A Visit to Como; Gala Event for A'Design Award Winners
Last week I was lucky enough to travel to the beautiful city of Como, at the southernmost tip of the Italian lake. It’s a destination famous for its silk, so it was most fitting that I was there to pick up the PLATINUM A’Design Award for my Language of Flowers silk print collection.
Como is a gem of a place to spend a few days: from the Napoleonic Teatro Sociale where the Gala Awards Ceremony was held, to the stunning Gothic Cathedral, there are so many interesting buildings and places of significance. I was delighted to spend some time in the Museo Didattico della Seta, which traces the history of the city’s silk industry (more of which in my next blog!). The city’s ancient cobbled streets lend themselves to exploration and, of course, the waterside promenade and scenic funicular railway are nothing sort of magnificent. I even managed a quick boat trip to neighbouring town, Bellagio, where I discovered numerous alleys filled with delicious restaurants, ice-cream parlours and shops selling local food, leather goods, clothing, perfumes, and much more….
In addition to the Gala Ceremony and the subsequent night spent celebrating the opening of the MOOD exhibition there were plenty of networking events, all arranged by A’Design’s exemplary team. During my trip I met up with old and new friends from all over the world and I am so grateful to have had this amazing opportunity to mix with like-minded designers: we all believe in the importance of great design and we know that winning awards means stepping up to the plate so that we can come back next year! Not least for the delicious pizza from the Funiculare Ristorante.
Of course, I packed my own collection capsule wardrobe, and must confess to a real feeling of pride as I went up on stage to collect the Platinum Award. I was wearing my Language of Flowers Tube Top – what else?! – and as the evening was so balmy I was able to re-style it halfway through the event and wear it as a bolero. It was very lucky that I’d packed light and saved some room in my bag as the trophy plus all the other goodies which the winners received made carrying my luggage back to the UK quite a challenge. My arm muscles are nicely toned now!
And here it is! My actual award – a 3D Printed Trophy of the omega particle, designed as a piece of jewellery and symbolising the endless possibilities of the design process. I think it’s beautiful, and testament to its creators at OMC Design Studios, Como, Italy. I will wear this with great pride!