Behind the Mesh

June 27, 2024:

World Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Day

Forte Fibra B, Marco Ferreri, Contemporary Tapestries

27 June is World Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Day. Established on 6 April 2017, by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly through Resolution No. 71/279, it was supported by 54 member states representing more than 5 billion people worldwide. It is included as part of the 2030 Agenda, the "Programme of Action for People, Planet and Prosperity."

SMEs are the beating heart of the European economy.

SMEs account for 90% of businesses, 60-70% of employment and 50% of GDP worldwide. They are the backbone of societies, contributing to local and national economies and livelihoods, particularly among the working poor, women, youth, and vulnerable groups.

Due of their characteristics, SMEs have the potential to transform economies, foster job creation, and promote economic growth that supports and sustains equity policies. The establishment of this day aims to enhance and promote the role of SMEs and explore opportunities for their further affirmation of the good practices within the coalition of transnational supply chains.

The Italian economic system relies heavily on SMEs, which serve as a genuine economic infrastructure that has fostered networking among small and medium-sized enterprises. This model is based on incremental innovation in processes, products, and meanings, enabling the elevation of the quality of goods and services and providing a significant competitive advantage in export and market positioning.

Small and medium-sized enterprises employ 82% ofworkers in Italy, above the EU average, and account for 92% of activebusinesses. These figures highlight the importance of SMEs in the Italianeconomy, reflecting traditions and entrepreneurship spread throughout the country.They are repositories of theoretical and applied knowledge, key players invalue chains, and fundamental for the social resilience and socio-culturaldevelopment of communities.

i-Mesh: the SME that “softens architecture.”

i-Mesh is a distinguished example within this scenariowhere size does not fully represent the mission and vision of an enterprise.Combining the identities, modes, and perspectives of contemporary production,i-Mesh integrates scientific experimentation, formal knowledge, creativity as afactor of innovation, and intelligent manufacturing. This approach regenerates traditionalknow-how within extensive professional and transnational supply chains.i-Mesh’s patented, award-winning, sustainable, and fully customizable fabricfor architecture, design, and art exemplifies this.

A nonwoven fabric composed ofnatural, high-performance fibers for indoor and outdoor use, consistent with circulareconomy protocols, optimized and tailored production withzero waste, and any minimal waste being reused for art and designinitiatives. This manufacturing process incorporates the values of the originalcommunities and emphasizes sustainability, attention to the ecosystem, and the holisticimpact of its conscious production.

A diverse team, a multicultural team.

With over 30 years of research and production of nautical and aerospace textiles, i-Mesh has evolved into a multicultural community. It includes architects, engineers, materials experts, computational designers, art curators, and communicators, working closely with clients such as architects, general contractors, and installers. The identity, pattern, network, and configurations result from visual research and scientific studies high-tech fibbers’ physical characteristics. This expertise stems from years of designing technical products and fabrics where the highest levels of performance and reliability are required.

From Local Brand to Global Impact: i-Mesh's "Glocal" Approach.

Produced and conceived in Italy, in the Marche region, a land of molecular capitalism and manufacturing excellence, i-Mesh embodies a “Glocal” approach. The region’s value system, derived from the sharecropping tradition, reflects a productive culture and an aesthetic vision that blends the elegance of nature with manufacturing expertise. of the highest excellence, manufacturing specializations, positioning, and continental leadership.

In this context, i-Mesh has gained the trust of demanding clients through its sustainable philosophy for a globalized world. The global dimension of i-Mesh lies in its ability to translate contemporary trends, processes, and desires into a business model that provides proximity, planning, and service to clients worldwide, ensuring flawless, just-on-time production performance.

The Promenade at Expo Dubai 2020.

Commissioned and purposefully designed to create public comfort at a global event marked by climate challenges, the Promenade at Expo City in Dubai is an exemplary case study of i-Mesh's work. The largest-ever folding sunscreen was designed by Werner Sobek, harnessing i-Mesh's potential for customization with a dedicated identity-driven pattern and its unique structural features.

This project represents the longest shaded pedestrian pathway ever, demonstrating how comfort can be achieved in high-temperature environments without heavy structures and cross beams typically used in such installations. From a sustainability perspective, this project saved 30 km of extruded aluminium, corresponding to 31 tons of CO2, and produced the lowest amount of waste ever for a textile installation of this size. The traditional textile industry typically has waste ranging from 20% to 45% of fibres and chemicals and uses water at various production stages, leading to serious pollution problems. The Dubai Promenade saved 16 tons of fibres and chemicals without using water, creating an impressive visual over 52,426 square meters of i-Mesh.

Contemporary Tapestries by Marco Ferreri.

Marco Ferreri's monochrome "Forte Fibra" tapestries are meaningful design and production experiences, authentic metaphors with multiple levels of interpretation. These works, built through profound rational construction and intuition, redefine identity and vision.

The virtuosity with which the radicality of the thread is exalted, in progressive sequences, responds to a structured logic where material balance merges with the weave and pattern construction. The harmonious layout, coupled with the iridescent dimension and depth of planes, creates an infinite surface and a dialogue with light that alters language and perception. Forte Fibra tapestries embody the strength of the project, combining intuition and theoretical intelligence with the artifact’s constructive capacity, seeking a relationship with the context and the surrounding elements, and landing on the immaterial and symbolic dimension of the pattern.

Cristiana Colli
AUTRICE
Laurea in Scienze Politiche, giornalista, ricercatore sociale, cura l’ideazione e l’organizzazione di progetti culturali, eventi, mostre, festival, programmi di valorizzazione. Per istituzioni pubbliche e private, musei, imprese, fondazioni realizza e promuove strategie di comunicazione sociale e culturale legate al paesaggio, all’architettura, all’arte contemporanea e al design, alla fotografia, al made in Italy. E’ direttore della rivista Mappe, e dal 2011 è ideatore e curatore di Demanio Marittimo.Km-278.
Cristiana Colli
AUTRICE
Laurea in Scienze Politiche, giornalista, ricercatore sociale, cura l’ideazione e l’organizzazione di progetti culturali, eventi, mostre, festival, programmi di valorizzazione. Per istituzioni pubbliche e private, musei, imprese, fondazioni realizza e promuove strategie di comunicazione sociale e culturale legate al paesaggio, all’architettura, all’arte contemporanea e al design, alla fotografia, al made in Italy. E’ direttore della rivista Mappe, e dal 2011 è ideatore e curatore di Demanio Marittimo.Km-278.
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