The International Talent Support (ITS) emerging designer competition has unveiled its 2020 program. ITS was founded in 2002 by Barbara Franchin, and this year it will be staging its 18th edition, scheduled in Trieste on July 17 at Magazzino 42, the northern Italian city’s ferry passenger terminal. The competition is now open for applications, with a deadline of March 15. The finalists will be announced in May.
This year, the competition’s chosen theme is “sustainable design”, and its slogan is ‘Here We Belong’, a reference to our relationship with the planet Earth. Last year, sustainability and environmentally-friendly design were predominant in the shortlisted candidates’ collections.
It is a theme that will presumably feature extensively this year too, being “the expression of explicit recognition, an essential, informed cultural understanding permeating all aspects of our daily lives, especially through the different forms creativity takes,” as the organizers stated in a press release.