surface & textile design

a master's in contemporary interpretation of surface design through decor and fabrics.

The course

This course is intended for those learners who already have a specific qualification, or who are practicing professionals in this sector. The course will begin by offering an in-depth history of fabrics and the trend in the return to décor through new technologies with the development of a design collection that will be part of a learner’s portfolio of work.

The course will deal with the historical and cultural roots of the birth of décor. There will then be an analysis of the successive technical developments in surface and in the general field of design. The learner  will engage in a research phase in the study of its application to materials and fabrics. The subject of contemporary technologies will also be explored for its influence in the transformation and subsequent development of furnishings, wallpaper design, decoration of ceramics and porcelain tableware.

The learner will acquire the basic principles of analysis, after which they will elaborate, with a creative approach, their own personal style that will evolve from research and studio work supported by the faculty. Thanks to experimentation in fabrics, design and colours, the learner will pass from the conception of a creative idea to being able to respond to the needs of the market. The project envisions the development of proposals for materials that can be used in either interior or exterior design.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand materials and fabrics as well as technologies and their appropriate transformation in industry production;
  • Evaluate with a critical approach the needs of the consumers, the market and trend, tied to a precise target or design brand;
  • propose designs that represent a contemporary language for surfaces;
  • carry out extensive research in both a complex context and independently.

Course themes

  • emotional approach
  • understanding surface
  • design for surfaces
  • research methods

talent projects

Discover the creativity of the curricular projects realised by attendees of the undergraduate courses from the Istituto Marangoni Schools of Design.

Milano School of Design

• Miray Alper

Francesca Berti