Wearbest Silk Shines at 1999 Decosit Contract Awards

January 8, 2000

Brussels, Belgium – Wearbest Silk Mills walked away from 1999 Decosit Contract Fabric competition with two awards. ''It's been a tremendous week,'' said Michael Koch, Wearbest executive vice president and director of design. Koch said that products with dimensional surfaces, special heat finishing, and sleek and luminous looks were popular. Other winners were Tave di Rossini, Deltracon and AFW Algemene.

Recipients of the Decosit 1999 Contract Awards were chosen by an international panel of eight judges. Of the 100 contract fabric entries and 150 trend-fabric entries, five winners were chosen.

The award for Contract Design went to AFW Algemene from Belgium for their petroleum-colored geometrical fabric.

The award for Contract Product Development went to Deltacron from Belgium for its minimalistic grey fabric which used unusual fibers like polyprolene.

Wearbest Silk Mills took both awards in the Trends category. For Best-Designed Trendy Fabric, Wearbest submitted a brown tissue with a structure that lent the fabric a geometrical design. In the category of Most Interesting Product Development, Wearbest won with an olive green fabric with a wave-like design.

Tave di Rossini won the Trevira Award.

Panel Judges: Axel Enthoven of Enthoven Associates Design Consultants, Belgium; Mr. Fantini of Trevira S.r.l., Italy; Gerhard Laetsch of Trevira gmbH & Co., Germany; Susan Lyons of Designtex, USA; Simone Michelli, of Studio d'Architettura Simone Micheli, Italy; Veerle Wenes of Scritto NV, Belgium; Leonie Mae Tucker of Hirsch Bedner Associates, Great Britain; Dr. Zimmerman of Trevira GmbH & Co., Germany. F&FI

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