In anticipation of its 150th anniversary, Liberty will launch its new Interiors and Fashion fabrics collections, FuturLiberty, marking the milestone with two large-scale exhibitions at Museo del Novecento and Palazzo Morando in the city of Milan.
Designed in collaboration with esteemed couturier and interior designer, Federico Forquet, FuturLiberty presents an unexpected collection of bold, geometric designs. Whilst internationally renowned for its iconic fabrics and floral patterns, these new collections spotlight the lesser known role of Liberty in developing dynamic and abstract prints. In researching the Liberty archive, home to over 50,000 designs spanning from the 1880s to present day, the designers were drawn to the experimental work of famed Liberty designer, Bernard Nevill. FuturLiberty takes cues from Nevill’s love for 20th century avant-garde art, incorporating the visual language of rebellious art movements notably the Italian Futurists and their English contemporaries, the Vorticists.
Neapolitan born Forquet‘s career began when he moved to Paris after being scouted by the legendary fashion designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga. He learned the craft of couture under this disruptive visionary before opening his own atelier in Rome in the 1960s. He went on with his eclectic exploration of aesthetics rooted in the classics, and soon turned his attention to the world of interiors where he similarly traced his distinctive narrative. The FuturLiberty collection began with Forquet issuing a challenge to the Liberty Fabrics’ designers to find inspiration in movement, in the avant-garde, and to experiment and develop their archetypal Arts and Crafts designs.
Futurliberty Interior Fabrics
The FuturLiberty Interiors collection comprises of surprising geometrics, lively abstractions, and rhythmic lines. All carefully translated into a beautiful array of woven, embroidered, and printed fabrics.Interiors collection
FUTURLIBERTY FASHION FABRICS
Directly inspired by the energy of the avant-gardes, the FuturLiberty fashion collection is a contemporary celebration of movement, unpredictable geometrics, and dynamic abstractions in vibrant flashes of colour. Available in Tana Lawn™ and Crepe De Chine.fabrics collection
Futurliberty in Milan
The story of FuturLiberty is presented across two landmark institutions in Milan.
5 April – 3 September 2023
Museo del Novecento, Piazza Duomo,
Palazzo Morando via Sant’Andrea, 6
Discover the full fashion and interiors collection
Liberty Fabrics has been at the cutting-edge of design and decorative arts since 1875 and now forms an international wholesale business, working with retailers, brands and designers across interiors, homewares, womenswear, menswear and childrenswear