Order of Architects is not just a bureaucratic necessity but a moment capable of unleashing cultural exchange with those that have long experience in this field, and the possibility to compare different personal career paths as a matter of course. We believe it to be vitally important to diffuse knowledge to the outside world regards the professionalism of our young colleagues, who have just recently entered the workplace, bringing that outside world closer to both their work and their passions. At the same time, the dissertations exhibition allows the knowledge of project methodology that the University employs to train architects. A partial exemplification of the current teachings of the Architecture Faculty, and of the focus which the University places on the problems which architects must face in everyday work life. In this way we can allow the participation of works that are undoubtedly heterogeneous, and though on different scales and in spatial contexts that are completely diverse, become concrete in the realized project, drawing from it motivations, reasons and sensory impressions. An exhibition therefore , which gives us a chance to reflect on what it means to put roots down, to look at ourselves in a confined space, be that space a natural one, or one defined by an architecture and plans. A starting point from which to discover the materialness of shape, to provoke a comparison with reality (even if, as in these instances, we are talking about theoretical experiments – the dissertation). Apart from the simple physical data, studying a location according to its geography, its history and its urban layout means laying down deeper roots, to the point where you are tangled up with the reasoning behind creating a settlement. And indeed creating a project via a deeper road within the architectural discipline – by investigating the origin of the forms of architecture, or by experimenting with type – showing how the project experience can never be separated from a raised consciousness regards the theme, searching each time for ways to rationally manage the project, which has always been fundamental in architectural culture. Never forgetting too that our sensations are localized, but our experiences always have a much wider territorial frame of reference and (so they say) an even wider cultural one. An exhibition therefore, which tries to tell the state of the art of architecture, as it is today, via different projects and (why not?) different Faculties. “Displaying the final works resulting from a journey through University means (and not paradoxically) – reiterates Angelo Monti, President of the Order – recognizing the contextual meaning of a new starting point for those who are meeting with the profession, also regards its value in terms of social responsibility. These projects, despite the vagueness of theoretical tools, can tell us about the desire not to betray passion and creativity, working hard and responsibly for architectural quality at every level. The Degree Dissertation is a vital step, both in life and in terms of a career, which this second edition wants to remind us of in every sense, with all the doubts which will stay around regards in which career types current society wants to see its young employed”. Connecting this event to the “week of creativity” announced by ComON, also in its second edition (the first dates back to last October), means adding strength to the event’s significance and spreading on a micro-scale our professional message, comparing ourselves in a positive light with others who will emerge as key players from the events over these days."

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17 luglio 2009
Journalist and curator of design exhibitions, she organised the event.
"”When the ComON organisers asked me to suggest an activity to involve design students and furniture manufacturers in Como, I naturally came up with the idea of ComON DESIGN EXHIBITION. I’ve always been interested in the theme of recycling and eco-sustainability, because the world needs to be taken care of. And design has a role to play in that. Using industrial waste products and turning them from polluting trash into furniture thanks to the creativity of young students: that’s what the ComON DESIGN EXHIBITION has to contribute”. Taissa Buescu Taissa Buescu was born in New York in 1973 and grew up in Brazil. She is the curator of design and architecture exhibitions in Italy and Brazil, and also works as a freelance journalist and stylist, travelling the world seeking out interesting design and contemporary architecture. She has worked with various design and lifestyle magazines including Case da Abitare, Grazia Casa, Elle Decoration UK, L'Uomo Vogue and Casa Vogue (Italy and Brazil editions), and others. "

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15 luglio 2009
Sono otto i reporter selezionati dal Liceo Classico A. Volta di Como per raccontare ComON "da dentro".
Seguiranno i designers internazionali, cattureranno in anteprima emozioni e immagini delle mostre di arte e design, daranno voce ai ragazzi di Como ideatori del Jungle Party e così per 7 giorni di pura creatività. Eccoli: Stefania Radice Eleonora Alimenti Linda Imperiali Linda Negrini Eleonora Cerea Marco Arienti Stefania Giussani Angelica Villa Per essere sintonizzati su "what's on in ComON", seguiteli qui: ComON Reporter.

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21 maggio 2009
The 2009 edition will also host the 9 finalists from The Link - Living Ideas for New Keys.
"As with the first edition, the designers at ComON 2009 will be selected from the top European and Italian universities, fashion and design colleges. Design Academy Eindhoven, ""European Textile Trainees"" project, IED - Istituto Europeo di Design, IUAV - Iuav University of Venice, NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti of Milan, MILAN POLYTECHNIC, Texprint® London. The 2009 edition will also feature the 9 finalists of The Link - Living Ideas for New Keys –, the new talent scouting project for beachwear and underwear, run by MarediModa/IntimodiModa. There are 100 fashion, design and communication academies involved. Finalists will be chosen based on the originality of their beachwear and underwear collections and advertising campaigns for the sector."

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3 novembre 2008
A thank you from ComON...
" In the Sunday edition of the daily Como newspaper, La Provincia, the ComON management team expressed its gratitude to all those that made ComON - Settimana della Creatività possible. A particular thanks went to all the companies that were willing to offer internships in their production departments to a selection of the young designers, giving them the chance to develop professionally within an international textile context like Como’s. ComON would also like to thank the guests who attended the various organised events that brought added value to the project. Thanks go to the institutions that supported and backed the initiative, to the sponsors, supporters and promoters and to all the textile companies that made a contribution in various ways. Heartfelt thanks to all!"

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23 ottobre 2008
9 designers are to immerse themselves in the world of Como textiles up until 7th November.
" The week of creativity goes on for 9 designers. They will be able to participate in a training internship in Como based textile companies until 7th November. This project has been devised and developed to create a connection between the young designers of the future and the Como textile industry, with the aim of mutual growth to support the whole market. The combination of the extensive experience of the companies and the freshness of the ideas and curiosity of the designers will maintain a high level of innovation, highlighting the exclusive quality of Como textiles. Here are the young designers and the companies in which they will spend their training internship: TARONI SPA KARLIJN KUIPERS, Design Academy Eindhoven, Holland. ACHILLE PINTO SPA AOIFE WULLUR, Design Academy Eindhoven, Holland. TESSITURA STAMPERIA LUIGI VERGA SPA EMILIE PALLARD, Design Academy Eindhoven, Holland. NEOSETA SRL ELINA PELTONEN, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland. CLERICI TESSUTO & C. SPA ANNE TORNROOS, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland. MANTERO SPA MERVI HILVO, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland. GIRANI SRL JEANETT GOODWIN, National Academy of Arts Bergen, Norway. RATTI SPA HILDE FRANTZEN, National Academy of Arts Bergen, Norway. CANEPA TESSITURA SERICA SPA ANE GODAL, National Academy of Arts Bergen, Norway."

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22 ottobre 2008
The exhibitions can also be seen at the weekend.
" Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Graduation Gallery and Art Project exhibitions. The exhibitions will also be open at the weekend to give everybody the chance to admire the work of the Eindhoven Art Academy students and of the Como artists. So make it a date on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. "

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20 ottobre 2008
 The works of Colomba Leddi and Melina Mulas are on display until 30th October.
" The SUSETA exhibition opened on Saturday 18th October at the Palazzo Volpi - Pinacoteca Civica in Como, displaying the creations of Colomba Leddi and Melina Mulas. Presented by Sergio Gaddi, Councillor for culture, and the curators, Roberto Borghi and Benedetta Barzini, the opening was attended by many leading figures from the world of art and textiles who were eager to see the remarkable photos of the creations printed on silk canvas. The guests were also very impressed by the exhibition catalogue printed on silk. The Suseta canvases have already become items of clothing in the Spring/Summer 2008 collection by Colomba Leddi. The collection will debut in January at the Takashimaya department store on New York’s 5th Avenue. Click here to admire the Suseta exhibition."

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18 ottobre 2008
Wigs, wedges and ’70s rock for the creativity week closing party.
" On Saturday 18 October, Villa Erba in Cernobbio was transformed into a ’70s dance party. There were Beetles parked in the villa's garden, while period Vespas and camper vans were part of the unusual interior decorations. The scene was enlivened most of all by the 1,000 people who participated in the event, dressed in a very strange way for our times. The legendary wedges, wigs, plaits, floral shirts and bell-bottom trousers could be seen everywhere at the party, accompanied by rock music that may date back to 1970 but that is as fresh as ever. It was a fun event, but one with an important aim, as all proceeds will be donated to a large number of charitable associations: - Cooperativa Sociale ""L'Ancora"". - Associazione ""Comocuore"". - Cooperativa Sociale ""Sim-patia"". - Associazione ""Bambini in Romania"". - Associazione Nazionale Emodializzati"

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17 ottobre 2008
20,000 photographs a year of the shop windows of cities such as London, New York, Paris, Milan, Tokyo and Los Angeles. 10,000 pictures a month on what is new across the world. 14,000 graphics downloadable from a unique library of collections and prin
These are just a few of WGSN’s figures, the international trend forecasting and analysis colossus which does not deal only with fashion. <br /> <br /> In front of an audience packed with young designers and students, <strong>Massimiliano Sarracino</strong> and<strong> Luisa Foglia</strong> from WGSN summarized how the group''s 200 coolhunters work and how working 24 months ahead helps to define creative trends in sectors such as advertising, architecture, art and car design, night-life venues, dance, food and drink, sport, science, technology and travel.<br /> <br /> They call it ""creative nourishment"". It is what helps companies plan collections on an analytical basis, saving unnecessary production costs and unsold stock.<br /> <br /> As Luisa Foglia explains, ""Our work is divided into two main phases: <strong>FORECASTING and ANALYSIS</strong>. To begin with, we identify the general inspiration themes of which will characterise the season two years ahead. Then, we analyse the results comparing what we forecast and what we see on the catwalks. It is interesting to observe how the trends overlap market products and how people interpret them. <br /> <br /> <strong>For more information<br /> www.wgsn.com<br /> <br /> </strong><a>Click here</a> to see meeting images.

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17 ottobre 2008
ComON's Colour Psychology meeting with Marina Nelli, university lecturer and head of IED Moda Lab's Textile Design Department, was an extraordinary success.
" Colour psychology demonstrated that colours have psychological power: red is dynamic, active and stimulating; orange combines the effects of red and yellow but in a gentler way; blue, green and purple are more relaxing and invite people to contemplate. And yellow? Yellow is CHANGE, ENERGY and FREEDOM FROM RESTRICTIONS. - A primary colour (together with magenta red and cyan blue). - Its complementary colour is purple. - It changes with the light. - It is OK with green, becomes lighter with grey and white, darkens with blue, and sparkles with red and pink. - Symbol of the sun's splendour (in Genesis creation of the sun and the stars), of eternity (food and drink of the gods), wealth (gold), power, etc. - It is a good colour for children's rooms as it stimulates creativity and imagination. - Yellow foods: anti-cellulites and digestants, they feed the mind and act on the nervous system. - ""Yellow"" music: a note in D major causes a ""yellow"" feeling. - ""Yellow"" nations: Mexico, Australia, Brazil. - ""Yellow"" animals: golden scarabs, butterflies, symbolic animals. - ""Yellow"" scents: lemon, sandalwood and patchouli, with notes of wood and leather. - ""Yellow-coloured"" chakras: the head, intelligence, mobile and fast, linked to the letter “i”, incisive and penetrating vowel: desire to understand. - ""Yellow"" design: grapefruit-coloured settees that recall the shiny 50s, the transparent amber-gold stacking chairs, folding, ergonomic banana-skin armchairs, bright kitchens, lamps, etc. WHO IS YELLOW? Someone with great mental agility, able to consider others' opinions, willing to discuss things again, who isn't scared of taking responsibility, who gets involved and is generous in team work, has one idea after another, is overwhelming, sometimes inconsistent, but who has great sensitivity which makes them look into things too deeply and get hurt. Someone who is charismatic and popular, full of joy and passion, concentration and creativity. Someone who is eager to taste life, at the centre of a magnificent stage and who seeks to seize every opportunity. CREATIVE ""YELLOW"" PEOPLE. They reflect the spirit of the wind and the miracle of the air ... they help to produce dreams, and thereby make them ""contagious"". Ed's note OK, ComON is really yellow! "

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17 ottobre 2008
Their names are Mattia Frassinella, Jana Letilovic and Chiara Berva.
" They are the authors of the first video interpretation of ComON and of the energy that Como has put in. They are students at the Milan IED, but they are already famous. Mattia Frassinella, who is already a Triumph Inspiration Award winner, has just recently won the prestigious Ferré Prize in the Interior Design section. Click here to watch the video."

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17 ottobre 2008
The sophisticated Loom Café played host, on Thursday 16, to the award ceremony most eagerly anticipated by the guest designers at Como.
" The 8 finalists' collections, made with silk fabrics provided by member companies of Como's Industrial Union, were judged by a jury made up of Attilio Bonanomi, head of textile selection at D&G, Lorenzo Barindelli, Commercial Manager AF Alberta Ferretti, and Alberto Monti, owner of the A.GI.EMME stores. And the winners are... 2 joint winners: Alberto Messina, the only Italian in the competition, a student at the University of Bologna, and Mateja Krofl & Tinka Domjak, Slovenian students at the University of Ljubljana. The creativity prize was awarded to Hanna Baranava of Belarus, who is a student at the Domus Academy (Italy), for her extraordinary ability to transform fable into reality. She drew her inspiration from Alice in Wonderland. The winners received 500 euros each and a 6-month subscription to WGSN. Special thanks go to the other deserving finalists of the ComON Fashion Award: Kristin Costa _ Pratt Institute _ USA Young Shin Kim_Fashion Institute of Technology _ USA VERGI (Alesia Rolik & Jekaterina Vasilega) _ Lithuania Raluca Lascovici _ University of West Timisoara _ Romania Alberto Messina _ Università degli Studi, Bologna _ Italy Hanna Baranava _ Domus Academy (Italy) _ Belarus Ji Su Hyun _ Chung Nam National University _ South Korea Click here to see the finalists' and winners' collections"

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17 ottobre 2008
Presented also the winners of the ComON Texprint 2008 competition.
" The winners of the ComON Texprint 2008 competition (held on 16 and 17 July in London) were also congratulated at the FashiON Gala at the Loom Café: Helen Greensmith, Gray's School of Art Daisy Butler, Chelsea College of Art & Design Alex Brady, Loughborough University Click here to see the winners' creations."

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17 ottobre 2008
Presenti gli artisti della mostra ComOn Art Project.
Non poteva che tingersi di giallo anche l'Happy Hour di Como. Un Broletto vestito a festa e illuminato da grandi fari gialli è stata la location per passare un paio d'ore nell'atmosfera di ComOn e per ammirare le riproduzioni su stoffa delle opere esposte alla mostra cOMon Art Project. Un incontro creativo e artistico durante il quale gli artisti hanno interagito con il pubblico, parlando delle proprie opere. Gli artisti Enzo Santambrogio, Donatella Simonetti, OLO e Omar Dodaro, Mario Bottinelli Montandon, Francesco Corbetta, Roberta Butti ed Edoardo Valle hanno commentato il significato delle opere e quali siano le aspirazioni che portano a dare forma ad un lavoro e risposto alle domande del curatore della mostra Roberto Borghi.Musica lounge, birra Asahi, la proiezione delle immagini e dei video degli eventi della settimana e una lampadina come gadget hanno caratterizzato l'evento, un momento di relax, per stare insieme, di incontro con l'arte e con i 30 designers internazionali di ComON.

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16 ottobre 2008
Visiting the fashion and design collections.
" Design continues to be at the heart of our designers' creativity week. Their curiosity was fully satisfied during a visit to Studio Rossana Orlandi, where they were able to see the two different areas of the studio dedicated to fashion collections and exhibition displays. It was an encounter with discovery, originality and the search for everything new in the design world. Particular thanks to Rossana Orlandi for her welcome and helpfulness."

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16 ottobre 2008
In Como's youngs "the light bulb is on".
" The 1st edition of ComON really wanted to pay particular attention to creative young people with an initiative aimed at also involving the young students from the main upper secondary schools that are active in the field of art and textile creations in Como. A competition was devised which was immediately well received; over one hundred or so students and teachers took part in a meeting with various ComON spokespeople when the project was presented. And day by day the initial entries are coming in and they are surprising... a demonstration that the young people’s creativity has been “sparked”. Free registration forms and entries will be accepted until 27 October 2008. The competition rules can be found online at ComON's website (www.comon-co.it). The award ceremony for the competition winners will be held on 7 November 2008, during the closing event of the ""Graduation Gallery” exhibition at Villa del Grumello. The schools which have taken part in the initiative are: ITIS Paolo Carcano, Liceo Artistico Casnati, the fashion course at IPSIA Ripamonti, and “Fausto Melotti” Istituto Statale d’Arte at Cantù."

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16 ottobre 2008
A meeting with students at the Grand Hotel.
"Li Edelkoort needs no introduction in the world of trends and fashion. The Dutch trend forecaster held a meeting with the young ComON designers in the elegant setting of Como's Grand Hotel, introducing them to the multi-faceted world of trendmakers. Li Edelkoort explained to the students all the “ingredients” that have an influence on and that interact when a trend is created, starting from an in-depth study of society in all its various forms, including its stories, colours, shapes, materials and movements. This flow of information needs to be analyzed with a highly emotional approach to fathom its most hidden and obscure meanings. He then presented the trends for 2010 and commented on how fashion will evolve in the future, following a new tack with a wider scope that is far removed from fashion created solely for shops. The meeting was full of ideas to inspire the next generation of designers."

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16 ottobre 2008
The fashion world seen from backstage.
" How are collections created? What inspires them? What are the problems of working in the fashion world these days? Ennio Capasa, founder and designer of the clothing company Costume National and his efficient and well-prepared staff, met the designers in his bright Milan headquarters. Sketches, fabrics and videos of fashion shows with the relevant backstage segment introduced the students to what goes on backstage at a high-level international fashion house. Costume National's staff illustrated the dynamics and strategies that develop during the preparation of a new collection and the difficulties that arise during production. Ennio Capasa's words literally entranced the students: he gave an assessment, his own, of the designer's role in fashion today, which is certainly attractive but at the same time extremely difficult. Capasa also commented on the Italian textile district and in particular that of Como, defining it as ""a wealth of knowledge, research and quality envied by everyone."" Thanks to all the staff at Costume National who welcomed the young designers enthusiastically, and especially to Ennio Capasa for his willingness to be available and to share with the students."

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15 ottobre 2008
Lights, colours, perfumes and tastes. Unforgettable ones.
" Lights, colours, perfumes and tastes. These were the ingredients that created a sophisticated catering at the opening of the Graduation Gallery. The proposed Food Experience surprised and satisfied the guests especially for its originality, the attention to every detail, the ability to convey through the food the deep meaning of ComON. A blend of creativity, light and energy is what has been experienced by those present. A plenty of compliments for Maddalena Prini and her staff of Forchettadestra , her food design agency."

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14 ottobre 2008
Immerse yourself in fashion, art and design at Villa del Grumello.
Yesterday evening saw the opening of two high impact creative events in front of an audience of personalities from fashion and publishing and young international designers: the GRADUATION GALLERY EINDHOVEN and COMON ART PROJECT exhibitions are now open to the public. The two exhibitions create a direct connection between Como and Eindhoven thanks to the research of artists from the Como area and the decidedly unconventional projects of Eindhoven's Design Academy. The opening ceremony was marked by creativity, with the stage design paying tribute to the city and to the lamp which lights up ideas and is the symbol of ComON. The evening was attended by a host of personalities from the fashion world, industry and publishing, and young international designers as well as those involved in the project and supporting institutions. ""ComON is a totally innovative experience for the world of work, for our young people, and for the opportunities it generates,"" was how Mayor Bruni opened his speech taking centre stage among the team of organizers dressed in yellow. Ambrogio Taborelli, Chairman of Como's Industrial Union, said, ""Creativity will save Italy and Como. Thanks go to the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce who has believed in this project from the start."" Simone Tettamanti, Chairman of Servizi Industriali Srl, recalled what was behind their project: ""Passion. We believe in our work, in our town and in our young people. Como can take a place on the international stage. It was great to attend the meeting between our students and international designers this morning; it is the starting point for exchange. And we hope that this is just the beginning."" Li Edelkoort related the history of the collaboration project between Como and Eindhoven ""A year ago, the MAGNIFICENT 7, Guido Tettamanti and I met for dinner. They told me about the wealth and potential of this district. I believe that in Como there are the most important creative textile industries in the world. Everything stemmed from that."" He added, ""This evening the first important political step has been taken to propose a collaborative venture with Expo 2015 in Milan."" ""Exhibiting in this magnificent villa has been a unique opportunity to show off our creativity. Such an enchanting setting has made the exhibition even more attractive."" "

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12 ottobre 2008
The town has woken up submerged in the yellow of ComOn
" Around the world there are nights known as “white nights” when the city doesn’t sleep. Since yesterday, Como has a yellow night. The town woke up to find itself covered in yellow after a massive night-time ""guerrilla marketing"" operation, highly unusual advertising to support the launch of ComON throughout the week. The main streets of the town centre and the schools were wrapped in sticky tape, creating a symbolic route through the places that the young people of Como know and love. Bunches of balloons have sprouted on the squares, on entrances and street corners and that's not all. If it must be yellow, let there be yellow. Over 200 yellow books have been strewn across the town, on benches, bar tables, on the ground or placed on the door jambs of buildings, waiting to be discovered. Everything has turned yellow, tinged with energy, creativity and great positivity. All in Como from 13 to 18 October. And it doesn’t stop there..."

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10 ottobre 2008
It will be Benedetta who models clothing created by designer Colomba Leddi.
" A special guest model is coming to the opening of the SUSETA exhibition: the model, journalist, essayist, university lecturer and fashion expert, Benedetta Barzini. It will be Benedetta who models clothing created by designer Colomba Leddi, who has created this exhibition with photographer Melina Mulas. We would like to remind you that the exhibition is curated by Benedetta Barzini together with Roberto Borghi and will be open to the public from 18 to 30 October. For more information, click here. "

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10 ottobre 2008
A totally original "cut-out" catalogue for Colomba Leddi and Melina Mulas' SUSETA exhibition
" The works, a poetic fusion of fashion and photography, will be collected in an extraordinary catalogue printed on fabric and available to the public on a traditional work table. Visitors will be able cut out their own catalogues in the same way as a designer gives shape to a piece of clothing. SUSETA Saturday 18 October 2008 at 5.00 p.m. INVITATION-ONLY OPENING. Open to the public from 18 - 30 October 2008. Free entry. Pinacoteca Civica Palazzo Volpi Via Diaz 84, Como Opening times: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Closed Monday"

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7 ottobre 2008
Villa del Grumello is embedded into one of the most picturesque landscapes in the world.
Praised by artists and intellectuals from every age - from Bellini to Stendhal and from Goethe to Verga - who experienced aesthetic pleasure and found intense artistic inspiration on its shores, Lake Como is one of the favourite destination for scientists, businessmen, politicians and artists from all over the world, and hosts many important international events. GRADUATION GALLERY and COMON ART PROJECT are both art exhibitions situated in Villa del Grumello in an amazing fusion with its frescoed and stuccoed rooms. Illustrious figures, including Vincenzo Monti, Alessandro Volta and Ugo Foscolo, were hosted in its frescoed and stuccoed rooms. The frequent visits made by Foscolo to countess Francesca Giovio are testified by a bust in the garden (where it is still standing at the wish of Countess Julia Celesia). In 2006 the Villa was restored and given a central role in the cultural life of the city by the newly-established Associazione Villa Grumello."

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2 ottobre 2008
Interview with Roberto Borghi on the SUSETA exhibition
ComON Photography encounters fashion in a most unusual way. In the SUSETA exhibition the collaboration between photographer Melina Mulas and Como designer Colomba Leddi is the source of an artistic study that fuses and balances these two disciplines. How? Roberto Borghi Maybe, rather than fusing, in this case fashion and photography respect each other. In the sense that the one neither abuses nor exploits the other. Fashion photos are too often pompous and self-referencing, or else they are morbidly descriptive, boring and so stereotyped that they all seem the same. With the Leddi-Mulas pairing it is as if spontaneous harmony has been created between fashion and photography, as if Colomba Leddi and Melina Mulas have managed to be on the same wavelength without forcing it. ComON The union between photographic research and interpretation of fashion clothes is expressed in all the magazines through increasingly sophisticated photo shoots. However, here we have a different plan. What is the exhibition's concept? Roberto Borghi Precisely “non sophistication”: authenticity with (why not?) a poetic feel. It's also a little bit of healthy anticonformism, in the literal meaning of the term: neither Colomba Leddi's clothes nor Melina Mulas's photos ""conform"" to current models and they stand out objectively for this reason. As for the ""poetic feel"", I can say that what I appreciate most in these photos is their everyday, natural tone, but one which is quite other than banal or careless. What both designer and artist seem to want to express is an idea of the implicit exceptional nature of daily life. There is something extraordinary in simply being oneself. And, in my opinion, there is also something poetic. ComON The week when Como is welcoming designers and international schools at the same time is giving space to its own creative resources: artists, designers, students and companies. How does the creative pairing of Leddi and Mulas fit into this? Roberto Borghi Colomba Leddi's mother's family are originally from Como. Colomba Leddi works in Milan (""in the courtyard of the house where she lives"" as Benedetta Barzini writes in her text, ""in a garage transformed into a workshop"") but she presents her collections in Paris. Living strongly rooted in one's own daily life does not mean being provincial. In the same way, having an international outlook does not mean being pushed around by the global fashion system. The Leddi-Mulas photo which I like best shows the detail of a flowery fabric, rather creased, which could belong to an antique tapestry or an old bedcover. Like all the others, this photo has been used to make known (we could even say ""advertise”) Colomba Leddi's atelier. On the invitation made from it is written “Colomba Leddi. Sartoria"". For me, a designer who defines her place of work as a ""dressmaker's workshop"" has understood everything. "

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30 settembre 2008
Quella creativa, che non inquina anzi revitalizza.
Lifegate radio entra in corsa come sostenitore del progetto ComON e media-partner. La piattaforma Lifegate, nata per diffondere valori, consapevolezza, rispetto dellíuomo e dellíambiente diffonderà gli spot radio sulla settimana della creatività di Como. In comune, i due progetti, hanno senz'altro l'energia pulita. Quella creativa, che non inquina anzi revitalizza. Listen to Lifegate radio (v. link radio http://www.lifegate.it/lg_radio/)

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30 settembre 2008
During Creativity Week, there will be three contemporary art venues open to the public.
"There is something for all tastes and creative stimuli in abundance. Make a note of the exhibitions in your diary. 1. Monday 13 October: invitation-only opening of GRADUATION GALLERY EINDHOVEN, an eclectic exhibition combining art, design and pure creativity. A group of Dutch designers presents a collection of avant-garde works. Previous editions of Graduation Gallery Eindhoven have toured the world and won awards at Milan’s Fuori Salone in 2007. Not to be missed. The exhibition will remain open to the public from 13 October to 7 November at Villa del Grumello, Como. Open Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. 2. On Tuesday 14 October, also at Villa del Grumello, the ComON ART PROJECT will open to the public. This is an all-Italian, or rather an all-Como, contemporary art exhibition in which young Italian artists are taking part. The exhibition will be divided into two sections: - the theme of the first is contemporary architecture and design: the young painters and photographers Mario Bottinelli Montandon, Walter Trecchi, Filippo Borella, Michelangelo Salvatore, Donatella Simonetti, Enzo Santambrogio, Edoardo Valle and Francesco Corbetta are taking part; - the second is dedicated to Como video art and the more innovative aspects of using the language of video: Tommaso Lipari, OLO, Andrej Mussa, Roberta Butti and Marta Lipari are taking part. 3. Saturday 18 October sees the opening of the “SUSETA” exhibition at Como’s Pinacoteca Comunale at Palazzo Volpi. It will run until 30 October. “SUSETA” documents the long collaboration between the photographer Melina Mulas and the Como-born designer Colomba Leddi with an incredible fusion between photographic art and fashion. The photographs are printed on silk."

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29 settembre 2008
The ComON competition for schools was presented to Como’s Industrial Union.

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6 settembre 2008
ComON gets businesses involved.
Como will be covered in yellow from 12 to 18 October. Businesses are also invited to take part in creativity week. Several shops and bars in the city centre have listened to shop’ON’s call for “the city to turn yellow during creativity week”. Shop windows will be decked out in yellow. Business owners are invited to design their shop windows, their tables and their premises using nothing but yellow. Photographs of the most creative premises will be published on our blogON. Find out how to participate in shop’ON – your business in yellow."

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27 agosto 2008
We have called them “The Magnificent Seven”.
"Have a look for yourselves and judge their style, verve, experimentation with materials, forms, geometrical patterns and asymmetries, details and presentation methods. They are Lianne, Thomas, Daniera and Joost from the Eindhoven Design Academy and Mervi, Anne and Elina from the European Textile Trainees project: the first seven designers to have been selected by the schools and finalists of the first edition of ComON. See them in Como from 12 to 18 October. If you can’t wait, find them straight away in DESIGNERS. Take a look!"

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18 agosto 2008
The First ComON 2008 Competition for Como’s students and young people is underway.

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25 luglio 2008
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30 novembre -1
The Creativity Week was presented at the covered market in Como.
"The ComON press conference was held yesterday in the covered market, set up especially for the occasion. The venue was given an amazingly creative mood thanks to wooden pallets used as tables for the speakers, a reception desk and food stalls, with bunches of bananas as decoration. Totally in line with the spirit of the event and the location."